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

by devman (#49005409) Attached to: Employees In Swedish Office Complex Volunteer For RFID Implants For Access
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

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

by devman (#48895927) Attached to: OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released
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

by devman (#48526107) Attached to: The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS
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:Why signed? (Score 1) 164

by devman (#48522387) Attached to: Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter
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.

Comment: Re:Why not get rid of states as taxing entities? (Score 1) 257

by devman (#48372869) Attached to: Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

The gay marraige issue isn't a States rights issue no matter how much supporters wish it was. The federal government doesn't issue or dissolve marriage licenses it is completely the domain of the States. All the Federal courts have said is that if the states wish to have a legal institution of marriage that it must be compatible with the 14th amendment, and States which do not allow gays to marry do not meet that requirement.

The federal courts are not infringing on states rights, they are protecting individual rights granted by the U.S. Constitution from infringement by the States.

Comment: Re:Illegal to distribute a WIP JVM implementation (Score 2) 525

by devman (#48371599) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform
Android didn't fork Oracle's Java code, they created it from scratch (they borrowed from Harmony which was from scratch, details, details) with the same API. It is a different set of legal issues entirely. If Google had forked OpenJDK instead, they'd be completely in the clear, but Android would have been GPL licensed instead of Apache2 licensed.

Comment: Re:Illegal to distribute a WIP JVM implementation (Score 1) 525

by devman (#48370317) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform
I believe that is only required if you want to call it a "Java" VM. If you want to call it Java it has to pass the tests, which is a reasonable requirement. The JVM code itself is GPL though, and you can use it for whatever you just can't call it Java.

Comment: Re:Rubbish (Score 1) 167

by devman (#48336743) Attached to: New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

Easy, the lactose intolerant party takes the 16 cakes, trades 6 of them with cream to the other party for the 6 he has without cream and throws the remaining 5 cakes with cream in the garbage. Even if the other party doesn't trade the picker gets to eat 5 and the divider gets to eat 6, but none of them with cream.

Rigging piles always works to the advantage of the picker not the divider, that's why the system is fair.

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