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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

xvan Re:I use yahoo mail (397 comments)

Something felt wrong about it. I looked and Yahoo was the only one that still seemed to be human.

Seriously? yahoo? The yahoo that appends text adds to the bottom of your emails? The one with the slow, counter intuitive purple UI ?

about two weeks ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

xvan Re:I don't buy it (265 comments)

Heartbleed was caused by a FreeBSD bug,
Shellshock was caused by a GNU bash bug.

Both projects are independent of the Linux Kernel Project. That's the project managed by Linus.
So blaming Linus management for the lost confidence on open source security is, at least, unbased.

about a month and a half ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

xvan Re:I don't buy it (265 comments)

Actually, I can't remember last Linux Zero-Day bug.
And the bugs this article refers to are BSD's and GNU's fault.

Maybe, just maybe, Linus' way is the right way.

about a month and a half ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

xvan Re:Same as it's been forever. (303 comments)

Some closed source hardware providers choose them as targets for their products.
yum is better than apt
Lots of time is put testing so you don't get nasty surprises on production services that support millionaire businesses.
Long (really long) term support (and by support I mean security updates).

On the other hand, It's not a fair comparison, you should compare RHEL against Debian Stable.

about 1 month ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

xvan Re:Primal difference between Man and Woman (342 comments)

Men get a primal Promethean thrill and ego boost from creating machines from symbols. Women get the same thrill and primal sense-of-purpose from creating new living human beings (i.e. babies), instead of machinery.

And you base that on what?
And Even if those affirmations were true, they'd be meaningless unless:

Women don't get a primal Promethean thrill and ego boost from creating machines from symbols.
Men don't get a primal sense-of-purpose from creating new living human beings.

about 2 months ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

xvan Re:Funny, however.. (171 comments)

Copyright rules should be abolished for non commercial use and FRAND rules should be applicable to commercial use, because the current copyright state is:
a) unenforceable
b) detrimental to culture
c) most people don't give a shit about it.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

xvan Re:Unified Experience Across Devices (644 comments)

To lazy to search, but what are they planning to do for addressing the arch compatibility issues?
Wasn't that the main cause why the ditched their RT version? Users were unable to gasp the difference between the devices and ended returning them?

about 2 months ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

xvan Re:Someone's going to complain (208 comments)

Last time I checked, google maps didn't have good images of zones presumed not populated. This last tax actualization was made after 15+ years, so Argentina's government doesn't give a shit about being portrayed as lazy.

about 2 months ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

xvan Re:There is no "almost impossible" (236 comments)

No, you can't... because of the "any message", you would have "virtually infinite" amount of messages matching the same patterns you're looking for and having valid data in any other place.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

xvan Re:CGNAT (334 comments)

You can bypass that by reverse SSH, but it doesn't seem like a valid option in this case.

about 2 months ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

xvan Re:Bring back windows XP. (545 comments)

Could you list some stuff that mere mortals are able to do with newer OS but not with XP
(Honest question, I've barely touched 7 and never had the pleasure of using 8. As a Linux user, when WMs went full retard (again), I changed to awesome WM and haven't had to face change since.)

about 2 months ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

xvan Re:Right fix (92 comments)

Aw, heck. They're "fixing" it the wrong way. The right way to deal with DOOM running on a printer's LCD is not to remove this feature. They should simply turn DOOM into official menu option.

It's not like it hasn't been proposed before.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

xvan Re:Many languages and... (729 comments)

for bash / sh, the ; is not mandatory... What else do you propose to separate to commands in the same line?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

xvan Re:Infoworld... pass (729 comments)

That's also used by the CMSIS for ARMs ... There, struct pointers are pointed to the pheripherals registers memory map, so you can make calls like TIMER->value.

about 3 months ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

xvan Re:35% is high, yes, but ... (165 comments)

Argentina has instituted what amounts to a 35% import duty. Yes, that's a lot, but most things are purchased domestically.

Argentina has an import duty over the VAT... So that's + 21% +35%. That's been like that since I can remember.

To make the math easier for you, customs set a unique 50% tax on imports to local market. And that's only over the goods.
You still have to pay if you need to send money out of the country via a wire transfer.

For some reason CCs were exempt from this, now another 35% tax was set, deducible from your income tax... But as anywhere else, almost all Argentinians fake their income declarations, so they can't justify their foreign expenses and never get the reimbursement.

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

xvan Re: Well... (171 comments)

The issue is that I've accumulated a long list of changes I don't want on my firefox, and that required me more than half an hour to toggle. Of the top of my head I can think of:

  • Switch to tab
  • That tiling thing instead of the about:blank page for new tabs
  • Classic theme restorer
  • Placing all the UI items back to their original place

I'm sure I must have a lot more stacked.

about 3 months ago
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NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

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

An organization who has a record of defending people's freedom or a corporation who has a record of selling every kind of information they can get their fingers on.

Mmm... I don't know which applies to google and which to the NSA....

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

xvan Re:Windows 8 app store? (188 comments)

ARMs are extremely power efficient too. And the core licences allow manufacturers to add their own embedded peripherals, including those fancy hybrid ARM/FPGA guys.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

xvan Re:Sandboxing (331 comments)

Whish I could tell that to the Ubuntu developers after each distro upgrade.

about 3 months ago

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