top New OpenSSL Man-in-the-Middle Flaw Affects All Clients
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.
top How would you use science to innovate upon sports?
I will run... to the concession stand for another snack.
top Netflix: Non-'A' Players Unworthy of Jobs
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.
top HDMI 2.0 Officially Announced
Officially HDMI supports closed captioning by deferring it to the set to box creating the HDMI signal. So HDMI supports it by
not supporting it.
top Court Upholds Ruling On Dish Network's 'Hopper'
[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.
top Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One
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.
top RMS Urges W3C To Reject On Principle DRM In HTML5
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 and a half ago
top Raided For Running a Tor Exit Node
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.
top Compared to my siblings ...
This thread is getting too cheesy for me
top Ask Slashdot: How Should Tech Conferences Embrace Diversity?
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
top European Central Bank Casts Wary Eye Toward Bitcoin
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.
top Hurricane Sandy Nears East Coast
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.
top Ask Slashdot: Protecting Data From a Carrington Event?
It's ok, though, I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to Gecko!
top Windows 8 RTM Benchmarked
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.
top Motorola To Cut 4,000 Jobs, Focus On High-End Devices
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)
top After a Year In Orbit, US Air Force's X37-B Will Conclude Its Secret Mission
Senator Hatch, is that
top In Nothing We Trust
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?
top How Many Online Aliases Do You Use?
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".
top Lack of Vaccination Sends Babies In Oregon To the Hospital
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?
top Lack of Vaccination Sends Babies In Oregon To the Hospital
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.
The subnet ban expired, and I can post again! Yipee!