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Comment: Re:Is MojoKid shilling for HotHardware allowed by (Score 1) 72

by Njovich (#49704251) Attached to: A Look At GTA V PC Performance and Image Quality At 4K

This is not Wikipedia, on Slashdot you are allowed to make submissions about yourself. This is not your website, and you do not make the rules. If you want to make a website where that is not allowed, you are free to do it.

Given that it's a fairly interesting story, who cares anyway?

Aside from that, I don't get why you would speculate on the exact person doing this, writing out his full name in a public forum. You could be right, but for all we know it could be a completely different person.

Comment: Re:~1500 App Developers wasted their time (Score 1) 73

by Njovich (#49526081) Attached to: Networking Library Bug Breaks HTTPS In ~1,500 iOS Apps

I think we are actually on the same page, I also never used networking libraries, but I can't blame people that did. NSURLConnection really was lacking.

Yeah, it was all possible, but when you searched for IOS networking problems on sites like Stackoverflow for networking related issues, you would often get answers that just gave a couple of lines of AFNetworking code to fix something that was a PITA in NSURLConnection.

If NSURLConnection really was that good, people wouldn't have bothered with libraries for basic tasks.

As for NSURLSession. The fact is that a lot of apps were written prior to IOS7 and you can not expect everyone to rewrite networking code to a new API. I suspect a lot of the pretty small group apps of apps caught by this problem were simply written before that.

Comment: Re:~1500 App Developers wasted their time (Score 0) 73

by Njovich (#49525665) Attached to: Networking Library Bug Breaks HTTPS In ~1,500 iOS Apps

I don't know why you would say that it's good. Especially early in IOS history it was pretty annoying to write basic networking functionality like downloading and saving a file that's too large to keep in memory. The whole reason people used libraries like these is because Apples API weren't easy enough to use.

Comment: Re:Mainframe vs PaaS and SaaS (Score 4, Insightful) 164

by Njovich (#48817881) Attached to: The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

From a business point of view they can be similar.

From the perspective of the mainframe guys, the whole point of a mainframe is that it is a single machine handling all of your transactions. Basically, it is simpler to deal with all kinds of transaction problems when you are not using a vastly distributed system with thousands of nodes. Typically PaaS/SaaS are large distributed systems.

To reliably and consistantly handle a very large stream of very important transactions where you basically need 100% reliability, they are a real option. The business case for a mainframe is something like, it would cost 200mln per year for some bank to make a failure proof distributed system, and 100mln to do it with a a mainframe. Outside of this type of systems, it is hard to think of any use for a mainframe, given the cost and complexity.

Comment: Re:i heard that Sony hack was insiders (Score 1) 231

by Njovich (#48720667) Attached to: US Slaps Sanctions On North Korea After Sony Cyberattack

How is this insightful? The Slashdot blurb doesn't mention anywhere that North Korea is responsible, it just says that the US is imposing sanctions based on it. Are you disputing that the US is imposing sanctions?

Also, what was this authoritative source that proofs beyond any doubt that it wasn't North Korea?

Comment: Content Security Policy (Score 2) 41

by Njovich (#48439567) Attached to: Critical XSS Flaws Patched In WordPress and Popular Plug-In

One highly underused technology is the Content Security Policy. It is supported in all major browsers, including IE10+.

With simple headers you can prevent anyone from using inline javascript or including scripts from non-whitelisted domains. For instance, the following headers would make inline scripts not execute, and only execute javascript from the whitelisted domains:

Content-Security-Policy: script-src 'self';
X-Content-Security-Policy: script-src 'self';

If projects like Wordpress would pick this up, it would make it very difficult to do XSS attacks.

Comment: As intended (Score 1) 282

by Njovich (#48128531) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

It was very obvious this was going to happen. Authorities even announced they would take action, and Uber has been very public about going to start this service and that they would pay any fines.

I don't know what the playbook of Uber and the transport inspection services are, but it is obvious that for both sides have these fines as part of it.

This makes it possible for Uber to fight it out in the courts, and will likely trigger discussion in the parliament that may lead to changes in the laws.

Comment: Re:Tegra based! (Score 1) 74

by Njovich (#47971653) Attached to: Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

I'm fairly certain the people of Taiwan consider Taiwan a different place than China -- enough so that they have the whole Taiwan name and all.

New Mexico and Mexico are not the same thing, but they are both in the Americas. North and South Korea are not the same thing, yet both people are Koreans.

So how is that possible, if they have their own name too?

Please ask any Taiwanese person about this, and you will hear the same thing. Taiwanese people consider themselves Chinese. You can try all you want to claim that 'China' is only the mainland part. But that doesn't make it true, and in fact is insulting to both Taiwanese and mainland chinese people.

Air is water with holes in it.