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Comment Re:Some clarification is needed. (Score 1) 224

> and its quite likely you're reading this text thru her work, given the fact windows aero uses D3D to compose the windows etc

Pretty sure I'm not unless she worked on OpenGL, too.

$ uname
$ glxinfo | grep "OpenGL renderer"
OpenGL renderer string: Gallium 0.4 on AMD KABINI (DRM 2.43.0, LLVM 3.8.0)

This is Slashdot, man. Or Sparta; take your pick.

I don't think it really matters who they based it on, as long as it seems "real" to someone in the target audience. I think the doll is good, as far as a plastic role model can be "good".

My concern, though, is that there's no reason she should be dressed "plainly". Barbie has a very distinct, flamboyant taste in fashion, and there's no reason she should be suppressing that just because she's a programmer. That plus the "geek glasses" could send the signal that "yeah you can do this, but you won't be pretty/fashionable/cool if you do". But, hey, molehill!=mountain ... especially compared to the travesty that was the "computer engineer Barbie" story.

Comment Re:Yeey, less than 90% to go (Score 1) 383

To each his own. I have six computers running Linux on the desktop and maintain three more, plus an RPi, soon to be multiple RPis. It's been quite a while since I've had any serious issues.

It was this one actually: the Cloudbook from 2008 won't suspend to RAM correctly, so I have to use disk, and the graphics card doesn't work except in VESA mode. I actually bought the damn thing with Linux pre-installed but then replaced their crappy Ubuntu derivative with Slackware and then everything broke and the children cried. I still kept Slackware on it, because neither of those issues was a big problem for what I wanted to use it for, but it was still frustrating at the time, just due to the principle of the thing.

Since then ... everything's been pretty much okay.

Comment Re:Yeey, less than 90% to go (Score 1) 383

Ugh, network capable printers are such a stupid gimmick! They double the price for them just because they put in a shitty ARM chip running some shitty embedded OS like VxWorks and a wifi card. What a ripoff.

But they also should definitely work with Linux, and I have to imagine it was user error on your part. Windows has a standard network printing interface through SMB, and every network printer I've run into supports sharing itself with Windows via that protocol. Linux, through CUPS and Samba, support that protocol as well. Correctly configured, the printer should have worked.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 796

They already have filed an amicus in this case. They also represented a child porn suspect in the 11th Circuit where they won and set a precedent that the 5th Amendment applies in these cases for that circuit.

Civil liberties advocacy organizations represented abhorrent groups and people fairly frequently, because the authoritarians come for them first. The ACLU represented the KKK in its lawsuit to win the right to publicly march, and won.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 796

No, it doesn't. Derivative use is still use. Testimony is considered incriminating when it provides any link in the chain of obtaining incriminating evidence.

What you describe is known as the "manna from heaven" theory of evidence. It was dubbed that sarcastically by the Supreme Court when ruling it was bogus.

Comment Re:What? (Score 4, Informative) 796

You're almost completely wrong.

Supreme Court case law is 5th Amendment says you don't need to provide a password to a safe. 11th Circuit case law expands this to say you don't need to provide the password to an encrypted disk.

There are no district court decisions which support your position, exactly. There are a few district courts and the Supreme Court of Massachusetts which rather obviously misapplied the foregone conclusion doctrine to get the result they wanted in specific cases, but nothing else.

Pennsylvania isn't in the 11th Circuit. The EFF supports an expansive 5th Amendment when it comes to disk encryption, so I suspect the EFF may take this case up and appeal it to get some precedent set, now that they know about it.

Comment Re:Did you expect a different result? ~nt~ (Score 1) 321

That doesn't sound like a joke to me. It was an honest statement, and relevant to the inspector's question. Granted, it wasn't a particularly helpful response, so perhaps was said with some annoyance, but still, pretty unassailable. I agree with the sibling poster: you were going to the room either way.

I'd like to know how they could have used that statement in interrogation. "YOU SAID IT WASN'T A BOMB? YOU KNOW LYING TO AN OFFICER IS A FEDERAL OFFENSE? YOU WANT TO TAKE THAT STATEMENT BACK?"

Comment Re:Reasonable solution (Score 2) 99

So surrender because we might be defeated? I don't think so. We can win this issue because Google + Apple + Microsoft + many others will join the EFF and all our traditional allies in lobbying against any backdoor proposal. Who will lobby on the other side? Law enforcement? Our allies have both deeper pockets and by far the better policy argument.

Comment Re:Six of the ten biggest companies... (Score 1) 837

No, most non-US countries recognize the problem and are taking appropriate action. Even the US is taking appropriate action, despite the not-in-power political party wanting us not to. Yeah oil and gas companies hire lobbyists -- they have a duty to their shareholders -- but even some of them are starting to come around, because they're getting scared.

And you should think about the implications of what you say before asserting it: if the cost of anything were "literally one planet", we'd all be dead, including the ones with supposed lawsuit immunity. The cost isn't "literally one planet". It's a high cost -- relocating away from coasts etc. -- but we're not all going to die.

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