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wottowwottow 263 posts  |  Last Activity: 15 hours ago Member since: Jul 2, 2006
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  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 23, 2015 12:59 PM Flag

    LOL you STILL don't get it, do you, stupid?

    It might help if you were to read the General Public License, the license under which Linux and much other "Open Source" software is distributed. It relies in an essential way upon copyright law, and would fail if its principles were abandoned. But we use it to protect our right to distribute our own product, and to prevent others from infringing on that right by denying the right of others to redistribute it on the same terms as they received it.

    Owning a video means being able to use it freely in the same manner that one would use a book one bought. It doesn't include the right to redistribute it UNLESS one received it under a license that grants that right. Many commonly used licenses today do grant that right.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 22, 2015 2:18 PM Flag

    LOL you still don't get it, do you, stupid?

    It was never an accident that Netflix made it hard for Linux users to access their movies. They wanted to protect their precious "intellectual property".

    But people interested in Linux typically are not interested in breaking into other people's systems. They do, however, want to own what they have bought.

  • Google it.

    So much for that softie shill talking point... The article is nearly a year old.


    "Ubuntu Linux users no longer need to employ arcane workarounds to watch Netflix on their computers.

    "Instead, they can just head to Netflix’s website through Google’s Chrome browser to start streaming. Netflix is supported in Chrome 37, which runs on up-to-date Ubuntu installations of 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS or later.

    "Why this matters: Previously, users had to tweak the user agent string in Chrome to fool Netflix into thinking the browser was Internet Explorer. And before that, users had to run a Netflix desktop app through WINE, a popular Windows software emulator. While many Linux users are presumably savvy enough to jump through an extra hoop or two, it’s nice that they no longer have to.

    "A matter of DRM

    "The reason Netflix hasn’t worked across all Linux distributions and browsers is related to digital rights management. As PCWorld’s Chris Hoffman explained last month, Netflix streams its video in HTML5, but uses a technology called Encrypted Media Extensions to prevent piracy. These extensions in turn require a set of libraries called Network Security Services that the browser can access."

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 21, 2015 1:03 PM Flag

    At one time that would have worked "like a charm", but the world is different now. Users are more sophisticated, despite Microsoft's strenuous efforts to keep them in the dark.

  • Reply to

    sat night math problem

    by cfuryurself Sep 19, 2015 5:47 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 20, 2015 2:30 PM Flag

    Interesting question.

    Again, I'm not going to attempt an exact answer but argue qualitatively. There are no infinite sums here, so no need to deal with the limiting case of the number of flips increasing without bound. By the law of large numbers as I understand it, the distribution of sums gets narrower as the number of flips increases. The distributions are symmetrical about 0, however. So I suspect the probability that sum A is greater than sum B is 0.5 regardless of the number of tosses.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 20, 2015 2:09 PM Flag

    Have to disagree with the author's point that a Xiaomi PC running Linux would be a non-starter with business. First, there is the recently announced policy of the Chinese government against Windows and for Linux. Second, there is Microsoft's own policy of making Microsoft applications available on operating systems other than Windows.

    This bears watching....

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 20, 2015 2:03 PM Flag

    Quoting further:

    "Xiaomi has no experience selling PCs, but it shouldn't be discounted. The company was founded just over five years ago, but is already the fourth largest seller of smartphones in the world. Xiaomi derives the bulk of its sales from its home market of China but has expanded to other countries in recent months, including India and Brazil.

    "The company has found success selling high-end hardware at bargain-bin prices. Were it to adopt a similar strategy with its PCs, it could emerge as a top vendor, particularly in emerging markets, where PC sales have been especially weak. But there are still plenty of questions that surround these plans.

    "For starters, It's not clear what operating system Xiaomi PCs would run -- Windows 10? Chrome OS? Some version of Linux?

    "Xiaomi executives have consistently described the company's hardware as a platform -- a platform that they can use to make money in other ways. Xiaomi smartphones run Android but sport a heavily modified skin. This skin, known as MIUI, includes many of Xiaomi's own services, including an app store. Xiaomi could preload a Windows 10 machine with customized apps without directly modifying the operating system. Chrome OS is even more restricted. Some modified version of Linux would seem to support Xiaomi's broader goals but would make its PCs a tough sell and a non-starter with businesses. Obviously, Xiaomi laptops cannot run the proprietary OS X. That insulates Apple products from direct competition, as those who desire the Mac operating system have no other option, but Xiaomi could still offer Mac users a compelling alternative.

    "Given Xiaomi's tremendous success and its rapid expansion, it shouldn't be overlooked. But until Xiaomi actually unveils a laptop, it's hard to gauge what effects it could have on the broader PC market."


    Comments below....

  • Google it.


    "It took Xiaomi only a few years to win a large share of the smartphone market -- PCs may be next.

    "Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi plans to enter the PC market in the near future, according to a report from Bloomberg. The company's first laptop could be marketed as a low-cost alternative to high-end models from the likes of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ).

    "Given Xiaomi's smartphone dominance, it's a threat that should be taken seriously. Still, it's not clear which market segment Xiaomi PCs would serve.

    "Coming early next year
    "Xiaomi has allegedly held talks with Samsung to supply memory chips for a forthcoming laptop, which could arrive in the first quarter of next year. In addition to its Galaxy smartphones, the Korean tech giant is a major supplier of PC components, including RAM and solid-state drives. Samsung makes its own PCs, which would compete against Xiaomi, but Samsung isn't a major player. According to research firm IDC, it doesn't rank among the top five vendors, and Samsung has shown signs of winding its PC business down -- it exited the European market last year."

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 20, 2015 12:54 PM Flag

    Addressing only your title: "Cross platform" usually describes applications written to be able to execute on more than one operating system.

    We see a steady stream of Microsoft applications which once ran only on Windows, but now becoming available on other operating systems, primarily Linux and iOS or other Apple systems. Softie shills must surely know this is happening -- everybody else does. Is there any mystery about why it's happening? Evidently Microsoft finally woke up and smelled the coffee when Ballmer left. The previous strategy was seen to be a losing strategy. Making Microsoft applications cross-platform at least gives Microsoft a longer half-life.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 20, 2015 12:34 PM Flag

    TLDNR. Learn to be succinct.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 20, 2015 12:28 PM Flag

    Horsepucky. Googgle has indeed gone all-in with Linux, and has banned Windows from its premises for cause. Evidently Google has found the same advantages in Linux as stock exchanges and supercomputers around the globe have found in it, together with the absence of the drawbacks of Windows

    These things happen for a reason. Google managers are not stupid. They could have gone with Windows at any time, if they thought there were advantages; instead they have moved from allowing Windows to banning it.

    Microsoft does continue to make money, mainly because of the effects of inertia. Moving software from one basis to another is expensive, so customers may continue with a system with known disadvantages rather than incur the costs of conversion. (The well-known "lock-in" effect.) But Microsoft's "addressable market" steadily shrinks, while that of Linux continues to expand with every new category of service on the Web.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 19, 2015 2:40 PM Flag

    Oh, and the deep involvement of companies like Facebook, Twitter, PayPal etc with Linux are not much talked about publically but known to insiders. Netflix is very big on Open Source; its reluctance to allow access from Linux clients is an exercise in irony.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 19, 2015 1:53 PM Flag

    Aw,, poor baby. Didums feelings get hurt by bad old machine?

  • Google it. As usual the news is mostly or all bad.


    "This week in Windows Mobile came word of a bad Insider build that bricks some phones, Cortana is coming to Cyanogen, and that Microsoft is focused on flagship phones.

    "Insider build bricks phones

    "A Windows 10 Mobile Insider build (10536) that was mishandled by Microsoft has made some phones useless. According to the firm the build was only intended for certain phones but was mistakenly made available to other handsets.

    "Microsoft is working on a fix for those Windows Phone owners with a dead device.

    "The firm behind the top Android fork is working with Microsoft to integrate Cortana into its OS. This is in line with the company's statements that it wants to compete directly with Google's Android.

    "In the statement about the Cortana move, Kirt McMaster stated that "Windows Phone is dead".

    "The firm behind the top Android fork is working with Microsoft to integrate Cortana into its OS. This is in line with the company's statements that it wants to compete directly with Google's Android.

    "In the statement about the Cortana move, Kirt McMaster stated that "Windows Phone is dead".

    "Microsoft has acknowledged enthusiast frustration over a lack of high-end flagship phones, and has stated it is focusing on them. Chris Capposela, CMO for Microsoft, stated at a conference in NY that the company has "massively retrenched"....

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 19, 2015 1:22 PM Flag

    Going all-in with Linux has done wonders for Google. It enables Google to operate without being hobbled by Microsoft licensing agreements, or being spied upon by Windows software "phoning home".

    IBM's donations were not "illegal", despite frivolous groundless claims to the contrary by SCO. What has hurt IBM the most is the restrictions imposed on it by the DOJ, which is what enabled Microsoft to get its claws into the company, and beat it at its own game. Ultimately emulating IBM is what is doing Microsoft in as well.

    Sun died because of McNealy's ill-considered policy of concentrating on his enmity with Bill Gates instead of minding his own business. He couldn't decide between fighting Open Source and joining it, and his lack of decisiveness ultimately ruined him and his company. He tried to sponsor an Open Source project called Open Office, but hampered it by being too controlling.


  • Reply to

    How to watch netflix on Linux

    by deep.distrust Sep 15, 2015 3:57 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 18, 2015 3:51 PM Flag

    No, I don't. I had to, years ago, at my place of business, because my employer required it. I am no longer forced to use Windows, so I don't.

    In order to make Windows somewhat usable, I had to install various Open Source utilities on it -- Apache, Thunderbird, a Python interpreter, and especially Cygwin, which is a collection of GNU utilities. Getting software to work on Windows was always a hassle, because of various conflicts. The end-of-line marker is different, as is the separator between directory names (i.e. "folder names") at different levels etc. It is a great relief not to have to contend with all that any more.

  • Reply to

    How to watch netflix on Linux

    by deep.distrust Sep 15, 2015 3:57 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 18, 2015 3:36 PM Flag

    My understanding, yet to be verified definitively, is that Netflix wanted to prevent Linux accessing their site because, being very familiar with Linux themselves, they knew how difficult it would be to prevent recording and redistribution of their copyrighted movies by Linux users.

    So why have they relented? Perhaps they realized they were incurring a huge public-relations black eye. And perhaps they realized that no matter how hard they tried to prevent Linux users accessing their site, Linux users -- being endlessly inventive -- would find ways to do it anyway, and tell the world how they did it.

  • Reply to

    How to watch netflix on Linux

    by deep.distrust Sep 15, 2015 3:57 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 18, 2015 3:28 PM Flag

    The article is about the state of affairs about three years ago. I understand things have changed a bit since then.

    Last evening I watched a couple of movies on Netflix on one of my Chromeboxes (a Linux-based device). There was no difficulty at all. I connected to the Netflix site over the Internet, logged in, searched for something interesting, and watched it. If you're interested one movie I watched was "K2" about an expedition seeking to climb a mountain somewhat shorter than Everest, but considered much more difficult and dangerous.

    It's somewhat ironic that Netflix has worked so hard to prevent Linux users accessing Netflix, given that developers at Netflix are very supportive of Open Source and have made a lot of their software available on GitHub. At this point I'm not sure whether Netflix's site is based on Linux or BSD or partly on each.

  • Google it.


    "NEW YORK (AP) — Coaches, players and game officials will be allowed to examine video on the sideline during preseason games. There's strong thought they will be able to do so in the regular season by 2016.

    "NFL teams began using Microsoft Surface tablets last year to examine photos of plays, and the feedback was so positive that Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson said, "It's a difference maker for me." In several preseason games this summer, reviewing video of plays will be tested on new Surface Pro 3 devices.

    "Video was available on the tablets on an experimental basis for last January's Pro Bowl, and Saints quarterback Drew Brees credited being able to review it as leading to a touchdown pass.

    "Officiating crews will use the Surface Pro 3 to conduct video reviews rather than going "under the hood" during the preseason.

    " "We will use the tablets in 10 games through the first three weeks of the preseason," said Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president of officiating. "The goal is to be more efficient in administering replay reviews. Rather than going under the hood, the referee will have the tablet brought to him so he can review the play, similar to what was done at the Pro Bowl.

    " "Having New York involved in the replay review process for the first time last season was a very positive factor in streamlining the process, and we would like to determine if using the tablets could streamline it even further."


    In short, at this stage it's still an experiment. The idea is to do a little more easily what the players and officials can already do. But more importantly, the purpose is to be seen using Microsoft-branded devices.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 18, 2015 8:43 AM Flag

    There you go again. Your strategy is to mention two unrelated things together, in the hope that the reader will assume they have something to do with each other. No doubt that will work with some readers.

    The article about the Linux strategy was published in 1999.

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