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Comment: Anything... (Score 5, Insightful) 385

by x0ra (#49286081) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?
Why would she need anything specific ? Any entry level laptop will have more CPU and GPU capability to do whatever she's gonna be asked. I doubt she will end up doing fine-grained world-wide weather simulation or end up requiring building Chromium from source. Hardware-spec wise, this is a pointless question... As for PC/Mac, it is also pointless. You buy Apple-branded products if you want all the Apple coziness and conviviality of OS X, the underlying machine is pretty much identical...

Comment: Re:What about websites and paper magazines (Score 1) 216

by x0ra (#49285791) Attached to: France Will Block Web Sites That Promote Terrorism
Charlie Hebdo is fine because it is following western post-colonial xenophobic values, especially wrt. muslims. Most western countries are an inch away from shrinkage and plain fall. They *need* these value (how despicable might they be) to survive, or at least, think they do. They need something to fear, because they're failing at looking forward, and thriving.

Comment: Re:Free speach == dead (Score 1) 216

by x0ra (#49285743) Attached to: France Will Block Web Sites That Promote Terrorism

..., and free speech doesn't mean you're allowed to insult and provoke at your leisure.

It is, and it is your fault if you are offended to the point of initiating physical violence. Charlie Hebdo has as much right to free speech than the toughest and most conservative muslim imams/rabbi/priest. Yes, it is bigoted, but before the attacks, they were about to die of their own death due to lack of funding. The attacks made them martyr, the same way we create martyr when we kill muslims.

However, all in all, all these new laws are merely tools put in place to disqualify political dissidence. The time western countries were free is long past and gone.

Comment: Not the time... (Score 4, Interesting) 69

by x0ra (#49244039) Attached to: OpenSSL To Undergo Massive Security Audit
Why bother with a security audit of the whole OpenSSL as-is, right here, right now, when the LibreSSL fork has been doing a lot of work removing years of unmaintained cruft (cf. ? It seems to be an exercise in futility... I also wonder why get the job to a private company, which would certainly result in very bad transparency, when they could just launch a bounty program rewarding exploits & bug findings ?!?

Comment: Re:The gun fetishists and ammosexuals think (Score 1) 367

by x0ra (#49201671) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)
Obama is currently trying, through executive action via the ATFE, to ban M855 "green-tip" 5.56x45 (.223) ammo, so they're not dreaming. He already succeeded banning Russian 5.45x39 7n6 under false pretense of its soft body armor-piercing capability, which is utter bs as anybody knowledgeable in the field knows that soft body armor is no good against any rifle round, but I digress...

You are lost in the Swamps of Despair.