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Comment Re:Difference between this and SpaceX (Score 1) 121

On an orbital class rocket your engine will have too much thrust making it impossible to hover. That is what SpaceX is trying to do. Land using a thrust to weight greater than one.

Speaking from a position of complete ignorance here -- is there no way to reduce the thrust of the rocket to the preferred rate?

Comment Change Windows' file path separator to forward-sla (Score 5, Insightful) 505

Backslash-as-a-filepath-separator is extremely annoying, both because it's gratuitously different from every other OS, and because it's also used (in C, C++, and elsewhere) as an escape character, which can cause endless hilarity for anyone who isn't very careful about that.

And I'd also like them to replace the Windows DOS prompt with bash running inside a proper terminal window. Installed by default.

Comment Re:Except they used regular SMS (Score 1) 291

But I have no idea where this "zero knowledge encryption" label came from or what it's intended to actually mean.

Without going to extreme measures like actually reading the article, I'm going to guess that they mean encryption mechanisms where the service provider (read: Apple or Google) has no way to unilaterally decrypt the user's data, because the only place the decryption passwords/keys are ever stored is on the user's device.

Comment Re:How Is It Fine? (Score 1) 108

Maybe the US Navy designed TOR to be vulnerable in the first place

Yes, it could have all just been an elaborate ruse... but given the fact that any software of non-trivial complexity has vulnerabilities in it somewhere, it's more likely that the designers of TOR didn't foresee every possible attack vector. This would make them neither more nor less nefarious than any other designers of (allegedly) secure software.

Comment Re:The hilarity it keeps growing. (Score 2, Interesting) 259

How about this, instead:

Reporter interviewed some investigators who mentioned that the terrorists had been using encryption, and published the story including that fact. The investigators then realized that the terrorists associates might later read the article and realize that their encryption methods might now be compromised and abandon them -- so the investigators asked the newspaper to bury the article, in the hopes that the terrorists would continue using their (perhaps now compromised) encryption methods a bit longer and thereby expose themselves to capture.

I know it doesn't exactly feed the obligatory Slashdot "government is evil and wants to hack your computer" line, but it seems equally likely to me.

Comment xterm vs. gnome-terminal (Score 2) 352

xterm brags that they have the most faithful emulation of the DEC vt100/220/320/420/520 state machines of any implementation on the market.

In summary, none of the other terminal emulators emulates "most" of xterm. Instead, they implement the most commonly-used control sequences, and there are differences between them.

I have Cygwin on my office Windows PC, and when I have to work with a VAX or otherwise use a complete and faithful terminal emulation, I use xterm.

If xterm had tabs, I would never use anything else. Since it doesn't, I use gnome-terminal under Cygwin. The xterm maintainer has interesting things to say about gnome-terminal:

A more recent GNOME Terminal uses the VTE widget. I observed version in late 2001, which mentioned it in the credits (although VTE 0.1's ChangeLog mentions no date before February 2002). It does not implement a complete vt102: it was missing several features which can be demonstrated in vttest)... I use gnome-terminal under Windows for most everything, except when I need extremely high-fidelity.

p.s. I will say that our production floor relies on the Reflections commercial telnet client. They like the old version so much that I had to wrap it in stunnel - there were too many objections to the new(er) ssh versions. I really don't like Reflections myself.

Comment Re: Basic income (Score 1) 674

No disrespect intended, but when "they" come for *your* shit (stuff *previously* not "taxed"), you will be one of those squealing like a pig. Good luck with that. Just saying.

I'm sure there is some theoretical point my tax burden could be raised to that would be enough to make me complain, but I already pay quite a bit in taxes and it doesn't bother me much. It's the price I pay for living in a nice area of a well-cared-for state in a first-world country, and I'm happy to pay it.

Comment Re:One TFA is paywalled, the other has a big pop-u (Score 1) 69

I wonder about the logistics behind any such system, would you have to tie a checking account to your Apple ID? Would people be willing to do that?

Plenty of people have already set up iTunes and/or Apple Pay and tied either a credit card or a bank account to their phone for that; if Apple is clever they will leverage that somehow, so that their new feature doesn't require any additional signup above what Apple Pay or iTunes purchases already require.

Comment LD_LIBRARY_PATH (Score 1) 45

Can someone please explain to me why LD_LIBRARY_PATH does not point first to a /data/lib directory, where an app-store had a chance of patching a flaw in /system?

I am updating vlcplayer at least once every three months - why did Google decide to carve the stagefright libraries into /system stone with no hope of updating?

At least this bug does not impact me - I rooted and torched stock because of the SOP bug, and Chrome just on principle.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.