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Comment: Geeksphone consistently sold out (Score 1) 53

This seems a bit unnecessary since there's enough demand to keep Geeksphone sold out.

Maybe those aren't getting into the hands of developers, but given that the phones are definitely sub-par for someone who just wants the latest and greatest, I would expect most are going to the people they are intended for.

Comment: Typical Phoronix (Score 1) 147

by kevin805 (#43615459) Attached to: AMD's Open Source Linux Driver Trounces NVIDIA's

I gave up on reading Phoronix because they report on nothing but benchmarks when those are very uninteresting from a Linux perspective unless things fall way behind. There are plenty of non-Linux sites benchmarking hardware. What we need in a Linux review site is someone focuesed on compatibility, stability and ease of configuration.

Comment: All or nothing (Score 1) 454

by kevin805 (#41021405) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Best Setup a School Internet Filter?

You need to either make the filter whitelist of approved sites with a librarian able to add things on the fly, or don't even waste your time because the kids will be spending their days searching for porn sites that you haven't yet blocked.

If it's a computer lab dedicated to research and approved uses, then whitelist. If it's computers for general use, where they can check email, there's no excuse for blocking. Partly this is about the age of the students -- I'd expect younger kids to be on whitelist only, while in high school, they've already got live streaming hardcore porn on their smartphones.

Comment: The wrong criteria (Score 1) 731

by kevin805 (#24323919) Attached to: The Death of Nearly All Software Patents?

If this is accurate, it's an even worse situation than right now.

The fact that the patent office is granting obvious patents, or patents "it's a good idea to do this" rather than "this is a good way to do something" is the problem.

The patent system is designed to promote innovation. It does so by allowing people to exploit an invention without the overhead of trying to keep it secret. If this becomes the policy, then if you come up with innovation, you need to keep it secret, because it is only protected by trade secret.

There's a large (and to me, obvious) difference between something like the one click patent ("if we let people order with only one click, we can make lots of money") and RSA (a specific method of doing public key cryptography). The criteria should be that a patent must clearly specify a *method* of doing something, which would be non-obvious to someone skilled in the art who was confronted by the problem of "how should I do this".

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"

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