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Comment: Re:Creators wishing to control their creations... (Score 1) 268

And I honestly don't think Microsoft are trying to control what you do with their software... All the licensing stuff is about proving you actually did buy it...That said, as a 20+ year user of their products I've had to call for a license activation precisely once and it took maybe 60 seconds. I can live with that.

Then it's fairly safe to assume that you have been using Microsoft software the way they want you to: only reinstalling a couple times (at most) per device, or purchasing systems that include Microsoft's software.

You are almost certainly not doing any of the following:
- reinstalling Windows daily for fun
- regularly moving Windows installs between machines
- renting workstations that include Windows, but must be wiped and reimaged every every rental
- deploying and destroying large quantities of 2012 R2 servers in dev environments

I am not a Windows admin, so I could be ignorant on some solutions to the above, but MS makes all of these scenarios very difficult for paying customers.

Comment: Re:Yes, but the real problem is being ignored. (Score 1) 461

by bhiestand (#48351315) Attached to: Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Assuming that a stripper will engage in drug use or prostitution is a violation of one of the fundamental principles of American law, "Innocent until proven guilty." And don't give me any bullshit about "It's only a correlation, we're not actually assuming they'll misbehave", because the state assumes misbehavior. If the state actually takes any action based on the simple act of being a stripper, it will quickly become harassment.

It's none of the state's damn business. any more than sugary carbonated beverages or nose-picking.

Isn't that a bit like saying placing a meter in a taxi violates "innocent until proven guilty"?

It is a screening or preventive measure, not an assumption of guilt.

That said, I think this one is stupid. Even if the goal is just to stop underage girls from stripping.

Comment: Re:DebianNoob (Score 2) 450

by bhiestand (#48345863) Attached to: Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

open source doesn't as much need phb's as much as it attracts them.

can't code, want to contribute? become a phb! if someone calls you out on it when you try to make some decision or another so that you can have your name on some decision or another, just call them toxic and quote some club rule!

Is that really what has been happening?

I have never worked with a large open source project (beyond bug reports), but I always suspected they had a real need for project managers, technical writers/documenters, and various other support personnel.

Comment: Re:President (Score 1) 170

by bhiestand (#48331471) Attached to: NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

The fact that a POTUS would even understand what a software vulnerability is speaks volumes.

I can't even imagine what this conversation would have sounded like with the two previous presidents.

I don't know, I can imagine a few dozen ways Dubya would have mispronounced "vulnerabilities"

Comment: Re:OK.. (Score 1) 185

by bhiestand (#48261079) Attached to: Study: Past Climate Change Was Caused by Ocean, Not Just the Atmosphere

Doesn't matter: Based on the summary this isn't new information. If the story matches the summary, then it beats me why anyone would bother to mention it.

Well, given all that, do you think it's more likely that: a) the submitter oversimplified their summary or b) an article in Science both has the intellectual value of "derp" and was accurately summarized on Slashdot?

Comment: Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (Score 1) 399

by bhiestand (#48213949) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

IIRC, astronauts need to do a lot of exercise to counteract the effects of zero g. Wouldn't being legless make this much more difficult?

I imagine a good deal of their exercise equipment requires legs. I'm not saying this is an insurmountable problem, just that I suspect it would be a problem.

Comment: Re:Help for women with no sex drive? (Score 1) 216

by bhiestand (#48146223) Attached to: Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

And honestly, who cares what lead to it's discovery?

Me me me me me me me!!!! And anyone else who is interested in making more discoveries.

No, that's how discovery works. People are mucking about doing something and notice something else happening. "Hmm, that's interesting". The science part is often narrowing down a) What's happening, b) what's causing it, c) how to get it to happen by itself.

True, but I think the point is that it could work differently. If we had a more thorough understanding of neurology, we could pinpoint the precise electro-chemical reactions that need to take place. Then we could follow these pathways and determine precisely what was preventing them. Then we would search for the type of chemical/drug/gene that would have the desired effect, AND we would have a pretty damned good idea what other side effects that treatment should have (or how to prevent them).

I'm not saying biology is there yet. Just that I hope to see that in my lifetime.

Comment: Re:The patch is irrelevant (Score 1) 174

by bhiestand (#48137423) Attached to: Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

So what is your point? That there are still 'Mac OS X' server oses around? Or do you really want to claim that there are morons using Mac OS X Server editions to run CGI bash scripts from an Apache web server?

What's YOUR point? Yes, there ARE OS X servers running publicly accessible, vulnerable software. I am not only claiming it but stating I personally know this to be true. And no, I'm sure as hell not going to name names or give you more details than that.

Running shell scripts by a web server as CGI scripts is simply retarded, regardless what flaws the shell might have.

I already said the developers (and companies still using OS X Server) were being stupid. That is irrelevant.

So picking on Apple because a fix is a day later than the hot debian or ubuntu distro is just brain dead.

Apple was too slow. Being days late matters. This isn't kindergarten, and nobody is "picking on Apple". We do need to be honest and critical. And anyone with half a brain should interpret this as one more piece of evidence that Apple is lackadaisical about servers.

Comment: Re:gp is right, draft language didn't even allow s (Score 1) 336

by bhiestand (#48137065) Attached to: Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

Thank you for the well-thought reply, and sorry for the slow one on my end. I was afraid I wouldn't get to this before commenting was closed (again).

I am half playing devil's advocate, half serious. I am not entirely opposed to prioritizing protocols (say UDP over TCP), provided it's done fairly and in a reasonable, objective manner.

However, this still seems to shift the responsibility and open numerous vectors for abuse. If my neighbor decides to run a call center from home, and use 50mbps of VoIP, and my cable provider oversubscribes their node, is all of my traffic constantly throttled? If my ISP also offers TV streaming over RTP, but a competitor uses UDP, the ISP now has an excuse to "prioritize" their own service and harm competitors.

On a sidenote, I don't particularly want my ISP or any of their intermediaries deciding my skype call or streaming video is more important than a deliverable I need to upload over SFTP by 10pm. I'm not a network engineer, but it seems like it would be pretty easy for them to give me 5mbps, 15ms latency, etc. to the appropriate peering. If peering/backbones/whatever are that congested that often... maybe we can address that instead?

I think we both agree, at least, that ISPs have conflicts of interest and should not be trusted.

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