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Mozilla Debates Whether To Trust Chinese CA

scott_karana Pre-emptive waste (276 comments)

While his concern is very real, if Firefox removes trust for that CA it loses market share in China.
And if that happens, then Firefox themselves have negated their own security benefits.
I think it's prudent to keep an eye on CNNIC for this very issue, but until suspect behavior is detected, I think that any rash moves on the part of Mozilla could be worse than what's currently seen.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Now Supports Jabber/XMPP

scott_karana No security (174 comments)

I couldn't help but notice the conspicuous instructions to "Uncheck TLS/SSL security" in each of the clients.
I really hope that doesn't come back to bite anyone in the ass, there's enough spam on other parts of Facebook already.

more than 4 years ago

Students Failing Because of Poor Grammar

scott_karana Re:Eats, Shoots, and Leaves (1343 comments)

Here's another one for you, a groaner at that.

What's the difference between a cat and a comma?

A cat has claws at the end of its paws. A comma has a clause at the end of its pause.

more than 4 years ago

Malware and Botnet Operators Going ISP

scott_karana Re:DNA samples/Chips in fingertips? (131 comments)

Most sane datacenters will be extremely proactive about dealing with abuse complaints about spam, to say nothing about botnets, since they're the ones providing the IPs to the customers.
Capitalism typically makes it hard on the baddies here: datacenters do NOT want to lose saleable IPs to long-lasting blocks.

more than 4 years ago

Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience

scott_karana They could keep it without promoting it... (219 comments)

It's not like it would have been hard for them to acknowledge that it's just "popular myth" or something, and keep all the rest of their little attention-drawing page as it is.
People like idle little bits of trivia, even if they know there's no scientific basis.
"A+ people are pretty! Like me!" et cetera.

about 5 years ago

Hulu Blocks International Access Via Witopia

scott_karana How about SSH? (256 comments)

I just use my American-hosted server as an SSH proxy to watch Hulu.

more than 5 years ago

Entire .SE TLD Drops Off the Internet

scott_karana Re:No big deal (207 comments)

While the impact of this is no big deal, it's still kind of scary that the people running a decently-sized ccTLD would make such a novice mistake on their zonefile.

more than 5 years ago

100-Petabit Internet Backbone Coming Into View

scott_karana 4chan (137 comments)

Petabit backbones still won't be enough to keep 4chan online through all those DDoSes they suffer.

more than 5 years ago

'09 Malibu Vs. '59 Bel Air Crash Test

scott_karana No engine. (496 comments)

Careful viewers will notice that there is no engine installed in the Bel Air.
I don't think the test is particularly enlightening, based on this fact. Sure, the engine block would still end up in the cabin, but its mass would have helped slow the crumpling of the hood.

All in all, an underwhelming "experiment".

more than 5 years ago

Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time Offers New Gameplay Mechanic

scott_karana Flash game (106 comments)

If anyone's interested, there's an old Flash game with a similar mechanic here. Clever little diversion, and time can be both a fun and non-gimmicky mechanic.

more than 5 years ago

Most Useful UNIX Tool?

scott_karana Perl! (641 comments)

Where the hell is Perl?

Oh, right; if they had it listed, there'd only be half the options.

more than 5 years ago

Main Toilet On ISS Craps Out

scott_karana Re:oops (219 comments)

Mod parent up, toilet failure was the dilemma in the excellent sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

more than 5 years ago

Can New Game Control Schemes Hope To Match the PC Keyboard?

scott_karana Middle ground, jeez! (202 comments)

We seriously need to find a middle ground for this issue. And by middle-ground, of course, I mean improving the keyboard and leaving controllers in the dust!
Touch sensitivity is such a great feature that gaming keyboards should include it.

more than 5 years ago

Wikipedia Debates Rorschach Censorship

scott_karana Middle-ground? (635 comments)

Why can't they just have a warning before the images, like the "spoilers ahead" tags?

more than 5 years ago

US Postal Service Moves To GNU/Linux

scott_karana Sun hardware?... (477 comments)

I imagine the savings have more to do with switching from Sun hardware to HP hardware than switching to Linux.

more than 5 years ago

(Useful) Stupid Vim Tricks?

scott_karana Vim rocks, but on Windows... (702 comments)

As awesome as Vim is, whenever I'm on a Windows platform I find its GUI abhorent, but at the same time I can't see myself using it on the commandline.
So I use WinVi instead. While it has FAR less features, if I need to bang out some gorgeous regex replace in a native editor, WinVi got my back.

more than 6 years ago

Practical Reasons To Choose Git Or Subversion?

scott_karana Windows. (667 comments)

Git is an excellent piece of software, but Windows performance is not so great. Git is too UNIX centric to be fast on Windows in the near future.

Other distributed SCMs often are interpreted and just as slow as git (on any platform), so this might not be a concern for me.

more than 6 years ago


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