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The Most Highly Cited Scientific Papers of All Time

Minwee Re:Like RFCs (61 comments)

RFC 2119 is pretty basic stuff. You may wish to extend it with RFC 6919, which could include additional language which you must use for clarity (but we know you won't).

49 minutes ago
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Hackers Breach White House Network

Minwee Way ahead of his time. (96 comments)

If only they had listened to Scott McNealy back in 1997...

We had 12.9 gigabytes of PowerPoint slides on our network. And I thought, "What a huge waste of corporate productivity." So we banned it. And we've had three unbelievable record-breaking fiscal quarters since we banned PowerPoint. Now, I would argue that every company in the world, if it would just ban PowerPoint, would see their earnings skyrocket. Employees would stand around going, "What do I do? Guess I've got to go to work."

yesterday
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Hackers Breach White House Network

Minwee Re:Stop using Microsoft products? (96 comments)

If the news was "bad guys leveraged a vulnerability in the White House's cardboard gate to break through", would people acknowledge the breach without questioning the cardboard gate?

Or would the media refuse to report on the Gate? It's about ethics, I tell ya'.

yesterday
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OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

Minwee But that's not all (157 comments)

They also removed Sendmail and BIND. Where's the outcry there?

2 days ago
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Here's Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App

Minwee Re:Um... (145 comments)

And some are directly controlled by Skynet, but we're not supposed to talk about that yet.

2 days ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Minwee Re:On the other hand... (697 comments)

There's a rule at work here. It's the result of a drunken hookup between Clarke's Third Law and Poe's Law.

"Any post on Slashdot, advanced or not, is indistinguishable from sarcasm."

NYCL's friend has a point, as my analogy was an exaggeration and it expressed a viewpoint which he does not agree with -- See his other posts on the topic for more.

I stand by my original point. According to Brian Benchoff's article, FTDI's new driver is being distributed automatically via Windows Update and it causes damage to devices which use FTDI USB IDs but which are not authentic FTDI chip, rendering them unusable with any computer by permanently resetting their USB Product ID to zero. While I believe that FTDI has every right to protect their name and the reputation of their products, producing malware designed to damage or destroy competing products is overstepping their authority, and whoever authorized this may want to read up on the Computer Misuse Act and ask themselves a few questions about what they are doing.

Here's one. "Am I engaging in 'an act which causes an unauthorized modification of the contents of any computers' with the intent of 'causing a modification of the contents of any computer' which may 'impair the operation of any computer', 'prevent or hinder access to any program or data held in any computer' or 'impair the operation of any such program or the reliability of any such data'?" If the answer to this is yes, then the Home Office would like to have a word with you.

The correct response to this is one which FTDI had already made earlier. They changed their official drivers to not work with fake chips. Being clearer about the cause of the problem would have been nice (The new drivers only returned zeros, no matter what the faux-232 reported, leaving end users wondering what had gone wrong), this was a reasonable and proportionate response. Going from that to distributing vigilante malware crossed the line.

about a week ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Minwee Re:On the other hand... (697 comments)

no, the scumbags making fake chips are the problem.

lemme guess, you from china.

"Your friend was carrying a fake iPhone, so I shot her. Don't blame me, blame whoever made the phone!"

about a week ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Minwee Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

If they didn't feel safe doing it, they would stop instead.

And if by "every conceivable edge case" you meant "every intersection in every city", then yes I am bringing those up in a discussion about safety. What were you doing?

about a week ago
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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

Minwee Re:Yet another Chrome-only technology (121 comments)

It's really sad to see Google turning inwards like this. What happened to working towards open standards for such things?

Too true. Couldn't they have used an open standard like FIDO's U2F instead of using proprietary technology like...

Wait, what was your objection again?

about a week ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Minwee Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

In the UK they draw rulers on the road and the camera takes two pictures of you, one second apart.

Who's [sic] second are they using?

Interestingly enough it's a secondde or "short second" which is equal to 0.94 Imperial seconds.

about two weeks ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Minwee Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

Please follow at a safe distance, and go back to drivers training.

Never! It's in the Constitution that I can drive as fast as I like and everybody else has to get out of the way.

Why do you hate America?

about two weeks ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Minwee Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

You don't increase time on the yellow.... you let the yellow turn red on the same timer, but you leave both directions red for 2 seconds just to ensure...

...that drivers will feel safe going through the intersection after the light turns red.

It's a nice idea, but the universe will always build a better idiot.

about two weeks ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Minwee That's a nice idea. (341 comments)

I look forward to reading Bennett's article entitled "How I made Burning Man a more efficient place by selling ice out of the back of my own truck and then volunteering to direct traffic after" next September.

about two weeks ago
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High-Tech Walkers Could Help Japan's Elderly Stay Independent

Minwee I saw this movie (34 comments)

It's only a matter of time before the walkers go rogue and a special task force has to be formed to stop them.

about two weeks ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

Minwee Re:US,Nigeria (381 comments)

Individuals should have the freedom to decide which viruses meat their needs and to choose the type of hemorrhagic fever is best for them.

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Minwee Re:What A Weapon (478 comments)

If they did, they would all be on the next ship to Madagascar.

about three weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Minwee Re:The monitoring of passengers is a joke (478 comments)

You register as hot, you get side-lined for a med check.

That's been going on for years now, and all it has led to is an increase in unnecessary strip searches.

about three weeks ago

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