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Comment Why an OS? (Score 1) 147 147

There's something to this kind of news... Why do they even put an operating system on such a specialized device, that is dedicated to only one task? The point of an operating system is to be able to run different programs on the same machine. It's certainly easier to build over one, but is it worth the trouble?

Comment Re:There might be a reason (Score 1) 365 365

True. And a good solution against guessing attacks is to suspend login for incremental times after each failure. Not too inconvenient for occasional mistakes from the legit user, but quite disruptive of dictionary attacks and such. Heck, even a three seconds delay is disruptive to automated attacks, and is acceptable for the user.

Comment Re:this is exactly what subsidies are for. (Score 1) 356 356

I agree with your statement in general, and I think it's working in this particular case, but when you talk of oversight it reminds me that, by what I see in the news, it seems that the USA's national sport isn't football, nor baseball, nor basket-ball, but regulatory capture. Not that we are very bad at it in Europe, but the State's track record is impressive over the last few decades.

Comment Re: We the taxayer get screwed. (Score 1) 356 356

I wouldn't trust the authority of a physics professor on statements that are completely external to his field. Economics and sociology are autonomous disciplines. As a physics professor, he's probably very smart, but that doesn't mean he can be trusted with, say, prescribing drugs against cancer.

Comment Re:Should be simple (Score 2) 92 92

I'll add to this that, contrary to patents and copyright, which are government-granted artificial monopolies intended to favor invention and creation (debating if the employed means efficiently promote the claimed ends is off-topic here), trademark rights core basis is accurate information to customers about what they buy/use, and where it comes from. This is why Mozilla denied Debian the right to use the brands "FireFox" and "ThunderBird" for the custom builds that went by default with the distro, because they had no say on the modifications (I vaguely heard an agreement was being worked on, but I've had no news of it for a while).

Arduino is open-source hardware, its design covered under CC BY-SA 2.5. Which is actually a funny situation: the BY clause of Creative Commons imposes attribution. If the Schmuck Company sold Arduino-designed boards under the name Schmuckware, without referring to Arduino, it would infringe on the CC license. But now companies fight for the right to use Arduino as a brand. For the exclusive right to do so, in fact. Looks like something has been overlooked when Arduino has been made open-source: CC doesn't cover trademark issues.

Honestly, I think Smart Projects has the best legal grounds for claiming the trademark but, legal matters aside, this situation is quite ridiculous. To stay in spirit with the fact that it was made open-source, and avoid those legal turmoils, an association enforcing the standard, and the trademark, should have been established from the very start. Something similar to the SD-Association for SD cards, maybe.

Comment Re:Thunderbird is relevant? (Score 1) 296 296

Ditto. I use ThunderBird (well, IceDove these days), and I kinda love it, but I'm well aware that e-mail clients have been relegated to oddities. And I do have my complaints about ThunderBird, by the way. I'm tempted to browse the whole of its source in order to track down the line of code that makes it open any message at random when you open a directory, then file a patch to eliminate it.

E-mail clients could be so much more than they ever were, though. And without breaking any protocol. But e-mail itself has lost a lot (not all) of its relevance because of spam, despite there existing protocols specifically aimed at killing the latter. Inconvenient for base users, yeah, but that's where clients could have provided facilitating tools. That's why fenced environments gained traction, again.

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)