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Comment Re:How does this affect copyleft? (Score 5, Interesting) 225

But alas, what does happen if you give an Antiguan a copy of something, then the person removes original copyright notices and replaces them with his/her own and distributes that copy to you? It's not anymore the original one, the copyright was stripped from it, you are not in the legal position to determine who the copyright really belongs to, and it could even be considered a derivative work -- does the suspension of copyright allow for a loophole that basically strips copyrights from an existing item and assigns a new one?

Comment Finland (Score 1) 246

Well, since the submission asks: I have this plan where the monthly fee is 66 cents, I can speak up to 24 hours a day and it'll cost me max. 1 euro -- ie. if I spoke 24 hours a day for the whole month it'd still cost a maximum of 30 euros + the 66 cents in monthly fees -- and I also have an extra 3G - service with no speed or data caps whatsoever and the extra costs 13.90 euro a month. Oh, and I can drop either the 3G - service or the whole plan whenever I wish to. SMS - messages cost 6.65 cents per message, so depending on how much one uses those the bill can be really small or really big -- personally, I don't really use SMS.

Comment Re:Mp3 (Score 2) 182

Once a standard becomes good enough, people will hang on to it for a long long time. Why bother re-encoding a complete music library from mp3 even if vorbis/aac is clearly the superior codec? Apple has enough difficulties pushing aac through, and not many hardware producers are including vorbis support. I guess the same could be said for windows xp and desktop hardware.

MP3-files are small enough to be streamable perfectly well even on really slow connections, but video files ain't small. A 2-hour, 1080p video file with any kind of a remotely-acceptable quality will weigh in at 4GB+, and well, it sure ain't streamable over very slow connections. Not to mention the fact that bandwidth costs money. Ergo, any developments that result in higher quality at the same size or similar quality at a smaller size are certainly welcome, both for consumers and for content-producers.

As a thought-experiment, let's assume that this or that TV-series I was watching on Netflix weighed in at 1.5GB for a 1h episode, and I watched 15 episodes in a month. That'd be 22.5GB of data. Now, if the move to a new codec reduced filesizes by 5% we'd end up with ~21.4GB of data -- that's already one gigabyte in savings. Now, multiply this with e.g. 200 000 users, what do you see?

Comment Re:Effective (Score 3, Informative) 171

- Do not allow write access to any essential binaries (like sshd, ls, and so on). If you have to, make sure you have a stealthy daemon checking the hashes of all critical binaries at regular intervals to make sure they have not been tampered with.

I'm sure there are plenty of other such systems, but Tripwire ( ) is one of the more popular tools to keep a check on your system and warn you immediately if it detects tampering attempts.

- After the initial system install, make a dump of the syscalls table of your kernel. Check it regularly to make sure it has not been tampered with (kernelspace rootkits usually hijack this table).

AFAIK Tripwire handles this, too.

Comment Re:Compatibility (Score 0) 474

Not every desktop environment that runs on linux works well. Some (maybe even most) are buggy. They are not all buggy and you are not forced to use the buggy ones. I see more options (even if some are bad) as a good thing.

The less-buggy ones are also the ones with less features, the ones with less appeal and promise than the others. XFCE is, for example, a quite fine DE for a geek and it sure seems stable from what little I have used it, but it's not exactly appealing in looks, it feels dated, and there's a lot of rough corners here and there. Now, take KDE in comparison: it's chock-full of features, it doesn't feel nearly as dated and it can be really pretty on the eyes. On the other hand, it's buggy as shite, I can still get whole Plasma to crash just by adjusting the panel, it's extremely confusing, and even people who have used KDE for years still have trouble figuring out where things are or how to work them -- I popped in on #KDE a while ago and I couldn't find a single person there at the time who knew how to use activities, for example.

Sure, there's a lot of DEs to choose from, but they're cannibalizing each-others on the amount of available developers and the end result is seemingly that no project has enough skilled developers and designers.

Clunky package management system? The package management systems in linux are far superior to windows. In windows you just download your own executable and install it yourself.

Yes, clunky. For one, you can't install stuff to a location of your own choosing without dropping to console. No, they'll always be installed system-wide and in the default location. If you're using a years-old distro --for stability or whatnot-- for which there are only security-updates available any longer and you want e.g. a newer version of some web-browser what do you do? You can't just download the package from the Internet as it most likely depends on newer libraries, too, that just aren't available in your repos. Secondly, there's too many incompatible systems. If you want to install something that isn't available via repositories you'll have to know which system is in use on your installation and then download the corresponding package-type. It may still not work, though, if the package wasn't specifically for your distro. Thirdly, it doesn't allow you to install only parts of the package or versions with differing features. On Windows you can e.g. download LibreOffice and choose which parts to install and which ones to omit. On Linux, well, usually you install libreoffice and just end up with everything with no customizability. And what if you want e.g. an alternate version of a package, with this or that feature that is disabled by default? Under Windows you just download the executable and install it. Under Linux... well, even the easiest route generally involves having to enable some extra repository or two.

Yes, keeping the things that are already installed up-to-date is a whole buttload easier under Linux and I do really like that. Nevertheless, I still see these package-management systems as too rigid.

The point of linux is not mean to be "free as in beer".

Indeed, I know it isn't. But try selling the idea of "free as in libre" to any Average Joe and see how far you get. From a purely pragmatic point of view it just doesn't really matter for most. And atleast to me it still ain't worth the aggravation on the desktop.

Comment Re:Compatibility (Score 0) 474

As soon as the games I already own and play work on Linux I will switch in a heartbeat.

Hmh, meh. I won't be switching even then. It's very, very unlikely that all of the games that I will be wanting in the future will become available for Linux. Then in addition to that Linux is still very much of a hit and miss - adventure, with inconsistent, buggy desktop environments, missing drivers, clunky package-management systems and so on. Being able to play games on a free-as-in-beer OS just ain't worth the aggravation.

Comment Re:Maybe this is the reason (Score 2) 215

Yes. I am out of the habit of thinking of lossless as "real" compression, but I seem to be in the minority.

I have to ask why do you think like that? Do you view e.g. the compression method used by RAR/WinRar as not being "real" compression, even though it can achieve quite nice compression rates? Or bz2? Or 7zip? They're all lossless, they all have lots and lots and lots of math behind them, and implementing any single one of them isn't something that you can just do yourself in an hour or two. Or is it that you only view lossless compression as not being "real" compression when it comes to multimedia, as if the content somehow mattered how "real" one or another compression method is?

Comment Re:By this logic (Score 2) 238

If a very small percentage of people are using-up a rather large percentage of the available bandwidth, then yes, that's unfair.

But bandwidth isn't something that wears out, it's not something that you can consume all up like you can e.g. oil. Bandwidth is a measure of something, not the something itself. That means there's a few distinct differences compares to actual physical goods, like e.g. as long as 100% of the available bandwidth isn't used it doesn't matter if some users consume more than others -- it becomes unfair if these users have to pay more than the others even when it doesn't actually affect anyone else, and as such the equation should at most be about bandwidth over time when the pipes are fully-pegged. Just throwing in a static number as the cap is what's unfair.

Comment Re:NOT AN INFECTION (Score 1) 92

It's NOT AN INFECTION when user willingly installs a malicious application and approves its permissions.

That's like saying that it's not an infection if you inject yourself with HIV because you knowingly do it -- obvious rubbish. OF COURSE it is an infection still. Especially when the malware - package is HIDDEN inside another one, so that when the user thinks he's installing one thing he's actually getting two things. You might have a point if the user knowingly installed a malware - package, but that's just not the case.

Learn the basics of compooters before you write something that stupid next time.

Indeed, mate, indeed.

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