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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Imagix Re:The question remains why this extension? (445 comments)

Not really. That means every application that wants to talk securely would have to add the noise, vs the library that they use adds the noise behind the scenes and the multitude of applications can concern themselves with what they need to do. And if the noise generation needed to be changed for some reason, then you only have to update the library and not the multitudes of applications (some of which may never be updated....).

about two weeks ago

Study: People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

Imagix Re:Twitter (40 comments)

communicating with their product support folks via twitter. It literally saves hours waiting for email responses

Then the vendor is literally incompetent. There is _no_ reason why email should take hours to get a response.

about two weeks ago

IRS: Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

Imagix Don't have to pay the tax (273 comments)

Yep, you don't have to pay capital gains on the appreciation of your property. Not the same thing as property tax. Property tax is dealing with the property's "current value". Since you are still holding the property, no capital gains (or losses) have occurred (yet).

about a month ago

They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

Imagix Re: Bad summary (206 comments)

Thus why the first thing I do in a new apartment is change the locks.

In certain jurisdictions this is illegal without a court order.

about a month ago

Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

Imagix Re:Just call the credit card company and tell them (321 comments)

Suppose a 10 year old walks up to a cashier at a Walmart, dumps 50 candy bars on the belt, and hands the cashier a credit card with no adult in sight. The cashier rings it up and charges the card. The kid opens all the candy and gives it away to friends, eats it, whatever. Later the adult discovers that the kid took his card out of his wallet when he wasn't looking and complains to his credit card company.

Not quite. Your analogy is missing the part where the adult walked up with the 10 year old and told the cashier that the child was allowed to use the credit card, and then left. That's not to say that Android should probably have multiuser capabilities across all devices, a device administrator designation, and an account setting about "auth once" vs. "auth for 30 mins" on wallet access.

about a month ago

Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

Imagix Re:Please.... (321 comments)

They aren't, they're willing to go to court to protect their mishaps

Welcome to the results of a litigious society. If Google makes a change then people will hold that up in court and say "Look, your honor, if they weren't doing anything wrong, why did they change it? Therefore they must have been screwing everybody over, SUE! SUE! SUE!"

about a month ago

School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

Imagix Re:In their defence. (417 comments)

Increasingly however, what the school does is utterly irrelevant. Almost all the students have their own completely independent access to the big bad 'net.

Which makes it Not Their Problem. They have a requirement (whether legislation, policy, or politics) to secure their network. What Jimmy does on their cellphone is now the telco's problem.

about a month and a half ago

Portal 2 Incompatible With SELinux

Imagix Re:Who do you trust? (212 comments)

Do I trust _games_ on a secured system? No.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

Imagix Re:Tired... (860 comments)

Try installing Chrome on iOS. Oh, you can. Could you install Firefox on iOS? It's possible, but the mozilla folk have taken exception to the API restrictions and thus refuse to do the iOS version.

about a month and a half ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

Imagix Re:No... (627 comments)

BTW: There was some research done a while back that did show that using spell and grammar checkers improved the bad english-skills people, but actually made the people who were already good english-skills people worse!

about 2 months ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

Imagix Yes (627 comments)

Offhand, yes, you are a less effective programmer if you rely on the IDE. I've seen many "programmers" that get completely lost if the IDE doesn't autocomplete everything for them. They have no sense as to how the program as a whole hangs together. (Note the specific phrasing of "rely on the IDE". Not the same as "uses an IDE". Not using the tool is silly. Requiring the tool is the problem.)

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

Imagix Up to you (421 comments)

Does it do some task that you feel is worth $1500, then yes.

about 2 months ago

Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks

Imagix Re:Sigh - what the heck ... (264 comments)

Incentive to pressure your ISP to support a well over a decade old technology, going on two decades.

about 2 months ago

Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

Imagix Re:IPv6 has this tiny problem (574 comments)

There's this really interesting service out there that converts from a human-friendly (well, friendlier anyway) form to the IP address. Perhaps you've heard of it. It's called DNS. (and BTW, you just quoted a link-local IPv6 address... so the guy who wants to talk to Joe probably can't use it anyway...)

about 2 months ago

Massive New Cambrian-Era Fossil Bed Found

Imagix Re:Brace yourselves. (108 comments)

Or... did $DIETY place those fossils so that we get hints as to how things will work?

about 2 months ago

Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

Imagix Why is this a surprise? (1009 comments)

Why is this a surprise? Company releases current version, starts to work on the next version. Heck, in many cases work on the next version starts even before the current version is released.

about 3 months ago

Mending Hearts With Light-Activated Glue

Imagix Re:Don't dentists use this? (38 comments)

Yes, but your teeth don't flex like your heart muscle does...

about 3 months ago

BlackBerry Sues iPhone Keyboard Maker Typo

Imagix Re:Do those things actually sell? (226 comments)

Give me a choice between the touch-screen keyboard and a physical, I will pick the physical almost every time. (It would have to be a pretty bad physical keyboard for me to pick the touch-screen one...) I've used the Blackberry keyboards since the beginning of Blackberry. They've always been better than the touch-screen versions (Blackberry, Android, iOS, all of them). (Of course, this is all IMHO)

about 3 months ago

Partially Censored Database From Snapchat Intrusion Released

Imagix Re:The Slashdot Beta needs to go. (51 comments)

Just to ruin your streak... beta.slashdot.org is _way_ faster on my iPad than m.slashdot.org ....

about 4 months ago



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