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Comment: Re: Would be awesome (Score 2) 305

by kesuki (#47715745) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

What really kills open source is that it doesn't have a functional GUI or a dearth of useful apps. It is because it doesn't have what marketing is looking for, vendor lock in for not giving competitors access to the same tools/data sets. It doesn't guarantee high profits, on low margins. It doesn't offer a user base of clueless clickers, who will pay because everyone else is charging for software, and think software means paying money...

Comment: Re:Amost sounds like a good deal ... (Score 1) 372

by kesuki (#47700485) Attached to: Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

remind me how many dollars sony was sued for over the walkman.

remind me how much has apple had to pay for illegal downloaded music playing on ipods.

the internet is a service, and with net neutrality it is not up to the isp to issue a court order to stop the infringement. they are not a court. neither is these stupid companies who harass people for using bittorrent or jigdo or ftp for crying out loud. the DMCA has clauses for takedown notices which the isp is allowed to essentially ignore unless the burden of proof is achieved. which these companies don't care about. this is shakedown money. and without net neutrality it is a forgone conclusion that to use the internet will require shakedown money for all future generations.

Comment: Re:I've learned the hard way (Score 1) 300

"I've learned the hard way over the years. Never let Windows Update install a driver of any kind. Ever.

I've had them blow out network cards, video cards, sound cards, and low level on-board devices. I've had them completely bork systems to the point where they were unbootable. "

thats not a bug, thats a feature... you've heard of vendor lockin and planned obsolescence...

Comment: Re:No, you don't need AV, even on Windows (Score 1, Interesting) 321

by kesuki (#47690361) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

sounds like we've got an Id ten T error.

thing is, i've seen $100 a fix computer security professionals unable to remove a virus.

i removed the administrator privileges from said user and the malware couldn't reinstall itself. funny thing about windows is that making a new user account prevents many reinfection scenarios, yet a $100 a fix professional tries to fix it with tools that wont install properly because a malware is reinstalling every boot up.

they infected the keyboard controller on the laptop somehow too, so i used a new $10 usb keyboard to fix that because i didn't want to replace the whole keyboard, and made it so that the id ten t user would have to enter a password to install a program, and would have to use a password to remove the anti virus which i wrote down and didn't give to them. they also though youtube movie links were 'purchasing' movies so i did what i could and washed my hands of the situation.

Comment: Re:Patch Tuesday updates (Score 2) 179

by kesuki (#47673435) Attached to: Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

here, download, put to usb media... use BIOS to set usb and/or dvd to boot before the hdd. then boot and fix MBR then roll back updates. you can ever use the boot cd to replace the bad files using the copy on your boot dvd (just google the guides i'm lazy)

Comment: Re:Limited utility. (Score 1) 136

by kesuki (#47626975) Attached to: Parallax Completes Open Hardware Vision With Open Source CPU

not really, until you can 3-d print it yourself and then verify with an xray will security be verified.

right now only governments and corporations are really able to build their own fabs and thus be 100% certain no backdoors are installed. 3d printing breakthroughs will take that fab and make it a expensive prototype box which can create copies of itself for material prices, as well as make devices such as routers/firewalls etc. leading to cheap devices that can make secure open hardware for defending the walled gardens of less secure devices. within 10 years of the processor printing 3-d printers and there will be a world changing event where the hobbyist can secure a network anywhere in the world and thus be totally immune to government watchdogs. they will then resort to ipv6 built in tech to find the secured routers by location and go in and try to bust their hardware for not having government required mandatory backdoors. or maybe i need to see my doc and get some of the meds back that i asked to be taken off of.

Comment: Re:DVD-ROM is a start (Score 1) 91

by kesuki (#47586507) Attached to: Reglue: Opening Up the World To Deserving Kids With Linux Computers

if it has all the information needed to rebuild civilization and can easily fit on a new $220 laptop which an old virused windows machine isn't going to have the hdd space to store it on except in the microdownloads section i linked to.

and yes wikipidia for school (the name for the hdd distributable edition) is already there now.

Comment: Re:what the hell are you doing on your cellphone (Score 1) 274

by kesuki (#47540581) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

good comment but i have a bit more detail. if you use wifi on your smartphone then it uses about 200mb a month for light in car use (not as driver though)
verizon and walmart have a 20 year contract for pay as you go, unlimited data for their straighttalk wireless users.
the 'average' smartphone user uses 1 gb per month based on verizons numbers.
verizon is crying crocodile tears here, cause 'poor folk' can afford unlimited wireless and can and will stream music and videos if they don't cost them money and the buffering isn't too bad, especially if they are paying $45 a month for unlimited everything from walmart, without a contract (if you use a used phone, or buy a pay as you go phone)
verizon rampantly spies on users and when making a slow lane for torrenters they realized legal streaming customers were using their expensive hardware for old contracts of unlimited data that are no longer offered to new customers.
despite the fact there is dark fiber and dark spectrum. why can one apartment building have wifi from every user and has only a small spectrum of broadcast yet cell carriers are supposedly restrained by their data networks capabilities? hah, this plan to only throttle when a tower is over-saturated is a bait and switch scam, they will take down towers and claim their networks are over-saturated and throttle the networks so no one can use it so they can put cheaper gear in their towers. i just spent $100 on a wireless router and it's radio is almost double the signal of the old $40 walmart router. fwiw it's a 1750ac router. and fwiw the same router sells for $180 at walmart, but i bought it online. anyways better gear costs more and thus this is just verizon lying about why they want permission to throttle wireless signals they want to use cheaper hardware and take down towers. the sad part though is that a modern communication satellite can transmit over 1,000 channels of 1080i sized channels of broadcast, as long as it doesn't have to process the signals onboard. i've heard as high as 5000 channels and that is from a hundred some odd miles above the sky... wireless signals have way more bandwidth it is just that terrestrial based com signals are all processed so it can be spied on, and processing that is not as cheap as unprocessed (in the sky) data.

Comment: greenwashing is part of the problem... (Score 2) 1

by kesuki (#47535909) Attached to: Burn, Baby, Burn!

real 'sustainable' living isn't a bad goal. if you presume that all people are fundamentally incapable of doing this then you are on the wrong side of history. humans have had technology since people started writing things down.

some cultures are on the wrong side of this issue. it may seem that all cultures are now on the wrong side of history. apple uses solar power and hydrogen fuel cells to power all of itunes and icloud. don't you think that is on the right side of history? isn't a model that can be copied and emulated to allow a sustainable model in the computer age a good thing? and not just green washing.

otoh having 26 cars drive 500 miles as fast as they can and having solar power to run their radios and tv computers etc seems way more greenwashing than trying to be on the right side of history.

Comment: Re:"Compatible" (Score 1) 94

by kesuki (#47513141) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

"You don't think it is noteworthy or interesting that a free, open source library is able to play Blu-Ray?"

is able to execute bluray java, not play discs. the bluray libs will play Standard compliant, non encryted discs. eg: home movies. you still need a proprietary decrypter to get around bluray limitations. and if it has cinvia that is a second program to detect and erase cinvia with little loss to audio.

ip holders are rarely ip creators. and copyleft benefits from copyright law, which is where it gets messy. but that is another thing entirely.

Comment: hahahaha those laws are nuts. (Score 1) 2

by kesuki (#47512833) Attached to: and who taught them everything they know?

some of those quotes are taken out of context, and was done so by the KKK. remind me again who burns crosses and drags black men to their death behind their pickup trucks?

the world is a complex place. people lie. the logic goes in a loop 'the laws of the jews says to lie to all christians' to 'white people rock, unless they're jews see the jews lie about not lying to christians never mind that we burn crosses, that isn't important to our hatred of jews'

Comment: Re:Jack Conte, Nataly Dawn, Kickstarter, Patreon (Score 1) 192

by kesuki (#47491919) Attached to: Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

this sounds great on paper, but in the real world youtube content creators are subject to trolls, prudes, angry bigots, spam, false DMCA notices, people with a lack of humor, and market saturation. youtube starts as profitable but over time the benefits stop rolling in and some people completely go to a less public venue when ironically trying to reach out to new fans, simply because a less public venue will have fewer of these problems at first. online life is not that different from real life, but was often promoted as being different.

market saturation is like this, someone collects fans who watch their content, perhaps multiple times. this nets them money, but then people learn people are making money making youtube channels and then there are millions of channels then billions because of this the consumer of this content doesn't grow as fast as the channel production supply grows. so eventually everyone has a youtube channel and all the viewers wind up spending so long trying to see the best videos that they get sick of the time sink that it is and thus revenues drop.

Comment: Re:Make it $4.99 and epub, not mobi (Score 1) 87

by kesuki (#47471923) Attached to: Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

drm is trivial because the fundamental concept of what a computer is is a device that reads memory processes that memory through an script or program and then dump the useful data to a memory device.

this means that any device dumps useful data somewhere. no encryption scheme is unbreakable and with digital is totally dependent on the end user not intentionally adding a mod chip to the device to read and capture the data in an unencrypted form from the own devices memory as it passes along the chain.

as a side note passwords are only as secure as the hosting computers own memory scheme, since at some point passwords themselves are in an unencrypted state, even if while transmitting across wires is not possible to decrypt in human lifetimes worth of brute force decryption. all it takes is one computer with legit access to memory to be modded to store that data elsewhere.

Comment: Re:This is not how you inspire confidence (Score 1) 151

by kesuki (#47471639) Attached to: LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

1. Grandparent initializes SSL state, sends some data, then exits.

grandma uses aol.

2. Parent forks a child

mother marries has a kid

3. Child happens to get the same pid as the grandparent, and then uses the SSL connection.

child has same name as grandma uses aol gets into grandma's account.

it makes a whole lot of sense in the real world. the world where it doesn't make sense is an artificial environment where names aren't ever allowed to be reused.

okay so maybe names wasn't the best choice perhaps telephone numbers makes more sense than names, but again it is the telco who limits numbers and decides when to reuse the numbers and such, and as such they can put artificial worlds which don't make sense.

i mean really processes have randomly increasing pids until exhaustion then frees the use of pids in a certain block of pids or hangs and crashes violently. really we need to consider that 32-bit addressing isn't sufficient to a computer that can make 500 trillion operations per second. this is the main reason high end gpus use 256-bit addressing isn't it? so that it can't reuse in chip thread ids? with 2048 pipes with 256bit addressing and random pid growth on a chip that runs each core at 600 mhz i don't care to crunch the numbers as i don't fully realize how a gpu uses pids as i am not a graphics engineer, but man if a gpu executed a forkbomb that wasn't prevented due to obfuscation of code it could exhaust the pids and crash the whole damn computer.

The degree of technical confidence is inversely proportional to the level of management.