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Comment: The release of Some Software is now available (Score 3, Insightful) 189

by syzler (#49056077) Attached to: Wayland 1.7.0 Marks an Important Release

<rant>

For those of us who have not heard of Wayland, the following is how the summary reads:

The x.y.z release of Some Software is now available for download. The project thanks all who have contributed, and especially the desktop environments and client applications that now converse using Some Software. In an official announcement from Some Author of Some Company, he says the Some Software protocol may be considered 'done' but that doesn't mean there's not work to be done. A bigger importance is now given to testing, documentation, and bugfixing. As Some Software is maturing, we are also getting closer to the point where the big Linux distros will eventually start integrating it to their operating system.

So what does Some Software actually do and why should I be interested? I know that I can Google Some Software, but is it really that hard to start with the summary with the following:

The x.y.z release of Somesoftware, a package which does blah blah blah, is now available for download. ...

After all, phrases such as "As Wayland is maturing", imply that this is a relatively new piece of software still under development of which everyone is not familiar, especially for those of us using BSDs, Solaris, and Slackware.

</rant>

Comment: Re:Makes sense. (Score 2) 629

by syzler (#48794799) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

When is Microsoft going to patch those flaws in Windows XP!

Hmm, Windows XP is over 13 years old and has been end of support for 5 years, and still released a security patch 7 months ago.

Android 4.3 was released 2 years ago. So the EOS was when? A few months after it was released?

Not that Windows XP and Android are great comparisons, but your jab does not exactly help Google's case. A better example would have been Apple iPhone 1 vs Android 4.3, but even Apple supported the first iPhone for 3 years before ending support.

Comment: Re: Louisiana too (Score 1) 468

by syzler (#48287535) Attached to: Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You
The majority in the House of Representatives is Republican, however the organization called Majority House PAC is Democrat. From the Majority House PAC website:

As the super PAC focused on holding Republicans accountable and helping Democrats win seats in the House, House Majority PAC combines innovative new approaches with time-tested strategies to do battle with Republican outside groups and make a difference.

Comment: Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (Score 1) 865

by syzler (#46922247) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

And, as far as your point of needing to crank it for a while, if that's the case, there are issues that need repairing, so it's not as if you're being deprived of some designed, intended function of the vehicle.

Unless, you live in a cold climate such as Fairbanks, Alaska during the the middle of winter and you stop at a shopping center which does not have electrical outlets for the block heater thus allowing your engine to cool to a nice refreshing -20 F. It does sometimes take a few extra cranks to get a gasoline engine to start, even if it is tuned and in working order.

Comment: Re:Good PR Move (Score 5, Informative) 250

by syzler (#46545509) Attached to: Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture
Although the blog mentions, trademark , I bet the multi-meters were actually infringing upon trade dress of Fluke's multimeters. Trade mark reserves a specific logo/phrase/design. Trade dress protects the look and feel of the product. I learned a great deal about this distinction from Mattel when I created a Magic Eight Ball app for iOS when the iTunes app store first opened.

Comment: Re:Why I buy apple airports (Score 1) 264

by syzler (#46287449) Attached to: Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks
And number of techie types that actually manage consumer grade routers for businesses, I would guess, is an extremely small cross section of techie types. Most businesses that actually employ a technician probably use at least something along the lines of a Juniper SRX as the public router. The point still stands, that automatic firewall updates is a good idea for the vast majority of consumers and techie types (just not in their professional arena). I must confess, that I have been using the Apple base stations for nearly a decade for home use. My business uses a Slackware Linux router, and Junipers for our clients.

Comment: Re:Put a fork in it, it's done. (Score 1) 539

by syzler (#45890925) Attached to: FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose
I forgot to add a sarcasm tag. I was responding to

Why this distinction matters is that the problem with our healthcare isn't so much the insurance, but the out-of-control costs for the care itself (ridiculously expensive hospital bills, compared to what it costs to get the same procedure done in western European private hospitals, for instance). Obamacare didn't do anything at all to fix the problem of these out-of-control costs...

The ACA not only "didn't do anything at all to fix the problem of these out-of-control costs", but actually made the problem worse.

Comment: Re:Put a fork in it, it's done. (Score 1) 539

by syzler (#45890555) Attached to: FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

The out of control healthcare costs are why this administration is trying to reduce overall costs by:
* creating a 2.3% medical device excise tax for manufacturers and importers.
* increasing percentage (10%) of your income you must spend in unreimbursed medical costs before they can be used in itemized deductions on your tax return.
* forcing parents cover the cost of insurance of "children" until the "children" are 27 granted this makes it cheaper for the "children" but not for the parents
* creating an annual fee (i.e. tax) for certain health insurance providers (granted this does not directly increase the cost of healthcare)
Please note that these are just the first few I found (on government sites) after a few seconds of searching, so this list certainly is not exhaustive.

For references see:
* http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq-dependentcoverage.html
* http://www.irs.gov/uac/Affordable-Care-Act-Tax-Provisions

Comment: Re:depends on how you classify it (Score 1) 1010

by syzler (#45599329) Attached to: EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

So... is electric a service or a product? Since you can't possess or store it I think the law considers it a service (You start and stop your electric service).

If you cannot store electricity, then what is a battery or capacitor and why did the man plug his car into the school's outlet? If I have physical possession of a fully charged battery, how am I not in possession of the electrical charge stored within the battery?

I believe the service part of "electric service" is the service of delivering electricity to your home. If I have water service from a local water delivery company, the service is for the delivery of the service and I pay the delivery company based upon how much water I requested.

Comment: Re:Still extortion... (Score 4, Insightful) 320

by syzler (#45418203) Attached to: HTTP 2.0 May Be SSL-Only

You're confusing "CA" with "third party CA." You need a CA to have a certificate. Hint: the "C" in "CA" stands for "Certificate."

You are confusing a certificate with a certificate which most users trust (aka a Certificate Authority). A root certificate from a known Certificate Authority (i.e. an organization) is just a self signed certificate which is trusted by a large group of users. You need to have a certificate to have a CA, a CA without a certificate is well, useless.

The certificate usages 2 and 3 in the DANE specification should work with a self-signed X.509 cert and thus work without needing to involve a recognized CA, third-party CA, formal CA, or what ever you choose to call it.

I mean, I guess you could just open an editor and type something out that looks like a certificate pair, but it won't be mathematically usable, and it won't work when you try to do a Diffie-Hellman key exchange with it :)

Was this even suggested or are you trying to make yourself appear more intelligent by refuting an unmade claim which is condescendingly absurd?

Comment: Re:Still extortion... (Score 5, Informative) 320

by syzler (#45416953) Attached to: HTTP 2.0 May Be SSL-Only

Unless I run my own DNS, which is far easier than running a CA.

Not if you are using DNSSEC, it isn't. You talk about running your own DNS under those conditions as though a self-signed cert doesn't require a CA; it does. There's no such thing as certs without a CA...

DANE (DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities) RFC6698 does NOT require the use of a recognized CA, although it does not disallow it. There are four "usage" types for certificates (excerpts from the RFC follows):

  1. Certificate usage 0 is used to specify a CA certificate, or the public key of such a certificate, that MUST be found in any of the PKIX certification paths for the end entity certificate given by the server in TLS.
  2. Certificate usage 1 is used to specify an end entity certificate, or the public key of such a certificate, that MUST be matched with the end entity certificate given by the server in TLS.
  3. Certificate usage 2 is used to specify a certificate, or the public key of such a certificate, that MUST be used as the trust anchor when validating the end entity certificate given by the server in TLS.
  4. Certificate usage 3 is used to specify a certificate, or the public key of such a certificate, that MUST match the end entity certificate given by the server in TLS.

Both Certificate usage 2 and Certificate usage 3 allow a domain's administrator to issue a certificate without requiring the involvement of a third party CA. For more information on DANE, refer to either rfc6698 or the the wikipedia article.

Comment: Re:I think it is successful (Score 1) 121

What people like about it is that they don't have to pay the credit card companies their 4% of the sales. Instead 4square is only about 2% so small business gets to keep more of their money.

I believe you are thinking of Square which performs credit card payments, however the article is about Four Square which is some social restaurant service I had not heard of until this article. I agree that Square is immensely popular, even here in Alaska.

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