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Comment Re:More features. (Score 2) 339

Indeed, in important ways, templates are both somewhat orthogonal to and do break some kinds of efficient object oriented design practices. Just think about templates and virtuals and why they do not really work together at all... It also has turned C++ into a modern version of IBM macro assemblers, where deeply obscured code regurgitation rules apply to what was actually compiled, hence also the bloat. However, the main benefit it still retains is that even if it may suck, for the things it is most often used for the other alternatives sadly often do suck even more ;).

Comment Let's fix this for them... (Score 1) 503

"In a blog post, Microsoft says that continued usage of Windows $X increases maintenance and operating costs for businesses. Furthermore, time is needlessly wasted on combating malware attacks that could have been avoided by upgrading to Windows $Y."

There, a blog post they can keep reusing, forever...makes me think of that Orwell boot...

Comment Re:Umm...no, they're not (Score 1) 183

After already taking your information hostage they grant you visitation rights...

An actually honest, rather than knowingly deceptive, company would have put such settings on the local machine to prevent upload of telemetry & keystrokes in the first place, rather than remote on a web site to manage after the fact in a way that they can then arbitrarily change by policy and use the data later anyway if they so choose, or still can provide to dangerous "third parties" such as a Trump lead US govt, etc...

Comment Not about trandemarks, sounds like a shakedown (Score 1) 118

Since some will try to make the comparison, in fact CentOS and Scientific Linux do not use RedHat branding. They are also not covered by RedHat service agreements. There is no conflict or issue. Mint similarly also does NOT use Ubuntu branding, trademarks, etc. So what is this about?

http://distrowatch.com/weekly.... Clem responded, "Money isn't a primary concern. Although the original fee was in the hundreds of thousands pounds, it was easily reduced to a single digit figure. The licensing aims at restricting what Mint can and cannot do, mostly in relation to the OEM market, to prevent Mint from competing with Canonical in front of the same commercial partners."

If this is indeed true, then Canonical is demanding the right to tell Mint where they could NOT offer their distribution (such as OEM's) . It is this aspect that would clearly and openly violate the GNU GPL, and is nothing more than a crude shakedown more worthy of our local mob.

Comment VoIP, Jabber, Skype, etc, now prohibited (3d)!! (Score 4, Informative) 430

The law of unintended consequences... While Section 3b, in regards to "video services", makes clear reference to "through wireline facilities located at least in part in the public rights-of-way", and clearly is about cable tv (no thread to netflicks for example), 3d is a very different animal:

(d) "Telecommunications service" means the two-way transmission of
signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, messages, data or other
information of any nature by wire, radio, light waves or other
electromagnetic means, offered to the public generally.

Hmm...does not seem to be based on actual broadband service providers or any specific limitations. The way it is written would seem to exclude any form of VoIP or chat "service" (jabber, skype, etc)!!!! WTF?! Way to go Kansas!

Comment Re:Give it up. (Score 1) 200

Indeed, locally encrypting and then mirroring is a good solution. Another can be to use something like ecryptfs if one wants "live" usable files shared in a folder and synced over multiple machines. The service (dropbox, gdrive, whomever) only see the encrypted files, and are happy to mirror that without awareness that they are encrypted at all. You only need to make sure to not pick a NSA friendly cipher ;). You can then access your files on each machine directly through the ecryptfs mount point. ecryptfs can also generate encrypted filenames, so what little you do still leak is only file size and creation date this way.

Comment Re:People don't care because they're too stupid (Score 1) 513

Indeed, this would return us to a state of affairs much like it was prior to the introduction of the gun. European feudalism held together and remained in control of very restive populations precisely because small numbers of heavily trained mercenaries (knights) were able to effectively suppress even very large mass popular rebellions. There were in fact a number of mass peasant rebellions during the middle ages. Every last one was successfully crushed this way. The first where a somewhat different outcome happened (the English civil war) was also the first large conflict to see the introduction and use of personal firearms. However, we are not like English round-heads fighting the king anymore. The force multipliers of drones and other technologies changes this balance once again to potentially favor the few violently controlling many, regardless of how many firearms a population may have access to. However, there are other forms of more selective warfare where small numbers of personal firearms and other means could still make a measurable impact.

Comment Re:and there goes the Nokia Android (Score 4, Interesting) 535

Indeed, that is exactly what I said would happen at the time, too... that he made a deal to return and be Ballmer's successor once he was done doing to Nokia what Belluzo did to SGI. The similarities are strong too; remember, Microsoft then needed Belluzo to take down a unix workstation vendor to help establish market presense for it's own crappy new proprietary workstation OS that nobody would want then either; it was called NT. Thugs rarely change their MO, unless or until they are finally imprisoned for it.

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