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It's Official: HTML5 Is a W3C Standard

Anonymous Psychopath Re:Well, that's cool I guess (113 comments)

This is more or less how technology standards work. Would you say the IEEE has no clout because manufacturers ship hardware while the standard is still in draft?

3 days ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

Anonymous Psychopath Re:Wrong headline (255 comments)

No, the loophole is there because paying taxes on a loss makes zero sense. Did you even read what you responded to?

4 days ago
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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

Anonymous Psychopath Re:Why? (109 comments)

Are the Chinese officials trying to score some celebrity porn?

It's possibly related to the protests in Hong Kong and the government's desire to identify the leaders/participants.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

Anonymous Psychopath Re:(some) cars are gadgets now (158 comments)

Oh, wait, people aren't supposed to keep cars that long any more.

Cars don't last like they used to. I have seen several 100 year old Ford Model-Ts. I have never seen a 100 year old Tesla.

Would you accept 87 years old?

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Anonymous Psychopath Re:I'm not convinced (387 comments)

Microsoft revenue was $19.9B in Q4FY13 alone, and $77.8B in the full year. I didn't look at FY12 but I assume the numbers you quoted are junk or the stock would be going through the roof. It's true that Apple is bigger, though.

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Anonymous Psychopath Re:I'm not convinced (387 comments)

What's interesting to me is that big, audacious ideas that succeed are so often led by people with borderline, clearly flawed personalities. Napoleon, Edison, Disney, Hitchcock, Patton, Jobs, Gates, Balmer, the list goes on and on.

You had me until Balmer.

Why? MS unarguably owns the enterprise desktop productivity suite with an iron fist. Hard to call that anything but success (for him, anyway).

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Anonymous Psychopath Re:I'm not convinced (387 comments)

"One of the reasons we have this culture of strong language, that admittedly many people find off-putting, is that when it comes to technical people with strong opinions and with a strong drive to do something technically superior, you end up having these opinions show up as sometimes pretty strong language," he said. "On the Internet, nobody can hear you being subtle."

Excuses, excuses. One can easily be heard and still be professional if he wants to. Linux alone is so cool and influential that the leader of the project will certainly get noticed even without peppering everything with insults and cursing.

Could it be different is a really interesting question, mostly because it's impossible to answer. Big projects that span decades are the result of thousands of decisions, perhaps hundreds of thousands of interactions. Linus has found a certain style that appears to work for him and the team closest to him so I won't say it's wrong, but if his style were different would he have attracted different people to that inner circle, and would those people have been more effective or less? Can't say.

What's interesting to me is that big, audacious ideas that succeed are so often led by people with borderline, clearly flawed personalities. Napoleon, Edison, Disney, Hitchcock, Patton, Jobs, Gates, Balmer, the list goes on and on.

about two weeks ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

Anonymous Psychopath Re:What about books? (406 comments)

Why were books, magazines and newspapers never banned before? They're just as much of a distraction (at least, they used to be until smartphones took over). Heck, they give away magazines in every seat pocket.

My thoughts exactly. I was expecting the in-flight magazine folks and SkyMall to be the ones pushing the issue. The only time I'd read them is takeoffs and landings.

What they ought to do is build the safety briefing into their mobile apps. They know when I've boarded the plane, so they could simply set a timer that triggers ten minutes later and prompts me to look at a video or something on my mobile. Frequent flyers would still ignore it, but at least the flight attendants wouldn't get their knickers in a bunch.

I feel for them sometimes. It must be hard to perform the briefing, especially the part where you have to demonstrate how a seatbelt works. The seatbelt design hasn't changed since before many of them were born, yet they are still required to stand there and demonstrate.

about two weeks ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

Anonymous Psychopath What's the license? (220 comments)

The source still contains the original TrueCrypt license.

about two weeks ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

Anonymous Psychopath And...? (367 comments)

No one cares what PETA thinks except PETA. This is because reasonable people still outnumber the idiots, even though it doesn't seem that way most of the time.

about three weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

Anonymous Psychopath Re:We don't know the details (742 comments)

There probably aren't any recordings. It's typically only the contact center that records conversations. The article says the firing was a result from an ethics investigation launched when Comcast called to complain about him. It implies that the ethics violation centers around him using his position with his employer to further his claim against Comcast. Say, for example, he obtained the controller's name and contact information using his employee's resources. Or maybe he implied he could make an error that would cost Comcast just as Comcast had done to him. Or maybe it's just as he presented it and Comcast used their leverage to get rid of an annoyance. I've no idea, really, but there has to be a lot more to this story than just what's in the article. It's impossible to draw any real conclusions.

about three weeks ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Anonymous Psychopath Re:It's true (267 comments)

It's a fringe brand in that Ferrari is a fringe brand. I don't think most people wouldn't want one but I don't know a soul who has one. Very few have seen them. They aren't exactly a larger brand. IF they can mass produce a model in a reasonable price range comparable to a modern model of car it will take off. Right now it is in the fringe but I don't think it will stay there. That's exactly what the guy in the article said. He didn't say Tesla was a bad idea or that it won't take off, he said it's not there yet but this next model could very well take it there.

It will be exciting to see where we go from here.

It depends on where you live. In California they are almost commonplace, especially in the metro areas. A closer cousin to Tesla than Ferrari would be Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, etc. They are expensive and only the affluent can afford them, but not so crazy expensive that you need to be a CEO or rock star.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

Anonymous Psychopath Re:geek or not ~ pfSense (238 comments)

Yup, pfSense is Good Stuff. On the hardware side it'll run on damn near anything. I run mine on an old Celeron machine with traffic shaping, no issues. I don't know that I'd want more than one or two simultaneous VPN users with that compute capacity, though.

about a month and a half ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Anonymous Psychopath Re:One Sure Way (275 comments)

Review sites like Yelp and the sort will throw up every roadblock at any attempt by any court to de-anonymize a user.

Courts don't like being messed with. They try that a few times, and they'll eventually get smacked-down, hard.

In short, it's impossible to identify a poster

Bull.

Identifying and prosecuting are two different things. The former can be impractical, the latter can be impossible.

First, the company damaged carries the legal and financial burden of just bringing suit. That probably involves hiring an attorney and possibly a detective. Small companies will often not have those capabilities.

Then, assuming they can find them, they have to serve the offender. Good luck getting that done in Mumbai.

Then, assuming the offender don't show up to defend themselves and you win your case, you have to collect on the damages. Again, good luck with that.

about a month and a half ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Anonymous Psychopath Re:One Sure Way (275 comments)

There is one sure way to reduce negative reviews: Make sure your product and/or service is good quality.

It's the best way, but not a sure way. Unscrupulous companies will sometimes engage in reverse-astroturfing, where they hire a bunch of folks to post bad reviews of their competitors.

about 1 month ago
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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

Anonymous Psychopath Re:Hangouts is, in turn, part of plus, right? (162 comments)

Assuming G.729-level of compression, or ~8kb/second, 100 minutes of voice calls would consume ~48kb of your data plan bandwidth. Next to nothing, really.

about 1 month ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Anonymous Psychopath Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

A gigantic set of the population is no longer even used to the concept of wearing a watch, because they have their phone. This device doesn't replace their phone. What exactly is the reason to have this as well, as opposed to pulling your phone out of your pocket?

Unless some company comes up with a functionally independent wearable device that replaces the need for keeping your phone with you I do not see the appeal. I don't understand what the pitch is supposed to even be. Literally every functionality can be responded to with "but i have my phone right here, it also does that and better"

I didn't think there was a market for a full-screen touchphone or a giant tablet either. Obviously I should not go into product marketing because I don't know shit about what people want, but Apple seems to have it figured out pretty well.

about 2 months ago
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Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

Anonymous Psychopath Re:Google (87 comments)

Is the moto 360 a google product? If so I won't wear it.

Why don't you use Bing to find the answer?

about 2 months ago
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Alleged Massive Account and Password Seizure By Russian Group

Anonymous Psychopath Re:Stored in cleartext? (126 comments)

How was this even possible? Passwords should NEVER be something you can steal since they shouldn't actually be stored as clear text (or even encrypted, for that matter).

Hasn't it been common practice, for at least a decade, to store the passwords as a salted hash (using a unique salt for each user)?

You shouldn't be able to steal a password since the site shouldn't have it.

It probably is hashes and not passwords. If they were the actual passwords, they'd be using them themselves instead of trying to sell them.

about 3 months ago

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