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Comment: Looks (Score 1) 259

by sgunhouse (#48645615) Attached to: At 40, a person is ...
I recently had someone accuse me of being in my mid-thirties (no, I selected the last option). Good genes? If so, my little bother missed out - he looks older than I do. But he works outdoors - perhaps we can blame the sun.

So, does 40.003 feel different? It's just a number. I'm going on 52 in a couple of months - yes, it's just a number too.

Do I want to live to be 100? Honestly, I don't care. I want to live a good life - length doesn't matter.

Comment: I am legion (Score 1) 160

by sgunhouse (#48602329) Attached to: How Identifiable Are You On the Web?
Seems to be up, finally.

Of course I am unique from their sample, I used an unreleased test version of a browser - I had to be unique. However, that version of tracking is useless as I have ... 7 different versions of browsers on my system, they would not know they were the same person on the same computer. (And I have 3 other computers plus a couple of tablets.)

Does that mean I am, what, 40 different people according to them?

Comment: Radiation tolerance (Score 3, Informative) 197

by sgunhouse (#48537011) Attached to: Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts
I recall that the CPU in my first computer (an RCA VIP, with an 1802 processor) was still being used in satellites and such years later. Why? The processor was fully static CMOS, could be run at extremely low power (as long as speed wasn't an issue), and was more tolerant of radiation. But I guess I'm showing my age ...

Comment: Network services (Score 1) 238

by sgunhouse (#48522817) Attached to: The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS
Let's see, on the useful side we have compression/acceleration and parental controls. Would it also interfere with ad blockers and anti-malware? Those are also useful services. Services we as consumers don't want are those ads certain low-cost carriers insert in content - though if blocking those forces the carrier to shut down we might have a problem. And of course we also don't want those Big Brother services - governmental content blocking and monitoring.

Comment: Re:Singularity? (Score 1) 181

by sgunhouse (#48520461) Attached to: Do you worry about the singularity?
"The singularity" is a term referring to asymptotic growth curves. But true asymptotic growth - going to infinity in a finite period of time - is impossible. Some people also use the term to refer to artificial intelligence, but I would consider that a misuse of the term (since a less confusing term existed previously).

Comment: 4:3, anyone? (Score 1) 330

by sgunhouse (#48443007) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio
These days, a typical monitor is likely to be 16:9 or maybe 8:5 (aka 16:10).

In terms of viewing area, for the same diagonal measure an old-style 4:3 monitor has a larger viewing area than a widescreen. Basic math. Yes, a square would be optimum, but in recent years we have been heading in the opposite direction.

Comment: Yahoo (Score 1) 405

by sgunhouse (#48384251) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?
As someone whose ISP uses Yahoo for mail, I can report that they appear to block mailing-list messages that are marked as Bulk. As a product tester for Opera and also a moderator on their user forums, I am supposed to be on several of their mailing lists - but never receive any of them. However, mail from that server sent by individual Opera employees comes through just fine. Likewise mailing lists that do not mark there messages as Bulk (from other servers) come through fine - though several (not all) of those lists are actually on Yahoo's servers. (I've had Opera send messages I need to get to a webmail service.)

The server is not blacklisted as I do get mail from it, they are not blocking all mailing lists (other than their own) either, so it appears to be the fact the messages are listed as Priority: Bulk.

Comment: Securitty? (Score 1) 575

by sgunhouse (#48044451) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics
Postponing the obvious quote for the moment, the question with any backdoor is what's to keep the bad guys from finding it. (Okay ... the other bad guys. Picky, picky.) If something is known to have a backdoor, the hackers will do whatever it takes to find it. Breaking in to some manufacturer's system, bribing someone, or just brute force - once they find it, they know what it is on all similar systems. If anyone has a backdoor then the supposed protection is meaningless.

The quote? Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. - Benjamin Franklin

Comment: Toys? (Score 1) 209

by sgunhouse (#48007757) Attached to: My toy collection is ...
Do devices count? Are calculators toys? Cars (other than some old beater you go to work and/or shopping with) or other vehicles? Firearms? Geometric (as in, solid) puzzles? While I do have a collection of the latter, I play with the others more often ... so are the puzzles not toys?

I have never seen anything fill up a vacuum so fast and still suck. -- Rob Pike, on X.

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