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Comment: Silly idea. (Score 1) 394

by Geeky (#48624545) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

There is no need for SSL everywhere and punishing sites without it by ranking them lower is just plain wrong. Why on earth would a brochure style site for a business need SSL? Why does Wikipedia need SSL (for readers, not for editing)? Why do blogs need SSL for readers? Why does the BBC News website need SSL?

There are a vast number of sites that have no need for SSL and it's simply unnecessary overhead.

Comment: Re:Gmail is already pretty good... (Score 1) 239

by Geeky (#48521307) Attached to: Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

No, it really isn't. Labels do not play well with IMAP and I find it keeps downloading the same mail dozens of times.

Plus the inbox categories (social and promotions) save me from setting up filters for stuff. Trouble is, that's not reflected in IMAP so that stuff still ends up in my inbox.

Comment: Re:Aw crap, here we go... (Score 1) 239

by Geeky (#48521241) Attached to: Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Does it? I've found the label system is a bit funky with IMAP, and Thunderbird seems to like downloading the same mail multiple times. I only use it to sync a backup copy, as I tend to use the web client, but I've found it's not that smooth an experience.

Other than that gmail just works for me. The tabs were a handy addition - it saves me setting up filters to keep less important stuff out of my inbox - and the spam filter is pretty much perfect. It doesn't need to change, and is a large part of me sticking with google for other services (and even using Android). If it changed too much, I'd have an incentive to look at alternatives.

Comment: Re:Speed of thought and other stuff (Score 1) 523

by Geeky (#48490101) Attached to: Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

And the danger of dropping anything from schools is that these skills are much, much easier to pick up as a child. I think I'd find it almost impossible to learn how to play an instrument now because I never did as a child. Same with sports. Most of my motor skills were picked up as a child or teenager - so I can type (even though I started on a ZX Spectrum!) and play pool to a reasonable standard. And, er, that's about it.

Comment: Re:Yawn ... (Score 2) 167

by Geeky (#48418167) Attached to: Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

What it boils down to is whether the cloud service is more reliable than doing it in-house - which has more downtime? Can you do it better than Azure? The cost then comes into it - can you do it better for less money? The only no-brainer is the service that is both more reliable and cheaper, otherwise you're looking at tradeoffs.

For some small businesses, cloud solutions may be both cheaper and more reliable than doing it in-house, especially if the core business is not IT related.

Of course, that assumes that customers of cloud services have done a proper analysis and aren't just jumping on a bandwagon.

Comment: Re:Don't forget the Trenders (Score 1) 176

by Geeky (#48358001) Attached to: The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

I'm late to this, so it probably won't be read, but I think towards the end it was possible to sync over a network. Even if there was no official way, there were open source sync tools that understood the data format, so it would've been possible.

The thing is, the Palm Pilots predate ubiquitous data networks - serial/usb tethered sync was pretty much the only viable option. They were just slow to adapt. Their first couple of phone offerings were OK, decent stabs in the pre-iPhone era, but the Palm Pre was awesome - just a little late to market. It was a great OS - to my mind better than the competition, but it sort of ended up the Phillips v2000 to the VHS vs. Betamax of Apple vs. Android.

Comment: Re:Efficiency (Score 1) 181

by Geeky (#48344513) Attached to: There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

Or "B logically follows from A. Therefore B is true if I want it to be. Unless I do really but don't want to tell you I do, or I can make a drama out of it not being true."

I'm trying not be misogynistic but sometimes it really is hard to follow the logic. Maybe it's just the one I'm seeing. I sort of assume attacking the logic of a certain action is somehow preferable to simply saying "I don't want to".

I should just accept that logic and relationships are non-overlapping magesteria.

Meh. Bad weekend.

Comment: Re:Why not strong passwords? (Score 1) 321

by Geeky (#48335183) Attached to: Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

Why not have a default password and have it force a change at first logon? Ideally before the device can connect to the wider net, so there isn't a window of vulnerability to someone locking out the device as soon as it's switched on. Have a physical factory reset button on the device itself to deal with lost passwords. That doesn't require a sophisticated userbase.

Mind you, these cameras require the user to take steps within their home router config to allow external access anyway - they'll pick up an IP from the router's DHCP, but action is required on the router to allow external connections. If someone is savvy enough to configure that, they ought to be savvy enough to know to change the password.

"When the going gets tough, the tough get empirical." -- Jon Carroll