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Comment: Re:Guy is a moron (Score 4, Insightful) 358

by Salamander (#47305823) Attached to: Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

I agree with the first part of your comment, and came here to say almost the same thing. The law of unintended consequences strikes again.

The second part makes you seem like a moron. Seriously, losing access to your e-toy for a minute or two is worth killing over? Get a grip.

Comment: Re:Will it really go the pulseaudio way? (Score 0) 179

by Wesley Felter (#47057273) Attached to: Wayland 1.5 Released

There are two different ways to do network display: the RDP way and the right way. With RDP you're sending the entire "screen" over the network, so all the windows have to be composited first. Thus RDP requires a fully featured compositor like Weston on the remote end.

The right way is to send each window over the network, which should require a lightweight compression proxy. No one appears to be working on this.

+ - Pitivi looking to raise funds for open source video editor

Submitted by Eloquence
Eloquence (144160) writes "Pitivi is perhaps the most mature, stable and actually usable open source video editor out there. They're now looking to raise funds to support the project's ongoing development. The lack of decent open source video editors has been one of the things keeping people locked into proprietary platforms, and video editing has been identified as a high priority project by the Free Software Foundation. 2014 may still not be the fabled year of the Linux desktop, but here's hoping it'll be the year of open source video editing."

Comment: Ancient news (Score 2) 190

by Salamander (#45495067) Attached to: Elevation Plays a Role In Memory Error Rates

About five years ago, I was involved in the installation of a thousand-node cluster in Boulder. We knew *before we went in* that we needed to change our EDAC (memory error correction) code to account for the higher rate of bit-flips due to the altitude. Some of the people we were working with had been there when those same problems nearly caused a months-long delay in a larger installation at NCAR nearby. We ended up running into a more subtle problem involving lower air density, heat and voltage, but *this* problem was incredibly old news even then.

Comment: Re:Meta review (Score 1) 366

by PureFiction (#44823521) Attached to: Are the NIST Standard Elliptic Curves Back-doored?

What is concerning are the twice refuted efforts for RDRAND to bypass the Linux kernel pool mixing entirely, and the design decisions which intentionally make RDRAND an inscrutable black box and trivial for a VMM to intercept and modify. These are not accidents.

While there is no harm in using RDRAND to complement entropy on a system, by no measure should it be used as the sole source of entropy in a system.

+ - New Musopen Campaign Wants To "Set Chopin Free"

Submitted by Eloquence
Eloquence (144160) writes "Three years ago, Musopen raised nearly $70,000 to create public domain recordings of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert, and others. Now they're running a new campaign with a simple but ambitious objective: 'To preserve indefinitely and without question everything Chopin created. To release his music for free, both in 1080p video and 24 bit 192kHz audio. This is roughly 245 pieces.' Will this funding approach work to incrementally free up humanity's cultural heritage?"

Comment: Re:The always-present question for UDP (Score 3, Interesting) 97

by Wesley Felter (#44136501) Attached to: QUIC: Google's New Secure UDP-Based Protocol

QUIC uses an equivalent of SYN cookies to prevent some kinds of DoS. It also uses packet reception proofs to prevent some ACK spoofing attacks that TCP is vulnerable to. Overall it looks even better than TCP.

As for encryption, Google gives two reasons. They intend to run HTTP over QUIC and Google services are encrypted by default; it's more efficient for QUIC itself to implement encryption than to layer HTTP over TLS over QUIC. The other reason is that middleboxes do so much packet mangling that encryption is the only way to avoid/detect it.

Comment: Real multitasking (Score 3, Informative) 152

by Wesley Felter (#43776115) Attached to: Jolla Announces First Meego Phone Available By End 2013

I used to have an N900 running Maemo with "true multitasking". A poorly-written app in the background (like Firefox with the "full Web experience" of Flash) would run down the battery in two hours. But at least I could use top to find the problem and kill -9 it.

Now I use Android where apps are specifically written to be aware of my battery.

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