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Comment Which apps? (Score 1) 139

Browsing source on my repositories I can use Ctrl-F just fine - which other apps have you encountered that?

I have to admit I've never tried using the UI over dial-up, but that seems like a pretty niche issue for most people. You could still use a command line or other git client instead which would perform a lot better with that kind of network constraint... I totally agree with those who say the modern web has gotten too bloated but for something like BitBucket I would hate to lose some nice features the site has to accommodate those with really slow connections.

Comment Re:fast growth (Score 3, Interesting) 139

If anyone can take over the throne from GitHub, why would it not be BitBucket? They produce the excellent and free Git client Sourcetree, and all around have a more reasonable pricing model than GitHub.

It's not like I don't have a GitHub account, everyone does, but I also have a BitBucket account and have no qualms switching to them entirely if GitHub really starts being a problem (well, MORE of a problem since they did just recently have a big outage... perhaps that was early warning).

Comment Re:This is what real choice looks like (Score 0) 380

However, I'm unsure how useful it is to brick the phone rather than disable the fingerprint reader in question and force the user to enter their passcode they created

At first that seems a bit nicer for the user, but thinking longer term I think it makes a lot of sense to disable the device if it's detected it has been tampered with - I feel that's OK because of the ease of restoring the system from a backup, including the secure items in the keychain. If one bit of hardware has been compromised who knows what else was - why risk it? It just adds a lot of complexity around knowing the system is truly secure or not.

Comment This is what real choice looks like (Score -1) 380

Apple is not "getting away" with anything. They are actually being serious about security on the phone. I know this might be confusing because you are used to a world that just does the minimum possible to pretend to secure hardware and telling you it's actually secure...

This is what real choice looks like. People can buy an iPhone that is actually serious about security and may lock you out of data if you mess up the device. That's why backups are important... after all if anyone had an iCloud backup of their iPhone it wouldn't matter if the phone suddenly decided to lock you out, because you could get another device and it would be restored.

Or, people can say - I'd prefer not to be as serious about security, and buy an Android device. That is a valid choice also and I can see why others would make it. Please however do not think if that is your preference, that we should also want that same lower level of security to be default. I prefer for example my parents have this higher level of security and I just have to make sure that they have backups that are working, but at least I don't have to worry about malware or thieves stealing the farm as it were.

Comment Re:Allow me to quote... (Score 1) 571

Foreign governments have been hacking us pretty aggressively, including getting all the dirt on everyone who applied for secret clearance (where you list everything you could be blackmailed for). It seems quite likely they'd have read email on an unsecured server for anyone high profile, since that's so much easier (and let's not kid ourselves that Hillary is the only one doing this!).

The SAP documents include names of "NOC agents" - actual moles in foreign governments and whatnot. That's not the only kind of SAP documents, but it's a common reason for a doc to limit access so strictly. You die when you get outed.

Comment Re:Why so scared? (Score 1) 662

What sort of professional performer wouldn't want the majority of his audience to enjoy the show? He's saying that he's unwilling to change his style of performance to the point it's not his any more to achieve that - better to stay away. It's also quite valid to call out that that shouldn't be necessary - being so thin skinned isn't good for people - it makes them unhappier in life than they should be.

Comment Re:Freedom of Speech is the key. (Score 1) 662

I think there is a difference between ridiculing people for what they are and have no control over (skin color, sex etc.) and for the choices they make, like their choice of religion.

Many people think that. So fucking what? To paraphrase Carlin: if you find a comedian offensive, there's a volume knob and there's a channel knob. If you find a speech on campus likely to offend you, don't attend. If you want to prevent that speech because people will actually attend, then go fuck yourself.

Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 1) 1822

To my mind, AmiMoJo's posts are exactly the same in value and content as GNAA posts. But there's an objective difference: GNAA posts only get downmods, but AmiMoJo's post sadly get both up and down mods (it's an imperfect world). On that basis, keeping his posts visible would mean most people could stop browsing at -1 and the GNAA posts would in practice disappear.

If we leave it to any subjective judgement, controversial opinions look just like GNAA posts, but clearly they aren't and thus clearly we need some objective system to provide special handling of them.

Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 2) 1822

have always thought that there should be a way to flag and remove obvious garbage posts rather than simply moderating them to -1.

I disagree - reading at -1 is not for the meek, and I think garbage and meme posts from cows to GNAA to APK keep /. colorful and creative. There doesn't seem to be a problem with the garbage posts staying above -1, and I like the "we never delete anything" ethos.

Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 2) 1822

. A "disagree" mod that didn't affect a posts score would be pointless

Oh no, it would get used. And much better than abusing -1 mods.

As for if the "disagree" mod has a -1 value, down voting is in essence silencing a

Sure, but that's so damn common already, I doubt it would be worse. I'd prefer "0" though.

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