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NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

ron_ivi Re:Yes Google and FB are the ones to protect us? (116 comments)

No surprises here.

It'd make perfect sense if NSA submits bug reports to Tor for vulnerabilities it knows its competitors are using; while at the same time keeping quiet about the ones it uses itself.

about two weeks ago
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Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

ron_ivi How do they know who's camp it is? (134 comments)

Seem the area has many groups - some friendly to one agenda, others friendly to other agendas. It doesn't seem hard to use areal photos to find *a* camp. But how might they know it's an ISIS camp? (especially considering that a facility may be Local Police one day, and ISIS the next.

about two weeks ago
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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

ron_ivi Re:Competitive Sabotage? (155 comments)

Might not be competing search engines.

Could just be a SEO-trick where a company hires a SEO optimization company to remove the content of competitors.

about two weeks ago
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

ron_ivi Android makes this worse. (117 comments)

Android's especially annoying how a single tablet is linked tightly to a single google account. To have a table that's shared among all people living together, you practically have to set up a shared google acccount.

about two weeks ago
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T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

ron_ivi Re:This is going to end so well for them! (147 comments)

Are you suggesting all Comcast's T&C needs to say is something about not using too much of whatever protocols Netflix uses, and that'd give them the right to throttle Netflix?

about three weeks ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

ron_ivi Possibly not screwed (327 comments)

Sounds like the article's discussing the way in which it's not screwed.

There are circumstances under which such rules can be waived.

I especially hope they wave them, because Tesla's almost certainly a net-benefit to California's environment anyway (by making the industry wake up to electric vehicles when traditional automakers seemed like they were intentionally failing).

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Corporate Open Source Policy?

ron_ivi Re:CLA (57 comments)

Not the lawyer concerned about if the company should be paying those workers minimum wages.

(or maybe the lawyer will be happy - but the guy payhing the lawyer won't be)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Corporate Open Source Policy?

ron_ivi Re:CLA (57 comments)

clear who owns the code

Do you have an example of a good Contributor License Agreement that doesn't just sound like "do work for us and we'll pay you less than minimum wage"?

Wouldn't it be better to just stick to a mainstream F/OSS license; and he users agree to release their code under that license?

about three weeks ago
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Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

ron_ivi So which agencies' backdoors are in there? (135 comments)

Google ... China Telecom Global ... KDDI ... SingTel

Does that suggest at least 4 countries with NSA-like taps into the data.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

ron_ivi It *would* be if they unlocked the bootloader (337 comments)

I like the Surface hardware.

The problem is Microsoft's habit of killing support and forced upgrades (remember IE6, Zune, Visual Basic, etc).

At least if they unlocked the bootloader, I could continue to run Ubuntu on it after Microsoft's whims make Windows stop working on it.

I'd happily buy one if it had an unlocked bootloader.

But as it is now, you're buying an expensive brick.

about three weeks ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

ron_ivi Re:NSA: A Source Name we trust! (306 comments)

Sad thing is that not even you know if you're being sarcastic or not.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

ron_ivi Re:This is sad (138 comments)

Sad? I'd say it's happy.

So many big companies locked themselves in to "microsoft IE-6 only solutions" - and open source advocates have long cautioned them against depending too much on a vendor that might yank support whenever management changes or quarterly profits dictate yanking support to encourage upgrades.

This will teach them a lesson they'll hopefully never forget; and look for cross platform solutions in the future.

about three weeks ago
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Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

ron_ivi Re:Another leaker (204 comments)

concentrate on securing the network to keep China/Isis etc out of America

Seems that would be redundant with the Department Of Homeland Security's Office of Cybersecurity and Communications: http://www.dhs.gov/office-cybe...

about a month ago
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Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

ron_ivi Re:Back in May they already said Snowden didn't ha (204 comments)

Often at that level, "he didn't have access to" really means "the policies stated he shouldn't access that." It doesn't mean that it wasn't possible, just that it was outside accepted policies and procedures

Or I guess it could also mean "the guy who made the comments was never permitted to know the details of how much access he had".

about a month ago
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Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

ron_ivi Back in May they already said Snowden didn't have. (204 comments)

Back in May they already said Snowden didn't have access to all that data: https://www.techdirt.com/artic...

As recently as May, shortly after he retired as NSA director, Gen. Keith Alexander denied that Snowden could have passed FISA content to journalists.

"He didn't get this data," Alexander told a New Yorker reporter. "They didn't touch --"

"The operational data?" the reporter asked.

"They didn't touch the FISA data," Alexander replied. He added, "That database, he didn't have access to."

about a month ago
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Leaked Docs Offer Win 8 Tip: FinFisher Spyware Can't Tap Skype's Metro App

ron_ivi Re:Irrelevant (74 comments)

Not quite irrelevant.

Microsoft probably sells Skype data to some law enforcement and intel agencies but not to others.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

ron_ivi Re:And the THIRD half... (430 comments)

Info replacing man

If it replaced it, I could almost be OK with it.

The problem is that it didn't - so for half the stuff you have man pages (with pretty good see-also sections); and for the other half the stuff you have info pages; and suddently you have to do twice the work to find anything.

"apropos" command became buried in junk.

Better search technology could help that one.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

ron_ivi Re:Bring back man pages as the primary documentati (430 comments)

Might require that FOSS distributions themselves maintain their own documentation.

I rather the distributions stay away from this -- or at most just passed whatever documentation they do add to the upstream projects.

IMHO the biggest *problem* now is that you often have to got to Red Hat's manuals, or to Arch's or Ubuntu's wiki, or to Gentoo's mailing list, etc. to find documentation to anything.

Seems like that means you have a half-dozen competing efforts that all are re-envengint the same documentation; and since many of those distros are commercial enterprises, are motivated not to share and to paywall off their investment. Ugh.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

ron_ivi Re:Bring back man pages as the primary documentati (430 comments)

I think that's *half* of where the problem started.

The second half is when various Linux distros started writing their "own" documentation, rather than contributing back to the upstream projects.

Once documentation fragmented like that; every damn blogger started trying to make documentation "his" to preserve his own page-rank; and a bunch of commercial Question/Answer sites saw the business opportunity of trying to own the documentation for themselves.

Once all those were in place -- it seems most of the efforts moved away from contributing documentation back to the source projects, and moved towards commercializing and monitizing "answers" - which is only profitable when the documentation doesn't keep up.

Sad.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

ron_ivi One vendor's wiki? Ugh. (430 comments)

Now if only they would push such information to the upstream projects we'd be getting somewhere. Otherwise, that's just one more set of web-pages that needs to be checked.

Pretty annoying if the best way to find out about an application is to have to check the Yggdrasil archives, the Slackware web page archives, the Caldera docs, archives of the Mandrake web pages, Knoppix blogs, etc.

about a month ago

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ron_ivi ron_ivi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ron_ivi writes "I see that Wine (who just had their 0.9.37"> release last week) and related products like CodeWeavers CrossOver and Transgaming Cedega (who also each had releases in the past month) keep improving. Meanwhile, more and more reports are coming out about Vista compatibility issues with both software and hardware.

Is Wine or Vista more Windows-XP/2000 compatible?

At first glance it seems that Wine-over-Linux is *much* more compatible with Win2K-era hardware which is unlikely to have Vista drivers. And also that Wine-over-Linux is *much* more compatible with WinXP-era hardware which surprisingly is also unlikely to have Vista compatibility. Software compatibility seems more mixed — with Wine probably supporting more Win2K-era software and Vista supporting more WinXP-era software? Of course in many cases (like Oracle) we'd obviously just get a native Linux or Vista port from the Vendor.

So, AskSlashdot, we're looking to upgrade legacy Windows 2000 and XP systems — does Wine or Vista look more promising."

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