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Comment Re:64bit (Score 1) 93

Why does it take so long for basics like web servers and databases to get there?

Because the PHP language on 32-bit architectures doesn't support 64-bit integers. All you get are 32-bit actual integers and the 52-bit type you get by (ab)using a double-precision floating point value as an integer.

Comment Re:Is home Internet a necessity? (Score 1) 49

I use 50 GB per month on a 2 GB data plan

I don't see your 2 GB/mo plan. I see a 3 GB/mo plan for $40 per month (source).

because data caps are a total joke

The loophole described in the article you cite uses an HTTP proxy in a subpath of /speedtest. First, you need to pay for a VPS and bandwidth to run this proxy. Second, once T-Mobile plugs this loophole, I don't see how to use 50 GB per month because after the monthly data usage allowance expires, throughput decreases to 0.128 Mbps, and 0.128 Mbps used continuously for a month is only 41.4 GB. That's not even enough to download a purchased game whose disc version fills both layers of a BD-ROM.

I find it hard to believe people really don't have an internet connection on their mobile device.

T-Mobile pay-as-you-go users don't have an Internet connection except by A. buying a data pass for $10 that expires after 1 GB or 1 week, whichever comes first, or B. using a WLAN connected to the Internet through a separate carrier, such as home Internet or a library or restaurant hotspot.

Comment Re:Is home Internet a necessity? (Score 1) 49

From the summary:

39.5% cannot afford an internet connection on their mobile device

You wrote:

at least try to argue that everybody has internet access on a mobile device.

For one thing, 39.5% do not. In my personal case, adding a data plan would increase my T-Mobile bill from $3 per month to $50 per month. Both home Internet and cellular Internet are luxuries, of which I can afford one as of January 2017, and my usage pattern (60 GB per month) currently favors home Internet over cellular Internet.

Comment Re:Mozilla should stop wasting money (Score 1) 49

Get the goddamn multiprocess support working.

Firefox 50 supports multiprocess for users with no extensions or select extensions, and Firefox 51 (currently in beta and in use on my PC) will add support for multiprocess with more extensions. To see if you're already using multiprocess, go to about:support and search the page for "Multiprocess". If it shows up as disabled, go to about:config and set browser.tabs.remote.autostart to true. If it shows up as blocked by add-ons, install Firefox Beta. If you were asking why it's not already enabled for more users, I'm guessing that Mozilla is making changes slowly and carefully in order not to break things and thereby leave people without a working web browser.

Fix the excessive memory usage. Reduce the CPU usage.

To fix these, go to about:config and set privacy.trackingprotection.enabled to true. It's turned off by default because it breaks some websites. These are mostly ad-supported sites that don't know how to fall back to advertisements that do not track the viewer from one site to another, such as WIRED, the INQUIRER, and The Atlantic.

Comment Is home Internet a necessity? (Score 2) 49

From the summary: "The report shows that 57.8% of the world's population cannot afford broadband internet"

In the 2010s, Internet access has become a necessity to find and keep a job. But how is Internet access at home a necessity? I've found a bunch of people on Slashdot and elsewhere who claim that home Internet is a luxury, as opposed to (say) Internet access at the local public library or in a restaurant.

Comment Auction 73 (Score 1) 90

how does this work with the carriers. are they free to keep your phone off the air once they start doing OS checks ?

That depends on the terms under which each carrier leases spectrum from each national radio communications regulator. Some require carriers to serve subscribers who carry any device that has been certified to follow the relevant protocol and has not been stolen, such as licenses resulting from U.S. auction 73.

Comment Re:New projects are even more misguided than the o (Score 1) 90

Personal assistants could easily use your own personal server.

Would this "personal server" be a device carried in the user's pocket? Or would it be a server application running on the user's home PC, which home ISP terms of service tend to forbid on pain of disconnection? Or would it be a leased virtual private server?

Comment Re:Here's an idea (Score 1) 90

From how to offer source to proxy server users, part of the GPL FAQ:

For software on a proxy server, you can provide an offer of source through a normal method of delivering messages to users of that kind of proxy. For example, a Web proxy could use a landing page. When users initially start using the proxy, you can direct them to a page with the offer of source along with any other information you choose to provide.

The AGPL says you must make the offer to "all users". If you know that a certain user has already been shown the offer, for the current version of the software, you don't have to repeat it to that user again.

Widespread use of AGPL software would lead to even more pop-ups and interstitials offering to distribute source code for each covered component, which the user will see as an annoyance that he or she has to make go away to get to the work that he or she was trying to do. In addition, AGPL software has to track users to determine whether or not an offer to distribute source code was presented to each user. Though FSF recommends these pop-ups and interstitials, EFF appears to recommend against them.

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