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Google Finds Vulnerability In SSL 3.0 Web Encryption

jader3rd Re:Chrome Dumbed Down (68 comments)

When practically every user fails to connect to your server, including your own people, you know you have a problem to fix. Creating some work for web site owners in the interest of their own security.

In the real world, when a user updates his browser, and then can't access websites that he could access yesterday, he doesn't plow on a head, knowing that he's forcing some admin to make updates to their webserver, he rolls back the update, and then probably picks a new browser.

5 days ago
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Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

jader3rd Re:Don't avoid them (210 comments)

Some of these "friends" no longer live close to us so we like to see pictures of them, their families, and their activities. Facebook allows us to do these things.

There were many solution to that problem before Facebook, and there are still many solutions to solve that same problem today.

about a week ago
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Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

jader3rd Not that tough (210 comments)

Given that I don't use two of those services, and occasionally use the other, that advice is not that tough.

about a week ago
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Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

jader3rd Interest vs capability (144 comments)

Apparently those who are capable of taking the AP CS exam are also those who are interested in taking the AP CS exam. Getting outside pressure to increase interest does not increase capability. Color me shocked.

about a week ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

jader3rd Re:It's not a bug (238 comments)

The Intel engineers watched Superman III, and they have a plan.

They're going to override the security?

about two weeks ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

jader3rd Re:Prove him right some more (263 comments)

And what sort of perception is not "a chemical illusion"? Is the feeling you get when you comprehend Cantor's diagonalization proof an illusion? The feeling you get from listening to the music of Bach? The feeling you get when you look up and see a meteor streak by? Everything you experience supervenes on neurochemistry, and a cannabis experience is no less valid on that basis than any other.

I believe that there are new kinds of perceptions which come from data as reflected in nature. The cannabis experience would be less valid because what your conscious is sensing is different than the data that's being sent to your body.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

jader3rd Re:Or we learn from others mistakes (763 comments)

The localization of some of the folder names makes things break

Is it software in Windows that breaks or crappy programs? And if its crappy programs, why are you using those programs?

about two weeks ago
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Brown Dog: a Search Engine For the Other 99 Percent (of Data)

jader3rd We all have? (23 comments)

I honestly don't recall that ever being a problem. It may have happened to me, but it must have been so long ago and so infrequent I seriously can't recollect not finding something I was expecting to find.

about two weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

jader3rd Re:Not possible (577 comments)

but that's simply not addressable unless Windows kills all non-standard installers and forces them to play by Microsoft's rule

But Microsoft can't do that. Microsoft lets users do whatever they want to with their computers.

about three weeks ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

jader3rd Re:Read it and weep ... (335 comments)

... because it's illegal.

Nothing else matters at all. If it's against the law, then it is what it is.

So the American Revolution was illegal and should have never happened because nothing else matters?

about three weeks ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

jader3rd Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (335 comments)

It represents the people, but in a horrible proportion unlike the house. In what world does that make sense?

The Senate makes sense in this http://www.thisamericanlife.or... world (summary: a city where the majority of the people want to send their children to private school, so they actively sabotage the public school system).

For a law to get passed the majority of people have to agree upon it (the House), and the majority of different kinds of people have to agree upon it (the Senate). So what the Senate does is protect the minority. Ideally there might be some way to repurpose the Senate to be based on race or socio-economic situation, but I don't now how realistic that would be to implement. So the Senate is based on geographic location. Texans are different than Californians which are different than New Jersians, etc. I realize it's not ideal for every possible representation for every "kind" of person, but it is something.

In the first few decades after the American Revolution, there were some bad examples of a 51% majority abusing the 49% minority. So the idea of a bicameral legislation was created to be a forcing function to prevent the current 51% majority from creating abusive laws.

about three weeks ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

jader3rd Re:Fuck Canadian content welfare system (324 comments)

It is not a government's job to educate its citizens about values that it wants to promote.

I can see that being a good thing. Citizens with experience have a better chance at knowing which values are sustainable and those which are self destructive feel that it's worthwhile to find multiple ways to inform the populace of that experience. So if they want to government to do that they can. But if the idea is to create entertainment to educate the citizens, that entertainment needs to compete with existing entertainment.

about a month ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

jader3rd Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

One of the CRTC jobs is to ensure Canadian TV content gets created and we are not stuck with 100% American programming and Canadian culture disappears entirely. If everyone starts watching all their TV on Netflex and similar services, Canadian TV could all but disappear.

So if Canada got rid of the CRTC they could pay less in taxes, and get to watch what they want to watch? Dear me, whatever shall we do?

about a month ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

jader3rd Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

Then why did they appear before the Commission at all? If they truly do not operate in Canada, then nothing the CRTC does affects them and they could blow off the whole thing with impunity.

Because they have Canadian customers (both subscribers and producers of shows), and if a deal could be worked out by talking, they might as well try to talk.

about a month ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

jader3rd Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

It's not about favouring Canadian production companies so much as encouraging Canadian content for cultural reasons. Being so close to the USA leaves us vulnerable to sort of being swamped, culturally.

Given that the only show I'm watching right now is Continuum (and via Netflix) should I be feeling culturally swamped by Canada right now?

about a month ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

jader3rd Interact with Music? (358 comments)

I don't want to interact with music. I want it playing in the background, and about half of the time I want to shut my eyes.

about a month ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

jader3rd Re:The sad part is... (183 comments)

bluefoxlucid is implying that the NSA and US military are the terrorists.

about a month ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

jader3rd Re:Not of i*Devices (421 comments)

The vendor is a different party. Hence you cannot buy a "HP" or "Sony" or "Samsung" or "Asus" computer without Windows on it.

Wait, what? Every single last vendor you mentioned there sells devices that run OS's which are competitors to Windows. All of those vendors sells devices with Android, some sell Chromebooks, and some even sells computers with Linux.

about a month ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

jader3rd Re:Separate hardware from software (421 comments)

Most people do not. Keep trolling for Microsoft.

Really? How many people do you know (who don't read Slashdot) go shopping for Cellular service without also purchasing a phone from the Cellular provider at the same time? How many people do you know expect an ISP to provide a modem when they order 'internet' service. I would love to make it illegal to prevent the same companies from providing both the service and the device to access the service, but that never flies. When something goes both the device manufacturer and the service provider will blame the other one for why your experience isn't working.

I'm aware that there are no technical limitations preventing swapping out hardware to interface with different services, but that's not what the voting public wants.

about a month ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

jader3rd Re:Separate hardware from software (421 comments)

You mean we can't have a check-box on the PC vendor's web page where we configure our device, which lists several operating systems?

You can. But people will freak out when that checkbox would say "Linux + $80". They would think "But Linux is free". While it is a free OS, the OEM wouldn't get subsidies from bloatware providers which help subsidies the cost of the computer.

about a month ago

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Microsoft and Ubisoft team up for Assassin's Creed demo that runs in the browser

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about 5 months ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "Neowin reports:

Now, if you are a gaming fan, the collaboration Microsoft has worked on with Ubisoft might be the best yet. The two companies are bringing Assassin's Creed's Pirates demo to the browser. Besides the technical ability of showcasing a demo like this in your browser without having to download the game, Microsoft and Ubisoft are showing how you can begin to rethink the browser as an entirely new platform, and not simply a content navigation tool.

Compared to the previous iterations of these Microsoft demonstrations of IE’s capabilities, this one seems to bridge new boundaries with the gaming community. While Cut the Rope certainly dabbles towards the gaming genre, Assassin’s Creed type games are squarely aimed at the hardcore gaming community. While it may be a bit of a stretch, it’s typically this same crowd that loves to say that “IE is only good for downloading other browsers”, so this could be an olive branch offering to help convince the crowd that IE no longer is the crappy browser because of the IE6 legacy.

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Iwata isn't Nintendo's problem. It's Miyamoto

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about 9 months ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes ""Satoru Iwata's job is on the line. You can tell that it is, because he's been forced to say that he's hanging on to it."
"But perhaps — to think the unthinkable — there is another famous figurehead at Nintendo who is holding the company back; a man regarded for decades as its most valuable asset. I'm talking about the legendary game designer, the creator of Mario, and general manager of the famed EAD development teams: Shigeru Miyamoto. Lately, he hasn't been doing his job so well."

"...consider this: every one of the brilliant games Nintendo released in 2013, it had made before in some form. 3D World might be a dazzling procession of little gameplay ideas, but big ideas have been noticeably absent from the company's output for years now — completely so on both 3DS and Wii U. Its slate is a catalogue of sequels and rehashes. Nintendo's last major new IP launch was Wii Sports, back in 2006.""
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Intrade shutdown hurts academics

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

jader3rd writes "Intrade, a popular Irish website that lets people bet on anything, has shutdown. In addition to be used by gamblers Intrade has been used by academics and pundits to track public sentiment. "... broad crowds have a lot of information and that markets are an effective way of aggregating that information,” says Justin Wolfers, “and they often turn out to be much better than experts.”"
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Your PC Just Crashed? Dont Blame Microsoft

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jader3rd writes "Wired writes Your PC Just Crashed? Don’t Blame Microsoft
"Chipmakers work hard to make sure their products are tested and working properly before they ship, but they don’t like to talk about the fact that it can be a struggle to keep the chips working accurately over time. Since the late 1970s, the industry has known that obscure hardware problems could cause bits to flip inside microprocessor transistors. As transistors have shrunk in size, it’s become even easier for stray particles to bash into them and flip their state. Industry insiders call this the “soft error” problem, and it’s something that’s going to become more pronounced as we move to smaller and smaller transistors where even a single particle can do much more damage.""

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Lipitor makes way for generics

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "Lipitor was supposed to go off patent in March of 2010. That was extended to July of this year. Now it's Thursday, Dec. 1 — for real, this time. But what took so long?

In 2008 — three years before Lipitor was scheduled to go off patent — Pfizer made a deal with its generic challenger, the Indian company Ranbaxy. Deal was this: Pfizer would keep selling brand Lipitor for an extra five months, until December instead of July. Pfizer would essentially pay Ranbaxy to hold off. Telling them — 'don't be king just yet. We'll make it worth your while.'"

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EPA Partners with Federal Agencies to Track Japan

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jader3rd writes "In March 2011 the Japanese tsunami released debris estimated to be in the millions of tons into the Pacific Ocean. University of Hawaii scientists have developed computer models that predict debris from the tsunami could potentially reach Hawaii by March 2012 and the U.S. West Coast by March 2013."
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How Carriers Hamstring Your Smart Phone

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "By recruiting almost 400 volunteers to run an app on their phones that probes a carrier's networks, the team discovered, for example, that one of the four major U.S. carriers is slowing its network performance by up to 50 percent. They also found carrier policies that drained users' phone batteries at an accelerated rate, and security vulnerabilities that could leave devices open to complete takeover by hackers."
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