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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

almitydave Pedantic Man to the rescue! (463 comments)

" just about every SSL-encrypted internet communication over the last two years has been compromised."

No, it really hasn't.

It's accurate to say that just about every Open-SSL encrypted session for servers that were using NEW versions of OpenSSL (not all those ones out there still stuck on 0.9.8(whatever) that never had the bug) were potentially vulnerable to attack.

That's bad, but it's a universe away from "every SSL session is compromized!!!" because that's not really true.

They were vulnerable to attack, that is to say, the security was compromised. He didn't say they were hacked, stolen, eavesdropped, or surreptitiously recorded.

compromise: to expose or make vulnerable to danger, suspicion, scandal, etc.; jeopardize: a military oversight that compromised the nation's defenses.

I've noticed that a lot of TV sci-fi confuses "compromise" with "breach"; as in hull, shields, defenses, etc.

yesterday
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Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

almitydave Re:Sadly, sounds like I was right (202 comments)

It's rare that I can't tell if a Slashdot comment is earnestness or sarcasm. Well done, sir.

yesterday
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Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

almitydave Re:It's not enough (202 comments)

Thank you for the correction. I made a few grammatical errors and chose a wrong word. Those errors don't may my post, opinion, or the provided facts invalid.

I see what you did their.

yesterday
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

almitydave Re:Over 18 (601 comments)

(this is US-centric obviously)
So the IRS and income tax have restored economic power to... cotton growers in the south? I'm not sure I follow your point. Maybe you're trying to claim the modern slaveholders are big business, but I think the traditional slaveowners were more like small family businesses and estates. I don't think the real "big-business" tycoons came until after slavery was abolished.

Could you elaborate?

yesterday
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

almitydave Re:Moo (469 comments)

A modern instrument may sound better right away she says, but an old Italian may be able to produce more colors of sound that only become apparent after months of use, she says.

The phrase "confirmation bias" springs immediately to mind. People hear what they want to hear, and the knowledge that they're playing on a three-century-old, million-dollar violin gives them certain expectations.

If that were the case, then you'd expect them to think the older, more valuable one sounded better right away, not the newer, less special one; so this seems to be a statement against confirmation bias.

about a week ago
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A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

almitydave Re:clunky software? (143 comments)

Most people just want to be able to download an object from the internet and print it out.

Missing a part for that new 'some assembly required' doodad that you bought? Hit their website and print it out.

Cheap plastic part snapped under abusive strain? Print out a new one.

Exactly. I have a battery with a broken latching mechanism. A replacement battery is $50. I could print a replacement plastic part for pennies if I had a model for it.

Here's your killer app: an online database of battery covers for remote controls. No more duct tape holding your batteries in!

about a week ago
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A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

almitydave Re:clunky software? (143 comments)

You need the parametrics if you have an extrusion lasting more than four hours.

about a week ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

almitydave Re:Car analogy (645 comments)

Then you'll have a backup plan for failure scenarios, and most certainly will not allow the OS access to the internet. Or you're crazy/suicidal and are fine with the consequences.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

almitydave Re:Complete access and indefinite support for free (645 comments)

There are people in this discussion suggesting that someone who doesn't want to comply with such rules can go **** themselves and just give up on entering the US market. Well, guess what? They probably would. The burden imposed by this kind of requirement would almost certainly be prohibitive in cost. A vendor such as Microsoft would therefore do better to sacrifice the entire US market if it meant avoiding both an eternal unfunded mandate to support everything they ever sold and giving up their trade secrets to all their competitors.

It's more likely that they'd make Windows subscription-only, charging by the month or year, with a feature that causes your product to stop working if you don't renew your subscription. Which for an OS is crazy, but that's the incentive this requirement would create. Microsoft might even prefer this business model, but would never think they could get away with it, unless there was a rule that essentially mandated it. And perpetual free support would pretty much mandate perpetually charging for a product.

How this would relate to XP EOL is that they wouldn't renew any licenses for an OS past it's expiration date, and when the terms of your license agreement explicitly state you can't use the product, they can't be forced to support it any more.

about two weeks ago
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Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw

almitydave Re:Who? How? (196 comments)

No, he's saying that if you want to do assignment in the if clause, use

if ((variable=value)) ...

so the inner parentheses explicitly return the value of the assignment (showing the compiler that you meant to do that). As for

if (consant == variable)

he's just saying it looks bad and is harder for human readers to intuitively understand. See this random blog post that I just found for some commentary that echoes the GP's sentiment. I tend to agree - readability is more important in this case.

about two weeks ago
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The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

almitydave Can I Stream It? (96 comments)

Can I Sream.It is a must-have smartphone app (or website). Anyone who makes one of these streaming boxes should just license a version that searches the catalogs of whatever services you've installed on the box. That alone would make all of these boxes tremendously more useful - it's really the missing key to this puzzle. That and more content, although a lot of progress has been made on this front - compare with Netflix's initial pitiful streaming selections.

I know Roku supports centralized search for some of their "channels" (apps).

about two weeks ago
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Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw

almitydave Re:Who? How? (196 comments)

I bet it's due to a single equals sign.

if (password_retry = account_password) {...

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

almitydave Re:Android, No? (88 comments)

Android is sufficiently powerful for certain tasks, and TV's typically have a good (easy and intuitive) UI.

We've been hearing for a while about how casual games are the new norm, at the expense of the serious gamer/console market. We're also seeing "internet TV" functionality on high-end consoles. So this seems to fit that niche perfectly. It's less expensive and power hungry (as if anyone really cared about that - do they?).

I could see this working nicely for someone who wants to replace cable, and likes casual games more than OMG Graphics or Super Violence V, as long as the games are good. If the games are crap, then it's just an expensive Roku or Chromecast.

about two weeks ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

almitydave Re:Holy shit did they get cheap fast (353 comments)

I'd recommend 240+. My work PC has a 120GB drive; and Win7, four versions of Visual Studio, SQL Server, and a few other apps pretty much fill it up. I've had to continually shuffle data including some source code to my secondary platter drive (slower compilation, boo) just to keep some space free (currently 3.3GB).

about two weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

almitydave Re:This is one thing I love about it (544 comments)

I don't get how people can "miss" the sound of a regular engine, and having to shift.

Because it's beautiful.

One of my favorite sounding cars is the BMW M1 Procar.

And a manual can be obnoxious in traffic (or parallel parking on ice), but in many other instances is more fun. Especially racing. There's a practical reason for a manual in racing, too, in that you get precise control of the engine speed, which is necessary to maximize traction.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

almitydave Re:What corresponds to renting a truck? (180 comments)

Hulu+ is $8/month. You've got a bit of a wait if you've using that money to pay for a PC.

Nine months and you've already covered the cost of a Bluetooth remote so that you can reuse an existing PC that has HDMI, DVI, or VGA output.

If you have an Android phone, you can install Gmote and use your phone as the remote control. I've used it successfully with our Win7 laptop on the TV.

about two weeks ago
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How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

almitydave Re:Back in my day (142 comments)

Technology is the foundation of all of society. It is the wheel, it is hospitals, it is the phone, is is electricity. Losing fervor about technology is like giving up on life and the betterment of society. Communications is the backbone of all technology, without the sharing of ideas, nothing would be accomplished.

That's right, you have a moral obligation to buy the fastest internet access available to you.

Hmm, now that I think about it, I'm going to try this argument on my wife. If she doesn't let me buy an ultrabook, she hates humanity.

about two weeks ago
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How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

almitydave Re:Becoming content (142 comments)

Becoming content is the first step to becoming complacent.

How do you become content?

I've heard about providing content, but becoming content?

Facebook.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

almitydave Re:Are people not allowed to have opinions? (1482 comments)

I'm sorry I haven't followed your arguments on this topic.

It sounds like you're in favor of equal taxation regardless of marital or parental status. Ok, that makes sense from a tax burden fairness standpoint. What would you say to the argument that people that have kids are contributing to society by producing future taxpayers in addition to paying taxes (which would be a net positive assuming a people in aggregate contribute more than they draw from society)?

I disagree with a couple of your views on marriage: 1) that they inevitably break down. This is true in many cases, but not all. Nearly all marriages I've known (anecdote alert) were long, happy, and faithful. I understand the divorce rate is high (50% in the US?), but this failure is simply not inevitable. 2) that the family unit is artifical. I think both the nuclear family and tribal units are natural, based on the psychological effects of sexual coupling and parenthood. I'd be curious to see your references on this idea. Isn't there some sort of marriage-like institution in every human culture? The number of wives or other details may vary, but it seems that something like the family unit is a constant across the human experience, which would indicate it's not artificial.

Unless I'm missing your point, you're not for gay marriage, but for the removal of any sort of incentive or recognition for marriage and parenthood at all. So my question still stands. Correct me if I'm wrong.

about two weeks ago

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