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Comment Re:Signed drivers? (Score 1) 179

So you're saying there's code in there along the lines of:

void usb_insertion_handler(string vendorid, string modelid, usbcontext context) {
. Driver d = DriverDB.find("usb/" + vendorid + "/" + modelid);

. if(d.signed()) {
. . d.load();
. . d.init(context);
. } else {
. . // alert("Driver not signed, device inserted in " + context.description + " cannot be used at this time"); -- 02/03/16 ska - not Microsofty enough

. . // Events.WriteEvent("usbsubsystem", "Driver unsigned, not loaded 0x80039193"); -- 02/10/16 jrh - good, those idiots will probably search for that number, sucks to be them when there's nothing on our website about it, hahahaha! -- 02/11/16 ska - not good enough, try again

. . System.BSOD(); // Crash, because clearly there's no better way to handle this problem
. }
}

Comment Re:So global warming started... (Score 1) 556

No, it started well after humans started adding significantly to the amount of CO2. But it wouldn't have been a surprise if it had started before the industrial revolution began, because humans were already pumping out huge amounts of CO2 for things like steel making. It's just that process accelerated 200-250 years ago as demand for steel increased and as we started using heat energy for machines.

Journal Journal: Shouldn't need to say "I didn't care much for Gawker but..."

The fact you have to bend over backwards to disassociate yourself with Gawker before pointing out that Thiel's assault on it was a dangerous attack on free speech is a dangerous sign that we've already drifted a fairly long distance towards fascism.

And, FWIW, if Thiel had bankrolled Elton John's (far more legitimate) lawsuits against The Sun newspaper in the 1980s, and bankrupted Rupert Murdoch as a result, there'd have been a public outcry in Britain.

Comment Re:Peter Thiel didn't bankrupt Gawker (Score 1) 217

Bankruptcy was an absurd punishment over a celebrity sex tape.

This was never about a sex tape. It was about Thiel being pissed about an expose of homophobia within silicon valley in which he was outed. The original article Gawker published about him was actually, ironically enough, relatively good journalism, about a matter of legitimate public interest, only partially spoiled by Gawker's carelessness.

You may want billionaires to dictate who can and who can't write the news. Me? I'd rather not live in a thielocracy.

Comment Re:Just no (Score 1) 151

Everything you've just said is why it'll blow up in their faces, and Facebook will start the uncomfortable process of announcing year on year losses of users.

They're essentially duplicating Twitter's mistakes, and not recognizing they were mistakes. Some years ago, Twitter decided to keep tweaking their service. @ replies were hidden. Trending Topics was no longer annotated. Then oodles of JS was added to their service, making it clumsy and unreliable.

Then came the real killers, images and previews. We went, overnight, from a service where everyone saw 15-20 tweets on their screens, enough to follow a conversation, to a situation where most can only see 3-5. Remember, we're talking about 140 characters of actual content per tweet here. The 3-5 was because lots of tweets would now include the headline of the article they're linking to (which would typically ALSO be in the tweet message itself), and because tweets would now frequently have images attached and have a honking great big preview there.

The people who liked Twitter suddenly found that the giant conversation part of it no longer existed. They started to bleed off. The people who used Twitter to follow celebrities continued to use it, but had no great incentive to stay.

More recently, we've seen bizarre attempts to implement message threading that were worse than the clumsy hacks we'd seen before, and even randomizing - sorry, algorithmically reorganizing the timelines.

And so Twitter started to suffer serious churn. Because it added features that nobody had asked for, nobody wants, and that harm the service for end users.

Who is asking for autoplaying videos? Who is asking for autoplaying SOUND attached to those videos? Who is asking for messages to be sorted into a semi-random order? Who asked for videos in the first place?

Nobody. People will leave Facebook. Not immediately. But give it two years, and you'll start to see the first signs their membership is over the peak, and beginning the descent to has-been website status.

Comment Re:eh (Score 1) 306

The article is about the kernel, not the distros, which vary wildly. (This is also why it's a shame GNU/Linux, as a term, didn't catch on, leaving aside Stallman's feelings. Everyone hears "Linux" and automatically assumes someone is talking about the entire operating system, when it's also the name of the kernel. See also Java, which has similar problems.)

Comment Re:Subsidizing Businesses.... (Score 1) 444

No it's like taxing car owners to subsidize other car owners.

Uber and Lyft are taxi companies. They're not high tech replacements, they're not a radical new business model, they're the same effing thing, albeit with management that has decided, for some reason, that their services should be exempt from the same regulatory structure as pre-existing taxis because Ayn Rand.

In that respect, it's like taxing car owners who refuse to get licenses to subsidize licensed car owners.

Is that stupid? Well yes. But not because one is subsidizing another. It's stupid because both should be licensed.

Oh, but there's some good reason why Lyft and Uber have decided they don't like the current licensing system? Fine. Then look into it, and if it's really good, then implement reforms. The other 90% of the regulatory environment though, from quotas in cities with overcrowded streets to stop them from being even more clogged with taxis than they were already, to requiring insurance and ensuring basic accountability, that needs to stay.

This is a stupid decision, but it has nothing to do with subsidies. It has to do with the fact it doesn't address the underlying problems: Uber's lawlessness, and overregulation of the existing taxi market. Instead it buys into the fiction that a car ordered over the Internet is not a taxi. It is a taxi. Stop lying.

Comment Re:I've seen this before (Score 1) 409

You didn't read TFA. Earth - the planet as a whole - doesn't have a "Summer" and a "Winter", those are local (specifically Northern vs Southern hemisphere) phenomena. Australians are not enjoiying the same season as Europeans, for example.

TFA is about the average temperature of the entire Earth. It being "summer" where you are doesn't come in to it.




Comment Re:Wayland bashing (Score 5, Insightful) 151

Nobody's enthusiastic about X. We're not not happy about a replacement that lacks the features of X that we loved and in many cases relied upon.

And no, I don't want to hear that only "1% of users use the XSERVER variable" or that the underlying implementation wasn't very good.

Hardly anyone uses GNU/Linux, but we'd never accept that as an argument for abolishing the operating system and requiring Windows.

As for the latter - it doesn't matter if it's not perfect, it works damn it. I can manage a remote instance of LibreOffice as an app integrated on my desktop. I do this.

We'll be happy with Wayland when it's as good as, or better than, X11. Not when the underlying code is temporarily easier to understand (you think it'll stay that way?), but when its feature complete, by our standards, not by the developers.

Comment Re:All your attention are belong to us (Score 2) 154

Okay, so you don't value your freedom and you are happy being manipulated. The carrot side usually tastes okay.

No, he didn't say anything like that. If freedom isn't important to you, then perhaps you should think a bit about the stick? Oh wait. Maybe you're perfect and you've never made any embarrassing little mistakes?

Just read an interesting book called Our Final Invention about the nastiest stick, ASI with no use for us. Don't get me wrong. If the google does it first, I'm going to surrender ASAP. No sense in fighting the inevitable. Maybe the ASI will feel like keeping a few of us around in some sort of zoo?

If you think there's a stick, you'd find it better contribute to the discussion to describe it, rather than demand people read a book before continuing discussion here.

The truth is Google really doesn't have one. It makes its money mostly by using the information it has about you to display relevant ads. That information about you is private, and contrary to myth it's not exactly comprehensive - it isn't a full browsing history, or anything like that, just some quick generalizations based upon some key sites.

This is not bad. This is fine. It doesn't harm anyone's freedom in the slightest.

Yes, Google has the potential to be evil. They could, technically, start recording a log of most of the sites you've been to. They could sell browsing histories linked to personal information to third parties.

But so could Mozilla. Mozilla could do more than Google ever could dream of doing. Is Mozilla evil because it could be evil if it wanted to be? Is Mozilla restricting my freedom by being capable of recording my history and bookmarks and purchases and credit card numbers and selling it to third parties?

You know who can do more than even Mozilla can dream of doing? Microsoft. You know, the company that started the original "Google sells your details to advertisers" smear. They can abuse all of the information Mozilla could, for all of the browsers on your system. Plus they can let people know what the files on your PC are.

Why pick on Google? Because Microsoft and now Oracle have run smear campaigns against it?

Yes, Google's done some shitty things lately. Their search engine has become crappier. "Default" Android has become less open source. Their apps have become too AI infested and usually don't do what you want them to. Google+ was an unmitigated disaster. And yet none of these things were evil, just horrible, like fish flavored popsicle sticks, or Hollywood deciding to reboot The Godfather.

Don't confuse horribleness with evil. Just because Google's products aren't as good as they were doesn't mean they're also selling the names of the porn sites you subscribe to to your mother in law.

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