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Comment: Isn't "Steam on Linux" just a bunch of flash apps? (Score -1, Troll) 192

by davek (#49233857) Attached to: Steam On Linux Now Has Over a Thousand Games Available

It seems to me that the whole "Seam on Linux" thing is much ado about nothing. Aren't most Steam games just flash (or HTML5, maybe) applications, which have worked in linux forever? Maybe it's the whole payment system that's so wonderful? I just don't get the hype.

+ - Politico warns that new internet regulations will make speeds "as slow as Europe->

Submitted by davek
davek (18465) writes "“These Internet regulations will deter broadband deployment, depress network investment and slow broadband speeds. How do we know? Compare Europe, which has long had utility-style regulations, with the United States, which has embraced a light-touch regulatory model. Broadband speeds in the United States, both wired and wireless, are significantly faster than those in Europe. Broadband investment in the United States is several multiples that of Europe. And broadband’s reach is much wider in the United States, despite its much lower population density,” the two wrote."
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Comment: Let me get this straight... (Score 3, Interesting) 375

by davek (#48926923) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Let me get this straight. In order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must:
  * gain login access to your system via SSH
  * hope you turned on X11 forwarding
  * be root or your user
  * hope you've disabled access control with `xhost +`
  * be able to run a fake screen locker program to get your password to the system he's already completely compromised

Yes, someone could still stop by your desk and put in the fake screen locker while you were getting coffee, but if you got up and didn't lock your machine, that's on you, not X11.
I'll file this one under "good enough" security.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin is faulty by nature (Score 0) 161

by davek (#48737677) Attached to: Bitstamp Bitcoin Exchange Suspended Due To "Compromised Wallet"

> It's appalling how bitcoin evangelists still didn't understand the simple issue that makes Bitcoin impossible to work: Bitcoin has zero accountability.

Much unlike the systems of government-backed currency, where government employees who commit crime, cronyism, and fraud are always held accountable?

Bitcoin is a commodity, not a currency. Like gold, it's only worth what people will pay for it.

Comment: simple and effective: referencer (Score 1) 259

by davek (#48600541) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

I use a little program called Referencer to manage images of bills and checks. I spent a /lot/ of time looking for a simple program where I can organize a stack of images (or PDFs) by applying 1 or more tags to each. THAT'S ALL. Referencer is made for generating bibliographies for TeX documents, but it is STILL the only simple program I know of that can manage a database of files and tags.

If anyone knows of a better one, PLEASE let me know. I have a feeling the app will soon be orphaned.

+ - Government Involved in a "Battle For The Human Soul"->

Submitted by davek
davek (18465) writes "From its very inception, the Leninist/Marxist ideology of the Soviet Union made it a central priority to dispel and subjugate religious and spiritual expression. The state was “god.” No other god could be allowed to flourish, for if the people were given license and freedom of belief in something beyond themselves and beyond the establishment, they would retain a sense of rebellion. The collectivist philosophy requires the utter destruction of all competitors; otherwise, it can never truly prevail. The New World Order, an ideal often touted by globalists and defined by their own rhetoric as a scientific dictatorship in which collectivism is valued and individualism is criminalized, seems to me to be — in its ultimate form and intention — a battle for the human soul."
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+ - Most IT Pros Prefer Open Source To Proprietary Software

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Business continuity and control eclipse cost savings are the top reasons why U.S. IT professionals prefer open source to proprietary software. According to a Ponemon Institute study, more than 70 percent of IT professionals in the U.S agree that commercial open source software provides more control and ensures better business continuity than proprietary software. This research shows that cost savings are no longer the hallmark of open source in the minds of IT professionals, with the ability to lower costs ranking below quality in importance. This viewpoint is echoed by IT and IT security practitioners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa."

Comment: Re:Every book we read in school (Score 1) 410

by davek (#48002565) Attached to: It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Every book we read in school was on the banned book list. Apparently banned doesn't mean what the dictionary says it means. The books are readily available and are often required material in junior high, high school and college.

Pretty sure most of Mark Twain has been banned in US schools, because of gratuitous (if temporarily appropriate) use of the N-word. Not to mention all the hubub about books about "Intelligent Design" or those which question government policy on war or the environment. Make no mistake: censorship is alive and well in our schools.

Comment: Re:Interestingly (Score 1) 50

by davek (#47909773) Attached to: Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

The phone I carry is running Android Jelly Bean. Retailed for $49.

No kidding. A $100 phone would be an upgrade to me.

Side note: India is NOT POOR. Don't believe what you see in the media. At my last job, my Indian counterparts made enough to support a wife, multiple kids, car & apartment on one developer's income. Can't do that in this country, even with an engineer's salary.

Comment: Re:What battle? (2010 wants its article back?) (Score 4, Insightful) 826

by davek (#47750939) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

At the moment, just about every major distribution except Slackware and Gentoo not only supports systemd, but ships with it on by default.

So...what "battle" are we talking about? (Or did this post just fall forward five years from the past?)

Ubuntu is the largest distro I know of and it doesn't support it by default.

But you're right, all the arguments I've read against it boil down to Linus hating on one of the developers on the project and/or "It's too complicated and unmanageable!" I've yet to read something I'd consider a valid argument against it. A bunch of neck beards yelling "Get off my lawn!" is not and argument I can get any value out of.

When the neck beards speak, it's often prudent to at least listen.

I'm reminded of a myth, of when the Ancients were sitting down to design Unix, someone said "Why would we ever need a special file, that never contains any data, and always throws away everything written to it?" The Ancient replied, "Trust me, you'll need it." And thus, /dev/null was born.

Comment: As true as "hybrid cars get 400 MPG" (Score 1) 461

by davek (#47316305) Attached to: Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

If you cherry-pick data, you can get it to say just about anything. It's similar to how hybrid cards are allowed to use MPG data from when only the electric motor is running, making the clain that they get hundreds of miles per gallon. What did they /do/ with that electricity? Could it be stored and used when the sun went down? How efficient are they over time? I'm sorry, but nuclear power and continued prudent use of fossil fuels are the ONLY solutions for the worlds energy problems. It is physically and mathematically impossible to power the world with straight wind or sun power (which is not to say it couldn't be used as a catalyst in some yet-to-be-discoved process).

Sorry to rain on your solor parade.

Comment: Re:Let's look at the Canadian example (Score 1) 222

by davek (#47297943) Attached to: WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

Canada was openly ridiculed by the US for not deregulating its financial industry right up until the financial disaster. By an large, Canada escaped disaster that plagued the other G8 countries in the banking meltdown.

So, we have recent proof that strict financial regulation works and yet they want to keep doubling down on deregulation?

The argument of "See! It works in $OTHER_COUNTRY! Why is the US so dumb in not doing it the same way?" is getting really tired. Maybe if the US was full of 300 million Canadians, I might agree with you, but it isn't. Even if I stipulate that Canada "works" (which I certainly do not), what works there doesn't necessarly work here

Also, the Canadian housing bubble never really popped. Rest assured that it will. http://www.thefinancialblogger...

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