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The Day Leo Traynor Confronted His Troll

brusk Re:Trolling? (594 comments)

The hunted2 becomes the hunter2?

more than 2 years ago
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Calculating the Cost of Full Disk Encryption

brusk Re:World renowned Dr. Ponemon?? Never heard of him (242 comments)

Or perhaps more kindly: even if the data are completely accurate, they're averages that don't necessarily apply to every, or even any, particular case. I can't make a decision about something like this on the basis of what the mean or median cost/benefit would be, but only of what (as best I can estimate them) my own are.

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Calculating the Cost of Full Disk Encryption

brusk Re:Truecrypt FTW (242 comments)

Actually the law is still up in the air on this in the US. Judges have, in the past, held that a defendant was not obligated to reveal a password. There is no "law" about this, it's mainly interpretation of the 5th Amendment.

more than 2 years ago
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Canadians To Get Unbundled Cable TV Channels

brusk Re:Too Little Too Late (195 comments)

This. You are likely not too save much money if you like sports in general, and get all the sports channels, or movies in general, and get all the movie channels. But if you are croquet (and no other sports) and documentaries (and no other movies), and get the Croquet Network and the Documentary Channel, and nothing else, you might come out ahead.

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British Airways Plans To Google Passengers

brusk Re:What if your name doesn't come up? (177 comments)

Then you are probably part of a large and successful clan of Saudi industrialists of Yemeni origin.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox Notably Improved In Tom's Hardware's Latest Browser Showdown

brusk Re:Auto-update bad for enterprises? BUNK! (218 comments)

You're thinking about this bass-ackwards. For a stable corporate release, use the ESR of Firefox. Don't try blocking things in DNS--for two reasons. First, there are now lots of mobile machines likely to be on the corporate networks (personal laptops, tablets, smartphones), and there's no reason to block them. Second, lots of corporate machines are notebooks, so they are going to be online outside of the LAN, and will autoupdate there. So better to go with a different release path than to try to do this at the firewall.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On HTTPS Snooping?

brusk Re:Perspectives (782 comments)

Sure, the damage is done, but at least you know who did it. For a firm dealing with medical, financial, or other sensitive data, that's kind of important.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On HTTPS Snooping?

brusk Re: illegal (782 comments)

Actually I doubt you'd have a case against Cisco or even the company; it would be the employee who knowingly initiated a connection that could be snooped on who would be at fault, if anyone.

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Bonobos Join Chimps As Closest Human Relatives

brusk Re:Bonobo Chimpanzee (259 comments)

No, they're not quite the same thing. But in the case of ring species, by normal standards A and B would be the same species and B and C would be the same species but A and C would not.

more than 2 years ago
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Aussie Online Retailer Impose IE7 Tax

brusk Re:Interesting (365 comments)

For some people, yes.

more than 2 years ago
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Aussie Online Retailer Impose IE7 Tax

brusk Re:Interesting (365 comments)

People who don't have one. In many parts of the world, people can't afford personal computers, and only have access to them at work, at internet cafes, etc.

more than 2 years ago
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Aussie Online Retailer Impose IE7 Tax

brusk Re:Block or ignore IE7 perhaps? (365 comments)

What about users at the office or at a public computer (e.g., library) who have no control over the browser they're using?

more than 2 years ago
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Aussie Online Retailer Impose IE7 Tax

brusk Re:Erm... (365 comments)

Actually, there used to be an IE for Mac.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Hearing Aids So Expensive?

brusk Re:cost vs sales curve (629 comments)

Exactly. If someone came up with a business plan to sell hearing aids of comparable quality at half the price, the insurance companies would push customers to use that vendor. Those insurers who did so could offer lower premiums and thereby attract more customers (or keep their current ones). The fact that this hasn't happened suggests that it's not so easy to sell hearing aids for less, contrary to what many commenters are saying.

more than 2 years ago
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Where Are All the High-Resolution Desktop Displays?

brusk Re:Software support (565 comments)

Chicken-and-egg: if such monitors were cheap and widespread, OS makers would quickly adjust.

more than 2 years ago
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What Struck Earth in 775?

brusk Re:Solar telescopes? (344 comments)

Everywhere. Not telescope-quality, but historical records do mention unusual sunspot activity and the like. Something this big would have been noted, had it been visible.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Wrongly Gives Britain the Day Off

brusk Re:Is it actually a problem? (253 comments)

I sort of do. I rely on Outlook's holidays to know, for example, whether to expect banks and government offices to be open or when my trash should be put out a day later than usual. My employer (a university) provides an .ics calendar of its schedule--it follows some official holidays but not others. So I need to be aware of both, and generally assume that Outlook's holidays are reliable (though an unusual change like this would likely have been well-publicized).

more than 2 years ago

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