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Comment Re:What can Berners-Lee do here, really? (Score 3, Insightful) 126

Not making DRM a W3C standard will turn it into another Flash/Silverlight type thing. Look at how hard it is for them to die. If DRM is going to be done, and it is going to be done, a W3C standard is better than nothing. As for where effort is expended, it must be in cultivating DRM-free content platforms, and DRM-free content.

Comment What should be obvoius (Score 1) 239

Nearly all, if not all great scientists love their subject. Many of those who find maths or science a turn-off do not choose STEM careers. The emotional connection of a student to their discipline must not be neglected: we are humans, not programmable machines. Only if you engender a positive interest and desire in people will they be inspired to take up STEM careers, or indeed have a casual interest, whilst pursuing other careers.

Comment Re:Understanding the risks does not make it safer (Score 1) 113

Stick it on a spare machine, try your mission critical software with test data, see what's different, and what breaks. In any case, you should be asking why you're investigating a non-LTS release for serious stuff, and indeed why you're bothering with Ubuntu at all for serious stuff.

Comment Re:So, they've reached the end of the alphabet (Score 1) 113

Names are less vulnerable to single-char typos. 17.04 is one char (and physically one key) away from 18.04. Also, it is easier to search for things related to your distro using google if you use the name (since google will struggle to grasp the context for each number you use).

Comment Target market likely 'social media pros' (Score 1) 84

There are many who make a tidy income out of social media, and reaching people through Twitter is part of that. I imagine that is a sensible and reasonably sized target market for one level of 'premium'. Heavy users who can spare a few dollars/pounds per month and are basically Twitter junkies would make another sensible target market. But since Twitter surely can't keep losing money every quarter, it's gotta start thinking of this stuff.

Comment Any chance of working wifi on OPiLite? (Score 1) 55

I have two OrangePiLite's, have tried many distros, including the ones on the OrangePi website. The only built in network connection is the wifi, and it works on precisely zero of the distros I tried.

A distro where the wifi actually works, and where dragged windows don't sporadically vanish would be welcome.

Comment Re: Windows (Score 1) 224

I recall recently, from ESR's stuff hackers used to know article:

That property is still useful, and thus in 2017 the AT convention has survived in some interesting places. AT commands have been found to perform control functions on 3G and 4G cellular modems used in smartphones. On one widely deployed variety, "AT+QLINUXCMD=" is a prefix that passes commands to an instance of Linux running in firmware on the chip itself (separately from whatever OS might be running visibly on the phone).

As well as in TVs (e.g. my Bravia), synth workstations, etc. Once you take an interest in how stuff works, it is astonishing how ubiquitous Linux has become. Some point to the 'dont make money in those areas' arguments, but forget history and the consequences when cheap commodity and consumer goods become good enough in an area which was previously the preserve of high end equipment.

Comment Something that has to happen: (Score 2) 251

On Linux, something I find very annoying with apt-get is that everything goes into a single /usr hierarchy, rather than having multiple ones and overlaying. Right now, it is a hack at best to do stuff like this. But serious thought, on all OSs, needs to be given to the following:

The point is to make the core of the OS read-only at runtime, preferably read-only at a hardware level (that is, install the OS on a small SSD which even the kernel cannot write to during normal running, and which delegates what configuration settings can be overridden from the writable portion of the files).

Essentially the 'principle of least privilege' is something that OS designers need to give far more serious thought to, and also what privileges are actually needed during normal runtime. Updating the core OS should be done from a 'secondary OS' whose only purpose is updating the core OS, and is restricted in its nature so as to only be able to do this. (The ideal place for this is in PC firmware, where one should use the firmware to install the base OS, and once booted, the base OS is effectively immutable.)

(Yes, this is basically a coarse capability-based security system, partially enforced in hardware, in a way which leaves users in control.)

Comment Re: Software should have copyright - and nothing m (Score 1) 104

Software parents are akin to copyrighting e.g. stories using certain plot devices. Imagine if one author patented revealing the killer at the start, another revealing him at the end, another patenting revealing the doer-of-crime two thirds of the way in. Certainly abolishing software patents would not inhibit progress in software development, and without them more progress would be made.

Comment Original controller, hardware hacking, arduinos... (Score 1) 262

If you take an original controller, open it up, and solder in a few wires, and connect the other end to an arduino contraption, you can pretty much send whatever information to the console you like via an 'original controller'. Now people learning how to make stuff, modify stuff, and so on, is _way_ more important than console gaming. One has the capacity to allow people to solve interesting problems, the other is a recreation.

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