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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

dbraden Re:Not completely gone (231 comments)

Exactly. Or, maybe they received a bulk of requests, each for a specific piece of data.

4 days ago

Book Review: Architecting the Cloud

dbraden Re:A headline that makes my glad to have (75 comments)

I love that add-on because I keep forgetting I have it installed, then, out of the blue, BAM!, a sentence no longer makes sense but is much more fun: "Hospitals now delivering babies in my butt, film at 11!".

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

dbraden Re:Keeping track.. (137 comments)

There's no need to install Ansible on the remote systems, only on the machine running the playbooks. All Ansible activity is run over SSH and has no remote dependencies.

about two weeks ago

The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

dbraden Re:COBOL was better than JavaScript. (294 comments)

Also keep in mind that Eich was given only 4 days to create the language. I agree that things should have been fixed long ago, while the changes would have been less disruptive.

about a month and a half ago

Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

dbraden Re:That doesn't work (231 comments)

But you wouldn't need to re-write all of the flash memory if it is encrypted and the key is properly wiped. Without the key it might as well be random data. The trick would be to make sure that the original key isn't still lurking on one of the chips, but I'd like to think that people far smarter than me worked that part out.

about 2 months ago

NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

dbraden Re:It's hard to keep the stories straight these da (547 comments)

I would agree with that. "Fabrication" was used in the article, and was probably a bit of a stretch. I have no idea if there was intent to deceive at the NOAA, and am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

about 3 months ago

NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

dbraden Re:It's hard to keep the stories straight these da (547 comments)

I'm not familiar with Christopher Booker or his works (he might be full of shite the majority of the time, I just don't know), but it looks like he was right about the 1930s having the highest temp on record: NOAA Reinstates July 1936 As The Hottest Month On Record

I'm not a supporter or denier of "human-caused global warming/cooling/changing/whatever", I think people are a bit arrogant to think they have accurately modeled a system as complex as our planet's weather. To all of the fanatics on the subject, I say "tone it down, you don't know either". /shrug

about 3 months ago

Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

dbraden Re:Welders make 150k??? (367 comments)

A buddy of mine was making more than that as a pipe welder. It's also very helpful if you're willing to travel.

about 4 months ago

Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

dbraden Re:Firefox noticed for me (151 comments)

Same here, but using Firefox 28 on OSX, error message "Peer's Certificate has been revoked. (Error code: sec_error_revoked_certificate)".

about 5 months ago

.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

dbraden Re:So no more .net redistributable? (217 comments)

Actually, that's not the case. As already mentioned by PhrostyMcByte above, here's the quote from Microsoft's FAQ:

apps will get deployed on end-user devices as fully self-contained natively compiled code (when .NET Native enters production), and will not have a dependency on the .NET Framework on the target device/machine.

Pretty cool in my book.

about 6 months ago

43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

dbraden Re:But what does it taste like (187 comments)

I don't care who ya are, that's funny. If only I had mod points...

about 6 months ago

Dinosaurs Done In By... Dark Matter?

dbraden Re:magic (135 comments)

In all fairness to mythosaz, he called it a "garden gnome," not a "theoretical garden gnome."

about 6 months ago

Confirmed: Earth's Oldest Rock In Australia

dbraden Re:Amazing! (74 comments)

I did not know that scientists had examined and dated every rock on (and every rock within) the Earth! The most spectacular part of this task was back when they dismantled Mt Everest, pebble by pebble, examining and dating every little rock, before re-constructing the mountain from all those sorted rocks.

I agree with your general sentiment regarding fake science, however, a little bit of reading comprehension will go a long way.

oldest rock ever found on Earth

It's not like the summary says "The oldest rock on earth!".

about 7 months ago

New 3D Printer Can Print With Carbon Fiber

dbraden Re:Pre-order your pink helium-filled unicorn now! (141 comments)

Vapor-hardware is a thing. And you're lookin' at it.

Except, they are already demo'ing a working prototype at a decent size trade show. That's some pretty thick vapor. I know demos != shipped, but I'm going to give this one the benefit of the doubt since it's very similar to well-understood and already available hardware.

about 8 months ago

RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

dbraden Re:Put your money where your mouth is (523 comments)

I would so support that. It's too bad that the government has neither the will nor the desire to police itself.

about 8 months ago

RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

dbraden Re:Nobody.... (523 comments)

I know it's just anecdotal, but almost all of the Republicans I know have more of a laissez faire attitude towards marijuana and homosexuality.

about 8 months ago

CES 2014: Stefan Lindsay Demonstrates the gTar (Video)

dbraden Re:You lost me at... (104 comments)

Apart from Android not providing the needed levels of latency, the iPhone has a marketshare of 42% in the U.S., which is a really big chunk. iPhone owners are also easier to monetize (they are more likely to actually buy stuff from the app store).

about 8 months ago

CES 2014: Stefan Lindsay Demonstrates the gTar (Video)

dbraden Re:"First?" (104 comments)

They are claiming this guitar is: "The First Guitar That Anybody Can Play," How honest is that? Can a quadriplegic play it? Or someone who has one or both arms amputated? I going to guess the answer is, No.

What, don't they have tongues? Seriously, you know damn well what they mean. In general usage like that, "anybody" means "anybody that could physically play a guitar can play our guitar." Lighten up, man. Sheesh.

about 8 months ago


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