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Comment Re:French Law extraterritorially (Score 2, Insightful) 381

Mod parent up.

I'm french, and of course I see as a joke the CNIL asking google to remove search result worldwide. But you should be aware that the world knows pretty well US laws for a simple reason : US laws tend to apply worldwide, in a large number of domains (not just technologies).

So, US people whining about losing "sovereignty" by having a french rule being applied worldwide is quite funny.

Back to the real subject of that ruling, what CNIL is trying to achieve here is the right to be forgotten. I know this can easily lead to censure, but with our privacy being invaded more and more every day, this may be an interesting point to address, worldwide.

Also, keep in mind that the CNIL is seen in France as the only pro-citizen entity against the companies which want to track you, spam you, and make your life a nightmare. They may have gone a wrong way here, but they're usually really helpful to protect citizens.

Comment Re:For a reason..... (Score 2) 345

Just the opposite. Of course you won't fix a dead pixel. But very often, the failing part is a really dumb component.

In those frequent cases, it is very frustrating to throw away a wonderful piece of technology (the OLED screen) because a stupid capacitor or resistor that is broken somewhere (but you don't know which one, of course).

Comment Re:I feel you... (Score 1) 283

Well, it's not as if you could upgrade the software anyway. Hardware vendors are really to blame her. They do not provide software updates nor help you do a cyanogen build. I liked the android revolution at the beginning (and I really like my 2011 motorola flipout phone with a physical keyboard and android 2.1). But I quickly realized that those devices are getting harder to use in the long term than a PC with windows.

I'll likely buy a new android phone this year, but I hope the next one will be running a linux distro, because I really feel the need to re-take control on my devices. My 10+ years old Dell laptop (core 2 duo) with an SSD is running extremely fast even for today's usage. The plastic case is falling into pieces, the battery died years ago, but it is just an excellent laptop for web/e-mail/office usage (near a power plug).

Comment Re:I vote Samsung Galaxy Tab S (Score 2) 283

Same here. really nice tablet, not that expensive (for the 8" version at least) and the screen is just incredible. And the galaxy tab S just got updated to android 5.

Beware : as for HD, you will get used to the screen sharpness very quickly and everything else you will see in the future will looks awful in comparison. And you'll have expensive tastes.

Comment Re:My theory (Score 1) 232

This whole systemd fiasco has caused a boatload of infighting, dissension among what should be cooperative members and teams, and it makes the process of administering Linux systems that much harder.

There is no need for a Microsoft conspirator to produce this outcome. The linux community, filled by zealots who *believe* in "Right Things" is completely responsible for its fate. Any change to core components will result in a mess.

Extremely good changes will cause little problems (only some whining) ; reasonably good changes with little drawbacks will cause havoc. And instead of working together with authors to improve shortcomings, they will just waste their time (as well as the time of the authors) to troll, because that's what they like : discussing about what is the Right Thing (that will get them go to Unix Paradise at the right of God RMS) instead of doing real stuff to move forward and improve the code base.

I'm no dev guru or Linux wizard, but even I know that swallowing stderr messages and mucking with long-time, well-established syslog formats is a Bad Thing.

Well, dev gurus and Linux wizard are not necessarily the persons to listen to when you want to make changes. They are guru of the *old* thing, so any change will lower their guruness (or need them some effort to keep them afloat).

All that said, I don't like Unity nor Gnome 3 and miss my old sawfish.

But back at the article, I love apt-get and dpkg. I like the fact that a .deb file can be done with simple tools like tar an ar. Apt-get has been the first system to manage dependencies and that was a huge thing. But I can understand when people complain that you need to type apt-get install and apt-cache search. And frankly, since snappy commands are pretty logical (install / search / update), we should adapt without any effort.

Snappy categorization in framework/apps/... is also interesting for security and for me, it really makes sense.

Comment Cheap smartphones are not new (Score 1) 209

I bought a Motorola Flipout in early 2011 for about $200. I'm still using it. Ok, it's Android 2.1 and I don't have many new apps running on it (but the recent google photos works fine !)

But that's not a surprise that they're slowly gaining market share : most media only talk about iPhones and similar Samsung devices, because that's what carriers and retailers only want to show (and usually hide real prices behind a monthly plan).

Cheap smartphones have literally boomed here in France since in 2012 a new carrier (Free) decided to offer very low cost plans with no phone, showing people that they were actually paying their $600 smartphone at least twice with their monthly plan with hidden costs.

Comment Re:Nope... Wrong interpretation. (Score 2) 417

The vast majority ... you mean 50,000 out of 160,000 ?

Yes, indian companies abuse the H1-B system and it's in great part their fault if there is a debate on H1-B. But no, the majority of H1-B workers are not "slaves".

The "top" H1-B list says it all : a lot of indian companies with low average salaries, and a long tail of legitimate companies trying to hire foreign talent.

Disclaimer : H1-B here.

Comment Re:Cash...Accepted Everywhere, No Fees (Score 1) 30

That's completely untrue in many countries now.

For small everyday transactions, cash is a real pain to use. You need to carry coins, pay the exact amount, get frequently cash at ATMs (because you may not want to carry a lot of money with you). When you get coins back, you need to put them back in your wallet, not let them fall on the ground, ... 30 seconds instead of 3 with a phone.

Shopkeepers also don't like cash, since they need to frequently move large amounts of money to the bank -- or pay the bank to fetch it on a daily basis.

So, maybe, in countries where credit card fees are high and criminality is ultra-low, it won't work. But those systems intend to lower the transaction fees so that it is really more convenient for everybody to use your phone rather than get cash out of your wallet.

Comment Re:So far so good.... (Score 1) 317

Well, I'm expecting a lot from any new Windows version, not because I use it but because it could prevent people from my family to ask for help when everything got broken.

So, I have one question : does it enforce more control on installed software or is it still the jungle of spyware, adwares and viruses ?

When I saw they did a windows store, I thought that finally, I'd have a good way to tell people how to get their machine fast and virus-less : only install software from the store where software is controlled and coming from the original provider (like we do in linux : install everything from controlled repositories).

Unfortunately, the windows store is just a huge mess for metro apps, not a way to install software in a more secure way.

Windows will be a good OS the day it won't auto-destruct over time, won't require an antivirus to suck all performance out of your CPU and kill you hard drive within a month.

Comment Re:The NSA has done several things to help securit (Score 2) 105

Yes, it definitely makes sense for government computers.

But the next question is : does it make sense for any personal computer ? Of course not. SIMD is largely based on puppet (who wants to be NSA's puppet ? :-)) which only makes sense for sysadmin to keep control over workstations.

Other governments or organization could have found find this project helpful, but the cost in reading every single line of code (because, you know, it's the NSA) completely kills the interest of reusing someone else' effort.

Comment Re:There's no reforming OPM (Score 0) 67

And yet, I find OPM pretty good in how they handle the situation. Full disclosure is not really a technique of the past and I'm quite surprised to see them contact every person who had data stolen and provide all details about what exactly was stolen.

I'm not sure all gov agencies in the world would act that way.

Comment Re:math (Score 1) 136

This guy is right explaining that dumb computation about password strength is stupid.

However, I disagree with the conclusion. Asking people to learn impossible to retain passwords is not the solution. Force them to choose a not-trivial but not hard password (entropy >10000) and apply well-balanced password trying policies (100 tries max per month). Everyone will be happy this way.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau