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Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

Cajun Hell Re:It's just moving your trust to someone else (83 comments)

My understanding is that what you're talking about, is how these services are claiming to work. Trust is still happening, but it's moved from trusting a data service to not provide keys to adversaries, to trusting a code repository (i.e. the user trusts Apple/Google/Microsoft to have not included (or include in an automatic update) a backdoor in the user's OS, which causes your computer to give up keys upon request).

That's a step in the right direction.

And I think people can see the obvious next step from there, which is that it's undesirable to be getting any locally-run code from any of the service providers that you use. (e.g. if you use Apple's storage services then you shouldn't be running Apple code to access it. And same for Google, Microsoft, etc.)

5 days ago
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Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"

Cajun Hell Re:What an idiot (180 comments)

If that worked, then it would work for every "criminal mastermind" ever prosecuted.

"You say I hatched this ingenious plan! But if I were that clever, you never would have caught me!"

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

Cajun Hell Re:That's WordPress in a nutshell (302 comments)

The nice thing about WordPress is the EAV antipattern. I hope you love shitloads of joins and aliases to the same table over and over and over and over and over again. There's nothing like taking what ought to be a tiny query and having to write an unreadable 3000 character monstrosity, to make non-techies think you are a Database God when they see the resulting strings.

I tell people, "I can teach you SQL" and then they look at my repetitious ".. join foo_metakeys as alias234523 on .." and nope, you ain't teachin' me nothin'.

I swear, all because of one fucking wordpress site I inherited, everyone in my company thinks thinks I can built a working 747 out of paperclips and rubber bands.

Wordpress is one of the most expensive things I have ever seen. I struggle to think of a better believable way to multiply the cost of a project.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Cajun Hell Re:More proof (666 comments)

Yep. Global warming might be confirmed through repeated observations, but just like the existence of electrons or the existence of gravity, there's always the chance it might some day be falsified.

Alas, the hypothesis has no competition. Things like global-warming-denial and creationism will never, and can never, be falsified. Spread thermometers across every square meter of Earth and taking reading every second for the next hundred years, and in 2115 no matter what the observations are, global-warming-denial will still be just as viable, and the reasons for choosing it will be just as compelling, as today.

Faith manages. Those who underestimate the power of the blue pill, will never understand this.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Cajun Hell The peasants are revolting. Yes, they really are. (570 comments)

Either way, I predict a massive revolt about 365 days after the upgrade is released.

Let me guess: this "revolt" will consist of a bunch of people saying slightly unpleasant things on web forums, while also continuing to use and install applications that keep them locked into Windows APIs. That way, they get to play the victim card again in the future, the next time they get angry at Microsoft.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Cajun Hell Re:More proof (666 comments)

I think it's kind of un-American to imply that the sex of chicken shouldn't be subject to democracy. Would you prefer the sex of the chicken by determined by an unaccountable, autocratic out-of-touch socialist-in-a-bubble dictator?!

about a week ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

Cajun Hell Where does it say that? (322 comments)

I read the PDF and the law doesn't seem to say anything about suspected bullies being required to do certain things (other than abstain from bullying, of course).

My best guess is that someone read the part about how the government requires the school to have a process for investigating what happened (d), and misread that as meaning that other parties (e.g. students) are required to have a process for assisting such investigations.

If it weren't so stupid, it would be clever. Imagine if the First Amendment could be overturned, not by a law that prohibits printing presses, but by having a law that cops are required to have processes for destroying printing presses. The cops would say to the people, "our problem is your problem" and I guess the people would say "aw, poor cops, I guess we have no choice to help you out, so we'll voluntarily destroy our own printing presses to keep you guys from having orders you're unable to obey."

about a week ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Cajun Hell It's not so bad (263 comments)

You're supposed to be able to simply employee-start and employee-stop for whatever instances you currently need. People who complain that employee-create takes too long to run, just need to read up on how the snapshotting system works. This is way better than trying to guess the right values of StartEmployees, MinSpareEmployees and MaxSpareEmployees and trying to mitigate burnout by tuning MaxRequestsPerEmployee (as though each one needs the same setting!).

about a week ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Cajun Hell Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (893 comments)

At least he didn't make things worse. The funny thing about this one, is the the "debate" about paranormal beliefs starts off at absolute maximum conceivable stupidity. It has nowhere to go, but up.

about two weeks ago
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The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

Cajun Hell Re:Yeah, I remember when VMWare first came out... (180 comments)

when VMWare first came out, and there was all this amazement about all the cool things you could do with Virtual Machines. Very little mention anywhere that these were things you could do for decades already on mainframes.

This is probably due to the fact that for most values of "you," you don't have a mainframe. So the cool things switched from "things a-few-people-who-aren't-me can do" to "things I can do." That increases relevance.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

Cajun Hell Re:We deserve this guy (496 comments)

Yes, blame the voters for refusing to vote

Ok, I do.

Get some candidates that are to the left of Reagan's corpse and we'll talk, mmmkay?

There are approximately-but-literally around a hundred million people in this country who fit that description and are just as qualified as the Republicans whom the voters gave the election to. I bet you can find one. I bet you are one. So stop bitching about lack of candidates (it's just totally absurd) and either accept ridiculous leadership, or do something about it.

This is democracy, and democracy is participatory. If you're going to sit around waiting for some party to give you a candidate, you might as well advocate monarchy or anything else, because democracy isn't a good fit for your personality.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

Cajun Hell Re:What's next? (496 comments)

You know why it tweaks people? Because the only reason you use it is because you consider it an insult.

But he has to call him "Hussein," because when he tried to drive people into a rage by calling the president "nigger," it actually made someone angry and the coward doesn't ever want to face a situation like that again.

about two weeks ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

Cajun Hell Re:Christians: Easily Butthurt (681 comments)

But what percentage of the nuclear warheads do they have? What fraction of aircraft carriers and army divisions do they have? There's more than one way to measure who has the "most powerful political force." ;-)

about a month ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Cajun Hell Re:View angles (567 comments)

It's about biology. Our eyes are by nature more accustomed to view wide scenes instead of tall ones.

If you evolved on a planet that has Predators then you're alive because your ancestors paid attention to the trees.

about a month and a half ago
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$35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

Cajun Hell Re:Can it run Flash? (140 comments)

As long as it's behind a decent firewall you shouldn't have any problems.

Yes, up to now, Windows has mainly been attacked by Hackers(TM) connecting to its daemons' ports, because Windows sysadmins forget to turn off all its services. It's an old story: mom forgot to uncheck "share passwords" or "be an open mail relay" and it's true that a firewall will help with those kinds of problems.

But what if Windows ever grows out of its mainly-for-servers role and gets popular on the desktop? Can you imagine what sort of problems might appear if people start using that OS to run web browsers or read email? A lot of good firewalls will do then. Sure, 2014 may be Yet Another Year of Linux on the desktop, but what about 2015?

about a month and a half ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Cajun Hell Re:Isn't that click fraud? (285 comments)

I don't know, but if you're considering using that OS, that's obviously something you'll need to find out first. If your preferences are anomalous (say, for example, you have objections to running malware) you might decide that the "#1 OS" isn't quite the right one for you.

about a month and a half ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Cajun Hell Re:Isn't that click fraud? (285 comments)

What THE FUCK? The whole ad issue aside, that's not how you get software. You never know what page will have best SEO for a term, so even without ads, that technique (running random code from the web) is pretty much guaranteed to occasionally get you some malware, and you only need one infection to be infected. Those people ought to be installing VLC (and nearly everything else) from their repository.

about a month and a half ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Cajun Hell Re:Isn't that click fraud? (285 comments)

def is_annoying(ad):
    # Problem too trivial to need AI.
    return ad is not None

about a month and a half ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Cajun Hell Re:Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

That because every whiny turd who installs solar is selling it back to the grid when they don't need it, but expects to have power on tap when the fucking solar is useless.

Yes, sometimes-selling/sometimes-buying is the idea, but I totally don't get the "whiny turd" part.

That means the true cost is made higher for all the people who can't afford solar panels

True cost of what? Are you talking about the energy they're buying, or pollution they're mitigating, or the transmissions lines, or what? And aren't those true costs, things that are being reduced?

I don't produce solar energy so I'm just trying to figure out how someone is sticking it to me. If you know of a victim card I could be playing, then I'd be grateful if you would learn to write without sounding like a retard, just in case you have an actual real idea in there, somewhere.

If you were alluding to the subsidies for buying the panels, then I think you'd have an excellent point, but you didn't so much as mention that. You seem to be vaguely talking about the energy or the transmission, both of which solar is a win for everyone, whether you're producing or not.

about 2 months ago

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Mishal Husain is hot

Cajun Hell Cajun Hell writes  |  about 11 years ago Does anyone else think Mishal Husain (BBC World News anchor) is hot? I think she is, especially when she smiles (which, unfortunately, isn't often enough).

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Karmawhore GOLD!

Cajun Hell Cajun Hell writes  |  more than 11 years ago I just got the jump on the "CRF Reveals Draft of New DRM Technology" story and posted the perfect tr^H^H "insightful" comment. Oh, I just know I'm going to get modded up for this crap. It's so exciting!

Looking forward to the Games...

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What are you looking for?

Cajun Hell Cajun Hell writes  |  more than 11 years ago

For twenty years an old woman fed a monk while he meditated in a little hut she had built for him.

One day she wondered if he had made any progress, so she employed a pleasure girl to visit the monk.

Following the old woman's orders, the girl caressed the monk and seductively demanded, "Now what?" The monk answered, "Nothing is warm. Just an old tree growing from cold rocks in the winter."

When the old woman heard this she exclamed angrily, "I have fed that fraud for twenty years, and he shows no loving kindness! He needn't have been passionate, just a little compassion would have done."

The old woman never fed the monk again.

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