Mozilla Debates Whether To Trust Chinese CA
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.
Facebook Now Supports Jabber/XMPP
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.
Students Failing Because of Poor Grammar
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.
Malware and Botnet Operators Going ISP
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.
Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience
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.
Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?
I use Steganos LockNote (GPL, http://www.steganos.com/us/products/for-free/locknote/overview/), it's essentially a self-contained AES encrypting Notepad.
And it's extremely stand-alone/portable, so you can just stick it on a USB stick.
Hulu Blocks International Access Via Witopia
I just use my American-hosted server as an SSH proxy to watch Hulu.
Entire .SE TLD Drops Off the Internet
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.
100-Petabit Internet Backbone Coming Into View
Petabit backbones still won't be enough to keep 4chan online through all those DDoSes they suffer.
'09 Malibu Vs. '59 Bel Air Crash Test
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".
Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time Offers New Gameplay Mechanic
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.
Most Useful UNIX Tool?
Where the hell is Perl?
Oh, right; if they had it listed, there'd only be half the options.
Main Toilet On ISS Craps Out
Mod parent up, toilet failure was the dilemma in the excellent sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
Can New Game Control Schemes Hope To Match the PC Keyboard?
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.
Wikipedia Debates Rorschach Censorship
Why can't they just have a warning before the images, like the "spoilers ahead" tags?
US Postal Service Moves To GNU/Linux
I imagine the savings have more to do with switching from Sun hardware to HP hardware than switching to Linux.
(Useful) Stupid Vim Tricks?
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.
Practical Reasons To Choose Git Or Subversion?
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.
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