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Comment Re:Websites will block EE ip ranges (Score 1) 103

French provider Free has been blocking ads for years. First as an ISP, then also for mobile customers.

This started during the Free-Google war which settled in the meantime, but the ad blocking is still in effect. But that won't make all companies do the same.

In fact, only Free can do that since they do not rely on any collaboration or contracts with ad providers. All the others are stuck because they are either part of a big advertisement group or have heavy bilateral contracts with ad agencies.

Comment Re:Language vs Library (Score 3, Insightful) 169

It is actually also a good source for language-related issues, good practices, often with links to relevant documentation. It is always good to discuss and share about programming and spread the knowledge. Whether readers will really try to understand or not is a different story and should really not be SO's fault. Whatever the way you spread programming-related information, there will always be some who just want to copy-paste it (and sometimes for good because their usage is not critical at all).

Comment Re:Still legal? (Score 1) 21

That could actually turn into a very sane situation. If you add a constraint to sell the vulnerability to the responsible company if that company is willing to match the highest bidder, then it could be really helpful :

- Security researchers get paid for their work

- Companies get an incentive to improve security before releasing products

Comment Re:Read the paper. Disagree with "symbols" (Score 1) 103

Sooooo True.

That's what happen when you fight against human beings : they work around you. We're constantly told that adding a special character makes your password so much stronger ... those people must be morons to think that because they enforce a special character, people will start using randomly generated password. We're human beings, not machines, so we'll choose myusualpassword1! and not 4@dE^5%3SfdSF because the first is so much easier to remember.

And that's actually fine : we're now all using web interfaces to login which are able to slow down the try rate so that a 10000-ish complexity is enough for most cases.

Comment Re:Love that this is modded troll (Score 2) 312

Lawyers galore, again.

1. First, they come see companies, explaining that they need a patent war chest. Everybody is sincere and lawyers win.

2. Then they explain to some CEO/CFO/shareholders that they could use it to gain more money with it (or as a strategical weapon against small companies endangering their business). Lawyers win again and more other companies need to go to step 1.

You need a CEO with very strong feelings about patents to resist the temptation of using patents the wrong way.

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.

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.