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Comment Re:No brute-forcing murky... or clear? (Score 0) 187

Semantics. There's no brutality in this attack, hence the name brute force shouldn't be applied. He isn't pushing the system to the limits while going through all the possible values, which is what happens in traditional brute force attacks.
The ban on that type of attack is to prevent the researchers to overload the servers. This can't put any noticeable load on the server at all.

Comment Re:Idiot (Score 1) 942

I've actually seen lots of bread recipes that make use of "cups".
Bread is actually sensitive to small differences. If you don't have a precise "cup" of flour or liquids, your bread can totally be different!

Of course, if you're serious about it, you're not going to look at those recipes as they aren't inherently good. Making bread requires some experience as the current temperature, ambiant humidity or flour can be different from room to room, let alone countries to countries. And still, people look at those and say that it isn't a good recipe as they didn't get the same result as you...

Cooking is about precision. I wouldn't use volume to mesure flour, just the same way I wouldn't use the time it takes to drop out of the flour box to mesure it.
"Drop flour for 3 seconds in a bowl..."

Comment Simple fix (Score 1) 238

Isn't iMessage always associated with an email address too?
Wouldn't it be easy to send an email to people when they haven't received a message after a day?
There could be a link in the email telling people how to remove their phone number from the service and receive subsequent messages directly as SMS if they switched phone.

Comment Re:A firearm that depends on a battery? (Score 5, Funny) 1374

You should consider a sword and shield to defend yourself, they are less likely to fail. Or a small dagger eventually if your place is not big enough to swing a sword around.
If you need to fight long distance, consider a bow and arrow. According to the Predator documentary, it even works against aliens with superior technology.

Comment Re:A firearm that depends on a battery? (Score 4, Insightful) 1374

People aren't very good about checking the condition of their gun either.
Or if the safety is off.
Or if it's loaded.
Or if the kid didn't move it from the usual place when he showed it to his friends.

There's already a lot of uncertainty. You can't be sure of anything if you don't take care of it.
So no, a battery isn't an issue, it's another safety.

Comment The Guardian has it wrong (Score 5, Informative) 477

It isn't forbidden to read emails, it is forbidden for employers to require the employees to read them or be reachable through their personal or company phone.
Employees must be allowed to have a 11h "blackout" between two consecutive working days and 35h during weekends.
If an employee wants to read emails and do extra work, it's up to him, but it can't be imposed.

And this is an agreement just for some business types (mainly IT related), not everyone.

Comment Great (Score 1) 157

Now we have a new AMD card that can generate more OpenGL errors per second!

Seriously, working with AMD is hard. Their OpenGL implementation never works properly and we always need workarounds to get the job done.
NVidia on the other hand has always been working better for me as a developer.

Comment Re:So? (Score 2) 185

Nothing prevents you to put a link to the binaries on your website. And if you can't afford a to host a website, there are still file hosting service happy to finally get some legal files.

Also, you know, there were some malware abusing the system and downloading some files on some popular legitimate projects ( http://news.softpedia.com/news/New-TDL-Malware-Variant-Uses-Chromium-Embedded-Framework-339791.shtml ). I don't know many projects affected beside this one and I'm sure Google knows better and this move wasn't just to mess around with legitimate users and reduce the costs.

The only difference between a car salesman and a computer salesman is that the car salesman knows he's lying.

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