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Comment: Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 629

by cdwiegand (#48796929) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

THIS! This is one reason I stay with Apple - I get security updates for YEARS. My old Droid 3 was obsolete within 6 months of purchase and got no further updates or upgrades. Same with my Evo 4G (WiMax). Android may have the leg up on customization, but Apple has much better long-term support.

Comment: So contact them anyways (Score 1) 141

by cdwiegand (#48685287) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

Then contact them using their DomainsByProxy contact info. Yes, companies, lots of companies, use that, in order to have a level of privacy. That's OK - it still gets to them, you just don't have the contact details yourself. Contact them via email and they can see it just as much as if you had their direct email address. Either they care or they don't.

Comment: Great idea (Score 3, Interesting) 299

by cdwiegand (#48286777) Attached to: It's Time To Revive Hypercard

I learned to program with both BASIC and HyperCard, depending on which machine I was on at the time, back when I was younger. I think it's a great idea. I built simple "database" simulations, using nothing more than the free stuff that came with it, and it helped to mold my initial approach to programming. I even created a testing program we used at my high school for a couple of my teachers that was ran over a network. It was fun AND useful.

Comment: Re:Replication anyone? (Score 2) 147

by cdwiegand (#48004551) Attached to: PostgreSQL Outperforms MongoDB In New Round of Tests

Can MongoDB do master-master replication? Oh, it's can't, and really only CouchDB does in the NoSQL space? Oh, that's too bad. Of course, most of us don't NEED M-M replication, as it introduces serious issues with reliability (oh I wrote the client record to server A and then queried server B on the next page load and it didn't exist yet -> Null Exception #AWESOME!) and is only useful for backups/reporting/import/export scenarios. The rest of us who actually want to GET WORK DONE will probably continue with relational DBs and post JSON documents as needed into our databases (e.g. json doc for lists/complex objects where we don't want/care to index any fields within).

And ACID doesn't fall apart at all in sharding - what are you smoking?? You implement a standard sharding scheme and the same record always goes to the same server. NoSQL doesn't do a thing for sharing... Replication is a problem, but it is for NoSQL too.

Comment: Re:Everyone uses encryption right now anyway (Score 2) 104

No, it's NOT ENCRYPTION. It's ENCODING. I can go out, buy a DSTAR radio, and copy your conversations, without needing any encryption key from you. Encryption would be where I need a pin or other code to decode your message successfully, where not having that information from you would prevent me from monitoring your transmissions. DSTAR, DMR/MOTOTRBO, Codec2, etc., are all encodings, just like PSK31. I can't verbally copy PSK31, but I can buy a device (laptop) to decode your messages without further input from you, so it's not ENCRYPTION.

Comment: Re:In-class exams are the problem. (Score 1) 359

by cdwiegand (#47824757) Attached to: How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

This! In the Real World, you don't have to memorize complex facts - you can let Google/Bing/whatever find it for you. What's important to know is HOW to APPLY that knowledge and TRANSFORM it to match your current situation. Example: I may have 15 years programming experience, but I still go to google to remind myself how to do foreach() in jquery ($.each(array, function(idx,obj)) for those interested) because I just don't do that on a daily basis. Not even quite weekly (although that's changing). If someone came to me and said I need to figure out the area of this 4-pointed but not rectangular shape, I'd go online to find out what info I need and how to calculate it, then probably pop into Excel/OO/LO/whatever to start doing some calculations (I'd use that so I can also show my work in case I did it wrong - which would be likely the first time). Sure, I'm sure I learned this in 10th grade trig or 9th grade geometry, but I haven't used it since then so the skill is long gone.

That said, politicians, most parents and some teachers LOVE TESTING. It makes them feel good when simple, easy to understand numbers go up and down. It's not like THEY should have to pass a test to understand how education's working, but it's ok to do that to teenagers who are ... easily distracted.

Comment: Re:9 to 5 is a myth (Score 1) 146

by cdwiegand (#47778503) Attached to: The American Workday, By Profession

In Colorado, retail and service, plus a whole host of other types of business, MUST provide an unpaid lunch. And yes, you as a worker DO have to take it - you could literally turn around later that day and sue the company for not providing one, even if I have your sworn oath on video saying you agree. Note that this kind of thing only applies to "employees" - contractors are totally different.

Comment: Too expensive (Score 2) 275

by cdwiegand (#47745153) Attached to: Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

My wife and I just left Dropbox, because paying $20/month for 200 GB of storage (which she just exceeded with our photos from before kids as well as our kids) is crazier than paying $10 for 1 TB of storage. The only feature I miss is the ability to auto-backup our photos to our online storage - Google does some kind of backup to Google+, but that's worthless to me. Dropbox would auto-upload my pictures to a folder, which I really liked. Oh, and IFTTT doesn't seem to work well for us for backing up the photos, seems to take forever and requires tweaking, Dropbox's system Just Worked.

I understand Dropbox is coming out with some email client, ok, yay, Yet Another Email Client. That is so old and tired. Do something innovative. Now, all this said, if there was an EASY way for me to have Dropbox-like functionality against an S3 endpoint where *I*/AWS runs the box, I'd be game. The options out there suck for users and honestly aren't great for power users either.

Comment: Re:It's a TRAP! (Score 2) 175

by cdwiegand (#47631129) Attached to: Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

Indeed, this. Although I can think of no way to securely do PGP in a web interface (as even a browser plugin, suggested by an earlier poster, is vulnerable to the NSA et al going to Google, Firefox and Microsoft and demanding they implement a shim allowing them access to the innards of the browser memory), even fake security does raise exposure to encryption, and systems not compliant or that munge the encryption will be fixed to not mess up the emails. This is good, and then we, as the open source community, can work on creating truly secure systems / interfaces.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"