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Comment Microsoft and XP (Score 1) 8

Microsoft ought to issue one last update for XP to replace IE's "this site is broken and sucks shit" message with "this browser is broken and you need to upgrade to access secure sites"

That's the only way I'll ever be able to remove support for XP's https implementation from my servers (or until 2020 or so when the last of the XP boxes finally have their harddrive fail and a new computer bought)

Comment Re: Short answer? (Score 1, Troll) 156

don't abuse Shannon's Law like that. There are ways of rotating and polarizing the waves to get thousands of times more information out of every frequency range. Shannon's Law only applies to each specific modulation. There was an article here on work in the lab to commercialize this in the past year or two. Most FTTH use cases could be replaced with this, although FTTH can roll tomorrow and this is still vaporware - 15 years is a lot of productivity.

Submission + - Beyond Bitcoin: 7 Ways To Capitalize On Blockchains

snydeq writes: Bitcoin’s widely trusted ledger offers intriguing possibilities for business use beyond cryptocurrency, writes InfoWorld's Peter Wayner. 'From the beginning, bitcoin has assumed a shadowy, almost outlaw mystique,' Wayner writes. 'Even the mathematics of the technology are inscrutable enough to believe the worst. The irony is that the mathematical foundations of bitcoin create a solid record of legitimate ownership that may be more ironclad against fraud than many of the systems employed by businesses today. Plus, the open, collaborative way in which bitcoin processes transactions ensures the kind of network of trust that is essential to any business agreement.'

Comment Netflix is Tanking Hard (Score 2) 278

Look at the new and leaving content for this month - it's almost all junk (with slightly more quality stuff leaving than coming).

Netflix is still showing me "New Episodes" for stuff I watched 6 months ago. A friend of mine said recently, "I spend more time looking for something to watch on Netflix than I do watching Netflix".

I just started requesting DVD's again from Netflix (send back the first one in two years yesterday) and my kids watch YouTube all the time anyway - I'm pretty sure there's no reason for me to keep the streaming service at this point. I wonder if I can cancel that separately. I still have 300 discs in my DVD queue and feel silly for trying to use the Internet instead of USPS for digital content.

Comment Re: Yay for price drop (Score 1) 130

Crude is the raw material. You still ned to manufacture and distribute the gasoline. As a guess, the refinery capacity hasn't increased in your area of the world. Nor is it likely to, as the trend is toward hybrids and all-electrics. Projected future consumption is not likely to support a large refinery project for the next 30-50 years.

Comment Re:A simple solution (Score 1) 213

Terrorist: "Hi, Bob's business freight courier service? I've got a lead on some test petroleum product I need shipped from the seller's address in Indiana to my office here in Fort Worth, TX. It's all packaged up and ready to ship. Just arrive at the loading dock and use the dock phone to call my number and I'll be down to accept delivery."

Petroleum product meaning standard fertilizer/petroleum mixture so favored for explosives. Office being the target building. And the number he calls from the dock phone will be a call to the trigger.

The point of this is to say that there are so many ways that this can be accomplished today, that it is kind of silly to worry about AVs when the potential exists in a billion different ways today. The key is to catch them before they are ready to call Bob's Courier Service. Once it reaches that level of maturity, from a counterterror perspective, you've failed.

Comment Re: Isn't this thing already deployed? (Score 1) 466

Solider: "You see that that little hut next to the big tree two klicks from our smoke?"
Target disappears in a cloud of smoke, debris, and body parts.
A-10 Pilot: "You mean that one?"

Soldier: "Yes. We saw a family take refuge there after telling us about the guys on the ridge."

Comment Re:Dumbest thing I've heard today. (Score 1) 560

Last week I had a situation where my package was both at "my house" (according to FedEx, no signature required--left on doorstep), and "still in transit" (according to me, working from home and saw the truck pull up near my driveway, driver set a package on the dashboard then go into the back to fetch a 2nd package which he delivered to a neighbor, then drove off without actually delivering mine).

After a complaint call to FedEx about no packge, they promised to get back to me straight away. Never did, but my package did appear on Monday (mis-delivery was on a Friday) without any mention of it in the tracking log or a follow-up phone call.

So, I believe this is a case of Schrodinger's status, where it was both "delivered" and "in transit" at the same time for the entire weekend.

Comment Re: There's an easy solution to this problem...Tru (Score 1) 213

That's retarded. I'm sending my Auto to go get the kids and/or the groceries.

Let's just go back to the pre-Industrial age when everybody was "safer". OR - we could stop supporting corrupt, murderous regimes that piss everybody off. The Future or the Past - one will win.

Comment A step forward, but... (Score 4, Insightful) 394

Achieving practical nuclear fusion for power generation would be a very nice step forward. But "holy grail" is rather overselling it, I suspect.

Even when practical, we're still talking very big, very expensive plants that depend on a long supply chain for all its parts, the high-purity fuel and so on. When you consider the building, running and maintenance costs, and the cost of dealing with the spent fuel (much better than for fission plants of course) the energy won't be all that cheap. Hopefully cheaper than fossil fuels at least, but I would not be surprised if a first generation of plants, at least, become more expensive than that.

And they'll be competing with rapidly dropping costs for solar and other renewables. A big, expensive plant like that will need a 40-50 year lifetime to pay for itself. If you can't show that it will likely run profitably for that time period few or no companies will be willing to take on the very major investment. We may well see a technical breakthrough for fusion, and still get no plants actually built.

Comment Re:I've had this as a plug-in. (Score 3, Informative) 190

I'm assuming HTML5 graphics and videos will still play, so if it's limited to just Flash, so what?

So what? It'll stop all drive-by Flash malware. cf. the AOL ( attack vectors that are such a problem right now.

Amazon is refusing Flash ads on its CDN on the same day.

Comment Re:BTW (Score 1) 25

If you go to your journal list do you see a very dark gray gear on the very dark subject line on the journal next to the green "Journal" thing sticking out the side? (obviously not, but it's there. It's also right next to the very dark gray (x) icon to delete it, so clicking blindly is dangerous.) It's fancypants javascript so it may or may not work, it took a few seconds on mine to convert the subject and body fields to inputs I could change (I just tested it on mine, the "Preview" shows me the original post but submitting it saved the edit).

Comment Re:truth is... (Score 1) 93

Yea, because open-source software is famous for having well-designed, easy-to-use comprehensive instructions. ;>)

It often sucks, certainly. But there is one compelling advantage, in the case of unusual stuff such as this. The developers themselves are happy to talk about and answer questions around their tools. And open source tools tend to attract hobbyists that do things for fun, and are happy talking about what they do, and not just commercial developers that won't publicly say a word.

So with open source tools you're much more likely to find blog posts, forums and so on with information to help you along. There's a chance there's be people out there that had the same trouble you do, and wrote about it in public. With commercial tools - and especially tools with a userbase in the hundreds rather than tens or hundreds of thousands - there may simply be no public information out there at all beyond the docs written by the provider.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981