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Comment Re:The world's largest botnet (Score 1) 166

Not only is it a myth you can show with basic common sense WHY its a myth.

You have something like 40 MILLION lines of code making up even the thinnest Linux distro, right? Now programs on average with FOSS have two to four releases a year, some like FF even higher.

Now for "many eyes" to be true ALL of what I'm about to post HAS to be true or many eyes is false...1.- you have to have people with the education and experience in both code AND stenography AND obfuscation, for why you have to have that look at the obfuscated C contest to see how even when you know there is malware how well it can be hidden, 2.- those people HAVE to look at not ONLY the code but ALSO all that it interacts with, for why you have to have that look at payload malware where by itself it is harmless but when mixed with a second program turns nasty, and finally 3.- They have to be willing to check not ONLY this one version but EVERY release for both the program AND the subsystems!

The "many eyes" myth works on the fallacy that states because something COULD be done it HAS been done. Well there COULD be vampires in the world but I don't think I need to carry a stake, do you? if I wanted I could wallpaper this page with Linux malware links but I think an even better answer is to show how you can write a Linux virus in 5 easy steps which will work on pretty much ANY distro, how? By exploiting the weakest link, like any virus...the user. And for those that Linux users wouldn't fall for those? look up the "KDE Look Bug" to see thousands of Linux users that got pwned by a screensaver and theme.

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 1) 189

Exactly and all of those can be trivially automated with scripts so they can be just as accurate as any benchmark WITHOUT allowing the companies to rig the test!

At the end of the day if everybody has rigged the test then the test is worthless, that's it, no more argument on the subject, the test is worthless and meaningless if everybody cheats and as we have seen both on X86 and on ARM cheating is rampant, so what to do? There is only one thing you CAN do and that is to throw out the test and use real applications to measure real performance. this way they can't rig as there are dozens of tools that do the same job, from WinRAR to PKZip, from Handbrake to WinDVD, so by using real world applications not only do they give you actual results without cheats but they also give you more of an overview of what the device is really like on day to day usage. Seems like a win/win to everyone but the companies selling benchmark software to me.

Comment Re:more the better (Score 1, Flamebait) 130

Maybe if you found out WHY some hate intel you might understand, yes? How about the fact that they weren't busted for antitrust after a half dozen CEOs admitted taking bribes from Intel to take the power pig P4 and lock AMD out of the market, or how about the Intel Compiler which is rigged to this very day so that ANY CODE made on ICC will be crippled if run on anything but an Intel CPU?

Everybody here screams about MSFT and Apple but Intel makes both look like the care bears when it comes to dirty dealing, bribery, market rigging, falsifying benchmarks,you name it Intel has done it and have bought their way out of it. If anyone wants I'll be happy to wallpaper this page with citations from multiple sources backing every bit of this up.

So you can see why some of us would look at a "gift" like this from Intel with suspicion, Intel can play the EEE game with the best of them and wouldn't be the first time Intel product dumped to try to destroy what they thought was a threat, see Intel giving away their chipsets to slit Nvidia's throat in the chipset biz, which they did eventually run them out of. Again no investigation, no antitrust, nothing.

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 1) 189

Yes but until these companies stop cheating, just as Intel to this very day cheats with ICC then what choice do you have? If every scale is being rigged by the manufacturer then the only choice is to not use their scale, correct?

And in both cases since you have access to a CLI writing a script that calls real world applications shouldn't be very hard. as long as all the corps are rigging there really isn't a choice.

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 3, Informative) 189

If you are trying to say AMD's compiler rigs? Sorry you are full of shit, the reviewer that first found the cripple code in ICC did rigorous testing of AMD's compiler and found it was merely GCC with some extra X64 flags added to better support 64 bit, that is it. Oh and you can download the source for the ACC and see for yourself, its based on GCC and is fully GPL V2 compliant.

Comment Re:BBC's most effective copyright strategy in effe (Score 1) 216

Yet another advantage we Americans had, there was an abundance of film cameras from the studios (remember that poverty row died out in the early 50s, flooding the market with cheap film cameras of movie quality) and of course with Hollywood being here and using so much film I have no doubt the price of film was cheaper here as well. Since film can't be reused and we had no rules limiting rebroadcast a lot more survived because it could be used to fill air time in the off hours, weekend mornings, late night, etc.

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 4, Insightful) 189

Even easier...don't use benchmarks which are easily rigged, choose real world applications and cook up some tests using them!

The problem is ALL the benchmarks have been rigged by somebody for ages...X86? Any benchmark compiled using ICC is rigged against AMD and boosts Intel by 30% (look up "Intel Cripple Compiler" if you want to learn more, end result is benchmarks are completely useless on X86 unless compiled with GCC) and as we see here ARM? Rigged by everybody. This kind of crap has been going on since "Quack.exe" and is why you shouldn't trust ANY benchmarks. I'll always remember one of the reviews before the guy was told about ICC when he was testing netbooks "These new netbooks with AMD seem to be MUCH snappier...yet it loses to the low end Atom by nearly 30%, and I just don't know why"...the reason why is the benchmarks are all rigged!

So if you want to bench an ARM chip? Root the phone, install Bash, and run a script that runs real applications in real world scenarios. there are more than enough apps out there that cooking up their own informal benches should NOT be hard and until they do? Just remember to replace the word benchmark with bullshit every time you see one of these articles.

Comment Re:The world's largest botnet (Score 2, Informative) 166

Logical disconnect....because one instance, where the servers are admined by guys making high five figures on up and have had many many years of education and experience don't get pwned its the OS that deserves credit?

Bullshit. I don't care if the OS is Linux,Windows, or OS/2 Warp if you put well educated admins on them they will be safe, bad admins and they will be pwned. For what happens to Linux when it is faced with clueless users one merely has to look at Android, which passed its million infection mark over the summer, beating the time it took windows to reach that number by a good half a decade.

Moral of the story? FOSS isn't fairy dust and thinking because an OS is open magically makes it more secure is just that,magical thinking. The vast majority of infections on ANY platform are caused by PEBKAC and Linux has enjoyed many years of security by obscurity on the desktop and highly educated admins on the server. Takes those away? It gets pwned just like Windows and OSX.

Comment Re:BBC's most effective copyright strategy in effe (Score 5, Interesting) 216

Not only that but that old tape was VERY temperamental about how much climate and humidity it would tolerate so had to be kept in...well practically a vault with strict climate control which is why so many shows from the 40s-60s were lost both in the USA and the UK, the cost to keep early tape in playable condition was just insane.

Also you have the fact that as TVs switched to color most folks really didn't seem interested in watching some old B&W show, they all wanted color to enjoy on their new sets which made corps like the BBC figure that B&W shows would never be worth a nickel and when you figure in the insane costs of storing the film and the cost of the films themselves? not really surprising that they didn't keep them.

Finally as for copyrights? I believe until We,The People have a seat at the table they should be looked at as what they are, unjust laws bought by bribes and like all unjust laws should be ignored as much as possible. What we have in america does NOT fit either into the framework the founders wrote nor any idea of a "reasonable time", no what we have is Valenti's "forever minus a single day" because every time it looks like that fucking mouse will end up in PD Disney will bribe the politicians for another stay. this is why if you want to pirate something? Please by all means pirate Disney, don't give those bribing bastards a single cent of your money. I mean how fucked up is it that Walt has been dead longer than many here have been alive and many of his first works, made when planes were made of cloth and antibiotics were but a dream, is STILL under copyright?

Until copyrights actually have limits again we,the People should simply ignore them, they no longer serve their intended purpose and now merely enrich a few old white guys that lock more and more of a culture behind a paywall.

Comment Re:MOD PARENT UP (Score 5, Insightful) 307

Sounds just like Chromebooks to me, the only difference is IF you put in a page and a half of CLI gobbledygook that most can't pull off then and ONLY then can you take what was once a standard X86 laptop and install one of a handful of hacked bootloader Linux versions. Oh and no dual booting for you citizen, can't have that!

It just amazes the hell out of me that one company can cook up something nasty, like turning an X86 laptop into a locked down corp controlled thin client and get cheers and when another company does the exact same thing get treated as a monster. Would the ones that cheered the Chromebook have had the same reaction to a Winbook? Kinda doubt it.

As for TFA this is precisely why we must fight tooth and nail not to take HTML V5 in its current form, as its practically a love letter to the big corps who would like nothing more for the future to be similar to Chromebooks, locked down devices that access apps and content "stored in the cloud" that can only be viewed or used with approval.

Comment Re:Open source browsers? (Score 1) 307

Because the big three (Apple,Google,MSFT) want to be the gatekeepers of the content and get a slice of every bit of media that goes through the web?

BTW allow me to say...I TOLD YA SO...Which I most certainly did, I said to all those cheering when Apple fucked Flash "Don't cheer as what they will come up with will be MUCH WORSE. At least Flash is cross platform and Adobe lets you bundle it with anything, including any FOSS OS, what they replace it with will suck MORE cycles, MORE RAM, eat MORE battery life and the only "advantage" will be lock in"

Now what are we seeing? HTML V5 that sucks MORE cycles than Flash at the same resolution, in fact while even an early 2Ks P4 or Athlon can do Flash at SD levels and mid 2Ks single cores can do 720p without stuttering HTML V5 runs like shit without dedicated hardware on anything less than a C2D at 2GHz. Run a side by side and compare RAM usage, again without having dedicated hardware HTML V5 is a pig, sucking up as much as 50% more RAM than the same quality flash video. Finally not only did Apple and MSFT push for and get H.26X as the "standard" which is controlled by notorious patent trolling MPEG-LA but now we see this, which I have no doubt will require kernel hooks or some other nasty to make the DRM work which will of course kill any chance of a FOSS browser or OS displaying it. Google spent nearly 2 billion building a GPL V2 only fork for Android and ChromeOS so they can just use the "TiVo Trick" of using code signing and/or eFuses to make sure you can't do shit with the source code and they will have no problem with displaying the DRM.

So next time folks when a corp pushes that something is obsolete, that it sucks, that its time is passed, etc I want you to THINK and ask yourselves "What is in it for them?" because as we are seeing HTML V5 and getting rid of flash was NOT about standards, or making a more open web, it was about lock in and giving the big three, especially Apple and MSFT, more control.

I only hope that web devs don't get iMoney dollar signs in their eyes and start using HTML V5 in the hopes of getting iUsers and instead refuse to use this garbage until the DRM is removed and a truly open video format is chosen as the baseline, something like WebM,Dirac, or Theora. I'm sure some will be shocked that I said this when I sell Win 7 systems (still think win 8 is garbage) but after seeing how the big three are trying to force everything into appstores now more than ever we need to keep the web open. if we don't only corp approved content brought to you through the appstore will be allowed and this once great open web we now use will become just another Home Shopping Network.

Comment Re:Big Oil is Dancing (Score 1, Flamebait) 388

Meh if you are rich enough to have an expensive toy like the Tesla then you are rich enough to pay higher insurance premiums for burning batteries.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, and I don't care which side you are on in the AGW debate as this would be a beneficial change to BOTH sides, lowering dependence on foreign oil for the right and cutting down on greenhouse gasses for the left but if you REALLY want to make a difference? $60K-$200K electric toys for the rich is NOT gonna do it.

What would really change the game is a "people's car/truck" that gets a minimum of 40MPG, runs on diesel so that you can easily switch them to biodiesel down the line, and which costs less than 25K and follow it up with a government subsidy program that would allow even the poorest American to own one. You look at the national MPG right now and its a lousy 14MPG and that is because the poor can't afford to get rid of their old gas guzzlers, you get all those late 90s/early 2Ks gas hogs off the road? Watch the output of greenhouse gasses and oil imports drop like a stone. Then we can work on algae based biodiesel to take the output of factories and turn it into fuel, lowering our emissions even further.

All these electric cars are frankly toys, the high cost of battery replacement means they won't be worth shit on the used car market so they will never end up in the hands of the working poor, which as i pointed out above use the most gas, most poor folks don't have garages and so the major shifts in temp for summer and winter will kill the batteries that much quicker, and if the government wasn't subsidizing the hell out of them they would make zero economic sense. The whole thing is just a bad idea and I have yet to see a study taking the ENTIRE cost, from mining to disposal, into account and I have a feeling that the reason i haven't is because if one were to take in the costs of the entire lifecycle of the vehicle then your average small car like a Focus or Civic would probably end up being more green than the electrics. Lets face it guys, the tech? Its just not there yet to make a pure electric car or even a hybrid a long term viable replacement for the traditional vehicle.

Comment Re:Natural selection (Score 1) 618

Well being a long haired biker type and playing music in bars I have met a LOT of junkies in my time and if you sit down and talk to them? yeah...he is kinda right. Nobody wakes up and says "I want to be a crack whore" its something in their past they want gone, something they can't deal with that the drugs help numb.

To give just 2 examples that I can relate easily, i know a guy from HS that is now a homeless addict, i still see him from time to time and throw a few bucks his way when I can. His "one thing" was the fact his mom was getting him high from age 8 onward and she would fuck anything and everything, he learned about the birds and the bees by seeing his mom get banged up the ass as she was doing a three way on the couch. the second is a hooker that used to live down the hall from me at this place in TN. All the women naturally treated her like shit and made sure their men would have nothing to do with her, but since I didn't give a fuck what her profession was nor desired her services we got to talking. her "one thing" was the fact that her mom's BF was banging her for several years, we are talking starting age 9. When she went to her mom for help? her mom told her to STFU as she wanted his money and "she should put out more" so mommy wouldn't have to give him any. Turned out mommy was the one that told him to start banging her!

so while this naturally doesn't come into play with so called "party drugs" like your pot or vitamin K because we humans do like to have our senses altered occasionally when it comes to hardcore users? From what I've seen over the years...yep, there is one or more nasty things in their past they want gone. BTW nobody says it is easy, in the two examples the monk gave they both still needed major therapy, but you can't even begin to help them until you find out what is eating them in the first place.

Comment Re:Here's the full story. (Score 1) 682

Learning about the birds and bees by seeing your mom take it up the ass? Sorry but it very much WAS the three way, along with seeing his mom used as a cum dumpster (sorry but I don't know a nicer way of putting what she was,hell the woman offered to bang me when I was 15 for God's sake) pretty much on a nightly basis? Sorry but that does tend to fuck one's head up.

And I'm sorry but there IS such a thing as a slut, or "man whore" if you want the male version, and you have every right to call them out on it. A human being simply isn't designed to be used as a dildo or blow up doll,hence why there is so many diseases that one tends to get when they use their body in that way. A child should NOT, I repeat NOT be raised in a house with a revolving door to the bedroom and if that is how you want to live your life? Fine then don't have kids or give them to somebody that will raise them right.

Hell I swore not to have kids but when my sis was diagnosed with a terminal illness and her 2 under 3 year old kids were dropped in my lap? I QUIT with the all night parties, the banging groupies (yes even bass players get plenty of groupies) and acting irresponsible. in the 16 or so years it took to raise them I had a grand total of THREE relationships and all were long term enough the boys could feel safe and comfortable with them in the house. Even with my fiance I waited until i was sure we were gonna have a long term relationship before introducing them to the boys, and they are both grown! Its the difference between being a parent and a sperm or egg donor and maybe if more people called a whore a whore, be they male or female, instead of condoning putting their own lust above the interests of the kids? maybe this world would be a better place. And for the record i don't care what you do in the bedroom, bang 100 a night if that makes you happy, just don't bring kids into that shit, okay?

Comment Re:So . . . (Score 1) 138

Its not about the money dude, you completely missed the point...its about showing respect. Do you REALLY think that 1337 check is more than those at Metasploit would pay? of course not but it shows that Google DOES appreciate the effort, its their way of saying "great job guys, thanks" and THAT COUNTS for a fricking LOT in this world.

When yahoo gives them a fucking COUPON for a shirt they STILL have to pay part of, along with shipping and handling? Its clear the message is "We don't give a fuck about you, wouldn't have said a thing to you but marketing says that is bad form so here is a coupon for a $20 shirt we paid $3 for in China, suck on it" and THAT is the problem friend, its not the money, its the attitude. Hell they could have sent them a Galaxy tab with the Yahoo app loaded, that is...what? $399? And it still wouldn't have been insulting, a fucking coupon is a backhanded slap in the face and if I was sitting on a Yahoo bug, or tripped over one? hell I'd post it to some forum and let it run amok before i gave it to yahoo, that is just bullshit.

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