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Comment: Re:Now how about the third party ad networks (Score 1) 61

by tepples (#48028017) Attached to: CloudFlare Announces Free SSL Support For All Customers

Gingerbread is finally disappearing but it's taken a while.

I still haven't seen an iPod touch counterpart (that is, a 4"-class tablet without a cellular radio) that runs recent Android. Both the Archos 43 Internet Tablet and the Samsung Galaxy Player are stuck on 2.x without rooting and CMing the thing because they lack the RAM for 4.x.

aren't there privacy issues associated with SNI? [describes outline of attack]

Someone monitoring your DNS requests can see the same hostname that you're sending to the SNI server. Besides, pre-DNS, someone monitoring your TLS requests could see the IP address to which you connect and the certificate that the server returns.

Comment: Re: Secure. Unicode. SoylentNews is people. (Score 1) 61

by tepples (#48027947) Attached to: CloudFlare Announces Free SSL Support For All Customers
I read Slashdot's non-mobile site without problems on my first-generation Nexus 7 tablet. Chrome and Firefox both do a good job of blowing up the text so that it's readable without having to scroll sideways. I have Slashdot set never to use the mobile site because the mobile site didn't support the Preview button when I checked.

Comment: Hmmmm ... (Score 1) 169

by gstoddart (#48027741) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

So, are they going to remove this once they've finalized the release?

Or is Microsoft more or less giving themselves the right to do real time monitoring of every Windows machine on the planet?

Because that would make them even bigger assholes than I've come to expect, and quite possibly would break the law in a bunch of places.

Sounds like a terrible idea to me, maybe if they focused on more QA before they released it, they wouldn't need to do this.

A real-time "call home to Microsoft" feature needs to be killed.

Comment: Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 88

by swillden (#48027703) Attached to: Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

This sounds needlessly complicated. Let's just each do what we can for others in, say, seven hours on four days of every week, and leave the rest to our leisure.

So... you're suggesting that we apply the open source notion of "everyone works on what interests them" to all productive labor? While I'm a big fan of open source, that approach has real and obvious problems. Are you going to volunteer to maintain the sewage treatment plants?

Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 1) 178

by Tom (#48027493) Attached to: Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

Not friendly to disabled or old people.

However, one-way walkways are entirely possible. You could have moving stairs that only move in one direction - that way a user erroneously going the wrong way would definitely notice.

It's all about assuming that users make mistakes and changing your mindset from shaking your head and mumbling "stupid lusers" to "let's see how we can handle that..."

It's quite an interesting subject, and finding great solutions to these problems is a challenge to more than just math skills.

Comment: Re:Nice, but... (Score 1) 85

by jedidiah (#48027477) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

A lot of work is so old by now that it should be in the public domain. Copyright was never meant to be a new form of property or a means to extract tolls from end users until the end of time.

The point of both copyright and patents is to encourage the creation of ideas/inventions that EVERYONE can use.

"copying the work" is the intended ultimate result.

Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 1) 85

by swillden (#48027457) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

I can just about manage to get things done in GIMP, but it's not a pleasure; the UI is an utter mess.

On what platform?

I find that GIMP's UI is just fine with a proper window manager. On OS X it's very painful, though, and I would expect the same on Windows (dunno, I haven't used Windows in about 15 years).

Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 0) 85

by jedidiah (#48027421) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

No. He just doesn't take Lemming trolls at face value.

Most people whining about GIMP and putting Photoshop on a pedestal are amateurs and consumers that would never actually pay for a copy of Photoshop ever.

Photoshop is a lot of cost for questionable marginal benefit.

Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 1) 178

by Tom (#48027405) Attached to: Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

You believe that user interfaces have to be made either for idiots or for geeks. Nothing could be further from the truth. A good interface allows both automation and is tolerant of failures. This is not only not exclusive, it is mutually supporting - when you want to automate something, proper error handling is even more important.

Comment: Re:There Ain't No Stealth In Space (Score 1) 422

by khasim (#48027291) Attached to: The Physics of Space Battles

The assumption here is that the exhaust is in the form of a gas.

Okay.

Once it passes through the constriction of the rocket nozzle, it expands (the effect is to turn thermal random motion of the particles of the exhaust into directed velocity).

Explain how "it expands" does not equate to expanding beyond the boundary of the shielding.

After leaving the bell, there are no more restrictions to expansion of the gas aside from the small amount of matter in space.

Again, explain how "it expands" does not equate to expanding beyond the boundary of the shielding.

And how it cools to background radiation levels BEFORE "it expands" hits the shield boundary.

Because THAT is the issue you've been skipping.

And again, so what?

Because "stealth" probably does not include "dying of old age 200 years before getting out of your own back yard".

Then use physics to make that argument not assertions that I brought up Voyager.

I already have. But you keep skipping over it. I just did it again at the beginning of this post.

Here it is again:
PHYSICS says that the exhaust will expand. Eventually the exhaust cloud will be larger than the area covered by the "shield". At which time the exhaust will be visible.

You claim that the exhaust will cool to the same level as the background radiation before that. Yet you do not explain HOW it will cool that much.

You keep confusing "cool" with "background radiation". Going from 3,000 K to 2,000 K is "cooling". But 2,000 K is not the same as "background radiation".

Stealth isn't perfect. It would be relatively hard against large, sensitive detectors.

Then it is not "stealth".

You are not "invisible" if you depend upon the enemy being blind.

Comment: Re:OEMs cannot write software (Score 1) 365

Currently I am using the local calendar adapter for Google calendar, from F-droid. Works well. There is a similar CalDAV adapter too - doesn't it work nicely with owncloud? I was hoping to use it some day.

The issue I'be had with it is that it doesn't really do merging, it does 'server always wins'. This means that if you delete an event locally, on the next sync it will reappear. It's fine for new events created on the device and for events created elsewhere if you just want to view them on the device. I use owncloud on the server and iCal on my laptop and editing things on either of those is fine.

Anyway, that was my point. Google and the other big 4, really do good UI - much as I hate to expose my data for their inspection.

The reason I stopped using the search engine was that they made a UI that pissed me off enough to make me quit. I've not found Google UIs to be particularly well designed in general - I could file a few hundred UI bug reports on the general Android system, including a lot that are regressions.

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