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Comment Re:IT of Commission and Parliament, not University (Score 1) 65

If they wanted to do something useful the European Commission would fund some top ranked Universities within the EU to do the audit.

And why do you think it is better? You don't think the assigned IT department employees are competent?
Universities may not be better at this job. It is not research, it is an audit. An audit is a tedious process where you check that the security best practices are followed, that the code follows some standards, that only safe crypto is used, etc... The goal is not to find new ways to attack the code, rather it is to make sure that the code isn't vulnerable to existing attacks.

A university can tell you that the lock you are using and that everyone thought was unbreakable may be cracked in 2 years. An auditor will tell you that the window is opened.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 336

Leave the name to the official brand, it's that simple.
Manufacturers of knockoffs should sell under their own name instead.

Knockoffs are bad for everyone except the sellers. It is bad for the brand because it devalues it and it is bad for the customer because he doesn't know what he is getting.

Comment Re:Hardware Switch (Score 1) 106

A competent techie should be able to take the board, solder a couple of wires on a strategic place and attach a switch to it. Flipping the switch could disconnect the antenna, short some component or do whatever it takes to mess with the radio.
Once we know what to do, the procedure shouldn't cost the user more than $100 or so.

Comment Re:So many shared (dynamic?) libraries (Score 1) 112

So, you want docker containers ;)

Shared libraries have many advantages :
- Updates : when the library is updated (bugfix, security, ...) every app using it benefits from it, even if the app itself isn't updated
- Disk space : no need to have several copies of the same thing.
- Memory : read-only parts shared libraries are usually loaded only once in memory for all apps using it
- Performance : an effect of the two previous points, results in faster loading time, better cache efficiency, ...

The scattering of data isn't there for nothing either : an app can have several parts with different purposes. There is the executable and other static files that are used only by the app itself, shared data, system configuration, user data, possibly for several users on the same system... The "everything in a single folder" approach has its drawbacks. That's why different OSes work differently.

- Linux distributions : heavy use of shared components backed with powerful package managers. This goes well with free software, package maintainers, who have access to source codes and can modify and redistribute at will make sure everything work together.
- Windows : A huge mess of partly individual, partly shared components. Not pretty but Windows has a lot to deal with. It has to play along with both open and closed software models, it has decades of history behind it and cannot afford to throw everything away.
- Android : It is much closer to what you describe : every app is mostly self-contained and removing it removes all traces of it. It can get away with it because much less flexibility is required from mobile devices. It is also commonly backed by cloud storage, so losing your local data is typically not a big deal.
I don't know about the Apple side of things but considering they are mostly closed system, package management is probably cleaner.

Comment I think the issue is not ABP / uBlock (Score 1) 103

Our usual ad blockers are probably not what is targeted by this law. And if they are, it is easy to work around it by shipping the software (which is basically a browser-based firewall) and the lists separately. uBlock especially doesn't even market itself as an ad-blocker.

What is more problematic is when the end user is not in control of the list. For example, some ISPs offer (or offered) an ad-blocking option. This is totally against net neutrality, I don't want my ISP to decide what is good for me or not (kinda ironic in china but still...). Even worse are those that hijack ads and replace them with their own. There is a difference between choosing not to look at billboards and tearing or covering them off.

Well, this is what I think of. The translation in TFS are so poor that it isn't clear at all what the law is all about.

Comment Re:Compare The Hobbit to Max Max (Score 1) 301

There is no such thing as "actual colors" in film. A camera and your eyes don't react to the same wavelengths and displays are also different. Additionally, your brain preprocesses what your eyes see in a way that is adapted to the real world, not a movie screen.
Colors are not realistic to begin with, so what you see on film are either an artistic choice or the result of technical limitations. Probably more of the former than the latter in any movie worth its salt.

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