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Concerns Over Google Modifying SSL Behavior

NevDull Re:Its in the best interest of users (130 comments)

First of all, any well-architected clustered app spends more time waiting for I/O at the web tier than it uses CPU, so the 2% "penalty" is on an underutilized resource anyway. Second, terminating SSL at your load balancers is standard practice, be they Amazon ELB SSL termination, F5 BigIPs, or reverse proxies. Again, all otherwise I/O-bound implementations which can spare the CPU.

The fact that SSL obscures the requested URI from intermediaries seems in-line with the goals of Wikipedia for free information sharing -- with SSL operating properly, an intermediary may be able to tell that you were on Wikipedia, but not what you were looking at.

SSL/TLS and/or its successors everywhere is in everyone's interest if maintaining privacy from ubiquitous snooping is a concern.

more than 2 years ago

Happy Pi Day

NevDull Re:Is it Twelvember yet? (341 comments)

It's simple to say that it's a matter of being difficult, but for most purposes of person-to-person communication, isn't the month often more relevant than the day of month when conveying information?

"Which year?" is solved for most purposes by assuming the current year and getting a sense of tense for correction.

"Which month?" gives me an idea of the sense of urgency for paying attention to your story. If something's happening this month or next, or happened last month, it's likely more significant than if you start out telling me December when the current month is March.

"Which day?" without the month ends up making one scramble for context.

While YYYY-MM-DD makes sense for those of us who get the importance of sorting, for people, "March 14, 2011" conveys information in what I think to be descending order of importance for people, and to then transcribe it as 3/14/2011 isn't so damn evil...

more than 3 years ago

Sculptor Gives a Hint For CIA's Kryptos

NevDull Re:just wondering (151 comments)

This is the same reason Lost appealed to the masses, but not the thinking folk -- if you can throw arbitrary impossible bullshit in to "explain" something, it's not really an explanation. It became more like a bunch of kids playing Cops and Robbers with the one kid who decides he's got an alien spacecraft with a freeze ray that he can use at any point to immobilize his enemies. Call it a black swan if you want, but it certainly affects how interesting a story is.

more than 3 years ago

How Google Avoided Paying $60 Billion In Taxes

NevDull Re:Headline Is So Very Wrong (1193 comments)

Sorry, we don't have any eunuchs admin requisitions.

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Lashes Out At Android

NevDull Re:Not all bad points (864 comments)

Multiple markets being available doesn't mean that multiple markets will survive.

Apple's free to open an Android App Market, with Apple-reviewed apps, and taking a cut for the value they add.
Ultimately, it could become the most popular Android App Market, and a de facto monopoly instead of a de jure one.

That's what open is really about.

Android provides an ecosystem. iDevice provides a homogeneous, crafted population. One evolves by natural selection, the other is a product of intelligent design. Unlike the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Steve will die some day. Then what happens? Android may take longer to "get it right", but just like with biological evolution, rapid uncontrolled iteration will ultimately lead to the fittest solutions.

Motorola, HTC, and Samsung are upping each others' game by competing based upon the value they add with their handset and OS customizations. Sure, right now they're bending over more for the carrier than the end-user, but all it'll take is one viable and open service provider to blow that open.

more than 3 years ago

Saudi Says RIM Deal Reached; BlackBerry OK, If We Can Read the Messages

NevDull Re:Travellers? (185 comments)

It might actually be Blackberry Messenger that they're up in arms about more than e-mail, with its more real-time nature being perceived as an imminent threat in a terrorism situation.

more than 4 years ago

Saudi Says RIM Deal Reached; BlackBerry OK, If We Can Read the Messages

NevDull What does this say about secrets? (185 comments)

All of this hubbub comes around the time of the big Wikileaks document release.

What does it say about us that not only do our governments want to keep secrets "safe" from us, but that for us to be able to keep secrets is dangerous.

The only difference is that they presume themselves innocent, and presume us guilty.

more than 4 years ago

The Chicken May Have Come Before the Egg

NevDull Re:Eggasperatingly flawed study. (341 comments)

But since speciation requires a population and not an individual, chickens had to exist before the first egg declared to be of the chicken species could have been laid, had there been a contemporary observer.

more than 4 years ago

Sen. Bond Disses Internet 'Kill Switch' Bill

NevDull I'd prefer how I read it... (171 comments)

I read the headline as being about an Internet "Kill Bill" switch, which sounds like a lot more fun of a way to fight cyberterrorism.

Mmmm... Uma.

more than 4 years ago

Skype App Updated, Allows 3G Calling On the iPhone

NevDull Re:I predict... (109 comments)

Personally, I think Google is waiting for Skype to fight the data vs. telephone case and then follow the "open" path Skype has created to swoop in with Google Voice end-to-end VoIP apps and scale out like sand in a sandstorm.

more than 4 years ago

Sony Refuses To Sanction PS3 "Other OS" Refunds

NevDull Re:If people listened (396 comments)

If people listened to Richard Stallman, they'd be trying to run games on their Linux machines, and not Linux on their proprietary game machines.

If people listened to Richard Stallman, the PS3 wouldn't exist in the first place.

more than 4 years ago

Should Kids Be Bribed To Do Well In School?

NevDull Re:a better question (706 comments)

I was responding to the way that you rephrased the OP, and inquiring because parents who use the term "the best way to raise my children" usually hide behind their ignorance.

The last line wasn't a content-free one-liner. Your response shows that you've thought it out. You know the goal, and aren't hiding behind "I know best how to raise my children". It's only meaningless for you because you've really thought through the goals.

more than 4 years ago

Should Kids Be Bribed To Do Well In School?

NevDull Re:a better question (706 comments)

Parents' belief that they know what's best for their children is usually egotism.

What's our responsibility when they're clearly wrong? (i.e. the vaccination-autism conspiracy theorists)

To protect parental rights? To protect the children themselves? To protect the rest of us?

Determine the goal before you look for a solution and you're more likely to find it.

more than 4 years ago

Should Kids Be Bribed To Do Well In School?

NevDull Re:a better question (706 comments)

The problem we have is that we are too caught up in being right that we can't have an honest discussion about fairness to find common ground.

Of course government and society are going to be hopelessly inefficient at achieving big things if we can't even agree on what the goals are. Even those who aren't corrupt, egotistical, or stupid are doomed to fail when everyone's measuring success against different criteria.

"it is our duty as humans to make it as fair as we can"

1) We can't even agree on what's fair, and can't have an honest discussion about it. We have trouble dealing with the fact that there are consequences of bad decisions or bad behavior. Warm and fuzzy isn't scalable, but politics today is about emotions and fear.
2) It's our duty as humans? Seriously, what crack have you been smoking? What duty do we have because we're humans? Are we INHERENTLY responsible for something more than a chimpanzee or a maggot? Why? Because the FSM said so?

Lastly, things that "taxation is addressing"? Taxation addresses a need to acquire revenue. What's done with the money that's collected may or may not be something that has to be addressed. The Constitution lays out the duties of the federal government and says what it can and can't do. If you want the rules changed, there's a mechanism. It's fully my right and responsibility to bitch about where the government exceeds its authority, and the most direct impact that I can address -- "standing" so to speak -- is where something's taken from me to give to someone else by someone who's not technically authorized to do so.

I understand that I'm being a purist, and I'm willing to make concessions for "the greater good", but there's no reason my contribution should go to provide something for people who have no responsibility to contribute as well.

If you want fairness, then you have to have consequences for failure.

more than 4 years ago

Mass. Gambling Bill Would Criminalize Online Poker

NevDull be pedantic... (296 comments)

It's a commonwealth and not a state...

more than 4 years ago

50% Efficiency Boost From New Fuel Injection System

NevDull Re:Those "up to" words again. (379 comments)

It's good to know what the theoretical improvements are to see whether or not a goal is worth pursuing. There's a huge difference in discussing the science and marketing a product.

more than 4 years ago

20 Years of Photoshop

NevDull Re:Well, actually, (289 comments)

So they did the reverse of all of the people trying to legally appeal to pervs?

more than 4 years ago


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Ever wonder if you're the first to notice something?

NevDull NevDull writes  |  more than 10 years ago I was reading through the SEC Form S-1 filed by Google to state their intention to sell shares to the public.

I saw that the Proposed Maximum Aggregate Offering Price is $2,718,281,828.

The number stuck in my craw a bit. Then I realized why.

It's a billion dollars times the mathematical constant e .

A little math joke by the Ph.Ds? :)

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