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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

Himmy32 Re:No thanks... (210 comments)

This is supposed to be an alternative to just using plain HTTP. If you are already paying for a cert from a CA you trust, then this doesn't target you. Even if a couple parties have the key, it's still protects you from all of the others that don't. The whole point is that it's better than nothing. I have a personal website that doesn't do too much and I'd put https on it if I didnt have to pay for a key.

about a week ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

Himmy32 Re:Is the article overstating or understanding? (161 comments)

One of my family members is paralyzed from the waist down. They have limited mobility in one leg and none in the other. They can walk with a full leg brace and specialized crutches. It doesn't take all the connections to be severed to be paralyzed....

about a month ago
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Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

Himmy32 Re:Still have to install (113 comments)

Because that is putting time and effort into developing features to support competitors. At least they support competition with decent security.

about a month ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Himmy32 Re:Robots? (421 comments)

Nigeria isn't where is Ebola currently is. It's not even relevant even if it was still happening...

about a month and a half ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

Himmy32 Focus on the absurd statement (180 comments)

A little piece of web history, and then you have to end it with a statement about computing 500 years from now. Obviously current web standards still will still apply...

Nice piece of CSS history though.

about a month and a half ago
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Startup's Open Source Device Promises Gamers "Surround Sound For Your Eyes"

Himmy32 Colors really matter? (43 comments)

After putting a standard halogen light behind my monitor, I eliminated the headaches was having. [/anecdote]

I fail to see how having the light colored does anything additional besides be distracting.

about a month and a half ago
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Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

Himmy32 Leech (134 comments)

Good for them. One less party getting a cut of a probably already small paycheck. It also gives Google more control over employee quality.

about 1 month ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

Himmy32 Re:Yes, just like that. (221 comments)

In production environments, where outages cost real money, support contracts are definitely not a sign of ignorance. Good admins acknowledge they don't know everything and sometimes need help.

about 2 months ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Himmy32 Re:Why is this on Slashdot (478 comments)

In the grand scheme of world news, it's new worthy because Syria has not authorized air strikes. So it could be a start of an international incident because China and Russia don't like other nations interfering on any countries sovereign soil.

Right or wrong, Slashdot has had big world news and political articles for as long as I can remember.

about 2 months ago
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US Military Aware Only Belatedly of Chinese Attacks Against Transport Contractors

Himmy32 Re:real computer systems? (13 comments)

Of course, if everyone was running my favorite OS, we wouldn't have any security vulnerabilities. It of course has to do with the OS and not that the users have enough rights to run unknown code from an email.

about 2 months ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

Himmy32 Re:Study evaluated sacharin vs glucose (294 comments)

But the sucralose and aspartame were secondary in the testing, most of the testing was straight glucose vs. sucrose + saccharin vs plain sucrose. From what I read so far.

about 2 months ago
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Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

Himmy32 Re:Wait, these are for real? (72 comments)

Massive was indeed what I meant.

about 2 months ago
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Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

Himmy32 Re:Wait, these are for real? (72 comments)

One is a neutron Star. So a object multiple times more dense than the Sun but only a 5-15 miles wide. The other a red giant (when our Sun becomes a red giant it'll be as big as Earth's orbit). So the first barrier you would cross working for the middle is a iron polymer a million times stronger than steel as you crossed out of the tiny tiny neutron star into the absolutely enormous red giant. An analogy would be a BB gun pellet inside of a balloon.

about 2 months ago
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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

Himmy32 Re:Double-edged sword (118 comments)

It decreases the incentive for some people. There are plenty of counterexamples of unpatented innovative software. I know I know, don't feed the trolls.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Himmy32 Re:Phone requirement (471 comments)

The point that I was trying to make wasn't a point against headsets. It was that they perform their intended purpose well, but you don't see most end users with them. Headset just cutout one piece, holding the device in your hand while doing audio tasks.

Likewise some of the watches are very similar, some units have impressive battery lives and allow you to do GPS/accelerometer or visual tasks that require viewing only.

In the end, your point rings true. What "killer app" is would be more convenient on a tiny screen strapped to you with little input capabilities rather than the multifunctional device you have to will also have to carry in your pocket that has already been done (notifications/fitness)? That's the answer the OP's looking for and I think the collective answer is "I can't think of one".

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Himmy32 Phone requirement (471 comments)

Most of the things on a watch that someone would want can also be handled on a phone. Add to this that most of those things are things that require cell/data signal, so you are required to carry your phone. The inconvenience of sticking your hand into your pocket to look at a larger screen generally doesn't top the inconvenience of having to have a device strapped to your body that you have to take off to charge all the time and have to pay several hundred dollars for.

This is the same thing people have seen with bluetooth ear pieces. They are really nice for a small percentage of the time, but not enough to capitalize for the majority of the market.

The another problem with watches is size. You have to competing design constraints. People want small and light and durable on their wrist. Versus large screen size for reading what was sent.

Lastly many people don't want to be that connected. They want to be able to ignore the notifications every 5 seconds that someone posted a new tweet or your grandma sent you a hilarious forward. You eventually want to see them, when you can have the time to stick your hand into your pocket. But it can generally wait 2 seconds for that to happen.

about 3 months ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

Himmy32 Re:Simple Solution - Exam Mode (359 comments)

There are two points of view on this. One that technology can solve all these basic problems. Take unit analysis in science. You can do a google search to convert miles per hour into centimeters per second But yet you still want students to be able to know the concept and be able to evaluate their knowledge of the concept without a piece of technology doing the effort for them. You aren't complaining that Physical Education classes still teach Track and Field now that we have cars that can drive people.

about 3 months ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

Himmy32 Re:Effectiveness (134 comments)

No, of course not. The point is how quickly the images fall off the board. More than likely quicker than an DMCA request.

about 3 months ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

Himmy32 Re:Simple Solution - Exam Mode (359 comments)

Good luck with the ACT or SAT being a take home... Those are the tests that really matter for selling calculators.

about 3 months ago

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