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Comment :( No Cyanogenmod (Score 1) 152 152

Too bad they dropped Cyanogenmod. With Cyanogenmod you know that you can get easily installable updates, particularly when something nasty like Stagefright vulnerabilities appear.
I doubt the customized OxygenOS will be updated regularly, like most vendor specific Android devices.

Comment Yes, I did, but this looks handy (Score 1) 114 114

As a "linux geek" my drives and files are encrypted using dm-crypt, gpg, etc. However, this script looks like it would be useful for making transferable encrypted archives. How handy.
I do not know what "TrueCrypt" or "VeraCrypt" are. I have never seen them in any repository.

Comment That's ignorant. (Score 0) 216 216

The majority of Linux users don't use or need the remote features of X.

Unix/X/Linux/etc. got to where it is today by offering powerful tools that other systems did not. Seamless remote display technology is one of those tools. Just because there are a large number of ignorant people in the world who have started using computers is a poor reason for jettisoning powerful tools.

We don't have framebuffers and fixed frequency monitors anymore either.

Really? There are no display buffers in your computer any more?
Actually modern monitors are more fixed than ever before. LCD displays have fixed pixels, and if you run them at any resolution other than the intended resolution, they look terrible. Only software rendering can make image scaling bearable.

Comment "Worldwide"? (Score 4, Insightful) 337 337

They are simply saying that Google should obey French law when serving French citizens,

That is not what it sounds like to me:

"For Google, the answer is worldwide," said Ms. Falque-Pierrotin, when questioned late last year about the scope of the European privacy ruling. "If people have the right to be delisted from search results, then that should happen worldwide."

Comment Far Side (Score 5, Insightful) 126 126

As much of life does, this reminds me of a Far Side cartoon where a boy is sitting in front of a chalk board as his father writes equations on it, and to the right there is a broken window. To paraphrase the caption, 'Of all punishments Jimmy most hated his father's physics lectures.'

Comment FEAR (Score 5, Insightful) 686 686

Millennials know who Snowden is because they watch the Daily Show.

The real difference is that older people are more likely to be fearful of whatever boogey man du jour the government is pushing. When I was a little kid, my grandparents really were afraid of communists. When I was a teenager, I was told by older folks what horrible stuff marajuana was, and how it would definitely ruin your life. In 2002 I was having a discussion with an older co-worker, who was a really smart guy, and he told me that he was concerned and scared about Sadam Hussein having weapons of mass destruction.
Today government officials tell us we are supposed to be afraid of terrorists, and that Snowden hurt their ability to fight these ubiquitous terrorists.

I do not know why, but as people age, they watch more TV, become more fearful about the state of the world, and buy the official propaganda. I'm am trying to avoid this.

Comment Nice hack job. (Score 2) 80 80

This article reads like the hack job that it is.

So as part of my investigative reporting class at New York University, my students and I ...

Something tells me that these people do not know a lot about science or drug evaluation, but do know a lot about trying to make a big splash with an article that "exposes" wrongdoing.

Here's a small dose of reality: All studies and clinical trials have things wrong with them. Everytime I read a study in JAMA and the NEJM, I can point out half a dozen things that should have been done differently. When evaluating whether a drug or procedure or implant is effective you always have to read these studies with a critical eye, and consider all the evidence (laboratory, clinical, statistical, etc.) when making a decision.

The fact that some "investigative reporting" students found problems with clinical studies is hardly surprising given how many details the federal government regularly documents and records.

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