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Comment Re:That's easy (Score 1) 491

Well, I have no axe to grind, but the linked news issue was users downloading untrusted third party software from unbeknownst vendors and expecting what exactly? So yeah, worm, rootkits, etc. Galore. If you leave the rails, there's a lot of great things to be had, and a lot of risks. Doing so should certainly be done by the trained / brave and not by a clueless user wanting to install the newest Angry Birds a few minutes faster than through official channels.

Comment Re:Fantastic way to lose all sympathy (Score 1) 793

Lets connect the dots. Child is arrested with no legitimate charge. Police release him. If there was a crime to be sued over dad/kid will probably will, and if its frivolous then probably not

  I don't see how your subjective hyperbole / speculation will change the facts of the matter. Instead, you'll play up on people's inherent group biases to sow resentment in those 'other people'.

Comment Re:That's easy (Score 2) 491

Meh, many people want locked down worlds where hackers can't infect their systems. Given the picture of infosec these days, you'll only see this getting more acute. I'm all for the 'Do this complicated step to void your warranty but unlock everything' operation. But having said thing unlocked, uninformed users can be notified with big haggard warnings that they're living in an 'unsafe' platform. Said services could live through a user's connected services instead of the host itself, but once machine trust is gone, its a tricky / useless endeavour to try and enforce otherwise.

Comment Re:You're asking in the wrong place (Score 1) 192

And the old broken record says that what isn't broke don't fix it. Your UX is 100% subjective. My UX is 100% subjective. Who's right? You're asking a redundant pedantic question. Do people disagree? Absolutely. Are there overall industry trends regarding UX/UI's? Some notable general trends:

1. Mobile friendly design
Companies are seeing large numbers of their users going to mobile platforms to consume their content / activities, so all UX/design are being shoe-horned to support mobile friendly designs. Why does Google+ on my desktop browser have the hamburger menu? Because it works for mobile and we're eating their crow. This has bled into many desktop offerings, which is largely why you see UX/UI hostility on Slashdot. People here seek configuration / customization unlike the majority of the 'user' market you're catering to.

2. 'Responsive' designs
This one goes along with #1. Easier production of services / products on any number of devices by using frameworks (or rolling your own) tooling that allow for simpler content production flows.

3. "Beta"
Its been around longer than 5 years, but the idea that UX / features can change overnight has largely been accepted by the masses. Regardless of the goodness of the release, people are a lot more tolerant that 'things won't like the same' than they used to.

If ANYTHING that's universal about Slashdot people: They hate being lumped in with the masses, and frankly that's not necessarily a bad thing to fight for.

Why don't YOU tell the room the most amazing and innovative UX/UI enhancements in the last 5 years? You tossed the stone, so please enlighten us as to all-in design updates that make everyone's lives easier. Trust me, if there was an objectively better experience that doesn't remove features (many would still complain but that's life) people will love it.

Comment Re:This (Score 1) 393

There are only so many jobs, and despite popular belief, jobs don't just materialize when there's a qualified applicant to fill it. If you're career is in-demand, then you're a rock star but for people who sadly chose careers have too many applicants, you're not getting employed unless you're the exceptional candidate (or at least know someone on the inside).

Universities in Canada are moderately cheap (compared to US equivalents), largely open in terms of enrolment in dead-end programs, and taxpayer subsidized. The last two point are the contentious point for me. IMHO, we should certainly allow anyone into the courses they want to take, and we should be subsidizing education, because its a net benefit to society even in its currently inefficient state, but I'd say we should only be subsidizing N students yearly which can realistically eventually get a job in their fields. This numeric 'cap' can vary wildly from industry to industry, but ultimately if you're an scores are well below the average student in a program over-producing, that subsidy/(even loans?) go away and it should put the cost of almost inevitable failure in front of the student while they have a chance to change careers instead of years after with 10s of thousands of dollars in debt.

Comment Re:Initial Thought (Score 1) 85

I guess the point being, if you can operate on encrypted data in the completely same way as if you had the original, what is privacy is advanced through the encryption? It sounds like a second level redirect to encode the sequences to begin with. We know why its being promoted. Having 'no personally identifiable information' sent to and from groups would allow for privacy laws to be bypassed in the name of science. I don't specifically have an axe to grind in that matter, but can you really say the data isn't personal if in fact you can derive the exact same results from the samples?

Here's one possible application of said system (corrections welcome, I just thought it out while writing).

Joe the criminal is born sometime after mandatory child DNA screening (already in place in the US). His DNA was sequenced and encrypted for scientific study by ABC pharma-labs. ABC then stores a copy of the data for 'any use' because the encryptedDNA isn't 'private'. ABC pharma-labs also contracts their services to police departments who want to know if any of their criminal DNA samples 'ping' a known person.

Joe commits a crime and leaves DNA all over the place. The police give the sample to ABC pharma-labs. They run the sample and discover that the NNSGRC patient ref. #123456 was the perpetrator of the crime by running a battery of comparison tests (more likely running test results against a batch of prior run sequence hashes). This is probably super time consuming and expensive for now, but it'll only get cheaper. Finding the sample that is the closest match to the crime DNA, the police subpoena NNSGRC with a warrant to tie the ref. number with Joe-the-criminal's name. NNSGRC or whomever is in control of their secrecy -may- dispute the subpoena and in all likelyhood this will be settled with a supreme court ruling that will either say this scenario is either 100% legal, or pseudo-encrypted DNA is still private and as such there's literally no point to encrypt the information at all.

Assuming the court says its legal, you now have a national criminal database without passing a single new law. The end.

Comment Re:Firefox long term strategy (Score 1) 267

These trade-offs are mitigated with expressive and potentially vast extensibility mechanisms. Firefox seems to already have a very good trade-off between ease-of-use and extensibility, but gutting extensibility for real or perceived efficiency gains seems problematic.

I think the more likely cause for the removal is that someone has to maintain compatibility with the component and its a hassle to do so. I assume that instead of plugging efficiency gaps, they're using perf loss as an excuse to remove the complexity. Why aren't they conditionally building the UI's based on complete-themes support (or whatever else is happening under the scenes) only if it detects if the user is even using one? At least then the perceived perf loss is only affecting those 'small minority' of people actually using the feature.

Obviously this is a peanut gallery couch analysis but the blog note isn't much better.. .

Comment Please please (Score 3, Insightful) 267

Can someone tell me if this actually affects me? Oh they removed some underlying feature. That is neither here nor there if its of truly marginal use or something that can be added back with Add-Ons. All this isn't clearly outlined in the comment or announcement, so here goes:

I have the following plugins. Which Add-Ons if any will be broken without any future fix after the deprecation?
- Classic Theme Restorer
- Add to Search Bar
- Adblock Plus
- Quick Search Bar
- Hard Refresh
- Flashblock

Comment Re:Innocent? (Score 1) 108

The parent's post was poorly worded / judged since charges don't mean convictions, but realistically a few things may happen:
      1. Police won't find any extra evidence to charge the individuals with and the court dismisses the case due to lack of evidence
      2. The case goes forward with just the TOR logs, and the court will have a public record of exactly how that data was acquired / processed
      3. The case goes forward with other corroborating evidence and they don't end up using the TOR logs at all

Of course step 3 could still be introduced in trial by the defence for proving malicious prosecution, but I'm not sure of that defences' strength in this scenario.

Comment Re:News At Eleven (Score 1) 108

Pardon me, but is there a law in the US that the government can't break people's encryption (for any reason)? I'd say the more pertinent question was if the data being decrypted was acquired legally (AKA from nodes owned by a willing third party) or if that traffic was intercepted.

More importantly, is there any assumption of anonymity using a tool running through specifically anonymous peers over public/private pipes ever considered private? If I ran exit nodes to tor and I offered the service of reposting all that data to a web site, is there a crime being committed?

Comment Re:Yes? (Score 1) 367

I'd imagine the OP's point is that the review scores are based on the speculation that once a game's bug are corrected, the score is as stands which isn't a true reflection of the game at release necessarily. The problem is, basically all reviewers get their copies well ahead of release, and reviews are almost always weighted with the assumption the crap gets sorted out. If that isn't the case, you have a review that is significantly higher rates based on potentially game breaking issues that weren't resolved prior to release.

Comment Re:I'm 8 hours in (Score 2) 367

No so much bugs as annoyances:
  - Console controls, they want you to use a console. They force you to take your hand off the mouse continuously. Fail.
  - Deathclaw fight near the beginning. It wasn't clear that power armour can jump from buildings without taking damage, so I wasted all my ammo trying to hit enemies from top and died from the claw later. There weren't good indications that this was possible but it was pertinent to progress (maybe if it was in dialog, but there was a real bug of non-stop looping machine gun fire noise from the truck beside the building so I couldn't hear anything...) Fail.

Game -looks- good, but certainly do yourself a favour and wait till all the shit gets fixed.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall