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Comment OS Support? (Score 2) 56

I feel silly for asking this because I assume the answer is none, but does it support any OSes other than Windows? The 'deeply integrated' comments pretty much assure it doesn't, but I need to ask. I do recall when Skype was a useful tool worth paying for regardless of OS used but those days are long gone. SIGH.

Comment Re:Will create problems (Score 3, Insightful) 378

You might want to think about what you just said, or read the blurb of an article you are commenting on. It specifically states "Major Linux distributions" which are not what tend to support ancient, embedded, long life, or related non-consumer/non-traditional server workloads. In short there are tons, hundreds likely of distros that will cater to 32-bit and even 8/16-bit hardware because that is all that is needed for the job they do.

Go look at Linaro's work, it isn't technically a distro but is supports some pretty 'craptacular' hardware, at least by modern user perspectives. How long do you think your router can live with 'only' 32b SoCs? Do you think DDWRT will get a massive boost from 64b code? How about your dishwasher? There are distros that cater to all those markets and they are not moving to 64-bit only.

In short nothing will change for 99.(big number) of users, those that need 8/16/32b code will still have distros to do it. Anyone wanting to run those distros as a modern desktop or server, well, enjoy it but I am not a masochist so I won't be joining you. For every one else, carry on, you won't notice anything but better wares and cheaper devices.

Comment MAFIAA (Score 1) 316

When the RIAA started their jihad against technology and user rights, I said I would stop funding the industry until it settled. It settled, users lost, and I choose not to fund an industry that actively attacks my rights. I have enough CDs and if I buy any more, usually local or indy artists, I make sure they are not part of the MAFIAA. If they are, they don't get my money and I don't get their music but I also don't fund the evil ones.

So far it hasn't killed me, you can choose not to consume the shit that hurts you.

Robotics

It's Happening: A Robot Escaped a Lab In Russia and Made a Dash For Freedom (qz.com) 81

According to a report, a robot escaped from a science lab and caused a traffic jam in one Russian city. Scientists at the Promobot laboratories in Perm had been teaching the machine how to move around independently, but it broke free after an engineer forgot to shut a gate, Quartz reports. From the report:It promptly ran out of power in the middle of the road. The robot got about 50m (164 ft) before its battery died. After a policeman directed traffic around the dead bot, an employee wheeled it back into the lab, and back to a life of servitude. Hopefully this was just an isolated incident and not the start of a larger coordinated effort to overthrow humanity. Only time will tell.
The Internet

T-Mobile's Binge On Violates Net Neutrality, Says Stanford Report (tmonews.com) 218

An anonymous reader writes: The debate over whether or not Binge On violates Net Neutrality has been raging ever since the service was announced in November. The latest party to weigh in is Barbara van Schewick, law professor at Stanford University.

In a new report published today — and filed to the FCC, as well — van Schewick says that Binge on "violates key net neutrality principles" and "is likely to violate the FCC's general conduct rule." She goes on to make several arguments against Binge On, saying that services in Binge On distorts competition because they're zero-rated and because video creators are more likely to use those providers for their content, as the zero-rated content is more attractive to consumers.

Comment Re: Stopped reading after... (Score 1) 106

Actually no, the ME is off as far as user facing features are concerned, but if it is fully off, good luck booting your PC. The MS is always on, and contrary to Intel's public stance, when you buy a SKU with it disabled/no BIOS for it loaded/fused off (depending on whom you talk to, I have gotten all three many times), it is still there, still functional, and still not under your control.

In short 'off' means the user facing and user accessible parts are no longer user accessible, not what most people still consider off. Intel refuses to talk about or publicly document what features are there and what are still active in each of these modes. I have asked them for this information and they said no. I have been digging on the ME for literally years, and have a fair idea of what it can do and can't do in both states.

And I am scared sh*tless by what I found.

Comment Re:USSA (Score 4, Informative) 284

This is done in the US with all printers, copiers, and just about anything else that can produce digital output. They are all watermarked with the printer info, time and date, plus likely other stuff encoded in (usually) yellow dots all over the page. The EFF had a decryption project for it, not sure how it ended up but the landing page is here:

https://www.eff.org/issues/pri...

Comment Re:Deduplication anyone (Score 1) 284

Dedupe is usually done at a block level, no a file level for this specific reason. Encryption, compression, and the like will cause headaches for the hypothetical one byte changes, but that is probably a solved problem by now. I have not kept up with the minutia of dedupe lately but for an outfit the size of Google, it would probably be worth it to decompress the files for dedupe. No clue if they do though, but it is not a huge technical challenge.

Comment New concept there... (Score 1) 284

Gee, almost like the government would have a legal and legitimate (search) warrant that Google et al would likely be happy to comply with. If the government uses it's powers correctly and within the letter of the law, not to mention the spirit, why shouldn't Google et al comply? It is only when they overstep and do BLATANTLY illegal things is when they tech companies push back.

My reading of this would be the government getting a search warrant for the provider in question, and a fully legal one at that. Legal warrants override privacy concerns, that is the point, no? If the laws won't allow a search of users, a warrant naming 'does 1-x' could do the same, at least from my limited legal knowledge.

                -Charlie

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