top How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?
It's a statement. It's a statement by a dogmatist on one side, and there will be statements by dogmatists on the other side. Two dogmatists don't have discussions--they just try to shout one another down.
Yeah, if you get enough eyeballs on a problem, sure it might be easier to solve. But users != eyeballs. I suppose being open source, it is easier to get eyeballs on something, but it is also easier for the black hats to get eyeballs on something as well and exploit it.
In the end, neither side in the dogmatic divide is likely to listen let alone switch sides.
top Tesla Says Garage Fire Not Charger's Fault; Firemen Less Sure
Down in Texas, they put a man to death (Cameron Todd Willingham) because they were sure he committed arson and killed his kids. Forensic scientists later showed the fire marshal to be wrong using....science. I'd rather trust scientists to tell me what happened than some firefighter that just lasted on the job long enough to be the investigator or kissed enough butt.
top John McAfee Launches Blog, Offers $25K Reward For "Real Killers"
top Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?
...because I read Heart of Darkness and have seen Apocalypse Now a few times and it never inspired me to get a PhD.
about a year and a half ago
top Why You Don't Want a $99 Xbox 360
Ok, I did the math...
Assume numbers in article are true and that the cost of the system plus gold cards in cash is $384.52... The buyer is financing $285.52 for 24 months--$384.52 - $99. The buyer is making 24 payments of $14.99. Use
TVM calculator, and the interest rate is 1.94% per period, multiply by 12 for yearly to get 23.28%. So, it's about the same as a bad credit card, or a credit card if you miss a payment. It's still way less than the 300+% from Rent-A-Center or payday loan places. You'd be better off going to Best Buy and going for a 12-month no interest plan, or paying off in cash to begin with. I'm sure its market is those with low impulse control--teenagers.
top Why You Don't Want a $99 Xbox 360
Maybe next there will be a slashdot story telling me that
buying my TV from Rent-A-Center is a bad deal, or that Montel Williams Money Mutual Loans might not be such a good deal??? Duh?
those deals hawked by Troy Aikman, Hulk Hogan, and Montel Williams, the Microsoft deal isn't so bad a ripoff. Some finance guy could probably tell us the interest rate--might be less than a credit card? compared to
top Microsoft's Hotmail Challenge Backfires
I just tried logging in with bad passwords, and after the 10th try, it switched to captcha. This wasn't a brute force attack on the front end.
top Nokia Lumia 900 Reviews
You know because you make LARP costumes in your mother's basement and you use Tandy tools to do it? Hey, I'm not judging....;)
top RIP, Electric Amplifier Inventor Jim Marshall, 'Father of Loud'
What does it mean?
Well, he owned a music store and was selling Fender amps from America. He took them apart and inspected them and figured he could make them cheaper and sell them for a better profit in England than he could by importing them from America. He used British variations of tubes that gave his amps a different sound than Fender amps. He happened to be in the right place at the right time with the right product.
top Man Ordered To Apologize To Wife On Facebook
Worked for Hans Reiser...well, maybe not.
top PETA To Launch Pornography Website
...unless you beat your meat.
top Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose a Windows Laptop?
Just go into your local Buy More store and ask the salesman which is the best one.
top They finally pissed me off...
You should have gone to their website and paid that way. I wouldn't trust a clerk to enter the information correctly. You can also set up automatic payments so that you will be on time and eventually your bill will be lower.
top PlentyofFish Hacked, Founder Emails Hacker's Mom
I have an account. I logged in some time last week and it said my password had expired and I needed to change it. The change screen was sort of crappy and I was able to "reset" my password to the old password. If the rat b@st@rd had said "we've been hacked and you need to change your password", well, I would have changed my password to something else. But, just a simple expiration? Well, really not a reason to change my password.
Bureaucrats get caught with their pants down, don't come clean for a while, and then they go and blame everyone else for their screw ups.
Markus, take a hint. Don't send people's passwords to them in an e-mail once or more a week. Geez... Now, I do have a reason to change my password.
top New Facebook Messaging System Announced
Maybe somebody will figure out how to use it this time around.
top Minutes I spend on the phone, on a typical day:
We do have wives and that is why we put less than 30. You must have some romantic dream BS about marriage.
top Bicycle Thief Barred From Using Encryption
...and allow him to finish the rest of his sentence in jail or prison. If he's on probation that means he was convicted of the crime and therefore bail is not involved at all. If not being allowed to use a computer is cruel and unusual punishment, then my whole childhood was cruel and unusual. I guess he'll just have to learn to read books, talk to people, play board games, and play sports.
top Best Buy Unapologetic About Charging For PS3 Firmware Updates
Was at a Buy More the other week looking at laptops. Heard the salesman give his spiel to some other unwitting victim about how they should pay them $100 to bring all the software up to date on a PC that hasn't even left the store. Basically, they wanted to charge them $100 to run Windows Update. Bend over and say you like it.
top The Bus That Rides Above Traffic
How can they telecommute to a job for creating cadmium and lead laced toys for happy meals?
top Don't Stop File-Sharing, Says Former Pink Floyd Manager
Uh, they broke up?