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Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

Phroggy Re:Mission accomplished (95 comments)

Now that they have made all their software trustworthy there is no more need for the group, right? Declare victory and go home.

That's what they did when IE6 won the browser war!

4 hours ago

Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

Phroggy Re:same as vote by mail (190 comments)

What bullshit. That lady was high and basically doodling if your read the follow ups. It was not some high level fraud perpetrated on the masses by the Illuminati.

I live in Clackamas County. She wasn't doodling, she was tampering. On ballots where the voter had not voted for any candidate, this woman marked the ballot for the Republican candidate. She acted alone, she didn't affect the outcome of anything, and she was caught. However, she should never have had an opportunity to tamper with the ballots, so while this was not a high level fraud, there was some high level incompetence going on.

Somebody screwed up and should at a minimum be fired for allowing this to happen, but even with an incident like this, vote by mail is still completely awesome. There are enough checks in place that even when people working at the elections office try to tamper with ballots, they're still not able to affect the outcome of the election. This incident is NOT just one more example of a widespread problem; this incident is the ONLY example of a problem with the system that I've heard of (although I admit there may have been other minor incidents of which I remain blissfully ignorant). Basically, voter fraud in Oregon just doesn't happen.

about a month and a half ago

VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Phroggy Re:Appre (225 comments)

"Highly skilled" does not necessarily mean "highly in demand". Given that there are highly skilled Americans that can't find work, yes I will argue they're bad for America.

This hasn't been my experience. It's hard to find qualified people - they've all got decent jobs already. It's the unskilled workers that are struggling with unemployment (and underemployment).

about 2 months ago

FTC Files Suit Against Amazon For In-App Purchases

Phroggy Failing to learn from history? (47 comments)

Didn't Apple go through this exact same issue with the iPhone app store a few years ago, and they fixed it?

about 2 months ago

Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

Phroggy Re:speaking of FCC (347 comments)

That's like going to Slashdot to read the articles. Sure, you COULD, but...

about 3 months ago

Study Finds Porn Exposure Associated With Smaller Brain Region

Phroggy Re:Does Size Matter? (211 comments)

Your girlfriend or wife will say no, it's how you use it, but that's only a half truth.

Someone with a smaller striatum who knows how to use it is likely going to give more pleasure than someone with a large striatum who is clueless about how the female brain works, but women prefer someone with a large striatum who knows how to use it over either.

Of course, your striatum can be too large - and despite what you see in the movies, women do not like having their hippocampus jostled by some monster brainpart.

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

about 4 months ago

Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

Phroggy Re:Once again the FSF does not understand (403 comments)

The fact that a web browser that I use includes things that legitimize DRM is certainly not a win for me. The only possible "win" for me is when someone creates a Firefox-based web browser that doesn't include this garbage.

I have principles I am not willing to surrender. I can see that you may not have such things. Even the mere existence of DRM is a disgrace.

Except that RIGHT NOW, TODAY, Firefox supports a plug-in architecture which allows Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight to run and play DRM-encumbered content. Just like every other major browser we've been using for the last two decades. Now they want to make a better, safer, way to do it, and people are upset?

about 4 months ago

93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

Phroggy Re:Small beer (214 comments)

Right now no one knows the opinion of those 2307 people so it can't be reported on.

In case you've been sleeping under a rock, this is the 21st Century. Not knowing something doesn't stop the media from reporting on it.

about 5 months ago

Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Phroggy Re:Sloppy code (447 comments)

Feel free to start such a team, and get that competing implementation going.

about 5 months ago

Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Phroggy Re:code review idea (447 comments)

If you need to add exceptions to get a tool to work... the tool is wrong for the job.

Well yeah - that's why you add exceptions: to indicate that this tool shouldn't be used for that job, because it's the wrong tool for the job.

about 5 months ago

Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Phroggy Re:Not malicious but not honest? (447 comments)

Exactly this. I feel its worth pointing out that the code was reviewed, and the reviewer missed the bug too.

about 5 months ago

Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Phroggy Re:Will he still be an egomaniac? (193 comments)

steven colbert doesn't even have an 'act' without his schtick.. and with or without it, he's gonna crash and burn, conan-style, in the big chair. i give it a year, tops, before someone else is brought in and colbert is chased back to cable.

He doesn't have an act, that you've seen. Have you ever seen him out of character? The man is brilliant, and I'm excited to see what he does with the new role.

about 5 months ago

UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Phroggy Re:Cottage Industry Software (341 comments)

"...We recommend that Microsoft Access be used solely for development purposes and not for production." - Microsoft

about 5 months ago

Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

Phroggy Re:No.... (824 comments)

After Firefox dropped support for the blink style, I implemented a workaround in JavaScript. It's not as elegant as I'd like, but it's functional.

about 6 months ago

Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Phroggy Re:does it add up? (436 comments)

But why bother using up fuel saving the plane for later use when you can just fly into your target immediately? It's not that easy to land, refuel and take off in a plane that size unnoticed.

You're assuming the desired target is within range...

about 6 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Phroggy Re:Thank you for replying Timothy (2219 comments)

Thanks for your response. Keep them coming.

What I think would help the most is to display a small box at the top of every page on the beta site that lists all the major problems you've identified that you know have to be fixed before the new site can become the default. Ideally, each one should be a link to a page that explains the problem in more detail. This will help us to understand that you really are listening, and trust you not to plow ahead with something that's obviously currently broken.

The problem isn't that the beta site is broken. The problem is that we don't trust you to fix it, because we don't understand why you broke it in the first place and we're afraid you don't think it's broken. Please, put our fears to rest! :-)

about 7 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Phroggy Re:We're not the audience! (2219 comments)

We are not the audience. We are the performers!

Well put!

What I said in another comment: Nobody comes here to read your content. They come here to read ours.

about 7 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Phroggy Re:Comment filter (2219 comments)

I tried the beta this morning. There was no obvious way to show only the comments rated 4* and above. There are ways of seeing funny or insightful posts, but you don't get to control how many.

Did you notice the little gear menu, to the right of the links for funny/insightful/etc.?

What does seem to be missing is collapsed comments - comments that are scored below a certain threshold being displayed as a single line that I can click on to expand them.

about 7 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Phroggy Re:No. (2219 comments)

I don't think you have understood. We don't want you to slow down. We want you to stop; reverse; appologise for being so out of touch with your user base; and promise to never do anything so stupid again.

Not quite. That's what we THINK we want. What we REALLY want is slightly different.

We don't want you to say you'll slow down, because we hear that as "continue to do exactly the same boneheaded thing you were going to do, just delayed for awhile."

But we don't really want you to stop and go backwards. What we want is for you to make sure that you're not leaving anything important behind when you do move forward. Lots of us have our own little irritations with things we consider to be "broken" in the beta site - my big one is that I couldn't see a way to set up abbreviated comments (where I see only a single line for comments that are scored below my threshold, but I can click on it if I decide I want to expand any specific comment). I have that now, but on the beta site, it appears to be missing. Others have complained about other functionality that seems to be missing. We need to be assured that you're not going to plow ahead without these features.

That doesn't mean you have to go backwards, because Lord knows the old site has some issues that need fixing. But remember that if you alienate your user base in an attempt to attract more users, you'll be left with nothing, because the existing user base is the only thing that makes Slashdot worth a damn. Nobody comes here to read your content, they come here to read ours.

about 7 months ago



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