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Comment: Re:The idea was a good one, the execution poor (Score 1) 187

by squiggleslash (#49169035) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

I'm pretty sure that my analogous hypothetical contract with my cleaning service doesn't include a clause about being allowed to deliver an unsolicited U2 CD, but nonetheless if they did it I wouldn't be upset in the way the other people on this thread are being.

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Comment: Re:Deja vu all over again (Score 1) 88

No, I'm not confusing the two, they're not the subject of this discussion which is ARM vs ix86. It's certainly correct that you also need the hardware to be open, but that's another entirely unrelated issue, and has nothing to do with ix86's legacy software compatibility.

Comment: Re:Do you trust the company? (Score 1) 308

by drinkypoo (#49168911) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

Yeah, it's not like open source software like glibc was recently found to be vulnerable.....

The obligatory rebuttal is obviously to question what vulnerabilities are in closed libcs that we're simply not finding? How do you know there aren't more? Sacrificed a chicken this morning?

Comment: "Empire of the Rising Scum" (Score 2) 101

by Beryllium Sphere(tm) (#49168905) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo

From a 1990 essay comes the insight
"The ability to get ahead in an organization is simply another talent, like the ability to play chess, paint pictures, do coronary bypass operations or pick pockets. There are some people who are extraordinarily good at manipulating- organizations to serve their own ends. The Russians, who have suffered under such people for centuries, have a name for them-- apparatchiks. It was an observer of apparatchiks who coined the maxim, 'The scum rises to the top.' "


It is as insightful in its own way as "The Mythical Man-Month".

Comment: Re:But can it protect users against the Stingray? (Score 2) 50

Yes, it will protect you. The government will still be able to intercept and listen to your calls, data and text, but they will be encrypted and they will not be able to know what you were talking about.

But if you just have mobile data, you can do all that now with a typical Android phone without even installing additional software.* Just configure IPSEC to encrypt your SIP communications (you're going to need someplace for them to go, with IPSEC, that's your problem) and then configure the SIP phone to connect to your server, and finally make your calls via SIP. If you want to go WiFi-only, you can disable the cellular antenna for added security (or just buy a device without cell support in the first place, obviously.)

* My SIP settings went missing. They're not where they're supposed to be. Moto G, 5.0.2.

Comment: Re:5% Gross is a terrible deal (Score 2) 105

by drinkypoo (#49168143) Attached to: Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free

I think the reason minecraft was/is so successful is that the UI is shitty,

The UI is one of the better things about the game. The absolutely horrible performance is more what I'm talking about. Whether it can or can't be blamed on Java is academic (and thus perfect slashdot-fodder, but anyway) but the game runs like poop. There are numerous clones which don't, but ironically none of them have UI as good as minecraft. Which, I know, is shocking. But it's still true.

Comment: Re: A giant lagoon dam (Score 1) 126

by Rei (#49167981) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

I'm sorry, but I agree with that. If you on the UK want us to dam up our rivers and build roads out to geothermal areas and tap into our resources, and raise our local power prices in the process, all for the benefit of the UK, our government better damn well profit as much as possible from it and reduce our taxes / improve our services in exchange for that.

Unfortunately, xB and xD do not agree.

Comment: Re: A giant lagoon dam (Score 1) 126

by Rei (#49167805) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

Better negotiate the contract during a Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn / Framsóknarflokkurinn (conservative) government. Samfylkingin would approve it under the condition that the Icelandic government's share of the sales are so high that you would barely save any money on the imported power, and Vinstri Grænir would outright reject it no matter what you offered. But Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn and Framsóknarflokkurinn would let you dam up whatever rivers you want and take gigawatts of power in exchange for a handful of shiny trinkets and a couple magic beans.

Comment: Re:5% Gross is a terrible deal (Score 4, Insightful) 105

by drinkypoo (#49167019) Attached to: Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free

That's why Notch wrote his own engine for Minecraft and sold Mojang for $2.5 billion.

Oh wait ... maybe success is not only a factor of the engine, but _gameplay_.

You left out the really critical part of your argument, which is that Notch wrote a shitty new engine, and still made billions. It wasn't even a competent job.

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