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Comment: Re:there's a strange bias on slashdot (Score 4, Insightful) 192

by moronoxyd (#49491461) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google

Maybe its time for the United States to go after a few EU companies doing business in our country. We can
certainly use the same principle of - we don't like the way you do business. Forget the law.

Except there are laws that Intel, Microsoft and (potentially) Google have broken.

And what people like you love to ignore (or, more probably, don't know, as it doesn't involve Americans): The EU judges European companies by the same standard. A few years back Gaz du France and German E.On where found to break anti-competition laws and had to pay high fines. And there are many other cases not involving American companies.

The problem is NOT that the EU is going against American companies, but that American companies sometimes don't understand that in Europe they have to play by European laws, not by the lawlessness that's the American reality.

Comment: Re:Well intentioned, but misguided (Score 2) 103

by moronoxyd (#49224197) Attached to: Wikimedia Foundation Files Suit Against NSA and DOJ

Ah, yes, the good ol' they-do-it-so-we-have-to.

Totally ignoring the facts that you have to start somewhere, that it is best to start where you have at lease some chance at success (as slim as it may be in reality), and that this suit will likely not stop the NSA from spying outside of America so they will only lose the 'surveillance arms race' of spying on Americans.

Comment: Re:FDE on Android doesn't work as of yet (Score 5, Informative) 124

by moronoxyd (#49170127) Attached to: Google Backs Off Default Encryption on New Android Lollilop Devices

The issue with FDE in Android has for long been the lack of combining strong passwords with a pattern lock or pin lock for unlocking the screen. In other words, your encryption key is only as strong as the pin code or password you are willing to put in every time you open your screen lock. Who wants to type in a 20+ password every time they open their screen lock?

Are you sure?
For my Android phone I activated FDE. On boot I have to enter the FDE password, which is independent from the lock screen password/pattern/face unlock.
So on boot I enter the complex password once, and later I use the less complex pattern to unlock my running phone.
My phone is Running Android 4.4.4 (Cyanogen CM11S).

Comment: Re:Hurr durr I'ma sheep?? (Score 1) 264

by moronoxyd (#49110811) Attached to: Linux Kernel Switching To Linux v4.0, Coming With Many New Addons

The Linux distros would have done a lot better if they were codenamed after an animal, without the stupid adjective. Lucid Lynx - crap name. Lynx - acceptable name suitable to interest PHBs.

So... Ubuntu is now 'the Linux distros'?

Those names are typical for Ubuntu and its derivatives, other distributions like Debian, Fedora and SuSE use different naming schemes.

Disclaimer: I'm a mostly satisfied Ubuntu user.

Comment: Re: Efforts could have made a difference elsewhere (Score 1) 158

by moronoxyd (#48917905) Attached to: Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

Two things:
First, this is about Vivaldi, not Opera. Vivaldi is a different company, just founded by the former founder of Opera.
Second, Opera is a Norwegian company. They have offices in the US, amongst other countries.

Maybe you got confused by Opera buying Australian company Fastmail.FM.

Comment: Re:TFA says 5 stories high (Score 2) 98

by moronoxyd (#48849745) Attached to: Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and Villa

As an example, in the USA, the ground floor counts, while in Europe only the floors/stories above ground floor count.

You have differentiate between numbering (naming) the floors and counting the numbers of floors in a building.
A five storey building is a five storey building, but some number the floors from floor 1 to floor 5, others count ground floor, 1st floor, 2nd floor...

Also, not all of Europe is the same. Here in Germany we have both variants, depending on region and design of the buildings.

Comment: Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 629

by moronoxyd (#48795185) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

This sudden attempt by Google supporters to shift the responsibility is the lamest fucking excuse I've ever seen. Microsoft has supported XP FAR longer than Google has supported...

The argument against Google here is that Android 4.3 is still widely used.Wenn, so is Windows XP.
If you claim that Google has to look for the user base you have to hold Microsoft to the same standard.

...though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"