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Comment: Re:Hope the trend continues. (Score 1, Insightful) 262

by dkman (#48833819) Attached to: Google Releases More Windows Bugs
I'd rather that the 90 day clock have a snooze for 30 days option, so it's not disclosed to everyone. I'd rather that the developer (even MS) have time to fix it right rather than rush a fix that needs a later fix or a fix that breaks something else.

Some times you need to dig through code and figure out what the hell's going on so you can figure out why it's broken and fix it. And it's not like Google is the only one submitting bugs.

Comment: Re:Curiously familiar (Score 1) 248

by dkman (#48833673) Attached to: SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released
I'm kind of wondering if they could put some arms on the platform to reach out and grab it at that point. I had wondered how they intend to "manage" it once it does land. A big pole on a boat is one wave away from falling over, so they have to have some plan to "strap it down". If they had 4 claws come up from each corner to stabilize it they may have been able to recover from this landing.

Then your complex part is terrestrial, where it's not offsetting potential payload and easier to maintain.

I know it sounds simple on paper - the rocket's still moving and you don't want to damage it. But it's worth thinking about. If your claws end in horseshoe-shaped claws and those claws have rollers (so the rocket can move up and down with little friction - think jerking off the rocket if that helps), then those rollers could be locked in place after landing.

Comment: Re:Gotta love Valve (Score 1) 329

by dkman (#48833135) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files
A friend of mine had something similar happen with another game company. I think it was Sierra, but I don't remember. They would default their games to install to a C:\Program Files\Sierra\ directory. He would change those to C:\Games\. When he told the last game to uninstall he had the option to remove the "management app" (you know how game companies like those). When he did that it simply went up one folder and nuked everything. So his whole Games folder just disappeared. That's not as bad as losing everything your user owns below / , but he wasn't pleased.

Comment: Re:Breaking old cards (Score 3, Interesting) 159

by dkman (#48832911) Attached to: AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming
My 4 year old Sager laptop has a GPU module (or slot, so it's essentially like RAM and can be replaced). When the graphic card decided to flip out a few weeks ago I searched around and they were around $230 shipping from China. Even though everything said to me that the problem was just the video card I decided to spend $1600 on a new Sager laptop. Since the old one was now disposable I decided to do the "bake the video card" trick (375 degrees for 10 minutes, in case you're interested - just remove all screws, heat sinks, and thermal paste). I let it cool, applied thermal paste, and gave it a shot - bam, worked like new. Since the new laptop was already in "processing" I decided to let it come anyhow.

The old one is an ATI (HD 6990M). It handles linux gaming alright, it really depends on the game. Windows gaming it's great at - I just don't boot window often. The new laptop has an nvidia because I do feel that the nvidia drivers will be better in linux. Over the past 20 years I've given both companies some love.

Comment: Re:Only iOS? (Score 1) 70

by dkman (#48830505) Attached to: Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies
I use Ting. It's a smaller service that piggybacks on Sprints network. They seem really good. I haven't dug to this level to make sure they don't do anything screwy, but if nothing else they aren't charging what Verizon does. You don't need to pick service levels, you only pay for as much as you use. I could have 3 phones on Ting and pay 1/2 of what I'd pay for 1 phone on Verizon.

Comment: Re:Easy fix (Score 2) 70

by dkman (#48830405) Attached to: Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies
Only if you're request is going through Verizon. If it were a Firefox Addon I would be sending these fake headers from my PC which isn't going through Verizon.

You may say "why do I care if I don't use Verizon?" and I'll respond with "and first they came for the Jews". If you think that's a big jump, well maybe it is, but you need to protect rights for all of the people or you don't deserve the rights you have.

Comment: Re:if it doesnt work (Score 1) 464

by dkman (#48719147) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?
I should have said that coke-bottles are the ones that make peoples eyes look big from the other side (ie, make the wearer's eyes look big when you're not the wearer).

I should have also included
Normal: what we consider normal glasses are those for near-sighted people who need them to see far away. These are thinner than coke-bottles and don't have the bug-eyed affect.

Comment: Re:if it doesnt work (Score 5, Informative) 464

by dkman (#48718937) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?
Coke-bottes: think lenses generally used by far-sighted people who need glasses to see in focus up close.
Bi-focals: have a half-circle shaped area in the bottom of each lens at a different power (for reading) while the rest of the lens is set for regular viewing
Progressive: has the regular lens gradually change to reading power so you don't have the tell-tale line (and power jump) associated with bi-focals.

Comment: Re:Entitlement (Score 1) 325

by dkman (#48718741) Attached to: Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit For Shrinking Storage Space In iOS 8
That would be a fail move that would make upgrades very difficult. What should be required by law is that you market it as "8GB, 4 usable" and "16GB, 12 usable" assuming the OS took 4GB. If the next iteration OS takes 5GB then it's up to you to decide whether you want to install it or not. Personally I do think you should be able to OS downgrade, but that's another battle.

Comment: Re: not just many eyes (Score 4, Insightful) 255

by dkman (#48718449) Attached to: 2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are
Sadly we humans only seem to be able to handle 2 or 3 options. If 12 existed we'd hone in on 3 favorites and 9 would be outliers.

It's not that just "being open source" automatically means code is being validated by lots of eyes. It means that you can look at the code. All we need is more people interested in doing that, or paid to do so. They also need to have the knowledge/skill necessary to do that.

And as always, being closed source would not have made the issues easier to find. And then you'd be at their mercy waiting for a fix. These were all found and all fixed relatively quickly, so let's focus on that.

SSL certainly isn't a simple library. Increased complexity makes it easier to make a mistake and harder to find it.

Comment: Re:Carriers (Score 1) 312

by dkman (#48708295) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?
Maybe I should be shamed for replying to myself, but I thought of another issue.

If I'm running some software to stress test a web server (such as jmeter) am I going to auto-blocked by the software? And if so, am I going to have a means to dispute the blockage?

Also, in reference to "when it does block" it could just block you leaving their network. That way they could point you toward antivirus software or other cleaning utilities hosted on their network.

Comment: Re:Carriers (Score 1) 312

by dkman (#48707681) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?
I meant to add that one reason the ISP might not want to cut off DDoS senders is that they don't want to annoy their customers. Though you would think that they could call the customer at the same time alerting them to an infection, notifying that their internet will be down for 15 minutes (or whatever). Of course it's difficult for joe customer to try to remove the infection without an internet connection. Though it's possible that they're not even home at the time and wouldn't notice or care if it bumped off for a while.

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