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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

TangoMargarine Re:The Next Question (168 comments)

Does TrueCrypt use SSL?

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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

TangoMargarine Re:A triumph for FOSS (168 comments)

Yeah, because it's so easy for the public to audit closed-source software.

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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

TangoMargarine Re:Upgrade, don't update. (541 comments)

Since there's nothing inherently wrong with Windows 8.1 besides the awful UI

That's like saying "there's nothing wrong with this sports car besides somebody smearing shit all over it." 90% of Windows' value is the UI. (The other 10% is being trapped on the platform.)

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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

TangoMargarine Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (238 comments)

If they had a free and clear referendum with no intimidation and *actually* 100% voter turnout, I'd abide by their decision. The anti-Russian people also boycotted the vote somewhat from what I heard...which makes all this shadow-casting rather silly, as you said, if they were doing so voluntarily.

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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

TangoMargarine Re:Wow what idiots....can you make it more confusi (541 comments)

For maximum screwage, they should continue releasing badly-named X-Boxen until it's impossible to refer to the original one at all using English :D

X-Box
X-Box 360
X-Box One
X-Box Classic
X-Box Original
X-Box First
X-Box Old (I'd love to see that ad campaign)

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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

TangoMargarine Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (238 comments)

If we accept that the referendum is legitimate, then your points all more or less make sense. I, however, do not. You can't have a fair vote when one of the sides has soldiers at the voting area.

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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

TangoMargarine Re:Nope, not okay for either (541 comments)

And your software quite possibly won't work anymore.

...oh right, this is OS X we're talking about. They don't believe in 3rd party software, do they?

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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

TangoMargarine Re:Now I Know... (541 comments)

And that's what percentage of Mint upgrades? There's going to be a fuckton of duplicates in that list, too.

Look, I can pull grossly inaccurate numbers out of my ass, too! Here's a few: 47 19 297 4,359,291 -945,651

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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

TangoMargarine Re:is this seriously (238 comments)

I would argue that this is in fact a case of the GP needing to write more clearly and not assume everyone can follow his assumptions.

And you need to learn how to not insult people's language skills. It's rather rude.

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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

TangoMargarine Re:u wot m8 (541 comments)

*(computer expert) ^ (knows Unix tools) ^ (doesn't even get apt-get terminology right) ^ (apt-get doesn't work anywhere)

Hmm...maybe those last 2 are somehow related.

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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

TangoMargarine Re:u wot m8 (541 comments)

LMDE is a bad example; it's the bleeding-edge version of Mint. I can't even remember the last time apt-get upgrade (update is actually the command that fetches the package list) screwed me on mainstream Ubuntu or Mint.

In other news, Windows users don't like Gentoo either (although that's a hyperbolic comparison).

actively uses Raspbian, Puppy Linux, Linux Mint DE, and Ubuntu.

You get the same apt-get screwage in Ubuntu and normal Mint? Did you accidentally put a curse on your computer or something?

Unless if this is all a lie and you're just shilling, which I kind of have to consider because of your ACness and the improbability of all your statements being simultaneously true.
(computer expert) ^ (knows Unix tools) ^ (apt-get doesn't work anywhere)

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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

TangoMargarine Re:u wot m8 (541 comments)

--quiet --quiet --quiet --quiet

So you can have no idea what happened when it explodes partway through?

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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

TangoMargarine Re:u wot m8 (541 comments)

Yep. My first thought after reading the "just type 'apt-get upgrade'" post was "...and then spend several hours trying to figure out WTF got screwed up in xorg.conf"

(I have no idea what I'm talking about, since I haven't actually tried doing it in a couple of years...)

FTFY

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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

TangoMargarine Re:u wot m8 (541 comments)

fixing a broken update can, however, be close to rocket science

I once learned the hard way why you should never ever ever ever abort a running apt-get process. Fun times.

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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

TangoMargarine Re:Bullet, meet foot (541 comments)

Or vagina.

FTFY.

Come on guys...we haven't forgotten that already, have we? :)

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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

TangoMargarine Re:Bullet, meet foot (541 comments)

Keep in mind that if Apple had continued their previous versioning scheme, we'd be on OS 19 (or OS XIX) by now. The 'X' actually stands for 10, not 'Xtreme' or something.

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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

TangoMargarine Re:is this seriously (238 comments)

If you are a Polynesian, perhaps it is a trivial detail. If you live in the area itself, a country bordering one of the principles (eg: Most of Eastern Europe), or a country pledged to militarily protect [wikipedia.org] one of those countries (essentially all of Europe, Canada, and the USA),

Your clauses and antecedents* were jammed together a bit squintingly, and I keep hearing lately that Ukraine is supposedly part of NATO, so I went with that interpretation. I took "a country pledged to militarily protect one of those countries" to mean "protect Ukraine" and asked where exactly that pledge was made.

You seem to think that I'm arguing that there's nothing to worry about with this whole situation. That is most assuredly not what I'm saying.

* I assume:
"the area itself" = Ukraine
"one of the principles" = former Russian territories?

Lastly, the point I was making was that "a country pledged to militarily protect [wikipedia.org] one of those countries" DOES NOT mean NATO as you seem to be saying, but rather only Russia, the US, and the UK (China and France gave weaker assurances).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...

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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

TangoMargarine Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (238 comments)

But the solution to that treaty violation is not to leave the Crimeans in a country they no longer want to be part of.

Assuming the results of that referendum with 123% voter turnout is legit. I'm just gonna let you think about that sentence for a minute. (Putin seems to be adept at this maneuver...remember when his popular support totals jumped by 20% overnight, to over 100% total polling the last time he was elected?)

And you're complaining about "forever binding the Ukrainians to Ukraine"? How is NOT violating their border considered a transgression? This is/was a UKRAINIAN province.; why the hell should RUSSIA get to decide where it goes?

And technically, they gave Crimea to Ukraine back in 1954; the Budapest thing was a reaffirmation that the Soviet Oblast borders were to be followed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1...

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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

TangoMargarine Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (238 comments)

the warm and close alliance between The US and Russia up until the 20th century

In other news, up until WWI broke out, Germany was still hoping for an Anglo-German alliance, and up until WWI France and Britain were at each others' throats in almost every war.

Times change. Talking about the tsars, the Soviet Union, and post-Soviet Russia as the same thing is foolishness.

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Machining A TI-89 Aluminum

TangoMargarine TangoMargarine writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TangoMargarine (1617195) writes "Sometimes, expensive calculators hit the floor. It’s happened to almost anyone with a graphing calculator from TI or HP. Sadly, they don’t always bounce. After this happened to [Howard C.], an Industrial Engineering student from U. of Iowa, he decided to spend $50 on milling his own replacement case out of aluminum rather than trashing the device over a broken battery compartment."
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"Zero Day"

TangoMargarine TangoMargarine writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Wikipedia has this to say about "zero day exploits": A zero-day (or zero-hour or day zero) attack or threat is a computer threat that tries to exploit computer application vulnerabilities that are unknown to others or undisclosed to the software developer. Zero-day exploits (actual code that can use a security hole to carry out an attack) are used or shared by attackers before the software developer knows about the vulnerability.

I wish every exploit could just be called an exploit (sans "zero day" in front of everything) unless it's specifically 1) a vulnerability the company has chosen not to fix, or 2) a vulnerability some guy somewhere knew about but hadn't used in order to keep it valuable. It's like if we were to start calling Microsoft Office "Microsoft Office for Windows" incessantly. It's assumed, unless you're specifically on a Mac or running it in WINE or something.

I'm pretty sure. Amiright?

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Ha, You're A Horrible Person!

TangoMargarine TangoMargarine writes  |  more than 4 years ago

What is up with the term Homophobia? It's an alarmist umbrella term for anyone who disapproves of homosexuals for any reason, while in every other use, the suffix "phobia" only describes an irrational fear. From Wikipedia:

Phobia: "an intense and persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, animals, or people"
Homophobia: "a range of negative attitudes and feelings towards homosexuality and people identified or perceived as being homosexual. Definitions[1][2][3] of the term refer variably to antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, and (irrational) fear"

I disapprove of homosexuality, but I don't have an irrational fear of it. So I would probably be labeled homophobic.

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