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Comment Re:I guess they realised... (Score 1) 93

I haven't seen it in Wayland per se, but look at xpra. The way it implements remote app execution is in theory possible based on my understanding of wayland architecture. It doesn't have problems with detaching windows, etc. It currently requires a dummy X server, but it's not really in the actual display stack. It's a project that gives me hope for Wayland being able to provide a decent experience. Of course I don't know if Wayland is badly needed or not, but at least I could see a tolerable way of coping with applications that could not run over X without something like a dumb VNC session.

Comment Re:I guess they realised... (Score 1) 93

It doesn't slow down, but they also don't help. That's the point I was making, that the lines, text, and pattern primitives that X was able to simply describe aren't leveraged in modern UI.

Now I can't speak to the question of what Wayland fixes in exchange for getting to ignore having X11 as part of the core, and whether it's worth it. I can say that even if it Xorg, it's time for most folks to move on to strategies like Xpra that preserve the awesome facets of seamless remote applications, perform better, and are not sensitive to things like network disconnects trashing the ability for the application to keep running.

Comment Re:I guess they realised... (Score 5, Informative) 93

I suspect the sentiment is that X11 is better because of the network transparency angle. Of course the underpinnings of how X11 does it are actually decrepit and inefficient and compare poorly to other strategies that leverage different entry points that Wayland actually preserves. Injection into the compositing and WM provides a simpler and nowadays better performing strategy than X11 primitives. It meant something when the X11 primitives were actually used in the typical X applications with some sort of relevance, but now pretty much applications running over remote X are pretty much dumping bitmap data rather than any useful shorthand for complex UI concepts. Meanwhile intejecting the payload via compositor and the context via WM avoids a lot of the complexity that X contends with and allows a compositor freedom in picking good client-server protocol/compression.

Comment Not credible... (Score 1) 93

Dell can't 'acquire' EMC, there's no way they have the cash.

"Another report, this time fromre/code,HYPERLINK "http://recode.net/2015/10/07/emc-is-looking-to-sell-part-of-its-business-to-dell/"citesits own sources to the effect that EMC was merely trying to offload its VNX line"

This rumor is more credible, Dell could probably afford something like the VNX line.

Comment Re:Show us the data (Score 1, Insightful) 399

No, they know the medical costs, which do not reflect loss of value. If I get cancer, the health insurance costs are super high. If I get instantly decapitated in an accident, the health insurance costs aren't terribly high. In both cases, however, the 'loss of value' would be similar. The tab is picked up by my life insurance, but that 'value' was set by me, not by some third party.

The point stands, we don't have a concrete 'value' associated with loss of life and diminished quality of life associated with various energy strategies.

Comment Re:Outsider (Score 1) 173

Except market research is an indirect and often flawed amount of knowledge. It's also generally based on data sources generally available to the public.

Here the knowledge is a more direct representation of the needed data. You are betting according to the very straightforward assumption that all popular 'fantasy sports' sites have similar behavior among their members. Essentially, those with access to one site's membership data knows the odds to payoffs of a typical site, while the rest of the participants are somewhat blind to the odds to payoffs. With this knowledge, folks are able to find combinations that are almost certainly going to be profitable in aggregate, which wouldn't be possible if things were actually fair.

Comment Re:Well there goes the cipherhood (Score 2) 92

The challenge being that the dust is far from settled on the quantum-resistant asymmetric hashes, and none of them have been anywhere near as well researched as RSA or even elliptic curve.

I can't reasonably today set up a website certificate using any quantum resistant algorithm. More research and consensus are required. It may be pessimistic to say no meaningful encryption for decades (it ignores symmetric encryption, this step actually isn't *practically* any closer to producing the theoretical quantum computer that could derive private keys from public keys, and even if it were closer, algorithms that are credibly being considered quantum resistant are out there, so it may be years, but not decades from now unless something is deeply wrong with *all* the candidates).

Comment Re:Continuum could be a big hit... (Score 1) 87

Problem being that folks running Windows typically have a lot of applications that are not universal apps and likely never to become universal apps. Continuum *specifically* helps a phone provide the desktop/laptop support when paired with appropriate input/output setup, which is nice for generic applications, but more critically relevant to the applications that people run that are not in this mold.

MS without x86 has been a very very uphill situation from a business perspective.

Comment Re:Well there goes the cipherhood (Score 5, Interesting) 92

Of course the issue being that AES isn't useful in many contexts without key exchange, which is generally rooted in asymmetric algorithms. Pre-shared key circumstances exist, but are exceptionally rare and not particularly feasible in most internet contexts.

Such a strategy using username/password as foundation of the strategy can work once a relationship is boot strapped, but no good way to bootstrap a new secure relationship.

Comment Re:Not really (Score 2) 681

Well, there is this:

Whatever judgement call you want to make (I hate the phrase SJW because it is pretty much used indiscriminately toward folks who have legitimate gripes and those who are senselessly whining).

I personally have found Linus' perspective a bit refreshing. He will call out bad code, erring on the side of brutal honesty. I've seen way too many projects fall pray to the other phenomenon, everyone is too polite and in fear of discouraging folks, and ends up accepting mediocre stuff rather than offend. It's generally not a problem for a small project, but the bigger the project is and the more interest attracts, the more dangerous this can get.

I know if I can get code in easily without a lot of commentary/debate, I take it as a sign that the project is being too nice.

Comment Continuum could be a big hit... (Score 4, Interesting) 87

If they went with Atom processors for the phones.. Without access to the library of existing x86 applications,Windows continues to fail to take advantage of their one key advantage, that dwindles more and more by the day.

MS should have been pushing the x86 phone story *hard*. I was skeptical when Surface RT happened, and that did turn out to be a bust. MS should have learned from this. While continuum lays the groundwork for an interesting story, it falls short when paired with an ARM device with respect to MS ecosystem.

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