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Comment Re:Hopefully NOT USB Micro B (Score 1) 401

Agreed - USB-C is definitely superior to micro B.
The one part of the lightning connector that Apple has right is the physical design. USB-C and USB in general has always had the problem of the male connector being in the device. With USB-C, that little tab inside the port on your device is smaller (and more brittle) than ever. Break that and you're screwed. The lightning connector has the male portion on the the cable, with all the pins around the outside of what you insert into the device. Superior design, in my mind. I'm curious as to why USB didn't do that originally - although, I guess it didn't much matter with the original USB connector sizes.

Comment Re:Hmm tough choice (Score 1) 35

It flies very well... provided it doesn't have to turn. Every military analyst says the J-31 is overweight and vastly underpowered. Just take a look at the airshow videos for it and you'll see the same. Afterburners required to turn and it still lost a ton of altitude.
That's not to say that the F-35 doesn't have it's problems, but the J-31 isn't even the same league as the F-22.

Comment Re:Good (Score 2) 1307

Actually, they clearly understand that simple austerity isn't going to correct the situation. The last 5 years of austerity have made the Greek debt burden even more impossible to shoulder rather than less. Greek debt needs to be restructured into something that is actually sustainable in addition to structural reform of the Greek economy. That's the deal that the EU should have on the table.

Comment Re: We the taxayer get screwed. (Score 2) 356

In any system where scarcity exists (artificial or otherwise), you'll always end up with rich and poor. I'm not going to dispute that.
However, two points:
  • Societies ignore rising gaps between the rich and poor at their own peril. See also the French revolution.
  • There's yet to be any truly communist government that actually attempts to eliminate that. Any modern communist state (failed or otherwise) has kept the rich/poor feature. The people in power ended up rich, as opposed to a capitalist system where the rich end up buying the government.

Comment Comparable? Not really. (Score 5, Insightful) 126

When someone buys a share in Apple, they actually get an ownership share in Apple.
When someone says they're buying a share in Alibaba, they actually buying shares in a VIE called Alibaba Group Holdings Limited which was incorporated in the Cayman Islands. The VIE has contractual rights to Alibaba China's profits, but not anything that resembles ownership.
It's not the same thing as share of Apple at all.

Comment Re: this is messed up.. but what's worse (Score 5, Informative) 928

For those not familiar with southwest: There is no assigned seating. People board in three groups, A (frequent flyers, people paying extra for early boarding), B and C (everyone else, numbered by check in order). Long story short, he bought the cheap tickets for his kids and wanted a free upgrade. He then threw a fit when he didn't get his way.

Comment Re:Realities (Score 1) 330

Agreed. Besides, the conspiracy theorist in my head thinks a lot of this is faux outrage on the part of the French government. I'm willing to bet that similar to the UK, the NSA is sharing all the information they're getting from the French taps with the DCRI (or other French intelligence service). Sort of reminds me of the Pakistani drone strikes. Outraged in public but definitely working with the US behind closed doors.

Comment Re:The article is wrong. (Score 1) 809

If you actually read the article, Fedora is doing as a convenience to the users, so that they don't have to screw with UEFI settings on their x86 devices.
On non-ARM systems, one can and will be able to disable secure boot.

Directly from the Win8 cert doc: (

Mandatory. On non-ARM systems, the platform MUST implement the ability for a physically present user to select between two Secure Boot modes in firmware setup: "Custom" and "Standard". Custom Mode allows for more flexibility as specified in the following:

It shall be possible for a physically present user to use the Custom Mode firmware setup option to modify the contents of the Secure Boot signature databases and the PK. This may be implemented by simply providing the option to clear all Secure Boot databases (PK, KEK, db, dbx) which will put the system into setup mode.

If the user ends up deleting the PK then, upon exiting the Custom Mode firmware setup, the system will be operating in Setup Mode with SecureBoot turned off.

The firmware setup shall indicate if Secure Boot is turned on, and if it is operated in Standard or Custom Mode. The firmware setup must provide an option to return from Custom to Standard Mode which restores the factory defaults.On an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. Only Standard Mode may be enabled."

x86 devices can still install whatever they want, barring this extra hoop to turn off Secure Boot. Like I said earlier, Fedora just wants to ship their image with a signed loader so the users don't have to go through that hoop.
From TFA:

While Microsoft have(sic) modified their original position and all x86 Windows machines will be required to have a firmware option to disable this or to permit users to enrol their own keys, it's not really an option to force all our users to play with hard to find firmware settings before they can run Fedora.

ARM (essentially tablet) devices are locked down completely - which is absolutely no different than what Apple does right now on the iPad.

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