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Comment Re:Less Space than a Nomad. (Score 1) 331

Yeah. I am very disappointed. I really want OSX, I consider it a lot superior to Windows or Linux, as a desktop solution.
I have been using Apple since 1997, and went full Apple when they switched to Intel.
Their hardware has been really good from 2006-2012, then other factors seemed to become more important than having good hardware.

I have been in the market for a good Apple desktop for a while now. Instead I ended up buying a second hand Mac Pro 2012, putting a MacVidCards Nvidia GTX 980, 32 GB RAM and some SSDs into the system. This old machine comparable or better than anything Apple sells today.

I consider the new Macbook Pro a joke. I'm typing this on a 2011 MBP and I see no reason to upgrade, only downsides.

I would need to buy adapters for all my peripherals, as the new MBP has no Ethernet, DVI, mini-displayport/TB2, USB, SD-card, CD/DVD, and most importantly no magsafe connector. My 1GB Radeon HD 6750M might be a bit on the weak side, but they would need to provide Nvidia with CUDA for me to consider a new video card a big improvement. Also my 4core i7 is a bit older than the new skylake but not a very big deal.
I have upgraded my RAM to 16 GB already, I would have expected at least a 32GB option for the new model.

Submission + - The Internet of Things Is Taking Over Cities (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: Last week's DDoS attack drew the world's attention to the Internet of Things, and the fact that if we're not careful, smart devices can be used for harm rather than for good. At Backchannel, Susan Crawford underscores the importance of deploying IoT with the public's benefit in mind, and spells out the questions that local governments should be asking themselves as they weigh the pros and cons of smart cities.

Submission + - Google Identified Major Kernel Vulnerability In Apple's OS And iOS Systems (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In June Google’s Project Zero team identified a devastatingly effective exploit in Apple’s XNU kernel, and was able to develop perfect privilege escalation attacks by targeting a task port process thread called 'owningTask'. Project Zero member Ian Beer became dubious about the name of the task: 'OwningTask implies an ownership relationship which might lead kernel extension developers to believe that behind the scenes IOKit is actually maintaining an ownership relationship which will ensure that the lifetime of this userclient will always be dominated by the lifetime of the owningTask. This is a dangerous assumption.' Project Zero apprised Apple of the vulnerability at the beginning of June, and initially refused Apple's request for sixty days' grace, but eventually settled on September 21st for disclosure. But when Apple's last-minute September fix turned out to be ineffective, Project Zero agreed to keep quiet, eventually granting Apple nearly five months of silence about the task_t bug — which has now been fixed in the latest updates to Mac OS and iOS.

Comment World domination has a cost (Score 0) 403

The USA spend about as much for "defense" than the rest of the world. This is a huge cost (of order 1T$/yr) that the main superpower is unable to let other countries cover in a way or another (say by buying USD for free). In the end being US citizen has a cost that translates in more work time, lower life quality than a couple of other countries.

Comment Re:Hmm.... (Score 5, Interesting) 275

Tada: it's a micronation... in space!

Of course it's unrealistic armchair-libertarian drivel: the magnetosphere is a harsh mistress, after all.

What's interesting about this development is that it isn't a nearly-entirely American endeavour, which is often the case with such ambitions; Asgardia seems to be Russian and the AIRC supporting it is Viennese. I suspect we'll see a lot more anti-authoritarian behaviour from Europeans in the coming years as a) the EU weakens, b) the Internet transmits political memes that were previously comparatively contained by media limitations like talk radio and poor English literacy, and c) people already exposed to (b) come of age.

The much more feasible version of "let's get off the Earth so we can get away from our countries' laws" is called seasteading, and generally involves a platform in international waters. There's one clear non-Libertarian, non-American example of seasteading (Sealand, UK) which is fairly old and unusually successful by micronation standards. These days, however, the idea is generally associated with these guys, who have been funded by Peter Thiel. They, unquestionably, are primarily concerned with ways to dodge regulation. Without a realistic means of building such a gigantic physical presence, though, they certainly aren't going to be doing much of that; at best they'd end up creating their own passports that no one would accept.

Comment Re:Panel on top is a feature? (Score 1) 47

Features like "new icons", "new Applications Menu", "panel on top" etc requires hiring a programmer, there's something wrong with your desktop environment. These are all trivial configuration options which any user should be able to make for themselves.

Does the fact that my configuration files differ from the default ones mean that I created a new desktop environment?

You also need to repackage that package, which is not trivial.

Comment Re:Hofstra vs the First Amendment (Score 1) 176

If a thousand people try to use their wireless devices at the same time, none are going to work, unless a lot of engineering has been put into designing things.
Cell Phones might work if there are enough towers covering the area, but WiFi will not as it wasn't designed for that kind of thing.

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