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I Want a Kindle Killer

spottedkangaroo Re:Windows XP Tablets (321 comments)

I suppose, the touch interfaces weren't ready... and XP kinda sucks in retrospect anyway... But determining the right pricepoint is a marketing decision. I suspect it never occurd to them to price it as an expensive toy you don't need, rather than what they did, as an investment in productivity.

about 2 months ago
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I Want a Kindle Killer

spottedkangaroo Re:Windows XP Tablets (321 comments)

Marketing department at Apple, they didn't work there.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

spottedkangaroo easy peasy (324 comments)

Easy, show them the capital expendature will increase reveneu enough that the margin between the operating costs and the reveneu by enough to make back the capital expendature or thereabouts (smallish sunk costs are ok) within a year or two.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

spottedkangaroo Re:Unfortunately it is happening across America (308 comments)

I know this is a (racist) troll, but the lack of a decent social safety net and government mandated contraband is what drives up crime... Most people would prefer a decent job type job.

about 7 months ago
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Astronomers Discover When Galaxies Got Their Spirals

spottedkangaroo Re:Evolution of complex structure. (56 comments)

Those really big ones that produce the heavy metals don't last nearly that long. Just a ouple billion iirc.

about 7 months ago
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Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million

spottedkangaroo Re:SSL? (324 comments)

It's a quibble, but I'm pretty sure it's symmetric. You use DH to establish a shared secret (the same on both sides). The only assymetric part of ssl is the certificates that are used to prevent man in the middle... I'd hardly call X509 ssl, just a necessary evil (or is it, convergence.io seems dead).

about 8 months ago
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Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing

spottedkangaroo blah (670 comments)

He must have had a shitty lawyer. The intent to commit a crime is usually pretty hard to prove, despite the millions of comments to the contrary above. If they proved that, maybe he really did have intent or maybe he had a public defender that abdicated immediately.

about 8 months ago
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A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

spottedkangaroo Re:you're already bad at math (663 comments)

I'm no expert, but I'd say he meant 45% of the score... where 100% would be all of it.

about 9 months ago
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Google Chrome Is Getting Automatic Blocking of Malicious Downloads

spottedkangaroo Re:software repository (138 comments)

amen. Every time I use my windows machine a bunch of separate shitty updaters pops up a window about a new version. Man I wish I could go to windows update and update all my software in the background. I'm surprised Microsoft hasn't picked up on the repo thing yet. It's better for everyone.

about 9 months ago
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Call Yourself a Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights

spottedkangaroo Re:Stallman would have something to say about this (488 comments)

I totally get your point, but I can kill without a gun. They have a *device* to kill people with. I can kill people too, using my kitchen knife or a bat.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has Gmail's SSL Certificate Changed, How Would We Know?

spottedkangaroo Re:Google announced this (233 comments)

A key is usually an integer, or a prime integer in some manifold or group. Asymmetric crypto depends on problems being easy one way and "hard" to reverse. elliptic curves are thought to be "harder" than the usual prime factoring. So yeah. It's how you use the bits. It takes a lot smaller number to provide a sufficiently ambiguous (in the reverse) operation.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has Gmail's SSL Certificate Changed, How Would We Know?

spottedkangaroo Re:Google announced this (233 comments)

ECC keys are shorter than RSA keys. 256 ecc is like 3072 rsa bits.

about 10 months ago
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Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

spottedkangaroo So don't use gnome. (729 comments)

This goofy shit is why I quit using gnome years ago. Even unity is better than this one size fits all usability shit that's handed down. I mean, at least give us a configuration option for it.... Anyway, I thought the gnome shell was even less relevant than unity. Cinimon? I kindof like the tiling window managers. I don't see the big thrill with gnome anyway. It's not a window manager... It's not a window decorator... what is it exactly? desktop what? I tried to live without it completely and used ratpoison for like 2 years. Tiling window managers have their own annoyances, but I really honestly didn't miss gnome. In fact, it was refreshing to not have usability dictated down. I often dictated it up by patching ratpoison -- which is small enough for me to modify easily. Yeah, I suppose I could patch gnome too, but this kind of user hating stuff comes down super regularly from these guys.

about 10 months ago
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NSA Posts Opening For "Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer"

spottedkangaroo Re:Here's a question... (177 comments)

It's called shoveling money to the EFF. They won something sorta recently along these lines, but there's a long way to go.

about 10 months ago
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NSA Posts Opening For "Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer"

spottedkangaroo Re:Hmm (177 comments)

I dunno. I think they've earned it. I only wish there was a BuSab to come in and solve this one.

about 10 months ago
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Extreme Microbe Brewing: the Curse of Auto-Brewery Syndrome

spottedkangaroo Re:Hangover??? (110 comments)

You don't have to go far to see how false that is. Drinking water can help while you're hungover, but only rest can fix it. And no matter how hydrated you stay this chemical buildup is what's hurting you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangover#Acetaldehyde

about 10 months ago
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Secret Court Upholds Phone Data Collection

spottedkangaroo Re:Can You Blame Them? (174 comments)

Hopefully someone in wallstreet stands up to the .... someone.

about 10 months ago
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The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

spottedkangaroo right not to incriminate yourself (452 comments)

My understanding is that it's vestigial. There isn't a moral or legal argument. It's axiomatic and meant to prevent torturing confessions out of people.

about a year ago
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Writing Documentation: Teach, Don't Tell

spottedkangaroo Re:see, this is what I'm saying... (211 comments)

We're talking specifically about the point that there's a difference between API documentation (which should be an exaustive list of every function and the arguments it takes and why) and a tutorial that talks about how to use the thing. You're likely to find both in The Docs or they're simply not complete. And the point I was making was only that a techy will point out the difference or someone learning to program will quickly find the difference and then look for the tutorial first and the docs later when they're further along. That is the only point that I was making.

Everything else is a silly pointless argument. But this is the main takeaway: The Docs are almost always incomplete because there's nobody that's volunteered to write them and nobody paid to write them. What are you going to do? force the guy that volunteered to write the code to volunteer to write the docs? I doubt it's going to happen, so you'll have to live with reading source, writing your own, or using something else. If you lucked out and the dev wrote little blurbs above the function, great. If someone put some examples in a wiki, even better. If someone just happened to write geniuous docs, well, you've really found a gem and you're going to find a mix of tutorials and API docs and tutorials/examles for the good ones. The API docs are more important thouguh, cuz if all you have is some examples, you're going to go source diving without the API docs or you'll have to find something else.

about a year ago

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