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Comment: Re:Meh (Score 0) 124

by Gaygirlie (#46817589) Attached to: Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later

It costs $1600 and doesn't seem to have interchangeable lenses -- what, are they insane?

I may be wrong, but since it captures the rays themselves there's less need for various kinds of lenses -- you can just apply the distortions and the likes afterwards in software and achieve exactly the same result. Of course it doesn't completely remove the need for lenses, but it does lessen the need.

Comment: Re:Your first action after purchasing a router (Score 5, Informative) 233

by Gaygirlie (#46812707) Attached to: Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

yep, then you can just be vulnerable to the NSA heartbleed instead.

You might want to research things before you go off on a tangent like this. As quite well explains it, DD-WRT is only vulnerable if you run any of the following services on it: openvpn, squid, freeradius, asterisk, curl, pound, tor, transmission. None of these are enabled by default and most people don't use these services in the first place. DD-WRT's configuration interface, its own, built-in SSH-server and the likes are not vulnerable.

The link also quite conveniently mentions the following tidbit: "OpenSSL was updated immediately in the DD-WRT SVN repository. It can take a view days until we can provide updated versions for all routers."

Comment: Re:We do not need solid state to replace platter d (Score 1) 256

by Gaygirlie (#46780351) Attached to: SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Mmmmno. Hybrid drives are convenient, I give you that, but they are very limited in what sort of information they have about the data and its uses and if/when a new filesystem format comes around which the drive's firmware doesn't understand the drive falls back to dumb block-based caching. Cache done on OS-side of things have access to things like frequency of use, what sort of situations are the files used, expected ranges of reads and writes in the various aforementioned situations, new, improved filesystems, actual content-type, which user or users are logged on and so on. The hybrid drive, for example, cannot know who is logged in or that the user likes to e.g. listen to certain playlist while doing image-manipulation -- it doesn't know how to predict these situations and preload/cache things accordingly.

Comment: Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (Score 2) 54

by Gaygirlie (#46768427) Attached to: All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

Look, its easy. On the page, theres a link to Learn about Freedombox, which Im sure gives useful information on the project.

A huge bunch of various talks and presentations that are only meaningful to someone who is already familiar with the project? No, that's far from clear and easily-accessible for someone who is not familiar with the stuff, and seems like the most reasonable available explanation for it. And yet, it's totally not enough.

I still don't really get what they do or what they want, and I really have to say that this kind of approach really doesn't endear random people to the project -- people, that might otherwise start contributing to it. It wouldn't take them much more than a day or two to explain it all on their website and make the project and its developers more approachable, but alas, I get the feeling they want to maintain their own, precious little clique instead.

Comment: Re:Really limited? Ridiculous. (Score 1) 245

by Gaygirlie (#46738053) Attached to: PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

But there aren't many, if any, high visibility PC games that go out of their way to be hostile to KB/M.

Why would games even need to be KB+M - hostile? How does the capability of choosing to use one or the other form of input somehow work against using gamepads for people who like them?

Further more, there's no unified controller to design against.

Tbh, most developers just design against Microsoft's controller.

Comment: Re:solution (Score 4, Insightful) 303

by Gaygirlie (#46647589) Attached to: Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

I'm sort of playing devil's advocate here because I hate pop-up ads, but you could put up a pretty strong argument that people accessing free (advertising supported) sites with adblock are the parasites.

Personally, there are two big reasons for why I block ads: 1) they're way too often enormously annoying, selling all the things I couldn't care less about and they make it hard to actually concentrate on the content I am on the website for in the first place. 2) they're one of the most popular ways of spreading malware on the Internet. Probably the most popular, in fact. I just do not trust ads. The websites I visit are generally more-or-less trustworthy, but the ads may come from anywhere in the world and from any sort of unscrupulous bastards. I just am not willing to compromise my security for a small amount of monetary benefit for the website-owner.

Comment: Re:solution (Score 3, Insightful) 303

by Gaygirlie (#46647569) Attached to: Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

Not in this culture. We need to get back to a culture where you willingly pay what things are worth.

It's not that simple as that. If all websites moved away from advertisement-/user-tracking-based income generation to just blocking everything out until you pay a subscription fee then a lot of all the information on the Internet would instantly be locked away from children, the poor, 3rd-world residents and so on. Free (as in gratis) access to information is enormously beneficial on the global scale and I certainly do not wish for us to move away from that.

Comment: Re:Thanks for peptuating (Score 4, Informative) 164

by Gaygirlie (#46588069) Attached to: Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

To be honest, when I was using anti-depressants the world certainly didn't feel happier or more comfortable or some silly stuff like that. Those drugs didn't make me happy or joyous, they aren't some sort of a magical happy-pill. No, they flatten feelings -- both the bad ones, but also the good ones. Sure, they helped get over the worst times since they flattened out the bad feelings I had, but in the end I stopped taking them because they also flattened out the good things.

Not that my rant really means anything or has much to do with Molyneux. Just felt like sharing what it was like for me.

Comment: Re:Okay (Score 1) 517

If the placebo effect actually is effective, then it should be considered a form of medical treatment. Don't underestimate the placebo effect and human psychology.

You are totally misunderstanding what I said. I am not dismissing placebo - effect, I am saying that you can't just list everything that could have such an effect as medicine nor can you claim your faith healing - method or whatnot is effective medicine when the effect isn't actually due to your healing method at all -- it's because of placebo. You'd be attributing to your method something that is actually an effect of something else. So no, you can't just go and do that. If the healing effect is due to placebo - effect then say so, say that it is due to the placebo, not that it's due to your healing method.

I have no idea where you got the idea that I was dismissing the placebo - effect.

Comment: Re:Okay (Score 4, Insightful) 517

Not really. Placebo - effect, indeed, is well-known and it does have tangible effect, but these people are claiming their products or methods actually work, not that they have a working placebo - effect. I mean, it would be entirely different thing if these people just wanted their products and/or methods to be listed under things that are known to have a placebo - effect. Besides, almost anything can have such an effect if you just believe it to have an effect -- should we then allow anything and everything to be listed as medicine?

Comment: Re:Wikipedia ruined the internet (Score 4, Insightful) 517

Most of the information on Wikipedia is "biased, misleading, out of date, or just plain wrong."

Based on.. what? Your comment seems biased and misleading and could possibly be just plain wrong. Is your comment just based on your personal impression? Have you actually gone through and examined most of all the content available on Wikipedia? No? Well, gee.

Even worse, most of it is plagiarized, drawing eyes away from the books, smaller sites and other sources that produced it.

And yet, while doing that it makes it much more easier to find both the sources and relevant information. If Wikipedia didn't exist finding all that information would be a major hassle, especially considering a lot of the sources mentioned are behind various paywalls, only available in physical forms or whatnot.

"If that makes any sense to you, you have a big problem." -- C. Durance, Computer Science 234