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Comment: Re:KDE4 = Windows Vista (Score 1) 196

by Shulai (#34084150) Attached to: KDE Developers Discuss Merging Libraries With Qt

Windows have its equivalent vfs thing. You can see My Computers Devices, Printers, Control Panel Applets, Windows Neighborhood, network shares and FTP sites and PocketPC filesystem in Explorer.

The main KDE 2 Desktop concepts (I mean Konqueror with kioslaves and kparts) was mostly embracing Win95/98 concepts, just doing them right, I mean, KDE devs did it because it could be cool and useful, not just because they were trying to steal Netscape's market share.

So, no, a number of features of KDE comes from Windows and KDE 4 is no exception, they just are there but most users don't notice about them.

Of course, KDE makes a better choice for me because their feature are usually better implemented, did at library level so the experience is more consistent, and of course there is the integration with the unix fundation.

Comment: Re:TIme to name names. (Score 1) 374

by Shulai (#32318036) Attached to: Do Build Environments Give Companies an End Run Around the GPL?

And while it can sound unfair, if you look on it on the right light, it isn't. A GPL'd project can be built on a platform where no free toolchain is available (hey, even GCC had to be compiled on a different compiler the first time!). Of course, the concept is about non-free but publicly available tools, as seems to be in this case.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 520

by Shulai (#31970154) Attached to: What Happens When IPv4 Address Space Is Gone

Most consumer routers could support IPv6, just their firmwares don't.
The bad part? Most router vendors won't provide firmware upgrades, they will offer ISPs to buy new IPv6 capable ones instead.
The good part? A nice fraction of these devices run Linux, so theoretically ISPs could do bounties for third party IPv6 capable firmwares. I for one am available for such a task.

Comment: Best practices (Score 2, Informative) 174

by Shulai (#28692651) Attached to: German Health Insurance Card CA Loses Secret Key

Best practices about CA management says you should have your secret key in a (physical) safe. Better yet, divide it in two pieces and put it along the passphrase in three different safes (part1+pass,part2+pass,part1+part2), so you can't lose key access even if you lose one safe, and nobody can take the key by opening a single safe.

Security

+ - The Myth of the Superhacker

Submitted by mlimber
mlimber (666) writes "University of Colorado Law School professor Paul Ohm, a specialist in computer crime law, criminal procedure, intellectual property, and information privacy, writes about the excessive fretting over the Superhacker (or Superuser, as Ohm calls him), who steals identities, software, and media and sows chaos with viruses etc., and how the fear of these powerful users inordinately shapes laws and policy related to privacy and digital rights:

Privacy advocates fret about super-hackers who can steal millions of identities with a few keystrokes. Digital rights management opponents argue that DRM is inherently flawed, because some hacker will always find an exploit. (The DRM debate is unusual, because the power-user trope appears on both sides: DRM proponents argue that because they can never win the arms race against powerful users, they need laws like the DMCA.)

These stories could usefully contribute to these debates if they were cited for what they were: interesting anecdotes that open a window into the empirical realities of online conflict. Instead, in a cluttered rhetorical landscape, stories like these supplant a more meaningful empirical inquiry.
Ohm argues that a number of 'significant harms' flow from the acceptance of the 'exaggerated arguments' about Superhackers. For instance, laws that are made intentionally broad so as not to allow a Superhacker to go free on a technicality. Consequently, 'You might be a felon under the [Computer Fraud and Abuse Act's] broad "hacking" provisions if you: breach a contract; "transmit" a program from a floppy to your employer-issued laptop; or send a lot of e-mail messages.' Another effect is that the police are often grated 'better search and surveillance authorities and tools' to pursue Superhackers, but this 'can be used unjustifiably to intrude upon civil liberties. Search warrants for computers are a prime example; the judges who sign and review computer warrants usually authorize sweeping and highly invasive searches justified by storytelling' about the abilities of the Superhacker to cleverly hide illegal data on his computer."
Bug

+ - New Way to Patch Defective Hardware

Submitted by brunascle
brunascle (994197) writes "Researchers have devised a new way to patch hardware. By treating a computer chip more like software than hardware, Josep Torrellas, a computer science professor from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, believes we will be able to fix defective hardware by a applying a patch, similar to the way defective software is handled. His system, dubbed Phoenix, consists of a standard semiconductor device called a field programmable gate array (FPGA). Although generally slower than their application-specific integrated circuit counterparts, FPGAs have the advantage of being able to be modified post-production. Defects found on a Phoenix-enabled chip could be resolved by downloading a patch and applying it to the hardware. Torrellas believes this would give chips a shorter time to market, saying "If they know that they could fix the problems later on, they could beat the competition to market.""
HP

+ - 14 Hewlett-Packard Company Secrets

Submitted by bennett77
bennett77 (1064492) writes "Frostfirepulse have details of a former Hewlett-Packard worker who could barely wait for their non-disclosure-agreement to end so they could spill 14 company secrets. These include if a set of cartridges cost more than the printer, don't buy the printer. Any HP printer that has been on the market for 6 months has its tech support outsourced. To get past the voice prompt system, repeatedly say "Agent.""
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Amazing Cancer Drug Found; Scientist Annoyed.

Submitted by
sporkme
sporkme writes "A scientist was frustrated when the compound she was working with destroyed her sample of cancer cells. Further research revealed that the substance was surprisingly well suited as a cancer treatment. From the article:

"I made a calculation error and used a lot more than I should have. And my cells died," Schaefer said. A colleague overheard her complaining. "The co-author on my paper said,' Did I hear you say you killed some cancer?' I said 'Oh', and took a closer look." They ran several tests and found the compound killed "pretty much every epithelial tumor cell lines we have seen."
Lab test results on hapless mice have resulted in the destruction of colon tumors without making the mice sick. The PPAR-gamma compound is expected to be especially useful in combating treatment-resistant types of cancer."
Graphics

+ - Flash: The End of Adobe [Acrobat] Reader?

Submitted by
ThinkComp
ThinkComp writes "As hatred for Adobe Acrobat continues to grow, the fact remains that the Portable Document Format is a useful and nearly universal file format with few competitors in the same league. Meanwhile, the client software needed to use the format continues to expand in size and slow down, especially as a browser plug-in. In the interest of faster load times, fewer ads, and smaller file sizes, we've created a Flash-based PDF viewer that you can embed in web sites, including blogs. It's bare-bones, but given what YouTube's Flash-based player eventually did for on-line video, could this mean the beginning of the end for clunky software like Adobe [Acrobat] Reader 8.0?"
Announcements

+ - Disability groups on OpenDocument Format v1.1

Submitted by
peterkorn
peterkorn writes "In the person of Curtis Chong, president of the National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science, the "Voice of Nation's Blind" have spoken: "OpenDocument is no longer a thing to be feared." With the release of OpenDocument v1.1 as an OASIS standard, the accessibility issues raised by the members of the OASIS ODF accessibility subcommittee have been fully addressed. See my blog entry for the details, and lots of other quotes about the release of OpenDocument v1.1. (full disclosure: I'm co-chair of the OASIS ODF accessibility subcommittee, and have been involved in Sun's ODF and StarOffice/OpenOffice.org accessibility work, among other things)"

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