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Comment Re:Most people are easily influenced anyhow (Score 1) 214

And Apple has been a great influencer itself.

Which is good, because there can't be any heretical truefacts about Apple. To believe so is a thoughtcrime and criminally unsocial.

Any facts about Apple which are in unpraiseful of Apple cannot be truefacts and must be properly edited as they are doubleplus ungood.

Comment Re:Headline doesn't really match actual news (Score 1) 170

Where in the article does it suggest that Apple is making a power play here to position Metal like the headline says? This really doesn't have a whole lot to do with Metal specifically, and is instead about leveraging the entire class of APIs that have been coming out that are closer to the (lowercase) metal. In fact, they specifically said so in the summary:

No way is Apple making this power play.

If they did then they'd take 3d graphics hardware more seriously. As it is Apples graphics offerings are a joke, both literally and figuratively.

Then why do you sound so nervous?

Because I know that my non-adoring comments on Apple products are going to be modded into oblivion.

Comment Re:Headline doesn't really match actual news (Score 1) 170

Where in the article does it suggest that Apple is making a power play here to position Metal like the headline says? This really doesn't have a whole lot to do with Metal specifically, and is instead about leveraging the entire class of APIs that have been coming out that are closer to the (lowercase) metal. In fact, they specifically said so in the summary:

No way is Apple making this power play.

If they did then they'd take 3d graphics hardware more seriously. As it is Apples graphics offerings are a joke, both literally and figuratively.

Comment Re:How it should be done. (Score 2) 55

Go to court specifically for each site and rule specifically for each site. Proof required of infringement. That is how it should be handled instead of blanket shutdowns upon simple requests.

Then the plaintiff should pay all legal costs of the ISP as well as execution costs.

I was thinking the ISP should reason like this
"Obviously the MPA think these movies are worth a lot of money. So they should be willing to PAY A LOT OF MONEY for us to block access to them. Ca-ching! $$$$$$$"

and then charge them the same amount the MPA claim to be losing to piracy.

Comment Re:Coding achieves the "expand your mind" objectiv (Score 0) 328

So, if you look at the foreign language requirement for what it is (an "expand your mind" requirement), then it is plainly obvious that coding achieves the same objective.

For the most part I agree. But foreign languages open up way more entertainment opportunities. Theres a strong cultural issue with this in the English speaking world.

One thing that I've noticed, being a primarily English speaker who has lived immersively in many, many non-English cultures; Monolingual English speakers tend to avoid music of other cultures with other languages far more than monolingual speakers of other languages who will very often happily listen to and appreciate music with vocals they don't understand.

Theres a snobbishness to native English speakers that you don't often find in other language groups.

Teaching, or at the very least, exposing native English speakers to other languages opens their minds in ways that programming does not.

I'll grant you that programming opens their minds in ways that foreign languages do not but at the end of the day, on balance, I'd say that getting people to be more social and more aware of other people and cultures has more overall net benefit to individuals and to society.

Comment Re:What's with this fixation? (Score 1) 328

Do companies and billionerds really think this "teach everyone to code" is going to produce a more capable workforce? What's their angle - drive wages down?

It's doubly confusing since all they want to do is outsource them once they've learned to code. It's fucking ridiculous.

If Disney cared so fucking much why did they outsource an entire department of competent IT workers to India? It's not like Disney is hurting for cash.

Maybe Disney want to make school even more boring so kids will crave more Disney produced entertainment at home?

Heres a clue for the programmers on /. honestly although you might not believe it nor understand it, programming is boring for most people.

Foreign languages open up a LOT more entertainment possibilities than programming; listening to music with vocals in other languages, literature and movies in other languages, being able to engage with other human beings in other languages. Even foreign language classrooms are more entertaining than in programming classrooms because its about HUMAN CONTACT. Social interaction drives almost all actual fun and entertainment for the majority of human beings ie people who are more or less heteronormative and not on the autism spectrum.

So yeah, Disney is being sneaky as fuck yet again and trying to make school even more boring to drive up their own revenues. I could believe it.

Comment Re: No (Score 1) 328

If they weren't teaching "reading, writing, and rithmetic" in the 1950s, what did they teach? Or are you talking about the 1850s?

The 'rithmetic' they taught in the 1950s hardly counts as mathematics, better described as numeracy; being numerically literate, being able to do long division and memorise multiplication tables ie skills that were often useful in everyday life.

Comment Re:To much IT hardware needs java for management (Score 3, Insightful) 163

The plugins were totally unsecurable already. Just use that browser for accessing those devices only, without internet access.

'Without internet access' isn't going to work when you are accessing KVM consoles on servers on the other side of the world which are at a hosting company where you don't have the option of a VPN. There are many thousands such sites perhaps millions. I deal with about a hundred personally.

Out in the real world people do need java, and often flash as well, in a browser, to be able to do their jobs. You can't just say "Well I'm not going to do my job if you don't upgrade the systems so I don't need java" because they'll just fire you and hire someone who will. Obviously.

Comment Re:To much IT hardware needs java for management (Score 3, Insightful) 163

And they should have moved to javascript a long time ago, requiring people to install modern browsers instead of continuing to use internet explorer 6 and microsoft XP without any service packs.

Still, you can just back up Firefox 51 and put it to a live linux cd of some sort, then making it access the hardware you need via a VM.

Yeah the vendors should have released firmware patches or hardware modules to deal with the changes to browsers. Never going to happen. People with very sensitive jobs are going to keep using crappy unsecurable browsers because they no longer have any choice.

Comment Re:But my business bank deposit Java app... (Score 2) 163

With Firefox and Chrome having over 2/3 of the browser market between them, your bank will have not much of a choice. Sooner or later nothing supports Java anymore and their plugin is simply obsolete.

There is still a lot of hardware out there and embedded systems that depend on Java for management eg KVM consoles. I know people who keep an XP virtual machine around just so they can manage certain pieces of hardware.

Comment Re: Indeed! (Score 1) 333

The life of a Jew in Nazi Germany was not all roses until 1939, of course. The anti-Semitism started pretty much immediately and got worse.

The Nazis presumably wanted to encourage them to take advantage of the transfer program, which wasn't instituted because Hitler liked Jews and wanted them to recover their historical homeland...

I'm not saying the Nazis were ever nice to Jews just that the Nazis were instrumental in the formation of the modern state of Israel in so many ways and more deeply than any modern Israeli would ever like to admit. When you look at how Israel treats Palestinians I have to wonder...

Comment Re:Umm... just WMVs? (Score 1) 150

And of course, to do that, you would have to trust the windows firewall, which doesn't show everything.

If you run "Windows Firewall with Advanced Security" it shows absolutely everything. I have yet to find anything that bypasses the firewall. Even Windows 10's agressive updates don't work if you block by default, although I have no evidence of the telemetry one way or the other.

That said, if you have an application that runs with elevated security then it can add its own firewall rules. The way around that is to create a special user that just for editing the firewall entries, grant it access to the registry setting and revoke administrator rights. That's only required if you are paranoid though, or if you have a specific requirement. I did this to stop Steam from constantly creating firewall entries for itself and all games. I needed to lock it down to only work over my local connection to prevent it from downloading via my work when I set up a VPN to access the servers.

In Linux its fairly trivial to set up the firewall to block all egress except via a VPN; you configure so that only the VPN can egress via the physical network adaptor (eg eth0) restricting port and destination IP address. Then allow traffic via the tun device used by OpenVPN. In this way you can't accidentally leak anything outside the VPN.

How do you do that in Windows? I never saw any ability to do firewalling by network adaptor.

Thanks

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