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Comment: Re:It has nothing to do with the part counts (Score 1) 281

That's marvellous if you are along the corridor of chargers. Not so marvellous for the vast number of people who aren't. Or who can't afford a Tesla.

It's not hard to envisage every gas station having chargers some day (or diners / supermarkets / convenience stores who want to attract business while vehicles charge). That day is still some way off.

Comment: Re:Root Your Device? (Score 3, Funny) 54

by DrXym (#48424391) Attached to: Android Botnet Evolves, Could Pose Threat To Corporate Networks

I guess someone would have to tell us how to detect it, or something else equally helpful to actually PREVENT this threat. Warnings are pointless without a plan.

Just google for "free antivirus and sexy girl screensaver APK". Lots of Chinese warez sites have it. The app asks for a lot of permissions but only to see if there are viruses hiding in your text messages or contacts.

Comment: Re:Ba Da ... (Score 1) 397

It's one thing to not default search to Google, but it would be another entirely to remove it from the list. As I don't run Mint, I'm assuming you mean the latter by "actively prevent". Even Mint can't use the standard Firefox branding or search plugin (perhaps it has an affiliate id in out), there are other ones which would work.

Comment: Fix the problem properly (Score 1) 210

by DrXym (#48413319) Attached to: Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web
Let sites create their own keys and sign them (or not) by anyone they feel like. This could include CAs but equally it could include other sites they do business with to build a web of trust. And the browser should use SSL observatory to compare and cache these keys and present a simple checklist of what protection the site has against attack, its level of trust etc.

The existing model is broken by the fact that CAs are not always trustworthy, the certs they issue to most sites are worthless as tokens of trust and the whole mechanism is a tax on security. It needs all browser makers to knock heads and make CAs for security an optional thing. Yes some sites like banks or whatever might want to pay some CA to audit their security procedures for storing a cert. For most sites it's complete overkill.

Comment: Re:Buyer Beware (Score 1) 473

by DrXym (#48409861) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

This Kickstarter stuff isn't very well regulated...

A fool and their money are soon parted. I've yet to see a single kickstarter that would justify me giving a single penny to it. Most of them are glorified preorders - "give us money now and in a year or two we might deliver a product you can have for a small discount off its eventual retail price". No thanks.

Comment: Re:The wait was unnessesary (Score 3, Interesting) 133

by DrXym (#48409505) Attached to: HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile
Typescript is similar to Actionscript and compiles down to Javascript. You can do stuff like interfaces, classes, inheritance, compile time typechecking etc. My experience of Typescript is the language is okay but developing it is painful because the tools are awful, particularly for someone coming from a place like Java where IDEs will give instant feedback on errors, code completion, formatting etc. Even stuff like ordering of classes can break the JS even when the TS compiles perfectly.

I would agree with the sentiment that people who think JS (or HTML5) is some panacea for Flash are idiots. Flash was hated primarily because it was TOO popular - sites abused the fuck out of it and multi tabbed browsers sagged under the weight of so many running instances. If JS is abused the same way the performance would be just as bad.

JS is often considered the problem, not the solution to web development. This is why coffeescript, typescript et al exit. Plus a raft of JS libraries like jquery, backbone, underscore, phantom, handlebars etc. to hide the differences or provide basic niceties that JS lacks. Plus the likes of dart, emscripten, GWT and so on which bury JS completely and spit out compiled JS. Plus the recognition from browsers that JS performance sucks and the optimization paths they've implemented (e.g. asm.js). That said, we're almost in a place where 95% of the use cases for Flash are probably achievable in JS. Personally I wish browsers would adopt PNaCl or something similar so code can be compiled and run at near native speeds - skip JS as an intermediate format when it doesn't make sense and just let sites ship bitcode.

Comment: Don't preorder (Score 1) 474

A lot of money is riding on a game release. They cost millions to produce and market and delaying could cost millions more. A game would have to be seriously broken to be delayed.

So it's unsurprising that Ubisoft pushed it out the way it was. If they announced a delay, they'd lose out on seasonal sales, their preorders would be decimated and it would affect their quarterly figures. So they pushed out something with some serious bugs and performance issues and used an embargo to prevent bad press until after all those preorders were fulfilled. I'm sure they'll get around to fixing the worst of the bugs, but people have been sold a lemon.

As consumers, there is a clear lesson to be learned here - do not preorder. Do not reward companies who use hype and lies to promote a game that may not live up to expectations. If a game is THAT AMAZING, then it'll still be so in a week or two after release when consensus is formed. And if it isn't... well that's €60+ you've saved for a better game.

Comment: Re:Same thing in the US (Score 1) 356

by DrXym (#48354551) Attached to: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again
I don't believe that to be true beyond what you might get from shifting from one food source to another - some temporary effects to your gut. And besides if she affected her health by not eating then it is in her interest to start again even if that means gradual reintroduction and abstinence again when circumstances allowed for it.

Comment: Re:It freakin' works fine (Score 1) 928

by DrXym (#48299487) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?
ASCII digits aren't much harder to use for BCD than EBCDIC. In ASCII the digits would be 0011NNNN and in EBCDIC they're 1111NNNN as binary. Assuming you masked off the top 4 bits it would be the same code to do BCD with either.

Aside from digits, EBCDIC is infamous for it's bizarro alphabet layout which wasn't contiguous so code patterns like "if 'a' I suspect the EBCDIC only existed because IBM being IBM couldn't countenance interoperability with other systems and therefore tried to ringfence and enforce its own format.

Comment: Re:StartSSL, DANE, Perspectives (Score 1) 70

TL;DR: Install Perspectives if you want to use an unknown CA.

It's not a case of installing anything. It requires a whole new secure protocol that browsers support out of the box.

Broken by StartSSL, which provides personal use certificates without charge.

It's still a CA and it's demonstrative of the uselessness of a CA in the first place. The cert makes a scary box go away nothing more. Even if its free (in money) it's still an onerous task in time and effort to obtain a cert. And with my tinfoil hat on, why should I trust an operation in Israel to generate a trustworthy certificate for my site? It's not the first time a CA has been compromised and issued phony certs for MITM attacks.

I have my own problems with PGP's assumption of transitive trust. Just because you can vouch for someone's identity doesn't mean you can vouch for that person's ability to correctly vouch for others' identities.

True but it still has the potential to build more meaningful trust to a site than a CA can. e.g. Red Hat could sign Ubuntu's site and vice versa and they could sign various Linux user groups and so forth. Just like happens with PGP keys. It's more meaningful than some random CA and far harder compromise especially if browsers cache keys and signatories or look them up in SSL observatory.

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.

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