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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

theCoder Re:What a strange discussion (869 comments)

China thinks the big CO2 producers should cut first? So, does that include China itself, as the largest CO2 producer country?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

In 2010, China produced much more CO2 than any other country: 8.3 billion tons compared to the US' 5.4 billion tons. Worse, the 2012 estimates show China rising to 9.86 billion tons and the US dropping to 5.19 billion tons. So, which country is worse again?

about 5 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

theCoder Re:Go. Buy food. Leave. (794 comments)

Where do I go instead of Best Buy? Amazon. NewEgg. Monoprice.

For commonplace electronics you need today: Walmart/Sam's Club or Target (use cash!) or even Staples or Office Max.

For appliances: Home Depot or Lowes.

Unfortunately for Best Buy, there's very little reason to actually go there anymore. And at least for me they have a reputation of high prices.

about 7 months ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

theCoder Re:Open borders... one way? (279 comments)

Of course, any code that requires a patent license to run isn't exactly free software either. And no free software project "with a brain" should accept code that opens up users to legal liability.

If companies like Apple and Google really are rejecting GPL v3 because of patent issues, that makes me think they want to use their patents against users of the software they are purporting to be "free." Are users of the LLVM compiler going to wake up one day to a lawsuit from one of these companies alleging patent infringement? It's all fun and games until your company is the target of a multi-billion dollar lawsuit because you shipped software compiled with a patented optimization technique or something.

Of course, the sooner that happens, the better. Because then everyone pushing non-GPL licenses will remember why those patent protections are there, and switch back. Or we could just get rid of software patents and not have to worry about the whole mess.

btw, Google and Apple probably don't like GPL v3 because of the anti-Tivoization clauses in GPL v3 that would prevent those companies from locking down the hardware they sell and preventing users from replacing the OS with a different one. But that's not really a patent issue. Nor is it a very nice thing for either company to do. At least Google does make it easier to unlock the device, even if it doesn't come that way by default.

about 7 months ago
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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

theCoder Re:Pale Moon (381 comments)

I was curious about Pale Moon, so I googled it. Turns out it's a Firefox build optimized for Windows. They disabled some stuff they didn't think most people would need and enabled compiler optimizations that might exclude some older machines. See technical details.

No Linux version, though :(

about 9 months ago
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Snowden's Big Truth: We Are All Less Free

theCoder Re:Simply ready for the Supreme Court to rule. (583 comments)

Scalia's the only one of the nine who is almost guaranteed to strike it down. He has routinely voted against government intrusion such as using IR devices to find grow houses without a warrant or the recent case of the government collecting DNA samples from all people arrested.

Though the most likely outcome is that the Court will not rule on the issue at all, deciding that whoever brings whatever case doesn't have standing because they cannot prove they were spied upon.

about a year ago
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TSA Log Shows Passengers Say the Darndest Things

theCoder Re:heh (427 comments)

You fool! Don't know know how dangerous that stuff is?

about a year and a half ago
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Tracking the Web Trackers

theCoder Re:Use Ghostery! (97 comments)

Maybe, but even the act of sending the cookie back, even if it seems to have bad data in it, can give information about you -- what sites you visit, how long you spend there, etc.

Now, maybe a script that made random HTTP requests with random cookie data. It still would be tricky, and blocking the stalkers (especially facebook) seems much safer.

about a year and a half ago
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State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

theCoder Re:Not as strange as it sounds (976 comments)

I agree with a lot of your points, but regarding recycling, a big thing to consider is that recycled material doesn't take up space in a landfill. If we recycle a cubic meter of glass, we aren't saving ourselves from having to gather a cubic meter of sand, but we are saving a cubic meter of space in a landfill somewhere. And those cubic meters add up.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Publishes Zopfli, an Open-Source Compression Library

theCoder Re:Wow, gzip -9 is very competitive for most usage (124 comments)

Your corporate shill quip made me remember a passing comment I once overheard that went something like:

... so what this GNU company has done is license the zip technology to make the gzip format ...

I almost cried.

about a year and a half ago
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Linus Torvalds Clarifies His Position on Signed Modules

theCoder Re:Microsoft and patents. (208 comments)

And there are provisions for revoking signatures. AIUI, they can be even be distributed through something like Windows update (as long as the revocation is signed by MS), and certainly the revocation lists would be on new hardware. That is what people are worried about.

about a year and a half ago
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Perl's Glory Days Are Behind It, But It Isn't Going Anywhere

theCoder Re:Wait, what? (379 comments)

In technology, "legacy" is a derogatory term used to describe technology the speaker doesn't like and wishes others stopped using. For example, "the Linux enthusiast suggested migrating from the legacy Windows clients to Linux" or "the Microsoft salesperson recommended migrating from legacy Linux servers to new Windows 8 servers".

Personally, I like to use it as a joke to tweak fanbois :)

about a year and a half ago
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Apple's App Store Tops 40 Billion Downloads; Generates $7 Billion For Developers

theCoder Re:And Apple's cut... (177 comments)

That's an interesting ilnk, since it says that the credit card companies are half of Apple's share of the apps, and the overwhelming majority of their costs.

Of course what you really mean to say is "Apple doesn't make a significant amount of money [on the app store, compared to the rest of their revenues]." Which may be realistic, but even the $1.5 billion they get as profit (based on the costs in the link) is not really insignificant. If they don't want it, I'll take it :)

about a year and a half ago
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Apple's App Store Tops 40 Billion Downloads; Generates $7 Billion For Developers

theCoder Re:Apple's Goods and Bads (177 comments)

That's a ridiculous phrasing, since every Linux distribution out there has had an "app store" via its package manager long before the iPhone even existed. Just because Apple is anti-GPL is no reason to say that app stores in general and the GPL are incompatible.

There might be some problems with GPL3 and app signing, but that has little to do with the app store and more to do with what the system will actually allow to execute.
 

about a year and a half ago
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Colleges Help Students Fix Their Online Indiscretions

theCoder Re:Of all Samanthas (189 comments)

Maybe they'll also get good digital advertising jobs in New York based on this Samantha's information!

about a year and a half ago
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Chromebook Takes Top Place In Laptop Sales On Amazon

theCoder Re:Great system for parents (372 comments)

I use the caps lock key all the time -- I remap it to be an additional control key (like on Sun keyboards). It's a much better use of that button. I'm not sure I'd like it being a super (aka, "Windows") key.

about a year and a half ago
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Lenovo UEFI Bug Only Likes Windows and RHEL

theCoder Re:Bug? (162 comments)

Just for the record, my family had a Packard Bell that ran Mandrake Linux extremely reliably for many years. Though from listening to other people complain about Packard Bells online, I guess we got the only good one they ever made :)

about 2 years ago
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FCC To Allow Cable Companies To Encrypt Over-the-Air Channels

theCoder Re:Sports and political talk (376 comments)

You could only stream the Olympics (in the U.S.) if you had cable (they required a log in). Even if you could watch it OTA, you couldn't stream it.

about 2 years ago
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Automated DMCA Takedown Notices Request Censorship of Legitimate Sites

theCoder Re:Knock out the spammers (192 comments)

Because, AIUI, the part of the DMCA takedown request that is backed under penalty of perjury is that Microsoft owns the copyright to Windows 8. There's nothing in the takedown certifying that the site is in fact infringing on that copyright. Since no one disputes that Microsoft owns the copyright to Windows, there's no perjury. Just annoyance.

Of course, IANAL, etc, etc.

about 2 years ago
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Ad Group Says Internet Accounts For 5.1M US Jobs, 3.7% of GDP

theCoder Re:Much larger than the movie and music industries (73 comments)

It's not the music and movie industries that control the debate (if there were one). Sure, they try, but it is the various news media programs out there which tell everyone about the "piracy problem". The news programs which only give one side, that copyright is a great thing and that pirates are stealing money out of starving artists hands.

Of course, the news media themselves have a vested interest in stronger copyright, since they directly benefit from that copyright. Whether MSNBC, the New York Times, NPR, or Fox News, all of them make their living peddling copyrighted goods that they created. Why would any of them favor a policy or a candidate that would want to limit their (perceived) ability to make money?

It doesn't help that copyright law makes the average person's eyes glaze over faster than a discussion on tax policy, so they just go with whatever the news person on TV told them. They wouldn't lie to make money, would they?

about 2 years ago
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Frankenstein Code Stitches Code Bodies Together To Hide Malware

theCoder Re:DirecTV, "Been there, done that". (111 comments)

So, what you're saying is that DirectTV used social engineering techniques to convince people to install malicious software on their receivers and then sent a signal to those receivers that destroyed them, potentially causing millions of dollars in damages? It seems to me that if I did that, I'd be prosecuted, no matter what the people I attacked did to me.

OTOH, after reading some more about the details, the smart cards may have actually been DirectTV's property that they had lent to the hackers because they were DirectTV subscribers. The hackers were just changing their subscription level to get more than they paid for. So, in effect, DirectTV was destroying their own property. And I guess since the hackers didn't really have "clean hands", they couldn't very well claim that DirectTV wasn't providing the basic service that they were paying for.

Still, I bet they didn't tell their legal department what they were doing until after it was done, and it does sound like a neat hack :)

about 2 years ago

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April 1

theCoder theCoder writes  |  more than 8 years ago

April 1. What a stupid day. I had resisted the urge to check /. today, since I knew it would be worthless. But one look couldn't hurt, right? Nope. The whole front page a waste of bandwidth with stupid, pointless, April Fools day stories. The only fools I see here are the /. editors who continue this idoiticy year after year. One, well placed April Fools Day story is funny. But a whole day is just a waste. It's really not funny anymore.

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