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Comment: Re:Huge Caveat! (Score 1) 94

by Guy Harris (#47505397) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

but no your iPhone is not running a packet sniffer

Not even if you're using a Remote Virtual Interface? If that can only be used by plugging the device into a Mac and running rvictl on the Mac, that's one thing, but if you can also get it to act as a remote pcap daemon over the network, as he claims, that's a different matter.

Comment: Re:Yet another NSA shill pointing fingers at someo (Score 1) 664

by Guy Harris (#47501789) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

God forbid somebody who happens to work for or be a Congressperson spread disinfomation by alphabetizing categories...

So, judging by the reaction to the article (the whole thread from this submission),

No, not the whole thread. See below.

each and every single employee of Russian state media responds directly to Putin (even those who, say, use their wifi networks),

In the posting to which you responded, I said "just as somebody working at or for the VGTRK isn't necessarily acting on behalf of the Russian government.", which says that employees of Russian state media are not necessarily acting on behalf of the Russian government". The person who made the edit in question might well have been acting on his or her own; I'm not going to assume that they were acting part of an officially-organized propaganda campaign, or even a propaganda campaign at all, any more than I'm going to assume, at this point, that the Russians had anything to do with the decision to shoot down the plane.

but some edit directly from a political/administrative institution only "alphabetizes categories".

In the posting to which you responded, I said that one particular edit, namely the one referred to here was only "alphabetizing categories", and that one other edit, namely the one referred to here, merely added a serial comma.

If your goal was to demonstrate that people from IP addresses assigned to the US congress edit Wikipedia pages, those edits might be relevant; if your goal was to show edits, from IP addresses assigned to the US congress, that show a pro-US bias, those edits are completely irrelevant - this one might be more relevant.

Comment: Re:Yet another NSA shill pointing fingers at someo (Score 4, Informative) 664

by Guy Harris (#47497051) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

God forbid somebody who happens to work for or be a Congressperson spread disinfomation by alphabetizing categories...

...or adding serial commas!

You might want to limit yourself to examples where somebody's changing the tone of an article to favor (or mock) some particular view, like the rest of the links.

And, of course, a particular Congressperson or staffer for that Congressperson isn't necessarily acting on behalf of the US Government, just as somebody working at or for the VGTRK isn't necessarily acting on behalf of the Russian government. (Perhaps it'd be more likely in the latter case, but if it were somebody posting from the Duma in that case, or somebody from the Voice of America in the former case, it'd be a closer match.)

Comment: Re:Evolution (Score 1) 253

by Bruce Perens (#47485313) Attached to: New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

:-)

You make it sound like starving people are getting fat too.

If they are becoming obese, the particular individual has a surplus of caloric intake, if only for this year or month. This is not to say that they have proper nutrition. So I am not at all clear that the fact that there is obesity in the third world is confounding evidence.

Comment: Evolution (Score 1) 253

by Bruce Perens (#47480445) Attached to: New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes
For most of the existence of mankind and indeed all of mankind's progenitors, having too much food was a rare problem and being hungry all of the time was a fact of life. We are not necessarily well-evolved to handle it. So, no surprise that we eat to repletion and are still hungry. You don't really have any reason to look at it as an illness caused by anything other than too much food.

Comment: Re:Really miss the 68k (Score 1) 236

by Guy Harris (#47478167) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Or maybe Intel picked up the ball and used the 68k (as their engineers wanted) for the original IBM PC.

Presumably you mean "IBM picked up the ball...".

Intel? They're the guys that make memory and strange CPUs for calculators, right?

No, at the time, they were the guys who make 8-bit and 16-bit computers used in a variety of applications; I'm not sure whether they were still making the 4004 or not.

Comment: Re:PPC macs were awful (Score 1) 236

by Guy Harris (#47478129) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Besides, if you were really serious about running a server with Mac hardware, you loaded up MkLinux or bastardized AUX implementation. Hell, there was even a Mach kernel implementation for Mac hardware.

...which was what MkLinux ran atop ("Mk" for "microkernel", although how micro the Mach kernel is could be considered a "topic for discussion").

Comment: Re:Pairing? (Score 1) 236

by Guy Harris (#47477755) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

I don't think the ISA was a goal, because PowerPC was really just a subset of the POWER architecture

Superset of a subset, to be precise. For example, PowerPC omitted the multiplier-quotient register, and multiply/divide instructions using it, that were in the POWER instruction set architecture, but added multiply and divide instructions that used the general-purpose registers.

that IBM currently had in their mainframes and servers.

Presumably meaning "RS/6000 workstations and servers"; the instruction set architecture in the mainframes was System/370 (or S/370 XA or ESA or whatever).

Comment: Re: If you pay... (Score 1) 15

Martin,

The last time I had a professional video produced, I paid $5000 for a one-minute commercial, and those were rock-bottom prices from hungry people who wanted it for their own portfolio. I doubt I could get that today. $8000 for the entire conference is really volunteer work on Gary's part.

Someone's got to pay for it. One alternative would be to get a corporate sponsor and give them a keynote, which is what so many conferences do, but that would be abandoning our editorial independence. Having Gary fund his own operation through Kickstarter without burdening the conference is what we're doing. We're really lucky we could get that.

Comment: Re:One hell of a slashvertisement! (Score 1) 15

I think TAPR's policy is that the presentations be freely redistributable, but I don't know what they and Gary have discussed. I am one of the speakers and have always made sure that my own talk would be freely redistributable. I wouldn't really want it to be modifiable except for translation and quotes, since it's a work of opinion. Nobody should get the right to modify the video in such a way as to make my opinion seem like it's anything other than what it is.

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