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Comment Re: Why? (Score 1) 92

Do you really want to bug those user's repeatedly with self signed cert validation prompts...

No - you set up a Web base CA that let's them request certificates (and that CA ensures that they are only valid for local-network names), and publish the root certificates on that site, with instructions for how the users can load them into their systems/browsers.

Then they don't get prompted for locally-issued certificates.

Comment Re:Apocalypse, Really? (Score 1) 293

I have Windows Update set to download updates, but I need to install them.

The Win8.1 Update was optional - I had to select it to get it installed (which went OK). Odd for something so essential to future updates.

Anyone updating from 8.0 to 8.1 (now) has it pre-installed as part of the update download for the Windows Store (did that on another system 3 weeks ago).

Comment Re:A patch closer to usability, few more to go (Score 1) 294

I like the start menu for what it is:

It's quite simple to get in back in Win8.1.

Just add a New Toolbar for the folder: \ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and squish it along to the left.

It will be called "Programs" and it won't be on the very left, but it will show the familiar hierarchy.

Comment Wrong cause for the observed effect. (Score 1) 1037

If I hadn't been exposed to all of the different arguments about religion, etc., via the internet I would probably just be another person who identifies as religious but doesn't attend services.

So what actually| changed your mind was the exposure to different views, which made you question your own for the first time.

If you'd gone to the local library, or had a teacher who asked you to question things, the same thing would have happened eventually.

The Internet was not the cause - just the vector.

Comment Re:Fixed-point arithmetic (Score 1) 226

In IEEE floating point math, "(a+b)+c" might not be the same as "a+(b+c)".

And if your code is sensitive to that then you are using the wrong algorithm. So it's the algorithm which needs to be fixed. not the FPU environment.

All floating[-point work is approximate. It's up to you to ensure that the significances are greater than the approximations.

Comment Who burnt all the money? (Score 1) 767

The breakdown includes about $3.1 billion in lost government services, $152 million per day in lost travel spending, $76 million per day lost because of National Parks being shut down, and $217 million per day in lost federal and contractor wages in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area alone.

So this money has all been lost? Completely? Someone burnt it?
If not, then surely it is all still available, and has been/will be spent on other things.

Sounds like an accountancy disappearing trick to me.

Comment Re:If that's true, Most parents are NUTS! (Score 1) 198

Learn about *what* exactly? What's on TV or the internet that they simply *must* learn?

That was really a reference to the "world outside".

I don't know if you have kids or not...

Three - all in their 20's now. And nothing pleased me more than when they worked out that something was "wrong" based on their own experiences, rather than me having to tell them so (at which point they often disagreed, and usually put up some good arguments for their views).

So I prefer to give general guidelines, let them know that I'll (try to) help with any problems then let them get on with it. They did things differently to how I would have done them, but it all worked for them, and I reckon they're the better for having their own experiential learning, rather than any proscriptive edicts from me.

"For the love of phlegm...a stupid wall of death rays. How tacky can ya get?" - Post Brothers comics