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Comment: Not even the worst thing it installs (Score 2) 275

by BillX (#49202615) Attached to: uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner

All this furor over Epic Scale bitcoin miner, and none over other crud like Wajam that uTorrent installs?

Have a look at the last image in this article. "...may change your local proxy settings...collect...URLs of the pages you visit...content of encrypted webpages...Wajam may protect itself from other software that tries to wrongfully interfere with it."

Yikes. Lenovo got spanked pretty hard for packaging advertising malware that MITMs your encrypted sessions, but at least theirs doesn't officially threaten a counterstrike against your antivirus too.

Comment: Re:Sad but not surprised. (Score 1) 138

by BillX (#49067023) Attached to: NVidia Puts the Kibosh On Overclocking of GTX 900M Series

No arguments on the dick part, but if the vendor-supplied software has basically an "overclock" tickbox built right in (some videocard driver packages have this), he may not be 100% wrong to take them back under warranty. Under US law at least, there are implied warranties for "fitness for a particular purpose", which a company cannot always disclaim once that company has implied them (this varies by state to some extent). A good example is a pickup truck that comes with a ball hitch and is shown in the TV ads towing a camper. This creates an implied warranty that the truck is fit for towing something equivalent to the camper shown in the ad, and the vendor placing scary language otherwise in the warranty/manual may not necessarily dissolve that warranty. Likewise, nVidia might be worried that placing a user-accessible 'overclock button' right in the UI would create such a warranty and make them liable for implied warranty claims from OC'ed laptops.

(Whether OC'ing the GPU should be able to permanently damage the GPU or laptop in the first place is another issue, but being covered by some other threads in this discussion.)

Comment: Re:Here is what I *HOPE* is next (Score 1) 296

by BillX (#49013895) Attached to: Firefox Succeeded In Its Goal -- But What's Next?

I was running the Windows version (yeah yeah, here's my geek card), and starting around April of last year, it began to suffer some significant issues, starting with "molasses mode", which was fixed and replaced with frequent crashes and the Black/White Screen of Death (the window contents, or significant portions thereof, would fail to render once FF had been open for a couple days and/or many tabs were open, displaying either white or black rectangles). The latter seemed to come and go by release, but the crashing persisted long enough, and through enough releases (both home and work installations, Win7 and even XP, beh... cleaning out and reinstalling FF made no difference) that I threw in the towel on FF some months back. If they have truly fixed all of this for good, I might reconsider, except that a FF crash still takes down the entire browser (a Chrome crash, just reload the tab and it didn't happen), and FF just looks and acts like Chrome any, so why bother switching back?

Comment: Beyond not new... (Score 1) 43

by BillX (#48119795) Attached to: Startup's Open Source Device Promises Gamers "Surround Sound For Your Eyes"

"...people have been home-brewing their own content-driven lighting like this for a while, but this is the first I've seen that looks like a simple add-on."

There's a reason for this. What they are trying to sell is Ambilight, and Ambilight is patented.

Google "ambilight clone" and you'll find hundreds of open designs you can easily build yourself - patent holders generally don't (or can't) touch distribution of paper designs - but they're not legal to sell commercially.

Open Source

LLVM 3.5 Brings C++1y Improvements, Unified 64-bit ARM Backend 99

Posted by Soulskill
from the onward-and-upward dept.
An anonymous reader writes: LLVM 3.5 along with Clang 3.5 are now available for download. LLVM 3.5 offers many compiler advancements including a unified 64-bit ARM back-end from the merging of the Apple and community AArch64 back-ends, C++1y/C++1z language additions, self-hosting support of Clang on SPARC64, and various other compiler improvements.

Comment: Re:Simple Solution - Exam Mode (Score 1) 359

by BillX (#47831791) Attached to: How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

Ah, those were the days. At my HS the teachers were wise and would personally clear the memory on your calculator themselves. A fake "Mem cleared" program circulated widely. It not just intercepted the keystrokes you would use to actually clear the memory, but even displayed the text dimly (probably by clearing and rewriting the string rapidly) to simulate the fact that clearing the memory on a TI-8x also reset the screen contrast to (extraordinarily dim) factory default.

Comment: The important bit (Score 5, Informative) 338

by BillX (#47725897) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

This has nothing to do with "banning municipal broadband" today, and everything to do with not granting a power at the Fed level that would let a future FCC in 1-2 election cycles do exactly that.


"If the history of American politics teaches us anything, it is that one political party will not remain in power for perpetuity. At some point, to quote Sam Cooke, 'a change is gonna come,'" Berry said. "And that change could come a little more than two years from now. So those who are potential supporters of the current FCC interpreting Section 706 [of the Telecommunications Act] to give the Commission the authority to preempt state laws about municipal broadband should think long and hard about what a future FCC might do with that power."

Arguing that municipal broadband networks could discourage investment by private companies, Berry said, "Itâ(TM)s not hard, then, to imagine a future FCC concluding that taxpayer-funded, municipal broadband projects themselves are barriers to infrastructure investment. So if the current FCC were successful in preempting state and local laws under Section 706, what would stop a future FCC from using Section 706 to forbid states and localities from constructing any future broadband projects? Nothing that I can see."

Comment: Re:What kind of fish? (Score 1) 180

by BillX (#47700979) Attached to: Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

They can be delicious if prepared correctly. The main problem with carp is the pin-bones all through the flesh - you can't just split them down the middle, peel out the skeleton and enjoy, so many folks give them a pass. They're also a fairly thick fish, and with those bones it's not really practical to fillet them, so cooking them through without overcooking some part can be tricky. Slow smoking works great - a slab of smoked fish is basically finger food anyway and usually pinched off in small pieces, so it makes the bones less of an issue.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen