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New OpenSSL Man-in-the-Middle Flaw Affects All Clients

cmburns69 Re:Would it be a sin? (217 comments)

The accusation implied in that response is that "open source must be weak because vulnerabilities are found".

Whether or not closed source is better is largely irrelevant. Whichever fulfills your needs the best (be they verifiable security, price, etc) is what is "better" for you.

about 3 months ago

How would you use science to innovate upon sports?

cmburns69 Re:Sports (253 comments)

I will run... to the concession stand for another snack.

about 7 months ago

Netflix: Non-'A' Players Unworthy of Jobs

cmburns69 Re: this is like (397 comments)

Disclaimer: I work for a streaming company.

The reason Netflix offers b movies and lesser-quality TV is because of the fee they charge. It's economically impossible to charge such a low subscription and provide higher quality content.

In other words, I can tell you that better streaming services are coming, but they'll cost more too.

about 9 months ago

Court Upholds Ruling On Dish Network's 'Hopper'

cmburns69 Re:Future problems..... (248 comments)

[Preamble: I work in the industry, so this is an informed statement]

Viacom, Disney, etc cannot raise prices just for Dish. All the contracts include a "most favored nation" clause that forces the content provider to offer the same terms to all the distribution networks. It could be that Dish will be the first to see the price raised, but when Comcast's, and DirecTV's contracts need to be renegotiated, they will see the same increase.

about a year ago

Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One

cmburns69 Re: Slashdot... (442 comments)

Odd, that's exactly how I feel about MacOS. I accidentally hit the wrong f button and the screen zooms, or goes to an alternate desktop, or other such "useful" nonsense. It then takes me a while to figure out how to get back, and by then my train of thought is thoroughly derailed. I'm sticking with windows, thank you very much. I'm quite productive with it.

about a year ago

RMS Urges W3C To Reject On Principle DRM In HTML5

cmburns69 Meta commentary (320 comments)

So many acronyms! It's a good thing I'm in the industry, or I'd have no idea what that headline means.

I imagine trying to communicate this to my friends and family: RMS (sounds vaguely British) urges WC3 (the successor to Warcraft II) to reject on principle DRM (Dr. Mario) in HTML5 (they've probably heard that buzzword by now)

about a year ago

Raided For Running a Tor Exit Node

cmburns69 Re:Be prepared for the concequences (325 comments)

As with most technology, can't Tor also be used to hide criminal acts? Wasn't this a case where the government of Austria (a country generally considered "free") saw evidence of a crime and traced through the web as far as they could-- and the tracks just so happened to end at this individual's computer (AKA Tor exit node).

It seems that along with running an open WIFI, running a Tor exit node could be an additional defense if you are caught breaking the law.

about 2 years ago

Compared to my siblings ...

cmburns69 Re:Lets see... (178 comments)

Mmmm...cheddar mine

This thread is getting too cheesy for me

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Should Tech Conferences Embrace Diversity?

cmburns69 Re:Stop complaining, and do it yourself (343 comments)

You wanted it to be random, and sometimes random is uniform. So sorry, that's how math works.

Thanks for the great lead in to this

about 2 years ago

European Central Bank Casts Wary Eye Toward Bitcoin

cmburns69 Re:Good luck with that (301 comments)

You can "regulate" it by making laws against using it at all. Enforcing them may be difficult, but it could come to the point of it being a criminal offense to even have bitcoin software installed on your machine.

about 2 years ago

Hurricane Sandy Nears East Coast

cmburns69 Re:No work? (281 comments)

I live in Utah, where we regularly get snow. We almost never close schools because of the weather, and I can think of exactly one time in my adult life when work was called off early due to snow (and that event fizzled into nothing).

In Texas, when they get even half an inch of snow, everything shuts down!

The point being that we are much more well equipped to deal with that kind of weather event here in Utah than they are in Texas. I imagine some of the same is in play in your situation.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Data From a Carrington Event?

cmburns69 Re:Don't panic! (386 comments)

It's ok, though, I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to Gecko!



(pun intended)

about 2 years ago

Windows 8 RTM Benchmarked

cmburns69 Also incomparable JS benchmarks (398 comments)

I also noticed that the JS benchmarks were completely incomparable. Each benchmark was for a different browser, and the browser company that made each test suite won (firefox won the kraken suite, and google won the V8 suite).

I would have been interested to see Chrome on Win7 VS Chrome on Win8, or FF on Win7 VS FF on Win8, but alas.

about 2 years ago

Motorola To Cut 4,000 Jobs, Focus On High-End Devices

cmburns69 Re:My advice to Motorola (247 comments)

3: Get rid of the so called MotoBlur or make it an option.

Forget all the others, just do this! (I have an Atrix, so I have at least some experience with this)

more than 2 years ago

In Nothing We Trust

cmburns69 Re:Agreed (910 comments)

Nothing but undeveloped, unevolved, barely conscious pond scum, totally convinced of their own superiority, as they scurry about their short pointless lives.

Did anybody else hear this in Edgar's voice as they read it?

more than 2 years ago

How Many Online Aliases Do You Use?

cmburns69 Re:Real name (315 comments)

I'm a firm believer in blunt honesty and would rather someone thought of me as an ass-hole than as an ass-kisser... If you value my friendship, you'll get over any "hurt" that may cause.

That's a false dichotomy. You don't have to be either a full blown ass-hole or a full blown ass-kisser, you can be somewhere in between.

It's true that some people take offense when none was meant. I assume those are the people you don't want as friends.

There is a subtle difference between being mean-spirited and being blunt. Often, people will say things meant to hurt another and attempt to justify it by saying "I'm just being blunt".

Having the skill to know exactly how blunt you can be without being mean spirited is called "tact".

more than 2 years ago

Lack of Vaccination Sends Babies In Oregon To the Hospital

cmburns69 Re:Vermont. (1007 comments)

As always, a balance has to be made between public good and the freedom to act under your own conscience. In the case of backyard nukes, it is obvious that the potential public danger is high. With the case of vaccination, however, because of herd immunity, the potential public danger is not as high (though not non-existent).

Where do you draw the line? To use an exaggerated claim (though on the opposite end of the spectrum from yours), consider this: Falls are a significant source of injury, especially to the very young and very old. Would you have the government regulate shoe tread in an effort to reduce the number of injuries?

more than 2 years ago

Lack of Vaccination Sends Babies In Oregon To the Hospital

cmburns69 Re:Vermont. (1007 comments)

So, this isn't a choice that parents make that subject only their own children to risk, but it affects everybody. That makes it everybody's business, and hence in the realm of government regulation.

The same essential argument was used by the supreme court in Wickard V. Filburn. Unfortunately, IMHO, it is a line of reasoning that can be too easily abused to enforce by law certain viewpoints over others.

more than 2 years ago



What's a security concious IPv6 user to do?

cmburns69 cmburns69 writes  |  about 6 years ago

cmburns69 writes "I've been considering switching to IPv6 for some time. I've heard that firewalls, NAT, and other standard IPv4 security features are not needed when using IPv6. That just doesn't sound right. For somebody who's looking to switch their home network to IPv6, how should I do it right, so that I remain secure?"

Novell restructuring nears end - Layoffs in sight?

cmburns69 cmburns69 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cmburns69 writes "According to an article in the Provo, UT Daily Herald: "Novell Inc. is nearing the end of a multimillion dollar restructuring effort that is expected to result in a number of jobs being eliminated or relocated to its other operations overseas, a company official said Thursday. It is rumored that as my as 600 jobs could be cut from their Provo, UT branch. Kevan Barney, spokesman for Novell, declined to comment on rumors of significant layoffs supposedly planned for next week... 'I'm not confirming how many are laid off,' Barney said." Will this be a major layoff, with Novell reaping major profits, or is it just business as usual at Novell?"
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