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Comment: Re:What a wonderful article (Score 1) 276

by gnu-sucks (#48224553) Attached to: How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

You made some good points, but I think the unix compatibility fueled a lot of developer interest in the early days. Developing on OS X was a joy compared with windows. You have tons of useful built-in tools, plus the ability to port over tools common to the GNU Linux/FreeBSD environment.

If an OS is easy to develop on, it can't hurt.

I agree though, most end users do not care and never would know the difference.

Comment: Re:Who cares about performance? (Score 1) 108

by gnu-sucks (#48201623) Attached to: Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

I was wondering the same thing too.

I have a decent 8-core xeon at work as my workstation. When I have intense computations to run, I do it on one of our clusters. The idea that someone would do intense calculations on a phone is pretty ridiculous. You've outlined a few good examples, but like you said, most of that is done with dedicated hardware, and seemingly instantly.

The only app that needs to be fast, and I mean really fast, is the app switcher and the Phone app. And they are pretty light on the computation anyway.

Comment: The gradual middle road (Score 1) 519

by gnu-sucks (#48172955) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

I don't see why nobody is taking the middle road here.

Why not strip out all the non-init.d stuff from systemd for now (I understand there's a light fork that does this already), add plaintext logging (easy), and see how things go (testing).

This is linux, and debian at that. We shouldn't have to deal with extremely beta ideas that change so many paradigms all at once. If they can do what I've outlined here, then we should give it a shot (not on production servers yet of course). If it catches on, then over the years we can debate how much to delegate to systemd and how much to do another way.

For one, I can see no disadvantage in keeping a plaintext log around. Sure, takes a little more space, but most systems are not that space-limited these days. Seems like it would be handy...

Comment: Re: when we can read your files, you can read ours (Score 2) 284

by gnu-sucks (#48164007) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

For that, you'll have to talk to Motorola and the FCC.

Most p25 traffic isn't encrypted anyway. There is no need and some definite disadvantages to p25 as well. And there are cryptographic weaknesses.

Apple's leverage of open source encryption concepts will always be a few years more advanced, if not decades more, than embedded p25-compliant radios.

Comment: Re:What does the hidden object see? (Score 1) 59

by gnu-sucks (#48021901) Attached to: Researchers Develop Purely Optical Cloaking

A complete blur on both sides. Since the light is extremely convergent, it won't make any sense to the eye.

These are the same optics in a telescope, by the way. If you were to look inside a telescope without the eyepiece, you'd get the idea right away of how it would look to be in the middle of this "new" idea.

Comment: Re:Keep It Simple (Score 1) 191

by gnu-sucks (#47996815) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

Ok, but how important is it to keep passwords secure to a textbook website or an iPad? Maybe if someone steels Johnny's textbook password then the teacher can just go in a reset it?

Let's keep things in perspective here, these are not banking passwords or social security numbers. These passwords are only used to identify individuals for the purpose of individualizing the presentation of information. Nothing of value, especially to an identity thief (and especially to a fellow 6-year-old student) can be lost.

Comment: Here is the text (Score 3, Informative) 203

by gnu-sucks (#47963725) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

It's not in the linked article, but here is the interesting part of the new rules: creators have to refund remaining money, and have to post status updates.

Read it here:
If a creator is unable to complete their project and fulfill rewards, theyâ(TM)ve failed to live up to the basic obligations of this agreement. To right this, they must make every reasonable effort to find another way of bringing the project to the best possible conclusion for backers. A creator in this position has only remedied the situation and met their obligations to backers if:

they post an update that explains what work has been done, how funds were used, and what prevents them from finishing the project as planned;
they work diligently and in good faith to bring the project to the best possible conclusion in a timeframe thatâ(TM)s communicated to backers;
theyâ(TM)re able to demonstrate that theyâ(TM)ve used funds appropriately and made every reasonable effort to complete the project as promised;
theyâ(TM)ve been honest, and have made no material misrepresentations in their communication to backers; and
they offer to return any remaining funds to backers who have not received their reward (in proportion to the amounts pledged), or else explain how those funds will be used to complete the project in some alternate form.

Comment: What could possibly go wrong (Score 3, Insightful) 241

by gnu-sucks (#47948527) Attached to: Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

People forget how much we depend on the internet for basic things. (Writing from a USA perspective).

Without the internet, suddenly all the Cisco phones can't check in daily. The windows computers freeze up during windows update (imagine if he flips the switch *during* an update), cash registers can't authenticate credit cards, most iPhone apps fail (maps!)...

Is Russia as internet-dependent as we are?

Comment: Nothing! (Score 1) 287

by gnu-sucks (#47942687) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Except for a flash drive in a router. I guess these days internet hosting and connection speeds have become so much more affordable and overall better that it doesn't make sense to archive the world at your house.

A few years back it was a different story:
SGI Challenge 12 CPU IRIX machine
Sun UltraSPARC
K6-2/500 with Debian Linux (or FreeBSD, depends on what year)
P3-? with NetBSD
Plus probably 5-6 random computers.. iMac here, dell there, etc.

Swap read error. You lose your mind.