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Comment: Re:Can you say... (Score 3, Insightful) 264

by YA_Python_dev (#48593201) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

yes, requiring a company WHO IS IN THE HEALTH-CARE BUSINESS to continue saving lives and not taking profits as the first thing.

But the whole reason why they are required to do so is because there are other companies producing the same drug. If this wasn't the case nobody would have cared which of the two versions they produced.

It's fixing a stupid situation with even more stupidity rather than attacking the root causes: patents and excessive effect of advertising on doctors' decisions.

Comment: Re:Hey, dummy, Android IS Linux (Score 2) 97

From the Google Play Store you can install a terminal emulator, an HTTP server, an SSH/SFTP server or client, bash, vim, gcc, make, git, mc, rsync...

Android supports standard keyboards and mice, and many devices have some sort of HDMI output (usually with an adapter).

Comment: Articles about Catholicism are even worse (Score -1, Flamebait) 268

by YA_Python_dev (#47313229) Attached to: Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit
Especially in the Italian Wikipedia pretty much any article about the catholic church is written from the point of view of someone that believes in that religion. Edits that try to follow the NPOV (neutral point of view) rule are immediately reverted, any negative information, even when well-referenced, is deleted or hidden in a brief mention inside a long paragraph at the end of an article.

Unfortunately the people that keep these articles in such bad state seem to have far more free time than the volunteers that want to improve them following the rules, so wikipedia's gradual improvement model fails for these articles about religion.

Comment: This is actually a very bad idea, if true (Score 2, Interesting) 118

This actually decreases security. Browser caching is strictly necessary to make the web work fast, disabling it for HTTPS means discouraging websites from using secure connections for anything where it's not strictly necessary (like money). And $DEITY knows we live in a world where every website should be secure by default. You wouldn't use telnet even for a completely non-sensitive server, so why accept unencrypted HTTP to post on slashdot or anywhere else?

Comment: Re:Scaremongering (Score 2) 118

A shared computer should not let users see other users' private files (and browser caches are most definitely not world-readable). This is what happens with Android multi-login, Chrome OS and traditional Linux distros. I'm fairly certain the same is also true for Windows and Mac OS X.

If I temporarily let someone use my computer with my account, I sure as hell keep an eye on what they are doing, because the thing contains stuff about me that's much more sensitive than anything that paypal or my bank will ever know.

Comment: It wasn't "rooted" (Score 1) 205

by YA_Python_dev (#43575683) Attached to: Google Releases Glass Kernel Source Code

"Rooting" means exploiting a security flaw to get root privileges in a device that is designed to prevent users from doing that (e.g. the iPhone or the Android phones sold by some US network operators).

Bootloader unlocking and root access was available and well documented on the first Android device designed by Google (the Nexus One), simply by running the command "fastboot oem unlock".

The same command worked on the second Android phone by Google, the Nexus S, and all subsequent devices, including tablets: Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Unsurprisingly it also works on Glass.

It's just a well know feature of all the devices created by Google. Details:

Google's documentation on how to "root" your Android devices:

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