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Why Google Is Pushing For a Web Free of SHA-1

bhspencer Didn't know you could encrypt things with SHA-1 (108 comments)

Poster says "phasing out support for certificates using SHA-1 encryption" SHA-1 is a hash function not an encryption function.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

bhspencer Re:One correction (643 comments)

That horse has left the barn. The states are federated, the USA might as well be a single state. Why do we even bother thinking of states as individual legal entities any more.

about a month ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

bhspencer It all about the monopoly (531 comments)

The ISPs have a defacto monopoly. Net neutrality is them trying to exercise their monopoly. We shouldn't be going after net neutrality, instead we need to break up the monopoly that is behind it.

about a month ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

bhspencer Re:If Comcast were Exxon (520 comments)

Possible solution: Modify the netflix player to acknowledge every packet it receives with a response packet of equal size sent to the netflix servers. Now the comcast network would be sending as much to netflix as netflix send to it and their would be balance in the force.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?

bhspencer Re:Slashdot being a prime example of bad (382 comments)

But the regular desktop version wont work on your iPad. Take for example JQueryUI a popular javascript UI library. For the most part won't work on mobile devices.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?

bhspencer Re: Slashdot being a prime example of bad (382 comments)

Without exception every site I have developed for the desktop has failed to work on a mobile browser initially because of some limitation of the mobile browser. This includes modern Chrome on a tablet.

about 9 months ago
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Rough Roving: Curiosity's Wheel Damage 'Accelerated'

bhspencer Re:They didn't pack a 3D printer? (157 comments)

"50kg of force on every wheel" How do you get that? Since when was force measured in kg.

about 9 months ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts

bhspencer Re:Human soceity not ready for this (370 comments)

I think you have misunderstood the meaning of the word sentience. Sentience is the capacity to feel not the capacity to reason. Your position that "Animals will never progress to sentience" is not a widely held belief. It is generally accepted that animals can feel and can suffer and are therefor sentient. For example: 'In 1997 the concept of animal sentience was written into the basic law of the European Union. The legally-binding protocol annexed to the Treaty of Amsterdam recognizes that animals are "sentient beings", and requires the EU and its member states to "pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals".' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentience#Animal_rights_and_sentience

about 9 months ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts

bhspencer Re:Human soceity not ready for this (370 comments)

Perhaps but it is a question of degree. You don't typically hear people arguing that 3 year olds should be tried as adults. If this were the case just about ever kid pre-school would be likely have a long criminal record for assault.

about 9 months ago
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NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

bhspencer Show us the terrorists they've caught (509 comments)

I can come up with a better way of catching terrorists than the one they are currently employing. Do nothing. It will catch you just as many terrorists. What has been the benefit to the citizens of the USA for all the money that has been spent and all the privacy we have lost. Show me the terrorists. Show me the plots that have been foiled. Seems to me like all this money has been spent to prevent hypothetical terrorists. Or in other words to defend against an enemy that does not exist. The current system that costs so much and invades so much isn't catching terrorists either.

about 10 months ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts

bhspencer Re:Human soceity not ready for this (370 comments)

What about humans who have developmental disabilities that prevent them from ever mentally progressing from the level of an infant? We still consider these beings to be persons even though we are confident they are not ever going have the mental capabilities of a human adult. And yet we don't consider them to be responsible in the way we consider adults responsible. I think a case can be made that there are chimps that have greater cognitive abilities that some developmentally disabled humans.

about 10 months ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts

bhspencer Re:Human soceity not ready for this (370 comments)

Consider that we provide children a special status in our society. We consider children to be persons and afford them rights as such. Yet we do not hold them accountable for murder in the same way we do for human adults. Giving a chimp the status person does not mean we have to give them the same rights as human adults.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

bhspencer Changing someone elses code (473 comments)

Not only do you have to understand the problem in hand, you have to understand how the prior programmer understood the problem.

about a year ago
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DOJ Hasn't Actually Found Silk Road Founder's Bitcoin Yet

bhspencer Re:Power of attorney transfer them from his wallet (294 comments)

That passphrase would usually be digested into a 128 or 256bit secret key and the private key would then be encrypted with AES. Safe and sound.

about a year ago
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DOJ Hasn't Actually Found Silk Road Founder's Bitcoin Yet

bhspencer Re:Power of attorney transfer them from his wallet (294 comments)

It is considered good practice to encrypt your private key with a passphrase. Then even if your private key is compromised it cannot be decrypted without the passphrase in your head.

about a year ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

bhspencer Re:Use of Gray Text (1191 comments)

I couldn't agree more. I have poor eyesight and grey text on grey background is practically unreadable for me. Please don't do it.

about a year ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

bhspencer Grey background for text? (1191 comments)

Please don't do this. I have poor eye sight and grey background for the text makes the site practically unreadable for me.

about a year ago
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Instagram "Likes" Worth More Than Stolen Credit Cards

bhspencer Re:Do the CCs work? (106 comments)

1) Buy a set of credit card numbers. 2) Try to buy more credit card numbers with the numbers you purchased in 1. 3) Sell new numbers. 4) Repeat and profit...

about a year ago
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Oracle Fixes 42 Security Vulnerabilities In Java

bhspencer Re:Oh yeah (211 comments)

Are you running minecraft as an applet in the java browser plugin? If not you are not exposing your self to any of the vulnerabilities that have recently been described regarding java. The problem is with the browser plugin, not with Java or the JVM.

about a year and a half ago

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Grey text on white background with mobile slashdot. Is there a way to change it?

bhspencer bhspencer writes  |  about a year and a half ago

bhspencer (2523290) writes "I have bad eyesight and now find that actually I cannot read the body of text on the mobile version slashdot. I don't understand why web site designers think that grey text on a white background is a good idea. On a desktop browser it is possible to change the font color in the browser settings. I don't see how to do this on an iPad. Is this possible? If not how can I contact the designers of slashdot and ask them to make the text black?"

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