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Comment: Re:The web is shrinking (Score 1) 391

by Midnight Thunder (#48624033) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

The problem is when Google decides something is good for everyone they don't give us ways to switch back to the old behaviour, even if that change feels like a middle finger. You can have a thousand people open bug reports and Google devs will politely tell you that they know better than everyone else. Sometimes it makes me want to grab a bunch of eager developers and fork Chrome. In the meantime there is still Firefox and Opera to move to.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 391

by Midnight Thunder (#48624017) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

For the session tokens, their values can be encrypted and they can be tied to an IP address. If the client does not need to do anything special with the cookie values, then the server can do whatever it wants. The session ID cookie may not even need to be encrypted and instead the server side holds which IP address the session is locked to, so it can't be reused.

Comment: Re:Wildly premature question (Score 1) 81

by Bruce Perens (#48620117) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

If we look at jet aircraft, wear depends on the airframe and the engines, and the airframe seems to be the number of pressurize/depressurize cycles as well as the running hours. Engines get swapped out routinely but when the airframe has enough stress it's time to retire the aircraft lest it suffer catastrophic failure. Rockets are different in scale (much greater stresses) but we can expect the failure points due to age to be those two, with the addition of one main rocket-specific failure point: cryogenic tanks.

How long each will be reliable can be established using ground-based environmental testing. Nobody has the numbers for Falcon 9R yet.

Weight vs. reusable life will become a design decision in rocket design.

Comment: one way streets and other inconveniences. (Score 1) 594

by Midnight Thunder (#48607723) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Don't live next to the freeway if you don't like traffic

Sometimes that is the only place to live. Gating a community is not a better option either.

The solutions I have seen in other places include:
    - narrowing the intersections to reduce speed of traffic
    - making one way streets that locals know how to use, but end up diverting traffic back onto the main arteries.
    - introducing speed bumps to slow traffic
    - lowering speed limit on these secondary roads
    - blocking part of the street with a park, to force traffic to have make more detours
    - adding public transport lanes, while sacrificing car traffic lanes.

The solution will depend on the exact location and will probably end up being a hybrid

Comment: Re:Censorship (Score 2) 183

by Midnight Thunder (#48572063) Attached to: Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

The problem I see here is a symptom of Europe run by people who are from another era, at least in terms of thinking. The reaction by the papers is a natural one, but it is more of a knee jerk reaction that trying to understand the technology and how it works. What we need are younger people getting into politics, at least in terms of technology advisors, such that decisions aren't being made based on a reality that is 40 years past.

For the journalists, often the best way to be able to write open their own country is actually to be based outside of it. The irony is that sometimes a true patriot needs to be outside of their own borders to raise the issues that that would rather be swept under the carpet.

Comment: Wi-fi? (Score 1) 40

by Midnight Thunder (#48529931) Attached to: Starbucks Testing Mobile Order and Pay In Portland On iOS

They could have probably achieved the same thing by just having people use their wifi service? No GPS needed. The bonus is devices such as tablets could be used too. Sure it would mean needing to sign into wifi, but maybe giving people choice between wifi and GPS?

Maybe as an extension, they could even have someone walk the line, in busy locations, taking orders on a tablet, equipped with a card reader?

Comment: Re:open-source voting machines. (Score 3, Insightful) 127

Paper ballots are pretty damn open-source.

Just because a voting machine is supposedly running open-source software doesn't preclude tampering - hardware or software.

I can remember one wise lecturer in my computer science course gave a challenge to come up with a system to solve a customer's problem. Being CS students we designed everything requiring the use of a computer. At the end he asked us if we had considered whether a non-computer based system would have actually have done a better job. While in the particular case the answer was no, it did show us that sometimes we use technology for technology's sake and not to solve the problem in the best possible way. Voting machines should be approached in the same way and the opti-scan mention by another poster certainly seems to strike the right balance between solving the problem and not throwing the wrong technology into the mix.

Comment: Re:systemd (Score 1) 267

by fanatic (#48431457) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

But the only way for Linux to get out of its rut (and yes, unless you think it should stay as a 1% niche to only be accessibly by geeks and techheads it really is still stuck in a rut) it needs at least SOME standardization in important areas like a broken init system.

systemd will not magically make major vendors pre-install Linux on inexpensive PCs and laptops. Until that happens, we're stuck at 1%.

Comment: Wikipedia the vector (Score 1) 61

by Bruce Perens (#48386659) Attached to: Researchers Forecast the Spread of Diseases Using Wikipedia

Like others I found the headline confusing. I read it as "Researchers are predicting the use of Wikipedia as a vector for the spread of disease". This may mean that:

  • Disinformation and ignorance are diseases.
  • Memes and computer viruses are diseases.
  • Wilipedia contains information that leads to depression.
  • Instructions on Wikipedia lead to substance abuse.
  • This is getting entertaining, fill in your own reason here.

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