At first glance, I read that as "you and your elk"
Sure, we would have fewer premature deaths from respiratory illnesses, but that would mean more non-working octogenarians and nonagenarians. Studies out of Europe have shown that keeping people smoking and obese is much more economically viable because they tend to be productive up until retirement, or near-retirement, age, then die of a short illness. "Healthy" people, on the other hand, live a long time, fighting off repeated illnesses for a decade or two after retirement. Eliminating coal would probably have a similar effect.
I am playing devil's advocate here. I don't believe we should keep coal just to kill off retirees. After-all, I plan to be one someday.
What was the point of SSL Certs? Easy. To create an industry to skim money from companies doing e-commerce. There are dozens of certificate authorities that are trusted by web browsers and any number of intermediary signing authorities that chain their certs to the trusted root cert signers. Any one of these signing authorities could be compromised and made to issue certs that pass a web browser's rudimentary security checks. The concept of using trusted third party cert signers is not necessarily a terrible one, but it's out of control. Sure, bad certs get revoked, but that depends on the web browser getting updates; something that can not be assumed. And from my experience, the average user has no idea what a cert is, what it does, and why they get warnings about bad certs, so they just blow through the warnings anyway. At least with an SSL decrypting gateway in place, it can be better trusted to be updated about revoked certs and be configured to reject SSL connections using faulty certs.
If you go shopping for SSL certs, you will find companies selling all manner of certs with escalating trust levels, and it's all bullshit. Nobody except an IT pro has any idea of what the difference is between a basic $100 cert and a $1000 super-duper platinum trusted true business identity certification. The difference - is more buzz words and a bigger greener status bar at the top of your browser window: A status bar that no one will notice. All it does is bring more money to the cert signers and make the e-commerce vendors THINK they are safer.
Though to be fair, it may save some traffic accidents due to allowing more people to drive home in the daylight
Not where I live. Here, It causes more accidents. I commute east in the morning to go to work, and west in the evening to go home. There is a period of about two weeks in the Spring and two weeks in the Autumn when the Sun is just above the horizon during rush hour, in just the right position to half blind drivers, causing accidents. Correction... without Daylight Saving Time, this would happen only twice each year. But because of DST, this happens 4 time a year. Twice on the spring, and twice in the Autumn.
You presume SSL is secure in the first place. Is the destination server compromised? Did someone share a virus on your Dropbox share? Is there some malware making an SSL tunnel to the outside and using your machine as a gateway to attack the servers? Is someone using a proxy to download undesirable shit on company time. Is your ISP's DNS cache poisoned and you are being redirected to a fake site using a forged SSL cert from a compromised certificate signing authority? Security is messy.
It doesn't have to be a question of abuse, it's more a question of security. If your firewall/intrusion detection systems don't decrypt SSL, they can't scan it for viruses/malware/intrusions/etc.
At my last job I did this to a limited extent. I decrypted filesharing sites and services so that I could scan files for viruses at the gateway before they made it to a computer. However, financial and medical industry sites were specifically excluded from decryption, due to the liability issues, and we publicized the fact that we were scanning encrypted traffic.
There are genuine uses for the technology. More and more sites are going to SSL all the time. That makes impossible to sniff the traffic for virus and intrusions. For schools and libraries, many of which are required to filter for content, unencrypted SSL prevents the content filters from working correctly. I expect that more employers will turn to this in the near future. Doesn't everyone expect
I've never had that issue with French presses, but I'm usually using ~1 quart versions, so the temperature of the glass isn't a problem. I suppose it could be a problem if your press is smaller. But, you can solve that problem by warming the press first with some excess boiling water.
I generally only make coffee on weekends. I usually make 4 cups on Saturday morning and immediately pour it into one of these: http://www.zojirushi.com/produ... It's the best thermal cafe I have ever seen. I can brew 4 cups on Saturday, drink two cups, and leave the rest for Sunday morning. 24 hours later the coffee is still hot enough for drinking.
You try and tell the young people of today that and they won't believe you
I propose we limit copyright to a term no greater than that of patent, and require that the source code of any software be provided in the copyright filings so that it cannot be lost.
Copyright protection is automatic. You don't have to file for it. Anything you write that is an original work is protected automatically, even one-off comments on a technology news site.
Patents are where I see a potential for saving public domain. Many, perhaps most, Slashdot users here will disagree with me, but I don't think code should automatically qualify as speech, nor should most code enjoy copyright protection. Most code is more analogous to a machine than to literary text or visual art. Machines, when broken down to their lowest components, machines are devises that use energy to transform matter into different forms. Code is a construct that uses energy to transform data into other forms of data. Code can be art, like a painting or a sculpture, and it can be used to convey information and ideas, like a book or a play. But by and large, most code is written to do a job, like cellphone firmware, or to be a tool, like a web browser or a word processor. Code like this should not be copyrighted, but it should be patentable, just like the machines they are.
Here is where patent law has failed us. Software patent applications should, by law, include full source code or at least psudo-code. If you look up the patent information for any physical machine, you could follow those designs to reproduce that machine. Not so with software patents, which are notoriously vague.
Moreover, if a piece of software is protected under patent, it should not get the benefit of copyright protection, or vice-verse.
802.11a is not really a problem. It runs as fast as g out of the box, and the 5GHz band has about 6 times the bandwidth available in the 2.4GHz band. The industry needs to bite the bullet and jump to 5GHz support for new devices that need high throughput, and use 2.4GHz for slower devices that need range over throughput.
Except for RAM, the vast majority of PC users will never fully max out their machine. They won't even get close to what the CPU can do. Even 10 years ago when someone asked me what kind of PC they should buy, I would tell them to buy the oldest machine they can find with twice as much memory as they think they need -- because in my experience, lots of RAM contributes more to the longevity of a machine than loads of CPU.
I disagree in one respect - cache counts. From my experience, the main-line Intel CPUs typically have two to three years longer useful life than Intel's budget cripple-ware CPUs.
I think Vista's real problem was that MS let PC manufacturers slap it on underpowered hardware. I used to get Vista laptops in with 2GB of RAM and integrated video, but they came from the manufacturer with all of the Aero Glass glitzy features turned on. The users would complain constantly about how slow they were. I'd upgrade them to 4GB and turn off Aero, and they were suddenly very nice machines.
There are no transaction fees, either for you or for the businesses you patronize. If you want to support local businesses, use cash.
It is too simple. If everyone had solar panels the power companies would go broke, unless they jacked up their connection fees. But, that would unfairly impact people who can't afford to put solar panes on their roofs. It would be better if power companies bought the power from homeowners at wholesale costs during peak production hours and sold them power at normal retail prices when the sun is down. Net-metering, like the system you describe, is codified in many state's laws, including Hawaii, but I don't think it will be sustainable as solar panels become more common.