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Comment: Re:Problems? Really? (Score 1) 663

by hdparm (#40355367) Attached to: Torvalds Slams NVIDIA's Linux Support

Well, they certainly do subscribe to MS goals and visions and release the driver in a way that's appropriate for Windows platform.

Having said that, nVidia is by far the best (the only actually) solution for Linux. We run bloody flash animations and videos 24/7 on cheap atoms - if it wasn't for nVidia ION we couldn't be anywhere near to being competitive. Although it would be nice to have a built-in support, it's not exactly rocket science to rebuild the modules for different kernel. We do it all the time - nVidia driver install provides the infrustructure (precompiled kernel interfaces), we build it once, then distribute via yum/rpm to hundreds of client sites via nightly yum update, reboot and everything else taken care of automatically. Never failed us.

Comment: Re:Breaks Jailbreak (Score 1) 94

by register_ax (#36927780) Attached to: Sniffer Hijacks SSL Traffic From Unpatched IPhones

Jailbreaking does not magically leave your phone wide open for attack.

Yes it does.

Jailbreaking requires you to write code to modify the bootstrap sequence. If you cannot do this, you must TRUST someone else will ENTER YOUR SYSTEM, and then LEAVE. You TRUST the program(s) they left behind (Cydia or equivalent) do not have any holes (like enabling telnet/ssh/trojan/something else bad by default) or, if they do (Strike 1), they will update their code appropriately and quickly (Strike 2 if they don't).

And that's only if you now use your phone as if it isn't jailbroken. If you want to install unsigned apps (reason most (everyone?) jailbreak), you leave yourself even more open to attack every unsigned app you install. That isn't to say you safe via Apple's signed process, but you are definitely not *safer* than without Apple. Unless you took *additional* precautions after jailbreaking, you must worry about leaving your phone anywhere as any technically minded person can get root access to your phone and install any sort of "bad" software!

Saying jailbreaking does not magically leave your phone wide open for attack is incredibly naive!

Comment: Re:Try CentOS (Score 1) 354

by hdparm (#35387708) Attached to: Debian Is the Most Important Linux

CentOS is not binary compatible with RHEL, CentOS is RHEL, sans RH branding stuff.

I agree with you - since Debian inception, lot has changed in where and how Linux is used. So Fedora, being the base upon which RHEL is built seems to be the the most important one these days. Some will argue that it's not community driven though.

Comment: Re:There's more than one "fear of death" (Score 0) 473

by register_ax (#34449302) Attached to: People With University Degree Fear Death Less

I read your comment 3 times before realizing it had nothing to do with the comment AC left, but was a reply to the OP.

Why must people reply to a reply just to get their post higher up?

If internet avatars had human sentimentality, yours would be one of those emo dudes who go around trying to get people to notice them.

Comment: Re:Shoving what? (Score 2) 130

by register_ax (#34449270) Attached to: Wikipedia Pages Now On Amazon — With Product Links

Research? Who said anything about research? I was talking about completing papers for class. And it doesn't matter what I think or don't think about completing a classroom assignment - my grades speak for themselves. So far I see little difference in the pages anyway. It's just sad Wales didn't think to tap that mine before Amazon jumped his claim.

I think you're confusing "original research" with the type of research you do to complete assignments. In essence, by doing what you are saying the grades don't have to speak for themselves. It isn't a matter of doing well on assignments, it is how you complete the assignment. There's nothing really scholarly in what you are doing, which was ColdWetDog's point.

To understand (which you are clearly too young to understand), imagine a world without the internet or wikipedia. You would not be able to do a quick query, find a passage in a book, look up that single page on amazon, and use it as a reference in the assignment you are working on. You would have to do *scholarly research* to get the job done which is what you are NOT doing. This involves, going to the library, finding a category of the subject you are working on, choosing a selection of books and culling information from them not based on a few pages. As someone who has spent days on end doing this, and also done your way to quickly get an assignment done, the processes for each are world's apart.

I'm not really sure why you are depriving yourself of a really good opportunity to get an education. It's also disappointing that research is not an integral part of completing papers for your class. Why bother at all? If you are going to cheat, at least acknowledge that you *are* cheating. If you don't, it makes the people who actually do the work look bad.

Comment: Re:very disappointing, but perhaps inevitable (Score 1) 130

by register_ax (#34449194) Attached to: Wikipedia Pages Now On Amazon — With Product Links

A lot of experts have a problem with having no authority on Wikipedia and having to cite sources like anyone else.

Actually, a lot of experts in a field may be coming up with original research in the field, and thus have no authority to comment in the wikipedia article as no original research is permitted.

Comment: Re:very disappointing, but perhaps inevitable (Score 1) 130

by register_ax (#34449178) Attached to: Wikipedia Pages Now On Amazon — With Product Links

I stopped editing Wikipedia in 2005 or so. I can go back to articles in my subject (linguistics) that I used to follow, and I find mistakes that are still left there half a decade later. There have been plenty of edits in the meantime, but they've never fixed specific factual errors.

I really don't get it, why not just fixed those factual errors?? It sounds like you saw those errors in wikipedia in 2005 and never bothered to do anything with it other than acknowledge something is wrong. Then, recently, you read the same article and again noticed the same error you registered in 2005 but complain about it? When you say "they've never fixed" you do realize you are really saying I never fixed it right? Because "they" is "you"!

Why are you complaining over something you have control over? Just curious.

Comment: Re:16 times? Strange metric... (Score 3, Informative) 175

by hdparm (#33104110) Attached to: First GNOME Census Results

Oh, FFS.

Superiority of APT over RPM? Get a clue. You can compare APT and YUM and how well they manage whatever packages your distro of choice have.

Fedora 13 installs everything I need for the laptop out of the box - wireless driver, mobile modem driver, even bloody compiz works on ATI mobility card without any additional requirements. YUM is rock solid for ages now. The only extra thing needed is rpmfusion repos to get proprietary codecs going.

Comment: The real reason (Score 2, Insightful) 828

by hdparm (#33089114) Attached to: What's Wrong With the American University System
The discussion ranges from entrenched tenured professors more concerned with publishing and parking spaces than quality teaching

My daughter yesterday received her Masters Degree from the Auckland University of Technology (NZ). Guest speaker at the event was eminent New Zealand scientist Dr Ray Avery. One of those brilliant scientists who actually did some great things and provided for underprivileged around the world.

He also has a lot of experience teaching at some of the best known schools. The one thing he underlined in his speech yesterday was the fact that New Zealand students have a big advantage to the most of the places he visited in being taught by educators who not only are of the highest professional calibre but people who, almost across the board, have retained the most important attribute of any educator at any level - their humanism.

Now, if indeed there is something wrong with the high education system in the USA, I'd suggest this would be the starting point in fixing it.

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