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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 a week 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 a week 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 a week 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 a week 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 a week 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 a week 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 two 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 two 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

ron_ivi Re:Software Documentation is bad everywhere (430 comments)

Interesting project because they're very strict about requiring correct documentation (and regression tests) for even minor patches that random users contribute, before they even consider them.

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

ron_ivi Bring back man pages as the primary documentation (430 comments)

I think Unix (not just BSD, but I include BSD-based SunOS 4.x) documentation from the mid 90's was the best and easiest to follow.

The main thing I miss from that era is that practically everything I wanted to know could be looked up in man pages; and if not on that first man page I tried, in a meaningful see-also page.

These days, seems most software (not just Linux, but for any platform) is scattered amongst HTML-urls that point to long-gone former websites, and youtube tutorial videos.

Now you might say that much of today's software is too complex to describe in a man page --- but IMHO - that's the bigger problem. If people write complex monolithic bloat, writing pretty documentation for it is the least of our problems.

about two weeks ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

ron_ivi The research is to stop an outbreak, not cause one (409 comments)

or research ... risking an Ebola outbreak in a major US city

The entire point of the research is to learn enough to be able to stop an outbreak in a major US city if one were to start.

Why do you seem to be advocating not doing such research?

about three weeks ago
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Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

ron_ivi Re:Black Hats shoot themselves in the foot. (82 comments)

Hard to tell who "them" is.

It's being used by, and trying to be hacked by, many groups.

University researchers, governments, MPAA/RIAA, computer security companies, etc.

Seems the project should encourage as many people as possible attempting to hack it -- because that increases the odds that when people finds a hack, at least some of them will report the weakness back to the project.

On the other hand, if the project discourages hacking attempts, only malicious groups will find the hacks.

about three weeks 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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