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Comment: Re:Why do this in the first place? (Score 2) 85

There will, never, ever be a "killer app" for Firefox OS. And who cares? This isn't a video game console. People expect a phone to have all the basic apps like Facebook/Runkeeper/Whatever, and it's impossible to think such an app would be developed for a single platform. Nobody buys an Android because they can't get Hulu for iOS.

Firefox will succeed if people prefer the look & feel of the OS, and if it's easy to get, and if it easily runs all the apps expected of it. As long as it works, who cares if it's OS native or not?

Comment: Re:No they outsold Samsung and Apple (Score 2) 126

by kamapuaa (#49766651) Attached to: Microsoft Reportedly May Acquire BlackBerry

I love that article. 5 seconds of Googling shows that Elop didn't actually become CEO of Nokia until the end of 2010, but for some reason the article decides to start half a year earlier, with the sales record of the previous CEO, who was forced out for poor performance. You're reading an article that's more concerned with being a hit piece than the truth.

Another 10 seconds of Googling shows that at the beginning of 2011, Android was the top smartphone OS:

Elop talked about all this at the beginning of his infamous "burning platform" memo.

Realistically, how would a CEO completely tank a phone OS in like two months? Steve Jobs needed a few years at Apple before his ideas really went from concept to production.

Comment: Re:Anthropomorphizing (Score 1) 400

by tttonyyy (#49765191) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

That's a very short term view. One day, without a doubt, intelligence will emerge from something we create. It's only a matter of time. In the first few instances it may only be lower level intelligence, but when we create something at least as clever as us, that may very well be the end of our era.

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 826

by kamapuaa (#49738363) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Is this really true? Even poor people get double-paned windows, a Prius C costs all of $17K (and generally speaking, cheaper cars are smaller and less performance-oriented, and therefore consume less gas). And there's laughably few tax credits for energy efficiency. It used to be a 10% deduction for $500, up to the lifetime of the house. A drop in the bucket. Now it's nothing, aside from special programs.

There's nothing magical about existing fuel taxes. If increasing fuel efficiency causes revenues to come up short, why not raise the tax a few more cents?

Comment: Re:Can I turn features off? (Score 1) 441

by rthille (#49736073) Attached to: Choosing the Right IDE

because the minute you switch to something else (the browser, E-mail client, putty terminal, LibreOffice or anything else), muscle memory results in errors.

I don't understand this bit. Why would you switch out of emacs for such things? Emacs has web (eww, w3), email, tramp (remote editing/shells), TeX modes, etc.
No need to tax your muscle memory, it's all there in emacs.

Besides, on a mac, most things do Emacs keybindings :-)

Comment: Re:Durability concerns valid, but... Tampering? (Score 1) 88

by rthille (#49728989) Attached to: Yubikey Neo Teardown and Durability Review

I'd love a yubikey neo (nfc) with the form factor of a Nike Fuel Band, but a bit lighter/slimmer. Something I could wear and even shower with, so I'd never worry about my auth token taking a walk. For bonus points make it difficult to unclip (so I'd wake if someone tried to take it off), and have a slide-switch to disable the NFC, so no one could read the auth token at a distance and replay it...

Comment: Re:Stupid question: how do you use it? (Score 1) 88

by rthille (#49727927) Attached to: Yubikey Neo Teardown and Durability Review

You can use it to store your GPG keys and then have GPG act as your SSH agent, so you can require the physical token to ssh to servers.
I've got my Mac setup so I need my Yubikey for sudo as well.

At work we use the GPG key on a Yubikey stashed _inside_ a server to sign our software releases. Someone could hack their way onto the server and if they became root could sign software with the key, but they couldn't copy the key to use later.

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