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Comment: Transitional packages (Score 1) 93

by tepples (#48228743) Attached to: OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

No, because renaming it has the same effects on existing systems. The installed package "ownCloud" is no longer there (by that name) so future usage of apt-get can still break.

Of course it can. The repository maintainer can introduce a new package pwnCloud and turn ownCloud into a metapackage that requires pwnCloud. This "transitional package" pattern happens often in Ubuntu updates.

Comment: Ads would be mixed content (Score 1) 166

by tepples (#48228709) Attached to: Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic
For all users other than subscribers and karma-capped users who have checked "Disable Advertising", Slashdot is funded by advertisements. Using an HTTP ad network from an HTTPS site would be blocked as mixed content, and HTTPS support among ad networks is very new. AdSense, for example, didn't support HTTPS until September of last year.

Comment: Re:Is there a way to prevent this? (Score 1) 166

by tepples (#48228665) Attached to: Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

Still, there is an option to sign up for just the phone plans without wireless data

Are you sure Verizon will even activate voice-only service on a smartphone? AT&T sure won't.

and use wired or satellite ISPs for internet access.

And if the DSL ILEC for your area is also Verizon, too bad.

Comment: Time and money to move to change ISPs (Score 1) 166

by tepples (#48228655) Attached to: Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic
In order to stop being a Verizon customer, someone who requires home or mobile Internet access for his way of life might have to move his family away from territory serviced by Verizon, either as the DSL ILEC or as the only wireless carrier with acceptable coverage. Consensus in comments to previous Slashdot articles is that almost nobody is willing to spend the time and money to move just to change ISPs.

Comment: Re:Bring back Bennett!! (Score 1) 93

by TheRaven64 (#48228577) Attached to: OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes
Bennett has been posting these long ramblings since a very long time before Dice bought Slashdot. Unfortunately, I think that your complaints are not likely to be heard because Slashdot seems to have had a policy for a long time of not recruiting editors from people who regularly read the site...

Comment: Re:Is Microsoft a company? (Score 4, Informative) 75

by TheRaven64 (#48228563) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"
You might want to read some news from the last decade. Microsoft started paying dividends in 2003 and has paid them annually. When they started, investors were unhappy because it showed that they no longer thought that the best thing to do to increase value was to invest the money in the company.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 75

by TheRaven64 (#48228551) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"
You're a decade out. Microsoft's initial success was Microsoft BASIC, which was actually pretty good, back in the '70s. IBM wanted them to port BASIC to the PC and, when their negotiations for CP/M as the OS fell through, asked MS to write them an OS too. MS bought QDOS and rebranded it (and there was a lawsuit later about this, so it's probably the first instance of interesting business practices by MS). They also sold MS DOS to PC clone makers, which helped cement them in the market. At the time, there were a number of MS DOS clones that were better, but they made their other products depend on their own version to force others out of the market. By the '90s, with Windows 3.0 only running on MS DOS, they were getting pretty good at it...

Comment: Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (Score 3, Insightful) 75

by TheRaven64 (#48228535) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

That's generally how Amazon operates. Lose money to establish a dominant market position, then start working out how to make that profitable. People used to comment that their business was to lose money on each sale, but make up for it in volume. It was a facetious comment, but with a grain of truth: Amazon couldn't afford to sell books the way that they did until they were selling enough that they could own a lot of distribution infrastructure and amortise the costs.

Ballmer isn't in any place to complain. The XBox and Zune followed the same model when he was MS CEO. It didn't work so well for the Zune, but the XBox spent years losing money before it had a sufficiently large market share to be profitable.

Comment: Re: Paper statement surcharge (Score 1) 188

by tepples (#48228491) Attached to: Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough
Because of the low adoption of S/MIME and OpenPGP, I've seen banks send not a copy of the statement but instead a notice that a new statement can be viewed by logging in to the bank's HTTPS site. Besides, without Internet banking, how do you discover unauthorized withdrawals from your checking account before your statement, and how do you send money to individuals?

Comment: Re:Ugh! (Score 1) 243

by TheRaven64 (#48228299) Attached to: Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline
But if he'd had a loaded gun, then after shooting him in the back with a shotgun then the attacker would have been able to upgrade his gun to something military issue (as we've all done in FPS games) and would have been a much more convincing threat when he got to Parliament. This omission has caused a lot of extra work for the PR folks trying to garner public support for removing more freedoms from the general public and so needs fixing before next time.

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