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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

xvan Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

It's not usually a driver issue, as that can be solved by using the same kernel version.
The real problem is signed / locked boot loaders.

about three weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

xvan Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

Because Linux, Linux kernel modules, when distributed as binary bulbs are tied to specific Linux version.
This originally wasn't a limitation as all drivers were open source, so you just needed to recompile the driver modules.

With closes source drivers that's not an option, there are work arounds as using an open sourced compatibility layer between your driver and the kernel (I believe that that's what NVIDIA does).
But on embedded devices that's not worth as those do not require to be upgradable or have planned obsolescence.

about three weeks ago
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Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

xvan Re:Better Onion article (512 comments)

Let's not equate drawing of cartoons and killing innocent babies (while in the womb).

tftfu, though it didn't change much it's meaning.

about three weeks ago
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2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are

xvan Re:not just many eyes (255 comments)

What is wrong with security through obscurity?

about a month ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

xvan Re:Religions codify survival info ... (755 comments)

And these books have ridiculous fantasies about supernatural powers.

So you have never read the Qur'an, but you assume that all religions are the same.

According to historian Denis Gril, the Qur'an does not overtly describe Muhammad performing miracles. The supreme miracle of Muhammad is finally identified with the Qur'an itself.

Source: Islamic_view_of_miracles

about a month ago
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The World of YouTube Bubble Sort Algorithm Dancing

xvan Re:Bogus algorithm (68 comments)

And more important than average efficiency, shell sort makes better dances!

about a month ago
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Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

xvan Re:*sips pabst* (351 comments)

Tom Bombadil was rightly cut as it served no practical purpose

Fine, I liked Tom Bombadil, but I can accept that he was cut off...

But Peter Jackson changed Tolkien's end from:
Frodo reaches the volcano edge -> Decides he wants the to keep The One -> Puts it on -> out of nowhere gollum bites his finger -> dances with the finger in his hand at the edge of the volcano -> Falls because he es dumb.

To:
Frodo reaches the volcano edge -> Decides he wants the to keep The One -> Has 7 minutes Hollywood fight -> Gollum predictable falls down

about a month ago
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Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

xvan Re:The access is not as dire as you would imagi (115 comments)

Cubans have monthly quotas in the internet cafes (via tickets I believe). Obviously those quotas are not enough. We're talking about the general population. The academia, and some government jobs have higher quotas / unrestricted access.

about a month ago
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Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

xvan Re:Incontrovertible evidence (115 comments)

Cuba's health and education stats are above average compared with the rest of LATAM and high when compared with the rest big Caribbean islands.

Cuba's health is not much worse than the US (yeah, that's a really low bar, but that's what most Slashdotters use as reference.)
http://www.worldlifeexpectancy...

Also Cuba ranks above the US in the Happy Planet Index.
http://www.happyplanetindex.or...

Let's say you won't be happy if you're a dissident in Cuba.

You won't be happy either if you're a dissident int he US.
You may stay "free" as long as you remain inside of your Free Speech cage.

about a month ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

xvan Re:They will either change their mind (183 comments)

They can't set their own fee / arrangement. Only the Big Guys Conglomerate can negotiate.

las últimas declaraciones de Wert contradicen ese carácter de irrenunciabilidad, sin embargo los agregadores no pueden negociar con el medio directamente (lo haría AEDE) y sólo sirve para la cuantía, no para la exención.

Spanish source in Spanish: http://es.gizmodo.com/internet... http://es.gizmodo.com/que-sign...

about 1 month ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

xvan Re:Yeah, already planning this. (222 comments)

I know 6 year olds that love playing GTA, so I think that Bloodless Doom won't be an issue.

about 2 months ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

xvan Re:permanent death? no save points? (222 comments)

Simple UI? what are you talking about?
Nethack uses almost all key combinations, lower case, uper case and ctrl+key. And if you are playing Nethack without a keypad, you need to use vi style cursor movements. Not that I'm complaining, but not even vim forces you into sort of pain.
And don't make me start talking about Dwarf Fortress, were the game needs to be hacked to put some sense intro that micromanagement mess.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

xvan Re:Projector? Recommendations (720 comments)

I've thought about this really hard, but the only reason I find to run with a TV or projector under your arm is looting

about 2 months ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

xvan Re:I use yahoo mail (400 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 2 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

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