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Comment: Re:One more reason to get away from Windows (Score 1) 181

by Guybrush_T (#48755113) Attached to: Inside Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware

Well, after reading the article again, indeed that could work on Linux. I thought there were windows vulnerabilities in the mix, but it turns out I read that wrong.

That said, I think that malware/adware is a major attack vector. And Linux/Android/iOS do not fear adware because applications are reviewed and controlled. Of course, you can always have a vulnerability in the Linux packages / Android Apps, but it makes things much harder and especially for the average guy's PC.

But true, for that special case, linux could as well be a target.

Comment: One more reason to get away from Windows (Score 0, Troll) 181

by Guybrush_T (#48753731) Attached to: Inside Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware

Using windows is currently a real nightmare for the average guy. Most of the computers of un-computer-educated people I know are full of malware and adware.

At some point it was seen as a fatality. iOS and Android just showed people that it was not. That's why Microsoft Windows is (finally) dying. Ransomware may be the thing that will decide people to finally switch to something else.

And maybe 2015 will be the year of linux on the desktop :-)

Comment: Re:About time (Score 1) 179

by Guybrush_T (#48580743) Attached to: LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

Full HD was nice when it was on 24 inches screen. When you see a Full HD picture on a big screen, the pixels are so big that you may wonder "is this high def ? The pixels are bigger than my old 1990 TV !".

That 8k monitor only has 160 dot per inch. That's not impressive at all.

For a monitor of that size (55"), having an 8k panel is nothing but hard to do. The difficulty resides in the production of the video (computer images are easy to render, but having a CCD captor at 8k is a different story) and the broadcast of the video (bandwidth, CPU, and HDMI cable at that frequency).

Comment: Re:Embedded Systems (Score 1) 641

by Guybrush_T (#48555015) Attached to: How Relevant is C in 2014?

I have to disagree. It really depends what you are doing. I love C and I believe that C will not be replaced for certain pieces of low-level software (kernel, libraries, ...).

However, when you need to write a script or a dynamic web page, using C is painful and actually not a good idea. Python and PHP are much better for that. I'm not a language fetishist, I'm just an average lazy programmer. When I need to do some work, I choose the most efficient tool to do it. I won't try use a new language because the grammar is kewl. Usually, I switch to other languages when I feel it is much more appropriate to my current task.

If a language survives (after the initial hype), it is for a good reason. Shell script, Javascript, Python, PHP, ... will also be there for a long time.

Comment: Re:C is primordial (Score 1) 641

by Guybrush_T (#48554933) Attached to: How Relevant is C in 2014?

With enough experience, yes. And you can check the generated assembly afterward to see if it matches what you expect.

Of course there are some cases where you know that you don't know what will get out of the compiler, but for the majority of if-then-else assignments, you don't get surprised by what comes out of the compiler.

There are exceptions on some architecture (e.g. Itanium) where the CPU is so complex that is it very hard to predict anything, but on x86/ARM, it's pretty simple.

Comment: Re:Largest in service, not largest ever built (Score 1) 275

by Guybrush_T (#48185791) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Indeed not the largest ever built, and roughly the size of the largest in service currently (be it supertankers, cruise ships, or container ships).

On the container ship category, it is also not a breakthrough (List of largest container ships). Couple of feet larger, couple of feet longer, roughly the same number of containers .. no big deal.

Comment: Re:Makes Sense (Score 1) 225

by Guybrush_T (#48054097) Attached to: Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

It actually makes a lot of sense to use google for everything. At the beginning there were IP addresses ; hard to remember. Then DNS came up and URLs got much easier to remember.

But, hey, what is the real information when you want to go to ? Answer : bookstore. And that's precisely what google does.

Moreover, if you type "bokstore" instead of "bookstore", google will give you what you actually had in mind.

So yes, Google has a lot of power, which is used in the majority of cases to help people -- this is why people use it. But with that much power, it seems to me that it should be now heavily regulated by law. Search algorithms should be regulated by laws and openly discussed in parliaments. You cannot remove / favor someone just because you want. You may have some space for business to slightly favor (to some extent) those who pay for it. This kind of things.

+ - French provider Free could buy US branch of T-Mobile

Submitted by Guybrush_T
Guybrush_T (980074) writes "Iliad, the parent company of Free, confirmed today having made an offer to buy 56% of the US branch of T-Mobile. This could be very good news for the US, since the provider reduced significantly the average price of mobile plans in France since they entered the mobile market two years ago. Their disruptive strategy, featuring an all-inclusive €20/month plan and a €2/month plan gathered 11% of the French market in only two years and lowered the price of plans by a 5 to 10 factor."

Comment: Re:Sounds awesome except.... (Score 2) 191

An easy way to fix this would be to have the USPTO grant every patent (for a fee) as it does currently, but also every time you want to sue someone, you would need an USPTO expertise granting you the right to sue.

That way, creating bad patents would cost you money ; suing for nothing would cost you money, and invalidate your patents at the same time. And the USPTO would get enough money to have real experts look at each case.

Comment: Re:This (Score 1) 417

by Guybrush_T (#46958969) Attached to: London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

I would agree if official taxis really knew their area, had a GPS in their car, did not try to refuse drives that don't fit them, and didn't try to steal you. I don't know for London, but in Paris and Dublin, I experienced it. No GPS, doesn't know the address, use the wrong (more expensive) fare, ...

The regulation is so hard that any taxi that pass it tends to consider itself "safe" from competition.

Taxi lobbies fight for more protections ... states gives them more protection [real failure here] ... user experience lowers ... competition arises ... chaos.

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein