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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Erioll My eyes change too much every year (550 comments)

I'm not a candidate because my eyes never stop changing. So if I had it, in a year or two I'd just need glasses again.

When the figure out a way to "stabilize" the eye itself, or whatever's affecting things, then great. But until then, glasses/contacts for me.

about 2 months ago

Critical Vulnerabilities In Web-Based Password Managers Found

Erioll Re:KeePass? (114 comments)

I do the same, except I use Google Drive as my "sharepoint" for the file. After looking at a bunch of the "costs money" ones, Keepass just made the most sense.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

Erioll Re:Virtual Machine (572 comments)

I agree. Fullscreen the VM, and they'll probably never even know that they weren't using your "actual" PC.

about a year and a half ago

Judge Demands Email and Facebook Passwords From Women In Sexual Harassment Case

Erioll Re:Duh, it's evidence (218 comments)

I echo somebody else's comment above that comparing this to a school board is disingenuous. A court order is far different than a school board going fishing.

For this case, a court order for information from a person's web account should have a way to subpoena the information necessary without requiring disclosure of passwords. That's reasonable, just like how with a court order a suspect must provide the keys and/or open up a safe on their property if such is specified in a search warrant. It's similar. The problem comes that with some models of computer security, that information is not available without a privacy violation (giving up a password). It's quite a conundrum.

That being said, in this case (and many others) I'm shocked that Facebook (& friends) don't have some type of "legal request mechanism" that would work as a "backdoor" for this type of thing. They can reset passwords and such, so it's hard to believe they don't have a mechanism to handle requests from legal systems for a history of posts, images, etc. The law should always require a warrant to access it if it's not publicly posted, but other than that, I'm surprised it isn't already there.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?

Erioll Re:You want ad-blocking, not AV (515 comments)

Click on a link from your email appearing to be from your bank/microsoft/your friend you trust, and then download the .exe and run it. You're compromised. Phishing and/or social engineering still works, and it doesn't even need a person on the other end to work.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?

Erioll Re:Simple (515 comments)

Not the same thing IMO. A great amount of malware requires that the user does something. So "download our .exe and ignore the security prompts!" is still a very large section of things, and has nothing to do with a secure OS or not. Programs running as a user has as many rights as a user themselves. That's what most virus software is for: detecting that you're trying to run something that's "bad" but it's not exploiting security holes to do so. It's just running with "full trust" just like any other program on your machine, and behaving badly.

about 2 years ago

Canada's Internet Among Best, Report Says

Erioll Re:And the report was paid for by... (186 comments)

Exactly. The international report, we're doing not so hot. The one funded by one of the largest communications companies in the country who has an interest in the status quo: we're awesome!

Gee, you think there might be some bias?

more than 2 years ago

PS3 Counter-Strike To Support Keyboard and Mouse

Erioll Re:Awesome. (168 comments)

I have not bought ANY fps games on consoles because of this issue (closest is metroid, and that at least had lock-on, and such, and so was OK). And there ARE exclusives, so no, I can't necessarily play some games, so the company is losing money because of this.

If you want to put out separate matches for each type, then fine, have you able to set up matches with controller-only, K+M only, or mixed. But don't just cut it out entirely. They ARE losing sales from this policy.

about 3 years ago

PS3 Counter-Strike To Support Keyboard and Mouse

Erioll Re:Awesome. (168 comments)

There was a rumour a while back that the UT players on the PS3 using M+K were just destroying the controller players. Which is not a surprise to me in the least.

I too hope this to become universal. It is the #1 reason I can't play FPSs on consoles, because I feel like I'm playing with one hand tied behind my back when using the controller.

about 3 years ago

8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars

Erioll Re:Yeah, right. (937 comments)

I bet it's peak power for a tiny fraction of a second. Aren't lasers usually pulsed in this kind of situation?

This is what seems most plausible to me. Somebody had a number about the laser power (fraction of a second pulse, but still), and somebody else put that out as the energy source's power.

more than 3 years ago

8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars

Erioll Re:Hmmm (937 comments)

This is the thing: why isn't he making this directly into a small generator system before making it portable? Scale it up to the point that the turbine problem is a non-issue, and sell THAT. That would prove that the energy source itself is viable (economically too) and not a pipe dream.

Basically, that he hasn't already done so makes me skeptical that there isn't "something else" wrong here. Doesn't pass the smell test IMO.

Now having said that, I hope I'm wrong. I love this idea. But still, I'd like to know why this part hasn't been done already. This smells like trying to get investor dollars on something that MIGHT work instead of selling something that DOES work.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Large-Scale DIY Outdoor Cooling of Cairo's Tahrir Square?

Erioll Re:[OT a tiny bit] -Tel aviv, Bangalore removed tr (259 comments)

slighly off-topic: two major cities - tel aviv and bangalore - cut down large numbers of trees in order to make room for more people. the immediate result was a rise of 10 Centigrade in bangalore (from 45C to 55C).

Speaking of 45C... you'll never EVER see a temperature in Egypt officially reported as 45.0 degrees C or higher. The reason is that there's a law on the books that says that if it's that high, it's "too hot to work" and thus people need to, by law, given the day off while it's that hot if working w/o A/C. So the "solution" for the government is to never report higher than 44.9C.

Really. My wife and I were in Egypt last year (an awesome tour), and a thermometer somebody had showed 58C (this was near Farafra in the western desert), but the digital road sign said the temperature was 44.9. We asked about it, and the locals told us what I just said above.

So up to 45 in Cairo? Sure, but probably even higher.

more than 3 years ago

Time Warner Defends Comcast In Level 3 Dispute

Erioll Re:Peering Agreement (315 comments)

It depends on who's lying. Level 3 said they wanted the additional fee for video. Comcast says it's just an imbalance in the amount of data in their existing peering agreement, REGARDLESS of the type of traffic.

Personally, I'm more willing to believe Comcast here. Imbalances can happen for a huge number of different reasons. This one is obvious: they're going to be taking on a HUGE amount of extra data from Level 3 specifically because of Netflix.

Think of it this way, if roughly the same amount of data is going back and forth, they both can say "it's about even, so we're not going to charge each other." But if suddenly a LOT more is going one way than the other, then they can start charging more. It's no different than me going to my ISP and saying "I'm going to increase the amount I'm uploading by 10x, but you'll still charge the same right? You mean you want to charge me more now? But YOU are requesting a bit from me still! What do you mean no?" That's what Level 3 is doing by the sounds of it.

more than 3 years ago

Texas Textbooks Battle is Actually an American War

Erioll Isn't it the same with any political view? (1 comments)

The leaders of these efforts outright admit they are attempting to redefine the way our children understand the political landscape so that, when they grow up, they will have preconceived notions of the American political system that favor their evangelical Christian goals.

Isn't this essentially what anybody writing something that even might have to do with politics wants? You want those you teach to hold a perspective that corresponds with your own beliefs. Hence why are people so blase about "education" and the content thereof, but are so afraid of "re-education"? They're the same thing, just one has a blank slate first.

Basically, you can't blame these people for wanting to advance their goals. You CAN blame them if you disagree with such goals though.

more than 4 years ago

Bill Would Declare Your Blog a Weapon

Erioll Re:Classic ploy (780 comments)

It could be worse, they could call it a "Human Rights Commission". Oh wait, they already did that in Canada to stomp on free speech rights (and lots of other insanity occurring too). Read Shakedown: How Our Government Is Undermining Democracy In The Name Of Human Rights to get a summary of how much things like this have screwed up anything resembling free speech in Canada. I've been following the insanity of HRCs in Canada and I was STILL surprised by the content of this book, and it's a STRONG forewarning to anybody in any other countries trying to stifle free speech in the name of preventing "hate crimes."

more than 5 years ago

California May Reduce Carbon Emissions By Banning Black Cars

Erioll Ford saying - modified (685 comments)

Henry Ford (modified) : Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is not black. (wiki)

more than 5 years ago

Making Sense of Mismatched Certificates?

Erioll Re:Not nothing. (322 comments)

This will become a greater issue as unicode domain names come into prominence. I believe that right now while Firefox "decodes" any unicode so that the characters look like the underlying hex (or something) so that a non-english character can NOT be confused for a real one.

For instance in certain fonts lowercase "L" (l) looks EXACTLY like an uppercase "i" (I). In others it doesn't. Now in your example that can't happen, but what about or (I used a capital "i" in the second) You can see how this can be an issue. It gets worse with other character sets that ARE different characters, but again look identical, thus bypassing any automatic "lowercase" that a browser probably does.

If you see a mismatch, unless the banking needs to be done in less time than it takes you to get to an actual local branch, do NOT do it.

more than 5 years ago

In-Game Web Browser Round-Up

Erioll EverQuest 2 - It's had this for a while (193 comments)

For quite some time now you've been able to bring up FireFox inside of Everquest 2 (they have the files inside a sub-dir of the EQ2 directory, so it's a "private" copy of it, not accessing what you already have installed). They mainly did it because they were overhauling their in-game support page (reporting bugs, etc) to a normal web page instead of a one-off interface window specific to the game, but I guess somebody finally had a brain and said "hey, let's just let the players use this as a regular browser too" and so it happened.

It's slightly limited, since you can't put your own extensions in (I'd kill for Adblock Plus), or access the options panels, etc, but generally it's fine, and I haven't noticed it killing performance, but I have a really good computer, so other experiences may vary.

more than 5 years ago

LED Lighting As Cheap As CFLs Invented

Erioll Re:What about the production? (553 comments)

True that it's small now, but it's not a reason to start dumping more either. And considering that (and I quote) "nearly all CFLs are produced in China" do you really want to rely on THEIR production standards, or mining standards? Which is why I'm enthusiastic about the original article, as it heralds an alternative, but I just hope it's better than what's already here.

more than 5 years ago

LED Lighting As Cheap As CFLs Invented

Erioll What about the production? (553 comments)

I'm all for getting away from CFLs, as their production alone is NOT environmentally friendly (most of the mercury in the world is mined in China, where HALF of it is "lost" to the environment during production, which means "polluted"), not to mention the ratio thrown out.

But what about the LEDs? How toxic (or not) are the materials they're talking about? And what about the production of such? And heck, back on the pollution thing, WHERE they are produced makes a big difference, since if it's in China, forget any environmental disposal of chemicals used, whereas if it's in a developed country, it'll probably be OK.

Not insurmountable problems, but I do want to know how those things will work out.

more than 5 years ago


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