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First Victims of the Stuxnet Worm Revealed

Wraithlyn Re:Expensive ? (39 comments)

Ummm... why? You think it's preposterous that software exploits are bought and sold?

"It is common for individuals or companies who discover zero-day attacks to sell them to government agencies for use in cyberwarfare." - Zero-day attack

References:
- Zero-day exploit in Apple’s iOS operating system 'sold for $500,000'
- Nations Buying as Hackers Sell Flaws in Computer Code
- How Spies, Hackers, and the Government Bolster a Booming Software Exploit Market
- Cyberwar’s Gray Market

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Wraithlyn Re:It won't be Asimov (242 comments)

5-10 minutes? It's a television series, not a movie.

The entire first episode (at LEAST) will be devoted to the first short story ("The Psychohistorians"), of which Hari Seldon is the main character.

In fact, I expect they will want to do one season per book (3 seasons to cover the trilogy). If that is the case, having each of the 5 short stories that comprise Foundation take up two episodes each would make for an ideal 10-episode season of TV.

about two weeks ago
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It's Official: HTML5 Is a W3C Standard

Wraithlyn Re:Well, that's cool I guess (125 comments)

Sorry, but the steaming pile of ignorance is yours.

> 1. Almost all serious websites are xhtml compliant.

Um, bullshit? Want to try backing that up with something? A random sampling of cnn.com, google news, apple.com, Facebook, Youtube, and LinkedIn shows they all use HTML5 doctype. And here's a graph showing XHTML's continuous decline as it dies a well deserved death.

> 2. Do you imagine that all the HTML5 support that already exists came from nowhere? It was browser devs implementing the pre-reccomendations for HTML5

No, it was browser devs (WHATWG, as the GP correctly pointed out) ignoring the W3C's strict XHTML idiocy and opting for a saner route.

The WHATWG was formed in response to the slow development of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web standards and W3C's decision to abandon HTML in favor of XML-based technologies.

- Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

We got HTML5 despite the W3C, not thanks to them.

about a month ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

Wraithlyn Re:What is going on? (280 comments)

Many of these places have everyone bathing and drinking from the same water supply, and there are cultural practices like touching the dead before burial. Additionally there is a lack of trust in western medical practices.

about 2 months ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

Wraithlyn Re:eyebrows raised. (280 comments)

They're assuming cases are underreported by a factor of 2.5.

about 2 months ago
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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Wraithlyn Re:what is this even talking about? (112 comments)

"The revenant's eyes were a deep, cold blue. As it shambled ever closer, he could smell the rot of outdated drivers and decaying DLLs. As its cold unfeeling fingers closed around his throat, he could just make out the secret truth written inside those dead blue eyes..."

"A fatal exception OE has occurred at 0028:C02A0948 IN VXD VWIN32. The current application will be terminated."

about 2 months ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

Wraithlyn Re:and they picked a lemon state (194 comments)

> google got to cherrypick a desolate strip of highway

They drove down the Las Vegas strip. In May.

Pretty much the opposite of "desolate strip of highway".

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Wraithlyn Re:Lots of reactionary comments here (730 comments)

I'm interested in Apple Pay.

I'm not interested in a bigger phone, or the watch.

This leaves me with no options.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Wraithlyn Re:Why? Nobody uses NFC payments (187 comments)

Love or hate Apple, they're good at simple. There's no way they're going to make people do a full unlock and locate an app for NFC payments, it'll be integrated right into the OS and in all likelihood be disgustingly convenient.

I imagine something like, you'll have activated NFC from your slide-up tray... then probably just swipe your phone near the merchant terminal, slide to accept an alert box, and then thumbprint to confirm the transaction.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Wraithlyn Re:various card games (382 comments)

We play 5-6 player Catan all the time and don't find the extra build phase slows anything down at all.

When the dice are passed to the next player, anybody who wants to build something just says "Buying X at the end of your turn" and that's that. In the extremely rare case of a conflict, you just resolve the builds clockwise from the current player. There's no need to stop and ask each player in turn "are you building anything?", which is the only way I can imagine it "bogging things down".

If anything, it speeds things up considerably (you can get new towns/cities out that much faster which immediately improves your income position, and it really cuts down on people needing to discard half their hand on a 7).

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Wraithlyn Re:various card games (382 comments)

We have a house rule where anybody that starts bitching about something ("you blocked my road!", "my numbers never come up!", etc) has to immediately take a shot.

It's a GREAT rule.

about 3 months ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Wraithlyn Re:Definition of Irony (243 comments)

Ha, it goes even deeper... I seem to recall the original version of my post read more as an explanation of why you were wrong, and was tending towards a snarky ending... before I realized what I too was doing. Hence the concise, neutral presentation of facts I posted instead. ;)

Because the sad truth is that while poorly phrased (intelligence itself as you correctly noted is not the liability, but "flaunting" it can be), the OP has a valid point too... schoolyard social stigma against "brainy" kids can cause them to hide their intelligence or not use it. It doesn't have to be about know-it-alls putting other people down... it can be about the shy kid afraid to raise his hand in class.

about 3 months ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Wraithlyn Re:Definition of Irony (243 comments)

It is, actually. You don't often see such an efficiently self-demonstrating explanation. ;)

about 3 months ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Wraithlyn Definition of Irony (243 comments)

Trying to tell other people they are wrong all the time is a liability. Telling people, "I am smarter than you, so you are wrong" is a liability [...] If you're so smart, you should have figured this out by now.

You literally just did this with your own post. You told the parent he was wrong, and then implied it was because he wasn't smart enough.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Wraithlyn Re:Quite simply... (548 comments)

OK, I'll bite. :)

In a Perfect World, tabs would indeed be superior to spaces. No question.

But in the Real World, tabs and spaces inevitably get mixed together as multiple people touch a project, and then indentation gets messed up.

Standardizing on spaces helps mitigate this, as everyone sees the exact same thing regardless of editor (whereas tab spacing typically depends on local editor settings). And any editor should be able to "use spaces for tabs" so there is no actual impact on developer effort.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Wraithlyn Re:Very subjective (382 comments)

A forum with real-names policy is basically worthless

It wouldn't be worthless, it would have pros and cons like everything else.

Cons: Easier to identify and take action against dissenters (as you stated above).

Pros: Easier to identify astroturfers/shills.

It cuts both ways.

I really worry, long-term, about the "paid/fake poster" problem. Especially as bots/AI will continue to advance, it will only get worse. How long until genuine human commentary on the internet is drowned-out/polluted by "sponsored viewpoints"?

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Wraithlyn Re:Reboot when updated... (426 comments)

You have it completely backwards. Microsoft's bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows is what CAUSED the anti-trust lawsuits.

The issue central to the case was whether Microsoft was allowed to bundle its flagship Internet Explorer (IE) web browser software with its Microsoft Windows operating system. --United States v. Microsoft Corp.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Wraithlyn And Metro! (426 comments)

And don't forget Metro. What a win that was. Now everybody calls it "that stupid Windows 8 touch UI that used to be called Metro".

about 3 months ago

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