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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

arglebargle_xiv Re:Why do people listen to her? (586 comments)

Is it because of her advanced medical degree? Her first hand knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry?

That was my immediate reaction as well. I saw some snippet of her on TV once and she seemed to be the canonical blond airhead. What next, people clustering to Professor Pamela Anderson to hear about global warming being a scam?

3 days ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

arglebargle_xiv Re:The sad part here... (267 comments)

EPOC could do lots more than surf the web; it had apps for all the obvious personal-assistant functions (calendar, notes, to-do, contacts) and had a decent ecosystem of third-party apps.

There may have been a small number of third-party apps, but nothing like what made the iPad and later Android successful. What's worse, there never would be too many more either. I've programmed for EPOC, alongside a large number of other embedded OSes, and it is by far the most alien, difficult-to-work-with OS I've ever used. I've found it easier to move code to MVS (IBM 1960's mainframe OS) than EPOC. Unless they'd completely rewritten the OS in something useful (Linux was mentioned), the market would have been severely restricted no matter how cool the hardware was.

3 days ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

arglebargle_xiv Smartest guy in the room (509 comments)

From that transcript it seems that, excluding Dr. Holdren, the smartest guy in the room was the room.

about two weeks ago
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The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

arglebargle_xiv Re:If only.. (176 comments)

There was some way to have a remote... Say attached to the wall, which would allow you to 'touch' it to have the lights turn on and off, or even possibly dim. One can dream..

Exactly. The headline should have read "LG and Samsung follow Philips in adding pointless expensive gimmicks to lightbulbs in order to part consumers from their money".

about three weeks ago
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Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

arglebargle_xiv Re:Zombies? (135 comments)

Or maybe they were just eating rat?

Well, it's got some rat in it. And get rid of that damn dead bishop on the landing, I've got three of 'em down by the bin, and the dustmen won't touch 'em.

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

arglebargle_xiv Re:And so this is Costco's fault? (440 comments)

I looked at various peanut butters the other day when I bought some, and bought me some more Jif, instead of Adams.

You put Jif on your bread? While it's probably a less.. intrusive way of cleaning you out than a colonic irrigation, it still seems like a bit much.

about three weeks ago
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Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

arglebargle_xiv Re:patented keyboard technology? (205 comments)

What advancement? The typo keyboard is virtually a 1 for 1 copy of the Q10 keyboard. They didn't even bother changing the colour of the frets.

Just a illustrate how blatant a knock-off it is, here's the Typo keyboard from the linked news story, and here's what Typo copied to create it.

about three weeks ago
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FTC Settles With Sites Over SSL Lies

arglebargle_xiv Re:Tip from a programmer (78 comments)

As the OP has pointed out, the argument is not against SSL, which isn't the problem, but the assumption that CAs provide some silver bullet against MITMs. This is what I meant with my post above.

about three weeks ago
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Hacking Charisma

arglebargle_xiv Re:"hacking charisma" (242 comments)

Somebody needs to teach how to resist "charisma".

Otherwise known as "critical thinking".

I'm assuming from your comment that you've probably never dealt with any sociopaths/psychopaths (technically, people with ASPD, antisocial personality disorder) or similar disorders like NPD before, because if you had you'd realise that critical thinking isn't going to help you. Firstly, in order to apply critical thinking you need to know that you're being manipulated, which you'll generally only realise that once it's too late. Secondly, until you've actually experienced what an ASPD person is capable of, you'll have no idea of the near-superhuman capabilities of these people to deceive and manipulate. The literature is full of stories of trained psychologists interviewing psychopaths who they know have killed a dozen children and eaten their livers, and coming away thinking what a charming person they've just dealt with. One somewhat nasty (but highly educational) trick that gets played on psych students is sending them into prisons to assess psychopaths. They invariably report them to be charming, friendly, and the sort of person they'd want to have around for dinner. In some cases even after they've read the reports of them keeping the various body parts in bags in the basement.

If you're targeted by someone with NPD/ASPD, you won't realise it until it's too late.

about three weeks ago
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FTC Settles With Sites Over SSL Lies

arglebargle_xiv Re:Tip from a programmer (78 comments)

The frequency of a true MITM - one defined above where someone has the ability to control an intermediate node at low level and take central position - is so low as to be difficult to measure.

This is about as dumb of an argument against SSL as I can imagine. True MITMs are reasonably rare in large part because of SSL.

[Citation needed].

(For those who can't see the problem with this claim, consider the following: I wear a unicorn-repellent shirt. I know it works because while wearing it I've never been attacked by a unicorn).

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

arglebargle_xiv Re:GPS? Are you kidding? (373 comments)

The GPS code I've seen was horrible and I worked for one of the major GPS players for several years. Originally written in FORTRAN and later automatically converted to C. Utter crap basically. The mathematics behind GPS is really interesting and quite involved. The implementations are crap.

Saved me from writing the same thing. The GPS code I've seen, written by engineers and not programmers, was an incredibly hacked-together, barely-functional set of kludges to implement a lot of very elegant mathematics.

For another example of a well written large project, try gcc.

Another example that's at least as elegant as gcc is OpenSSL.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Hacked Huawei, Stole Source Code

arglebargle_xiv Re:Wow !! (287 comments)

I wonder if the NSA was surprised to find Cisco copyright notices in the "Huawei" code they took? And wouldn't this be repossession rather than theft?

about a month ago
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

arglebargle_xiv Re: At this point, just take their territory from (551 comments)

Why does everyone ignore the fact that the population there WANT to join Russia?

Exactly! It's time to bring the Sudetenrussians heim in's Reich. Coming up next: Anschluss for the rest of the Ukraine.

about a month ago
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EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

arglebargle_xiv Re:Dumb (358 comments)

USB 3.0 has up to 9.

I hear that USB 4.0 will go all the way up to 11.

about a month ago
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SXSW: Edward Snowden Swipes At NSA

arglebargle_xiv Re:Snowden's an expert? (116 comments)

Wait a second, what on earth is he speaking at SXSW for? Is he now considered an expert on national security?

I don't know about national security, but he's shown himself time and again to be a very astute observer. It's the same with Bruce Schneier, he doesn't have a PhD in cryptography but people still listen to him because he's damn good at picking out the relevant bits and communicating them effectively to the masses.

about a month ago
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Ice Age Fossils Found During Los Angeles Subway Exploration

arglebargle_xiv Re:the most common animals were dire wolves (64 comments)

So that means that during the last ice age there'd have been a big Wolfswood sign up where the Hollywood sign is now?

about a month and a half ago
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Amplify Education's New Intel Tablet Begs For Abuse

arglebargle_xiv Re:digital utopianism (33 comments)

The idea that you can just throw tech at education problems is so common its got a name: 'digital utopianism'.

Beat me to it. The answer to the series of questions in the summary is "none of the above", instead of fancy gadgets we need a better pupil-to-teacher ratio, the ability for school boards to fire incompetent teachers, better support for teachers from parents (rather than treating them as glorified daycare nannies), and so on. Playing with gadgets is, at best, a distraction from addressing the real problems.

about a month and a half ago
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New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

arglebargle_xiv Re:Why aren't we using PNG? (155 comments)

While JPEG 2000 has slightly better compression quality (less visible artifacts) at the same file sizes itâ(TM)s decode performance is substantially slower than JPEG XR (the same is true for encode performance, but decode is much more important).

How much of this is due to hardware support for core JPEG operations in GPUs and (to a lesser extent) CPUs? If wavelet-based JPEG took off, would it just be a matter of time before hardware vendors added explicit support for it to their instruction sets, at which point the speed difference would vanish?

about a month and a half ago
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New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

arglebargle_xiv Re:Why aren't we using PNG? (155 comments)

I think it's mostly because JPEG is good enough. JPEG2000, for example, also provides perfectly acceptable performance and quality, with significantly-reduced file sizes. But unlike JPEG, JPEG2000 decoders aren't already available everywhere.

It's the fax-machine effect, JPEG will be around forever because everything, and I mean everything, that creates, processes, manipulates, and displays images, speaks JPEG. If Jobs was still alive and decided that from now on iWhatever's were only going to do JPEG2000 (and it's not just for file size reasons, image quality is also vastly improved), you can bet that we'd have a surge in JPEG2000 adoption as soon as the first JPEG2000-only iWhatever was released.

(Personally I'd opt for JPEG-XR, which is more flexible than JPEG2000, addressing the 20-odd-years' worth of issues that have emerged since the original JPEG first saw widespread adoption, but since it was developed by Microsoft I'm nervous even mentioning it here. You never saw these lines, move along, move along...).

about a month and a half ago
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Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

arglebargle_xiv Re:Please think of... (248 comments)

the chairs! Whatever you do, DO NOT give that man chairs. If he has to sit on one, make sure it's bolted down. It's for your own protection.

Why do you think he was called the chairman of Microsoft?

about a month and a half ago

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Sophos A/V riddled with vulnerabilities

arglebargle_xiv arglebargle_xiv writes  |  about a year and a half ago

arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "Security researcher Tavis Ormandy has had a look at Sophos A/V and found that it'll actually make your system less secure after you install it:

The paper contains details about several vulnerabilities in the Sophos antivirus code responsible for parsing Visual Basic 6, PDF, CAB and RAR files. Some of these flaws can be attacked remotely and can result in the execution of arbitrary code on the system. Ormandy even included a proof-of-concept exploit for the PDF parsing vulnerability which he claims requires no user interaction, no authentication and can be easily transformed into a self-spreading worm.

The findings also include this gem:

Ormandy also found that a component called the 'Buffer Overflow Protection System' (BOPS) that's bundled with Sophos antivirus, disables the ASLR (address space layout randomization) exploit mitigation feature on all Windows versions that support it by default, including Vista and later.

Original paper here."
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Is Google targeting Firefox?

arglebargle_xiv arglebargle_xiv writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "As of about two weeks ago, Google searches carried out from Firefox are returning meta redirects that require manually clicking through every search result in order to reach your target. In doing this Google is specifically targeting Firefox and no other browser (switching your user agent to anything other than Firefox gets rid of the problem). Presumably switching to Chrome would also resolve the issue. Could this targeting of Firefox be because it's Google's main competitor in the open-source browser market?"
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(Possible) Diginotar hacker comes forward

arglebargle_xiv arglebargle_xiv writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "At the risk of burning people out on the topic of PKI fail, someone claiming to be the Diginotar hacker has come forward to claim responsibility: It's the ComodoGate hacker. He also claims to 0wn four more "high-profile" CAs, and still has the ability to issue new rogue certificates, presumably from other CAs that he 0wns."
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The end of the end-to-end principle

arglebargle_xiv arglebargle_xiv writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "The Internet was designed around the end-to-end principle, which says that functionality should be provided by end hosts rather than in the network itself. A new study of the effect of vast numbers of middleboxes on the Internet indicates that this is no longer the case, since far too many devices on the Internet interfere with traffic in some way. This has serious implications for network (protocol) neutrality (as well as future IPv6 deployment) since only the particular variations of TCP that they know about will pass through them."
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