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BREACH Compression Attack Steals SSL Secrets

Covener Re:BREACH = CRIME (106 comments)

Also have some trouble with assertion "it is very common to use gzip at the HTTP level." For static assets sure however I expect numbers for dynamic content to be a much different story.

It's in fact very common for dynamic content.

about a year ago

The FCC Says ISPs Aren't Hitting Advertised Speeds

Covener Re:Charter? (228 comments)

Or he's just using the assumed units, like we always do in these discussions.

That's certainly possible, just like it's possible he tolerates 700 kilobits/second on what he thinks is 21 megabits per second and hasn't pursued it as some acute problem with his service, or just gone elsewhere.

However, you did seem to avoid the question of why the company should be able to sell a connection that they seem to never be able to come close to meeting.

TFA says they are able to come close for a random sampling of users, for what they claim to be a maximum speed for some class of connection. When I see someone post about "21 meg or some shit" and claim to be tolerating 700 kilobits/second in the early evening, I assume they're mistaken or haven't behaved rationally in resolving it.

more than 3 years ago

The FCC Says ISPs Aren't Hitting Advertised Speeds

Covener Re:Charter? (228 comments)

I'd like to know where they tested Charter at. If you're in a relatively sparse area they're great, but here in Madison, WI, they fucking suck. I have "21 meg" or some shit and at most I pull down between 2 and 5. Between the hours of 5 and 7 or 8 o'clock in the evening, it's damn near unusable because everybody in the city comes home and starts streaming Hulu and Netflix and I'll be lucky to pull down 700k, and the latency spikes like you wouldn't believe. The techs themselves tell me never to expect to hit the speeds I'm told I'll get, because that's not "real-world use."

So if I'm never going to get that speed in practical application, why again are they allowed to advertise said speed?

Sounds pretty likely by the ambiguous units in your post that your expectations are inflated by a factor of 8 because you're misunderstand the units of what's advertised vs. the units in what you're observing.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?

Covener Re:No offense intended, but... (913 comments)

You may be the best programmer in the world, but without studying the things you now consider to be a waste of your time, you do not know how to think or communicate.

Being better at what you consider your job is not everything. You need general education to be able to handle all of the other work-place and meat-space things that are not programming related.

Do you really think there's some abundance of extraordinary programmers that are incapable of thought, communication, and working in an office because they didn't spend 36 hours "studying" Philosophy in college? Can your barber or cleaning lady think, communicate, or "handle" living in society? Is this argument the result of some superior general education curriculum during your BS?

more than 3 years ago

Book Review: RESTful Java Web Services

Covener Re:REST is not an architecture (49 comments)

Everything in the story makes sense as describing an architectural style and some architectures that follow the principles of that style. Seems like the gotcha in the grandparent post is some mis-used can criticism of "is it written in REST?!". Extra lame points for trying to leave "architectural style" out to play up the difference.

more than 3 years ago

Attack On a Significant Flaw In Apache Released

Covener Re:HTTP hints at a solution (203 comments)

Maybe you're on an OS with a dataready or HTTP accept filter. Timeout applies to reading the entire first line of the request.

more than 5 years ago

Pentagon Lost Billions, Pennies At a Time

Covener Re:Michael Bolton.... (323 comments)

aka Richard Pryor Art

well done!

more than 5 years ago

Sprint Cuts Cogent Off the Internet

Covener Re:Ow My Foot (413 comments)

No, the question is, is our children learning? Your sentence makes no sense to people who know what "begs the question" means. You seem to think it means "raises the question", but it doesn't.

You seem to know what "begs the question" means, yet somehow OP's idea has been conveyed to you via what I can only assume is some supernatural ether. Is there a latin phrase accepted by academics describing this phenomenon?

about 6 years ago

Smilin' Bob Not Smilin' Anymore

Covener Re:Snake Oil (357 comments)

Two guys peeing off a bridge. "The water's cold!" says the first. "And deep..." says the second.

I've heard it as two Texans, and the punchline was "and the bottom sure is muddy".

more than 6 years ago


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