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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

Shados Re:Certificate warnings (85 comments)

Haha... I've been making a MITM proxy for debugging purpose (there's a few out there, ie: Fiddler, CharlesProxy, etc), and have been wondering for like ever why some sites seemed to handle poor certificate configuration differently than others (ie: I can MITM Google.com with a self signed certificate thats trusted, but I can't MITM account.google.com without proper SHA256 and a certificate authority chain...).

Its because of that header. I had never heard about it (hard to find something you don't know you're looking for).

I have learnt something useful on slashdot today. Holy crap.

2 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Shados Re:police are good (473 comments)

Thats definitely the obvious conclusion, but I'm not so sure. The way I see it, people of all kind get arrested every day. You generally only hear about certain ethnic or social groups (its not just about color) getting unfairly arrested in the news, while my friends, most of which are not in those groups (statistics and all...), also complain about being arrested for no good reason all the time.

But generally, a well educated, upstanding citizen will just grind their teeth, and say "Yes sir, grrr, of course sir" and get a slap on the wrist. Many members of these other groups instead will make a ton of mistakes, incriminate themselves, do stuff that will get themselves in trouble, and then get arrested where they shouldn't have. Then they'll bitch they got profiled because the first person I described didn't get arrested and they did.

If you show them how other people act in these scenarios, they can at least also be an apple in the apple to apple comparison.

2 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

Shados Re:Change the approach to the problem (453 comments)

That sounds awesome. If it ever happens though, it sure as hell wont be in the US. Liability issues of what happens if there's an accident (all your expensive stuff in your private compartment that broke!") or the dick that let his kid run around in his compartment, hitting its head and suing the driver, would make this tricky at best.

2 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Shados Re:As usual (323 comments)

They're going to blissfully type to each other on their iphone to tell each other how to get as much money from Google :)

4 days ago
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HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

Shados Re:Can someone expolain what's so great about HTML (133 comments)

Depends what you do though. Making a mass market customer facing e-commerce website? Yeah, IE9's probably your minimum. Maybe even IE8 for some cases.

Making an internal portal? You probably can go IE11.

Mac-only shop? You can even drop IE now and just go safari/chrome/firefox.

Not as lucky, but you have a dashboard for a marketing or HR system? You probably can mandate IE10 and up. Any company who cannot accommodate that will be stuck on SAP and Oracle anyway.

Making a desktop app with HTML5 stuff? Well, you're on node-webkit, and can use anything but the most bleeding edge.

So you have a LOT of scenarios where all the new stuff can be used.

about a week ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

Shados Re:We all dance in the streets (192 comments)

I'm not sure what your comment has to do with development time static code analysis...Stuff that only runs on a developer's machine or build system never touch the end user's machine...

about two weeks ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

Shados Re:We all dance in the streets (192 comments)

Can't possibly be cheaper anymore considering the new VS edition: "Community" is free

So's IntelliJ's community edition. But if you compare the roughly equivalent tiers above that, IntelliJ's about half the price, give or take.

about two weeks ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

Shados Re:Eclipse is doomed! (192 comments)

Even if you're on a Mac or Linux, you have so many better options than Eclipse. Don't throw away your sanity AND self respect...

about two weeks ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

Shados Re:Microsoft has targeted other platforms in the p (192 comments)

Making what is basically a fork of a platform isn't exactly the same as targeting a platform they don't control.

You'd have a point if they forked Android, tacked the Windows Phone UI on it, and added support for THAT in Visual Studio...but thats not what they're doing.

about two weeks ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

Shados Re:We all dance in the streets (192 comments)

Visual Studio is definitely farther along than IntelliJ was 10 years ago. With Resharper, for obvious reasons, its almost the same thing. Even without, its not too too far behind (most of Resharper's features at this point overlap....people just don't even realize it, having used the plugin for so long and not wanting to learn different keyboard shortcuts).

Overall IntelliJ is still superior IMO (and cheaper, especially if you don't need all the languages, so you can use something more specific like WebStorm or Rubymine), but not by much.

about two weeks ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

Shados Re:Does it have a "strict compliance" compiler fla (192 comments)

Since they don't control Android (open source maybe, but the version that ends up on phones is vetoed by Google and fairly tightly controlled), the most they could do is submit patches to it, that could be accepted or declined. They could also bundle extra libraries...like every other Android app toolkit/framework does.

Not much evil to do there. This isn't exactly the first time Microsoft includes support for open source stuff (ie: when they started supporting jquery). They go through the same channels anyone else would.

about two weeks ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

Shados Re:This may be a good thing ... (237 comments)

Generally what happens in cities with poor transit, is that people stop using them. Then the transit authorities look at their statistic dashboard, see "oh, bus route XYZ is almost empty. Means we can cut it!" and things just get worse.

Happened in my hometown. There was a bus that would get me straight to the subway, and during peek hour it would come every 3 minutes (ie: the buses were often back to back). They were all jam packed, too.

They eventually made changes to the route to "optimize" things. The route was split in 2 somewhat different routes, and came half as often. They forgot that not everyone went to the subway (so going from midpoint to midpoint was no longer possible, as the routes didnt link) and that 6 minutes during peek hour was ok, but it meant 1 HOUR wait off peek time.

During peek hour, since the routes were not longer as useful unless you wanted to hit the subway, half or so of the riders just stopped and used alternatives. Off peek hour you were lucky to see 1 person in either bus.

Eventually they just cut one of the routes and the second one was only running during peek hour at 30 minutes interval for lack of riders. It became totally useless.

about two weeks ago
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Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux

Shados Re:Microsoft's 1990's business plan. (162 comments)

Except they're not embracing anything. They're opening some of their most popular stuff. Do you think they're going to try and kill Github by...putting stuff on github?

about two weeks ago
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FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

Shados Re:Buddy of mine (127 comments)

He's not suggesting anti-trust regulation per say. He's saying revert things to the state they would have been if it had been void of regulations all along. That is,the companies didn't get a government sponsored monopoly for several decades. Then after that reversion is done, go all out free market.

Its obviously not possible in practice, but if you wanted a free market, you'd have to have it from the beginning. Trying to break a government-made monopoly via free market is impossible.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

Shados Re:Buddy of mine (127 comments)

Ok, so ISP ABC signs a 20 years exclusivity deal with Small Town XYZ.

ISP raises rate through the roof, blocks streaming services, etc.

It is now profitable to compete with ISP ABC...but...you have to wait 20 years. 20 years is basically 1/4th of my expected lifespan. I could move I guess, but...

Now, the 20 years runs out, I'm a decade away from retiring at that point....a bunch of ISPs just can't wait until they can compete again...but ISP ABC made a truckton of money from the exclusivity deal...and can make a heck of a deal with the city...and get another 20 years exclusivity deal.

Yeah, thats working great.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

Shados Re:This is a people vs monopolitic corporations is (127 comments)

Net neutrality isn't necessarily what people want, but its the closest thing to what people want that they can get right now in the US.

Think about it. If we had actual competition, and I could go and pick from one of 10 ISPs...none of them would dare, let say, throttle netflix, as they would basically bankrupt themselves. Prices would go down, services would go up (you may have a package that gives videostreaming priority...which is not net neutral, but if its a CHOICE, and you can go to the competitor that gives gaming traffic priority...it may not be a bad thing for you as a customer. Sucks a bit for providers, but still).

The problem is we don't have that. If you're on Comcast, and they throttle netflix, and you want netflix, well, TOUGH. Yay, Netflix makes a deal, and thats cool..but I want Crunchyroll and Funimation. Well, too bad. Its netflix or eat up the throttling! Net neutrality helps that, but it still doesn't give me choice.

about two weeks ago
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Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

Shados They don't even optimize for Windows. (265 comments)

Companies barely optimize for Windows at this point (have you seen the minimum requirement for assassin's creed unity?).

Heck, some games have slowdowns on -consoles-.

And you expected them to optimize the Linux version?

Baby steps here cowboy.

about two weeks ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

Shados The job never gets easier (212 comments)

Every time something gets easier when it comes to software development, people just push things further (as they should).

Thats why no matter how many versions of Internet Explorer we stop supporting, web development is still a pain in the ass. The moment people stop doing something hard, they just take all the time they saved, and tackle something else that all of a sudden become worth it (ie: supporting mobile operating systems, optimizing stuff with webgl if its available, whatever, you name it)

Things that went from "No way, we don't have time for this!" become standard, and the cycle continues. Every minute we save because a task is automated or redundant, is a minute someone spends doing something that was once impossible. And if that person works for a competitor, you now have to catch up.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

Shados Re:I am torn (260 comments)

No, its not more common than I'd think. All your examples generally have a lot of people behind them, and only a fraction of those people design the API. You can have a product with 500 developers behind it, and have 1-2 people working on the API design. And thats not counting the countless people who make APIs nilly willy (I don't consider that designing an API in the same way this post isn't a hardcover novel.).

I guess it was a poor choice of wording on my part. You're right, most products involve some form of API. A (very small) subset of that actually has effort put into designing it. And of whats left, only a fraction of the developers involved in the project are actually involved in the API design. A bit how in the movie industry, only a fraction of the people involved are script writers.

about two weeks ago

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