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Comment Re:Wireless is a fail too then (Score 1) 580

Correction: *YOUR* federal law requires it.

Then what should residents of the country where SlashdotMedia is headquartered do to change it?

Considering I only use physical ethernet connections

Very few public places nowadays provide "physical ethernet connections" to guests. It's all Wi-Fi nowadays. In a hotel, for example, do you prefer to just do without Internet access for the duration?

Comment Re:Basic auth or TLS client certificate (Score 1) 392

Then use progressive enhancement. In the HTML page, send a "To log out, close your browser" message. Attach a script that replaces this message with a button to log out as described in the linked answer. To get past the extension that blocks non-free scripts, distribute this script under a free software license and add appropriate metadata.

Comment Write-ins get treated as a spoiled ballot (Score 1) 102

[Policy misstep of U.S. Presidential candidate]
[Policy misstep of U.S. Presidential candidate in opposite party]
I suggest abstaining from voting.

Wouldn't a write-in be more apt?

How so? Write-ins are unlikely to be counted, especially for U.S. President and Vice President, because a write-in candidate has no slate of electors representing him or her.

Comment When DRM is mandatory (Score 1) 102

Big deal. Stop watching the content.

The problem is that policies set by the big studios hurt the availability to the public of machines to manipulate video, even video that doesn't belong to said studios. Say I want to make a movie and distribute it on Blu-ray. I can't without paying for an AACS license because players refuse to play unencrypted BDMV discs. HD DVD didn't have this problem, but it isn't around anymore. Video game consoles have the same problem: DRM is mandatory.

Comment To encourage Starz's licensors to keep the license (Score 1) 102

However, the fact is that for Starz to be affected by piracy, piracy has to be removing subscribers who would pay to watch their series.

Or it's a condition imposed on Starz by the studios that license movies and TV shows to Starz. If Starz doesn't "do something about piracy", it would cause licensors to decline renew the licenses to exhibit movies and TV shows on Starz, and that would cause to drop their subscriptions.

Comment Chain of authorship (Score 3, Interesting) 65

And why are they going thorough the trouble of removing improvements from CFQ?

My guess is to establish a chain of authorship, so that that those things that BFQ shares with CFQ can be correctly attributed to the author of CFQ. Chain of authorship is very important to the Linux project. It dates back to the SCO lawsuit, which ends up being why Git has the --signoff option.

Why not just make an addition one named BFQ?

That might be the ultimate plan: duplicate CFQ, producing a second scheduler identical to CFQ, then apply the heuristic removal patch and the BFQ patch to "Copy of CFQ".

Comment Re:Anonymous Add to Cart needs a cookie (Score 1) 392

I hope you do realize I did not say "all".

Perhaps you're right that my worldview is skewed by the fact that I work on an e-commerce site as my day job.

Anyway, yes, I would pass session ID in the URL (after all, neither cookies contain a cart's contents, just an ID), and would not worry about users. Those using URLs should know what that is, the rest have buttons.

And then you get people who return to the home page by using an in-browser function that deletes everything after the hostname, with the result "I went back to the front page of the store to look for something else to add to the cart. Why was my cart emptied?" Even people who know how a URL is structured don't know which specific query parameter holds the session ID. And even the tinier minority of users who both know how a URL is structured and correctly guess which query parameter is the session ID delete one too many characters from the URL.

Worse yet: "Why did this unauthorized charge appear on my account? I put in my credit card number but decided not to place the order." The answer is that you shared the URI of a product that included your session ID, and someone else completed checkout with your payment credentials.

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