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HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In

dackroyd Re:Proposals and running code (161 comments)

But at first glace it doesn't look that bad.

I can see the appeal of rubberstamping what already exists.

That's the real problem with the proposed protocol; it solves today's problems for todays computers. It doesn't attempt to look ahead and solve problems that should be solved over the next ten years.

Seeing as it's going to take a few years and a huge amount of effort before HTTP 2 is widely adopted, we're going to need to start working on a replacement for it's even finished its rollout.

Poul-Hennings has written his thoughts on the problems that actually should be solved in the next version of HTTP: http://phk.freebsd.dk/words/ht...

The fact that the IETF has decided to ignore those problems so that HTTP 2 can be pushed out the door is what makes the situation be such a joke. Almost the only entities that will benefit from having HTTP 2 in the next 5 years are companies that have a web presence on the same scale as Google, Facebook, Twitter etc. that will save a small amount of money through reduced bandwidth costs.

For everyone else, rolling out HTTP 2 will be a massive initial and ongoing technical burden, with almost no benefit.

about three weeks ago

HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In

dackroyd Re:Microsoft doth protest too much? (161 comments)

Er....the guy who wrote it is a heavy contributor to FreeBSD and developed Varnish.

Although he may have an agenda it's not because he's a shill for Microsoft.

about three weeks ago

Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

dackroyd Gruber at DaringFireball nails it (558 comments)

Gruber at DaringFireball nails it:

What Apple gets and what no one else in the industry does is that using your mobile device for payments will only work if it’s far easier and better than using a credit card. With CurrentC, you’ll have to unlock your phone, launch their app, point your camera at a QR code, and wait. With Apple Pay, you just take out your phone and put your thumb on the Touch ID sensor.

Tim Cook was exactly right on stage last month when he introduced Apple Pay: it’s the only mobile payment solution designed around improving the customer experience. CurrentC is designed around the collection of customer data and the ability to offer coupons and other junk. Here is what a printed receipt from CVS looks like (https://twitter.com/fromedome/status/526027483901333505). It looks like a joke, but that’s for real. And that’s the sort of experience they want to bring to mobile payments. ...

And the reason they don’t want to allow Apple Pay is because Apple Pay doesn’t give them any personal information about the customer. It’s not about security — Apple Pay is far more secure than any credit/debit card system in the U.S. It’s not about money — Apple’s tiny slice of the transaction comes from the banks, not the merchants. It’s about data.

Apple's great strategic advantages over Google, is that they put their customers (i.e. the people who buy Apple's goods and services) needs over their partners needs to be able to data mine those users.

about 3 months ago

The New PHP

dackroyd Re:It's still unmaintainable crap (254 comments)

> It suffers from SQL that lacks proper commit controls.


> Implementations I've used leak connections like a seive, forcing restarts of the database servers on a regular basis.

While that must have been frustrating for you - that's not a common complaint, so was probably specific to either your DB or configuration.

> PHP's biggest problem is lack of modularization and encouragement of inline script hacking.

You mean you suck at writing decent code, without being forced to do things 'properly' ?

about a year ago

The New PHP

dackroyd Re:Why use the Zend engine at all? (254 comments)

> Many of the problems with PHP are from the crappy language implementation.

Yes, because switching to a subtly different language implementation is not going to cause any problems running code that was written for the standard PHP implementation.

> It's Quercus [caucho.com]. It's certainly worth a look as a Zend alternative.

That was release 7 years ago. No one appears to really use it.

Do you really think that if it was such a great improvement over the Zend engine that people wouldn't be using it?

about a year ago

Most Alarming: IETF Draft Proposes "Trusted Proxy" In HTTP/2.0

dackroyd Not your computer (177 comments)

The author who says that this is 'most alarming' is missing one key thing; sometimes people use computers that belong to someone else.

Any company that needs it's employees to be able to use the internet, but also want to be able to detect any employee that is sending documents via the internet to outside of the company would love to use this, as well as have every permission to install this on their own computers. They could then have the employees computers trust the SSL proxy, and it could easily detect any documents being transmitted.

Poul-Henning Kamp covers this at the end of his talk at http://www.infoq.com/presentat... from 14:40 .

about a year ago

China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat

dackroyd Re:Don't look now (519 comments)

Interesting post, but this is wrong:

Australia dithering leaving NATO to avoid complete economic meltdown when they suddenly can't sell their mining produce to it any more

Australia realised during World War 2, that they were completely dependent on the US to be able to prevent invasion and occupation of Australia from Japanese forces. Since then they a strategy of doing everything that the US wants, to retain the strong military alliance between them.

Although it would hurt massively in the short term, I can't see _anything_ that would break that alliance. It would basically be a declaration that Australia would be prepared to become allied with and accepting military occupation by China.

And it would just be the short term - if there was a military conflict with China that shut down trade, having several hundred million people suddenly unemployed in China would cause a faster change in government there than not being able to buy the latest iPhone or more plastic crap would in the US and Australia.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Prioritizing Saleable Used Computer Books?

dackroyd Pretty simple rules (219 comments)

If it's for either the current version of a technology or is for a technology that is version free - keep it. e.g. The Data compression book, and The Pragmatic Programmer are both 15 years old but are still great books that people could learn a lot from.

If it's for a technology that has had a newer version (or versions) released - probably bin it. Even a book a couple of years old will be massively out of for technologies that are advancing rapidly. e.g. a book on how to develop for iPhones that was released in say, late 2009, would be almost completely irrelevant now.

about a year ago

Gecko May Drop the Blink Tag

dackroyd CSS already supports it. (138 comments)

Fiddle is here http://jsfiddle.net/Danack/3pFUS/

@-webkit-keyframes blink {
                from { opacity: 1.0; }
                to { opacity: 0.0; }
                0% { opacity: 1.0; }
                50% { opacity: 0.0; }
                100% { opacity: 1.0; }
        } .blink {
        -webkit-animation-name: blink;
        -webkit-animation-iteration-count: infinite;
        -webkit-animation-timing-function: steps(1);
        -webkit-animation-duration: 1s;

about 2 years ago

How Experienced And Novice Programmers See Code

dackroyd Re:Contacting Server... (238 comments)

You mean Bill Gates is the enemy?

Welcome to Slashdot!

more than 2 years ago

Total Solar Eclipse Bedazzles Northern Australians

dackroyd Re:Me Too. (52 comments)

I was probably about 4km east of you then. Cloud passed the sun with about 4 minutes to spare before totality.

Didn't get as many pics as I'd like as I was standing there in amazement trying to see if I could get my brain to believe what it was seeing.


more than 2 years ago

Prices Drive Australians To Grey Market For Hardware and Software

dackroyd Worse for uncommon items (280 comments)

Although there is an unjustifiable disparity for the common items they examined, it's even worse for specialist equipment.

E.g. I would like to purchase a large format printer to be able to print and sell my photographs. The price difference between the US and Australia is over 100% !

B and H - $1,575.00

computeronline.com.au - $3645.00 inc GST

camerapro.net.au - $3,156.00 [Includes GST]

Although Australia is a smaller market than the US, and so there are higher stock costs and lower turnover, having something cost more than twice as much here as it does in the US is just ridiculous.

more than 2 years ago

iPhone Bug Allows SMS Spoofing

dackroyd Epic facepalm (92 comments)

Totally non-authenticated communication method found to be not authenticated ! More details at 11.

I can't believe that this is news to anyone. Do you really think that people who send marketing, information or run 'adult' services via SMS have a huge bank of mobile handsets with people sitting typing messages into them?

No - they have computers that connect to a bulk SMS supplier (e.g. the company I used to work for http://www.dialogue.net/sms_toolkit/) that allows them to send SMS with any Originating Address that they choose whether that's someone's phone, a shortcode or the name of the company.

Mobile phone operators do sometimes implement limits on what can be set for the O.A. for messages entering their network but there just isn't the infrastructure in place to authenticate what is set for the O.A. within the network.

more than 2 years ago

Researchers Seek Help Cracking Gauss Mystery Payload

dackroyd Re:Another aspect of this mystery (229 comments)

The assumption is that it allows detection of the installation of the virus via a web-browser.


As the virus seems to be only installed on certain machines with known paths, and those paths can be exposed through Microsoft Office document files, it is possible that whoever targeted this attack had received a MS Office document, that told them who to target. I would not be entirely surprised if the font was used to detect installation on the target PC through either the virus using it in a office document as a file - or possibly even through printed material generated by the target machine.

more than 2 years ago

Paid Media Must Be Disclosed In Oracle v. Google

dackroyd Why the judge is doing this. (165 comments)

Here is a simple explanation of why the Judge has ordered this:

1) You are allowed to claim anything you like in a court of law and you can't be sued for slander, defamation, libel etc. as otherwise the legal system would be completely broken.

2) Journalists are allowed to report anything they like and they can't be used for slander, defamation, libel etc. as otherwise freedom of the press would be completely broken.

3) Oracle appears to have paid 'journalists' to repeat the claims made in court as fact. Because those claims are now being made outside of court, they don't have the courts protection against being sued. Because the 'journalist' is acting as a paid agent of Oracle they are no longer protected by freedom of the press.

So this isn't a first amendment issue - this is just a did Oracle pay someone to defame Google issue.

more than 2 years ago


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