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Comment Re: Not a .NET problem (Score 3, Insightful) 187

The title is sensationalistic. Even the original bug the author talks about, calling it repeatedly a "Java" bug, was actually a bug in the Apache Commons Collections library, not in the platform, and it could only be triggered if a server using the library allowed customers to provide serialized data for itself to deserialize, which is severely wrong in the first place (it's akin to eval()-ing client-provided text).

Comment Well done (Score 2) 1416

They've just validated the opinion expressed in the memo, according to which workers at Google having a dissenting opinion must keep silent lest them be fired.

Also, in order to justify something as deplorable as firing someone for political reasons, a lot of people are attributing to him sentences that he never wrote, a character assassination that is typical of authoritarian regimes.

Not only this is obviously wrong, but it is even counterproductive to the cause of a progressive society, because it will foster the persecution complexes of certain voters, urging them to elect even more far-right extremists in order to fix society. Well done, really.

Comment Re:Meanwhile in Russia... (Score 1) 389

Russia keeps extending the life of pre-Chernobyl RBMK reactors making them last years longer than they were originally designed for. RBMKs are certainly neither safe nor clean, I think that even the most orthodox nuclear supporter will concede that, and this tells us that Russia isn't a good example of a country which is reaching the goal of obtaining safe, clean *and* cheap energy through nuclear power.

Additionally, the worldwide trend to extend the life span of existing nuclear power plants tells us another information: that nuclear power is so expensive that operators need to squeeze up to the last dime out of existing installations, by making their service life extremely long, even if doing so exposes them to greater costs for maintenance, monitoring and insurance. Often, when accidents happen to one of those old power plants, nuclear power supporters will dismiss their relevance because of the age of the affected installation, but this way they ignore the fact that having to keep outdated designs running for decades is actually an implicit requirement for nuclear power's competitiveness.

Comment Nuclear power is expensive (Score 3, Insightful) 389

I find it ironic that nuclear power supporters here get condescending and accuse everyone else of being anti-scientific and of living in a fantasy world, all while pointing at worldwide conspiracies in order to explain why no one invests in nuclear energy anymore, without accepting the more simple and realistic explanation that the energy source they believe to be cheap, safe and clean is neither cheap, nor safe, nor clean. It's always only a couple years away from becoming such, but its's not just there yet. And it has been so since the 80s.

Comment Re:Seems like drm should be a PLUGIN to me. (Score 2) 149

Not exactly, the point of EME is that the plugin won't have to manage content presentation, in the way that Adobe flash does today, but will only have to manage access conditioning. In fact, Firefox already ships with an optional DRM plugin today. But, it's up to the content provider whether to allow an application plugin to protect their content or to require user surveillance at the operating system level.

Comment Re:Seems like drm should be a PLUGIN to me. (Score 5, Interesting) 149

With EME, not only you can be forced to install a specific plugin to browse the open web, but it's much more likely that you'll be forced to actually install a specific browser or even a specific operating system - most probably of the kind oriented to "media consumption", with spyware built-in and not fully controllable and observable by its owner.

Comment Re:motivation (Score 3, Insightful) 124

Consumers of content should also be able to choose any lawful mechanism to enjoy the intellectual property that they've paid for, and DRM interfers with that. In particular, when it prevents fair use, which is instituted by the very same law that defines the existence of intellectual property, DRM is as illegal as unauthorized copying.

Comment Re: "security questions" bite us again (Score 1) 79

They will do none of the two. Typically, they will send to you by email a single-use and time-limited token. You are supposed to connect to the website via https, enter the token, and usually you will be asked a security question as a proof of your identity. After that, you'll be able to set a new password to replace the forgotten one. No unencrypted password will ever travel by email.

Comment Maybe I'm getting too old... (Score 2) 632

It seems that technology is little by little erasing every daily occasion of interaction with other humans that we still have. I don't want to sound like a luddite, but I must admit that I'm a bit worried that in the long run this process is going to make humans less and less able to interact with each other; which is a problem, because in the end we are social animals, we literally die without some form of exchange with other members of our species.

Comment Re:In other news (Score 1) 548

The natural relation between 2^20, 2^30 and *memory* size lies in addressing it by digital wires, which is how computer work, and which is why contrary to your statement persistent storage devices such as ROMs and flash memory will of course have block sizes that are powers of two.
Even storage mediums that don't employ a power-of-two block size internally, will often carry power-of-two payloads for the user, because to be useful, the stored data will have to be loaded into a RAM chip at some point, and there it will once again find its natural relation with power of twos (it's not like you can't have a non-power-of-two block size, but you would incur at runtime into a waste of storage space and/or impaired performance, and end up working with non-natural units as a bonus).
I agree with you in the fact that nowadays end users no longer care about the exact block count of their devices (why, on the PC everyone was happy calling the 1.4 MiB floppies as "1.44", and the difference was noteworthy back then!) so perhaps OSes should employ power-of-ten units for user-friendly displays. Plus, that would match the units used for network transfer, which historically have never been based on power of twos. Then again, you should also say in the case of lumber "7.62 cm by 10.16 cm" instead of "three-by-four", as inches are asinine units and have no natural relation with physics ;-) .

Comment Re:We have "selected platforms" without standards (Score 3, Interesting) 207

But EME are not a standardized form of DRM. With EME you don't get a standard platform that anyone can implement in order to watch DRM-protected media. EME is a standardization of HTML hooks that allow portions of a web page to be decoded by a closed source, proprietary, non standardized binary plugin, that the content provider will choose. The difference from the past is that before EME, publishers would force you to install their proprietary plugin. With EME, they'll force you to use the proprietary browser (Chrome) or operating system (Android) that they think will prevent you from downloading their stuff. It's arguably even worse than the Sony rootkit, because you can be forced to use an operating system that has no root access for you but is safe for them. And since the proprietary plugin will not even need to be installed, because it will most probably come built-in with the browser or the OS, content providers will have even less disincentive to make use of it.

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