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Comment Re: More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 2) 566

Or (at one time) "reasonable and prudent".

Perhaps my favorite factoid about the state I grew up in is that prior to 1974 there was no set speed limit. When the Federal 55MPH limit was set, Montana's law defined speeding not as a moving violation, but as an "environmental waste of resources", and the fine was a flat $5 which didn't go on your record. The joke was to "keep a stack of fives on the dash" while driving through Montana.

In 1995 they re-instated the "reasonable and prudent" speed limit until it was struck down in 1998. During all of this there was no evidence that the lack of speed limits impacted fatalities.

Comment Re:Oops (Score 2) 574

Or a fourth option: Wait for AdBlock subscriptions to be updated with rules that bypass Wired's ad-blocking blocking.

People who read Wired daily might be interested in spending $4 a month, but for someone like me who only ends up there a few times a month (probably the bulk of their "20%" number), there's no way that will fly. If the anti-adblock subscriptions get updated to work then great, but if not then I won't really miss Wired.

No more wired.com links please. It joins forbes.com on the /. blacklist.

Totally agreed, but will our new advertising firm overlords feel the same? Whaddya say, Whipslash?

Comment Re:Other side of the airtight hatchway (Score 5, Informative) 150

If you have the ability to write a malicious DLL into a folder for the executable, you already have the ability to run administrator level code. Why bother with the DLL?

cf: Raymond Chen

Exactly. Raymond covered this a few times in the past.

Using delayload to detect functionality is a security vulnerability
It rather involved being on the other side of this airtight hatchway: Disabling Safe DLL searching

If Safe DLL Search Mode is enabled, then the Current Directory isn't searched until after all the system directories are searched. Safe DLL search mode is enabled by default starting with Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2).

This sounds like a complete non-story.

Comment Re:Not good for per core licencing (Score 1) 336

Server 2016 is going per core licencing which means less cores overclocked

Given the drive to eke every last bit of economy (both dollars and joules) out of commodity server hardware, I see two possible outcomes for that: either future versions of Windows will have to reduce their licensing costs in the multicore scenarios, or most software will get ported over to other operating systems whose licensing costs are lower. (I'd imagine the latter is more sensible, since paying to license a GUI-based OS seems silly when running server software on a headless machine in a data center, but far be it from me to second-guess the IT industry)

Comment Re:speculative execution etc. With 1024 cores ... (Score 1) 336

With 4096 otherwise idle cores, it can make sense to calculate 1,000 possible scenarios in parallel and then ignore the 999 options you didn't need.

Well, maybe from a strict minimize-time-to-result perspective, but if we're also trying to minimize power usage (and given the subject of this article, we presumably are), then I'm not sure you're going to get any kind of efficiency win by doing 1000 times the necessary number of computations and throwing away almost all of them.

Comment Re:Revoke it (Score 1) 39

And in *two whole years*, they should have been able to establish that it was validating malware.

Is the app in question actually malware, according to Apple's definition of the term?

Or to put it another way, how evil does an application have to be before it should be labelled as malware? Is there a formal policy on this posted anywhere?

Comment Re: Everyone's phone, DSL and copper (Score 1) 177

I still keep a landline for emergency, it's never failed in 40 years.

Of course, the flip side of that is that you're likely paying a significant monthly bill to keep that reliable land line active.

My building's two front-door call boxes were each using a land line for their call-up function, and they were costing the HOA $65/month each. I switched them over to VOIP, now they cost the HOA about 25 cents per month each (not including the $23/month DSL service, since we had that set up anyway for unrelated reasons).

Comment Re:Sigh. (Score 2) 177

Junk making the front page that talks to me like I don't already work in IT or understand how common household technologies work.

Who are you? I didn't understand how DSL worked until I read the article, now I do. (Well, probably not, but now I know more than I did)

Comment Vertical solar panels? (Score 1) 212

People are getting so distracted by the word "luddite" that they've neglected to ask the important question: to what extent does having all of the solar panels mounted vertically affect their efficiency?

Granted, it looks cool, but I presume that most solar arrays are mounted horizontally (or at an angle determined by their location's latitude) so that they are as close to perpendicular as possible to the sun. Unless this installation is *really* far from the equator, it seems like they will be generating less electricity than they might have this way.

Comment Re:The gun is pointing at the foot (Score 5, Interesting) 416

And all 12 people that used the feature will be missed.

When your market share has shrunk to little more than the people who only continue to use your product because it has features that differentiate it from the alternatives, removing those very features is a damned stupid move.

I'm just waiting for them to finish the work currently underway to dump XUL and the current addon API, utterly destroying the current addon ecosystem and fully alienating all remaining users. That will be final stroke in Firefox's Chromification, and its death.

Comment Re:Ossified community (Score 1) 1831

Give back the subscribe feature so we can pay money to avoid ads. It hasn't worked in ages. I used to like to give other commenters gift subscriptions if they said something I found particularly entertaining or enlightening. It was like moderating, but with cash.

Another vote here for reviving and revitalizing the (now defunct) subscription feature. Let users pay to remove all advertising, keep some old perks (early viewing articles was great) and come up with some other cool perks. Consider updating the system to allow both time-based (e.g., monthly) as well as the old pageview-based option. A significant number of registered users abhor advertising and (at least claim to) want to support sites directly.

Oh, and fix the damned user account settings and preferences pages. It's embarrassing how broken they are, and how long they've been that way (years). It's impossible to find settings and some (like subscriptions and comment moderation options) seem to have been ninja-removed.

Comment Re:Literal comment (Score 1) 1831

Ability to prioritize certain posters.

You can already do this actually. If you log in you can add people to your Friends list and then set your comment moderation preferences so that friends get a bonus.

Slashdot is kind of decrepit but it does have some fairly powerful configuration options (especially when you consider it had them more than 10 years ago, haha).

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