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Comment: Re:Uproar? (Score 4, Insightful) 143

by ChrisKnight (#46776247) Attached to: Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

The 70's are full of TV shows that had evil computer episodes. The plot would revolve around a billing error, and when the protagonist would bring it up with the store they would be told that computers don't make mistakes. Then they would trigger an error in their favor, and comedy would ensue. Partridge family, Eight is Enough, and I think the Brady Bunch. Those are the easy ones that come to mind.

Comment: Re:Recycling Personalities (Score 1) 446

by wavedeform (#46735423) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

The Bush tax cuts have been continued by the Obama administration because they were judged to be a sound method of stimulating the economy.

No, they haven't been so judged.

They were continued as part of a brokered budget deal. The Democratic house & senate didn't particularly like it, but it was the best compromise on the table at the time.

Comment: Yay! Car Analogy! (Score 1) 721

by wavedeform (#46717835) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

"Except I can CHOOSE to not own a car, and I don't need insurance at that point.
Call me when I can CHOOSE to not carry health insurance."

That's not quite an accurate analog (although partial points for continuing the car analogy.)
More accurate is "I can CHOOSE not to live, and I don't need insurance at that point."

Comment: Re:Is OpenVPN affected? (Score 4, Informative) 239

by ChrisKnight (#46710151) Attached to: Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

Some versions are. The OpenVPN appliance I was running was affected, and there were no updates for it this morning so I had to kill it.


I read somewhere that there is a TLS flag you can use in the config to disable the affected code, but for the life of me I can't find it for this post. :(

Comment: Re:What a surprise (Score 3, Interesting) 248

by wavedeform (#46412605) Attached to: Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

"I mean, who would have thought in the mid-00s that the smart device would become the pre-eminent consumer computing platform in less than a decade?"

You mean other than Apple and the other people who helped make it happen?

Microsoft's problem moving off of the desktop has always been that they want a very similar experience on the desk and in the hand. This was a bad idea when they tried to emulate the Windows experience in WinCE, and is a bad idea going the other direction with Metro.

Comment: Re:Not a great value, in my opinion (Score 1) 501

by wavedeform (#45781001) Attached to: A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest

Or Apple's mistaken focus on OpenCL over CUDA. Unfortunately, Apple have not indicated that they will remedy the problem.

Well, Apple is pushing an open API that will run on lots of hardware, while nvidia is pushing an API tied to their hardware. I think everyone would benefit with a widely supported open API.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun