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Comment: Re:nothing new (Score 3, Interesting) 127

by plcurechax (#49150387) Attached to: Microsoft Finally Allows Customers To Legally Download Windows 7 ISOs

I've been downloading ISO's from MS for years.

You might want to qualify that. I know MSDN (MS Development Network) and TechNet (IT professionals) have had pre-release and release versions of ISOs available since before 2000 if I recall correctly, but that wasn't suitable for delivery to consumers, but services for software development and mid-to-larger corporate and enterprise customers, access was bundled by annual subscriptions, roughly $1000 USD and up.

I think retail license purchases & ISO download, or downloadable recovery ISOs via Digital River has been available since MS Vista, at least since 2011, but perhaps earlier. /shurg

Comment: Re:Hopefully this will be Harper's death knell (Score 1) 116

by plcurechax (#49091209) Attached to: The Disastrous Privacy Consequences of Canada's Anti-Terrorism Bill

Are you some self-delusional totalitarian? Communists government (even the better ones) never granted powers or rights to its people. Only socialist countries gave rights of individuals over the nation state (or monarch).

Sorry I meant "[o]nly socialist countries" as in comparison to communists countries. Not communist countries that called themselves socialist. I did not mean to imply only socialist countries in general; for example in the case of USA, though the US Bill of Rights is a very socialistic document placing people above both the government or the establishment.

Comment: Re:Hopefully this will be Harper's death knell (Score 1) 116

by plcurechax (#49091029) Attached to: The Disastrous Privacy Consequences of Canada's Anti-Terrorism Bill

Justin's daddy took Canada from debt free to where we now owe hundreds of billions on our national debt.

That Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre Trudeau who was prime minister of Canada in the 1970s-ish. That's also plain false. World War II and "the Great War" created Canada's national debt, just like nearly every other western country.

He gave government employees the right to strike. Now we are constantly being blackmailed into giving raises far above industry standards.

During Trudeau's tenure as PM, the federal public employees won the fight utilize freedom to association (the basis for forming a union) in federal court. Not given to them by anyone. Unless you think politicians should restrict who is allowed to get together to form a corporation (an association for profit), why should the government have the right to treat its employees any differently than other employees? Save for the exemptions for RCMP officers and Canadian Forces (solders) by the courts.

Given how many facts you have been mistaken about so far, your view doesn't hold much sway with me.

Bollocks regard above industry standards for pay. I make ~20% less than private sector equivalent, get a benefit packages that is worst than the last 50-person company I worked for in the private sector, and I have to listen people constant lie and repeat untruths about my compensation. Go to Treasuary Board Secretariat of Canada's website and look for yourself at my pay and benefits.

He forced an unneeded charter of rights on the population with no plebiscite and with no private property protections in it. Like a good Commie.

Are you some self-delusional totalitarian? Communists government (even the better ones) never granted powers or rights to its people. Only socialist countries gave rights of individuals over the nation state (or monarch).

Private property protection? That has a long and complex history in English common law, dating to at least the 14th century (from memory). The Canadian Charter of Rights grants rights to people not grant either property rights to people or rights to property. It also doesn't mention dolphins.

And forced it on one province which ever since has threatened to secede.

The English-French divide has been a part of the Canadian landscape centuries before Confederation. That was just another piece they latched onto. Like the Meech Lake accord, NAFTA, GST, and hundreds of other things before and since them.

The previous posters reference CBC Canada which is a Liberal lacky and should be abolished.

Why would a Crown corporation have a Liberal (party) bias under how many years now of a Conservative (party). government?

Because frankly if you know any media history you will know that media bias and claims thereof have been around as long as media itself.

I have dealt with them and they always slant the news to the point that I NEVER trust them to report truthfully.

And I have repeatedly found that media in multiple countries, both private and state sponsored all display bias and often make minor to significant mistakes in their reporting. So unless you want to tell me that the Daily Mail (UK) is a balanced political point of view, in which case I would suggest reading World Weekly News.

Obviously all these negative comments are from brainless socialists

Because to disagree with you would require someone not merely differ in opinion or political leanings, but they are clearly mentally impaired? Get over yourself.

and union bosses who bleed the rest of us dry.

Why? Because unions bosses are bad and corporation bosses are good?

Any good boss will try to maximize the benefits to those whom they represent, for-profit or not-for-profit.

Comment: Re:Nobody gets to use the surprise face (Score 1) 131

by plcurechax (#49081657) Attached to: US May Sell Armed Drones

Weapons, entertainment, and food are pretty much the bulk of American exports.

Exporting weapons that wind up being used against our own troops is fairly commonplace in this scenario, but hey, it's all about the corporate profits baby!

Or in other words, the modern interpretation of the US Constitution's 2nd Amendment is the right to sell arms.

Comment: Er.... (Score 1) 353

by plcurechax (#49081635) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?

Perhaps you could ask the browser extension sites themselves....

Most have highlighted the most common for slashdot users are:

  • obnoxious advertisement mitigation (aka "ad blocking")
  • privacy & security e.g. Do-Not-Track Plus, various (super-)cookie deleters,, cross-site scripting managements/restriction (NoScript, Request-Policy), HTTPS-Everywhere,
  • some advanced users / web developers e.g. Firebug, vimperator, TableTools2
  • content access / VPN tools (Hola)

Comment: Answer: read slashdot for long enough (Score 5, Interesting) 233

by plcurechax (#48991677) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tools To Clean Up a Large C/C++ Project?

See: Working Effectively with Legacy Code book review (2008) for a book of that title by Michael Feathers (PDF article) on that very topic.

There is even a summary of key points at Programmers @ StackExchange. Hundreds if not thousands of programmer's blogs address this very topic.

You're welcome. Now get back to work.

Comment: Style vs. substance (Score 1) 76

by plcurechax (#48990311) Attached to: The Algorithm That 'Sees' Beauty In Photographic Portraits

So photographers who aren't subscribers of the f/64 school of photography (to critically summarized: technical skill of taking and making the photo is what transforms a good photograph into a great photograph) are losers. I'll keep Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand, Robert Frank, Man Ray, and thousands of other photographers who make excellent works of art but capturing the decisive moment (H.C.B. and Winogrand) or obtain a level of intimacy with and about their subjects (Goldin) or selves (Sherman) that any technical shortcomings are mere distractions to the gravity of their works.

Those photographers I've mentioned are quite "accessible"* to people outside of the fine art community, though nearly all of them do include nudes or nudity in some of their works, so are can be NSFW browsing, hence no links.

* By accessible I mean you do not need to have a comprehensive background in fine art or photographic criticism, history, or art theory to understand. They works are often considered to be appreciable by "outsiders," like myself.

Comment: Re:90 days may be a little short (Score 1) 263

by plcurechax (#48831413) Attached to: Google Releases More Windows Bugs

but in principle I agree with what Google is doing. In effect they are trying to destroy the market for zero day exploits and forcing the companies involved to not site on their hands and hope nobody uses them.. like cybercriminals and the various three letter agencies.

From the article:

In the bug tracker for the impersonation vulnerability, Google said it had queried Microsoft on Wednesday, asking when the flaw would be patched and reminding its rival that the 90 days were about to expire.

"Microsoft informed us that a fix was planned for the January patches but [had] to be pulled due to compatibility issues," the bug tracker stated. "Therefore the fix is now expected in the February patches."

The next Patch Tuesday is scheduled for Feb. 10.

So 90 days is an appropriate time to wait but not 106 days?

Here is what Google use to say (circa 2010) from most of the same people who make up the Project Zero team (Chris Evans, Michel Zalewski, and others) AFAIK.

Rebooting Responsible Disclosure: a focus on protecting end users:

Update September 10, 2010: We'd like to clarify a few of the points above about how we approach the issue of vulnerability disclosure. While we believe vendors have an obligation to be responsive, the 60 day period before public notification about critical bugs is not intended to be a punishment for unresponsive vendors. We understand that not all bugs can be fixed in 60 days, although many can and should be. Rather, we thought of 60 days when considering how large the window of exposure for a critical vulnerability should be permitted to grow before users are best served by hearing enough details to make a decision about implementing possible mitigations, such as disabling a service, restricting access, setting a killbit, or contacting the vendor for more information. In most cases, we don't feel it's in people's best interest to be kept in the dark about critical vulnerabilities affecting their software for any longer period.

Somewhere along the way they appear to have lost their senses, and enshrine 90-days as some written-in-stone deadline that makes no sense, and is counter to their stated objectives.

Announcing Project Zero

... Our objective is to significantly reduce the number of people harmed by targeted attacks. ...We will only report bugs to the software’s vendor—and no third parties. Once the bug report becomes public (typically once a patch is available), you’ll be able to monitor vendor time-to-fix performance, see any discussion about exploitability, and view historical exploits and crash traces.

Comment: Don't miss next week's episode... (Score 1) 119

Where the FBI submit a swore affidavit that Kim DotCom is Dread Pirate Roberts to the New Zealand courts in a bid to further his extradition to US, because surely those sheep-loving Kiwis can't possibly resist the War-on-Drugs(tm) as a legitimate reason to let the MPAA/RIAA go after Kim DotCom for digital piracy[1].

If he wasn't under so much financial pressure (freezing of assets) I'd expect him to make a press release suggesting it himself.

But the conspiracy theorists will posit that John McAfee is the real Dread Pirate Roberts. I mean he was found in Belize of all places. What do you think it was really doing there? Creating his second, pseudonyms fortune, this time without the IRS insisting on payments. Hell, half of software multimillionaires who have been in tufts with the IRS themselves would likely support his venture on the down low.

[1] Okay, infringement of intellectual property doesn't have the same sense of dire urgency does it.

Comment: Re:Very disturbed by tag "writeorexecute" (Score 1) 84

by plcurechax (#48813525) Attached to: OpenBSD's Kernel Gets W^X Treatment On Amd64

Well, you're right from a formal logic perspective. In spoken languages, though, there's often an implicit 'either' attached to the 'or', causing 'or' to essentially mean 'xor'.

Yes, everyone should be expected to go read Principia Mathematica before posting to Slashdot, far better than any captcha in use today.

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