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Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory

corychristison Doesn't surprise me (77 comments)

This does not surprise me at all.

Elon Musk doesn't eff around. When he says he's going to do something, he does it.


Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

corychristison Re: Good luck with that. (307 comments)

I can do it also in my car. But the unit in mine is "powered by microsoft."

I'm curious, who made the units for GM and Ford?

If I remember correctly, Microsoft made Ford's for a while, although I may be mistaken.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

corychristison Re: use SMS (110 comments)

I use BtSync for syncing a collection of files between my desktop, laptop, and mobile phone. It only syncs on my own network (because that's what I want -- I have ssh if I need into my files remotely).

In terms of general usefulness, it certainly works well. The security in terms of public facing networks appears to be decent. I don't know.

I've heard of people using it with a remote instance of ownCloud to provide a simple iCloud-like solution.

2 days ago

Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

corychristison Re: Great. A new excuse for providers to raise pri (77 comments)

Unbundling phones and contracts would be a win. People would see the actual cost of their devices. Unfortunately, the carriers would keep the monthly rates the same, or even raise them.

Up here in Canada, we finally got rid of 3-year contract terms. The carriers raised prices almost the next day. Luckily my contract was only 2 years anyway, and it was worded such that plan/rate will stay the same for the forseeable future, provided I don't get a phone through the carrier (not that I planned to).

It simply boils down to greed at this point. These companies are raking in billions and prices seem to keep going up, with no increase in service or quality. :-/

about a week ago

New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1

corychristison Re: Why? (91 comments)

Agree with this completely.

Even if the application is only accessible within the private network, there is nothing stopping them from using their external DNS (eg. someapp.bigcorp.tld) and point it at an internal IP, then properly set up an SSL Certificate. But if it is only accessible within the private network, do you really need it wrapped up in SSL at all?

Using poorly configured hostnames only accessible within the network is plain stupid. At the /very least/ set it up on a domain within the network, so it has a suffix identifiable to your network.

Self signed certs are ONLY useful for development environments across networks.

CA signed certs are cheap, typically around $10 for one without the bells and whistles. I personally set up a wildcard certificate for one of my own projects a few months ago. I paid about $75.

about a week ago

Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

corychristison Linux Cgroups (161 comments)

Is this not what Linux Cgroups is for?

From wikipedia (
cgroups (abbreviated from control groups) is a Linux kernel feature to limit, account, and isolate resource usage (CPU, memory, disk I/O, etc.) of process groups.

From what I understand, LXC is built on top of Cgroups.

I understand the article is talking about "mainframe" or "cloud" like build-outs but for the most part, what he is talking about is already coming together with Cgroups.

about two weeks ago

Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

corychristison Custom URL (238 comments)

Google+ allows a custom URL.

When I registered my business for Google Places (now part of Google My Business) it had an "easy" way to get on Google+, so I set it up as part of my profile.

Then a few weeks later, they sent me an email saying I was preapproved for a custom G+ URL. It was not editable, and included the city of my business in it. So it ended up being around 40-45 characters long.

I tried to change it, but it seems it is not possible. The one I want appears to be available. Its 11 characters long, and the same as my business' twitter handle, and FB URL.

Why can't we change the custom URL!?

about two weeks ago

Plasma 5 Release Candidate Announced

corychristison Re: Gnome 3 (50 comments)

Have you looked at or tried LXQt?

about three weeks ago

Plasma 5 Release Candidate Announced

corychristison Re: Gnome 3 (50 comments)

Just want to point out Thunar (the XFCE file manager) also has easily added context menu actions.

I understand the desire for configurability, though. I use Gentoo/Funtoo personally. I have found XFCE to strike a great balance between configurable, stable, and lightweight. I'm not one for flashy, animated windows and effects though. That is in XFCE to a degree.

The last time I used KDE was 3.5(I think), so maybe I should revisit it when 5.0 is out.

about three weeks ago

Plasma 5 Release Candidate Announced

corychristison Re:Gnome 3 (50 comments)

No. I actually really like XFCE. Why not just use XFCE? Less bloat.

about three weeks ago

Plasma 5 Release Candidate Announced

corychristison XFCE (50 comments)

Anyone else notice its starting to look more like XFCE?

about three weeks ago

'Rosetta Flash' Attack Leverages JSONP Callbacks To Steal Credentials

corychristison Re: JS (68 comments)

(Bah. Touchscreens will be thr death of me)

The other issue is Javascript can do too much. I really only use a small subset of it in my own projects. Basically just simple DOM manipulation, and the odd calculation.

about three weeks ago

'Rosetta Flash' Attack Leverages JSONP Callbacks To Steal Credentials

corychristison Re: JS (68 comments)

I agree with you to an extent. The problem lies mostly in that users (developers) don't know what they are actually doing. They are typically young and have no real world experience. As you say, they 'tact peices of code together'.

The other

about three weeks ago

WebODF: JavaScript Open Document Format Editor Deemed Stable

corychristison Re: javascriptards (91 comments)

I own a company that builds custom web-based applications for businesses. Certainly not fortunte 100 companies, but businesses with a dozen or more users doing their job with the system 9-5, Mon-Fri.

Personally I don't use Windows at all. Not sure what the snarky comment about Windows Server was all about. I'm not the IT person for these companies, I am simply familiar with the features offered by it and have seen it in place at most of the businesses we deal with.

For the past two years, targeting IE9 has worked well for us. I've convinced some businesses to use Firefox or Chrome instead, as they were still on WinXP.

We don't use any Plugins, and stick to standards as best we can. We also avoid flashy, animated crap. Its business, not TV.

We also build general public stuff. We dropped support for IE7 over a year ago, its made things a lot easier. We're still discussing when to drop support for IE8 in these projects.

about a month ago

WebODF: JavaScript Open Document Format Editor Deemed Stable

corychristison Re: javascriptards (91 comments)

This is no longer the trend.

This is why Mozilla and friends have been pushing for web standards the last 12 years or so.

Today we can develop scalable, web-based applications and only require a modern browser. IE9 made great strides and IE10 is even better from what I hear.

Today I can develop something in Firefox, test it across the board (Opera, Safari, Chrome/Chromium, IE, mobile browsers) and they usually just work. No plugins, no bullshit.

Also, any business with more than 25 computers should be using Windows Server on a Domain to enforce upgrade policies. As in, test the updates on a dev box, and push updates if there are no issues.

TL:DR, your point is moot in todays modern web.

about a month ago

Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

corychristison Saskatchewan (158 comments)

This is how we do it in Saskatchewan. Permanent CST (Central Standard Time). And that's how we like it.

We also have tempurature ranges from -45ÂC to +45ÂC,and 9 months of winter, 3 months of potholes. :-)

about a month ago

Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

corychristison Re: In other news (358 comments)

Every heard of hands free devices? Usually its implemented via Bluetooth.

I'm my car I can press a button on the wheel, say "Call Wife Mobile" and it will call my wifes mobile phone. Never seeing or touching my phone.

I live in Saskatchewan, Canada. We ridiculously harsh penalties when it comes to "distracted driving" (their words). I haven't heard of any province or state that has banned using your phone through a hands free device.

The claim that using a cellphone while driving is dangerous stems completely from the action of taking your hand(s) off the wheel, and eyes off the road. This is exactly what bluetooth hands free systems are designed for, and exactly why they are including it in more and more vehicles.

If you're curious, I drive a 2012 Kia Sorento EX V6 AWD Luxury Edition... Bought it last July for about $22K (Canadian) with less than 50,000km on it.

about a month ago

Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

corychristison Redbox Instant (364 comments)

Considering Verizon owns(?) Redbox Instant, why wouldn't they throttle Netflix?

about 2 months ago

US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

corychristison Easy (213 comments)

Search the text for /sarcasm or #sarcasm.

Done. Where's my paycheque?

about 2 months ago

HP (Re-)Announces a 14" Android Laptop

corychristison Re: $400 ain't cheap for that hardware (121 comments)

Pretty good deal you got. Was that $450 in USD, CAD, or some other currency? $450 USD back in November would have been closer to the $495 Canadian. Plus everything in Canada is usually more expensive due to levies and such.

Regardless those specs at $500 Canadian would be pretty good. I don't regret my purchase. I like the 15.6" screen, the touchpad sucks but I use a wireless mouse when its more convenient.

about 2 months ago


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