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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On HTTPS Snooping?

iron-kurton Re:No worst than key loggers (782 comments)

Exactly. I'm surprised how few people don't understand that you are not supposed to a) do personal stuff from work or, worse, b) trust any computer (or environment) you are not the administrator of. Hell, if you're at work they could have installed a sprinkler security camera right above everyone's desk effectively creating a keylogger without any access to the machine whatsoever (http://www.cctvcamerapros.com/Sprinkler-Security-Camera-p/hcpro-420sc.htm) -- we have these at my work. So the short of it: a work environment is not a safe environment to do personal stuff in. If you must absolutely do something personal, your best bet is to turn off WiFi on your smartphone and use that with the on-screen keyboard (bluetooth keyboards or headsets are too risky).

more than 2 years ago
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Wikileaks Booted From Amazon

iron-kurton Re:Right then (528 comments)

I completely agree with you. The unfortunate thing is that money dictates what happens in the world, and justice is an afterthought implemented inconsistently.

about 4 years ago
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Chrome Does Have a Caps-Lock Key After All

iron-kurton Re:delete key? what? (391 comments)

God, this times a 1000. Have you ever had a need for resettng PRAM and NVRAM?

- Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command, Option, P, and R. You will need to hold these keys down simultaneously in step 4.
- Turn on the computer.

Uhh.... MOM!! Can you come help me turn on my computer?

about 4 years ago
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Chrome Does Have a Caps-Lock Key After All

iron-kurton Re:delete key? what? (391 comments)

True, I remember the game going black for a second and the start menu popping up, and then thinking "Shit."

But seriously, one thing Microsoft did get right is that they pretty much reserved the windows-key as a system-wide shortcut key. Start-D (desktop), Start-L (lock), Start-R (run), Start-F (find), Start-E (explorer). I *love* those key bindings.

Contrast with Mac's F9, F10, F11 and F12 keys. If your program just happens to use one of those keys, you're shit-out-of-luck (as is the case when trying to debug something in Visual Studio in a virtual machine, for example).

about 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Booted From Amazon

iron-kurton Re:Right then (528 comments)

I agree that business needs and societal needs are two different things. However, if Amazon stayed on course, and (hypothetically speaking) got into a drawn-out legal battle because of which they would need to raise prices to the millions of their business consumers (and by extension, customers), the societal gain on grounds of principle would be moot if Amazon could no longer serve their customers (or be forced to raise prices, i.e. everybody else loses).

about 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Booted From Amazon

iron-kurton Re:Right then (528 comments)

Nobody said Amazon gains nothing; the general consensus is that the cost of continuing DDoS attacks coupled with legal liability far outweighs any fees Amazon is collecting from hosting. Even if you have just one administrator dedicated to thwarting DDoS attacks for just an hour a day, it's not worth it.

about 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Booted From Amazon

iron-kurton Re:Think I will stick with Amazon (528 comments)

Shivetya is right, just look at the huge success that was the National Opt-Out Day for body scanners. It was the same crowd ./ calling for NOOD that is now calling for Amazon's head. What happened on Nov. 24th? Nothing . Even if I were to agree with the basis for taking pitchforks to Amazon's HQ (which I don't), the pure ratio of talk vs action here is approaching pathetic levels.

People here need to subdue their knee-jerk reactions -- "OMFG Amazon == PURE EVIL, KITTEN KILLERS!" -- and examine the situation from a few different angles before jumping to action (or at least, the thought of action). Jumping on the "get the pitchforks!" bandwagon every time during a controversy dilutes calls to action that might actually matter, weakens any valid points made by your party, and destroys any diplomatic solution to the matter at hand.

about 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Booted From Amazon

iron-kurton Re:Right then (528 comments)

Are you really suggesting that denying service to minorities is an acceptable cost saving measure?

Is this a serious question? Businesses are interested in getting the biggest ROI and therefore cut services that aren't profitable. This happens all the time outside of your armchair rights-activist circles. Amazon isn't offering hosting services so you can feel warm and fuzzy about the world - it's offering services to make cold, hard cash. Why should they bleed money and risk a nasty litigation process without any potential return on investment? Wikileaks came and it will go, and most people outside of civil liberty circles will forget about it in 3-6 months (which may be a gross overestimate). This really is a no-brainer on Amazon's part.

Now popularity is reason enough to discriminate?

What should Amazon do, in your opinion? Drag this out on principle, lose a bunch of money or cut Wikileaks' legally dubious services? Sounds simple to me. Show me a company that wouldn't cut Wikileaks under these circumstances*, and I will show you a company that will be bankrupt soon. *the only alternative is what they already did: move the servers to a country that offers some kind of safe-harbor against this.

about 4 years ago
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When automating everyday tasks with robots, the line must be drawn...

iron-kurton Re:Couldn't vote (465 comments)

It worked for California!

more than 4 years ago
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Objective-C Enters Top Ten In Language Popularity

iron-kurton Re:It doesn't exhibit natural popularity. (351 comments)

And if I'd ask you to name another compiled language with dynamic message routing/dispatch it would be what?

Why do you think a compiled language with dynamic message routing/dispatch is superior to others? Personally, I think message routing and dispatching sucks (as implemented in Objective-C/XCode) because of a) null pointers and b) calling non-existent methods is perfectly valid. I can't tell you how many times XCode didn't throw even a warning (let alone a compile-time error) because I tried to call a method that didn't exist, or whose signature I messed up by, say, one parameter. Sometimes, I've had to clean all targets just to see if there are any warnings which the compiler didn't report previously -- and if you're using OpenFeint (for example), rebuilding the entire project is very, VERY slow. By the way, passing parameters as key:value pairs just so that you can pass parameters out of order creates one hell of a readability mess for no real gain.

How about passing messages to null pointers? Why should that even be legal? Java will complain about it at compile time, why can't XCode handle that at compile time too instead of letting my program blow up with _TERMINATED UNCAUGHT EXCEPTION_? (Yes, I'm a Java developer by day, iPhone by night)

But more to the point, why does it matter if a language is compiled, has a dynamic message routing/dispatch blah blah blah...? If the language does the job well and is easy to use, who really cares if it's object oriented, message/dispatch, procedural, functional, etc? Personally, I don't think that Obj-C is the best tool for the job as I feel like I just can't code as quickly in Obj-C as I can in Java (or PHP). Partly it's syntax problems (all those square brackets are kind of a pain), partly the nature of the language as described above, which makes reading and testing code much more difficult, IMHO.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Blindsides More AppStore Developers

iron-kurton Re:It's time. (716 comments)

Golf-clap, both to you and the parent. Well played.

more than 4 years ago
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Judge Orders Gizmodo Search Warrant Unsealed

iron-kurton Re:Greedy, but now without defense (526 comments)

"It is only considered stolen on the most tenuous circumstances. Jeez, they pulled up a ancient law that was crafted to stop people from stealing tethered horse."
It is funny you should say this, because I still can't tether my iPhone.

more than 4 years ago
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The Apple Two

iron-kurton Re:The iPad is original Apple Redux (643 comments)

As far as car mechanics go, one major flaw is that once you even touch the hood, your fingers accumulate so much dirt and grease that I wouldn't even imagine touching my keyboard, let alone a touchscreen.

more than 4 years ago
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Opera Mini For iPhone Submitted To App Store Today

iron-kurton Re:Aside from Flash.... (314 comments)

For living in a Disneyfied world of illusion, there's porn . For everything else, there's real women.

FTFY

more than 4 years ago
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Opera Mini For iPhone Submitted To App Store Today

iron-kurton Re:Force Their Hand (314 comments)

So what's so bad about that?

more than 4 years ago
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Is Microsoft About To Declare Patent War On Linux?

iron-kurton Re:FUD article (204 comments)

There's plenty of options, you just have to look a little harder. I'm not going to sign the death warrant of the sites I love by posting it publicly on ./ (if you're interested, send me a message)

more than 4 years ago
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I prefer my (non-technical) books to be ...

iron-kurton Re:Bound Electrons. (390 comments)

I know it's early in the year, and this is slashdot, but I award you the "Most Ignorant Comment of the Year" award. Congratulations.

Have we learned nothing from Fahrenheit 451?

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft "Courier" Pictures

iron-kurton Re:Booklet? (230 comments)

This booklet could cost five dollars...

Question: What is the TOTAL cost of ownership??

child-maiming landmines

Answer: $5 + a few kids. Deal.

more than 4 years ago
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Passive-Aggressive Wi-Fi Hotspots

iron-kurton Re:Exactly. Using open wifi is not stealing. (263 comments)

Yeah, I also had a lot of problems with Airport Extreme not broadcasting the SSID. In normal situations, I would turn that feature off, but neither Ubuntu 8.10 nor Vista would connect unless the SSID was broadcast and set to a specific channel (I forget which one) when using WPA2. Since it isn't as easy as getting a new router (long story), I just decided to leave it on broadcast. WPA2 should be enough in most home situations anyway.

more than 4 years ago

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Verizon Offers Open Access to Network

iron-kurton iron-kurton writes  |  about 7 years ago

iron-kurton (891451) writes ""In a major break with industry practice, Verizon Wireless said it will allow consumers to use any compatible cellphone on its network and allow open access to the Web and third-party applications." Only CDMA devices are supported, and they have to pass Verizon's testing procedure. Nonetheless, Verizon claims to see "an opportunity to tap into a huge development community.""
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iron-kurton iron-kurton writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iron-kurton (891451) writes "Although it has already taken nearly four decades to get this far in building the Internet, some university researchers with the federal government's blessing want to scrap all that and start over. One challenge in any reconstruction, though, will be balancing the interests of various constituencies. The first time around, researchers were able to toil away in their labs quietly. Industry is playing a bigger role this time, and law enforcement is bound to make its needs for wiretapping known.

Because, you see, we need to unclog the tubes."

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