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Comment: Re: Regular expressions (Score 1) 41

by GeLeTo (#48439191) Attached to: Critical XSS Flaws Patched In WordPress and Popular Plug-In
Use a proper HTML sanitizer. Yes, this is much bulkier than just throwing a regexp, but this is for a reason. Just look at the security advisories for google caja for instance:
There's no way a simple regex can take care of all these cases, if WP just updated the regex - it is bound to be full of holes.

Comment: The numbers (Score 5, Insightful) 139

by GeLeTo (#46110873) Attached to: Google's Motorola Adventure: Stinging Defeat, Or Semi-Victory?
- $3.2B Moto's 2011 cash
- $2.4B Moto's 2011 deferred tax assets
- $2.35B Moto's Set-top-box business sold in 2012
- $75M Moto's factories business sold in 2013
- $2.91B Moto's Mobility business sold in 2014

So the "patents, engineering talent, and insight into the mobile-device marketplace" cost $1.56B, not $7.1B

Comment: PNaCl (Score 1) 124

by GeLeTo (#43307641) Attached to: Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox
The Mozilla folks didn't speak kindly of Google Native Client, but asm.js is not much different than PNaCl (portable native client)
PNaCl compiles LLVM bitcode to native code
asm.js uses code generated with Emscripten from ..... LLVM bitcode
Devs can easily target both platforms. If somebody ports the Pepper API to asm.js, converting a PNaCl application to asm.js can be an automated task.

Publisher Sues University Librarian Over His Personal Blog Posts 126

Posted by samzenpus
from the if-you-don't-have-anything-nice-to-say dept.
McGruber writes "The Chronicle of Higher Education has the news that Herbert Richardson, founder of Edwin Mellen Press is suing McMaster University and University Librarian Dale Askey for $3 Million over Mr. Askey's posts on a personal blog. In 2010 Mr. Askey wrote a blog post about Edwin Mellen Press on his personal Web site, Bibliobrary. Mr. Askey referred to the publisher as 'dubious' and said its books were often works of 'second-class scholarship.' For a few months afterward, several people chimed in in the blog's comments section, some agreeing with Mr. Askey, others arguing in support of the publisher. In a February 11 statement, the McMaster University Faculty Association (MUFA) stated that The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) 'and the MUFA Executive agree that this case represents a serious threat to the freedom of academic librarians (pdf) to voice their professional judgement and to academic freedom more generally.'"

KDE's Aaron Seigo Bashes Ubuntu Phone 92

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-sir-I-don't-like-it dept.
sfcrazy writes "KDE's Plasma Active team leader Aaron Seigo has raised some concerns around Ubuntu Phone. He says 'We can start with the obvious clue: Unity currently does not use QML at all; Ubuntu Phone is pure QML. So, no, it is not the same code, it is not the sort of seamless cross-device technology bridge that they are purporting.' He then concludes, 'If you're a Free software developer, user and/or supporter and buying into these claims, I don't know how else to put it other than this: you're being duped. Consider what supporting those who employ such tactics means for Free software.'"

Finnish Anti-Piracy Site Pirates Thepiratebay Content 82

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the it's-fair-use-when-we-do-it dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Finnish copyright lobby TTVK Ry (which earlier ordered the artist promotion site The Promo Bay to be censored as 'thepiratebay subpage' before later admitting that it's legal, and also got the police to confiscate a 9-year-old's Winnie-the-Pooh laptop on suspicion of having illegally downloaded a single album) launched an anti-piracy website: The site closely resembles The Pirate Bay, and if you take a closer look, you'll notice that CSS has been directly copied from, complete with the original site name in comments (, pastebin mirror). Of course, one interesting question is: how on Earth did they manage to pirate The Pirate Bay content, considering that they managed to get court orders for major ISPs to censor access to The Pirate Bay?"

Comment: NVidia GPL kernel module (Score 1) 946

by GeLeTo (#41622567) Attached to: Alan Cox to NVIDIA: You Can't Use DMA-BUF
Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't NVidia have a small GPLed kernel module which communicates with the rest of the driver which is platform neutral (e.g. the same on Windows and Linux) and therefore not derivative work.
This is a bit of a gray area, but so far the Linux devs have not complained. So if NVidia exposes this functionality in their GPL kernel module in a platform-neutral way will that be ok?

Comment: Re:Is this announcement from Dell, or Canonical? (Score 1) 218

by GeLeTo (#40689211) Attached to: Dell To Offer Ubuntu Laptops Again
My old eeepc came preinstalled with some crappy linux distro. It had the same price and specs as the windows version except for larger hard drive. You can still see the Windows./Linux designation on their support site:

Comment: Re:I wanted to post this (Score 1) 359

by GeLeTo (#40682789) Attached to: Another Elon Musk Bet: Half of All Cars Built In 2032 Will Be Electric

...the petrol their cars run on ... is really just an inconvenient waste product that happens to have found a use.

While the market for plastics is huge, it is dwarfed by the gas market.
Once there's no need for gas - production will shift to converting petrol exclusively to plastics, wax, asphalt, lubricants, etc. You can create plastics from many sources - vegetable oil, sugar and ... oil.

Comment: Re:I wanted to post this (Score 5, Informative) 359

by GeLeTo (#40682651) Attached to: Another Elon Musk Bet: Half of All Cars Built In 2032 Will Be Electric
The amount of electricity required to travel a certain distance with an EV is roughly the same as the amount of electricity used to refine the gas for a regular vehicle that travels the same distance. According to DOE:

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe