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Google Finds Vulnerability In SSL 3.0 Web Encryption

KingMotley Re:Chrome Dumbed Down (68 comments)

Yes. Because it will work on 90% of the websites the user uses, he will likely understand it's not his browser problem, it is a problem with the website in question. The browser should not indicate a secure connection to the website if the browser knows that the connection is in fact not secure. Seems pretty self evident.

4 days ago
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China Bans "Human Flesh Searching"

KingMotley Re:s/Fresh/Flesh/ (109 comments)

And since Chinese isn't a race, it's not racist. It may not be nice, but racist it isn't.

about a week ago
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Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

KingMotley Re: Changes require systematic, reliable evidence. (336 comments)

As I said, it's in the IP header. It solves for your not so hypothetical issue of a bottleneck between two tier 1 providers already.

about two weeks ago
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Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

KingMotley Re:Changes require systematic, reliable evidence.. (336 comments)

That's pretty simple. Allow the user to prioritize their own traffic. There is even 3 bits set aside for this in the IP header known as precedence. Then do QoS using that as your indicator on what to drop first if connections become overtaxed. Which, was the exact purpose of those bits but no one ever actually implemented them. I'd be more than happy to tell my browser, etc to please mark those packets as "Best Effort", but please mark my actual browsing as "Priority", my netflix and pandora as "Immediate", and Skype and VoIP as "Flash".

Note that doesn't mean always don't throttle stuff I have marked as Flash, because then everyone will just mark everything as a high priority. Just throttle the packets I marked lowest first, and if there aren't enough of low priority packets then throttle the next highest priority until necessary. Or limit the number of packets per second for each tier, and silently treat them as a lower tier if there are too many.

about two weeks ago
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Redbox Streaming Service To Shut Down October 7th

KingMotley Re:You know what's crazy? (64 comments)

Well, you can't really rent a blu-ray quality movie for a long time anywhere else. Unless you want to wait another 1-3 months, that is. And you happen to be on an ISP that isn't throttling the hell out of whatever video service you want to rent it from.

about two weeks ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

KingMotley Re: Taxing the Congested Skies (223 comments)

Wasn't meant as a "brag", but it's the only numbers I had access to. For example, a 4-seater jet from my local airport to one that I fly to most:
Source Airport Fee $4,336.35 ($956 Fuel, $31.44 Landing, $157.60 "other", $22.31 parking, $3,169 reposition)
Dest Airport Fee $4,662.04 ($269 Fuel, $6.26 GPU, $12.29 landing, $37.53 "other", $8.34 parking, $4328 reposition)
Flight Rate $9,029.13
Fed Excise Tax $1,461.69

54% in airport fees and taxes.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

KingMotley Re:OMFG, stupid (644 comments)

New name changes.

Windows 9 (Home, Home Premium, Pro, etc) -> Windows 10 (Home, Home Premium, Pro, etc)
Windows 9N (No media player) -> Windows ID-10-T
Windows 9E (European version with no IE) -> Windows ID-10-T2

about three weeks ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

KingMotley Re: Taxing the Congested Skies (223 comments)

I don't know about commericial airlines, but I know that when I was checking private jets, the airline fees and taxes was much more than 50% of the cost. It was closer to 80-90%.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

KingMotley Re:Change Jobs (275 comments)

And this is exactly what you don't want.

First, the managers don't need to know a lot of the technical details beyond an overview, and they need to be able to trust their developers to give them good information, and listen when they give advice. Any company that tries to have their managers both retain top notch technical skills using the latest technologies AND be a competent manager is doing it WRONG.

about 1 month ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

KingMotley Re:Fahrenheit? WTHolyF? (210 comments)

Really not that much more absurd than setting the coldest temperature based on what a ??? physicist could cool water at a particular height in the atmosphere that changes all the time.

about a month ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

KingMotley Need more than a legal precedent (421 comments)

Does this mean that I can get a refund for the BIOS? Almost all machines license their BIOS from award or phoenix. What if I want to write my own? Can I ask for a refund since they don't sell a machine without a BIOS installed? What if I want a machine without a hard drive? I already have one. Can I force them to take the hard drive out and give me a refund? Or a case? I got a computer case. And the power supply. I have one of those. Don't need the motherboard. Heck, can I force them to remove the broadband cellular chip from my verizon only phone so I can tinker with it and maybe get a different one working? Can I have my car manufacturer remove the radio and get a refund since they don't offer one without a radio?

Italy is crazy.

about a month ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

KingMotley Driver's versus passenger - does it really matter? (364 comments)

Because I use my phone every day, on my commute on the train for an hour each way. I'd be pretty upset if they disabled it and I couldn't use it while on a train (or a bus, a taxi, or a plane)

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

KingMotley Re:Null Terminated Strings (729 comments)

Well it was also kind of important for being able to process data that you didn't know the size of until you actually hit the end, especially if you couldn't hold the whole contents in memory at one time, and you needed to be able to do something with it. Think streams where you can't just go back and write the size of the string at the beginning after you've already copied the string. NULL terminated strings are also smaller since it always only uses a single byte, even if the string is (or could be) longer than 255 characters. The size aspect typically isn't all that important today, but it still can be quite useful in memory constrained systems even today.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

KingMotley Re:Powershell (729 comments)

OR maybe it had it because DOS and CMD had a similar operand (EQU)

about a month and a half ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

KingMotley Re:Hmmm (230 comments)

Not exactly the same. Windows 3.x line died back with Windows ME. Windows XP and beyond are all using a different kernel with a different architecture based on the Windows NT line, but share much of the same public APIs (Win32). You don't "install components to make it more secure", and that hasn't been true for nearly 20 years (20 if you used the Windows NT line). At least no more true than it is for linux, or any other OS. Of course there are packages that attempt to identify and mitigate issues, but so does every other OS, including linux.

about a month and a half ago
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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

KingMotley Re:No wonder MSFT stock is up (137 comments)

I've used one for a while, and I found it very good. I don't understand why you think metro sucks that bad. It's an OS, and you SHOULD only be seeing metro for a few minutes per day. The rest of the time you should be in your applications actually doing things, and neither android nor ipads run any of the applications I need.

about 2 months ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

KingMotley Re:whoosh! (315 comments)

So if you can do a calculation in HTML and CSS, then it is a programming language?

Ok, here: http://experiments.hertzen.com...

Ooops.

about 3 months ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

KingMotley Re:whoosh! (315 comments)

LESS can calculate 1 + 1 just fine, as can css. Just not output the way you probably want, perhaps. For example: "margin: calc( 1px + 1px);" works just fine.

about 3 months ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

KingMotley Re:Repeat after me... (315 comments)

You mean like a router with a UI for configuring it? Plenty of system developers need a UI as well -- configuring, monitoring, reporting. I suppose you could code in some system specific front end tools, but why would you?

about 3 months ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

KingMotley Re:Repeat after me... (315 comments)

No, but then you are limited to writing experimental micro-controllers, or desktop applications. Not knowing CSS does pretty much limit you from being able to write any web application, and most phone apps.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

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AppleTV Generation 3 sells out in record time

KingMotley KingMotley writes  |  more than 2 years ago

KingMotley (944240) writes "Although generally overshadowed by the iPad 3 debut, Apple also introduced the third incarnation of its Apple TV streaming media players this week. The third-generation Apple TV adds full 1080 support, a much faster processor, and much to its predecessor, and a completely revamped icon based UI. The revamped UI and faster processor (the same as from the iPhone 4) is leading some to believe that the device may be headed down a path where it may get its own place in Apple's App store eventually, embracing 3rd party apps. Considering how little effort Apple has put forth for the product, even Apple must have been take by surprise when all available stock for the revamped device sold out in under 8 hours."
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IE Making Come Back After EU Ballot

KingMotley KingMotley writes  |  more than 4 years ago

KingMotley (944240) writes ""Most PC users hit the web using Internet Explorer by default, simply because it just works. Now, after antitrust investigations, European users were given a choice of browser to install via ballot screen, and initial reports are great for 'ol IE. According to Statcounter, IE use in the UK has gone up 3.39 percent since last month's implementation of the ballot, 1.54 percent in Italy, and 1.76 percent in Germany. It's still early days, and it'll take more than this for IE to reclaim it's 95 percent lead in the browser war, but it's certainly a good trend for Microsoft. With that in mind, we're going to have to ask you to place your bets now. As a side note, all other major browsers (Firefox, Chrome, and Opera) have seen a dip in their usage for the same period.""
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Journals

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W3C group

KingMotley KingMotley writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Why is there separate properties for each side of a border, but not for the outline property which is mostly the same thing but it doesn't affect layout? (sigh).

WTB outline-top-width, outline-top-color, outline-top-style, etc.

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W3C group at it again

KingMotley KingMotley writes  |  about a year and a half ago

While writing HTML5, the W3C group seems to have broken compatibility with HTML 4 again. No longer can you specify colspan='0' on a td tag to let it span the rest of the row. (sigh) I guess it wasn't all that important since only firefox ever implemented it correctly in the first place. Opera did support rowspan='0' as well, but that is no longer valid in HTML 5 either.

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FIrefox buggy transition support

KingMotley KingMotley writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Firefox misinterprets the CSS3's Editors draft and ignores any CSS properties (like transition) where an angle or time specification is given as simply 0. All other browsers accept 0 for the time specification, and the CSS 3 specification says that it is to be backwards compatible with the CSS 2.1 specification that clearly states that the unit of measure is optional when the unit is 0. Bad mozilla, bad!

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.NET Optimization Framework Bug

KingMotley KingMotley writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Apparently, the optimization framework (Also known as Bundling & Minification) has a nasty bug in it when doing bundling of javascript. When given a set of files, it first does a simple concatenation of the files together before doing a minification on the result. At first glance that seems to be a fairly obvious thing to do, well, except that if you have a whole line comment as your last line in a javascript file that doesn't end with a CR/LF that is. Unfortunately, that is exactly what some of the more popular minification tools currently do. It'll concatenate the first line of the next javascript file onto the comment line of the last file, and well, things go badly from there.

Supposedly there is a fix coming, but not in time for our latest release. Yay for having to delete all our pre-min'ed files, and recreating them without the debug comment that is typically there to help debug in chrome. Oh well, at least there is a workaround.

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Bad Chrome/Webkit

KingMotley KingMotley writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Apparently Chrome has a bug when dealing with padding on elements with display:table. They've had one for a while, and it APPEARS they hacked it to always assume subtract the padding from the element's width, which is fine except for when you are in box-sizing:border, they still subtract it. Fail. Chrome breaking standards based layouts. Yes, it's been reported, "fixed" but broken in new and interesting ways -- for over a year.

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Firefox most braindead fieldset implementation

KingMotley KingMotley writes  |  about a year and a half ago

As part of doing due diligence in creating websites that are accessible to the handicap, being able to use semantic markup is paramount. For forms, this means grouping logical sets of form elements, and wrapping them in a fieldset tag. As part of one of my most recent web designs, we used the fieldset to encapsulate groups of common tags that were collapsible. Well, that was until we found out that we had to bastardize our markup because firefox's implementation of the fieldset tag doesn't allow you to have content that is larger than the visible area that is. Yup, firefoxes implementation acts like it has overflow:visible stuck on, no matter what overflow setting you give it. Boo firefox for forcing us to wrap our pretty fieldsets in divs just because of your broken implementation.

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