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Comment: Re:Ed to geoblocking (Score 1) 137

So, do you have a global solution that will allow us to establish a unified world order and cooperate together harmoniously across borders, cultures, and languages, or would it be better if I stopped asking questions and just joined you in your idealistic but unrealistic daydream?

I think I'll do the latter.

Comment: Re:Overblown bullshit (Score 2) 264

by Anubis IV (#49335725) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple

Indeed. I listen to Accidental Tech Podcast that Marco Arment puts on with John Siracusa and Casey Liss, and after that article of his went viral, he talked a bit about it. He pointed out that none of the opinions he shared in the blog post were ones he had been keeping to himself. Quite the contrary, he had been sharing them in public, recorded formats for quite some time (i.e. the podcast, Twitter, etc.), so he wasn't expecting them to grow out of proportion like they did.

What he realized was different this time, was that his blog has a much wider audience than his Twitter or the podcast he's on, and his blog's words don't come with the context and tone that his Twitter conversations and podcasting remarks do. As such, people read into his words what they wanted to hear. He also pointed out that, to be fair, he left plenty of room in what he said for people to read in whatever meaning they wanted, and that that was a problem entirely of his own making.

He later posted an update to the original blog post, indicating that he wished he could take it back, not because what he what he said was untrue, but rather because it was stated poorly and in such a way that it allowed his words to be twisted by people who were looking to twist his words to suit their narrative.

All of which is to say, there are plenty of people in the Apple community who are openly critical of the company and its products, and they seem to be getting treated just fine by the company. Hell, John Siracusa established himself via his blog and podcast called Hypercritical (plus his ridiculously detailed reviews for each version of OS X that he posts over at Ars), in which he eviscerates anything and everything, particularly the things he uses on a regular basis. He continues to get invited to Apple events. Marco wasn't shut out when his rant went viral. He continues to get special treatment from Apple since he's a big name in the community.

And Casey Liss...well, who the hell is he anyway?

Comment: Re:Someone doesn't undestand the Bechtel test. (Score 2) 515

by Anubis IV (#49328935) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

Exactly. The Bechdel test is about the broader misrepresentation of women in media more so than it is about gender imbalance. It makes little sense to apply it in a work environment, simply because we're already dealing with reality there, meaning that women can represent themselves how they choose.

The project I'm currently on has two full-time employees working on it, both male. We routinely call functions written by one of the original devs on the project who was a woman and was responsible for much of the core of the architecture. Despite that, our project would fail the test, since she was the only female dev on the project, meaning she never called another female's code.

A different project across the hall has two women working on it. Neither of them were there when the underlying framework was written by a male, and they each handle their own vertical slice of the app. Even though we'd credit them with being the ones most responsible for the success of the app, their project still fails the test, simply because they haven't called each other's code.

Two other small projects each have just one developer. One of them has a male developer, and the other has a female developer. Both fail the test for obvious reasons.

Four project lifecycles, four women and four men, all working harmoniously in a cooperative and successful business environment, yet all four projects fail the test.

Moreover, the vast majority of projects are in the long tail of projects that have very small development teams, and the test falls flat in dealing with them, since even if we assumed that half of software developers were women, the test would fail 50% of the time for projects with three people, 75% of the time for projects with two people, and 100% of the time for projects staffed by a lone developer.

Between that and the examples above, we have some good indications it's a bad test.

Comment: Re:Common sense (Score 3, Interesting) 491

by Anubis IV (#49327875) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

Ayup. If there's one thing I've learned from hearing all of the success stories from real people (as opposed to people selling a product or service), it's that it always boils down to eating well and exercising, and that those two things look different for different people.

Whether it means engaging in better portion control*, cutting back on specific food groups that your gut metabolizes better than the majority of the population, or simply exercising more so that you burn more calories, the only constant between everyone I've talked to who lost the weight and kept it off is that they found the right balance of eating well and exercising that worked for them.

* I saw an article a few months ago that was talking about how doctors have been seeing a disturbing number of people coming in complaining of abdominal pain. Upon further investigation, it's turning out that these people are suffering from nothing more than hunger pangs because they've forgotten how they feel. That's when I realized it was time for me to do better portion control, since I couldn't remember having had a hunger pang in at least six months. That plus a budget that I needed to tighten led to less junk food in the house and less eating out. End result? I dunno, but I've been consistently losing weight (about 20 lbs. so far) at a slow but steady rate that's producing visible improvements, without making any other changes to my lifestyle. It won't work for everyone, but it is working for me.

Comment: Re:Sure, great, new comms channel (Score 1) 122

by Anubis IV (#49327407) Attached to: Hack Air-Gapped Computers Using Heat

That's what I was just thinking too. Just spitballing, if it averages out to one hour per two bits (since on average half will be 0s and they said it takes longer to cool back down), then you could exfiltrate a 128-bit key in 64 hours. Even bumping it up for longer keys, it still wouldn't take that long. Well worth it.

That said, the fact that this requires that both machines have already been compromised severely limits the usefulness for this attack. After all, in most cases where you already compromised the target computer, you could have already exfiltrated that key to begin with. And if it's a matter of the computer being locked down so that you can't exfiltrate the data any other way, then what are the odds that a computer sitting 15 inches or less away will be configured any differently?

Comment: Re:Stop using lithium! (Score 4, Insightful) 184

Well, lithium-6 deuteride tends to make much boom in thermonuclear weapons. So that is a concern.

Gosh darn it, you're right! I'm afraid, uncertain, and doubtful about lithium and its uses now. Maybe we should ban that "hydrogen" stuff they use in the bombs too?


I really can't believe I'm having to deal with comments like these on Slashdot, AC or otherwise. Just because something can be used in bombs does not mean that it is of any particular concern (did you know that they use steel too?!). But if you really feel like wasting your life by worrying about lithium, then maybe you should do everything in your power to prop up the lithium battery industry (e.g. buy more batteries), since you can think of each of those batteries as a little, tiny sequestration of lithium that won't make it back into bomb production as long as it's in your possession.

Do your part for the anti-nuke effort: buy more lithium (batteries).

Comment: Re:What good is this? (Score 4, Informative) 103

by Anubis IV (#49322811) Attached to: Finland To Fly "Open Skies" Surveillance Flight Over Russia

The purpose of the treaty is to provide mutual assurance between party states that the other members are not preparing for war against them. More or less, "I'll let you fly over my country and see that I don't have troops amassing in preparation for an invasion if you let me do the same." It was originally proposed as a means for reducing tension between the US and Soviets during the Cold War, but didn't come into effect until decades later.

Towards that end, it really doesn't do much, other than allow nations to see if a large force is building up. The sensor systems must all be commercially available ones that any of the member states can purchase (i.e. no super-fancy x-ray sensors to see inside buildings), so unless you catch the other side unawares (which can't happen, since you have to schedule the flights with them), you're not going to see anything unless they really are building up such a massive force that they're simply unable to hide it.

Anyway, this is actually a pretty routine occurrence, by all accounts. The UK alone has had 40+ such flights over their territory since the treaty came into force in 2002. The US has likewise had dozens of flights over their territory. Ditto for Russia. And the same for the rest of the member states, by and large.

Comment: Re:Ban teachers union (Score 4, Insightful) 213

by Anubis IV (#49317323) Attached to: Finland's Education System Supersedes "Subjects" With "Topics"

Let's not be hyperbolic. While it's clear that you don't like what they're doing, can you point to anything they're doing that is actually illegal? Because that R in RICO refers to racketeering, and while they are indeed organized (which is their right under the First Amendment, since we have freedom of association) and do at times place their own interest ahead of those whom they are supposed to be serving (which is true of all of us, to some extent), you would be hard-pressed to argue that everyday schoolteachers are active participants in organized crime.

It's hard to have a reasonable discussion about the actual problems when you're practically Godwin-ing this conversation by implying schoolteachers bear such striking similarities to the Mafia that they deserve to be prosecuted using the same set of laws.

Comment: Re:enterprise use is still 7 and most drivers are (Score 2) 208

by Anubis IV (#49311337) Attached to: For Boot Camp Users, New Macs Require Windows 8 Or Newer

So is apple going out of there way to lock out 7 or just is to lazy to add the 7 drivers as well?

If those are the only two choices, then it's that they're too lazy. This isn't the first new model to lack Windows 7 support via Boot Camp. It's the third. It's actually kinda strange that this one is getting so much publicity, since they've been slowly dropping it with new hardware releases for over a year now.

Comment: Re:Well no shit! (Score 1) 232

by Anubis IV (#49304701) Attached to: FTC: Google Altered Search Results For Profit

And yet, on iOS you can only use the bundled one and nothing else.

Opera Mini, released 2010, and Opera Coast, released 2014
Google Chrome, released 2012
News regarding Firefox, due for release at some point soon

iOS requires that if you use a browser engine in iOS, it must be their version of WebKit for iOS, which is how Chrome and Coast work, but there are ways around even that, and there's nothing stopping you from building a better browser than theirs on top of their engine, which is exactly what others have done. Additionally, Opera Mini gets around the engine issue by moving the rendering to cloud servers. No idea how Mozilla is approaching it.

Have we forgotten the whole MS Antitrust fiasco? You remember that Microsoft WAS FINED because they bundled a fucking WEB BROWSER with their OS and made it the default, right? MS didn't force anyone to use it.

The distinction that people always seem to forget is that it generally isn't a matter of what you're doing, but is rather a matter of how you're using it. Going off your own example, there's nothing inherently illegal about bundling a browser with your OS. We see devices do this all the time; most of the console manufacturers have built-in browsers with no way to change them, for instance. And there's nothing inherently illegal about doing so well in business that you end up dominating a market; Amazon controls something like 90% of the eBooks market, for instance. But, especially as you get larger, you have a responsibility to not engage in practices that stifle or cripple competition. The market is supposed to be an even field to compete on. You're not allowed to rig the game.

In the case of Microsoft, there were allegations that they were intentionally rigging APIs in Windows to cripple competing browsers. On top of that, downloads back in the day took quite awhile to finish, so the fact that IE was bundled on the disc for a unrelated product that had a dominant market position (Windows) provided them with a seemingly unfair advantage over the other browsers (I don't know that I agree it was unfair, but whatever). The biggest issue, however (at least in the US case), and the piece that everyone forgets, is that they had reached a settlement back in '94 with the FTC that explicitly disallowed them from bundling other products with Windows, since the FTC had accused them of abusing their dominant position in the OS market to gain illicit advantages over their competitors.

THAT'S what made their bundling of IE illegal. Were iPhones in a similar market position and being used to allow Apple to push out competition in related markets, you can bet that Apple would have regulators breathing down their neck too. As it is though, Apple may be a big company, but their influence is no greater when it comes to these areas than that of their primary competitors.

LOL. And Microsoft is still evil.

Well, yeah. So is Apple. So is "don't be evil" Google. Suggesting Microsoft isn't evil like the rest of them is just naive. They just took it a step too far and got slapped.

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."