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Half of GitHub Code Unsafe To Use (If You Want Open Source)

xouumalperxe Re:Because (218 comments)

No, it's more like saying "the author put it up in a site designed first and foremost to share stuff, so it must've been his intention to actually share it".

about a year and a half ago
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Windows Browser Ballot Glitch Cost Firefox 6-9 Million Downloads

xouumalperxe Re:Really? (245 comments)

Biggest difference is that RIAA doesn't have solid data that solidly explains where the missing sales should have come from. Mozilla does know that the missing downloads were from the EU Ballot (there's a channel parameter in the download url).

about a year and a half ago
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Windows Browser Ballot Glitch Cost Firefox 6-9 Million Downloads

xouumalperxe Re:Really? (245 comments)

We're talking about downloads, it's all about grabbing the users when they first use a computer. The ballot shows up once, when you first boot the computer fresh out of the box (It might have a "ask me again later" button, can't recall). While computers shipped with Win7 pre-SP1, all users were asked if they wanted some other browser than IE. Once computers started shipping with Win7 SP1, the ballot stopped showing up for new purchases. After the fix, new computers started showing the ballot again, and downloads started pouring.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows Browser Ballot Glitch Cost Firefox 6-9 Million Downloads

xouumalperxe Re:Really? (245 comments)

They're not interpolating two data points. Have you looked at the charts? There's clearly a strong drop off around the time where the ballot was removed, and a big re-uptake when it was reinstated.

about a year and a half ago
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Misconduct, Not Error, Is the Main Cause of Scientific Retractions

xouumalperxe Re:Bloodsport (123 comments)

Or that the winning scientist figured out how to create instantaneous, full-grown, mind controlled clones.

about 2 years ago
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Meet Two Security Researchers Apple Hates (Video)

xouumalperxe Re:Silly and inflammatory (146 comments)

If I rob a bank, out of my own initiative and without the consent of the owners, there's no reason why I should go to prison if my only purpose was to show the owners they had some security flaws. Right?

about 2 years ago
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Pixar Demos Newly Open-Sourced OpenSubdiv Graphics Tech

xouumalperxe Re:Opensource and MPL? (140 comments)

They're the copyright owners, they don't need to follow this license.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Run a Small Business With Open Source Software?

xouumalperxe Re:lots of options (195 comments)

At which point you go to the dropbox website and undelete it.

about 2 years ago
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What Happens To Your Used Games?

xouumalperxe Re:Poor Analogy (276 comments)

Well, you're still paying for the engineering that went into the car, which is also intellectual property.

about 2 years ago
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Apple In Trouble With Developers

xouumalperxe Re:Pray I don't change them further.... (343 comments)

I don't think it's a matter of drinking the kool-aid. It's more a matter of looking at it from Apple's perspective. The platform lock-in would be good for Apple, so he's arguing that not only is this change bad for consumers and developers, in harming the chances of that lock-in happening the change also harms apple's bottom line.

about 2 years ago
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Texas Scientists Regret Loss of Higgs Boson Quest

xouumalperxe Re:Have they actually found it? (652 comments)

You've got it subtly wrong: It's not that "by process of elimination that must be the Higgs". Rather, it's a matter of "We expect the Higgs to be in one of these places" (or, rather, be within this mass range), and then exhaustively looking at all those places for it. In one of those places, they found an unknown particle. By Occam's Razor, it being the Higgs is a more reasonable assumption than it being some other particle that's in the same mass range as the Higgs, but we hadn't actually predicted. Also, from what I gather (I have a few physicist friends, including a guy that was until recently working in CERN), the particle they found is pretty "boring", in that it behaves pretty much as it ought to, no weird stuff. So that also helps towards the conclusion that it must indeed be the Higgs.

about 2 years ago
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Red Hat Will Pay Microsoft To Get Past UEFI Restrictions

xouumalperxe Re:Microsoft Pledges to Sell More Macs for Apple (809 comments)

Unless I'm misunderstanding UEFI, that's not quite right. Contrary to the headline-hype, I believe Microsoft's OTHER explicit requirement for certification is that end users must be furnished with a way to disable it that's impossible to do by mistake, but entirely possible to do voluntarily. For example, flip a DIP switch, place or pull a jumper, enter a 32-character encryption code printed on a tiny sticker permanently affixed to the motherboard, etc.

Installing Linux already has a reputation for being technically challenging (even if it actually isn't, these days, but whatever). What you're saying is that, unless distros jump in on the secure boot ship, then they'll have to add to their installation instructions something like "depending on the make of your motherboard, you'll need to open the computer and perform one of flipping a DIP switch, placing/pulling a jumper, or entering a 32-character code that's written on the motherboard".

That, alone, will desktop kill Linux for non-techies. And if that isn't worthy of anti-trust investigation, I don't know what is.

more than 2 years ago
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The 30 Best Features of Windows

xouumalperxe Re:Oh, yeah! (470 comments)

One particular case I know works is Apple displays over thunderbolt. You can connect one display to your computer's thunderbolt port, then a second display to the first display's TB port and it'll daisy chain.

more than 2 years ago
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W3C Member Proposes "Fix" For CSS Prefix Problem

xouumalperxe Re:The solution is.. (144 comments)

Because many of the prefixed CSS properties have not actually been fully standardised, so having vendors support them with prefixes and varying (possibly incomplete!) implementations/syntaxes means we actually get to try the various approaches being proposed, and only pick one to standardise on once the dust has settled and people have made up their minds as to which one is better.

more than 2 years ago
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The iPhone Is a Nightmare For Carriers

xouumalperxe Re:Perspective (438 comments)

An average of 15 minutes on your mobile per day? How the hell is that medium usage? I have a 100-minute contract and never spend all of it.

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Releases Rust 0.1

xouumalperxe Re:No null pionters (232 comments)

You remember a specific implementation of a linked list. In Lisp, for example, linked lists are simply pairs. the list a,b,c,d,e,f would be (a, (b, (c, (d, (e, f)))). the head operation is simply getting the first component of the list, the tail is getting the second element. Absolutely no need for nulls.

more than 2 years ago
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Notes On Reducing Firefox's Memory Consumption

xouumalperxe Re:Firefox is required anyway. (297 comments)

Firebug does horrible things to your profile. If you're a firebug user, it's advisable to keep separate "with firebug" and "without firebug" profiles.

more than 2 years ago
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Juror's Tweets Overturn Trial Verdict

xouumalperxe Re:Uh oh. (423 comments)

Jury nullification can serve a higher sense of justice, and that was indeed its intended purpose. But it can just as easily be used, say, by a white jury to pardon a white man for murdering a black man.

more than 2 years ago
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3-Way Price War On Black Friday: iPad, Nook, and Kindle

xouumalperxe Re:Price War? (230 comments)

There's a lot of stuff inside a computer that doesn't make it to the spec sheet, and that is usually described as "better building quality". Now, we can harp on about the sexy aluminium chassis, which frankly only matters if you're treating your laptop like crap. Or you can get down to stuff that's perhaps a little less obvious, but, at least in my case, much more relevant.

When I joined the company I'm currently working for, I was given a budget for a laptop. Given that budget, I suggested they instead buy me a set of display/mouse/keyboard, and I'd use my own Macbook Pro. Some time later, after the advantages of the big display and lower-set keyboard starting becoming obvious to the rest of the company, people got upgraded to similar setups. Now, I work at a place where there are loads of power fluctuations. What we immediately saw was all the other laptops here that connect via VGA to their respective displays got serious issues with the image flickering. I don't mean a tiny flicker, I mean great big stripes visible a metre away. Disconnecting the laptops from their chargers fixes the issue, as does connecting them via DVI/HDMI where possible. The voltage regulators in those laptops' power supplies suck balls, and the noisy power is propagating all the way to the display. Me? I'm still working on the MBP, and it works just fine with VGA.

Granted, "I work in a place with bad power" isn't exactly the biggest issue in most people's minds when they're shopping for a laptop. I also agree that it's a steep price difference for "better build quality" (I still think that the buying into the OS makes it worthwhile, though I accept that others don't). But it's quite clear to me that comparing purely on the performance specs is missing some details of the whole picture.

more than 2 years ago

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