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Comment: Re:I'm dying of curiousity (Score 3, Insightful) 147

by jedidiah (#49190529) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare

It's only "controversial" in software where people think that "what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine" is an acceptable way to think about other people's work.

The GPL is a clever hack of copyright law written by someone that knew what he was doing. I think people see RMS and think they can get away with sh*t because they think he's not smart enough to hire a real lawyer.

Comment: Re:So fit people generally live longer? Go figure (Score 1) 131

by jedidiah (#49179797) Attached to: Treadmill Performance Predicts Mortality

A fit body is more ready for a nasty surprise. If you aren't very fit, you may end up as a freak heart attack statistic. No one may even know what really killed you.

It's all a mix of seemingly random events with the inclusion of at least one element that's under your control.

Comment: Re:Not the right problem (Score 1) 560

by jedidiah (#49172257) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

I would add #4 -- detect when someone is trying to trick the end user. Multiple file extensions. The combination of a visible file extension that's harmless with one that's executable. Trap these conditions and treat the file with an extra level of harshness.

If one of us would see it as an obvious attempt to abuse the Windows file handler, then make it something that the common rube would not be able to execute even if they wanted to.

Comment: Re:That's the problem (Score 2, Insightful) 560

by jedidiah (#49172205) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

No. A user should be able to trust the name of the file.

If the file isn't really what it says it is, then that should be a BIG RED FLAG for the user shell. At that point the OS should know to treat the file as a threat.

A deceptively named file should immediately go into quarantine.

Instead, the user (assumed to be an idiot) is just left to fend for themselves.

Comment: Re:Not Dumb.... (Score 1) 199

Pornography is and always has been illegal in many US jurisdictions. This is very much like online gambling. New York or California might tolerate this stuff but some grandstanding DA in Tennesee will decide to bring someone up on charges.

Doesn't matter where the server is hosted.

This has been going on with online services and cable TV since the 80s.

Comment: Life has caught up to our dreams. (Score 1) 232

by jedidiah (#49165179) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

The problem with new Trek isn't JJ Abrams. It's us. The future painted by Star Trek in the 1960's isn't quite so distant any more. It's actually a little quaint. The "ethnic crewmen" are no longer awkward stereotypes. They are real people viewed much more as equals and just plain mundane.

The Scottish engineer is actually a real geeky Scot.
The Asian is more than a smiling cheerful guy.
The Russian is actually from Leningrad and actually sounds like someone who could be Spock's protoge.
The black girl comes off as more than just a switchboard operator.

Most of the tech of the old show seems dated so they find the need to make it all look even snazzier.

We are past most of the little details and the big details are taken for granted.

The future arrived. The bar is higher now. The remarkable has become the mundane.

Comment: Re:Yet another reason to abandon physical media. (Score 2) 107

by jedidiah (#49155579) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

> If you watch your movies via streaming, this is not an issue. 2015 people, 2015.

Yes. In 2015 there's still plenty of stuff that's not available via streaming or is only available at a price that most people aren't interested in paying.

Some us actually use this stuff and don't merely talk about it.

Comment: Re:It's not just the fragmentation (Score 3, Insightful) 136

by jedidiah (#49140913) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

Meanwhile, there is this PC platform that wiped out all of it's other bespoke competitors probably before you even touched your first computer. PCs are MUCH more diverse than Android phones. But if you started whining about "fragmentation" to PC developers they would look at you like you grew a second head.

Comment: Re:The state is easy to see. (Score 1, Troll) 199

by jedidiah (#49139487) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

What do "desktop users" even want? Do they even have any real desires or do they just mindlessly take whatever is force fed to them by a Microsoft dominated OEM channel?

These are the same "desktop users" that turned their noses up at MacOS in favor of DOS.

The idea that Linux "lost the desktop" is assinine. It was never there to take. It was owned by DOS from day one. Quality of the product accounts for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

By Lemming-centric market metrics, even MacOS is a failure.

Thankfully most other markets are not quite as broken and I am not stuck eating dirt. Only in the computing market is the notion of not wanting to eat dirt seen as extreme or subversive.

Comment: Re:Easy of porting over is the key (Score 4, Insightful) 199

by jedidiah (#49138257) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

This Linux gaming renaissance is most likely a side effect of how every other gaming platform besides Windows uses "something else". That something else is Linux compatible. That reduces the distance between Linux and what has already been ported to.

Android, MacOS, even the PS4 and Wii's are intermediate steps towards Linux.

It's no great surprise that the most interesting ports for Linux are being done by a MacOS porting house.

Beyond the big titles, Linux is a significant part of the market. The indies were already porting to Linux because of this.

Comment: Re:Media streamer? (Score 5, Insightful) 60

by jedidiah (#49132261) Attached to: Intel Updates NUC Mini PC Line With Broadwell-U, Tested and Benchmarked

While the NUCs are overkill for HTPC duty, the PIs are also not sufficiently there either. A PI just has problems keeping up with the user interface (XBMC).

Something like a Chromebox is the sweet spot. Decent enough GPU for video decoding and a CPU that's not ridiculously anemic.

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.