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Comment: Watching video of a drone killing innocents... (Score 1, Interesting) 391

by Mojo66 (#47727085) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

By their definition, wouldn't be watching a video of a US drone killing innocent people, which happens regularly since years, be a crime as well? I don't know whether such a video actually exists, but I would be curious if media would broadcast it. I'm assuming here, or course, that we accept drone strikes as a form of governmental terrorism.

Over the years, hundreds of civilians have been killed by drone strikes, has this ever been picked up media in a similar way as this incident has been? Maybe media regard drone strikes as a form of terrorism and consider broadcasting it a crime as well...

Comment: Re:And what's better? (Score 1) 200

by Mojo66 (#47049879) Attached to: China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8

I've submitted this story as well, even before the OP (not that I'm bitter....), and with additional information regarding China's plans:

Apart from purchase restrictions for central government offices, China will focus on the development of its own OS based on Linux, a move which An Yang, a security expert with Qihoo 360 Technology, said was a necessity although progress has been disappointing. There are several Linux-based OS developed by Chinese companies, such as KylinOS and StartOS, but they have not proved popular. An said the first step is to promote the use of Chinese-designed OS among official users, while their popularity among civilian users will be subject to market forces.
HP recently announced shipping PCs with Kylin pre-installed, while there have been about 4 million downloads of the OS from the website so far.

+ - China excludes Windows 8 from new government computers,plans to migrate to Linux

Submitted by Mojo66
Mojo66 (1131579) writes "News.cn reports that China has announced that it will forbid the use of the Windows 8 operating system (OS) in new government computers, a move to ensure computer security after the shutdown of Windows XP. The Chinese government obviously cannot ignore the risks of running OS without guaranteed technical support. It has moved to avoid the awkwardness of being confronted with a similar situation again in future if it continues to purchase computers with foreign OS. Apart from purchase restrictions for central government offices, China will focus on the development of its own OS based on Linux, a move which An Yang, a security expert with Qihoo 360 Technology, said was a necessity although progress has been disappointing. There are several Linux-based OS developed by Chinese companies, such as KylinOS and StartOS, but they have not proved popular. An said the first step is to promote the use of Chinese-designed OS among official users, while their popularity among civilian users will be subject to market forces.
HP recently announced shipping PCs with Kylin pre-installed, while there have been about 4 million downloads of the OS from the website so far."

Comment: Re:Tomi Ahonen confirms it...Apple is dying (Score 1) 197

by Mojo66 (#46992447) Attached to: 7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated

Android outsells iOS devices for quite some time (years?) now yet this means nothing to Apple, because a) Apple is not in the business of selling an iPhone to everyone and their dog, they're in the business of selling high-end, highly profitable devices to people who can afford them, and b) browser data shows actual internet usage numbers favour Apple at a ratio of 2:1 versus Android, so either Andriod users are too stupid to use their devices, or Android is too complicated/doesn't work, or they just get their Android for free and use it as a feature phone. In any case, it only shows that smart phones are a commodity now, which doesn't mean anything about the future of Apple.

+ - Theo de Raadt gives a 10-year summary on exploit mitigation in OpenBSD

Submitted by ConstantineM
ConstantineM (965345) writes "Microsoft has all significant exploit mitigation techniques fully integrated and enabled, claims Theo de Raadt at Yandex ruBSD, whilst giving a 10-year summary of the methods employed by OpenBSD. In year 2000, OpenBSD started a development initiative to intentionally make the memory environment of a process less predictable and less robust, without impacting the well-behaved programs. Concepts like the random stack gap, W^X, ASLR and PIE are explained. Some of them, like the random stack gap, are implemented with a 3-line change to the kernel, yet it appears that some other vendors are still shipping without it."

+ - SteamOS Runs As Fast As NVIDIA On Windows 8.1->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "After going under the hood with SteamOS, the Phoronix site has found out that it's possible to get Intel and AMD graphics working on Valve's Debian based Linux OS with its own custom compositor. Their tests have shown that for cross-platform OpenGL games/demos, SteamOS performance is on par with Windows 8.1 in performance frame-rates, in large part due to NVIDIA's high-performance shared-platform GPU driver."
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Comment: Re:Local file (Score 1) 135

by Mojo66 (#45688757) Attached to: Safari Stores Previous Browsing Session Data Unencrypted

Firefox can require the key to be typed in when you start it.

Yep, and that is exactly how Safari could do better. Although it is bad if a program can access your local files, it can't do anything with those files as long as a passphrase is needed to decrypt them. Neither the Kaspersky article nor anyone here has mentioned this explicitly so far.

+ - Emacs gets Easiest Ever Package Management with 2000+ Packages under one Roof

Submitted by chris.kohlhepp
chris.kohlhepp (1481705) writes "The Emacs editor just got consolidated package management with 2000+ packages under one roof. No struggle with convoluted keyboard shortcuts — only easy GUI navigation via toolbar buttons! Every conceivable programming language is handled. Cuts the Emacs learning curve to a minimum for learners. See https://sourceforge.net/projects/felineherd/"

+ - Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into IT Pricing Publishes Report 1

Submitted by elphie007
elphie007 (2628145) writes "Fourteen months after the Australian Parliament announced an inquiry into the disparity between IT pricing for Australian consumers, the Committee's final report has been published. The report highlights the importance of IT in Australia, and that Australian consumers are frequently shafted in an uncomfortable manner when it comes to purchasing IT goods and services. With recommendations ranging from the removal of parallel importation restrictions to the possible banning of geo-blocking services, could this mean the end of US bound Adobe shopping trips and the beginning of pricing equality for Australian IT consumers? More reports/analysis is available here and here."

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