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5998 posts • joined 28 Feb 2010

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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Re: Who even uses Windows ZIP handling?

When you have to work on machines that don't have anything else installed, and you can't install anything on them.

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I ship you knot: 2,400-year-old Greek trading vessel found intact at bottom of Black Sea

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Re: Wood floats...

If the Romans didn't kill Archimedes (despite orders), maybe they could have made metal ships earlier (ok, ok, maybe the metallurgy was not there yet...) - instead, they just got better bathtubs and swimming pools...

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Depends on the ROV(s) used, but it would be anyway very different from a true archeological excavation of the area, impossible at those depths. Sediments could have covered a lot of relics.

Anyway the uniqueness of Antikythera Mechanism IMHO doesn't make it a widespread device easy to find in other locations. Probably others existed, but still were special items.

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'The inmates have taken over the asylum': DNS godfather blasts DNS over HTTPS adoption

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"It's not beyond the wit of a young person to use a literal IP"

Just wait for IPv6 becoming widespread....

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"AND the header-level clues that DNS resolution is being requested."

LOL! There will be several hints and statistical techniques revealing that's a DNS request, as they tend to be repetitive and very much alike each other. You don't need to know what's inside, just to know it has a high probability of being a DNS request.

The endpoints can be blocked, and do you believe an authoritarian state would have issue in blocking other services if they are mingled?

But of course form some DNS "providers" it could be a good idea to make far more difficult for users to avoid tracking of their online habits... that's why, for example, I run my own DNS which doesn't depend on any provider DNS - nor my ISP, nor, especially, Google or Cisco.

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"He said DoH removes a discriminator that can be used to distinguish DNS"

Really? I guess it will be very easy to detect and block DoH anyway - especially when you're a state. Running everything over HTTP(S), even if it's appealing to a lot of developers who don't understand anything else, it's not the solution.

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SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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"I mean it was tested for many centuries and it worked."

You should know how monastic orders could hate each other and work hard to damage the others and trying to make their own rich, very rich and poweful. For example, the Humiliates order, which adopted St. Benedict rule, became very rich with the production on wool fabrics, and, well, didn't really follow the rule... It was suppressed after they tried to kill the Archbishop of Milan - who was trying to put a stop to their abuses.

Their properties were given to other orders, including the one running the school I attended four centuries later (built in an old monastery) - they got it to run a school for the poor and the orphans.... just it became very quickly a school for the rich... usually founders words became just words soon after the founder was dead.

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So, about that Google tax on Android makers in the EU – report pegs it at up to $40 per phone

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You forget Microsoft's various attempts at charging

At least MS attempted to charge less, not more...

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"the savvy user always had to fuss with anti-malware"

The savvy user never installed something from wharez sites... nor perused them to find "free" software.

Then there are the users who needs the full Photoshop to make changes they could do in Paint, and of course don't want to pay for it.

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"Also, could you imagine a world with phones without apps stores?"

Yes, my first smartphone well predated the iPhone, and it worked perfectly without an app store. Just download the application and tap the file to install it...

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It's Two Spacecraft, One Mission as BepiColombo gets ready to launch

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""To be provided later"

"We're booked already to escape first - maybe we'll give instruction to you later..."

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Not only Venus flyby - but passing near Mercury three times.

What Colombo proposed and NASA quickly adopted and achieved was to use a trajectory that would have allowed three fly-by instead of the planned single one - taking advantage of Mercury orbit resonance.

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Pull request accepted: You want to buy GitHub, Microsoft? Go for it – EU

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Re: Doesn't mean they don't shoot themselves in the foot

It could be beneficial - GitHub became a de facto monopoly, as most other code repositories were shut down - because it looks today developers just flock to the same place as if they feel ashamed of not being in the fashionable place everybody else talk about - as "social networks" have brainwashed them.

So if other competing repositories arise, even if just because the usual hate for MS, maybe is better. Just, I'm sure one will become fashionable again and everybody and their dog will flock to. Rinse and repeat.

Just, those same people should stop babbling about the "distributed nature of the internet, and its freedom".

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Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs

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Re: Vacancy for a scapegoat

I believe it's more trying cleaning some s**t left by a company with a known English university town in its name... something with the right acquaintances in England and abroad may be useful...

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European Commission: We've called off the lawyers over Ireland's late collection of Apple back taxes

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"As I understand it, Apple were paying"

You understood it wrong. Try to hold it in a different way.

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Re: Weren't there protest in Dublin about hosuing costs recently?

So you mean the Irish government is not responsible for Dublin also (it was just one example of something that may need government intervention), and the money raised in Cork can't be spent elsewhere as needed? Strange ideas, about government, you have...

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Weren't there protest in Dublin about hosuing costs recently?

So Ireland is not that green fairy land where everybody is happy people think? Maybe investing some of those money in affordable housing - for those not so lucky to work for a foreign megacorp - would be a good idea, instead of just trying to loo tax-avoiding friendly? Or have an education system not run by the catholic church (another megacorp, anyway)?

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Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors

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"You can now buy music without DRM. Why can't videos be the same?"

All music? Still, two different markets. With music, you can also make money from live concerts and the like. Usually movies cost more to create, and have a single revenues channel. It's a business - people loos to find a way to make profits - yes, sometimes (or often...) they look for greedy profits, but still profits are needed to keep the machine going. Maybe if people stopped idolizing and worshiping actors and singers (and some franchise, like Star Wars) - and buy (or pirate) a lot of bad stuff just because the name(s) on it - costs would go down.

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"purchase a movie or a TV show and add it to my Kodi library?"

As Kodi is implementing DRM, it could happen. Without it, I really doubt.

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"in a family household, there will typically be 3-5 people"

And as always happened, they'll need to find a compromise based on the family income. Nobody has a "right to everything" - it's a sad fact of life.

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"And you really NEED three streaming services to live a happy life?"

I call it the "hamster complex" - one needs to collect everything and buries it in places where they'll never find it again - because they don't really need it, but instead think they do. I see people hoarding movies, TV shows and music they will never have the time to watch or listen, and probably they won't like. But they feel compelled to hoard it. And for them, "prohibitively expensive" is anything above $0.0.

I found instead most of the actual production of so low quality I greatly reduced the time and money I spent watching TV or listening to music and buying those contents - which freed me to perform a lot of more interesting, creative and healthy activities.

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"official release stuff 6-8 months behind everyone else"

And the problem is? You feel diminished, maybe?

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Equifax exec's inside trade shame: Software boss sentenced for mega-hack stock profit

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Ex-CEO...

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Re: Justice

Yes, cricket is not that fashionable in the US....

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Ding ding! Round Two: Second annual review for transatlantic data flow deal Privacy Shield

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"Put simply, I think the EU is targeting privacy the wrong way"

No - it's of course those with the deep pockets will try to resist more, as they can sustain the costs of a litigation more easily, and of course hire more cunning lawyers (while trying to influence politicians).

Sometimes there's no way to make a good law without incurring in such issue - especially when the law comes late, and someone already too advantage from the lack of it to obtain a dominant position.

Everything depends on how much effort the EU bodies will put in fighting them - on different fronts.

The big issue is that with the EU elections looming, and the renewal of the Commission, there will be a big push from some business to have someone like Pai instead of a Vestager.

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Hope Věra Jourová will discuss about the CLOUD Act...

... and its implications on EU citizens privacy...

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Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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"Personally, I think this is a result of the advent of IDEs"

Not at all - using a debugger outside an IDE for complex application made by hundred of files it's a real pain in the ass. And a good, modern debugger needs also to know enough about the language it's debugging to deliver the relevant data in the right format. So a strictly integration with an IDE is often needed. Actually, I've see many people not using IDEs reverting to older debugging practices like log files and printf() when not really needed. Of course external debuggers are very useful when you have to debug on machines where development tools are not installed.

The real issue is there is little IDE competition nowadays, so there can be little investment in advanced features.

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"need to stop being lazy and port to Mac and Linux"

Adobe software was born on Apple... also Win10 is not "less productive", because most people spend very little time in the OS. Once they launch the applications they need, the OS becomes quite irrelevant, of course as long as it boots and don't deletes your files. Win10 short release cycles became a reliability issue, and that's surely a big issue.

It's not "being lazy", but to port commercial desktop applications to Linux there are some not small issues to overcome - and don't expect to see them delivered by repositories.

First of all, the very small user base. Latest stats give Linux desktop at about 4% of the market. It is true that lacks of applications also keeps it there, but a big investment to port applications to a small user base is always risky. Especially a user base which is not willingly to *buy* software, because it's heavily skewed towards "open source" supporters.

Then there's the GPL issue. Most commercial applications are closed source, so they'll need to avoid any GPL issue.

The comes the distro fragmentation, including the widget one, and backward and forward compatibility - commercial applications can't be recompiled by users whenever something changes.

As most Linux users are actually more interested in command line and terminal tools, Linux lags still behind not only macOS, but Windows as well when it comes to GUIs - because developing GUIs is a more complex and longer task than developing text based applications, and requires very specific skills. The need often to avoid commercial items like fonts, don't help at all.

Most Linux GUI applications are really ugly, even more than the latest flat UIs from MS. Qt, wxWidgets, etc are really not that great. Being cross platform doesn't help too, because it makes them uglier and slower.

No surprise a lot of GUI Linux applications are actually Java ones - because there are far more GUI libraries available, and they work across distros.

To become a more appealing desktop platform Linux has to decide what business model it wants to support - as long as it's mostly Open Source/GPL only, other platforms, despite a lot of troubles, will be still more appealing for commercial software.

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Talk about a curveball: Microsoft director of sports marketing fired, charged with fraud over 'fake' invoices

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Re: The code, cloud and kit biz

Just this time the Master Control Payment system would be the good guy?

Besides that, I would like to know how much this guy was earning annually to be so compelled to steal those money... even if it's true you can never pay greed people enough.

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Huawei Mate 20 series: China's best phone, but a pricey proposition

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"Image processing is only going to become more sophisticated"

Still, it's image modification coded by someone that will make all photos look alike unless you're a programmer and can change how the algorithm work. Also, most image processing is *lossy*, the more rounds, the more processing, the more the image degrades, as original information is lost. Algorithms may attempt to recreate it artificially, but once again, it makes images look the same.

Anyway, one day algorithms will be able to create whole realistic images from scratch on cheap hardware, so you won't need to take photos at all...

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Once more with feeling: Windows 10 October 2018 Update inches closer to relaunch

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In different news... Adobe CC dropped even 8.1 support.

Now, to run the latest Adobe Creative Cloud you need Windows 10. It looks MS found allies in trying to force people to switch. Maybe Adobe telemetry suggested it - but if you wished a stable system, you're in trouble...

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"OEM versions of which can be bought cheaply through sites such as kenguin.net"

Which usually are violating the license terms. AFAIK, you can't sell an OEM license but preinstalling it on the hardware you're selling.

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Stroppy Google runs rings round Brussels with Android remedy

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"hrome became market leader because that's what people wanted.2"

Are you sure? Or because they found it installed by another application, without asking for it? Or were buggered by Google to install it on every search? Actually, they installed a browser that tracks all of their Internet activities, are you sure it's what people wanted? Are you fine if Windows now buggers you to use Edge every time, and resets it as the default browser? What was the problem with IE if people could install other browsers? People have many choices, but they choose Windows, nobody is forcing them, right?

People drink Google kool-aid happily, is that just because they think they get stuff for "free"?

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"MS was unassailable, until it fell"

And that happened also because anti trust investigations - MS had to become far more cautious, and avoid behaviours who would have put it in troubles again.

Without, it could have wiped out easily most of the competitors, and probably IE today would dominate the browser market - think what if MS could have forbidden any other browser running on Windows.

And that would have given a far bigger leverage to MS in the server market.

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"If people dont want android they wont buy it"

The same was true for Windows - that didn't make Microsoft a nice company without anti competitive practices.

Also, which are the alternatives to Android without spending €500+ ? Probably, there were more alternatives to Windows back then...

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Last year, D-Link flubbed a router bug-fix, so it's back with total pwnage

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It's time to force them to release updates if they want their model approved

AFAIK, all these devices need some form of approval to be used in a given country - it's time to make part of the approval process not only being compatible with relevant standards, but also ensuring updates are released for the useful live of the device - that could be longer than its marketing life.

A company that didn't abide to the rule for older models, should not see any new approval released until it complies - plus fines.

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Huawei's Watch GT snubs Google for homegrown OS

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Re: 2-week battery life

The problem with wireless charging and the like it's when you're traveling - bring with you everything needed to recharge several devices, or choose devices that could survive a few days without having to recharge them every night.

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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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"No way, Dave, you're always leaving taps on, fail to take clean clothes out"

You mean that if the Ecuador Embassy used such a technology, Assange would have been left out?

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Re: But on the bright side...

Better than Amazon showing you ads for artificial insemination and surrogate mothers... and then wait for the spam ads for erection problems and penis enlargement...

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Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

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Re: Chaos

It would just look more like Linux....

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Fed up with cloud giants ripping off its database, MongoDB forks new 'open-source license'

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"viral GPL"

GPL is designed exactly - and explicitly - that way. Other Open Source licenses are not.

If you're using GPL code in your applications, distribute them, and you are not making the source code available, you're breaking the GPL license - and I know there are many around who do exactly that, while blabbling about the advantages of Open Source - forgetting to explain what "advantages" mean to them - and only them...

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"Try emailing Stallman and ask his opinions about commercial use"

I think there's not need:

https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.en.html#DoesTheGPLAllowMoney

I think many didn't understand at all what open source means. Too many thinks it's only "software you don't have to pay for" - but it's not that.

Developing software costs money - if no one pays, open source can become only the by-side product of something else that pays for development costs - and, believe me, that means that it is actually far from being free, because other interests will drive its development - and you could already see it in many open source projects that are far less versatile than they should be.

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"A project is not truly open source unless it is owned and run by a neutral, third party foundation"

So, where's "freedom"?

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"Open source software doesn't require you to give back to the community"

Are you sure? Most licenses I've seen ask you to make your changes available - while GPL forces you to give back all of your code if you ever use something GPLed in it. Of course if you "distribute" it, but that was the main business model when those licenses were enacted. I believe the "internal use" exception came from university environments where giving out ideas about ongoing researches wasn't much appreciated.

While open source supporters always pointed out open source model was not about giving away code without making money, that "free" was the source code availability, not the application itself. Otherwise, after all, how could developers survive?

Now someone is asserting is good to reap someone else's open source code to make a lot of money, and giving back none? Fear of angering some prospect employer? How many would think twice to publish open source project that could now be easily used by AWS, Azure, Google to make tons of money, and nothing for the creators?

PS: I had to delete "libre", because, sorry, I can't match that word to freedom when it was used by one of the worst dictatorships in the usual Orwellian doublethink. Using it, some open source supporters just show they would like a dictatorship, obviously the one run by them.

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GPL & C. were thought before the "cloud"....

They believed people would have kept on distributing software, not selling services.

But starting more or less with Google, someone understood they could offer services without distributing software, or just a little part of it - so they could modify it without any need to distribute the changes also.

So I fully understand MongoDB and others - now if you like open source, you have to open source the code you use to sell your remunerative services built on that open source.

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Web browsers sharpen knives for TLS 1.0, 1.1, tell protocols to dig their own graves for 2019

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"have hardly noticed anything breaking"

If you just consume web sites, you're probably right - and I'm sure porn sites are very careful their dedicated users can easily access them.

As outlined above, it's a lot of embedded management applications that will break, and many of them cannot be updated bur replacing the whole device - something that is not always possible.

There's a risk that to keep on using them, you have to disable TLS wholly -. which actually decrease security far more than using an older version.

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When telemetry kills you... and big data finds the wrong answers...

Sure, just a low percentage of my browsing habits is made on hardware devices supporting only older version of TLS, because, well, it's not what I like to stare at all the day long. Just, one billion of accesses to cat images are less important than being able to configure and check devices - most of which are in private LANs behind a firewall, were encryption is still important, yet using older versions until those devices are fully retired is not a so big issue...

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The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

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"allow Amazon to offer more products with no risk to Amazon."

Also it allows Amazon to offer those less mainstream products which would be non profitable to keep on inventory - even at Amazon scale - but still keeps people on Amazon, so they'll buy mainstream product from Amazon, and the less common one from other sellers.

Just, most of those seller won't be usually able to survive just selling those uncommon products.

I'm shutting down my late father's shop - and many customers are asking "where will we find now those special items we found only from you?" - just, while years ago they bought both special and common items, now they just bought the few special ones, buying everything else from Amazon & C.

But keeping that inventory of special items readily available was expensive, and if not sustained also by the larger sales of the common ones, not really sustainable. My father did because he was already retired, and in his 80s, he was still happy to work. But the income, after the expenses, was very little - thus no way to keep it operative.

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"Let's start by simply MAKING them pay their fair share of taxes."

Ssshhhh! Many people here prefer to pay less on Amazon and see many business and jobs go away, than having Amazon pay taxes as everybody else, and raise prices a little... just one day, the destroyed jobs can be theirs - as soon as someone like Amazon enters their market....

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Re: Should there be a legal maximum size of company ?

That's what antitrust regulations are for. When a company becomes so dominant it does set the rules, it can be investigated - just now politics and big companies are so dependent on each other that you really need someone out of the loop, and investigations start - and finish - often too late.

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