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New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1

I_Wrote_This Re: Why? (91 comments)

Do you really want to bug those user's repeatedly with self signed cert validation prompts...

No - you set up a Web base CA that let's them request certificates (and that CA ensures that they are only valid for local-network names), and publish the root certificates on that site, with instructions for how the users can load them into their systems/browsers.

Then they don't get prompted for locally-issued certificates.

about a week ago
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New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1

I_Wrote_This Re: Why? (91 comments)

There is no need for an official CA to issue a cert for Server1 at IP address 10.2.1.2.

But certificates are given for names , not addresses, and you don't specify any address in the request.

about a week ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

I_Wrote_This Re:Streisand effect (239 comments)

The "right to be forgotten" applies to an individual? What about the "right to be able to remember (or find out)", which applies to everyone else?

about a month ago
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The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

I_Wrote_This Re:Apocalypse, Really? (293 comments)

I have Windows Update set to download updates, but I need to install them.

The Win8.1 Update was optional - I had to select it to get it installed (which went OK). Odd for something so essential to future updates.

Anyone updating from 8.0 to 8.1 (now) has it pre-installed as part of the update download for the Windows Store (did that on another system 3 weeks ago).

about 3 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

I_Wrote_This Maths may be OK, but I query their arithmetic (612 comments)

In section VI:

In one word, it turns out that the vacuum bubble will stop accelerating when it becomes very large, no matter whether it is closed, flat, or open.

One word?!?

about 4 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

I_Wrote_This Re:Why are you using the touch interface with a mo (294 comments)

Sorry - no Ctl needed, just RightMouse (which is the standard way to bring up control menus). Also, it turns out that there is no need to go to the Desktop either - works from the Start screen as well.

about 4 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

I_Wrote_This Re:Why are you using the touch interface with a mo (294 comments)

What about.

  • Go to Desktop
  • Ctl-RightMouse in the bottom-left Windows icon to get the menu, on which there is a shut-down option.

about 4 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

I_Wrote_This Re:A patch closer to usability, few more to go (294 comments)

I like the start menu for what it is:

It's quite simple to get in back in Win8.1.

Just add a New Toolbar for the folder: \ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and squish it along to the left.

It will be called "Programs" and it won't be on the very left, but it will show the familiar hierarchy.

about 4 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

I_Wrote_This Wrong cause for the observed effect. (1037 comments)

If I hadn't been exposed to all of the different arguments about religion, etc., via the internet I would probably just be another person who identifies as religious but doesn't attend services.

So what actually| changed your mind was the exposure to different views, which made you question your own for the first time.

If you'd gone to the local library, or had a teacher who asked you to question things, the same thing would have happened eventually.

The Internet was not the cause - just the vector.

about 4 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

I_Wrote_This Universal Declaration of Human Rights (770 comments)

The UN Charter on Human Rights that says everyone has a right to an education (Article 26)? [And the USA is a signatory]

I don't recall it saying that anyone has the right to be indoctrinated.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Reproducible Is Arithmetic In the Cloud?

I_Wrote_This Re:Fixed-point arithmetic (226 comments)

In IEEE floating point math, "(a+b)+c" might not be the same as "a+(b+c)".

And if your code is sensitive to that then you are using the wrong algorithm. So it's the algorithm which needs to be fixed. not the FPU environment.

All floating[-point work is approximate. It's up to you to ensure that the significances are greater than the approximations.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Customers Hit With New Wave of Fake Tech Support Calls

I_Wrote_This Re:How to almost get scammed... (201 comments)

I wouldn't have had much reason to distrust them.

But you would as soon as they asked for your password, or credit card details.

about 8 months ago
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Shutdown Cost the US Economy $24 Billion

I_Wrote_This Who burnt all the money? (767 comments)

The breakdown includes about $3.1 billion in lost government services, $152 million per day in lost travel spending, $76 million per day lost because of National Parks being shut down, and $217 million per day in lost federal and contractor wages in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area alone.

So this money has all been lost? Completely? Someone burnt it?
If not, then surely it is all still available, and has been/will be spent on other things.

Sounds like an accountancy disappearing trick to me.

about 9 months ago
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Most Parents Allow Unsupervised Internet Access To Children At Age 8

I_Wrote_This Re:If that's true, Most parents are NUTS! (198 comments)

Learn about *what* exactly? What's on TV or the internet that they simply *must* learn?

That was really a reference to the "world outside".

I don't know if you have kids or not...

Three - all in their 20's now. And nothing pleased me more than when they worked out that something was "wrong" based on their own experiences, rather than me having to tell them so (at which point they often disagreed, and usually put up some good arguments for their views).

So I prefer to give general guidelines, let them know that I'll (try to) help with any problems then let them get on with it. They did things differently to how I would have done them, but it all worked for them, and I reckon they're the better for having their own experiential learning, rather than any proscriptive edicts from me.

about 9 months ago
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Most Parents Allow Unsupervised Internet Access To Children At Age 8

I_Wrote_This Re:If that's true, Most parents are NUTS! (198 comments)

Any parent who just turns the kids loose on the net is NUTS. There is a huge percentage of trash out there and it is irresponsible to just let a kid access this junk either on purpose or by accident.

Do you ban watching TV too? There's a huge percentage of trash there.
And what about the "world outside", or are they banned from there too?

At what point will they be allowed to learn?

about 9 months ago
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The Human Brain Project Kicks Off

I_Wrote_This Time scales? (251 comments)

"What if you could build a computer that works just like the human brain? You could invent new forms of industrial machinery, create fully autonomous thinking cars, devise new kinds of home appliances.

If they think that one brain can do that, they're deluded. Human brains do not work in isolation, they collude in many different ways. An idea today could be the indirect result of an unrelated (to most people) ideas from a century ago.

So let's hope that they've budgeted for several billion of these things, and a few hundred years before anything comes out of it.

about 10 months ago
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Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

I_Wrote_This Middle? (729 comments)

I've always known it as Button2.

And it's always been configurable as to what that does, just as all of the 9 buttons are in X (should you actually have a 9-button mouse).

So is this just about changing the default setting?

about 10 months ago
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CSS Selectors as Superpowers

I_Wrote_This Re:CSS is great, unfortunately designers can't use (190 comments)

Unfortunately graphic (website) designers are completely shit at using it.

Could this be a result of them using design tools that mean they don't need to think - so they don't?

about a year ago
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Condensation On Your Beer != Good

I_Wrote_This Re:Beer that needs chilling is, uh, well... (275 comments)

It's actually cellar temperature rather than room temperature. Dig a big hole in the ground (or use a nearby cave). Unlike room temperature, this tends to stay the same temperature all year round (without the need for heating or air-conditioning).

about a year ago
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Foxconn Signs Massive Android Patent Agreement With Microsoft

I_Wrote_This As decribed. (168 comments)

natural ways of interacting with devices

If they are "natural ways" they are presumably "obvious". And hence unpatentable?

Or am I just not thinking as someone trying to extract money for doing nothing?

about a year ago

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