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Comment Re: Windows (Score 1) 146

I recall recently, from ESR's stuff hackers used to know article:

That property is still useful, and thus in 2017 the AT convention has survived in some interesting places. AT commands have been found to perform control functions on 3G and 4G cellular modems used in smartphones. On one widely deployed variety, "AT+QLINUXCMD=" is a prefix that passes commands to an instance of Linux running in firmware on the chip itself (separately from whatever OS might be running visibly on the phone).

As well as in TVs (e.g. my Bravia), synth workstations, etc. Once you take an interest in how stuff works, it is astonishing how ubiquitous Linux has become. Some point to the 'dont make money in those areas' arguments, but forget history and the consequences when cheap commodity and consumer goods become good enough in an area which was previously the preserve of high end equipment.

Comment Re: Hiding of recording abilities is crucial (Score 1) 117


if you think I don't write coherent, then let me ask 2 question:

a) did you even read the summary?
b) did you read the article?

My phone can not be used as mobile radio to pick up your phones microphone input and transfer that microfone input as "wireless signals" that happen to be BT and then play them back as audio on my phone.

If I gift you such a doll, and you think "what a silly gift" and put it on your desk: I can spy on you. Such spying and using such devices for spying is illegal. It is exactly the same thing as if I hand you nice looking stone with a "bug" inside. That it uses Bluetooth in this particular context is irrelevant, every "wireless transfer method" would fal under the same argumentation. Was that now coherent enough?

Sorry, I only try to explain, and really grasp what you want to know. Obviously you have done neither a) nor b) above and just sidejumped into the discussion.

Comment Re: Hiding of recording abilities is crucial (Score 1) 117

The point it is using Bluetooth.

So it is a "wireless communication device".

I did not check the law, as there was no real case in court. It was only a "recommendation" by the agency that gives licenses to radio operators and telecommunications etc.

Look at it from this point of view: it is illegal to place a "bug" into your rooms for private persons, regardless if relatives etc. And this doll comes Close to a bug.

Comment Re:Good ol' days (Score 1) 118

Ofc, there are different calling conventions.
Usually C pushes arguments from left to right onto the stack and the caller cleans up the stack (because of variable argument lists), in Pascal arguments get pushed from right to left and the called procedure/fuction cleans up the stack.

Interfacing with C you usually do via so called 'units'. Units have an interface section and an implementation section. In the interface section you define functions/procedures and call also define if they are written in a different language (Assembly, C, Fortran), unfortunately there is no standard how to do that exactly. (Implementation section would be empty and you have to link with the relevant C library, ofc.)

Most C compilers also used to support 'extern PASCAL' or 'extern FORTRAN' keywords/declarations. But again I think there is no standard for that.

Comment Re:Two options (Score 1) 74

Answering to both poste.

Scrum 'by the book' suggests 6 week long sprints.
Most teams do 2 or 3 weeks. One week makes only in the rarest cases sense.

In a Scrum project you test inside of the sprint. But we don't have alpha and beta testing.
While a sprint result should be shipable, it is not necessarily shipped. E.g. a big online game with half yearly updates might still be developped with a few sprints and then testd and bug fixed.

Most projects I was involved in are done with Scrum. We allways had a completely tested Sprint result, each sprint. Usually the result was accepted in the sprint review, due to a manual demonstration. Often there where testers who tested after the feature was done: during the sprint.

A sprint can not be declared finished unless, a feature is DONE. How you define done is up to the team and the organization.

Some might define done without thouroughful testing ...

My teams don't.

Comment Re:Windows (Score 1) 146

Aren't Windows people getting tired of constantly babysitting their OS? One of my computers is a dedicated gaming box, and yes, running Windows. I'm constantly upgrading packages and rebooting. Sometimes it just feels slow and and rebooting seems to fix it for whatever voodoo reason. And what's the crap with having to re-install one per year? If I don't re-install everything, the system gets slower and slower until I'm pulling my hair out. And then when I re-install, it's like I have a new fast system. I've been running a gnome desktop since the 90s as my dedicated desktop and never had that issue.

But, we're almost there. And what I mean by that is more and more popular games are coming out for linux via steam these days. It won't be long until Windows is no longer needed and I can finally kick it to the curb.

Comment Re:Why this is wrong: (Score 1) 129

Treaties that align laws governing stuff like copyrights and extradition are part of the system protecting the NZ constituents. If someone in the USA pirated content of a NZ rights holder, then these treaties presumably ensure that the rights holder has some recourse. Whether NZ got a good deal in this case is another matter. IIRC NZ used to be fairly lenient on pirates since they got hosed on a regular basis with region locking.

But the piracy thing apparently didn't stick, or it's not enough to warrant extradition. So they added fraud. What is that allegation actually based on? Also I recall something from rules on extradition treaties in my own country, which say if you're being extradited for crime A, a condition of that extradition is that you're not tried for crime B as well. How does that work in NZ?

Comment Re:Does this mean... (Score 1) 67

In theory it's possible to use the Nvidia driver on an Optimus laptop using something called bumblebee. I seem to recall there's a successor project to that now. In either case, all the detailed info I've been able to find online about it seems to be geared towards *disabling* the Nvidia card, which seems to me to be a big "WTF?".

Comment Re:Does this mean... (Score 2) 67

Your experience is the opposite of mine, then, which is that the *only* safe way to run Nouveau on a machine with an Nvidia card is to add nomodeset or acpi=OFF to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT, or get used to random lockups. I've had this issue on 3 different machines (2 desktops and 1 laptop).

Comment Re: the real reason theyre arguing it. (Score 1) 309

You don't seem to get the idea of "less". Take two phone designs, differing only in that one has an internal battery and one has a replaceable one. The one with the internal battery will have X joules. The one without will have Y joules. X will be a bigger number than Y. This matters in all cases where people don't think Y is big enough, and I've never heard anyone say, "Damn. I'd buy the phone but the battery life is just too long."

The phone will get obsolescent. The software will typically go first, followed by the battery. Do you like to profile your code and optimize the second slowest part as a general rule?

I assume you shoplift your batteries, since you're so insistent about no charge. If not, then you're acknowledging that some expense is reasonable. What you probably want to do with your iPhone, assuming it needs a new battery while it's still worth having as a modern smartphone. The battery is more expensive than the nine-volt in your smoke detector, but that is to be expected, and there are Youtube videos on how to change them yourself. I didn't look for all versions, but there's videos for the 7 and 7 plus, and I'd assume for earlier models. If it's your phone, then I don't care whether you do it yourself or take it into the Apple store or find someone else (there were people other than Apple offering you change your battery if you didn't want to do it yourself).

Now, it's all right to want easily replaceable batteries. It's fine to only buy phones with such batteries. It isn't a moral point. How easy it is to replace the battery is a tradeoff, and different people like different tradeoffs.

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