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Comment Q n A (Score 1) 141

> Have Slashdot readers seen any performance issues while playing games on Linux?

Which games? Most games for Linux are Indies and Linux runs them just fine.

Under Linux you won't be able to play the native versions of Overwatch, Doom 4, Quantum Break, or any version of GTA, CoD, Battlefield, Colin McRay Rally, Crysis, Deus Ex, FarCry, Hitman, Mafia etc. etc. etc.

Comment A sidenote (Score 4, Informative) 86

While I commend the guys at BitDefender for finding this vulnerability its severity as a tad overstated.

Most if not all virtual machines are not encrypted, so your hosting provider has full access to your encryption keys which means there are easier ways to decrypt/intercept traffic.

Presumably you can solve this problem by using full disk encryption but then you need to find a way to pass your encryption password to your virtual host and you will surely do that through the means provided by your hosting provider, which means your password will be intercepted en route and again your hosting provider will have full access to the disk image.

In short you cannot trust anything you're not running from your own physically secured environment.

And even in your own fully secured physical environment you're still f*cked.

Comment Don't trust leakedsource.com (Score 1) 54

I paid those fuckers for access, never got one - all searches still return bare numbers without any data - "subscribe to see raw data".

My five (!) support requests remain unanswered (I sent the first one over four days ago).

It looks like they indeed have the leaked data, but they are not willing to share it with anyone.

Comment With no general AI in sight (Score 1) 178

Right?

What we have now is various AI networks/algorithms/etc which cannot reason, cannot really use memory (in a sense how human beings do that) and which are less "intelligent" than earthworms with three hundred neurons.

Which automatically begs a question: if a creature with 300 neurons is more intelligent than our intelligent algorithms then maybe we still light years away from implementing proper AI, aka general AI.

For some reasons media has conflated AI to general AI, but these two things are a hundred orders of magnitude different.

Comment One way ticket? (Score 4, Insightful) 224

That's what I foresee with the current technology.

Jokes aside, do we have to send human beings to Mars? What about sending robots first to build at least partially self-sustaining habitats? What about finding ways to protect people from the cosmic radiation during at least three years (x2) long journey to and from the planet? What about ways of bringing them back? What about the storage of supplies, more importantly food, for six years and the mass of a rocket? What about the loss of muscles and bones mass? Last time I checked currently we have no means of creating artificial gravity in space.

Dozens of very hard to resolve question and somehow Elon claims we'll have them resolved by 2024. Unbelievable.

Comment The greatest software project on Earth (Score -1, Flamebait) 178

which has very minimal, I can even say non-existing, QA/QC and no unit tests at all.

Not so greatest then, considering the number of regressions in each kernel release.

Not so greatest then, considering that people get tired of adjusting their code to new APIs which inevitably leads to even more regressions.

Not so greatest then, considering that bug reports in bugzilla.kernel.org often receive zero attention and LKML posts are lost in the noise of hundreds of patches published every day.

You know, Greg, you don't sound convincing. You sound like a marketer of some dietary supplement.

I know this comment will be modded to hell by rabid Linux fanboys, but I'm just tired of this BS remarks made by open source advocates. The truth of course is a lot less exciting.

Comment It became shit a long time ago (Score 1) 249

when they introduced a mandatory home page peddling their additional software. Too bad this app is still the most useful file manager in Android but luckily you can replace it with something less intrusive by giving up on certain non-essential features.

Also if you still cannot live without it, uninstall it and manually install one of its old shit-free versions from here. Make sure you've disabled automatic updates in the Google Play (Store) app.

Comment An intermediate fix (Score 5, Informative) 104

Update your /etc/ImageMagick/policy.xml file so that it contains this (taken from http://imagetragick.com ) and restart corresponding daemons:

<policymap>
  <policy domain="coder" rights="none" pattern="EPHEMERAL" />
  <policy domain="coder" rights="none" pattern="URL" />
  <policy domain="coder" rights="none" pattern="HTTPS" />
  <policy domain="coder" rights="none" pattern="MVG" />
  <policy domain="coder" rights="none" pattern="MSL" />
  <policy domain="coder" rights="none" pattern="TEXT" />
  <policy domain="coder" rights="none" pattern="SHOW" />
  <policy domain="coder" rights="none" pattern="WIN" />
  <policy domain="coder" rights="none" pattern="PLT" />
</policymap>

You're safe now. The full fix is still being worked out.

Comment Correction (Score 1) 110

to get a broader comprehension of language as a whole

There's still zero comprehension: Google engineers are teaching their AI the relationships between words, yet the AI has no vague clue what those words actually mean. It's like trying to teach a toddler to create electrical circuits - they might even work, but the toddler won't understand what he/she's actually doing.

Understanding the meaning of words and the context, creating meaningful sentences using the former concepts - that's what a real AI would be but we are still 20 years away from that.

Comment Extensions? (Score 3, Insightful) 126

99% of people out there don't understand what they are and they are for, so, unlikely.

The two most important reasons are: firstly, Google loves to peddle its browser whenever possible (they own the largest ad network for that), and, secondly, IE has a reputation of being slow and unreliable.

As for the Edge browser - it is really fast but its fonts rendering on low DPI screens is beyond awful (just like all other UWP apps). Also its UI is way too cumbersome for a lot of people.

At the same time with the advent of Windows 10 Microsoft has stopped caring which browser you actually use - they own your PC and your data.

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