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Comment: Re:where? (Score 1) 129

by serviscope_minor (#49143495) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

"great games shipping for linux ..." where? i'd love to install some.

Well, I've been playing Creeper World III recently. I loved 1 and 2, and 3 is available native on Linux, where as I had to run 2 in a Windows VM. it's an indie game, so not super fancy but it runs on low-end hardware and the game mechanic is interesting. It also has a lot of built in content, a huge amount of very imaginative user generated content and a remarkably good random level generator.

Comment: Re: Easy of porting over is the key (Score 1) 129

by serviscope_minor (#49143447) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

It's not.

The only people who claim so are, frankly, ignorant.

The ignorance comes because Linux is easier to use for development than the alternatives. You just apt-get install the libraries you need and get hacking.

In order to make something portable you need to do what you have to do on Windows anyway: package all the libraries with your program.

It's just that by default Linux is much easier in that regard.

Comment: Re:Doesn't matter much (Score 1) 94

by serviscope_minor (#49143163) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

Except Bluetooth Low energy.

For some reason despite having support in the Kernel, it took them ages to support it on Android. 4.3 or newer only unless you want to also use some phone endor's own libraries for pre 4.3. That's a pretty bad indictment when several vendors had to make their own, incompatible libraries for hardware because Android dropped the ball.

Oh and the 4.x series has some really nasty bugs too and they're only fixed in 5.x. the recommended solution is to turn bluetooth off and on again and if that doesn't work, reboot the phone.

Not an iOS fanboi (I hae no iOS devices), but Android is awful and really driving me up the wall right now.

+ - Exelon-backed bill seeks $2 more a month for nuclear power plants->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes "Electricity users would have to dip into their pockets a little more to help cover costs of Exelon's nuclear power plants under legislation unveiled Thursday that the influential corporation maintained would save jobs and keep service steady and reliable.

Exelon is backing the proposal because it could prop up what it says are three money-losing nuclear plants that produce relatively clean energy compared to other sources of power. Opponents question whether Exelon would get an unnecessary bailout when a trio of its other nuclear plants are in the black, and supporters of a separate bill prefer a broader approach that would build up renewable resources."

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Comment: Re:Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation? (Score 1) 94

by mlts (#49142435) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

The biggest issue that people have is app compatibility, and without apps, the entire ecosystem winds up marginalized, as it did with Maemo/Meego (which were excellent operating systems, but without popular support, just didn't continue on.)

The good news is that we have tools to fix this, especially with containers, virtualization, and btrfs that offers online and offline deduplication.

Virtualization is important. With this, one can have their apps for work in one VM which is up to corporate policies when it comes to encryption and access control, and a second VM for personal stuff. It would be nice if US phones had more dual SIM card support, so one could use two numbers at once, and "never the twain shall meet".

Containers are useful as well, mainly as a way to isolate and secure apps.

Of course, having deduplication saves space, so one can have 2-3 VMs, with most of the Android footprint (mainly /system) being shared between them.

Comment: Re:Flying Cars (Score 1) 129

by Carewolf (#49141409) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

"We didn't get flying cars, but the future is turning out OK so far."

Flying cars have been produced for the last twenty years. Drivable aircraft for longer than that. The problem isn't technical, it's political. They can't license and regulate them. The Government systems are just too crude.

That is not the problem. You can fly one if you have a flying license or do it at low altitudes over your own private land. The problem is that they are a stupid idea, the power spend keeping the vehicle hovering is not spend moving it which makes the range ridiculous short, on top of a price set in hundreds if not millions of dollars.

Comment: Re:There's no $$$ to be made in security (Score 1) 93

by mlts (#49141087) Attached to: Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them

This is a good thing. In the past, a company would get breached, and it would have a minimal impact after paying for a PR campaign, definitely forgotten after six months.

However, the Sony hack with E-mails leaked which got celebs mad and data destroyed is different. Before that, a company got hacked... but their data was still there, so a lot of managers just brushed it off. However, if an intrusion means that the entire company is unable to do business and likely will fail in days to weeks [1], security goes from something in the backseat that is perceived as having no ROI, to a major concern.

This is a good thing. We have had solid security concepts since the 1970s, and most enterprise applications and devices can be well locked down. It is just using the functionality involved and making it work for that company/organization's culture.

It also might get vendors focused on security, perhaps being able to standardize on things. For example, it would be nice to have a style of USB cryptographic token that works with anything, be it an AIX machine or a Windows box.

Which means more money for those who can keep pace with security.

[1]: There are a lot of businesses who decided to follow the hype and drop tape, and instead, go with tiers of SANs for backups. Backing up to SANs does provide decent protection against hardware faults.

However, all data accessible comes at a cost. A bad guy can log onto the SAN's backend and purge all data with just a single command. Once this is done, the data is gone, and because there are no backup tapes... there is no recovery possible. Even with SANs that replicate to different physical locations, the deletion will be replicated. Even more insidious is tampering over time where someone logs on a SAN, and just starts overwriting stored data that nobody ever accesses.

It makes me wonder if tape will go from being laughed at as "retro" to being a primary medium for storage again. A pile of tapes stored offline will require physical access to destroy, as opposed to zeroing out everything with just one button. Even cloud "media" is easily destroyed if a blackhat gets enough access.

Comment: Re:Did you read it? (Score 2) 93

by mlts (#49140775) Attached to: Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them

Devil's advocate here:

What about DISA/NIST and their publications/guidelines? This is paid for by the taxpayers, and can be very useful, even though the info might be obvious in some places [1]. They have decent checklist guides on recent operating systems under their national vulnerability database.

It is nice to be able to fetch info, even if one doesn't have to worry about stuff like FISMA and SCAP, just to have a decent baseline of security.

[1]: Things like using group policies, not allowing multiple users use the same account, etc.

Comment: Re:Flat Look may be ugly, but it is useful (Score 1) 436

by mbkennel (#49140135) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10
| Seriously Jobs liked flat UI's


| and one button mice.


| While Jobs was off developing Next, Apple adopted 3d shading.

NeXT did it far earlier of course. NeXT used 4-intensity grayscale on its first machine (very tastefully) when most Mac was 1 bit black and white. The grayscale displays obviously didn't have any RGB phosphors, and were extremely clear for the time.

Take a look here and compare contemporaneous Apple/Amiga/Microsoft vs NeXT.

NeXT was 15 years ahead of competitors, both in UI and software architecture. Windows 95 was a low-end rip-off of NeXTSTEP UI, but at least they had the taste to rip off the best. Note the W95 close button. Note how Windows screwed up by putting minimize & maximize very close to the destructive close 'X' button. NeXT of course but the close button alone and the other menu on the other side.

| One he came back it's forced his developers to put a flat UI on the first iPhone.

iPhone wasn't flat until Steve was nearly dead. I have a very old iPod Touch that runs iOS 4.x. The UI is really good and nice looking, predictable, and fast and efficient. Better than my much faster iPad on 8.

Optimization hinders evolution.