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Comment Re:Fairness has a role (Score -1) 210

Government laws cause the drugs to be that expensive in the first place. There shouldn't be such a thing as government ran FDA. A rating agency can exist without a government involvement. But of course I am 100% on board that there shouldn't be any copyright or patent laws in the first place. Let the authors protect their own rights without any artificial government created and protected monopoly.

I say drug companies need to rely on trade secrets if they want that monopoly, not on any dorm of government intervention. As to prices being 'unfair', that is a load of crock in the free market. Unfortunately we don't have a free market especially where it comes to the drugs, we gave government oppression instead.

If I invent a cure for cancer or HIV or anything serious, I would only sell it as a treatment in a protected facility, so that the information in it would stay private for as long as I can keep it. The price would be whatever I say and if a government comes for it I would much rather see it destroyed, wiped out rather than sine collectivist government violate my private property rights.

Comment Re:I don't any more (Score 1, Informative) 162

Another issue with third party ROMs is that some software builders actively block or sabotage them. For example, the AT&T's Uverse streaming service will detect whether you have a rooted or third party ROM and stops working. The Netflix goes only up to 480p resolution on a non-stock ROM. "Fixing" this probably involves editing build.prop and hiding your root, but I haven't tried it recently.

Android Pay also has issues with rooted phones (and, by extension, custom ROMs), but I have it working on an Asus Zenfone 2 running CyanogenMod 13. A combination of Magisk and phh's Superuser successfully fools Android Pay into full functionality. You might want to give them a try with other root-averse apps.

Comment Re:Stick with iOS (Score 1) 162

The trouble is that, while that's a good question; it applies all to readily to using custom ROMs or using stock ones.

Should you trust some random dude on the internet who totally got AOSP+CM tweaks working on a newer kernel by aggregating blobs from 4 different devices? No, probably not. He may well be acting in good faith; but you have zero assurance of that; or much reason to trust that he hasn't made some potentially serious error in the process of making it work.

Should you trust your handset vendor/(and telco, if it's a phone that they've had a hand in)/Google? No, very probably not. The vendors do seem to care slightly more about bugs that might cause customer support calls or returns; and a lot less about security patches or providing vaguely recent versions of anything; but aside from those somewhat different technical priorities they aren't markedly more trustworthy than some random person on the XDA forums.

Comment Mozilla's slashfic-esque relations with Google (Score 1, Troll) 61

Basically, the fact that Firefox basically chased away all their programming talent, and now have some cockeyed scheme to basically just wrap Chrome as "their" browser is VASTLY unhealthy.

On the flip side, it basically renders them utterly incapable of actually having a worthwhile opinion on the health of Open Source. Because they're essentially a marketing company now (and a shitty one at that). Basically Mozilla has become the symbol for pure lack of any discernible shred of excellence.

Like Warner Bros. "Acme Products", only not funny.

Comment Re:What about saving Linux? (Score 1) 91

nor one like Gentoo where I have to wait a week for everything to compile

If you're waiting a week for Gentoo to build, either (1) you're doing it wrong or (2) you need more modern hardware. It doesn't even need to be bleeding-edge; the Core 2 Quad Q6600 I bought in 2008 and still use at work (!) could do a complete rebuild (including things like Chromium, LibreOffice, and KDE) in maybe 36-48 hours. You almost never need to rebuild everything at the same time, however, so the typical emerge whatever takes far less time than that.

Comment Re:Why not an x86 board? (Score 1) 109

They don't appear to have abandoned the product line; but it's been ages since I've seen a VIA x86 in the wild. HP used to build thin clients around them, after Transmeta died horribly; and prior to Atoms they showed up reasonably frequently on embedded boards(slow; but markedly cheaper than a Pentium M and markedly smaller and cooler than P4); but they don't seem to have done well recently. They were always pretty slow, and ran pretty warm unless clocked quite low, plus their GPU offering is a descendant of the old S3 'Chrome' designs which is...not good...when it comes to software support.

Between Atoms and the AMD G-series SoCs, it was a bit of a slaughter.

Comment Re:Security expert? (Score 1) 312

It probably helps that the techniques for neutralizing locks and cameras, while typically not legal if used during a burglary, aren't all that interesting to a potential jury; while the techniques for neutralizing dogs are either rather unreliable or deeply unsympathetic. Some dogs will roll right over for a charm offensive and a treat; but you can't rely on that; and if you kill a dog you've probably made yourself less popular than at least half of the actual murders on the docket, which isn't a good plan for a relatively petty property crime.

Comment Free software assistant... already exists (Score 3, Informative) 91

Free software assistant... already exists

http://mycroft.ai

They've got an RPi image you can download, slap on a card, and be up and running with a USB mic and something to handle the audio out.

Seems to me like the FSF should pay more attention to what is already going on.

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