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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

Rigrig Re:because desktop linux is a toy and novelty (1215 comments)

It always makes me wonder if I'm the only one that has zero problems with sound? Or pretty much anything? Am I just that lucky and skillful and freaking awesome in selecting hardware?

Well, last time I had to reinstall my work PC it took at least half a day, what with hunting down the driver CDs (without which even the ethernet port didn't work, so no downloading them), and figuring out which license keys to use, and where to download every individual software package.

Oh wait, got it a bit mixed up. Nops, Linux also works fine for me, last reinstall took at most half an hour to get the system running, which happily included office, and about another half hour to remember which other packages to apt-get.

For me Linux on the desktop happened several years ago, I'm not even bothering to install dual-boot anymore.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Company Their Subscriber List Is Compromised?

Rigrig Re:Is it fixed? (247 comments)

2) Create a new subscription account.
3) Realize that you are on the internet, where not everybody plays by your rules. Install spam and virus filters, and get on with your life. You've done all that you can to help the clueless operators. Its not worth any more of your time or anguish.

Possibly skip 2) though, as "clueless operators" might not be the best choice to obtain your "tools for the Systems Administration community" from?

about 2 years ago

Responding to US Gambling Law, Antigua Set To Launch "Pirate" Site

Rigrig Re:Business plan? (377 comments)

Possibly their business plan is to have the MAFIAA bribe^Wlobby the US government into complying with the WTO ruling, then rebuild their gambling industry?

about 2 years ago

HTTP Strict Transport Security Becomes Internet Standard

Rigrig Re:Server Load (98 comments)

Maybe you live in a country where browing CNN won't land you in jail, but others aren't so lucky.

"Honestly, I wasn't browsing at all, just making random https connections to cnn.com"...

more than 2 years ago

The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out

Rigrig Re:This is weird (295 comments)

I switched from Ubuntu to Mint a while ago (before Unity), because it promised to be "Ubuntu, only easier", and stuck around because it was. I'm not saying that I don't enjoy tinkering with stuff (messing around until it breaks is the usual the reason for me having to re-install), but it's nice to have everything working right away on a fresh install, instead of having to go through the motions of setting up restricted-extras yet again.

more than 2 years ago

Hard Truths About HTML5

Rigrig Re:On no. 1 & 3: Never trust the client (265 comments)

Don't trust the client, store things like geolocation data and other such things server-side.

Uhm, where do you think you got those coordinates from in the first place?
TFA isn't talking about sending geoip data back to browsers to store it in a cookie, it's about getting GPS data from visitors, who will want to lie about it, e.g. to get free beers for logging in at a specific spot several days in a row.

more than 3 years ago

EVE Online Ponzi Scheme Nets $50k Worth of In-Game Currency

Rigrig Re:Every "investment" in EVE is a scam. (171 comments)


Along the way, 345.18 billion ISK was paid out to investors as interest to make sure the scheme kept going. Another 452.72 billion was withdrawn by worried investors before the company shut down; that left 1,034 billion ISK in the hands of the company's owners.

I always wonder how many of these worried investors recognized the scheme for what it was right away, and decided to try and make some profit out of it themselves.

more than 3 years ago

Anonymous Vows To Destroy Facebook

Rigrig Re:Whose fault is that? (575 comments)

That's the day you guys defeated the aliens, right?

more than 3 years ago

Exploiting the iPad's Glowing Keyboard

Rigrig Re:It's not even that hard (127 comments)

Because determining which part of the keyboard lights up is much easier than OCRing a much smaller character. A video could easily be low-res/blurry enough to make reading that character impossible, while the blue flashes would still be recognizable.

more than 3 years ago

Reason Seen More As a Weapon Than a Path To Truth

Rigrig Wel duh (289 comments)

Why would people even think nuclear-powered gatling guns were the path to truth?
At least those "Ultima Ratio Regnum." stamps were honestly admitting that it has always been about winning arguments, not about finding the truth.

more than 3 years ago

Bitcoin Used For the Narcotics Trade

Rigrig Re:Problem will solve itself (535 comments)

Most people would just not buy from that person again. With the profit margins on drugs being as huge as they are, dealers make more money from only two sales than from ripping you off once.
Also, if your business model consists of consistently ripping off people willing to buy illegal drugs, my guess is it probably won't be too long before you piss off the kind of people that do believe in physical customer feedback. (Although obviously they won't be able to find you, as all the wire tapping is exclusively accessible to incorruptible people that only have your safety against terrorism, child porn, and crimethink on their mind.)

more than 3 years ago

What's Killing Your Wi-Fi?

Rigrig Re:Tools for OS X and Linux (248 comments)

There's inSSIDer for Linux, although Kismet is nice, it doesn't output pretty pictures :p (Seriously though, the graphical overview of networks is a nice addition to just a textual list of networks and their strengths for each channel, especially for seeing the overlap if they're using something besides the three standard channels)

more than 3 years ago

Experts Say Gestural Interfaces Are a Step Backwards In Usability

Rigrig Re:unrealistic armchair approach (254 comments)

Companies spending too much time perfecting their UI design will go out of business while their competitors are shipping flawed but ultimately usable products.

There's a difference between perfecting a UI design and inflicting completely new, experimental ideas on unsuspecting users. Testing which particular gesture would be best for each interaction might take too much time, but completely omitting menus (leaving the only way to accomplish anything to be guessing the right gesture) is something that should've been thought over (especially if your target platform ships with a physical 'menu' button).

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Monitor Your Own Bandwidth Usage?

Rigrig Re:Why would you think the numbers would match up? (319 comments)

In any event, the only number that means anything in your relationship with your ISP is their number. You will not be able to convince them that your number is "right" or "more correct" than their number.

You might not be able to convince them, but you are able to switch ISP.

more than 3 years ago

Einstein Pedometer App Measures Relative Time Gain

Rigrig Re:relative to what? (148 comments)

In special relativity lets say I'm sitting next to someone and then I go for a walk and come back. When we compare clocks they will be the same since otherwise there would be symmetry breaking and we could establish a preferred inertial frame.

You don't need to factor in acceleration to have the clocks get out of sync, just remember that changing directions means you won't be at rest the whole time in any reference frame:

Inertial frame of your friend: First you move away with say 1 m/s. Halfway through you move towards him at 1 m/s. You're moving, so your watch will be slow when you return.

Inertial frame of you walking away: First your friend moves away at 1 m/s. Halfway through you start moving in the same direction at 2m/s. You're moving faster, so your watch will be slow when you catch up with him.

Inertial frame of you walking back: First you move at 2m/s, while your friend falls behind at 1 m/s. Halfway through you stop moving, and wait for your friend to catch up. You've been moving faster, so your watch will be slow when he reaches you.

more than 3 years ago

SSL Cert Weaknesses Exposed By Comodo Breach

Rigrig Re:SSL certs are both over-trusted and under-trust (194 comments)

I agree it's stupid how browsers show self-signed certificates as more dangerous than plain HTTP.

The difference between paid-for certificates and self-signed certificates means more than just who promises authenticity though: The certificate's signature can be checked against the certificate shipped with the browser, thus preventing MITM attacks.


  1. HTTP: everybody on the network can read your stuff, including passwords etc. They don't even need to perform a MITM attack. With a simply MITM attack they can also alter content.
  2. Self-signed HTTPS: your traffic isn't that easily sniffable anymore, but an attacker can perform a MITM attack to read/alter your data. He'd intercept all your browsers' requests, including the certificate, and replace them with his own.
  3. CA-signed HTTPS: an attacker can't perform a MITM attack, because intercepting the certificate request means it's signature won't match with the CA-cert that your browser shipped with.

Thus paid-for certificates mean you won't get MITM'd, the part where the CA also verifies identities is just bonus.

more than 3 years ago

Can You Beat a Computer At Rock-Paper-Scissors?

Rigrig Re:Sometime the learning is quite straightforward (292 comments)

That was it. No statistical math. No deep AI.

"Always leave a multiple of four plus one" is hardly statistical math/deep AI.
It was only unbeatable because you always let it go first, but at least it seems to have accomplished its task of being fun to program.

more than 3 years ago

DHS Seized Domains Based On Bad Evidence

Rigrig Re:checks and balances? (235 comments)

It appears they 'forgot' the whole checks and balances thing when enacting a powerful censorship law.


more than 4 years ago

Boy Finds £2.5M Gold Locket With Metal Detector

Rigrig Re:Rotary engraving? (169 comments)

Also, the reflections are all wrong.

more than 4 years ago


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