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Comment: Create a $140B business from nothing? Sure. (Score 1) 358

by fyngyrz (#48949601) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

It's almost impossible to think of anything that will create a $140 billion business out of nothing."

Lol. Just waiting on the tech. These will all be many-billion dollar businesses: fully immersive 3D entertainment; electric cars; household robots; sex robots; space habitats; real 3D printers (by which I mean they'll be able to print electronics, mechanicals, hydraulics and so on -- able to print any item you can provide the raw materials for. The "3D printers" we have today aren't good for much yet.)

As to what you could do today and have a chance to meet that metric... all I know is it isn't going to be an iWatch class device.

Of course if we were collectively smart we would have "Manhattan project-ed" solar, solar storage, and the means to pass massive amounts of energy around long before now at a similar level, and we'd already be off the middle eastern tit.... but of course that means the big oil cronyism in congress would have to be reined in, and that isn't happening.

Comment: Re:!DX12 (Score 1, Insightful) 40

by Luckyo (#48948535) Attached to: GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Cards From MSI, EVGA, and Zotac Reviewed

After 970 PR SNAFU where they marketed what is essentially a 3.5GB card with additional 0.5GB of crippled and largely useless VRAM as a full blooded 4GB card because it would otherwise look really bad next to AMD's 4GB cards, I would expect them to market these cards as DX12 compatible even if they really aren't.

Marketing's job is to deliver sales, even at expense of lying to customers by obfuscating potential and existing problems.

Comment: Re:AMD is coming out with the 390 (Score 0) 40

by Luckyo (#48948517) Attached to: GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Cards From MSI, EVGA, and Zotac Reviewed

To be fair, Nvidia did a lot to undermine Maxwell's initial dominance with idiotic marketing SNAFU on 970 and massively cut down memory bus on 960 slowing that card so much that they had to end up comparing it to card from two generations ago in marketing materials rather than one generation ago. AMD has a chance to come back if they play their cards right.

Comment: Re:Never finish (Score 1) 169

by Rich0 (#48946741) Attached to: George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

A problem with this approach is spoilers. The shows cut out characters/events all the time. If the next season of GoT leaves out some character from Book 4, it stands to reason that this character is a dead-end plot wise. So, you end up getting the trimmed down version first, and then you get the richer version of the same story, knowing that the parts that make it richer don't really matter all that much.

Comment: Re:Only a matter of time... (Score 2) 230

by Luckyo (#48945133) Attached to: Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

The entire concept of taxi regulations is intended to provide notable background checks as preventative measure and knowledge of who drivers are so if they do break the law they will know that police will know who they are.

Uber's entire business model is about saying "all these taxi regulations are unnecessary". So cases like these are important because they remind lawmakers of one of the more important reasons why taxi regulations were put in place originally.

Comment: Re:If it's accessing your X server, it's elevated (Score 1) 374

by vux984 (#48943423) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Adding a registry entry to remap keys is pretty trivial, too.

You need to be an administrator to do that. That makes it pretty non-trivial.

is running a different OS which doesn't treat Ctrl+Alt+Del in a special way

Now your suggesting what exactly? That the attacker is going to throw in a linux live CD, boot it, run his 'fake login screen' that looks like the usual windows screen?

Ok... yes I guess that is a theoretically possible attack; although you'd probably get caught as soon as the user isn't actually able to log-in and IT gets called in...

Usually the fake login screen attacks "fail" with a you got your password wrong message, and then quietly disappear and throw the -real- lock screen up so the unwitting user tries again... gets in to what he expects and assumes he must have fat fingered his password.

Comment: Re:If it ain't broke... (Score 3, Informative) 269

by LateArthurDent (#48942795) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

boot a native MS-DOS 6.22 image (forget DOSBOX, if you want DOS functionality use fucking DOS!).

Well, depends on the use case. If you want to ensure your software will run on real DOS, you're right. However, in many cases, DOSBox will work better than native DOS. Run on DOSBox and never worry about not having enough conventional memory!

DOSBox will even let me install Win 3.11 drivers.

boot a native Win32 image with complete Win16 compatibility - just like you got in Win9x. Oh hell, I use win9x when I want that kind of functionality. Virtualbox lets me do that.

That's a good example of lagging development, actually. I have that need, but VirtualBox doesn't have Guest OS Additions for Win9x, which means incredibly slow and awkward performance. VMWare does have guest additions for Win9x, so I tend to use VMWare Player for that use.

do the above headless and feed a thin client or six, simultaneously, off a commodity desktop system.

Yeah, I suppose that's pretty nice. I can't vouch for it, because I haven't used that feature, but it sounds great.

let you export a disk image to a partition mounted via the host and thereafter, boot said exported image on a completely different piece of hardware with no further hacking required. I'm looking at you, DOSBOX.

Huh? DOSBox uses a folder on your box as it's C drive. Just copy that folder over to the new box, and you're done. No need to export or import anything. It's not like DOS has a registry to figure out what's installed, it just has config.sys and autoexec.bat, and whatever folders you installed things at. All of the DOSBox specific settings are really only about what hardware the DOS software sees, it has nothing to do with the host hardware (especially since the settings file now detects the CPU type you have and there's an auto setting for throttling cycles that works reasonably well). So you can copy the DOSBox settings file as well. If you use one of the many frontends, you can have a different configuration file for each game, which is another advantage over native DOS. I remember having an actual DOS Machine with a Turbo button because old games relied on clock cycles for their timing.

let you merge snapshots from specified thin clients into the service image while the image is in use.

Again, sounds impressive.

connect one remote session to another remote session from another server and directly collaborate between the two, migrating clipboard and keyboard events as you go, seamlessly between two completely different desktop environments as if you were hosting them both on the local system. Comes in handy on the odd occasion I'm moving bits of user data (eg user lists) between WAMP stacks that for some reason *have* to reside on the system partition and not the segregated data partition.

Can't vouch for it again, but sounds nice.

Comment: Re:So.... (Score 1) 259

How so? Food source... pollinator... is there an unknown benefit of having a blood-borne disease vector?

There are many different species of mosquitoes. Only some of them are disease vectors. The Anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, used to be common in Southern Europe and parts of America. When they were exterminated, they were displaced by less harmful species, with no known detrimental effect (other than allowing human populations to grow).

Well, if they're different species, then by definition they don't mate. That means that releasing the modified mosquitos of the dangerous species won't affect the harmless ones, and hopefully as you suggest the benign ones will take over.

Comment: Re:If it's accessing your X server, it's elevated (Score 1) 374

by vux984 (#48941809) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

I think you're confusing the user vs administrator distinction with the userland-vs-kernel-mode distinction... but never mind...

Deliberately conflating, but not confused.

What I'm saying is that the "Ctrl+Alt+Del protects your password" claim is overblown; the suggestions you give only amplify that, as they are even more ways to circumvent it...

But none of them are trivial to do. Especially if I am not already an administrator on the system.

I can trivially run a program to throw up a screen that looks like the login screen on a PC at work. TRIVIALLY.

the "Ctrl+Alt+Del protects your password" claim is overblown

Its like door locks. Nobody anywhere claims they make your house secure, but it does stop people from being able to literally just wander into your house.

In the real world door locks prove to be highly effective at keeping people out of places. From hotel supply closets and building electrical rooms to the bosses office to your bathroom stall while your taking a crap.

Nobody here is arguing ctrl-alt-delete is some magical super thing, its just a door lock. But its enough of a hassle to get around, that its plenty to stop all kinds of casual intrusions and mischief.

Ctl-Alt-Delete is the same way.

Comment: Who cares who is paying for fundamental research? (Score 1) 177

by pavon (#48941627) Attached to: Mathematicians Uncomfortable With Ties To NSA, But Not Pulling Back

From the article most of the spending is on things that are beneficial to society as a whole, not just NSA. These include K-12 funding for science fairs, math clubs, and STEM summer camps. Unless the NSA is influencing these in harmful ways, such as pushing ideology beyond the normal "if you do well in school, you could do cool spy work for us" recruiting I don't see a problem with taking their money. Same for the research grants and conferences, which all result in publicly published fundamental research, that help the entire cryptographic and big data communities as a whole. The only program I would have a problem with are any classified research and the sabbaticals to do classified work at the NSA.

Comment: Re:If it ain't broke... (Score 2) 269

by Rich0 (#48941549) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

don't fix it. I mean sure I'd like more features and stuff, but it works out of the box. No tweaking (other than to guest vm's) or anything necessary. It just works. Sure there are other (paid) alternatives out there but VirtualBox does it's job well for me.

Meh, I abandoned it when it started refusing to run because there was a symlink in the path to its binary. It was less work to just move to virt-manager, which is just a wrapper around KVM which means I'm now running on a fully stock kernel as a bonus. Took a bit of effort to get networking working right, but it wasn't a big deal and the same setup works well for containers also.

Comment: Re:So what will this accomplish? (Score 1) 154

by Rich0 (#48941513) Attached to: Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

... but anybody with a need to drive could pay the $20/gallon to drive...

That's quite a big assumption that everyone who supports the emergency surge pricing idea is making - that those who need the service will be able to afford the hugely-inflated price.

If people can't afford the price of things they need to live, then they should receive public assistance. The solution isn't to try to manipulate the market (unless it is subject to monopolistic behavior, or externalities, neither of which was the case here). Just mail everybody affected by the hurricane a check for $1000, and then let the price of gas be what it needs to be. Let the market operate efficiently, and don't try to use it as some kind of meals on wheels program.

Comment: Re:only trying to help? (Score 1) 154

by Rich0 (#48941499) Attached to: Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

That stuff isn't the result of the free market so much as the fact that we rely on the free market to address everybody's needs.

The free market is NEVER going to take care of a mentally retarded quadriplegic. That isn't a problem with the free market. The problem is with idiots who expect it to do so.

The solution is to just give everybody a basic income, or other social safety net. Leave the market alone. If people want to work for 5 cents an hour, let them. But, if they don't work they should still have food and shelter. Companies would quickly find that it is hard to hire people who are well-fed for the wages they offer the desperate.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen