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Comment: great, chrome becomes even more annoying (Score 3, Interesting) 69

by X0563511 (#49506523) Attached to: Chrome 43 Should Help Batten Down HTTPS Sites

For a good long while it's been annoying when dealing with mangled SSL configurations - at least firefox let's you tweak stuff in about:config to work around them.

No, getting the site fixed is not always an option, and validation of the certificate is not always necessary. For instance, there was a good long while where Chrome was completely unusable with some of our ZFS storage appliances (which live on a nonrouted private management network) because of retarded cert validation changes. Sure, that makes sense when you are visiting your bank's site... but not so much when you're trying to get into something on when you're directly connected to the thing with a crossover cable... and no, updating the software in the controller wasn't an option because of outstanding critical-level bugs.

Fun times.

Comment: Re:Thank god (Score 5, Insightful) 206

While I've been fortunate to have never received any of that junk, I do see this as a good move... and $5 is really low. Recall it's not $5 on any purchase, but $5 over the lifetime of your account. That's... well. If that's a problem for you, how exactly do you afford to have whatever it is you're running Steam on? I'll give you the internet - maybe public wifi (or stealing it)... but unless you dug the device out of the trash and are also stealing electricity, I think spending $5 at one time or another isn't much to require.

Comment: Re: broadcasting both analog and digital (Score 1) 279

by X0563511 (#49504941) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

Ah, yes - they have those around here. Honestly, I don't listen to those, as (by chance) the stuff they play isn't anything I enjoy.

I can imagine though that it's perfectly fine for stationary radios - it's the mobile receivers who would deal the most with fluctuating signal strengths.

Comment: Re:So much for long distance Listening (Score 2) 279

by X0563511 (#49502103) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

The way the digital stations around here work, is they broadcast both - and the receiver in my car seem to be intelligent enough to downgrade if the digital signal is too weak.

Basically, the radio starts off sounding like poo as it starts off in analog, but then as it 'locks in' (for lack of a better term) it switches over to digital and thus sounds much better. If I drive into a tunnel or such, the digital signal will drop and the radio will (without gap, mind you) drop back to analog, and switch back up when the digital signal is again stable.

I think what it does is it receives both, and keeps a running error talley on the digital stream. It uses this to determine if the signal is stable enough to use. I would expect even better performance if the streams were buffered for a second or two, but this isn't the case (at least the analog signal isn't - verified with my "real" radio)

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