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Comment Re:Can we hear from an IRS apologist? (Score 3, Insightful) 334 334

In all seriousness, If I'm a civil servant (Note not an politically appointed one, just a white collar worker) and the Speaker of the House starts grandstanding about people going to jail, I'm certainly not offering my neck out. If I'm in her position I tell them to go pound sand too. She literally has nothing to gain by testifying even presuming she is innocent and honest people can get tripped up in testimony very easy. If they wanted her testimony that bad they could have easily had it by giving her immunity.

Brings to mind the the quote "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."

Comment Re:Oh get over it. (Score 0) 188 188

My biggest complaint would be (if I lived in Chicago) how this tax is structured. It is a "use tax" which mean I have to keep track of everything that falls under this tax and remember to put it down on the appropriate tax form at tax time. It is a mess. It will have the same problem every other use tax does in that it will have a recordkeeping burden and that will drive non-compliance more than anything.

If they are smart they'll have a tax table where you can make a good faith estimate of your expenditures under the tax and just pay that. Several states did this with use tax due on purchases and I believe compliance went up. Otherwise this law is going to be a huge audit liability for individuals and businesses.

Comment Re:Google It (Score 1) 189 189

I recently replaced a toner cartridge in my hp cp1510i. The box the new cartridge came in had a UPS shipping label inside it. You put the old toner cart in the new box and put the label on it and give it to UPS. I assume like Brother, HP gets something out of this. They must take them apart and reuse parts or something or maybe just refill them.

Comment Re:Absence?! (Score 1) 595 595

They won't have to do it, default IPv6 security posture will be similar to the current default IPv4 security posture. No unsolicited inbound packets at the edge unless a forwarding rule is established. NAT and stateful firewalls are both built on top of connection tracking and are of similar complexity.

Comment Re:Why do people dislike systemd so much? (Score 4, Interesting) 229 229

The problem is when you fork your own distro you quickly discover that using systemd is the easiest way to maintain it. It isn't a coincidence that medium and small distros like Arch Linux picked it up in addition to the big boys. Unit-files save package maintainers boatloads of time they used to spend having to writing and maintaining initscripts a lot of which is copypasta boilerplate anyway but its usually distro specific copypasta.

This is the source of a lot of the strife in my opinion. The people who actually do work to maintain distros like systemd, the users not so much.

Comment Re:Christian fundamentalists will smile knowingly (Score 1) 168 168

The passage is extremely vague and can be applied to almost every type of official currency. They said paper money was the mark of the beast, they said credit cards were the mark of the beast. At the time the passage was authored it was likely referring to Nero's profile appearing on of Roman coinage.

Comment Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 579 579

It doesn't matter anyway as WebView in 4.3 and earlier is part of the system that is non-upgradable with out a new system image. Fixing the problem would require OEMs to update, they may as well just take 4.4. Note that WebView equivalent in 4.4 updates when Chrome updates via Play Store, so this won't be a problem in the future. It would be a lot of work for Google to backport the patch only to have OEMs ignore it anyway.

Comment Re:Obligatory reminder that an alternative exists (Score 3, Insightful) 97 97

SSL/TLS has nothing to do with what certificates the client and server trust. You can bootstrap a TLS stream using a pre-shared key if you want, or with DANE, or with explicitly selected certificates. The fact that most clients use CAs for trust anchors is not a failure of SSL/TLS.

Comment Re: No Caching? (Score 1) 238 238

Well yes, in the same sense people who use hosting providers for their websites have to trust that their hosting provider doesn't mess with their files (a CDN is just a type of hosting provider after all). There is no break in the TLS trust model though, the client will authenticate both the original host and the CDN.

Comment Re: No Caching? (Score 1) 238 238

CDN hosted content will be linked to by the page served to the client just like it is now. Example: you connect to the page served back to you links to content (images, scripts, we) hosted on Both links establish properly and TLS security model isn't broken.

Comment Re:Why signed? (Score 1) 164 164

Though youtubes design decision probably predates this. Google's own style guide states that unsigned integers should not be used simply to indicate a number will never be negative and instead to use assertions for that. Basically it emphasizes not to use unsigned integers unless there is a really good reason to do so.

"If there isn't a population problem, why is the government putting cancer in the cigarettes?" -- the elder Steptoe, c. 1970