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Comment Story categories (Score 1) 1825

I use the YRO feed as input to a class I'm teaching, since it parallels much of the subject matter of the class. I go over interesting tidbits with the class to inject a bit of "current events" into our discussions.

Even before Dice took over, I'd scratch my head over some of the completely unrelated articles that made their way into the feed, and some obviously pertinent ones that got left out. Under Dice it got worse, to the point that I ended up writing a filter to block things that obviously didn't belong and add in some were left out but should have been there.

While *I* am interested in MIT's ARC reactor, what *possible* relationship does it have with "Your Rights Online"?

When the new management took over, I was hoping I could retire that filter. No such luck -- the "irrelevancy" score is now approaching 50%, and since the choice of what to block and what to add is all manual, it's become a real pain in the butt to maintain.

On the other hand, I'm glad I have the filter, because the raw feed would be unusable.

Comment Re: Nexus aren't satisfactory (Score 1) 179

If the bootloader is locked but is designed to be unlocked because the manufacturer and/or Google has provided a key, that's not the same as a phone that has a locked bootloader and someone had to use a security exploit to break it. The article you linked to on the Nexus 6 shows you how to get to the unlock mechanism built in to the phone. No reverse engineering needed.

I didn't read the rest of your links.

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 1) 571

Much ado about nothing.

Or more to the point, what everybody seems to be OMGing about is a stupid issue.

If *anybody* sent classified material via email, that's a big deal. Email is a fucking postcard. It doesn't matter in the least whether it was on a private server or a server in the heart of the NSA. Unless the parties involved used good encryption to send the message, the crime is in using email in the first place.

And if they did use good encryption, then the choice of server is a relatively minor issue again.

So if you want to be outraged, be outraged that *anybody* in government is using email. Who gives a shit if it was on a private server or not?

Comment Re:Isn't this what --preserve-root is for? (Score 1) 698

Back in the dotcom days, I had a developer that wanted to clean his home directory up. He suspected that the dotfiles were corrupt, so he figured the best thing to do was get rid of them all and start over.

He issued the command (from his home directory):
rm -rfa .*

I have no idea why he was doing that as root. When the command that he expected to take a fraction of a second didn't come back immediately he realized something was wrong and hit Ctl-C, but it had already done quite a bit of damage.

We had backups -- he lost less than a week of work. But that was still a lot.

Comment Re: Microsoft office is for Cars which lock you in (Score 1) 196

2013 Fusion here. I have to agree that Ford's *interface* design is fairly intuitive. I'm a bit less impressed with its implementation -- too much doesn't work reliably, and I'm *really* unimpressed with the fact that the system had to remove features with each new iteration of the software, just in order to improve stability. The clock changes when you change time zones, based on the GPS, but it *doesn't* support daylight savings time? Really? (It used to...)

I was glad to hear that the next version of software will *not* be Microsoft/Flash based, but I think they're tossing the baby out with the bathwater by changing the interface radically (and going "flat.") I'd blame its stability problems on the platform, the interface was good.

In any case, it won't matter much to me -- I expect to keep the car another 8 or 9 years. I'm sure the software landscape will have changed radically in that time, but my current hardware isn't going to support anything more than what it has now.

Comment Re: HTML (Score 1) 148

Sigil is abandonware, unfortunately. You can still get it to install, but that might not last forever. I'm not aware of a version that's in any repository, but you can find packages for various distros. Building it from source is a bit of a bear, so I'd recommend a binary package.

For repairing bad epubs, the ebook editor that is now built into Calibre is better than Sigil was. On the other hand, Sigil allows you to create a new ebook fairly easily, whereas the Calibre editor is explicitly not designed for that. I've used Sigil to take HTML formatted files and create pretty decently formatted ebooks.

Comment Re:Given a choice in the 70's (Score 1) 277

They had plenty of *capacity* for commenting -- depending on your budget for punch cards. You could use most of 80 columns for each line of comment (and a card for each line.) I seem to remember putting a "C" in the first column for a comment with FORTRAN, don't remember what the convention in Pascal was.

But it was cumbersome, and there probably wasn't much of a culture of commenting, so if you're dealing with that old code, you might not find many comments.

Comment Customers (Score 1) 62

I'm a little disturbed by their use of the term "customers". It's a bad sign that they consider patent applicants to be customers. It implies that it's their job to grant patents--denying a patent would not be serving their customers.

Yeah, I know, this isn't new. It's been their attitude for years, but I hate having our noses rubbed in it.

Comment Re:Can a tech-savvy user make their smart TV secur (Score 1) 65

If there is a problem with the smart features (vulnerabilities, spying on the part of manufacturer, etc.) of my Roku or other set top box, I replace it. $50 to $100. If I want to upgrade, more processing power, memory, etc., I replace it.

But the smart features on the TV are fixed. To fix a problem or upgrade, you replace the TV. If it's a software issue, sure, that can be upgraded, but not hardware.

Some people upgrade their TVs every few years, in which case this might not matter, but I expect a TV to last me 10 or 15 years.

Comment Re:smart tvs are not smart (Score 1) 151

There were some available last year. There *may* be some available this year (although if you find a non-smart Samsung this year it's probably old stock.)

I just bought a new Samsung myself. It has an ethernet port *and* built-in wifi. My solution is to not allow either to connect, but it's annoying.

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