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Comment: If users blindly follow ISP instructions (Score 1) 177

by nmoore (#46317949) Attached to: Most Alarming: IETF Draft Proposes "Trusted Proxy" In HTTP/2.0
How would most users respond if their ISP told them "You must add these certificates to your browser" (with instructions, or even a little installer program)? They could then use their bogus CA to MitM every use of facebook/google/whatever.

This seems no different, since it's up to the browser (not just the ISP) to enable the trusted proxy stuff. If a browser enables it without your consent (just as if they deliberately add a bogus CA to the trusted cert list), the browser is being evil and needs to be fixed. If it is left to the user, who enables it without understanding, that's unfortunate, but no worse than what can currently happen.

Comment: Re:Did Google do this right? (Score 1) 129

by turtledawn (#46314823) Attached to: Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds

That's very true. Newsletters that I've read regularly for years, as soon as I delete two or three of them without opening the message first start getting sent to the spam folder.

Somehow despite being fairly promiscuous with my gmail address I only get six or seven spams a day (often from/for Christian Mingle, which is hilarious for multiple reasons). Maybe I've just been extraordinarily but I have not personally experienced this 'unsubscribe from one list and get added to seventeen more' phenomenon.

+ - Google Has $100 for Girls Who Study Coding, $0 for Boys 1

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes ""Thanks to Google," reads the Codecademy website (image), "every U.S. public high school girl who completes this 15-hour JavaScript curriculum will receive a $100 gift code, which can be applied to a project requesting awesome resources for public school classrooms." Boys need not apply? You got it. Codecademy explains, "Why just girls? Currently only 12% of computer science graduates are women, and great tech companies like Google want to see more smart girls like you enter this awesome profession!" Sorry, Charlie. " gift codes will be distributed only to girls," further explains the text accompanying the I'm-a-girl-at-a-U.S.-public-high-school checkbox, "but we'd love for boys to learn to code as well!" A recent FastCompany piece on DonorsChoose promoted by Melinda Gates suggests boys won't get too far protesting this promo or other girl-friendlier DonorsChoose partnerships with and Google — the non-profit reportedly has two words for critics of its tactics: 'Screw You.'"

Comment: Re:I am reminded of pigs and engineers here (Score 1) 593

by turtledawn (#46158207) Attached to: Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

one easy answer is that species prefer different habitats. For example using contemporary species, yaks are probably never or only rarely going to fossilize - their environment is too dry and there are lots of scavengers. There may well be tons of water buffalo fossils however, just because they get washed away and buried in flood sediment on a regular basis. Similarly rare species will automatically form fewer fossils just because you're starting with a lower number of corpses. And a third possibility is that animals which have strong social bonds are more likely to form mass bone beds, because they won't leave their social group members to save themselves from a threat. As you mentioned, there's more possibilities but I wanted to spell a handful of them out.

Comment: Re:They aren't being excluded (Score 1) 545

by turtledawn (#46157825) Attached to: Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

Starting at 'you suck' is a great way to turn women off tech. Why should anyone (of any gender) put up with that? Women in general seem to have the self respect to go somewhere they aren't being denigrated for having done nothing wrong. The fact that more men are willing to put up with hazing bullshit is not necessarily a plus on their side of the book.

Comment: Re: If there's one role model I want for my daught (Score 2) 545

by turtledawn (#46157577) Attached to: Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

I thought that was a very self-aware and considerate comment, actually, and showed an appropriate response by saying that he would remove himself from the situation instead of trying to drag her down. I thought that's how adults are supposed to function - be aware of and accommodate your own weaknesses.

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.