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Comment Re:Sounds like a psycopath. (Score 3, Insightful) 485

See, herein lies the problem with the surveillance society. Once the watchers demonize encrypted communications as a tool only the Bad People(TM) would use, unencrypted, innocent-seeming messages become the communication tool of choice. This is "being hidden in plain sight." If you want to hide in a sea of automated data analysis, you simply duck your head below the noise threshold.

Comment Re: browser.pocket.enabled = false (Score 1) 199

I used Pale Moon for a long time and even switched people from Firefox over to it regularly. Then more and more of the bill payment portals didn't work properly until I could not justify using it any longer due to having to install Firefox anyway just to be capable of paying the bills. I couldn't even leave product reviews on Newegg. I'd still be using Pale Moon if I could pay my bills with it. I even waited for a version that would work properly, but three updates went by and nothing changed. Sigh, back to Firefox.

Off topic: I've noticed that Chrome has gotten *really* terrible. The memory footprint and poor performance is astonishing. If Chrome is "fast," Firefox is Win98-on-i7 fast.

Comment Re:Offer paid support? (Score 1) 213

The fatal flaw with this argument is the assumption that knowledgeable people are looking at your code in the first place and that they have the time to sit there and audit your code in depth. I'm sure it happens but I doubt it happens very often. The somewhat recent and highly publicized OpenSSL bugs reminds us that "all bugs are shallow" only when enough experienced people are looking hard and long enough, but rarely in the real world (especially in such a "deep and wide" field like programming) can we expect such optimal conditions to occur.

Comment Re:Ben Franklin (Score 1) 1291

This needs to be modded +5 because this is what everyone is failing to understand when they say "why take money from the smart people who built the machines to pay the lazy slobs who won't do anything at all?" As if we aren't already paying the least productive people in society a basic income; why should having a productive job mean you suffer more and have less money than the stereotypical three-child single mom on all the available forms of welfare imaginable? Between EBT, WIC, Section 8 housing, and the "Obamaphone," the least productive get a lot of free shit that the productive part-timer can't afford because no one's giving them a single thing for free. Disincentivizing employment through the current mess of a welfare system (in the USA at least) is incredibly fucking stupid. Basic income just says "everyone gets $1000 a month so they can survive. No more unemployment, food stamps, or Section 8, they just get a flat $1000 that doesn't come with preconditions and caveats so they can survive even if they lose their jobs, get seriously injured, get very sick, whatever."

Automation will not let us ignore this problem for much longer. At some point this is going to have to happen, whether or not the Limbaugh ditto-heads support it or deride it as "muh socialism."

Comment Re:Advertisers have to realize... (Score 1) 241

Instead of spamming everyone with advertising, the money would be better spent giving free subscriptions or products to a few people so they can tell their friends about how great the thing is. The financial expense of the freebies would almost certainly be less than the cost of advertising that makes everyone hate your company for advertising at them forcefully and their product would grow through a grassroots process that can't be matched no matter how many dollars they throw at the marketing problem. Of course this won't work for big-ticket item companies like auto makers, but for companies larger than "small business" with an offering that would be very attractive to the general public it is a very viable and indeed a damned smart marketing tactic.

Comment Re: Windows 8 is suddenly looking good .. (Score 1) 316

Microsoft does really great work on the kernel side of things. The leaked Windows NT4 and 2000 source code from way back in the day received generally good reviews from OS developers that examined the code quality. Every Windows NT release since 2000 has had massive improvements in the kernel and driver space. It's unfortunate that upgrading the NT kernel side requires "upgrading" the user-level software side to bring all of the trash that Microsoft does a really terrible job on. I'd happily take the Windows 10 kernel and drivers with the Windows 7 userspace dropped on top. In fact, that's what Windows 10 SHOULD have been.

Comment Re: My big hope (Score 4, Insightful) 321

Brilliant. Someone hand me a thesaurus and I'll find plenty of reasons why a search bar for finding your bearings in an unfamiliar environment is incredibly fucking stupid. You have to wonder who the genius at Microsoft is that thought this was such a wonderful idea. Joe User who hasn't ever heard of System Restore will not be able to find it when he searches for "fix my computer," but he'll certainly find the "I am from Microsoft and your computer is virus infected!" people promptly thanks to Bing(TM).

Comment Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 1) 323

That's one of the absolute best Linus rants ever. It illustrates all the reasons he's the best person for what he does in one solid chunk of text. Sure, if it were a department manager sending it to a subservient, it'd be unprofessional. That's also not how a large open source project with no such strict hierarchy works. That is a shining example of what Linus does right when bad things start leaking into the project. It's also a shining example of what outsiders misinterpret because their heads are stuck in corporate hierarchical power struggle horseshit and (more recently) Tumblr/Twitter feminist style call-out culture.

Comment Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 1) 323

Linux would be shit, as he's clearly doing exactly what he's supposed to do to keep it working and growing. Linus Torvalds is not a CEO or a department manager, he's indirectly responsible for managing the efforts of tens of thousands of people over an Internet-distributed platform with no regular face-to-face contact between any of them, and almost all of his communication is made public in the process. It is a very unique position. To pull in the "professional environment" bullshit of modern corporate offices and judge him by those standards is willfully ignorant and short-sighted at best.

Linus is only a douche where someone should know better or someone ignores what he's said multiple times. He is always gentle to the children of the flock (until they try to post the same busted patch eight times and he's told them why it can't be accepted seven times.) When he's mad, he's mad because someone is doing something that will damage Linux. Hell, if Linus was actually a douche, the whole "Sarah Sharp beating him with a feminism wiffle ball bat" incident wouldn't have gone well at all. Sarah Sharp is still pounding away at the USB code in the kernel and Linus is still just fine working with her. The press sensationalized a couple of posts in the thread but chose to ignore all of the respectful discussion thereafter; this is the only reason a lot of people think Linus is a real douchenozzle that needs to "be fired" or "quit."

Honestly, he's probably the best "boss" in a technical field that any of us have had the pleasure of observing. I have no doubt that 99.999% of Slashdot readers would have done a worse job than him. Not because they're incompetent or incapable of managing a project, but because it'd be very hard to do what he's done managerially any better than he has done it.

Comment Re:Who the fuck would use something like that? (Score 1) 206

Incorrect. Anyone can remember three reasonably secure (read: long and not all lower case) passphrases. Use them in tiers where one is for "I don't care if my Slashdot/Ars Technica/Disqus/TPB account really gets hacked" and one is for "this is an email account that a lot of other accounts can be password reset to hijack, don't use this anywhere but on email accounts that need to be secure" and one is exclusively for bank accounts or other highly sensitive information. That way if "LOL We Use No TLS And MD5 And Store Password Hashes In Cookies Forum" gets hacked and someone cracks your forum account password from the hash, the only risk is to your not-too-important accounts and they don't have your email account password.

Or your 30 passwords can look like "Mfdajsio[][$#@5625429i04356kio:FSD===-F" and you can trust all of them to a password manager and pray that the one magical master password for that manager doesn't fall into the wrong hands, lest your single point of failure give up a list of all your accounts along with their corresponding passwords.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall