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Comment: According to the article... (Score 2) 65 65


"Interactions with websites running HTTPS encryption, which includes financial transactions, were not leaked."

Whew... Although there are some privacy implications, HTTPS seems to work for your most important web use. And, with the transition to almost all sites running HTTPS encryption - hopefully with no bugs in that - the problem cited in the article may go away. There have been some concerns about HTTPS reliability, such as forged certificates, but hopefully the problems will be solved. I'm not completely up to date an the problems w/ HTTPS, though.

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 2) 668 668

I presume you are in the UK. In the USA persons educated and licensed to distribute prescription drugs are called pharmacists, not chemists. In the USA persons educated and who work in the area of the chemical sciences are called chemists. I'm not sure what the latter are called in the UK - chemical scientists? If both professionals are called chemists then I can imagine some confusion.

Comment: Re:The next inventions in North Korea (Score 1) 162 162

Canoes aren't cars. Canoes don't have wheels which means they can't go "off the water". Canoes also use the energy of its occupants to provide energy unless they're going down stream then generally they'll end up in a lake, reservoir or the ocean. Of course, if the occupants of the canoe are living on the nutritious air the North Koreans invent, they could use canoes for water trips and put bicycle like wheel drives in the cars to make them move on hard ground.

Comment: The next inventions in North Korea (Score 1) 162 162

Soon we'll hear how North Koreans can drive the cars they don't have on water without any external energy supply. Also, they'll produce, without any energy use, a form of air that's so nutritious that there will be no need for food thus traditional agriculture will be unnecessary.

I hate to give them any new ideas about productive research possibilities that might come from the curious US workers with garages and an advertising budget, but you never know.

Comment: Why is this data on the public Internet? (Score 1) 142 142

Maybe I'm wrong, but why is this kind of data on publicly accessible Internet? Is it not possible to put the encrypted data on totally secure servers requiring the best kind of login services that are not attached in any way to the public Internet but accessible through a separate wide area network? Folks who have access to this kind of data might need a separate terminal to access the data perhaps in a physically different location from their Internet connected computer. Users would need to be prevented from switching cables between the two kinds of terminals or otherwise allowing the servers to connect to the public Internet.

Comment: I like Yahoo! for a couple of things (Score 1) 176 176

I haven't found anything that matches Yahoo! for its financial pages. I've used their Portfolios feature to keep track of a variety of investments for quite some time. Portfolios can be set up with a variety of views that gives me what I want to know about my investments.If you want historical information on particular stocks, mutual funds or indices, you can usually find it there. If others here have a better free recommendation I'd like to hear about it. The home age aggregates information that's of interest to me, but maybe not everyone in this thread. I have a Yahoo! mail account, though I don't have any correspondents there, but I can't remember whether that's required to access other features. Gmail works well for me either in the web view or via my imap desktop app.

It's too bad Yahoo! may fail. Maybe they've tried to be everything to everyone. A smaller number of best of class features might let them survive.

Comment: I'd put in: (Score 1) 557 557

For fixed-in-place lighting, such as sconces, pot lights in the kitchen, under counter lighting, out of doors lighting, etc. I'd figure out how to set up LED lights connected to a central electric supply. Each fixture would not generate much heat because the conversion from 110 V AC to low voltage DC would take place either outside the home or in the garage away from the living space.

Secondly, I'd put conduits in the walls, ceilings and floors, as needed, from a central location/utility closet so that cabling could easily be fished to every room. Right now the kinds of cables likely would be coax, ethernet and maybe telephone. Any changes in tech might require replacing current stuff with new tech (fiber optic) or higher quality than anything currently available. I wouldn't pay to put in cables that aren't currently needed because there might be something better in the future obsoleting what you put in. At a multi building campus where I once worked IT installed connections between buildings to a central location using fiber optics which wasn't needed. They thought they were future proofing themselves. It turned out all the fiber had to be replaced (not the conduits, thankfully) because when they finally got around to installing the switches some years later, they found the originally installed fiber was the wrong stuff. Newer fiber was somehow different.

Likewise, you might consider wiring windows, doors and motion detector locations for an alarm system, even if you don't plan on installing one. The sensors for wired alarms are quite small compared to those used for RF sensors and you will save on the cost of replacing batteries in the sensors. If later you find you need to install an alarm system it'll be an easy job.

Comment: Statute of Limitations? State Crime, not Federal? (Score 1) 510 510

First, if Hastert committed the sexual crime some have guessed/alleged, wouldn't it be a violation of an Indiana statute and up to the local DA to prosecute? Secondly, often many criminal statutes have a limited time after which they cannot be prosecuted, so if Hastert did what is alleged with a child, it may be so long ago that it cannot be prosecuted. Murder is one of those crimes that generally does not have a statue of limitation. Also, one cannot be prosecuted for an action that became a crime ex post facto. The only thing law enforcement could find to legally go after him is the crime of taking out too little money per transaction from bank accounts.

Comment: What about Microsoft in all this? (Score 1) 344 344

Not to muddy the waters, and perhaps a little off topic, but I've read several articles that estimate Microsoft brings in between $2 billion to $8.8 billion in license fees from harware makers using Android. These are two year old posts:


The last link asserts MS makes five times as much from these fees than it does on the Windows Phone OS. There have been recent developments in settling disputes about fees paid by Samsung to Microsoft, so some of the numbers are not up to date, but one point that's clear, Android is not free to hardware makers and indirectly to hardware purchasers but do result in substantial Microsoft revenue.

Comment: Isn't HTTPS an encryption mechanism? (Score 1) 208 208

Just askin'. Not an expert in encryption and not sure the number of bits employed in HTTPS, but wouldn't this basically ban a secure Internet in Oz? Many important non-Australian sites would not be available there. I'm guessing much, if not most, Internet traffic comes from overseas to Oz; again, not sure.

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