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Comment: Browsers getting too complex (Score 3, Insightful) 237

by ron_ivi (#49302243) Attached to: Every Browser Hacked At Pwn2own 2015, HP Pays Out $557,500 In Awards

Is it reasonable to expect browser makers to hold their own in an arms race against exploits?

The problem is that browsers are trying to become an OS - with all the complexities associated with one.

If we want back to a world where HTML was mostly about content -- that could be displayed in everything down to things like the Lynx browser -- they coudl be made secure.

People wanted more, though -- so they decided to allow extensions like Java Applets, Flash Plugins, and ActiveX controls. Obviously more complex, those were not surprisingly insecure.

So now people decide to take all the complexity and insecurity and build it directly into the browser itself?!? WTF.

Makes me miss gopher clients. Maybe we should go back.

TL/DR: Javascript+HTML5 is the new Java applet + Flash Player + ActiveX control.

Comment: Re:Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation? (Score 1, Interesting) 136

by ron_ivi (#49142363) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

I'm afraid of the ***lack*** of fragmentation in Android.

I believe that Linux's success is directly tied to it's fragmentation.

When a early Linux distro is hard to use (mailing lists), a much easer one comes out (Slackware). When a different Linux vendor goes insane (SCO Linux), other vendors can remane sane. When a different linux goes expensive (RHEL), affordable forks spring up (CentOS).

Fragmentation is what keeps Linux safe both-from-and-for things like systemd. If systemd turns out great - fragmentation is what allowed early adopters to use it so it gained traction. If systemd turns out to be horrible, fragmentation is why other linux distros will survive that experiment.

TL/DR: We need more fragmentation. The mobile world would better if I could choose to run Ubuntu-Android, Fedora-Android, Samsung-Android or Google-Android on my phone.

Comment: Re:If you hate Change so much...... (Score 1) 516

by ron_ivi (#49138749) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

attempt to get rid of the penny was a conspiracy to drive up prices.

Well - it kinda is!

Often people rant about wanting a "gold standard" for currency -- though that's a bit foolish because gold is rare enough that it's pretty easy for the richest banks to manipulate prices.

What the penny could give us instead (if they allow people to melt them) is a *zinc standard* for our currency! Where the value of a dollar is tied to an amount of real-work (the amount of work to mine and refine zinc) -- a mineral common enough that it'd be harder to manipulate than gold.

Comment: Math falls apart many ways. (Score 1) 480

by ron_ivi (#49038291) Attached to: The Mathematical Case For Buying a Powerball Ticket

The main way the math falls apart is that the value of money isn't linear.

The difference between nothing vs winning (or losing) $1 doesn't change most people's lives at all.

The difference between nothing vs winning $10,000,000 changes most people's lives a lot.

The difference between winning $10,000,000 and winning $100,000,000 doesn't change most people's very much. (In either of those cases, they can do whatever they want, and the rest of the money is just some number in some online video game called Schwab or Fidelity).

With a non-linear value curve like this -- lotteries actually make sense -- they're win/win for both sides.

Comment: Playing devil's advocate.... (Score 2) 103

by ron_ivi (#48998679) Attached to: Bipartisan Bill Would Mandate Warrant To Search Emails
.... I don't want people to get comfortable with people thinking policies/bills/etc are the right way to protect privacy.

Far better, for privacy, if technological solutions (email encryption) protected the privacy of email.

If it's just protected with bills like this, it does nothing to stop programs like the DoD/NSA's "collect everything" projects; and from there it's only a small step for one agency to assist parallel reconstruction to get around the warrant.

Better for everyone's privacy if the bill stated "You have no expectation of privacy for unencrypted email. Any unencrypted email is free for anyone - law enforcements, ad-agencies, spammers - to read. If you want it private, encrypt it.".

The tools exist (GPG, S/MIME). It's just that no-one uses them because they trust policies to protect them instead. If the policies would change, every corporation would insist on encrypted emails by default -- and the email tool vendors would quickly make that the easy/default option.

Comment: Jumped the shark at 4 to 5. Re .... 5 and 6 (Score 1) 192

by ron_ivi (#48959797) Attached to: Perl 6 In Time For Next Christmas?
Personally I think they jumped the shark at Perl 5. My favorite Perl by far was Perl 3 -- when it was a better awk+sed. Now every language seems to want to follow the C++ trend of moving away from it's original strengths ---- and glomming on some really bad object-oriented model on itself during the late 1990's ---- and glomming on some really bad almost-but-not-quite-functional programming features during the 2010's. Seems the programming world would be a better place if the tools focused on their strengts, and didn't all try to be some "oooh, I'm object oriented too", "oooh, I'm functional too" game.

Comment: Re:Raspberry Pi 2 but not Surface RT? (Score 1) 307

by ron_ivi (#48959651) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows For Raspberry Pi 2

Ironic thing is that I probably would have bought a Surface RT if they unlocked the boot loader.

It looked like a nice tablet. I just couldn't stand the OS.

And (rightfully, it seeems) figured it'd turn into abandonware just like all the other alternative-CPU-windows's from history. Note that Windows used to run on DEC Alpha, Tandem MIPS, Itanic, etc.

Comment: Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 431

by ron_ivi (#48896149) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

why get excited for having a button for ctrl-v? do you also have a button for ctrl-c and ctrl-x? you make no sense.

At least here, "copy" (I assume that's what you mean by ctrl-c) happens automatically when you select a region of text by clicking and dragging the mouse. In that sense, the left button *is* the button you're looking for.

And "delete whatever is selected" (is that what you mean by ctrl-x) can be done by pressing 'delete' -- or if you're goint to replace it with something else, just typing that something else -- so it doesn't need a button or keyboard shortcut.

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