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Comment Re:WTF is Wayland (Score 2) 46

Wayland is a fairly controversial replacement for X11, written by the people currently maintaining the X11 stack.

As the summary implies, Wayland been criticized for lacking significant features of X11 such as network transparency. Defenders have argued that network transparency is a minority application and that they don't like the way it's implemented in X11 anyway,

Those of us who use network transparency are rather bothered by being told that something that works fine for us (and it does, I regularly have to configure LibreOffice systems running on AWS instances, and have never bumped into any of the supposed problems Wayland advocates insist I have) are things we don't really need or want. We're not happy about losing functionality simply so that someone can go from 59fps to 59.5fps when playing Call of Duty.

Previous proposals have varied from proposals for an optional intermediary protocol sitting between Wayland and the client (apparently by people who have no idea what the transparency part of "Network transparency") and even the ability to stream the contents of Windows using H.264.

This proposal sounds, at least at first glance, to be better than those hacks. Hopefully it means they're finally taking the issue seriously.

Comment Re:out (Score 1) 240

The media has been pushing Kaisch pretty hard, despite having practically zero support outside of NH (and Ohio). That's not the decked being stacked against someone, it's quite the opposite.

Comment Re:One down. (Score 1) 240

The "saner" people aren't voting for either Republicans or Democrats. Both parties work against the interests of the American people, and most have started waking up to that fact.

As for Trump, when you point out that he's not a conservative, to his supporters, they'll often agree with you and say that they don't care. The few people I know, who support him, are borderline Democrats on most things. He may not have room to grow, within the party, but he'll get plenty of independents, and I suspect Democrats, if Hillary gets the nomination.

Comment Would be useful, if focused on dupes. (Score 1) 41

I don't want algorithms deciding what's important to me, but I would like something that filters out duplicate (or near duplicate) posts. I like using twitter as a kind of RSS feed, but I'm tired of media outlets retweeting the same stuff, several times an hour, all day long. I could probably get through my feed in half the time if all that spam was filtered out.

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Comment Re:Let's get real (Score 1) 202

If they want to launch it at us, they've pretty much got to get it small enough to fit in a car.

Not that it really matters anyway -- the NPRK would only launch a nuclear first strike as a form of ritual suicide. MAD still applies, even to nasty little third-world dictatorships, and launching a single nuclear missile (or even a few of them) makes no sense strategically; in a nuclear war you need to knock out your opponent's nuclear response capability or they're going to respond by nuking you to ashes in short order.

If North Korea did decide to nuke someone, they'd be much better served to smuggle the nuke aboard a ship and detonate it in a harbor somewhere; at least then they'd have some fig leaf of plausible deniability. An ICBM launch showing up on every nation's satellites/radar wouldn't leave any room for doubt at all.

Comment Re:Subpoenas and the right against self-incriminat (Score 1) 161

It sounds to me like the problem is a flaw in the constitution or the way it's being interpreted, to be honest. The prohibition against incriminating yourself is very obviously there to stop people being tortured until they falsely claim they are guilty. But giving up a password is not a proclamation of guilt or innocence either way. All it can possibly do is yield more evidence, hopefully leading to a more accurate outcome of the case.

I mean, under the same logic, search warrants should be illegal because by letting someone into your house you'd be "self-incriminating". Doesn't work that way.

I think the simplest fix to this problem the FBI has is for courts to stop treating "you must tell us the password" as falling under the self-incrimination clauses. It doesn't make logical sense, would yield a reasonable balance of power (FBI/other agencies cannot do bulk data harvesting from phones, which is the real danger here), puts protection of the device or not under the control of the court, etc. This is the compromise other countries have arrived at and it seems to work OK most of the time.

Comment Re: Too late (Score 1) 358

They don't need to pass any laws as the entire system favours "them" greatly. This is the entire thing. For you to miss that part means you really don't understand this discussion at all, and makes your participation in it somewhat confusing, as you appear to value your own opinion more than the facts. Redressing this balance will take work, and for people to complain about any efforts to redress it because they feel victimised seems incredibly selfish. This whole issue wouldn't be anywhere near as harsh if people had not been so happy with the imbalanced status quo over the last few decades. The only logical way one can stand against the desire for full representation is if they think women/non-white-folk are inherently worse at their jobs than white guys. As that is a specious reason, it's pretty clear why people arguing against it are deemed somewhat unhinged by those with a more reasoned approach.

Comment Re:Don't forget (Score 1) 358

If you can base the "white male" preference on logic, then there is no problem. When it's based on assumptions and wishes that's when shit starts to get called out. I can understand what leads people to be overly-aggressive when attempting to fix issues of representation in various sectors - sheer desperation that great swathes of society (and the worker resource they represent) are avoiding said sector must be quite the worry for any CEO looking to get the best hires (as if a competitor figures out how to wade through this mire, they will be ahead). I also find it repugnant that some people will ignore the entire body of evidence indicating that there is a large discrepancy with no physiological or logical underpinning, simply because the messenger irks them.

I'll stop rambling now, sorry.

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