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Comment Re:Reasons why I don't like the Internet of Things (Score 1) 79

Here is some of the evidence: IP cam trolling!

There was an epic one from last week where 4 unwanted pizza deliveries showed up at this person's door before the pranker started shouting "GIMMEE MY PIZZA!" and obscenities at the family. But it got pulled.

Comment Re:Trend towards illegibility (Score 1) 149

IMO, the real problem is font rendering characteristics emanating from FOSS systems. Bootup a basic fedora or debian system and what you will see fonts that are WIRY as all heck. Turning on subpixel rendering and hinting doesn't help enough, IMO. You can attack the problem with a font like Cantarell, which is nicer but also a real oddball. Or you can change your rendering to match a system like OSX using an out-of-date patch called 'infinality'...

Ubuntu, interestingly enough, seems to be an exception to this rule. Its rendering loses a lot of that wiry look. Its a significant improvement though still not quite as good as OSX or Windows. Its not surprising that infinality has a preset to emulate Ubuntu as well as other OSes.

Comment Re:Stopped reading after... (Score 2) 106

IME has always been a buggy piece of shit with absolutely no visibility by anyone outside of Intel or without strict NDAs, that is a fair statement. I have no experience with AMDs equivalent to speak of. But IME was always a black box of vague claims, poor implementations, bugs and secret sauce. That devices have embedded FW is unavoidable in this day and age, it's a fact of life and people need to get over it (I'm looking at systems companies who are allergic to software). But normally that embedded FW has a fixed function, is scope limited such that it can be reasonably tested and verified by the design teams and "must work". It's not like a more typical software development model (even for BIOS or UEFI) where if they have to release a patch they will do it. Updating IME can be sketchy given where it's fingers may lie in a design. IME seems to confuse all those boundaries and I haven't worked with anyone who has liked it.

Confusing BIOS and UEFI into this discussion is distracting, they are generally unrelated (but again, given the sketchy scope of IME, there are tie-ins).

Agreed. GP is kneejerk Intel fanboy blather and automatically runs to attack AMD as if TFA intended to play favorites. Intel dominates the market and sets the trends, so stop being a baby about criticism when an article focuses on them.

IME remains a black box, that can talk with the network and is therefore open to attack. Its not a part of the trusted computing base, but has control over it.

Comment Re: Great! (Score 2) 338

Most CFLs have a color rendering index (CRI value) of about 80, while an incandescent is close to 100 so close to the full spectrum is represented. Gaps in the spectrum lead to eyestrain, odd skin tones, etc.

Most LEDs have a CRI of 82-85, just a bit better. But increasingly there are models with "High CRI" of 90 or above. I've got the TCP ones and stuff looks great under them... they also dim down to almost nothing with no buzzing at all. Here is a more expensive model with a CRI of 95. The TCPs were the same price as the Maxlites until a couple months ago, but I think the TCPs may be better because the mfg has taken care to rate its R9 value.

Note those two bulbs have a 3000K "color temperature"... they are not as yellow-orange as normal incandescent bulbs. If you like the "normal" 2700K temp then your choices for high-CRI LEDs become plentiful and you can just pick them up at Home Depot or Lowes.

The color AND quality of sunlight can also be reproduced very well by LEDs.

Comment Basic research is lacking (Score 2) 100

Endpoint (i.e. PC) security is abysmal and could be taken in several new directions if there was more research done on open hardware, adding security context to UIs and such. Heck, we don't even have PCs and mobiles that represent keys, certs and signatures as first-class objects.... An MS Excel spreadsheet on a Linux desktop is more likely to be properly represented and handled than is a PGP key (on any OS).

Why not sell people on devices that have on/off switches on all mics and webcams? On wireless transceivers?

There's lots of room for differentiation in this field.

Comment Re: SIgh (Score 1) 490

In an information age, tyranny of elites is worse because it tries to manufacture ignorance and information scarcity.

The 'mob rule' concept assumes widespread ignorance and lack of access. In a society where education is practically universal, I don't think that applies. For most of the time I've been observing politics, its the elites who have been demonstrating most of the stereotypical maladies associated with 'tyranny of the majority': Tendencies toward burying information, turning privacy-transparency relationships in society upside-down, making hysteria and reaction an organizing principle. Corporate aristocrats have turned into the things they most warned us against; They are a pack of wolves.

Every society with some claim on "democracy" should have the means to re-trench the level of democratic participation beyond some minimum standard... to find a way to balance itself on a year to year basis without having to undergo major convulsions.

With that said, this is one of the sites that popularized the term "blackboxvoting" or BBV in the early 2000s. It became clear long ago that the current state of computing is not equipped to securely deal with high-stakes anonymous transactions; Computers today should not be trusted with the vote beyond printing out physical ballots. Even open software cannot fix this problem, because it tends to ignore a lot of the exploitable, idiosyncratic behavior in firmware and hardware as well... the computing stacks are mostly un-auditable.

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