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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

neilo_1701D So now Google establishes Internet standards (148 comments)

I'm not convinced that this is a good precedent. Sure, they're encouraging sites to use HTTPS today... but what about tomorrow?

Speculation: Websites that block competing search engines from indexing their content may rank higher in Google searches? Websites that process payments using Google rank higher in Google search?

I'm not saying that HTTPS is a bad thing... but once they open the door once to arbitrary ranking changes done on a whim, that door can be opened again.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

neilo_1701D Re:Simple Answers to Simple Questions (246 comments)

You ignore it. Don't think about, don't gossip it around, pretend you did not see anything.

And start looking for another position if warranted.

about two weeks ago

Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

neilo_1701D Re:Who cares? (234 comments)

Aww crap; showing my age here. I saw the discussion about Sim and EA, and thought Sim City. Oh well...

about three weeks ago

Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

neilo_1701D Re:Who cares? (234 comments)

And if you really don't like DRM but want to play Sim City again, shell out 6 bucks and buy SimCity 2000 from GOG ( No DRM there...

about three weeks ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

neilo_1701D Re:My eyes change too much every year (550 comments)


I'm short-sighted, but for the last two years I've needed reading glasses as well as the normal glasses.

I'd just as rather have good night vision with glasses at this stage.

about a month ago
top Announces Linux Support

neilo_1701D Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (81 comments)

Tinkering is all well and good; and many times quite relaxing and enjoyable in it's own right.

If I've got time for a game, though, I'd rather be blasting Nazi's (or whatever floats your boat) than tinkering to get there. I still remember when I upgraded my video card to a Savage S4 and Half Life broke, requiring much tinkering, downloading, reconfiguring, rebooting, some more tweaking and finally a reboot to get back into the game. Then it isn't relaxing or fun; it's stopping me from the fun.

So a couple of bucks to GOG for their efforts to make thing run is a great investment, IMO. Plus it great to be able to get all the old titles again, long after the disks have been lost and the patches much harder to find...

about a month ago

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

neilo_1701D Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (667 comments)

There was a Singapore Airlines jet close enough to MH-17 at the time for the pilots to see it explode

Do you have a source for that?

I only ask because Singapore Airlines said right after the shootdown that:

Customers may wish to note that Singapore Airlines flights are not using Ukraine airspace.


about a month ago

US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

neilo_1701D Silly argument (529 comments)

There's a false comparison being made here... who says the Nokia engineer or the Xbox content maker being laid off has the same skills as the programmer they are wanting to hire?

about a month ago

The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

neilo_1701D Re:ugh (552 comments)

Every time it snows, deniers claim "see, there's no global warming"

Probably because alarmists say things like "Children just aren't going to know what snow is" and " winter snowfall will become a very rare and exciting event".
(David Viner, senior research scientist, Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,2000)

about a month ago

With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

neilo_1701D Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (128 comments)

What do they expect to find on such a distant clump of rock and why is it they thought it to be a good investment to go snap a few slefies around it rather then use that money to go where things really ought to be interesting like Io and Europa?

Well, it's a pretty cheap mission at $650 million over 15 years.

But the most exciting thing about the mission is the clues it gives to the early history of the solar system.

You're right: Europa and Io are very interesting places to visit, especially considering the possibility for life there, and no doubt those missions are being planned. But for now, we're a year out from Pluto and about to discover what we're yet to discover.

about a month ago

Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

neilo_1701D Re:"Don't be ridiculous." --Balki (311 comments)

It was mostly limited to scratching "For a Good Time Call Jenny 867-5309" on the bathroom stall of every local truck stop/gas station.

That was you? You bastard; I wasted so many quarters trying get in touch with her as I followed her around the country!

about a month ago

The World's Best Living Programmers

neilo_1701D No Dave Cutler? (285 comments)

Designed & wrote VMX and Windows NT 3.1.

I guess lists like this are always a matter of opinion.

about a month and a half ago

Cassini's Space Odyssey To Saturn

neilo_1701D Re:Flagship Missions (45 comments)

Don't forget Pioneer 10 and 11...

about a month and a half ago

Ars Takes an Early Look At the Privacy-Centric Blackphone

neilo_1701D Re:Gimme a keyboard (67 comments)

connecting to multiple email accounts (multiple Exchange account at that) and having a consolidated inbox was probably the major reason for the switch

iOS & Android still can't match the BB for email support so I can't fathom what you are talking about here.>

That's certainly true now; my new BB Curve has all those features too.

But I'm talking a few years ago; in the Bold 9000 era. BBOS at that time (4 point something or other) could only do email via BES; one account only and no POP3 / IMAP (unless you had a 3rd party client; even then it got messy because of no unified inbox and increased battery drain). The iPhone with iOS4 and most Android phones at the time could do unlimited email accounts - and iPhone could have multiple Exchange accounts, which was quite unique for the day.

As to all you other unquoted but acknowledged points (communications, security, VPN, ...) I am in total agreement.

about 2 months ago

Ars Takes an Early Look At the Privacy-Centric Blackphone

neilo_1701D Re:Gimme a keyboard (67 comments)

The idea that serious people want a physical keyboard is something that even people in the Blackberry boardroom no longer believe in. At our firm, BBs disappeared almost overnight as soon as corporate mail was made available on iPhone and Android..

I've seen that too; the mass exodus from BB to iPhone/Android. The full touchscreen was probably the shiny reason to move away; connecting to multiple email accounts (multiple Exchange account at that) and having a consolidated inbox was probably the major reason for the switch, however. From an IT Administration standpoint, the elimination of the BES because EAS (Exchange ActiveSync) is good enough for maybe 90% of organizations was a primary factor: no more buying extra BES licenses when someone new comes on board.

about 2 months ago

First Phone Out of Microsoft-Nokia -- and It's an Android

neilo_1701D Re:Seems like a 180 from their previous views (193 comments)

This particular phone was well along the development schedule when the MS-Nokia deal came along. Sure, it's been Microsoft'd in terms of UI, but whoopty-do.

The bigger question is what happens with future generations of the Nokia X: Will it continue as an Android phone, or transition to a Windows Phone?

about 2 months ago

Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

neilo_1701D Re:Perhaps not the best name (192 comments)

Perhaps one of the buttons can be set to directly call the Fire Dept.

Mayday, perhaps?

about 2 months ago

Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

neilo_1701D Re:The world... (236 comments)

It would posit that if Heisenberg were still alive, he would disagree with you.

But Heisenberg is in a resolved Schrödinger's cat problem...

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

neilo_1701D A biscuit factory (310 comments)

The "only" place I could fix my system control code was sitting on a chair right next to the oven's output cooling fans. Lots of snacking on nice, fresh biscuits :)

Plenty of time spent in other snack food factories, and lots of other stories (eg. packaging machine failure left me frantically rebooting an NT4 system whilst it was raining corn chips from the overflowing scale above me).

about 3 months ago

Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data

neilo_1701D Re:I think this was reported the other day (202 comments)

You utter bastard.

As if I didn't have enough keeping up with XKCD, now you bring this rather funny comic to take my attention.

May the fleas of a kilocamel infest your armpits.

about 3 months ago


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