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Comment: Re:Spyware companies will love it (Score 1) 154

by gnupun (#47513483) Attached to: Firefox 31 Released

Read again what I wrote: Don't let scripts read back the canvas content.

Isn't reading the canvas important to doing image manipulation operations? So disabling that might cause some problems... in the future. But for now, you're right, we need a check box in preferences to "prevent scripts from reading Canvas contents," or just hard code the disabling.

Another feature that needs to be removed is access to all locally installed fonts except for a minimal set of default fonts. With web fonts this is hardly a limitation, but access to local fonts enables a very effective fingerprinting technique.

Not a good idea. What if the user selected this non-web font or javascript selected this non-web font because it looks good for this page?

Comment: Re:It is like... (Score 1) 472

by gnupun (#47498557) Attached to: World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

LOL about Tuesday. There are more cigarette smokers than marijuana smokers because cigarettes are legal. The cost of cigarettes is low because it's legal and the market is relatively large. Plus there's no risk of legal troubles for smoking cigarettes.

Now that drugs are going to share the same characteristics as cigarettes, it stands to reason that people who enjoy being intoxicated (i.e. former cigarette smokers/alcohol consumers) are likely to experiment with drugs since the price will be low and the access easy.

Comment: Re:It is like... (Score 1) 472

by gnupun (#47493499) Attached to: World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

They'd have to produce 1000 times more stuff for the same profit.

No, you're way too high. The price will at best drop to a 1/3rd or 1/5th of the current rate which means profits rise at least 200 x current profit. Expect a lot of college dropouts and flunkouts as students high on weed can't pass exams.

Comment: Re:Obviously... (Score 1) 435

by gnupun (#47472921) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

you made a real jump from tracking to remote control,

Did I? A human operated car requires thousands of inputs/commands to go to a destination whereas a driverless car requires only one/few commands. What's to prevent car manufacturers from adding a such a facility on behalf of the govt.?

Lets put it another way: lojack works fairly well and is on a number of computers. But can it be subverted? Are systems with lojack installed and enabled still stolen and sold for money?

Let me put it this way: if I scatter code inside the kernel of an operating system, will you be able to remove it without access to even the binary (let alone the source)? You can't easily disable something that's hardwired into the software. Those lojacks are not essential for the operation of the car and can therefore be removed without problem.

Extracting the operating system of the car, reverse engineering it, then removing the code you don't want is not as easy. And even if you succeed in removing the tracking code, you won't be able to service the car as the service center employees will detect you have tampered with it.

Comment: Re:Subscription Everything (Score 1) 87

by gnupun (#47469447) Attached to: Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

So for better or worse, everything is going to turn into a subscription service. You'll subscribe to read books, listen to music, stream movies, etc.

The 10 year cost for this subscription is $1,200, which is damn cheap, equivalent to 20 or 50 books. Most bookworms read way more than 50 books in 10 years. So you have to wonder, after amazon takes its cut from the subscription fees, how much will the authors/publishers get? They're gonna get shafted.

Comment: Re:Obviously... (Score 1) 435

by gnupun (#47469125) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

How does tracking prevent a terrrist from dispatching an empty car near a school playground 10 minutes before lunch break? ... then *booom*

Although tracking might help if the car was stolen and reported stolen. The authorities then can recall the car before it reaches the school or some other target.

That's still very creepy... so we should just preemptively boycott automated cars instead of tolerating being tracked 24/7.

Comment: Re:Dropping the Xbox? (Score 1) 300

by gnupun (#47457291) Attached to: Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Unless MS can turn marketshare into money, it's worthless. So, MS has put Xboxes into millions of homes, and they have... oh, wait, no profit to show for it.

They already have decent hardware/features through xbox. Why throw that all away? The losses aren't that terrible. They probably need to attract more developers and release cheaper games, like on iOS -- $60 games should only be reserved to a few top-tier games, casual games should cost $10 to $20.

Comment: Re:@CauseBy - Re:Yes (Score 1) 381

by gnupun (#47442187) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Perhaps it did, but it is still single-function (dedicated) hardware. Notice the old ipod (dedicated) music player quickly got replaced by the general purpose handheld computer iphone/ipod touch because the latter can be used for much more than listening to music.

General purpose hardware is better than dedicated hardware because you can get 100 times more functionality at maybe 2-3 times the price of the dedicated hardware. Now that you can use your smartphone for scientific calculations, aren't many people going to skip buying a dedicated scientific calculator for college use?

Comment: Re:@CauseBy - Re:Yes (Score 3, Interesting) 381

by gnupun (#47441029) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

So does a smartphone, with a better UI, and more screen space for easy access to information

Unless you like carrying a smartphone in your hands all the time in crowded places, or like leaving your smartphone on the table where it can get lost or stolen, the smart watch is better. Nothing beats a watch for quickly checking something. Constantly fishing a phone out of your pocket, unlocking it, checking stuff and putting the phone back in your pocket can become extremely tedious quickly.

Or they could use voice control. But I doubt holding it in their hands or fishing it out of ones pocket is really all that much worse than trying to fuck around with your watch while jogging. In fact I would bet either of those are easier.

Constantly having to take it out to skip songs gets tiring and many people don't like voice control.

Yeah, still no valid use cases for a smartwatch.

Sorry, your alternatives aren't that much better either. According to you, the wristwatch should've never been invented. People should just be satisfied with fishing out gold/silver/steel watches from their breast pockets to check the time.

Comment: Re:@CauseBy - Re:Yes (Score 4, Informative) 381

by gnupun (#47440271) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

A smart watch could:

* Displace smart phones/dedicated GPSes used for turn-by-turn directions (visual and audio) while driving. It's going to be great for motorcycle users. I'm not sure yet whether it will be legal for this use.

* It will make the policeman's job more difficult by allowing drivers to check their emails/texts while driving without it being obvious to an observer.

* Provide quick updates to stock/commodity traders who are on the go or not near a desktop/laptop.

* Allow joggers to skip songs without carrying their smartphones in their hands.

I bet there are many other uses, but only gadget lovers and those who find its services very useful are likely to buy it -- the general smart phone user is more likely to skip the watch.

Comment: Re:Stay out of Computing ! (Score 1) 608

by gnupun (#47416601) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software
That's exactly what "these" people want. First they want to force more women into programming, then they want to force more children. Now they want to force Normal Humans into the trade. Newsflash author: learning programming is a low-cost barrier field so anyone with any interest in programming already knows how to program. If someone does not know how to program, they are not interested in learning programming.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.

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