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Comment Re:4GB ought to be enough for anybody (Score 1) 350

Until there is something that normal desktop users would use (no, not workstations), I would like to see it stay around 4GB so that people writing applications for desktop users don't do horrible things that are solved by throwing more RAM at the problem.

The iPhone has had a small amount of RAM since the start, and this has changed only slightly, and it's been for the better.

Comment Re: none cipher? (Score 1) 75

Yeah, like when I want to create a kiosk from scratch using linux and want to have it autologin as a user and start x.

Asking on forums just leads to one being berrated and told that it is insecure to have a machine where someone is logged in without producing credentials. Why is it not a valid security model, to have a user called "public"? Especially whenever nothing mission critical is used on said machine?

Comment Re:Yes? (Score 1) 674

In America we plug things into other people's sockets all the time, and I think it's even an electrical code violation to make the socket unavailable.

While I'm sure they have the right to ask you to leave if they don't want you using their power, they can't have you arrested for it. It's even the same for a gun in most states, you can be asked to leave and arrested for not leaving after police show up, but not arrested for the gun itself. Granted, the gun example is not true in all jurisdictions, I Am Not A Lawyer etc.

Unless you're hurting someone or breaking something, the only punishment for violating one of these "rules" should be being asked to leave, and then being detained or removed if you refuse to do so or if go back after they told you not to come back on their property. Pretty simple stuff really, granted some areas have hard to deal with people; in a lot of the USA everyone is pretty friendly minus large metropolitan areas where they try to fix this by adding more rules.

Comment Re:He stole, he got arrested (Score 1) 674

Thank you! That makes it less absurd to punish him, although I still think a civil fine is more appropriate than an arrest.

I think that is what happened, from the wording of the summary he didn't get arrested until he started acting crazy about it; thus getting arrested for "unacceptable behaviour".

Comment Re: Amen brother! (Score 1) 424

The problems with a closed source blackbox system always show it's face. The string entered into a search bar is only a very small part of your search.

The rest happens by watching your browsing habbits when other sites install tracking code which phones home and keeps a running tab on you. Most of this tracking code by all accounts are trojan horses. Most web developers probably aren't even aware of what they are participating in when they install such things.

If we could see all the information Google uses to find our results, many would probably be appalled. If you wanted a giant Advanced Search page that let you tweak your settings such as age, gender, browing habits, then getting a job at Google as an analyst is probably what you want. Openness and transparency would make the clean and friendly homepage at Google look a lot uglier and intimidating to the end users.

We need to liberate search through open source. However, the framers of such must be careful to not create some monster like Bitcoin that allows all to see all transactions. I sometimes wonder where coders with no "feel" for security earn their wings. /endrant

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