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Comment: Re:Wireless Networking (Score 1) 241

by ljw1004 (#49552825) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

In my experience many problems can be attributed to networking.

Same here. I had no end of problems with my old Buffalo running Tomato, needing a wifi base station reset once every few weeks. In the end I switched to an Airport Extreme base station. It hasn't failed once in over a year. I'm so happy with it that I bought one for my parents too.

Comment: Re:Must hackers be such dicks about this? (Score 1) 270

by ljw1004 (#49496857) Attached to: FBI Accuses Researcher of Hacking Plane, Seizes Equipment

Replace "tweet" with "stand up and announce" and "laptop" with "metal pipe" and the story becomes "Man stands up in aircraft cabin and announces he 'could disable flight instruments' with metal pipe." Not that he necessarily was going to. Just that he could...and he's got to the tool to do so right here...kinda maybe thinking about it...

How would it be "unreasonable" to seize the man's metal pipe on the spot? No warrant required.

Let's fill out your analogy more completely...

* An expert researcher on the use of metal pipes for their use in disabling various things
* Who had done known research on the use of metal pipes for disabling aircraft instruments
* Which is interesting because it's not generally known or understood that metal pipes can disable aircraft instruments
* Is going to a conference to give a talk (on the use of metal pipes for disabling aircraft instruments?)
* Announces -- to fellow professionals in the field of disabling things with metal pipes -- that he knows how it's possible to use metal pipes to disable flight instruments, contrary to the general understanding

Yep, no matter how you dice it, detaining the fellow and seizing his metal pipe still seems ludicrous.

Comment: Re:Accepting a story from Florian Meuller? (Score 1) 110

So far their acclaimed commitments seem to be mostly fluff with very little real substance in them..

How about completely opening .Net, moving their build system to GitHub, and moving the compiler to LLVM? Those seem to have some real substance to me. Then there's them embracing Docker for Windows Server 10 and open sourcing that work. This is not your fathers Microsoft.

...and how much of that is usable on any non-Microsoft platform? A percentage would be fine as an answer.

I think it's close to 100%, on mac+linux. When Microsoft open-sourced their VB+C# compilers a year ago, Miguel was on stage as well to show it running on mac.

Comment: The Cloud (Score 1) 445

The answer is still the cloud.

You're not vulnerable to hackers because you encrypted it before uploading it.

You're not vulnerable to the company going out of business because you still have your local machine. The only vulnerability is that the company goes unexpectedly out of business with no advance warning on the same day as your house is burned down. The great thing about two such radically different forms of storage (home + cloud) is that their failure models are uncorrelated and so vanishingly less likely to both fail at the same time.

Comment: Re:Yeah, right. (Score 1) 892

From your first link:

"The holdout cities — those where the earnings of single, college-educated young women still lag men's — tended to be built around industries that are heavily male-dominated, such as software development or military-technology contracting. In other words, Silicon Valley could also be called Gender Gap Gully."

Comment: Re:wildfires? (Score 2) 304

by bmajik (#49430525) Attached to: Obama Says Climate Change Is Harming Americans' Health

So I agree entirely with your sentiment, except I chuckled when you wrote that you live in Seattle.

What's funny about that is Seattle is also full of rich dumb people that make dumb decisions.

If you've done the Seattle underground history tour, you know that Seattle basically sunk into the sound long ago. The whole city history is replete with stories of stupid people that fought nature and lost.

Recently, the highway 99 project comes to mind :)

Comment: Re:Speaking as an outsider (Score 2) 159

by ljw1004 (#49403617) Attached to: The Most Highly Voted Requests In Windows 10 Feedback Pool

Currently, I use one of the many Linux Desktop Environments that lets me configure the look and feel of the desktop the way I want, not the way somebody else wants.

Yeah, you were able to configure Windows8.1 to look and feel pretty much like XP. I'm not sure what point you're trying to make. Did you require the configuration to be in-the-box with no manual tweaking? or something else?

Comment: Re:MS is still hostile to open formats (Score 4, Informative) 178

by ljw1004 (#49390471) Attached to: UK Forces Microsoft To Adopt Open Document Standards

And from what I gather even their new .NET licensing terms are designed to leave you on the hook.

Chinese whispers...

(1) Microsoft adopts MIT license for .NET, a perfectly standard OSS license. Many people leave it at this, but MS additionally makes a "patent promise".

(2) Blog site reads the patent promise, notes that for most use of the .NET OSS you're covered by the patent promise, but there's apparently one particular case (where you write your own alternative .NET runtime/fx that's incomplete) that doesn't appear to be covered by the patent promise.

(3) Slashdot summary makes the leap to say that MS is "undecided about suing" users of its OSS.

(4) Burz makes the leap to say that this is actually "designed to leave you on the hook".

There are quite a few unjustified leaps in there. Burz, I wonder if you'd say the same about all OSS software that's licensed under MIT or BSD but which lacks a patent promise? Because such software would be in an even weaker state from your perspective than Microsoft's OSS .NET.

(disclaimer: I do work for Microsoft, and I did generate some patents for them, and I'm an engineer not a lawyer).

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about. -- John von Neumann