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Comment Pity there isn't a -1 ; Conspiracy Theory mod (Score 2, Informative) 66

Slashdot needs ones. Seriously, for a community that claims to hate FUD, the OSS types sure like spreading it when it is about the "right" groups. If you actually care about what kinds of things the telemetry communicates back at various settings, the information is all out there for you. No, SSH data isn't one of them. However I am going to imagine you don't, and this is just crap you want to fling at "the bad guys" because you can.

Also a thought for you: Your OS, by definition, has access to anything any program on the system is doing. What would stop it from looking in at any 3rd party SSH server you ran, if you think it does that?

Comment Re:Amazon really screwed the pooch on fonts (Score 1) 141

No, the seller would just reject such books, as most of them already do. Such a standard, if followed universally, would just ensure that publishers can have some confidence that the reader won't override things that truly must not be overridden (which is *never* the main body font).

Comment What is your goal? (Score 2) 96

Is it to trade with people using XYZ-coin? Then use XYZ-coin.

Is it to speculate? Sorry, nobody can predict the future. A few centuries ago Tulips were all the rage, but we all know what happened to them.

Is it market goods and services to XYZ-coin speculators? Then go with XYZ-coin so you can be part of "their community"?

Is it to promote features like anonymity/privacy or free-as-in-freedom that are probably better in XYZ-coin than in traditional currencies? Then pick any one that meets your "base criteria" in these areas: Bitcoin not good enough for a particular metric you are looking for? Then name the specific feature that BitCoin doesn't provide (or doesn't provide well enough for your needs) and ask Slashdot for help finding an XYZcoin that does.

Comment Re:Just a Few Thoughts (Score 1) 92

Still, it's an indication that carriers and ISPs are not being completely honest. They basically keep claiming that they need special protections, they need the ability to throttle and limit service, and that services like Netflix can't perform because it's simply not possible to deliver the bandwidth people are demanding. They imply (I'm not sure they've said it outright) that it's not a problem of their unwillingness to upgrade their network, but that people's expectations are just out of whack-- that people using more than a few gigabytes per month are bad actors, using up all the bandwidth, and that there is not any possible way for them to fulfill the demands on their network.

But now they're saying that everything is fine, so long as they can cut Netflix out of the market and take those profits for themselves. If they're allowed to have a monopoly, then suddenly all the technical problems go away.

Comment Re:Better transistors? (Score 1) 284

5 GHz is a pretty high speed, and physics come in play. At that speed, a signal can travel less than 6 cm within a single clock pulse (almost 6 cm based on vacuum). At die sizes of around 10x20 mm, the signal takes a significant part of a pulse to reach its destination after which the transistors still have to make the switch.

This is even more of an issue for the communication between the CPU and the memory, which is often located further away. Distance becomes an issue, even at light speed, at those short intervals.

Comment Re:Authoritarians will always rule. (Score 1) 428

*Laws against abortions have historically been pretty ineffective in stopping them.

So have laws against murder. Even countries that impose the death penalty on murder and/or solve 98% of all murder cases still have murders!

However, without at least some laws restricting abortions, you will see abortions because the pregnancy interferes with vacation plans and similar reasons. Having an abortion will be seen as about as objectionable as abandoning a pet, probably even less than that. Just ask doctors who have worked under such legal conditions.

Comment Re:Authoritarians will always rule. (Score 1) 428

I don't know that a few cells fertilized is a "life",

If something is not "life", then it's dead. If something is dead at one point and alive at a later point, you're looking at a miracle, magic, an astoundingly rare case of spontaneous abiogenesis, an error in one of your observations, or a freaky lab experiment in artificial biology.

Otherwise, even a single cell that has metabolism, maintains homeostasis, responds to stimuli and grows/reproduces, counts as life.

Comment Re:Two opposed postions on abortion, both libertar (Score 1) 428

> P.S. I read an essay by Carl Sagan where he suggested that > before brain activity starts up, a fetus is not a person, but after > the brain is functioning it should be considered an unborn person. I'm more partial to the medical definition of brain death, which must include a negative prognosis, but does not take into account the past - the brain of the patient in question is currently not functioning and there is no realistic chance of it functioning at any point in the future.

With this definition, even a zygote is clearly not brain-dead. The prognosis is very positive - it will grow an immature, but fully functional brain within a few months.

Comment Re:Font Geeks (Score 1) 141

And when a reader vendor messes with their design, they get cranky. Still, I suspect that there's a good reason for this change.

If memory serves, Kindle historically had significant bugs in its rendering, caused by bugs in WebKitGTK. One of the bugs I've seen involved fonts with miscalculated baselines showing up with text that was squished in bizarre ways. Another bug resulted in fonts being rendered either too heavy or too light with the default antialiasing mode—I don't remember which. If they fixed these bugs, it probably resulted in significant rendering changes to ancient fonts like Helvetica.

In other words, assuming the device actually got closer to correct rendering, this is a good thing.

Comment Re:Amazon really screwed the pooch on fonts (Score 2) 141

At least they finally started allowing you to ignore the publisher-preferred font in recent years. Some books published that way were illegible and it's obvious that Amazon employees do not use their own products.

It's a fine line. If a reader goes too far in overriding default fonts, you can have readability problems with things like drop caps. Same goes for overriding the font color (e.g. forcing the color to black could result in black-on-black text if you have an inverted-text decoration at the top of a chapter). And some manufacturers' devices annoyingly override fonts by default, which results in a diminished experience in books that use different fonts to convey meaning (e.g. computer books that use code font for symbol names).

IMO, what we really need are standards that all the reader vendors agree upon, including:

  • A set of rules for when styles do and don't get overridden by these vendor overrides
  • A ban on use of the universal selector in vendor overrides
  • A requirement that publisher fonts be enabled by default until the user explicitly overrides the font

And so on. Then again, half the readers ignore large swaths of the CSS specification already (and probably the HTML and EPUB specs, where applicable), so I cynically wonder if they would just ignore these sorts of standards, too....

Comment Re:This time... (Score 1) 101

Reason number 9,862 why that TPP is a terrible idea, and will only help multinational corporations instead of the actual citizens.

All it would take is to find a way to automatically pit corps one against the other, and watch how long it'd take before those dumb laws are pulled. But I'm not bright enough to think of a way.

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