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WhatsApp To Offer End-to-End Encryption

NonUniqueNickname Re:The problem is always the client (93 comments)

If an open source client were all it took to establish secure communications between two phones it would have been done a long time ago. There are other hurdles besides the client. It's rare for two phones to be able to communicate directly because phones don't usually get public IP addresses. When a phone gets a public IP address it's likely to have most if not all incoming ports blocked, and even if both phones happen to have public IP addresses with unblocked incoming ports they still need to find each other via some sort of directory server. So at the very least, the IP address and identity of both parties goes through a server that you do not control. But more likely, all data exchange between the two parties (including keys) goes through a server that you do not control.

about a week ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

NonUniqueNickname Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (547 comments)

You might think duck-typing got its name from "If it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck". Common misconception. The name actually comes from "If it's declared like a Duck and compiled like a Duck" as pointed out by GP.

about a month and a half ago
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Linux 3.17 Kernel Released With Xbox One Controller Support

NonUniqueNickname Re:Please explain (114 comments)

Why does a driver for a game controller need to be incorporated into the kernel?

Welcome to /. Mr. Tanenbaum. Please feel free to create an account.

about 1 month ago
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The Tech Fixes the PS3 Still Needs, Eight Years On

NonUniqueNickname Re:PC couch multiplayer is a thing now (99 comments)

Thank you for the link. I was not familiar with the term "couch" multiplayer and your link greatly improved my search for the next game. For other players looking for a "couch" game I'd recommend Ibb&Obb, nice ambient, smooth platforming gameplay, and quite the linguistic challenge to talk through a puzzle since the words up and down have lost all meaning.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong

NonUniqueNickname Re:If you have the opportunity (433 comments)

I'll address gp's ridiculous hyperbole. Goliath is described as a champion, not a bully or a murderous thug. At no point in the story is he said to have killed innocent people. Goliath proposes to not have a war but instead decide the conflict based on the outcome of a single one-on-one combat (himself vs an opposing champion). There is nothing “Goliath-like” about any aspect of the war on terror.

about 6 months ago
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Astronomers Identify the Sun's Long-Lost Sister

NonUniqueNickname Re:Believe it or not (69 comments)

Interesting. There is an asymmetry between "brother" and "sister" in the dictionary: "sisters" may mean a kinship group of objects, but "brothers" may not. The article consistently refers to stars as “it” (except for sister stars), so I endorse your interpretation.

about 6 months ago
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Astronomers Identify the Sun's Long-Lost Sister

NonUniqueNickname Re:Believe it or not (69 comments)

Romance languages go Sun -> Male, Moon -> Female. Semitic languages go Sun -> Female, Moon -> Male . Exact opposites yet quite close geographically. Long story short, assignment of gender to inanimate objects is largely arbitrary unless the object really looks like a penis or a vagina. Bunch of pervs that we are. Not that the two or three billion people who speak genderless languages aren't pervs. Japanese, for example, is genderless.

about 6 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

NonUniqueNickname Re:AND?? (466 comments)

Peas and some plants you've never heard of because they aren't served next to a steak.

about 7 months ago
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Up-Front Seats For Tonight's Near-Earth Asteroid

NonUniqueNickname Re:What's special about the time? (99 comments)

I like your writing style. Why aren't you in charge of the asteroid reports around here?

about 9 months ago
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Could an Erasable Internet Kill Google?

NonUniqueNickname Re:Rubbish. (210 comments)

This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen on Slashdot.

And keep in mind AC has seen everything, commented on almost everything. This one really takes the cup.

about a year ago
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Property Managers Use DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders

NonUniqueNickname Science, Bitches! (234 comments)

and male dogs

about a year ago
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Ars Checks Out CyanogenMod's New Installer

NonUniqueNickname Re:User unfriendliness strikes again unfortunately (143 comments)

Sometimes it's not about installing, but about uninstalling. I've an old Samsung device that doesn't have a lot of RAM. They still release updates for it, each more bloated than the previous. I jumped ship last year to CM 7.2. It gives me the same OS version as the latest update from Samsung, but without Samsung's bloat. The cherry on top is being able to delete the Google Apps I don't want (gtalk, to name the worst one). On stock you can't delete them, you can't even stop them from running in the background. Now I got plenty of free RAM, phone's snappy, and I don't feel pressed to upgrade the hardware.

1 year,8 days
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MenuetOS, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly Language, Inches Towards 1.0

NonUniqueNickname Re:I can beat that (372 comments)

But did it support USB, TV tuners, and webcams?

Yes it did! GEOS supported all the existing USB TV tuners and webcams of its time.

1 year,11 days
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Internet Archive's San Francisco Home Badly Damaged By Fire

NonUniqueNickname Re:With be a major undertaking. (104 comments)

Did the fire also damage the grammar capabilities as well?

This message brought to you by the National Socialist Grammar Nazis and the Department of Redundancy Dept.

1 year,18 days
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How LucasArts Fell Apart

NonUniqueNickname Ladies and Gentlemen, Mister George Lucas (178 comments)

We're all familiar with the works of George Lucas. How could any of us be even a tiny bit surprised to hear that game development under his direction turned out to be an endless re-write?

about a year ago
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Gabe Newell Talks Linux As the Future of Games at LinuxCon NA

NonUniqueNickname Re:Guess that's why Valve is so behind Linux (369 comments)

Everything by valve that's not way-too-old-to-port has been linuxified.

Great joy and merriment! I'm off to play Portal 2 on linux!

Should I end the post here, or clarify it's sarcasm, or take a whack at 'the linux gaming is a lie' humor?

about a year ago
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Syrian Rebels Claim Hundreds Killed By Poison-Gas Attack

NonUniqueNickname Re:Israel has a big dog in this fight. (222 comments)

Israel doesn't have a dog in this fight.

You need to look up a little place called the Golan Heights ...

How about you counter GP's claim by actually naming the dog? Would Israel rather see Assad remain in power or the rebels take over, which is it? Is Israel rooting for Assad and his links to Iran, or is Israel rooting for the islamist rebels and their links to al-qaeda? If you can not name the dog, just admit Israel has no dog in the fight.

about a year ago

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Firefox 3.5 slow to start... blames IE

NonUniqueNickname NonUniqueNickname writes  |  more than 5 years ago

NonUniqueNickname (1459477) writes "Many users are reporting Firefox 3.5 opens very very slowly. Slowly as in more than 1 minute, for some up to 2 minutes. No comments from the devs on how this tiny flaw escaped the beta. But they do suggest an interesting work around... Clear your IE cache. Really?

Bottom line: Hold off until 3.5.1."

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