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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

twistedcubic Wow (200 comments)

I wonder if there is anything good to read over at soylentnews.org?

10 hours ago

Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

twistedcubic Re:Why it's non-obvious over Microsoft's prior art (408 comments)

Apple was trying to come up with a way to prevent butt-dialing and other unwanted device actions... Microsoft's video doesn't really show a slider. It shows touch buttons that look visually like sliders. But you can trip them just by touching in the active area for the desired state. This is shown in the video where the demonstrator runs their finger down a column of switches and they all switch. Apple requires an explicit "click and drag" operation to unlock.

Could you watch the video at 2:52 and explain how this is different from what you describe? Here is a quote from the video at 3:04:

"Having to use the sliding gesture makes the toggle slightly more difficult to use, but greatly reduce the chances of inadvertently switch the toggle."

Clearly, Apple won't be hiring you to represent them :)

about two weeks ago

Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

twistedcubic "Sweeping of the toggles" at 5:45 in the video (408 comments)

This is very cool. Seriously, if only she had discovered this 20 years later, she would be a millionaire!

about two weeks ago

WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

twistedcubic Re:Hello 911? (449 comments)

This is not how it works. I've called 911 on a cell recently, and on a land line around 10 years ago.
When I called on the land line, the operator asked, "Are you MY NAME?", which means she had my information INSTANTLY.
When I called on a "smart" phone, I had to tell the operator where I was, so she could forward me to the right jurisdiction, and there was a little hold time.
To me, this is a big difference, because the time I called 911 on the land line, there were two men trying to break my door down, and being put on hold would not have improved my confidence.

about three weeks ago

Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

twistedcubic How futuristic (314 comments)

Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

This sounds more like a starship upgrade than a car upgrade.

about three weeks ago

Malware Attack Infected 25,000 Linux/UNIX Servers

twistedcubic Re:You know *nothing* about security (220 comments)

A correction:

6) Private keys can (and should be) protected with passwords, making them in effect a form of two-factor authentication (you HAVE the key, you KNOW its password). Passwords are a single factor.

The authentication tokens in "two-factor" authentication should be independent, and both should be required for access. Encrypting a key does not increase the number of tokens required for authentication.

about a month ago

Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

twistedcubic Re:Watch out (436 comments)

...he wanted to nuke Israel (it doesn't matter if that was a mistranslation)

You claim a man said something, then you say it doesn't matter if he did not. I find your powers of reasoning quite compelling.

about a month ago

Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

twistedcubic Re:The danger of commonality (273 comments)

Teachers are allowed to choose works, questions, problems, and other material to teach those standards.

This is not true. This is not true at all. In fact, the opposite is true.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?

twistedcubic More Mathematics (197 comments)

Why not get a masters degree in mathematics (non-Ed)? While taking classes in higher mathematics you will encounter problems where you can apply your programming skills. And since you're a math teacher, taking more mathematics classes will make you a better mathematics teacher (yes, I know this is generally considered false). Also, it will improve your career opportunities in mathematics. Even if your current job is great, people in the real world get jealous of smart people and try hard to derail their success, ESPECIALLY in the education world.

about a month ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

twistedcubic Re:Why single out Whole Foods? (794 comments)

There is one well-done study I read, which has yet to be corroborated (I haven't checked recently), which suggests an association between nitrites and Alzheimer's. ("Diabetes of the brain" is the term they used--do a Google search.) I'll never give up bacon, but since Trader Joe's sells nitrite-free bacon, which is cut better, tastes better, AND is cheaper than the $6/lb in grocery stores (Los Angeles), why in the world would I buy cured bacon when researchers are beginning to suspect nitrites?

about a month and a half ago

Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

twistedcubic Favorite hardware (480 comments)

Can you describe the best hardware you have ever owned or used?

about 2 months ago

Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

twistedcubic Re:turn off the car? (664 comments)


about 2 months ago

Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

twistedcubic Re:turn off the car? (664 comments)

The acceleration continued when the Toyotas were put in neutral. Look it up.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

twistedcubic Vim (445 comments)

I use vim -x passwordfile.txt. It uses Blowfish encryption. You only need the -x flag when you create the file. I keep it on one computer at home, only, with a hardcopy (lots of index cards) in a desk drawer. If I need it on the road I temporarily copy required passwords on a USB thumb, encrypted. It's not an enterprise solution, but I'm just one person, so it works OK. Actually, I refer to the index cards way more often than the password file.

about 2 months ago

How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

twistedcubic Re:Go for it (240 comments)

"It sounds like a daily commuter could save hundreds of dollars a year."

and waste a lot of time as well. You would have to exit your train, swap, then wait for the next train. Might as well drive :)

about 2 months ago

Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

twistedcubic Re:Pffft (723 comments)

Cities like Birmingham and Atlanta are different. The ground surface temperature is warmer, so any amount of snow generally melts and converts to ice quickly. The people up north don't know/understand this, so they make ignorant comments to feel superior.

about 3 months ago

The "Triple Package" Explains Why Some Cultural Groups Are More Successful

twistedcubic Re:It'll work if you want to suceed (397 comments)

May I ask a favor? Could you please bring this racial curiosity to the attention of the school administration so you or they might recruit one or two non-Asians to participate in your program? You could teach this class for years with no black/white/Hispanic students participating, but why not set a personal goal of getting just one or two non-Asians to participate every year? You don't have to move mountains, just don't let the students decide their fate so early. Helping one interested student is enough (as a start :)

I used to teach a summer school in math in Koreatown (Los Angeles). All the students were Korean, and they all refused to participate on their school's math team because "they're all Chinese nerds with coke-bottle glasses." I'm black, so I was a little shocked because I never saw this in real-life before (Asians being intimidated by other Asians). Alas, I ignorantly grouped Asians together. Anyway, black, white, and Hispanic students experience the same intimidation. They need a little push to get over it.

about 3 months ago



Russia uses piracy raids to suppress dissent

twistedcubic twistedcubic writes  |  more than 3 years ago

twistedcubic (577194) writes "The New York Times reports that Russian police use software piracy raids as an excuse to suppress dissenting groups, such as Baikal Environmental Wave, who oppose the reopening of a paper mill which dumps waste chemicals in Lake Baikal. The environmental group says it purchased Microsoft software to avoid a raid, to no avail. Many such groups have the charges dismissed in court, but this apparently does not stop the government."
Link to Original Source

Red Hat and Novell sued for patent infringement

twistedcubic twistedcubic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

twistedcubic (577194) writes "Red Hat and Novell have been sued for patent infringement in Texas by IP Innovation, LLC. and Technology Licensing Corporation. On October 9, IP Innovation filed suit claiming Red Hat and Novell violated U.S. patents 5072412, 5533183, and 5394521. The patents were originally assigned to Xerox Corporation. A cursory look suggests the patents involve virtual workspaces and sticky windows with different properties in each virtual workspace. Groklaw has the scoop."


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