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Fake Names On Social Networks, a Fake Problem

SamSim Re:Oh Look.. (283 comments)

Every right can be abused. That doesn't mean it shouldn't be a right.

more than 3 years ago

What Happens After the Super-Hero Movie Bubble?

SamSim Re:Reboot (339 comments)

Now let's be careful here. It's DC Comics that have been rebooting themselves over and over, and even then only for about 30 years, 50 if you want to call the Silver Age a reboot. Marvel have never rebooted their main continuity, and nor have a lot of other major series.

more than 3 years ago

What Happens After the Super-Hero Movie Bubble?

SamSim Reboot (339 comments)

They'll reboot the franchise and start again. Just like with Batman and Spider-Man.

more than 3 years ago

Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'

SamSim Re:One very good point and a lot of bitching (241 comments)

When attempting to reply to a comment, the system replied with "You must purchase products before you can post comments." (i.e. where's you dialog with your customers?)

To be fair, if you haven't purchased anything, you're not a customer.

more than 3 years ago

Valve's Newell: One-Price-For-Everyone Business Model 'Broken'

SamSim Re:| Dream (374 comments)

I wonder how this will affect all my single player games.

If I remember rightly, Valve said that they no longer intended to make purely single-player videogames at all.

more than 3 years ago

Twitter Joins the HTTPS By Default Party

SamSim Re:What's the penalty for HTTPS? (95 comments)

Any thoughts on HTTPS only for the login page, or for all pages?

All pages. When you log in to begin with, if the login page is HTTPS then your username and password are encrypted. This is good, because it means nobody else can snoop your password and log in as you later. You are then sent back a cookie. Later, when you want to prove that you are logged in, you just send the cookie along with the HTTP request. Of course, if all the other pages are not encrypted, then the cookie is sent in the clear, which allows anybody to collect it and use it. So, obviously, any request sending a cookie should be sent encrypted too, which means that all pages should be HTTPS.

This is an extremely obvious and trivially-fixed security vulnerability. The fact that so few sites bother to fix it is disappointing indeed.

more than 3 years ago

Are You Sure SHA-1+Salt Is Enough For Passwords?

SamSim Re:Okay...waitaminute.. (409 comments)

Yes, if an attacker roots your box, you have a much bigger problem. But the point is that you now have two problems: your box is rooted, AND all your customers' passwords are exposed. Using bcrypt reduces that to a single problem, namely that your box is rooted.

more than 3 years ago

IBM's Jeopardy Strategy

SamSim Re:This is actually useful (99 comments)

And that's just considering the end result of this thing, namely Watson itself. Looking at the sheer amount of original research and work that had to be done to create it, it's unthinkable that there wouldn't be results in there that are worth spinning off and applying to other applications.

more than 3 years ago

Earth's Water Didn't Come From Outer Space

SamSim Re:So... there is a God? (181 comments)

A hot mantle isn't something that happens by chance. When a planet forms, it involves large chunks of *stuff* coming and binding together - that is, coming from a dispersed position of high gravitational potential to a compressed position of much lower gravitational potential. All of that GPE has to go somewhere, and most of it went into thermal energy, hence the heat at the Earth's core. Mars is much smaller than Earth = less GPE to liberate = less core heat. Of course the fact that Mars is too small to hold on to a substantial atmosphere also plays a part.

What I'm saying is that any sufficiently large rocky planet almost by definition has substantial core heat. It's not really much of a coincidence that the Earth has a hot mantle. Probably, any large rocky planet of about the same age as Earth (i.e. orbiting a population I star) has plenty of core heat left.

more than 3 years ago

TSA To Make Pat-Downs More Embarrassing To Encourage Scanner Use

SamSim Re:If i was a terrorist... (642 comments)

Oh, please. The goal of terrorism is not to inconvenience you at the airport.

more than 3 years ago

Baumgartner's Daredevil Parachute Jump From Space Put On Hold

SamSim Re:The future of IP (248 comments)

I had the idea to post that comment first, please remove it immediately.

more than 3 years ago

There Is No Plan B, the Ugly Transition To IPv6

SamSim Re:Reclaim Some? (717 comments)

There are two major reasons why this almost certainly won't happen. The first reason is that at the current rate of use this would delay IPv4 exhaustion by only a few months to a year.

The second is that for an organisation to claim such a large block of addresses, it must have done so relatively early in history. That probably means the organisation is a technology group or another organisation which has had a vested interest in the internet for a very long time. Over those decades, there's a good chance that the organisation has swelled up to make maximum use of its assigned address spaces, and rearranging its network and systems for greater efficiency would be a mammoth undertaking for relatively little gain (see above).

more than 3 years ago

When the Senate Tried To Ban Dial Telephones

SamSim Re:Forward thinkers (506 comments)

I predict self-checkouts will be shortlived in any case. It's only a matter of time before every item you buy has an RFID tag on it and you just put your basket or trolley through a big reader to calculate the bill.

more than 3 years ago

Canonical Designer Demos Ubuntu Context-Aware UI

SamSim Re:Consitancy (237 comments)

That's almost as good as those camera phones which automatically rotate the photograph to always be the wrong way up when you try to look at it.

(The device can detect which way up you're holding it, so it tries to put the photo the right way up for you to look at it... but it has no record of which way up it was when the photo was taken, and the photo was e.g. taken portrait instead of landscape.)

more than 3 years ago

Police Publish 'An Introduction To PEDO BEAR'

SamSim Re:really? (324 comments)

"It's 2am. Do you know who all your base are belong to?"

more than 3 years ago

US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign

SamSim Re:Wrong (1268 comments)

On my old Casio graphing calculator, assignment was carried out using an arrow, so what would be written as "

A = 3

" in C would be written as "


" on the calculator. It's the best syntax for that operation that I've ever seen. "A" is the name of the pigeonhole, 3 is the value stored in it. "Put 3 in the pigeonhole labelled A." It makes perfect sense.

more than 4 years ago

Italian MEP Wants To Eliminate Anonymity On the Internet

SamSim Re:"Think of the children" (223 comments)

Possibly because nobody logically combines the two: "Hand over your children's freedom" would definitely get a negative reaction.

more than 4 years ago


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Comment #16,000,000

SamSim SamSim writes  |  more than 8 years ago This is my formal prediction that Slashdot comment #16,000,000 will occur on 11th August 2006. We'll see how accurate I am...

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