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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

gumpish Re:Things are starting to turn around (303 comments)

Amusing fact: the primary author of systemd is the same guy that brought us pulseaudio. Why do we do this to ourselves?

about 7 months ago
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Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

gumpish Re:Slashdot readership to Dice (249 comments)

Well, I could make the case that "X to Y" is more like a mail header. "Consider Z" does stand as a sentence on its own...

about 9 months ago
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4K Is For Programmers

gumpish There is no authoritative 4K standard. (520 comments)

the monitor is not 4k, it's 3840x2160 which is only UHD. 4k is 4096x2160.

There is no "4K". What you're referring to is DCI 4K.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4K_resolution#Resolutions

And 3840 x 2160 is "4K UHD", so it's as much "4K" as "DCI 4K" is. (Though to the extent that actually having at least four thousand pixels across would be a defining characteristic of any "4K" resolution, the DCI standard has more "4K-ness".)

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

gumpish HOAs / covenants (324 comments)

stricter "quiet hours" than the municipal code provides

I used to think HOAs and deed restrictions were the tools of reactionary conservatives whose top priority was maintaining their property value. Then I made the mistake of moving into a neighborhood where people let their dogs go outside at 3:00 AM and bark at who knows what.

Now I'd gladly relocate into an area with an active HOA if it meant a strict ban on barking dogs during the sleeping hours with stiff fines for violations. (Presumably enforcement would be swifter and more certain than calling the cops, who either don't care or show up after the barking has stopped.)

about 10 months ago
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Court Rules Against Online Anonymity

gumpish Escrow of sorts (314 comments)

If the goal of the unmasking is to determine whether the Yelp complainers were actual customers (as the fine article states) couldn't the judge be provided the names of the Yelpers and the list of Mr. Hadeed's customers and make that determination without revealing their identities to Mr. Hadeed or the public at large? (I'm not saying it's morally or legally correct for anyone to know the identity of the Yelpers, but this would seem preferable to telling Mr. Hadeed who the complaining customers were, enabling him to harrass them.)

about 10 months ago
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Winners and Losers In the World of Interfaces: 2013 In Review

gumpish Praise Bob (116 comments)

2013 failed to produce industry-altering innovations

GOOD.

UX: the field of taking something that's familiar and works well and replacing it with some as different and as "sleek" as possible regardless of the critical importance of visible affordances, constraints, natural mappings, etc.

"We've replaced your boring 20th century 'steering wheel and pedals' interface with our new three shells interface. Drive safe!"

The only people bemoaning a lack of "industry altering innovations" in user interface are the people who want to be paid to throw out every principle of designing things to be usable.

about a year ago
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Run Netflix On OpenSUSE

gumpish I know this is off-topic. (128 comments)

I assume you watch Netflix yourself, let me know if I'm wrong.

You know how when you see a movie in a theater and it has a conclusion that's full of emotion or has a surprise twist... and the credits start rolling and you have a moment to absorb what happened.

What if instead of having that moment, the film being projected shrunk to a tiny corner of the screen and trailers for other movies started playing?

"SO YOU JUST WATCHED SCHINDLER'S LIST. YOU MIGHT LIKE THE PIANIST!"

"SO YOU JUST WATCHED THE SIXTH SENSE. YOU MIGHT LIKE FIGHT CLUB!"

Do you agree that this would be annoying and would be doing the audience a disservice? (I'm hoping that you do.)

If you were watching a box set of a great TV series, would you WANT to see a still and a plot summary (rife with spoilers) of the next episode appear the instant that the end credits started rolling?

To me, this seems like a disservice, yet it's exactly what Netflix does. Worse, Netflix doesn't see any need to provide customers with an option to disable it. Are they so intent on encouraging binge viewing that they don't care about shitting all over the user experience?

I already registered my complaint (sans profanity) with one of their CSR chat people.

The only solution I've heard is to buy a Roku, but I'm not inclined to spend money on a device which doesn't do anything my PC can't do EXCEPT play Netflix content without crassly jamming suggestions and spoilers in my face at the end of a video. (And how can I know that this disease won't somehow start manifesting on Roku?)

I'm much MORE inclined to simply direct my monthly entertainment budget to Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime or some content provider that doesn't provide an experience that's qualitativly worse than going to a theater.

What say ye?

about a year ago
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Will You Even Notice the Impending Robot Uprising?

gumpish Re:Yes (246 comments)

But the good news for people writing software is that this is the last job that will be automated. Once AI is strong enough to write quality software it will be able to improve itself at a dramatically increased pace and the intelligence explosion described by I.J. Good will take place, after which human affairs presumably will no longer be administered by human intelligence.

about a year ago
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Canada Post Announces the End of Urban Home Delivery

gumpish Delivering urban homes is hard work. (226 comments)

Canada Post is phasing out urban home delivery

Well, delivering homes sounds awfully resource intensive and is probably a departure from their charter to deliver mail.

about a year ago
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NSA Uses Google Cookies To Pinpoint Targets For Hacking

gumpish No mention of Snowden? (174 comments)

I guess we're just supposed to assume that any reports like this were made possible by Snowden unless someone says otherwise?

about a year ago
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Australian Spy Agency Offered To Share Data About Ordinary Citizens

gumpish Credit where credit is due (78 comments)

Why doesn't the summary mention Snowden?

about a year ago
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US Gov't Circulates Watch List of Buyers of Polygraph Training Materials

gumpish Re:Makes me wonder (303 comments)

I've pointed out how traitors from Ames to Snowden all passed the Polygraph with flying colors.

I wouldn't regard someone as a traitor for drawing attention to previously unreported violations of constitutionally guaranteed protections against unreasonable search and siezure.

1 year,7 days
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Healthcare.gov Official Resigns, Website Still a Disaster

gumpish Re:As a troll (559 comments)

There are certain users for whom Windows (7) will provide all the functionality they need without ever needing an additional driver

I can guarantee you that any random desktop or server is likely to need far more drivers downloaded and installed to fully function under Windows than any reasonable Linux distribution. Troll begone.

1 year,14 days
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Stolen Adobe Passwords Were Encrypted, Not Hashed

gumpish Re:Am I imagining it? (230 comments)

scrypt aims to defeat highly parallel cracking systems.

The scrypt function is specifically designed to hinder such attempts by raising the resource demands of the algorithm. Specifically, the algorithm is designed to use a large amount of memory compared to other password-based KDFs, making the size and the cost of a hardware implementation much more expensive, and therefore limiting the amount of parallelism an attacker can use (for a given amount of financial resources).

As an aside, the people with "password" and "123456" as their passwords clearly weren't taking security seriously and should expect to be the first ones compromised.

1 year,16 days
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One In Five Sun-Like Stars May Have an Earth-Like Planet

gumpish Re:Maybe won't make any difference (142 comments)

The notion that intelligence will continue to be meat-based (and thus subject to aging and death) for the indefinite future is quaint.

1 year,17 days
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Linux 3.12 Released, Linus Proposes Bug Fix-Only 4.0

gumpish Re:My how things change (274 comments)

After version 2.99 would come 2.100

It seems unfortunate that the most common version numbering scheme bears such a strong resemblance to floating point numbers (but doesn't work like floating point numbers).

1 year,17 days

Submissions

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Punctuation aware search engine?

gumpish gumpish writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gumpish (682245) writes "As we all know, Google's search engine discards punctuation, making it difficult to get a meaningful signal-to-noise ratio in search results. (For example, try searching for information about Python's all() method.) Unfortunately it seems most major search engines behave the same way. This would seem to imply the existence of a niche just waiting to be filled: a punctuation aware search engine. For certain searches where punctuation really matters (as is often the case when looking for code) I would gladly put up with intrusive ads, mandatory registration, slow processing of my query and a small set of results, because something is better than nothing. Is there a search engine every slashdotter should know about that meets this need?"
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Journals

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gumpish gumpish writes  |  more than 11 years ago <dm> I discovered that you'd never get an answer to a problem from Linux Gurus by asking. You have to troll in order for someone to help you with a Linux problem.
<dm> For example, I didn't know how to find files by contents and the man pages were way too confusing. What did I do? I knew from experience that if I just asked, I'd be told to read the man pages even though it was too hard for me.
<dm> Instead, I did what works. Trolling. By stating that Linux sucked because it was so hard to find a file compared to Windows, I got every self-described Linux Guru around the world coming to my aid. They gave me examples after examples of different ways to do it. All this in order to prove to everyone that Linux was better.
<dm> So if you're starting out Linux, I advise you to use the same method as I did to get help. Start the sentence with "Linux is gay because it can't do XXX like Windows can". You will have PhDs running to tell you how to solve your problems.

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