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Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 451

by Lonewolf666 (#46720101) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

In my experience, compatibility between Microsoft Office and LibreOffice is still not at 100%. Most of the time it works, but sometimes formatting gets lost or a particular feature is not there (patterned table backgrounds in Word come to mind).

So data exchange between the people using LibreOffice and those using Microsoft Office could make problems. If you migrate the whole company, that would be fixed by eliminating Microsoft Office internally, but what about customers and suppliers outside the company?

Comment: Even that becomes theoretical at some point (Score 1) 650

by Lonewolf666 (#46683125) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

The correct answer would probably be that there is already competition in this market. By changing to a Linux os perating system you can maintain your 15 year old computer fully supported. Unfortunately, in many cases that's not true. Device manufacturers only provide full documentation and support to Microsoft and the Linux drivers cannot be guaranteed. This means that while your computer will work and your operating system will be supported, your actual whole system may not be.

Three years ago, the developers of Mesa dropped support for some old graphics cards:
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=OTg0Mg
Now those cards were badly obsolete and rare even in 2011, but this shows that even the Open Source community will at some point lose interest in supporting old stuff.
Today, you can maybe cobble together your own distribution that still contains those old drivers, or pay someone to do it. But for most people this won't be an attractive solution.

Comment: Re:It would have been insecure anyway (Score 2) 149

by Lonewolf666 (#46668759) Attached to: TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

Also, even a DH key exchange without any public key authentication at all is still somewhat effective: Yes, it can be MITMed with ease, but such an attack is also very detectable if you have a side channel, which means any untargetted mass-monitoring operations would be swiftly noticed.

Perhaps a stupid question (not a crypto expert here), but if you have a not-easily-MITMed side channel, wouldn't you use that for key exchange? Or at least to verify the keys?

Comment: Re:Everyone is a potential criminal in L.A. (Score 1) 405

by Lonewolf666 (#46566093) Attached to: L.A. Police: <em>All</em> Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

The author should have known that the so-called "criminal justice system" of the United States of America is no longer the same one under the Constitution of the United States of America !

Under the "Patriot Act", under the Bush and Obama Administration, United States of America has essentially become the United Soviet of America.

There is no longer the presumption of innocent until proven guilty.

Well, unless the constitution is actually changed, you still have a chance to defeat such excesses in court. Which takes a lot of time and money, which sucks. But it is still possible.

Comment: Re:Inadequate experience? (Score 1) 162

by Lonewolf666 (#46524451) Attached to: Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

You can't force the client to actually do what is required, no matter how you'd like to.

In theory, as a contractor you could say "I'm not taking this job unless there is a decent set of requirements". But that will leave you with a very small set of potential employers.

In practice, most people need the money and try to manage somehow.

And then there are the unscrupulous contractors (usually companies, not individuals) who make big promises, knowing that those are not realistic. Or knowing that the requirements are incomplete and fulfilling them will not be sufficient to make a succesful project.
I strongly suspect that this is what happened with Toll Collect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toll_Collect) in Germany. Just for instance.

Comment: Re:Both (Score 1) 281

by Lonewolf666 (#46501471) Attached to: Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

Probably true, but being successful without a diploma still takes some luck.

A good example might be Josh Parnell, the developer of Limit Theory (URL:http://ltheory.com/).
The guy seems to be quite brilliant, and I believe he is capable of pulling off his plans for a space game with an unprecedented amount of procedural generation. But he still got lucky in finding enough backers for his Kickstarter.

Another thing we can learn from Josh's example is that it may not be necessary to drop out of college. He wrote that he put his studies at Stanford on hold, with the option of continuing later.

Comment: Re:Game theory (Score 2) 261

by Lonewolf666 (#46208913) Attached to: German Court Forbids Resale of Valve Games

With games that can't be resold they're able to price the initial game lower, and keep the profit flowing in. It removes places like gamestop from the equation(so they hate it, of course). Consider that I can buy many year old initially $60 games from steam for like $10. Because the game is still being sold, there's still incentive to fix/patch/expand the game.

But publishers don't lower the initial game price from the goodness of their hearts. New releases on Steam still cost (typically) 50 Euros, that has not changed compared to pre-Steam times. In short, publishers try to charge as much as the market will tolerate and pocket the extra profit.

Now there are a few people like me, who strongly dislike "services" like Steam and will buy less than before (and that preferably from DRM-free sources like GOG). But it seems that we are too few to make a difference.
Unless you count the success of crowd-funded games (Kickstarter) as an aspect of that dislike. Which it may be, but I don't have the data to prove it :-(

Comment: Re:Devils Advocate (Score 1) 385

by Lonewolf666 (#46160935) Attached to: HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

And don't forget product liability.

If there is a known, safety-relevant flaw in a car, and the manufacturer does NOT do a safety recall, future accidents caused by that flaw might lead to lawsuits of the nasty kind. Since negligence is now easily demonstrated, the courts might grant the victims punitive damages. Ouch.

Comment: Re:not consumer OS's (Score 1) 513

NT4 had only limited DirectX support, so it was not for gamers (although vastly better than 98 in stability). 2K was the first "business" Windows that had all the features of the consumer OS.

[slightly off topic]
And I used it happily until 2007 when my then-new PC would not run stable under 2K. In hindsight I suspect the drivers, in particular those from NVidia. My 8600GT officially had only "legacy" drivers for 2K, inofficially you could also run the XP drivers. With either, the machine would crash frequently. So I finally relented and installed XP.

Comment: Re:Of course, that would miss the point (Score 2) 120

by Lonewolf666 (#46014945) Attached to: AMD Considered GDDR5 For Kaveri, Might Release Eight-Core Variant

The 45W Kaveris are interesting, as they show a nice improvement in performance/watt - the new "sweet spot" is not in the top models but in the somewhat slower A8-7600 (3.1-3.3 GHz CPU speed).

I wonder how a 4 module (8 core) FX on that basis would perform and at which TDP. For software that scales well with many cores, it might be a good buy.

Comment: Re:AMD could do a 24 core desktop chip right now (Score 1) 120

by Lonewolf666 (#46012613) Attached to: AMD Considered GDDR5 For Kaveri, Might Release Eight-Core Variant

A good point from the perspective of a game designer, and I support the sentiment.

But most of us are consumers most of the time. Even those of us who work on one or two community software projects will typically use a bunch of software where they are not involved in the making. Which means taking the software as it is, and if its creators went for a design that requires a beefy PC you have one or you don't use that particular software.

Comment: Re:AMD could do a 24 core desktop chip right now (Score 1) 120

by Lonewolf666 (#46011893) Attached to: AMD Considered GDDR5 For Kaveri, Might Release Eight-Core Variant

For some applications, in particular games, performance still matters. My current PC will run older games just fine, but some newer releases tend to demand a fairly powerful machine.

For example, I might be interested in Star Citizen but Chris Roberts has already announced that he is aiming for maximum eye candy on high end machines. It is unlikely that my current machine will handle that game, even on low settings.

If the applications you run do well on a machine from a decade ago, fine. But that is not the case for everybody.

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