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Comment Re:Why replace it? And Can it really replace it? (Score 1) 114 114

I use Truecrypt for a small (10MB) file which I can mount on Linux, Mac and Windows. The mounted file is a FAT32 partition, because that is the only filesystem that is read/write on any random machine.

Could Tomb replace this setup? What would the advantage be?

(Of course, I could go read the article, but who does that on /.?)

Comment Extensions to the rescue... (Score 1) 151 151

Yes, it should be a standard possibility in the browser. But until then, I use Firefox-Muter.

But it's stupid to need an extension for something as basic. Or even for a (completely unrelated) 15 year old bug which still needs an extension to be corrected.

Comment Will it help cracking WiFi? (Score 1, Interesting) 44 44

That's all I'm really interested in. Will it make cracking the neighbor's WiFi practical again? Nobody uses WEP anymore, and almost all the routers with WPS seem to have been upgraded to prevent the very nice Reaver attack which was so cool a few years ago.

I used to get Internet access anywhere by simply cracking some nearby WiFi. Nowadays, I usually need to use my phone's data connection, which is painfully slow and not usable in other countries because of roaming charges. I keep an open WiFi at home for passersby, but nobody else seems to be doing that for me.

Comment Meanwhile, still no decent HTML word processing (Score 1) 75 75

It's nice that a government pushes for open standards, and if it gets widely used, maybe it will somehow help development.

But in the meantime, there is still no decent writing tool for our current needs.

When I need to write something, it usually doesn't need to be printed on A4 (or Letter) paper. It is to be viewed on some digital display. And it does't need to be pixel-precise. Just well structured to be understandable. So the natural format would be HTML with CSS, which has become a universal format that can be displayed on anything, and can even be searched as plain text with grep and the like when needed.

But there is no word processing program that produces sane HTML/CSS. The real word processing programs which have all the features and tools to help for writing produce totally insane HTML. The HTML tools are designed for programmers or "web designers" (whatever that really is these days), not for plain writing of content. In the end, I often just send an HTML email done in Thunderbird, or I use Amaya, and mostly a plain text editor with a browser window to re-read it. The alternative is to write in MS Word or Libre/OpenOffice, and produce a f*ing PDF.

I have been longing for a modern "Ami Pro for HTML/CSS" for the last 15 years...

Comment Re:trick question (Score 1) 263 263

Maybe in one of these weird languages where it's not the operator which determines the operation to be done. Or one of these annoying languages in which you need silly stuff like str(10)... :-)

I feel for the poor poor programmer who didn't get the chance to understand Perl.

And BTW, /. ate my binary operator in the post above. It was meant to be:

to get 327680, you would have used the binary shift operator: "10"<<"15"

Comment Re:trick question (Score 1) 263 263

should "10" + "15" == "1015" or should it be 25?

What a strange question. Obviously, 25 since you are using an arithmetic operator. So surely, you wanted to do arithmetic, right?
If you had wanted "1015", you would obviously have used a string operator instead ( "10" . "15" ).

Are there languages so stupid that they can't tell the difference and you have to spell it out for them in every boring detail?

PS: And if you had wanted to get 327680, you would have used the binary shift operator: "10""15"

Comment How is Pocket different from bookmarks / File-Save (Score 1) 351 351

I don't understand the point of this Pocket stuff (or Wallabag, which someone mentioned as similar). Would someone please explain what use it has?

For Pocket, I read "If it's in Pocket, it's on your phone, tablet or computer. You don't even need an Internet connection."

OK, but how is that different from Ctrl-S (Save page)?

For Wallabag, apparently you still need an Internet connection: "when you open your wallabag, you can comfortably read your articles. [...] you can install it on your web server or you can create a free account at Framabag.

So how is that different from just bookmarking the page?

Comment Why content owners don't like Netflix (Score 2) 224 224

The problems content owners have with Netflix could be what I heard from one of them (in Europe):

- They pay very little

- They give absolutely no information about how many viewers watched the content.

For content owners, Netflix is pretty useless. For smaller movies, it may be more expensive to find and package the content to deliver than what Netflix will pay. (It is in fact time consuming to hunt down the movie files at the right framerate in the right encoding, audio matching the framerate in the wanted languages and mix versions (5.1? LtRt?, both?), subtitles in the right format and with times adjusted for variable logos etc.)

Does someone know if Netflix in the US is also so strangely secretive and also pays so little? After all, they do know exactly how many viewers watched what and when, how many interrupted without watching to the end, etc. They just don't share it per movie with the movie's owner (or rather distributor).

Comment Re:Mac and Windows PC only. (Score 1) 117 117

Linux is not really meant to be a desktop OS

Unforutnately, you are right. My main machine is Linux (Ubuntu 12.04) since over 5 years, and it is indeed not comparable to WinXP/Win7 or Mac OS X. I still prefer it for various reasons, but would not recommend it to most people as a desktop OS.

There might be a Google Earth for Android and iOS some day, but probably never for Linux. Sad...

Comment Re:The measurements in question: (Score 2) 142 142

And to list these for your own drive:

$ sudo smartctl -A /dev/sda | egrep '^\s*(ID|5|1[89][78])'
    5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 100 100 036 Pre-fail Always - 0
187 Reported_Uncorrect 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
188 Command_Timeout 0x0032 100 253 000 Old_age Always - 0
197 Current_Pending_Sector 0x0012 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0010 100 100 000 etc.

(Incomplete last line to "use fewer 'junk' characters." as requested by that silly filter)

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