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Comment: Re:HTTPS Everywhere (Score 1) 206

by watermark (#48228713) Attached to: Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

There are tons of reports (just google them) of the server side cpu load being minimal to encrypt traffic. My guess is either the load balancing setup they have doesn't support SSL or their 3rd party ad network doesn't.

In general, I think sites don't support https because of a) the extra cost of a cert, b) they don't care, c) the extra cost of a dedicated IP (SNI isn't supported on IE on XP). You can say "screw XP" all you want, but a good 20% still (of at least my traffic) comes from IE on XP.

Comment: Re:faster cpu, standards? (Score 1) 146

by watermark (#48133167) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Sales Approach 4 Million

I'm not sure what you're saying. I should use a device that uses the x86 ISA instead of ARM if I want a standard ISA?

If you've come across a low cost, low watt/volt, quite, passively cooled x86 solution, I'd love to hear above it. All that I've seen are close to $200 and don't offer much more performance than the $35 rpi.

Comment: faster cpu, standards? (Score 1) 146

by watermark (#48131077) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Sales Approach 4 Million

Have 5 of them. 1 used for offsite backup to a usb drive, 1 to display server stats, others used for xmbc.

I'd like to see a faster cpu, the loading times in xbmc on the rpi are annoying.

All ARMs seem to be so different. I want distros to be able to release an ARM version that just works on all ARM devices. It seems like all ARM devices need custom builds. The smaller guys suffer for this. I want a cubox, but it seems like only software made by them works on it.

Comment: As long as you don't use page breaks (Score 2, Interesting) 91

by watermark (#47368545) Attached to: WebODF: JavaScript Open Document Format Editor Deemed Stable

It's stable and ready for every day use, as long as you don't need page breaks. I have a 3 page odt containing page breaks and WebODF just throws all of the text and images at the bottom of the first page.

How is this ready for every day use without supporting something as basic as page breaks? Page breaks go back to Word 1.beforeiwasborn

Comment: Sanitize crazyness (Score 1) 215

by watermark (#47332795) Attached to: Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix

I understand why this works and I understand the need to sanitize user input, but this is dumb. Even if there are workarounds. It's obvious what the intent of "tar cf archive.tar *" is suppose to be, it shouldn't be treating file names as additional arguments. Anyone actively using this "feature" for anything legitimate is dumb too.

This seems very similar to the whole "we need some other language than C" argument. Sure, you *can* make secure code with zero overflow vulnerabilities, but damn near all software has them. You can only blame the user/coder for so long for doing something "wrong", but when 90%+ people are doing it "wrong" then you probably need to change how the thing works.

Comment: Re:CS grad, took both, and working as a programmer (Score 1) 155

by watermark (#47299755) Attached to: Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

Universities feel the need to teach you much more than is required for your field (to be well rounded). I suppose I was saying many more classes depended on calc than stat, so calc in highschool would have helped more.

Several discrete math classes came in college and I do find parts of those useful, but I'm not sure they have a place at the high school level. Perhaps a class where you had to build/design turing machines would be interesting enough to be useful.

Comment: CS grad, took both, and working as a programmer (Score 2) 155

by watermark (#47292653) Attached to: Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

I'm a CS grad and I took AP Stat and AP CS in high school, and I'm currently working as a programmer. In relation to programming, stat is very nearly worthless. There are certainly things I learned in stat that I use every so often, but nothing in relation to a programming task. In my high school, I had to choose between AP stat and calc and calc would have helped a lot more in college. Granted, for my line of programming, calc doesn't help either, but it would have helped more in obtaining the degree.

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

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