Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:What do they consider a user? (Score 1) 314

Because the original HTML V5 spec called for an open format, Theora was the main contender but WebM was being looked at too until Apple made it clear they would only allow H.264 on iPhone/iPad and made a call to Redmond and got MSFT on board and that put an end to that. Ask Mozilla how friendly MPEG-LA is to open source.

Also remember both Apple and MSFT have a stake in MPEG-LA and since both are closed companies the fees are trivial to them, hence why windows has had H.264 drivers since Vista. But you try to bundle H.264 with a FOSS browser or distro and see how quick you get a cease and desist. But if the fact that apple can decide what formats HTML V5 uses for video isn't undue influence on the market i'd like to hear what qualifies, I bet if you were to talk with one of the Opera devs off the record they'd say the only reason they are walking away from presto is they can't get permission to run it on iPad/iPhone.

say what you will about MSFT, at least i could run whatever the fuck i wanted on windows, even products that competed with theirs like browsers and Open/Libre Office, Apple is turning out to be worse than MSFT in every way when it comes to monopolistic behavior.

Comment Re:Hairyfeet's NOT wrong though... apk (Score 1) 74

You forgot the infected Quake 3 that was served from nearly every repo for a year and a half. i especially like that one, as it shows there is too much trust by downstream repos and if you get a bug into an upstream you can just kick back and let it spread.

But this is why I rail against magical thinking, I have seen guys who spent thousands of dollars on systems because "this product doesn't get bugs!" only to find that magical thinking doesn't work and they spent all that money for nothing.

That is what is really sad about these "just use Linux!" types as many are probably infected now and because they know so little about their OS they probably don't even know how to check. security isn't an OS, its not a button that can be pushed, its a process that takes time to learn and requires the user be vigilant to new threats. This is why i'll always call out magical thinking when i see it being used, because there are too many that don't know better that might actually believe it and end up losing big time. I have seen a vicious hacker completely wipe out 3 years worth of family pics and videos, just to be a douchebag. So better to nip magical thinking in the bud before somebody gets hurt.

Comment Re:Legislation (Score 3, Informative) 207

I hate to break the news to ya sparky but in case you ain't kept up on current events the courts ruled "money equals speech" so your ballot box is worth jack and squat.

You honestly think the best candidates anybody could come up with were Obama and Romney? Even though I don't believe in libertarianism you might want to look up "Jon Stewart Ron Paul" to see how badly the media is rigged, they treated Paul as "he who shall not be named" and the video ends with a reporter talking to an anchor and the reporter says "Here we are talking about Palin and Christie, who aren't even running, and not saying anything about paul who is doing good in the polls here" and the anchor gets a douchebag smirk and says "if you get any footage of Christie or Ppalin send it in, you can keep the Paul stuff"

And THAT, that right there, is why your vote isn't worth used toilet paper. the media chooses which two shills you get, its coke in a can VS Coke in a bottle, because only pre-bought shills need apply. if you think voting would ever do anything ask yourself these questions: How many protested against the wars? How many sat out there in the cold during occupy? Think those people don't vote? of course they do but when your choice is Coke in a can VS in a bottle it don't really matter who you choose, its just different corporate masters. Obama is owned by the media cartels and his VP is the biggest media shill in DC, Romney was owned by Wall Street, 6 of one, half dozen of the other, either way you are fucked.

Comment Re:Goodbye Free Internet (Score 1) 74

It was originally a skit on SNL, yet you won't find it ever shown after the original air in reruns, nor is it in any box sets. The corporate masters really weren't too thrilled with a show having a piece pointing out how they get corporate welfare or use PACs and soft money to get away with crimes like dumping PCBs and making the state pick up the tab, hence they just cut it out. you go look for it on the corporate owned SNL site and its like it never existed, poof!

Comment Re:Define 'everyone' (Score 1) 105

But there is a fault in everyone's logic when it comes to java. from what I have seen the statement is basically "Well big business and financial corps use it so it must be good". This of course ignores the fact that many of those same corps have IE Intranet apps, VB apps and Excel apps and even Access apps and just because some big corps use something doesn't magically make it "good" or right or wrong or anything other than software that big corps use.

Comment Re:Here's a start... (Score 1) 74

Ahh yes, security by obscurity works so well, doesn't it? Meanwhile Android which so many here proudly proclaim is Linux is on its way to the one millionth infected system by summer, macs have had multiple bugs in the past year and a half, hell nearly every repo on the planet served up a malware infected Quake 3 for months!

Magical thinking DOES NOT WORK, and any OS short of one that is air gapped is gonna have weaknesses. A modern OS is one of the most complex creations man has ever written and since man is fallible it WILL have bugs. In the end it comes down to common sense, using best security practices like least privilege and as you say not sticking the whole place on one big network, but saying that "Use Distro X!" will magically do jack shit about malware is just magical thinking. Android proved without a shadow of a doubt that Linux is just as weak as any other OS and all it takes is it becoming popular for it to have as many bugs as a Bangkok whore after coupon day.

Comment Re:Apple says wait a minute... (Score 0) 105

The simple fact that apple can decide what runs and what doesn't and by doing so affect the market means they really need to be looked at for antitrust. remember the laws do NOT say you need a monopoly, only that you have "undue influence' and the fact that Apple can kill Flash with a word, get companies like Opera to drop their engines, even as we saw affect the price of media on the web, shows that they have too damned much power.

I was all for busting up MSFT in the 90s, I'd be for busting up the hardware and software divisions of Apple now as NO company should have the power to change what runs on the web simply by saying "you can't have that on an iPhone".

Comment Re:Too much concentrated power (Score 1) 149

What do you mean "when"? Most people ALREADY know this, its the simple fact that thanks to "money equals speech" there isn't a damned thing they can do about it short of full on violent revolution. How many protested the wars? How many wated their time with occupy? didn't change shit did it? hell we get years worth of documents about the governments of the world doing dirty deeds and since the MSM is in bed with the gov it is focused not on the corruption, but whether Assange is an asshole.

Everything you see on TV, hear on the radio, and if the corps have their way read on the Internet WILL be controlled by the handful at the top. It isn't an accident that the ones controlling the ISPs are the same ones buying media companies, they want to turn the net into the home shopping network, where they use caps to steer the cattle by the nose where they want them to go. We are already seeing this in the caps, if I use Vonyage? Goes against the cap, cableco's VoIP? No cap. I watch netflix? Cap. watch their PPV? No cap.

Sadly there isn't a damned thing you can do about this new facist/corporatist system short of violent revolution because you have the whole system rigged to keep the status quo. throw out the bums? They get cushy lobbyist jobs which lets them hand checks to the new guys who then follow the same path. Its no accident that even though the left is VERY much against the policies dubya started Obama signed off on damned near every one, its all as fake as pro wrestling. They hand him a big fat check and tell him to sign what laws the lobbyists have written, that's all.

Comment Re:Democrat proposes more spending, what a surpriz (Score 1) 583

And that is different from the other exactly? look at how the debt exploded under Dubya and Reagan, the God of the right, is the one who said "deficits don't matter". in case you haven't noticed when it comes to spending we really only have two sides of the same coin, well with the exception the stiffie the right gets when they can fuck the poor, see Jindal trying to replace income taxes (which affect the wealthy more than the poor) with a massive sales tax (which will royally fuck the poor) which is as reverse robin hood as you can get.

As far as climate change I will happily vote against ANYBODY, no matter the side, if they support carbon credits without MASSIVE trade tariffs on China as without massive tariffs all you will do is send what few jobs there are left here to china which has already said they won't play our little carbon games. Also even those that are for fighting global warming should be against carbon credits as the same scum at the center of credit default swaps are writing the rules on carbon credits which means it'll have a million loopholes for the wealthy and be a leecher's paradise. for an example of how a parasite can scam the system look to rev Al Gore, the preacher for the AGW camp, who pays HIMSELF carbon credits from HIS OWN COMPANY which he then gets back in tax free capital gains and with this scam he says his Lear jet and gas sucking SUV (not to mention McMansion with indoor basketball court) are "carbon neutral". It would be like moving money from your left pocket to your while taking money from MY pocket to add to it and getting a tax break for it! What a fucking scam!

So if you want to cut down pollution? Hey I'm right there with ya, and I have several ideas that would serious cut down on pollution without giving leeches plenty of ways to scam, such as a "people's car/truck" made to run on diesel (so we can look at fuels like switchgrass and algae based) that gets a minimum of 40MPG and costs less than $25k. You could then offer incentives to the poor to switch which would more than double our average MPG (which is a pathetic 14MPG because of all the poor driving old clunkers) but of course we'll never see things like this because they would work without a billion ways for the rich to leech more money from the poor and middle class.

As it is the laws we pass might as well be called the "poison to the third world" laws, because there is zero penalty for simply closing your factory here and moving to Mexico or China and polluting all you want. All we are doing is exporting sickness and misery and I honestly wouldn't blame the Chinese for looking at us like the jihadists do now, after all their farmland is toxic from our factories.

But you can't fix the problem of toxins in a fishbowl by simply pushing those toxins to one side of the bowl, its a closed system and you haven't cleaned anything, just moved it. that is pretty much our environmental policies to date, just move everything nasty to the third world so lots of yellow and brown people can get sick and die, after all who gives a fuck about yellow and brown people?

Comment Re:Very very poor article (Score 1) 113

You are forgetting how much people want their mobile devices to do everything their PCs will do and AMD does have a pretty big advantage when it comes to GPUs. it was a big enough advantage that not one, not two, but three of the next gen consoles are using their GPUs and two are using their APUs so having lots of multimedia power is a big plus and Intel is still behind in that area. i'm frankly shocked Intel hasn't bought Nvidia by now, it would give them the graphics expertise they could really use.

Comment Re:What do they consider a user? (Score 3, Insightful) 314

Sadly they've let it go to shit the past several releases, probably because they knew they were walking away from it. my oldest was a die HARD Opera user, he wouldn't touch a system without Opera and used to carry Opera portable on a stick so he wouldn't have to use anything else but even he is trying various browsers because he says Opera gets slower and buggier with each release.

If they are gonna abandon presto I really wish they'd open up the code, who knows what good could be made of an open presto engine. After all Mozilla rose from the ashes of netscape, maybe with it open devs could make presto so good opera would end up switching back.

Of course all this is ignoring the rotting elephant in the room which the EU and DoJ really REALLY needs to investigate, and that is Apple's ability to influence the market with their monopolistic practices. Before some Applelite chimes in with "Apple isn't a monopoly" bullshit, total bullshit, look up the wording. it says you do NOT need 100% of the market, you don't even have to own the majority of the market, just that you have the power to assert undue influence and you would be hard pressed to find anybody that says Apple doesn't seriously influence the markets. From the prices of books to whether the web will run on an open format like Theora VS a locked down H.264 ALL of the major calls about the web made in the last couple of years has been made with iPhone in mind.

Do you think Opera would be ditching presto if it could run on the iPhone? Do you think we'd be forced to run HTML V5 before its ready or use a patent troll format like H.264 if iPhone users could choose between that and Flash and WebM and Drac and Theora? No if the company of St Steve of Cupertino says "it is thus" then that is what it is gonna be, no choices in the matter. And I think they need to be investigated as NO company should have that power, I was against MSFT using IE to gain control and I'm against Apple using iPhone/iPad to gain more control. No matter what device or OS you use the web should be about choice, not some corp laying down the law.

Comment Re:What do they consider a user? (Score 2) 314

Small village in Africa? How about many areas of the USA that can't get anything but dialup or a capped all to fuck connection? At my mom's place the ONLY thing they can get is wiFi run by a Billy Joe Bob that knows jack shit about dividing bandwidth so when some dumbshit is watching netflix on the thing you pretty much have to have something like turbo.

Most folks don't realize how truly shitty our coverage really is because they go by zip code and the way they measure is if ANYBODY in that zip code can get high speed? then they think anybody can.

Comment Re:This may not be so bad... (Score 1) 76

The POINT is that they SHOULD NOT HAVE TO because the drivers should work fine. they work fine in windows, the work fine in Mac (for the cards made for mac of course) but the ONLY place it does NOT work is in Linux.

At the end of the day a company should NOT have to constantly recompile their drivers because Linus Torvalds is an egotistical douchebag who THINKS he is smarter than every other OS developer on the planet. The simple fact is he is NOT smarter and driver ABIs are there FOR A REASON, so you don't have to recompile everytime somebody gets a wild hair up their ass and changes something!

Slashdot Top Deals