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Comment: Re: Uber is quite retarded (Score 1) 340

by arglebargle_xiv (#47676557) Attached to: Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Hahaha, you make it sound as if "being licensed" has some implication of advanced skill.

Licensing implies some minimal level of quality control. People in western Europe, and most parts of the US, are used to a relatively good quality of taxi transport that comes about from decades of regulation. Now before you complain about how bad things are in your home city, try catching a taxi in St.Petersburg, or Bucharest, or Tirana (in St.Petersburg I'd get a marshrutka which is shared with lots of others or a taxi from a hotel, in Bucharest I'd get in a car driven for a fee by a friend's cousin's brother, and don't even ask about Tirana). Even cities like Budapest a decade ago were still the wild west until they introduced stricter regulation of drivers, now it's almost at the level of somewhere like New York, although hailing a cab on the street is still a no-no (you phone for it and order one).

So before you advocate a free-for-all, remember that the current situation only exists specifically because there isn't a free-for-all.

Comment: Re:+1 for this Post (Score 1) 426

by arglebargle_xiv (#47653489) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Linksys hardware is crappy, unfortunately. Also, it is debatable if any hardware made by a US company [...]

Linksys hardware isn't made in the US, it's designed and made by Hsu Chien Lucky Golden Noodle Manufacturing Co. in Taiwan (OK, that's not quite the name, it's actually Gemtek in Hsinchu, Taiwan, all Linksys/Cisco/Belkin/whatever do is put their brand on it and resell it). Still, it's crappy hardware, and any firmware they bundle is an instant legacy product the minute it ships, the only way to get newer firmware is to buy a more recent product. They should stick to noodles...

Comment: Re:The problem with American Embargos (Score 1) 254

If he is taking away Java, he is good in my book. Now, take it away from everyone else. Fuck anything and everything Java.

Exactly. Now all he has to do is block Flash and Acrobat and he's protected mother Russia from 99% of all malware vectors.

Comment: Re:An area where Java applets continue to thrive (Score 1) 371

by arglebargle_xiv (#47653393) Attached to: Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

I still continue to see Java applets being widely used in tasks that require trusted signatures â" Say, filling in the tax declarations in my country, or submitting the grades for my students. For both actions, we must use a x.509 client certificate

You're in Estonia? Just trying to figure out which country actually uses client certificates for tax filing.

Comment: Re:Compared to what?!? (Score 1) 224

by arglebargle_xiv (#47628187) Attached to: The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

Equipment A (provided by Comcast) was swapped out for Equipment D (provided by Comcast) and power usage increased. What is wrong in the comparison?

It'd be interesting to see more details on power usage from other devices, if you look at the PF figure it's just over 50% which means they must be using awful power supplies (PFC != efficiency, but it's useful as a rule of thumb, once you get into efficiency classes like IV or V you generally need active PFC - optional for IV, mandatory for V - which these things obviously don't have). Most external power supplies (EPCs) now should be class IV or V, whereas these look more like class I, a.k.a. "fail".

If this is indicative of the rest of the electronics, it's no wonder that these things are power-guzzlers.

Comment: Re:because writing propet software (Score 1) 126

by arglebargle_xiv (#47620445) Attached to: Alleged Massive Account and Password Seizure By Russian Group

I misread "propet" like you did, then wondered what "prophet software" was supposed to be. Maybe Windows ME was supposed to be Windows Messiah? Instead it turned out to be Windows Anti-Christ.

No, that's Windows Vista. And then there's Windows Cthulhu, a.k.a. Metro/Win8.

Comment: Re:Who has the market share? (Score 3, Informative) 336

REMOVE Metro. (not disable, not hide; DIE.)

While I fully support the sentiment, completely removing components like this can cause Windows Updates to fail to install. For example if your Windows desktop PC or server doesn't have a "Tablet PC" folder in the start menu, some updates won't install. So you potentially need to keep gigabytes of Microsoft's crapware sitting on your PC on the off chance that some update checks for it and won't install if it's not present.

Comment: Re:It's better to hear people you might disagree w (Score 1) 124

by arglebargle_xiv (#47587885) Attached to: The CIA Does Las Vegas

This isn't a matter of disagreement but rather than being lied to perpetually.

Well I'm not sure who Dan Greer is, but I've known Dan Geer for ages, he's a libertarian academic type who publishes somewhat philosophical texts on the economics of information security. If you're looking for some sort of evil CIA spook, you'll need to try again.

Comment: Re:Looks good to me (Score 1) 67

By doing this continuously you end up with releases which are free of known errors.

Weeellll... you end up with something that's been run through gcc -wall, which is a long way from "free of known errors". Now admittedly "free of known errors" is a nice circular definition meaning "free of things gcc warns about", but even then it's not necessarily the case, there's plenty of code that ships with avalanches of warnings when you build it, but no-one's bothered fixing it up.

At best, you get something that doesn't produce warnings in gcc and clang. At worst you get code that hasn't been changed from the default release because the maintainers decided none of the warnings were serious.

Comment: Re:Looks good to me (Score 2) 67

The knee jerk reaction, of course, is to look for a catch in anything Homeland Security is doing. However, this seems like a really good idea. Finally, they are contributing in a positive way to public safety.

Barely. If you look at what they're offering it's FindBugs, clang, gcc, and cppcheck. Completely bog-standard tools that anyone should be using anyway, but they're being paid $23M taxpayer dollars for it. Shee-it, I could do the same thing with $10K to cover the cost of renting some EC2 space, and I'll spend the remaining $22.99M on coke and hookers (seriously, how can they have spent $23M on this? One person could set it up in a few hours, the only constraint is how many VMs you need to spin up if lots of people sign up for it).

This looks very much a DHS solution, vast sums of money spent on something that should be nearly free. Not to mention that while gcc -wall, clang, and FindBugs aren't bad as far as free software goes, they're nowhere near the level of commercial offerings like Fortify, Coverity, and others.

OK, so in terms of cost/benefit it's more of a TSA solution then strictly a DHS solution.

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