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Comment: Re:Good luck (Score 4, Insightful) 188

by Bogtha (#46823525) Attached to: You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

in my experience the bug reports and feedback you'll get from Joe Public will be next to worthless

Bug reports and feedback aren't the only valuable things that can come out of this. If an application crashes for a significant number of users at a particular point, it makes it easier to prioritise. It also makes it easier to detect problems that occur with real-world data and system rather than test data.

Comment: Poor design (Score 3, Insightful) 72

by Bogtha (#46810609) Attached to: 404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages

It seems to me that they are reinventing the <a> element, badly. Semantically, what they are trying to express is a series of related links. What they should be doing is relaxing the restrictions on nested <a> elements and defining the meaning of this, then defining a suitable URN for dated copies of documents. That way they don't need to replicate perfectly fine attributes such as rel in a DSL that isn't used anywhere else and the semantics of the relationship are more accurately described.

Comment: Re:Not the first time this has happened (Score 3, Interesting) 641

I wouldn't really take that exact approach as she's probably not going to be acting in any more Trek. I'd point out that she earns X amount of money by going to fan conventions, that she anticipates being able to do this for Y number of years into the future, and those fans are the type that would be extremely alienated by the perception that she's so scientifically illiterate, so she stands to lose X*Y amount of money. I daresay there's enough backlash in Trek forums to be able to prove this already.

Comment: Re:In a way its a good thing it didn't happen (Score 1) 149

by Bogtha (#46672081) Attached to: TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

Not sure if you meant to imply otherwise, but SSL certainly makes a website slower. No, on most devices, there's plenty of CPU available to do the actual encryption, so that's not usually a problem. But there's still the initial handshake to consider, and it still disables shared caching. And of course, there's a lot of devices that use HTTP that don't have desktop-class CPUs, so the CPU issue isn't as non-existent as you might assume.

Comment: Re:Are people not allowed to have opinions? (Score 1) 1482

by Bogtha (#46635559) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

But in no way do I support the demonization or boycott of people just because they have a different opinion of something than I do. To me that's a for of bigotry itself, and why would I want to be bigoted?

This guy financially supported an unconstitutional attempt to stop certain people getting married. It's not bigotry to shun people who are trying to change the law to reduce your legal rights.

Comment: Re:conversational format (Score 2) 142

by Bogtha (#46629773) Attached to: The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

If they weren't the first with conversational layout, they were the ones that popularised it.

They didn't get Ajax right. They just based their user interface around it, which none of the other major webmail providers were doing. This made things a lot faster, which most users appreciated. In fact, their use of Ajax was pretty lousy. You couldn't even open an email in a new window because instead of using proper links and hooking into them with Ajax, they concocted fake links based on spans that could only work with Ajax.

Comment: Re:Trojan Horse (Score 1) 150

I can't believe Comcast wouldn't see something like that coming though, nor have term limits that would let them stop it quickly enough for it not to be a viable proposition for Apple.

I wouldn't be surprised to find out that Apple have something in the works for a network. So far they've been happy to make deals, but Apple like to be in control of everything themselves. If they were going to do something like that though, I would assume that they'd try to jump straight to mobile networks and skipping wired connections altogether. They've got the cash to build something like that and every incentive considering all of their mobile devices would use it as well.

It used to be the case that if you wanted to make a great device, you needed to own both the hardware side and the software side. These days, you also need to own the network side as well.

Comment: Re:Trademark Violation (Score 1) 78

by Bogtha (#46541179) Attached to: Tor Project: Fake Tor App Has Been In Apple's App Store For Months

Trademark law, like copyright, is relatively sensible as it is designed to be used. Trademark law is designed to protect customers, not corporations. It's there so that when you buy a FooBar, you know you are getting a genuine FooBar and not a knock-off. However some people treat it like ownership of words and use it as a club to censor people. That's what people usually object to, not trademarks as they were intended to be used.

Comment: Re:Fly me to Mars or even to the Moon. (Score 1) 401

by Bogtha (#46498225) Attached to: NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

Frankly, I think this is useful.

Sure, but that doesn't mean NASA should be doing it. Get some other government body to do it. Or set one up if there isn't anything suitable already existing. Don't use money allocated for space research for something other than space research.

Comment: What's the issue here? (Score 1) 58

by Bogtha (#46462183) Attached to: Large DDoS Attack Brings WordPress Pingback Abuse Back Into Spotlight

For attackers, the advantage of abusing the WordPress pingback feature in this manner is that they can spread their attacks over a large number of unique IP addresses, making it harder for the targeted sites to block them, Cid said. "It does not amplify the bandwidth utilization, but the scale and reach of the attack."

From the description of the issue, all that seems to be happening here is that an attacker makes an HTTP request to a third-party blog that supports Pingback, and that blog makes an HTTP request to the target. As stated, there's no amplification, so all this appears to be doing is masking the source of the attack.

To what is he referring when he says that it amplifies the "scale and reach" of the attack?

Comment: Self-censored? (Score 5, Insightful) 66

by Bogtha (#46453385) Attached to: CanSecWest Presenter Self-Censors Risky Critical Infrastructure Talk

Since his lab is under supervision of the French government, he was required to review his findings with authorities. [...] They told me that this presentation was unsuitable for being public [...] Filiol said his research is now classified.

I know he says that pulling out was the moral thing to do, but describing this as "self censorship" is a bit of a misrepresentation. He showed every tiing ahead with it until the French government got involved, and if he had wanted to go ahead with it, the French government would have stopped him.

Comment: Re:Airplay mirroring with touch to in-dash display (Score 1) 198

by Bogtha (#46388579) Attached to: Apple To Unveil Its 'iOS In the Car' Project Next Week

Why have I never seen any combination of iDevice, AppleTV, and any TV that can scale the smaller screen to the 1080p screen?

I don't know, why haven't you?

This is a solved problem that Apple has gratuitously failed to fix for years now.

This was never broken. Go back to the first devices and the first version of iOS that implemented AirPlay and write an application yourself to test it out. The functionality is there. If you only use applications that don't support varying resolutions, that's not Apple's problem.

Comment: Re:Parasitic Rentiers (Score 1) 258

by Bogtha (#46386241) Attached to: Inventor Has Waited 43 Years For Patent Approval

What value has this man added to a single piece of equipment sold in the last 40 years?

Zero, and that's precisely the problem here. The patent system is designed to encourage inventors to publish implementation details rather than keep them secret. While the patent is active, the holder of the patent can capitalise on their temporary monopoly. Once the patent expires, everybody is free to use that implementation as documented in the patent, thus adding value to the world.

The alternative to patents for most companies is not publishing everything freely, it's keeping them as trade secrets, which never expire. The patent system is an attempt to convert trade secrets into something that is eventually freely published.

This mechanism failed here. What should have been published a long time ago and free for everybody to use a long time ago was locked up and kept secret in the patent application. This invention hasn't benefitted the world because the patent office sat on it. Saying that he hasn't contributed to the industry shouldn't be considered an attack on him, but an attack on the patent office that held up the publishing of this patent.

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