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Flash Is Not a Right

Schraegstrichpunkt Because we demand them (850 comments)

But what does it say about the state of programming practice writ large when so many developers believe that their 'rights' are trampled because they cannot write programs for a particular device in a particular language? Or that their 'freedom' as creators is squelched for the same reason?"

It says we have fucking spines, you blind amorphous blob.

more than 4 years ago

Pressure Mounts On ICANN To Approve .xxx Domain

Schraegstrichpunkt DOMAINS DO NOT WORK THAT WAY! GOOD NIGHT! (372 comments)

You don't have an excuse like 'oh I didn't know this was a porn site!' when caught. You can't just say you were searching Large fresh melons and accidentally found such a smutty site.

Yes, you can. This was addressed ages ago, in RFC 3675.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Mars Rover Spots Its Ultimate Destination

Schraegstrichpunkt Re:Shazam! (101 comments)

This is exciting. The knowledge contained within this crater will feed millions and advance the knowledge nessesary for the survival of the Human Race by many years, and reveal the secrets of oil spill clean up as an added bonus!

I find your post very enlightening. Spirit and Opportunity should be supplied with Slashdot accounts and reprogrammed to post discouraging comments every few minutes. That would be far more helpful.

more than 4 years ago

The MPEG-LA's Lock On Culture

Schraegstrichpunkt Re:just give up already (457 comments)

If nobody tries to do anything, nothing will ever get done.

You are my hero. That quote should be posted right above the "Preview" button for every comment.

more than 4 years ago

Website Mass-Bans Users Who Mention AdBlock

Schraegstrichpunkt Re:They pay the bills, so STFU (660 comments)

No. If you put up a website accessible from the public Internet, then you should expect that the public is going to access it using the software of their choice, period. If you don't like it, don't publish on the web.

more than 4 years ago

IE8's XSS Filter Exposes Sites To XSS Attacks

Schraegstrichpunkt Foreseeable (84 comments)

... the browser will automatically alter the response ...

This smacks of the thinking behind PHP's magic quotes.

Microsoft's so-called security experts should have known that this was a bad idea, especially if they'd worked with the UTF-7 XSS vulnerabilities. Any time you take a parsed language and haphazardly change the way that it parses, you're opening the door to security holes. That's probably why Dan Bernstein, years ago, said "Don't parse" in his page about qmail security.

more than 4 years ago

Checking For GPL Compliance, When the Code Is Embedded

Schraegstrichpunkt Re:Way to go .. (75 comments)

Unfortunately I don't think you can "apt-get install fedora".

But you can "apt-get install gentoo", though it won't do what you probably think it does.

more than 4 years ago

Maybe the Aliens Are Addicted To Computer Games

Schraegstrichpunkt I have a better explanation (496 comments)

Maybe the aliens just stay away from Earth in order to avoid being infected by popular mainstream rap artists carrying viruses such as ILOVEYOU and Monkey.B.

+1 for creativity. -1 million for lack of supporting evidence.

more than 4 years ago

Should Kids Be Bribed To Do Well In School?

Schraegstrichpunkt Re:"Bribe"... (706 comments)

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n : payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt
           his judgment [syn: {payoff}]
       v : make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or
           influence; "This judge can be bought" [syn: {corrupt}, {buy},
            {grease one's palms}]

more than 4 years ago

Should Kids Be Bribed To Do Well In School?

Schraegstrichpunkt "Bribe"... (706 comments)

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

more than 4 years ago

EU Demands Canada Gut Its Copyright and Patent Laws

Schraegstrichpunkt Re:Wow (324 comments)

Because our gov. cares more about the well being of corporations then its citizens

And this helps our corporations how, exactly?

more than 4 years ago

OpenSSL 1.0.0 Released

Schraegstrichpunkt 11 Years for version 1.0? (105 comments)

Eleven years for version 1.0? This just goes to show that SSL is way too complicated.

Go read Peter Gutmann's X.509 Style Guide if you want to cry. If that doesn't work, try implementing an ASN.1 library from scratch.

I'll take SSH and SPKI any day over the X.509/TLS mess.

more than 4 years ago

Canada's Top Court Quashes Child Porn Warrant

Schraegstrichpunkt Re:Okay... (363 comments)

The person still was in possession of something that indicates their guilt, punish them. As well, punish the people who violated his rights by performing the illegal search.

That's possible, but easier said than done, and would require fundamental changes to the way the justice system operates. Who would prosecute the case? The Crown (government), whose agents were the ones who violated the person's rights in the first place? The judge? Our rules of procedure aren't set up to handle prosecution from the bench---who would be the disinterested arbiter, then?

But by no mean should the public be punished by allowing a villain to remain at large.

The Canadian courts have overlooked rights violations in criminal cases before, under the grounds that to dismiss the case would bring the justice system into disrepute (i.e it would be really, really bad). In this case, if all the guy did was to access child porn online, then there's a good chance that whether he is punished or goes free, the number of abused children won't change. Child porn law is like tax law. If one guy doesn't pay his taxes, it doesn't really make a difference, but the country is in big trouble if lots of people don't pay their taxes, so we prosecute those who don't pay their taxes.

Now, if he were directly producing the child porn, it might be a different story.

more than 4 years ago

Major 'Net Players Mulling IPv6 Whitelist

Schraegstrichpunkt Re:Nice Try but... (158 comments)

The real issue I think is, who wants an IP6-only Internet connection?

If I could have an IPv6-only network with a SOCKS proxy or NAT-PT for v4 connectivity, I'd love it. IPv4 is such a pain to administer.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu Will Switch To Base-10 File Size Units In Future Release

Schraegstrichpunkt Re:Really annoying (984 comments)

I've been ... for 20+ years and I do _not_ want to change

People like you are best ignored.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu Will Switch To Base-10 File Size Units In Future Release

Schraegstrichpunkt Re:ubuntu joins apple... (984 comments)

Base-2 units have been in use for computers for decades, with HDD manufacturers the sole dissenters not for any technical reason, but because it makes for better marketing.

Sole dissenters? Quiz: How many bit-per-second in a 1.544 Mbps DS1 line? Or a 64 kbps telephone signal? Or a 100 Mbps Ethernet line?

more than 4 years ago


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