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Comment Re:in 3... 2... 1... (Score 5, Informative) 74

It's kind of sad that people on Slashdot no longer understand that operating systems include modular components that can be replaced.

I installed Windows 8.. on a 5 year old Core 2 duo system using a spare hard drive. You know what? While I sure didn't like the UI choices MS made for Windows 8, it was at least as fast as my Arch Linux installation on the exact same box (the difference being that Arch got an SSD while Windows 8 was on an older mechanical hard drive).

In many ways the Windows graphics stack is well ahead of X (Wayland is fixing this fortunately, but it has taken a long time). The interesting thing is that the actual 3D stack in Linux, which practically ignores the X server in modern implementations, is actually quite good, but the actual core graphics in Windows are also very good despite what Slashtrolls would like to believe. Nvidia
has done a very good job at getting comparable performance levels out of both platforms.

Comment Linux is INVINCIBLE! (Score 1) 1

Look, this isn't a real security vulnerability because it can't alter the Linux kernel on your droid. All it can do is log your key strokes, steal your passwords, and send your credit card and other personal information to Russia. Since that doesn't constitute a kernel-level breach, it's not a security hole and Linux is completely and utterly secure.

(Hey, this line of reasoning is considered perfectly valid whenever the PHP vulnerability of the week gets announced, so why not here? For some reason, this logic isn't used when there is a hole in a Windows application though.. I'm not sure why.)

Comment Re:Nuclear power is perfectly safe (Score 2, Funny) 124

Oh yeah! As long as there is absolutely no chance of making a profit I'm sure safety will shoot right through the roof!

  Just look at the death toll from Three Mile Island! Do you know that since the accident THOUSANDS of people in Pennsylvania have died from cancer! It's a crime!

Now look at Chernobyl where Progressive Soviet Idealism has shown the light that will conquer the corrupt imperialist western scum! Did you know that the death toll from cancer in Pripyat has been ZERO for over twenty years! This shows the superiority of the Soviet system over the profit-seeking scum who intentionally caused Three Mile Island and Fukushima because they made insane fortunes from nuclear accidents! Dear Leader Kim Jong Un will soon deliver us to a new world where there are no profits of any kind except to his ruling elite! Join us or die!

Comment Looks good! (Score 4, Interesting) 122

Wayland & Weston are coming along pretty well and we are seeing increased adoption in both GTK+/QT toolkits and in desktops with upcoming versions of KDE.

One area where the developers need to go out and evangelize is on the front of EGL for proprietary drivers. Yes it's great that Intel's open source drivers (and to a lesser extend the open-source AMD & Nvidia drivers) have EGL support, but both AMD & Nvidia need to be convinced that EGL is important to their upcoming proprietary drivers too.

The irony here is that Mir, which is is seen as a huge competitor to Wayland, could end up helping Wayland enourmously since Canonical doesn't seem to be afraid to pick up a phone and call people at AMD/Nvidia to talk about updating the drivers.

Comment But it IS self-serving (Score 2, Interesting) 126

Chromebooks most certainly are self-serving products for Google. Just because they aren't selling on the same scale as Android doesn't make them charity devices.

To really use a Chromebook do you need to have a Google account? Yeah?

Will you be bombarded with ads? Sure?

Are the two complaints I just listed above huge bones of contention for Windows 8 & 8.1 (substituting Microsoft's online services for Google's)? YES.

So just because the Google version is "free" does that make it insanely great while a Windows machine is full of spyware? Not necessarily. A Chromebook running real Linux is nice, but a better-specced Windows notebook that also runs real Linux can be quite a bit nicer.

Comment Re:Windows does have a backdoor. (Score 2) 407

So basically the NSA has been granted the same level of access as every low-grade Taiwanese device manufacturer, the Mozilla foundation that wrote the firefox browser I'm using, and probably multiple front companies associated with the PLA. Check.

Still doesn't prove or even suggest there's a backdoor, and as far as I know, even the big-bad NSA would have to send traffic over a network to control my PC remotely. How come nobody has ever seen that traffic? In order for the traffic to be completely invisible, the NSA would by definition also have to have backdoors in Linux that prevent Linux based security monitors from seeing their traffic.

So basically we have two big choices:
1. The NSA has backdoors in everything (Windows and Linux) and the exact same security researchers who find holes in software on a daily basis are too stupid to see what would undoubtedly have to be highly complex rootkit software right in front of their noses. Basically, you think that Bruce Schneier isn't all that bright.
2. When the NSA wants to do dirty work it uses the exact same exploits that crackers use every day, albeit with probably a greater degree of sophistication since they have a big budget. Since there are security holes in Windows, Linux, OS X, iOS, etc. etc., the NSA can certainly do nasty things, but they don't do it via magic, they do it exactly the same way that everyone else does it.

Comment Re:Linux Kernel has had bugs publicly reintroduced (Score 1) 407

As I posted above... why does the NSA need Stuxnet to attack Windows computers in Iran when they have magical access to every Windows machine in existence already?

P.S. --> At no point in my post did I ever say that I trusted the NSA, I just pointed out facts that an open-source project is not magically invulnerable to security breaches simply because people can read the source code. If the Windows source was so uber-secret, how would you even know that it is approximately 50 million lines?

Comment Re:Windows does have a backdoor. (Score 1) 407

As a followup to my other response, if this magical backdoor into every Windows system on the planet is so great, then why was there a need for Stuxnet to ever come into existence?

The NSA should have built-in access to every Iranian Windows computer without the need for highly complex malware package!

Comment Re:Linux Kernel has had bugs publicly reintroduced (Score 1) 407

Despite what you think, lots of people, including security researches, have access to the Windows source code too.

What you are saying is that:
1. Without source code, people find security holes in Windows all the time... you do agree with that statement right?
2. With source code, only the good guys find all the security bugs and fix them so fast that they never become an issue. Oh, and all existing Linux deployments, including the embedded Linux installs in your home router/cell phone/toaster/etc. get up to the minute security fixes applied too (yeah right, and I really don't care if you personally hack your devices with daily upstream kernel commits because there are millions upon millions of devices that aren't running that way).
3. Before you start accusing other people of spewing FUD, I never said that Windows is some paragon of security. You obviously see things in a very simplistic black and white world where Windows == All Bad and !Windows == All Good. Sorry sunshine, life is a lot more complex than that.

Comment Linux Kernel has had bugs publicly reintroduced. (Score 5, Insightful) 407

Last year or early this year there was a fix for a Linux kernel bug that could provide root privilege escalation. Here's the kicker though: The bug had been fixed years earlier but had been reintroduced into the kernel and nobody caught it for a very long time. For some reason, OpenSuse's kernel patches still included the bug fix, so OpenSuse couldn't be exploited, but mainline didn't reintroduce the fix for a long time.

Given the complexity of the kernel as just one example of a large open-source project, I don't really buy the "all bugs are shallow" argument from days of past. That argument was making a presumption that people *wanted* to fix the bugs, and as we all know there are large groups of people who don't want the bugs fixed. That's not to say that there is a magical NSA backdoor in Linux (and no, there isn't a magical NSA backdoor in Windows either, get over it conspiracy fanboys). That is to say that simply not running Windows isn't enough to give you real security and yes, your Linux box can be attacked by a skilled and determined adversary.

Comment Re:Cheap (Score 1) 458

The second reason was adventure? So basically this guy was just like Bradley Manning who was self-avowedly in it for the thrill and the power trip.

This is basically the Icelandic Bradley Manning except 1. Nobody will die due to his leaks and 2. the exact same people who say there's some sort of duty to leak information from abusive and secretive organizations will vilify him for leaking information from an abusive and secretive organization (oh wait, Wikileaks is our new God-substitute and is above good and evil, sorry I forgot).

Comment Re:This post should be deleted. (Score 0) 271

AMD Fanboy: This Post should be deleted because it doesn't agree with my pro-AMD RDF.

Can we please have another article about how Haswell is such a failure instead? Oh, and can you please not do any benchmarks between Haswell and any AMD products whatsoever except for a couple of IGP benchmarks that we will pretend represent the only types of systems gamers care about? K-thanks!

Comment Re:2013 AMD has a message for 2005 AMD (Score 2) 271

Did you bother to read that graph? Try looking at the bottom where it says "Wattage At the Wall"

You must be an enormous Intel fanboy to think that they have invented technology that allows every single component in the whole computer outside of the CPU to consume zero power in highly-overclocked systems....

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