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Comment: Re:Unity next (Score 1) 463

by fahrbot-bot (#49549381) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Released, First Version To Feature systemd

Comment needs funny+insightful, slashidiots give troll...

Thanks. Seems "troll" is sometimes used when someone simply doesn't like what you say (or doesn't under stand it). I don't know whether to be sad or annoyed in those situations. In *this* case "off topic" might have been appropriate, as I was intending it as a funny comment to something in anther post, but not related to the main story, though people sometimes use that mod because they, apparently, simply have a stick up their ass.

In any case, I wasn't slamming systemd, even though I'm pretty sure it's a bad idea or, at least, a bad implementation - hmm, Lennart wrote it, so probably both. (see, that's a slam) :-)

Comment: Re:Women CEO's. (Score 3, Insightful) 194

by fahrbot-bot (#49532261) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

A company's one thing. Just be thankful there's no chance of one running the country.

Hang on a minute...

No, hang on another minute...

Shit, gimme a beer.

So far, the alternatives are a garden gnome from Canada, I mean, Texas, an ophthalmologist that can't spell "education" from Kentucky, or a really thirsty Floridian.

(That beer is looking mighty refreshing...)

Comment: Re:True (Score 2) 51

by fahrbot-bot (#49524299) Attached to: Protein Converts Pancreatic Cancer Cells Back Into Healthy Cells

While I doubt that's the exact medical terminology used, it's quite correct. The five year survival rate is only 6% although it apparently can get up to ~20% in limited circumstances. If this works as well hoped, it would be a rather big deal because right now it's practically a death sentence.

Although, for some perspective, from Wikipedia for Glioblastoma multiforme (brain tumor):

GBM is a rare disease, with an incidence of 2–3 cases per 100,000 person life-years in Europe and North America ... Median survival with standard-of-care radiation and chemotherapy with temozolomide is 15 months. Median survival without treatment is 4½ months.

Sure, it's *way* more rare, but treatment options suck. My wife Sue died of this in early 2006, just 7 weeks after diagnosis - her only complaint was a persistent headache and mild disorientation. Remember Sue...

Comment: Re:HTTPS Everywhere - 3rd Party Certs? (Score 3, Interesting) 70

by fahrbot-bot (#49508185) Attached to: Chrome 43 Should Help Batten Down HTTPS Sites

"Does it really matter...." is an intellectually lazy argument. Yes it matters.

No it doesn't not for everything or even most things. You're over-thinking things and conflating the important with the unimportant, the big things with the little. Stop sweating the little things.

I used to get more worked up about things, like you apparently are, but then in late 2005, after 20 years together, my wife was diagnosed with a brain tumor and died, literally in my arms, just 7 weeks later. I heard her last breath, felt her last heartbeat and learned what the word "forever" means.

So, having my NYT or /. connection encrypted isn't really that important - my banking connection, yes, but I try to keep everything in perspective. The scenarios you've described lack some of that.

I'm not "intellectually lazy" I just know what is and is not important - for me anyway.

Also, entities like Google are not encrypting their connection to protect your privacy, it's to protect their revenue stream, so third-parties cannot skim ad/search information w/o paying Google for it.

Comment: Re:HTTPS Everywhere - 3rd Party Certs? (Score 2) 70

by fahrbot-bot (#49506953) Attached to: Chrome 43 Should Help Batten Down HTTPS Sites

The HTTPS Everywhere is a great idea, but how great when so many use self signed certs. This just gives the illusion of security. One of the biggest problems here is that browsers don't recognize legit free third party cert authorities like CAcert.

I disagree that Everywhere is a great idea. Seriously, does it really matter if an NYT article or /. is delivered securely, or 99.9% of search queries?

Comment: Re:privacy? (Score 4, Informative) 274

by fahrbot-bot (#49502419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

Try google verbatim. Saves having to put quotes on every word.

What was wrong with '+' as an operator, anyway?

According to Google Drops Plus Sign from Search Operators

It has to do with limiting confusion about the search engine’s social network, Google+.

To Baio, “it seems obvious that they’re paving the way for Google+ profile searches. When Google+ launched ... they coined their own format for mentioning people – adding a plus to the beginning of a name... The fate of the ‘+’ symbol was clear: protect a 12-year-old convention loved by power users, or bring Google+ profile searching to the mainstream? It was doomed from the start.”

Comment: Just great, the Nanny car. (Score 1) 192

by fahrbot-bot (#49486659) Attached to: The Car That Knows When You'll Get In an Accident Before You Do

...plan to let drivers connect their fitness trackers to the car. If your health tracker 'knows' you haven’t gotten enough sleep, the car will be more alert to your nodding off.

And when your fitness tracker and car decide you haven't exercised enough, the car refuses to start and tells you, "walk to the store fat, lazy bum" ...

Comment: Re:Kind of a dup, but here's a link that explains (Score 1) 113

Seriously, if you're at all thinking this stuff might be possible...

Perhaps Jeff Goldblum can upload a virus that makes an animated skull and cross-bones appear on the pilot's view screen - "ar, ar, ar" - 'cause he did it in Independence Day - to an *alien* space ship. Why would human airships be any less secure? It's possible, just not very probable...

"Hey Ivan, check your six." -- Sidewinder missile jacket patch, showing a Sidewinder driving up the tail of a Russian Su-27