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Facebook Autofill Wants To Store Users' Credit Card Info

hardaker That would be stupid (123 comments)

...will depend almost entirely on how willing users are to trust Facebook with their credit card data.

Well, that would just be plain stupid of me. Or anyone.

Thus, as history has shown us, it'll probably happen

about a year ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

hardaker Re:Huh? What? (506 comments)

No

about a year ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

hardaker Re:Huh? What? (506 comments)

I'm whiny. I'm old. I'm a man.

And this article is proof if the rest of your sentence.

about a year ago
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Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

hardaker Re:This is also the case on Firefox (482 comments)

Except that lastpass also synchronizes across multiple browsers too, including mobile, safari, opera, firefox, etc. So it doesn't tie you to a single browser vendor like using chromes (non-secure) password storage would do.

about a year ago
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When GPL Becomes Almost-GPL — the CSS, Images and JavaScript Loophole

hardaker Ask yourself, what would RMS do? (224 comments)

Ok, he'd chew his hair and wax poetic. We know that already, but what would the poem say?.

I suspect it'd say: I'm sorry, but CSS very much is code. Not in the sense true languages are like C++, Python and PHP are. Ok, I'm not so sure that PHP qualifies. But anyway, the reason that even so piddly not-real-languages are part of the code is that it's nearly impossible to use the real code with the underlying CSS underpinnings that, actually, pin the boxes to the right place on the screen. Go ahead, take some huge news site, remove the CSS from it and see if you can still use it. I bet you can't. It frequently ends up looking like an application that magically put all their widgets rooted at 0,0 in the window. It's useless. Sure, it's all there, but it's useless. Thus, it has to be a rather important part of the "code". It takes both the output of the underlying framework langue and the CSS to make the result usable. Otherwise it's like compiling C-code into assembly, but for the wrong chip.

I'm quite sure this violates the principal of the GPL. I'm not sure about the letter of the law, since IANAL. But it sure smells like a GPLv4 is ripe for the picking.

about a year and a half ago
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Repeal of Louisiana Science Education Act Rejected

hardaker Re:Scratch Louisiana (318 comments)

Ah, if I only had mod points. You made me chuckle out loud. Twice. Thank you.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Scripting-Friendly Smartphones?

hardaker Re:N9 or N900 -- full *nix (197 comments)

Thanks, I'll certainly be running that now!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Scripting-Friendly Smartphones?

hardaker N9 or N900 -- full *nix (197 comments)

The N9 is a wonderful phone, can certainly be scripted (I ssh into mine all the time to do things), but lacks a physical keyboard. The onscreen one is great, but because it takes half the screen it makes the shell-window smaller. (really, you might want an N950, but those "don't exist" and getting one is difficult, plus the antenna issues make it less useful as a real phone).

The N900, now hard to locate, has a great screen, a great keyboard and is the predecessor to the N9. But they have a known issue with the USB port breaking over time, so if you do actually succeed in finding one to buy don't expect it to last forever and ever. But this is 2000+ where things aren't expected to last longer than a few years.

sigh

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Track Bugs For Personal Software Projects?

hardaker org-mode in emacs (221 comments)

Emac's org-mode system is fantastic for things like this. It has TODO tracking with scheduling, etc, and you can put one file in each project or one global file for just you, or ... Your choice!

more than 2 years ago
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Former Nokia Exec: Windows Phone Strategy Doomed

hardaker Re:This just in! (447 comments)

the sky is still blue.

Just like the windows screen-of-death soon to be seen on your "substandard phone".

about 2 years ago
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Khan Academy Chooses JavaScript As Intro Language

hardaker A better choice: QML (355 comments)

The QML language is amazingly simple to learn and contains javascript snippets to drive the complex stuff. It has much better concepts of variable bindings than HTML/Javascript alone and is significantly faster (and runs on pretty much everything).

I recently taught a child QML and had her create a Mahjong game for her mother in a couple of weeks. I did some of the harder javascript logic, but she did most of the entire game from scratch. Oh, and she learned git in the process and the concept of simultanious development during the portions I was working on the javascript to create the game board structure (she had to tell me the algorithm though).

side note: she would have done the harder code too, but we were short on time for the present to get delivered

more than 2 years ago
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No More SSL Revocation Checking For Chrome

hardaker Re:Being Google (152 comments)

The worst change is that in order to have a secure browser you have to be using the current version of Chrome.

You seem to think they think this is a bad thing...

more than 2 years ago
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Comcast DNSSEC Goes Live

hardaker Re:And how can I use it on my BIND server? (165 comments)

yes, you should because you're still modifying the data (it's just the DNSSEC data that's getting modified in this case, even if your normal "usage" data isn't).

more than 2 years ago
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Comcast DNSSEC Goes Live

hardaker Re:And how can I use it on my BIND server? (165 comments)

True, though it's not a transcript: it's a very different set of text. I don't think transcripts are useful because they're designed around a video. The web page, on the other hand, is a tutorial that is independent of the video.

Side note: the video describes other tools as well, not just zonesigner. The web page only has zonesigner on it (though you could go find the similar pages for donuts, lsdnssec, etc, that the video shows)

more than 2 years ago
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5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons Announced

hardaker Re:I liked 4th ed (309 comments)

I've only played 1st (long ago) and 4th (much more recently and not nearly as long). IMHO, the 4th battles don't seem longer than I remember the 1st battles being: they're all long. But not unreasonably long. Good players stream line it, bad ones need to be walked through each step. The important thing is to have everyone write down (ahead of time) all their likely bonuses, etc, per power they're likely to use and then the addition is easy and doesn't take time. There's even a spot for it on the character sheet (though the spot isn't big enough).

more than 2 years ago
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GPL, Copyleft Use Declining Fast

hardaker Re:BSD license was always more permissive, so grea (808 comments)

We've had very few vulnerabilities in general, but it is not our responsibility to fix vendor's products. We announce a fix, be it generic bug or security related, and off it goes. When your code is distributed very and very wide, it's a challenging task no matter what the license is. In fact, the last critical flaw that was found a few years ago had a CERT disclosure that was leaked far in advance of the CERT defined time-line. When you notify half the world through CERT, there isn't a huge amount of chance of keeping things quiet (and if we ever have another issue, I'm no longer sure CERT is the right process to take it through).

It is not necessarily easier to ensure every linux distributor has a devoted package manager that will notice the change either. Simply put, it doesn't matter who needs to know about an issue: there are far far too many to manually track (CERT proved this last time). If downstreams can't subscribe to a low volume -announce list and push out fixes rapidly, then that branch of the world is in a serious bit of hurt.

about 3 years ago
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GPL, Copyleft Use Declining Fast

hardaker Re:BSD license was always more permissive, so grea (808 comments)

As the maintainer of Net-SNMP I've received a huge number of patches that would never have been given to us if Net-SNMP used a GPL license (though in this case, the code predates the GPL). Companies that have worked on the Net-SNMP code and have given back to it do so because they want to use their cool new feature they've developed for the code base in their proprietary software or hardware. IE, the Net-SNMP libraries and applications are the base upon which they build. It's important to them to contribute their patches to the base back to the core Net-SNMP repository so they can be assured future patches will not conflict with their feature (ie, because a patch isn't accepted that breaks the existing code base). Plus it gets their name in lights (ie, the COPYING file. Not many lumens, but still "lights").

I've been told many times that if Net-SNMP was GPLed code it would never be used. But since it's not, it's used in pretty much distributed by nearly ever OS vendor except Microsoft, and is used on a ton of embedded hardware. This would not have happened if it was a GPLed code base.

(ok, Microsoft still wouldn't be distributing it and linux* still would be; but all bets on Apple, Sun, etc, would be off)

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Long-Term Video/Picture Storage?

hardaker Re:Print (499 comments)

Video...how do you think you're going to play all those h264 in 80 years, when your computer is a little sliver of plastic embedded in your thumb?

By double-clicking on your pinky, silly.

more than 3 years ago

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