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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

MrEricSir Re:Effectiveness doesn't matter (772 comments)

That's clearly a fallacy -- the "effectiveness" argument requires you to buy into the false dilemma that the only way to get potentially live saving information is by torturing prisoners. Certainly the CIA has dug up plenty of information before and since that did not require torture.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

MrEricSir Effectiveness doesn't matter (772 comments)

Even if torturing prisoners was "effective," who cares? If something is immoral, good results will never make it moral.

about two weeks ago
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The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

MrEricSir Re:I am no economist, but as a geek ... (205 comments)

Unless you're advocating a new form of Creationism that I'm not familiar with, the universe wasn't built from human labor. Software, on the other hand, is -- and that's why it costs money to make.

Free software isn't free to make. There's a reason it's free as in libre but not necessarily free as in gratis.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

MrEricSir Re:WTF ? (720 comments)

If your wife is making more noise than the computer, spending money on computer parts won't solve the noise issue.

about three weeks ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

MrEricSir Eizo Auditore (330 comments)

Does it come with dual hidden blades?

about a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 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)

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 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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