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Comment: Re:PR works well? Where? (Score 5, Insightful) 413

by daveewart (#48478649) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

The great virtue of 'first past the post' is that it forces parties to appeal to a wider group than their obvious supporters...

I'm not sure that's necessarily true, but what FPTP does do is push everything towards a two-party state. This is why you get, effectively, extremists on both sides. Case in point: UK and USA. Minor parties are pushed out, moderate viewpoints are ignored. FPTP directly leads to "Us v. Them" contests.

In fact, thinking more about your first point: I don't think it's quite true. FPTP encourages parties to talk negatively about their opponents rather than push their own positive points.

Comment: Dropping NPAPI broke VMware consoles on Linux (Score 2) 107

by daveewart (#48456015) Attached to: Google Chrome Will Block All NPAPI Plugins By Default In January

Google Chrome for Linux dropped support for NPAPI in version 35. This meant that if you use VMware, there's now no current browser which allows you to open VMware consoles via VMware vSphere/vCenter.

This is because of two related issues:

- vCenter needs Flash, but it has to be *recent* Flash (not 11.2 Linux Flash). Only option which provides recent Flash is Chrome;

- vCenter's 'launch console' add-in is NPAPI-based, so that won't work from Chrome version 35 onwards.

Therefore my VMware-managing setup on my Linux desktop is Google Chrome 34, pinned to prevent updating; and this is used only for local VMware management, not browsing.

I post this just for information and to rant about it yet again, but of course this is VMware's fault for relying on a deprecated architecture for plugins.

Comment: Re:There are no "remote" exploits for bash (Score 1) 329

by daveewart (#48019895) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

unless the default is dash like in for example debian and ubuntu of ocourse...

It depends on the ancestry of the system. Recent installs appear to have /bin/sh symlinked to /bin/dash, but older installs (even if subsequently upgraded to latest stable) persist the former default of linking /bin/sh to /bin/bash

Specifically, I've got servers which were originally installed in 2005, have been upgraded from the original Debian Sarge; these link to /bin/bash. Anything installed afresh since about Debian Lenny seems to have /bin/dash

Comment: This is not "email encryption" (Score 5, Informative) 123

by daveewart (#45905199) Attached to: Security Expert: Yahoo's Email Encryption Needs Work

While the article is correct and uses precise terminology, the summary is wrong to use the term "email encryption". That term is for encrypted email messages using PGP/GPG/S-MIME.

Yahoo have no framework for email encryption. This article is about use of HTTPS for their webmail service and (a) whether that has been implemented and, if so, (b) whether it has been done correctly.

The answers to which are: (a) mostly and (b) no.

Comment: Re:Cheats, not wins (Score 1) 114

Of course it's cheating, it's subverting the rules of the game. The robot is showing its hand after seeing yours. The fact that it does so fast enough to fool human perception doesn't change this.

Your comparison with chess is invalid: Deep Blue plays chess according to the rules of chess. This robot, on the other, is not playing according to the rules of Rock/Paper/Scissors, therefore it is cheating.

Comment: Re:Security (Score 3, Insightful) 114

Just because you trust someone to be _trustworthy_ doesn't mean that you trust their _opinions_. For example, I would trust some members of my family to not abuse having a house key, for example; wouldn't stop them from talking nonsense I don't agree with, though :-)

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