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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

MrEricSir Eizo Auditore (326 comments)

Does it come with dual hidden blades?

3 days ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

MrEricSir Re:Most severs shouldn't be vulnerable (245 comments)

Maybe he's suggesting to just use plain SSL without the initial plaintext exchange and initiation.

Yup. Nobody needed to reinvent traditional TLS/SSL secure sockets in order to send email.

What's wrong with STARTTLS? To quote the original RFC: "...a client that gets a 454 response needs to decide whether to send the message anyway with no TLS encryption, whether to wait and try again later, or whether to give up and notify the sender of the error."

So in other words, if you're writing an SMTP stack you have to handle a severe security edge case by parsing a string instead of getting an exception from your secure socket library. What could possibly go wrong! Oh right... there's a reason this is on Slashdot.

about two weeks ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

MrEricSir Most severs shouldn't be vulnerable (245 comments)

By stripping out this flag, these ISPs prevent the email servers from successfully encrypting their conversation, and by default the servers will proceed to send email unencrypted.

Look, most severs these days are configured in such a way that STARTTLS runs on a different port than the plain-text connection. The server will reject login requests until the STARTTLS handshake is completed.

So sure, a few old, badly configured servers will continue over an unencrypted connection. But take it from a guy who worked on an email client, this is not a typical setup these days.

(Also: STOP USING STARTTLS!!!)

about two weeks ago
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Video Raises Doubts About Attkisson's Claims of Malicious Hacking

MrEricSir Stop giving her attention (105 comments)

She's a former reporter who went off the rails and now only gets attention because of Glenn Beck and friends. This isn't Slashdot material.

about three weeks ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

MrEricSir Re:She's.. (235 comments)

She almost certainly held down control and backspace by accident and blamed it on the government.

Yup. It's almost like there's a reason she's a former CBS reporter. But on the bright side, maybe she can get a job working for Alex Jones or Orly Taitz.

about a month ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

MrEricSir Just in time! (139 comments)

And it's just in time for the end of net neutrality, so you can be sure your ISP will charge you a premium plan to access HBO online.

about a month ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

MrEricSir Q: Can the sun power clouds? (237 comments)

A: Yes. It's called "evaporation." Next question, please.

about a month and a half ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

MrEricSir Re:Pick a category (993 comments)

The key difference between non-corporate open source projects and Microsoft or Apple is that companies have HR departments. Problem employees can be dealt with or even fired.

There isn't really an analog in your typical open source community. In fact, smaller open source projects tend to be so grateful for any help that asshole behavior is tolerated -- or even considered the norm. It's a sad state of affairs for the majority of us who want to contribute, but have no interest in dealing with a cesspool of assholes.

about a month and a half ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

MrEricSir Re:So when does GOOG get an EU lawsuit? (427 comments)

Android is open source and can be forked to work however you like. Windows, not so much.

about 2 months ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

MrEricSir Crowdfunding has jumped the shark (215 comments)

Kickstarter barely cares what you try to fund anymore, and the other sites are even worse. It doesn't matter if your project clearly violates copyright laws -- or even the laws of physics -- you can post any project you want. This makes the entire crowdfunding ecosystem look incredibly shady.

That said, this has led to some pretty funny stuff over at Kickfailure.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

MrEricSir Re:Counter-productive renaming obsession (352 comments)

Further thoughts on this are that it may be a reflection of Microsoft's internal political structure and culture, and power struggles, with every newcomer needing to stamp his or her identity on the product, regardless of whether that's beneficial.

Both seem like symptoms of the same problem: nobody's really in charge. This leadership deficit seems like it largely started with Ballmer, who was more interested in yelling and dancing around like a monkey than running his company.

about 2 months ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

MrEricSir Great when you're in school (213 comments)

While you're taking CS courses in a university, ACM membership is great! But in the corporate world there's often not a good reason to join.

I was president of my university's ACM chapter at one point, but I've let my membership lapse. The value proposition just isn't worth it to me at the moment.

about 4 months ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

MrEricSir Re:This is being blown out of proportion (228 comments)

Fine, you win. You clearly know more than Yorba's lawyer because you're a random person on the internet, and therefore know everything.

about 5 months ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

MrEricSir Re:This is being blown out of proportion (228 comments)

And wait another 4 years in limbo? Yorba doesn't have the resources for that either.

about 5 months ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

MrEricSir Re:This is being blown out of proportion (228 comments)

As a former employee of Yorba, I can assure you they do not have the resources to sue the IRS.

about 5 months ago
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George Lucas Selects Chicago For the Star Wars Museum

MrEricSir Why bother? (98 comments)

The only Lucas art museum I need is ScummVM.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

MrEricSir Re:Python + Qt (466 comments)

I'd second the QtQuick recommendation. What I like about it is you can easily slap together a standalone UI prototype and worry about the backend later.

about 5 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

MrEricSir Re:RMS is right. (406 comments)

RMS is right in this case, DRM just harms everyone. Now Linux might play some more videos, but everyone who wants to run Amiga or Haiku, or another platform will be shutout from accessing that content. This is why DRM is stupid, it keeps the vendor/platform lock in going. For no good reason. It has never stopped pirates from doing their thing.

So DRM is bad because it stops people from accessing content, even though it's never actually done that? You've completely talked yourself into a circle.

about 6 months ago

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Flu + La Nina = pandemic?

MrEricSir MrEricSir writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrEricSir writes "A correlation between illness and cold weather is nothing new but this one is very specific: La Nina changes the migratory patterns of birds which can (and often does, according to this theory) cause flu pandemics."
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