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Comment Re:The end (Score 1) 249

A friend of mine also found a vuln and was able to easily break in to his Samsung tv at home from his office and turn on the camera in his new 'smart tv' (not sure if it's the same vuln or not though as the article doesn't give specifics). He reported it to Samsung over 6 months ago, repeatedly, and nothing was ever done or even acknowledged. He tried calling their various national and international offices, sent emails, spoke to local reps.. nothing. Maybe now they'll be forced to actually do something about these problems. Or, maybe people will stop buying them if enough awareness is raised.

Comment Re:It's a very sad thing to admit, but (Score 2) 260

I believed this jazz and bought an AMD/ATI laptop after being bitten by nVidia's optimus comment (my nvidia laptop got stolen). Now I miss my nvidia laptop. The Radeon driver is really lacking, has a very high battery consumption, doesn't work well with many applications. The fglrx (proprietary) driver won't work with several Xorg version without that considered a major bug by the dev team.

This has been my experience as well. AMD's linux driver is very woeful at the moment and they have shown VERY little sign of even caring. Just check the number of issues reported at cchtml.com, which AMD have been shown to read and even respond to, but are still unfixed and not even slated to be fixed any time soon. I hear the open source driver is making leaps and bounds but it's still not as polished as Intel's.

The alternative is to use bumblebee on nvidia proprietary driver, which drains battery but allows to enjoy a decent graphical acceleration.

I use this currently, and it actually works pretty well. Muxless gpu switching is a godsend over the old approach. Also, 'bumblebee' only uses more battery than vanilla Intel when you /choose/ to run a 3d app on the nvidia discrete gpu. If your app doesn't require the grunt, just launch it normally instead of via 'optirun' and battery life remains the same as any other Intel gpu. But the option for more power is there should you ever want it. I really like this setup. For someone who might have actual need of a high performance GPU (ie with steam coming soon) this is the setup I would recommend.

Comment Re:The facepalm is strong with this one. (Score 1) 192

I suppose you're one of those types who like the artificial film grain added to modern digitally captured and/or digitally synthesized movies to intentionally add noise and reduce signal quality? Skeuomorphisms are by definition anachronisms. They need to be removed. Penetrative sex on the other hand is timeless, such as reading and watching movies. A better analogy is how the money-spending, laborious conversation and tedious mind games leading up to penetrative sex could be removed and doing so would enhance the experience while simultaneously making it more efficient thus allowing you to have higher quality penetrative sex far more frequently. Likewise, removing annoying and time consuming page-turn animations actually enhances the reading experience while making it more efficient.

Comment Re:It's a typesetting error. (Score 3, Interesting) 409

As a meat eater myself and sibling to a die-hard vegan, I can honestly say non-meat eaters still retain all those characteristics in full effect. And I can tell you now that even with my abnormally high testosterone and sex drive, I'm an honest person and have never sexually assaulted anyone. Unless they explicitly asked me to first. Chemicals may set the stage for our lives but we still choose how they play out. Blaming behavior on diet is just a pathetic excuse to shirk responsibility. No court on earth would buy such an excuse, nor should they. And since this book appears to have a religious slant - remember that Eve allegedly gave in to temptation despite being completely vegan. But what's religion without a bit of self contradiction?

Comment Re:is it shipping to customers ? (Score 2) 394

That is oversimplifying it too much. It does also state that if you make changes and distribute to anyone as binary or otherwise, you have to make those changes available to any third party, not just the recipient of the binaries, as per:

b) Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three years, to give any third party, for a charge no more than your cost of physically performing source distribution, a complete machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code, to be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or,

Comment Re:Thanks Oprah. :) (Score 1) 111

So these people who want a 'fully open cpu' expect someone to put up large amounts of money to design, fabricate and mass-produce - enough production to drive down the per-unit costs to hobbyist-attainable levels - while exposing themselves to almost guaranteed direct competition against them using their own IP, all out of their own pocket so the hobbyist doesn't have to pay? How is that ever going to work? If you can't afford to fabricate a design *anyway* what point is there to having the design 'fully open' in the first place? I'd much prefer a refined, *well documented* core I can easily use wherever I want cheaply than having hdl to something I can never turn into tangible silicon. I'm not saying these recent ARM applications processors are well documented by the way. There's plenty of room for improvement there. Specially with the GPU interfaces. I just think people need to take a step back and realize 'fully open' isn't anywhere near as useful as 'well documented and production-grade'

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