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Comment Perl... (Score 1) 356

but I bet that most of the code I write is in posix sh, bash or perl

Perl, yeah. I like it a lot too.

But sometimes I need to be able not only to write, but also read what I've written.
To determine what a piece of code actually does.

Or if it was simply my cat walking over the keyboard.

Or it it was my cat that successfully patched a mission critical Perl-script by randomly walking across my keyboard...


Comment Merge conflict detected (Score 2) 53

I don't understand why the linux community is not capitalizing on the situation with the Windows 10 Fiasco and Google and Apple spying on you? This is quite the time to hit them with a secure OS. Start making deals to get Adobe products to work on Linux and others like the old Unix's did before.

Git cherry pick failed: merge conflict detected.
Please resolve manually.

Comment Joke? (Score 1) 48

I think what the poster meant is that he's working on the other side of the same street.
(Or working from home), and litteraly doesn't need a complex system to tell him what are the conditions on the sole cross-read he needs to cross.


Alternatively, he's Scandinavian, and the traffic problems he has to face are more weather-related (read: heavy snow-falls) other than other-people related (his closest neighbour, Olaf Guntersson, lives half an hour away).

Comment German Autobahn!!! (Score 1) 48

So if your phone is going 100mph in a 45mph zone {...} if we want to catch speeders it is a much smaller data sets with less big computation.

Hallo ! Vee are the German Automakers von BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen.
Vee are tasked mit designing dis car data aggregator.

Vat is dis "Speed limit" dat you're speaking of ?
Vee have never heard about it....

(Alzo, vat are dis "mph" units ? Do you have nicht metric Zystem ?)


Comment Germany (Score 1) 48

As mentionned :
BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen are German automakers. Their bound by German laws.
And people in Germany tend to be very picky about their privacy.

The car will probably have to ask you if you agree to share you data.
With options to opt-in or opt-out.

(Though maybe the US-export model will get tempered with and will simply opt out of receiving the aggregated traffic information, but still constantly beam your position. To the NSA. And also transmit everything it can hear around).

Comment Data aggregation method (Score 1) 48

The map display in a Tesla already shows traffic congestion.

And you could probably find even older GPS units/applications that predate Tesla and still show traffic congestion.
(e.g.: old Tomtom do show traffic).
Even before the age of on-line connected cars, in Europe there were traffic information over the RDS data channel on FM stations
(and probably the same on the US equivalent ?)

The novelty isn't the traffic information, it's the way data is aggregated.

I have heard that they get the data from aggregate cell phone data. The cell towers can tell when the cellphones bunch up and stop moving.

The news here is that HERE-Maps managed to get competing automakers to work together to share their data on congestion (as determined by the connected cars themselves).
(Which could be combined with the coarser info from cell tower to get even more informations).

Comment Games and OSes (Score 2, Insightful) 120

Because people want to play video games...

Was does Windows have anything to do with couple of thousands games on Steam(*) that all run on any OS (Windows ; Mac OS X ; Linux) ?

Oh, yeah... "Triple-A games".
The kind of overrated content that rarely gets correct ports (Hi, Ryan Gordon, thank you for being the refreshing exception to this sad rule !), and is the most likely to b0rk your machine due to DRM (You know! Because "AAA" development costs a lot of money, and the "AAA" studios have to protect their revenue. By completely fucking the experience of their paying customer base).

If anything, today's DRM example is a big argument of why people should prefer the PirateBay version, and why I've personally downloaded cracks for any DRMed game that I've bought.


(*) : I know that Steam also uses some forms of DRM, but we have yet to have a FA on /. titled "Steam's own DRM causes a massive backdoor on all computers"

Comment Defaults (Score 1) 84

The first sentence talks about INCOGNITO messages and the second about NON-INCOGNITO ones.

Yup, you're missing something : default setting.

By default, on Allo, every conversation is non-incognito. You need to explicitely jumps some (albeit small) hoops to gain privacy by accessing the incognito mode (it works the same as the various "incognito tabs", "porn mode tabs", etc. that have appeared on browsers).
For everyone else, Google's AI will mine the shit out of everything you say - "to help make the AI better by better knowing you, and thus giving you more relevant answers and auto-suggestions" (i.e.: being to target the shit out of you with all the deluge of on-line ads you're exposed to everywhere)
(not to mentions NSA's wet dream: your Google-AI's answers/suggestions could accidentally incriminate you).

By default, the end-to-end encryption in Silence Circle, WhatsApp or the OTR plugin in Pidgin/Adium/Jisti, etc.
kick in as soon as possible, and displays warning if anything fishy is happening.
Privacy is the default behaviour.
The companies use whisper (or the OTR devs for the latter), are not in a position where they could access your data.

I hope you notice the subtle difference.

Comment Add Jitsi to the list (Score 1) 84

Adium/Pidgin with OTR....

Jitsi is another interesting clients.

- Supports XMPP/Jabber/Jingle and SIP (a little bit less options available than Pidgin)

- It also has support for OTR (so a Pidgin+OTR user can have a end-to-end encrypted chat with a Jitsi user, all this over a Jabber connection with Google Talk/Hangouts)

- It also has support for ZRTP (so Jitsi user and, e.g.: a Twinkle user, can have a end-to-end encrypted Voice-call, over some random SIP provider).

Comment Intel and Linux (Score 1) 470

It's not just intentional sabatoge that can cause a lack of support. Newly release chipsets or other hardware often doesn't have initial Linux support.

In early December 2015 I built myself a Desktop using the latest Skylake Chipset (released 5th Aug 2015) and all I had to do was select "Other OS" and I installed Fedora 23 KDE spin without any problems.

In fact, if you follow news sites like Phoronix, you'd notice that Intel spends quite some resources making sure that their chipsets have release-day support in the mainstream kernel.
That shouldn't be a surprise, given that Intel's chipsets are also very popular on server, and those most frequently run some Linux distro - CentOS probably.

I can understand if graphics drivers are not available for a new graphics card

(and, as a side note, since the release of the Polaris GPU, AMD is starting to manage release-day support for their graphic cards too).

Unfortunately switching back to the PC port dropped signal which required me to reset the PC.

That *really* sounds like a HDCP (the copy-protection on HDMI connections) problem. The PC's GPU failing to renegotiate the HDCP with the monitor upon being switched back.

Putting a HDCP stripper between your PC and monitor (and eventually PS4 and monitor) should definitely and radically solve the problem.

Comment And yet... (Score 1) 136

And yet, I can easily found dozens of 10" tablet "powered" by Mediatek chipset, that can still run on Android,
and all cost ~150 CHF (~140 EUR, ~155 USD, ~120 GBP).
(Similar tendency of price difference in smartphones too)

The same android.

Of course, if you try and look for the most expensive Android manufacturer, it's going to be in the same ballpark as Apple.
For the rest of us, you could try a cheaper alternative (LG, HTC, etc.)
For the people who simply use tablets and smartphones as glorified Web/Facebook/Instagram browsers and chat machines, you can find ultra-low cost (Huawei, or even less known asian brands).


Comment Of chickens and eggs... (Score 2) 147

it's just the chicken-or-the-egg problem in regards to Linux support for games.

Well, given the current repertoire available for Linux on Steam :
it's more like there a giant flock of tiny hummingbirds who are happily laying eggs all together in Linux nest.
Only a couple of huge ostriches are too smug to lay their giant eggs there, or are only able to lay hideously deformed linux eggs.

There are currently thousands of Linux games on Steam. Most are indie games.
Of the triple A big studios, only a few run on engines that already have good Linux ports (hi, Ryan Gordon !)
The rest are either doing extremely crappy ports relying on aweful middle-ware for the windows-to-unix adaptation,
or completely ignore the non-Windows/non-DirectX market.


That's a gap that Vulkan could eventually close one day:

unlike the OpenGL vs DirectX opposition, Vulkan is the same API everywhere.
Including Windows, including Linux, including other hardware.

Also, Vulkan *drivers* are much lower-level and simpler than OpenGL or DirectX (because most of the advanced management is moved out of the driver and into the game engine. That's the whole point of giving low-level access to the devs : to help them have better control on the hardware by letting them handle all the small management details) - that also means that the Linux world can produce Vulkan drivers at a faster pace with less bugs (see the fully open-source RADV driver for Radeon hardware). Less playing "catching up" than current OpenGL revision in Mesa or DirectX compatibility layers in Wine.

And for game makers, it means most of the heavy optimisation done in the game engines (and these are going to be much heavier optimisation due to the bigger role played by game engines) can be leveraged much more easily on anything running Vulkan (that includes Linux and Valve's SteamBoxen) than used to be before (where a DirectX-developped game engine needed to be ported to whatever runs on the port target. Means usually rewriting the engine to run on some PlayStation's low-level API. And a Mac OS X/Linux port means yet another rewrite to OpenGL)

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