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Comment: Re:Pedantic Man to the rescue! (Score 1) 536

by almitydave (#46771245) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

You missed his point completely.

No, I was replying specifically to the compromised/vulnerable confusion regarding affected versions of OpenSSL, not to the clearly hyperbolic and incorrect statement that indicated that all SSL-based communications were vulnerable.

It's "Pedantic Man", not "Basic Fact-checker Man". Different line of work.

Comment: Pedantic Man to the rescue! (Score 3, Informative) 536

by almitydave (#46761809) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

" just about every SSL-encrypted internet communication over the last two years has been compromised."

No, it really hasn't.

It's accurate to say that just about every Open-SSL encrypted session for servers that were using NEW versions of OpenSSL (not all those ones out there still stuck on 0.9.8(whatever) that never had the bug) were potentially vulnerable to attack.

That's bad, but it's a universe away from "every SSL session is compromized!!!" because that's not really true.

They were vulnerable to attack, that is to say, the security was compromised. He didn't say they were hacked, stolen, eavesdropped, or surreptitiously recorded.

compromise: to expose or make vulnerable to danger, suspicion, scandal, etc.; jeopardize: a military oversight that compromised the nation's defenses.

I've noticed that a lot of TV sci-fi confuses "compromise" with "breach"; as in hull, shields, defenses, etc.

Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 1) 622

by almitydave (#46759329) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

(this is US-centric obviously)
So the IRS and income tax have restored economic power to... cotton growers in the south? I'm not sure I follow your point. Maybe you're trying to claim the modern slaveholders are big business, but I think the traditional slaveowners were more like small family businesses and estates. I don't think the real "big-business" tycoons came until after slavery was abolished.

Could you elaborate?

Comment: Re:Moo (Score 1) 469

A modern instrument may sound better right away she says, but an old Italian may be able to produce more colors of sound that only become apparent after months of use, she says.

The phrase "confirmation bias" springs immediately to mind. People hear what they want to hear, and the knowledge that they're playing on a three-century-old, million-dollar violin gives them certain expectations.

If that were the case, then you'd expect them to think the older, more valuable one sounded better right away, not the newer, less special one; so this seems to be a statement against confirmation bias.

Comment: Re:clunky software? (Score 1) 143

by almitydave (#46688101) Attached to: A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

Most people just want to be able to download an object from the internet and print it out.

Missing a part for that new 'some assembly required' doodad that you bought? Hit their website and print it out.

Cheap plastic part snapped under abusive strain? Print out a new one.

Exactly. I have a battery with a broken latching mechanism. A replacement battery is $50. I could print a replacement plastic part for pennies if I had a model for it.

Here's your killer app: an online database of battery covers for remote controls. No more duct tape holding your batteries in!

Comment: Re:Complete access and indefinite support for free (Score 1) 645

by almitydave (#46684865) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

There are people in this discussion suggesting that someone who doesn't want to comply with such rules can go **** themselves and just give up on entering the US market. Well, guess what? They probably would. The burden imposed by this kind of requirement would almost certainly be prohibitive in cost. A vendor such as Microsoft would therefore do better to sacrifice the entire US market if it meant avoiding both an eternal unfunded mandate to support everything they ever sold and giving up their trade secrets to all their competitors.

It's more likely that they'd make Windows subscription-only, charging by the month or year, with a feature that causes your product to stop working if you don't renew your subscription. Which for an OS is crazy, but that's the incentive this requirement would create. Microsoft might even prefer this business model, but would never think they could get away with it, unless there was a rule that essentially mandated it. And perpetual free support would pretty much mandate perpetually charging for a product.

How this would relate to XP EOL is that they wouldn't renew any licenses for an OS past it's expiration date, and when the terms of your license agreement explicitly state you can't use the product, they can't be forced to support it any more.

Comment: Re:Who? How? (Score 1) 196

by almitydave (#46684709) Attached to: Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw

No, he's saying that if you want to do assignment in the if clause, use

if ((variable=value)) ...

so the inner parentheses explicitly return the value of the assignment (showing the compiler that you meant to do that). As for

if (consant == variable)

he's just saying it looks bad and is harder for human readers to intuitively understand. See this random blog post that I just found for some commentary that echoes the GP's sentiment. I tend to agree - readability is more important in this case.

Comment: Can I Stream It? (Score 5, Informative) 96

by almitydave (#46665417) Attached to: The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

Can I Sream.It is a must-have smartphone app (or website). Anyone who makes one of these streaming boxes should just license a version that searches the catalogs of whatever services you've installed on the box. That alone would make all of these boxes tremendously more useful - it's really the missing key to this puzzle. That and more content, although a lot of progress has been made on this front - compare with Netflix's initial pitiful streaming selections.

I know Roku supports centralized search for some of their "channels" (apps).

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