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Comment Re:Remembering what Microsoft did (Score 1) 124

Except it doesn't work well on Windows either

Written by someone about ot re-image his surface pro 3 to 8.1 and office 2013 because OneNote and Excel just worked before the downgrade to 2016. Really MS does make much better software than 15 years ago Linux users reading this. Windows 7/0ffice 2010 were it's height.

I guess it comes to show what happens when you have no QA team left and rely on agile software development and user feed back for bugs. Until a user submits a story via a frown no one knows about the bug

Well back to the old WindowsME days of skipping a release and waiting until service pack 1 before updating. Windows 10 too in my opinion just entered beta last August. I will switch to Office 2016 and WIndows 10 next year when update 1 of both come out.

It is incompetence and not malicious if their freaking own OS and products like the surface can't run VBA macros and onenote properly

Comment Progressive lossless codecs are also lossy (Score 1) 286

Did you even read the title of the article?

It's a lossless format

It's designed to be "progressive". This means the prefix of any lossless file is a lossy file. In fact, the more graceful degradation of truncated progressive FLIF compared to truncated progressive PNG is touted as an advantage over PNG.

Comment Does FLIF "provide specialized facilities"? (Score 1) 286

From the paragraph on that page recommending a permissive license: "Some libraries implement free standards that are competing against restricted standards". Against which restricted standard for lossless image coding is FLIF competing?

If none, then it goes on to state: For libraries that provide specialized facilities, and which do not face entrenched noncopylefted or nonfree competition, we recommend using the plain GNU GPL." So the question is one of whether FLIF "provide[s] specialized facilities".

Comment Re:GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 1) 286

A codec incorporates not only coding techniques but what a 0 represents in each circumstance and what a 1 represents. By the logic of the opinion of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Oracle v. Google, the particular senses for bitstream elements chosen in FLIF would be the expression of the general idea of a lossless still image codec incorporating particular techniques. The question of whether copying these senses is fair use has been remanded to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Comment Re:"with a 2048 bit RSA key" (Score 1) 75

True, passwords used by users to authenticate to site A need to be hashed with salt and key stretching when stored on site A. But the only way to let site A perform actions on site B on the user's behalf is to store a "password" for site B on site A's servers. For example, an RSS reader application may need to log into other sites to retrieve non-public feeds to which the user has subscribed.

Comment Re:Acceptable ads? (Score 1) 251

Avoiding the ads takes no sacrifice at all.

Other than a sacrifice of your time when you discover that several consecutive results from your search engine all produce pages that fail to load without scripts. Or other than a sacrifice of your ability to reply meaningfully to an e-mail message containing a link that a friend shared with you but which fails to load without scripts.

The Wright Bothers weren't the first to fly. They were just the first not to crash.