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Comment Re:StartSSL ? (Score 1) 97

I am tired of hearing about StartSSL and others giving "free" certificates whenever the need for a better solution is raised.

They are all loss leader products. You are suggesting we rely on a third party commercial entity for a free solution. A solution that may be unsustainable for that entity if large numbers of people choose it or the business changes. It's not actually a long term solution.

I am amazed that people are so willing to recommend a product like this as a viable solution to the certificate problem.

Comment United States of Europe (Score 4, Interesting) 743

What business did Greece have joining the EU? It fudged its numbers to get in (while everyone turned a blind eye) so that idiot lefties could create a United States of Europe. Europe is made up of countries that are far to different in culture and economic prospects to ever fly under the same flag effectively.

Greece's weak economy was never capable of withstanding the monetary troubles of an entire continent. The single market/currency gives it no flexibility to do simple things like adjust interest rates and devalue currency to alleviate the debt.

Who gave it all that money anyway? What were they thinking? How much blame do they have for giving Greece infinite credit?

Comment Re:SAVE US AND THE WEB FROM MOZILLA! (Score 1) 324

The real reason Eich was ousted was because he is a competent engineer who was a threat to the Mozilla bureaucracy. They found "dirt" on him years before he was CEO (someone must have been looking) and used it drum up outrage.

This sort of strategy is a double-edged sword. It is very exhausting for everyone involved and soon becomes very convoluted with hypocritical exceptions. Most of us hold at least one opinion that is not the majority viewpoint and should be more humble when issuing judgements on someone else's beliefs.

This sort of suppression of opinion manifests itself in unexpected ways, and makes any victory a cause has tenuous. People should be outvoted not assaulted through mob-rule.

Comment Salami Slicing (Score 3, Informative) 85

Again, this imbecile government bungles another one of their policies. They have no subtlety. If you want to implement an unpopular law, blame it on the terrorists.

Tell the people the laws are necessary to prevent The Children radicalizing. Then once you've created the regulating mechanism, increase it's scope outside Parliament. (preferably through carefully vague mandates). Salami slicing.

They've stuffed it in their collective haste to please Rupert Murdoch. It's a good thing our government is incompetent.

Comment Teach Maths Better (Score 1) 291

We should teach Mathematics better. A solid understanding of Logic and Algebra is a fundamental requirement for all programming and will condition those who need to learn to code to do so much more easily while making everyone else better citizens.

Ideally the basic use of numerical analysis software (MATLAB/Octave) should be incorporated into the Mathematics syllabus. This would expose students to the universal traits of programming, aide in explaining mathematical concepts and not be "programming for the sake of programming".

Comment Microsoft Security Essentials (Score 4, Insightful) 467

Nowadays i use Microsoft's free AV, a decent browser and discretion. Unless you're particularly haphazard (like downloading random files with full Admin privileges and visiting dodgy sites with unpatched IE) that should be enough. You don't really need a full arsenal of anti-malware software anymore. Ms has tightened things up a fair bit over the last years.

A while back i tried NOD32 and was very impressed. I don't know if it's still good.

Comment Work With It (Score 1) 312

I had a similar problem to yours when i was a student. I largely mitigate against it with a few things. I found the smartest guy in the class and stuck with him, working with hard working people made me work harder - especially if they're relying on me to complete something.

When studying, I also just accepted the fact that i was going to waste a lot of time with my gadgets and made sure to allocate enough time overall to accommodate for it ( I know this is a luxury for some). As long as i had finished the task i set out to complete, i was happy - even if it took me double the amount of time it should have. I made it goal oriented - and not an exercise in itself

I went to the library or an empty computer lab to get my stuff done, I turned it into a schedule and went there even if i had nothing to do (Turns out, there's always something to do).

I had immense trouble focusing on lectures, i couldn't do much about it. So i became selective about the ones i attended but i always made sure to go to campus when the lecture was on and sit in the library, maybe reviewing the slides the professor put online for the week.

Essentially, you need to put yourself in situations where getting shit done is the least boring option. Unless you're in a completely wrong course you'll probably find some aspects of the work interesting in itself. There are only so many buzzfeed and reddit posts you can read a day..

Comment Another Mozilla? (Score 1) 274

I hope not, but it's starting to feel like it. According to the WMF statements , they have (Approx) $60 Million in assets, and spent $45 Million a year, of that, $20 Million went into salaries, $5 Million into awards and grand, $2 Million on conferences and travel and $12 Million on "Other Operating Expenses".

They spend $2.5 Million on hosting and the content is created by the community for free.

Each year they're making more money then the last and what have we seen from it? There seems to be a lot of people not doing a lot of work over there.

Comment There's a Fine Line.. (Score 1) 452

This is a small interview he did (regarding his setup):

He's been banned over at hackernews, reddit and a few places for posting the messages of God which he divines from an index of phrases and a PRNG. His revelations are often liberally intertwined with racist comments and violent swearing.

He's posed a slight dilemma for a few communities, as no one seems to know how exactly to react to his situation.

Here are a list of his demands in order to make god happy: . These include MS killing SecureBoot and VMware implementing PC speaker beeps.

Unix is the worst operating system; except for all others. -- Berry Kercheval