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Comment: Re:So let me get this straight (Score 1) 678

by wile_e_wonka (#49538847) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

These frakking polls are bovine scat.

Ummm, like, I think you've missed the point. The researchers did not say that 100% of people who aren't "Millennial" hate Snowden. They showed that, looking at one metric--age--the percentage of people who appreciate Snowden has a clear trend. And they are saying that this particular trend matters because Millennials will soon be running the country.

If the researchers looked at the demographic of "people who comment on /. articles," which demographic cuts across all age groups, I am guessing you will find a large chunk of the 26% of people over age 55 with a positive opinion of Snowden residing here. But this is not a demographic that the researchers were interested in, because they are looking at who will be running the country in the looming future, not people who will still be sitting in front of their computers in their Mom's basement.

Comment: Re:Lets encrypt (Score 1) 104

by wile_e_wonka (#49425115) Attached to: Google Let Root Certificate For Gmail Expire

I always find it amazing that these huge companies with enormous public domains don't have a person who's job description includes managing all of their certs and making sure they don't expire.

I bet they do. That's probably the problem--some human screwed up. I am surprised thee huge TECHNOLOGY companies with enormous public domains don't have an automated system to keep an eye on these things and auto-renew or alert a human or something. Heck; maybe they do and the alert failed, or alert to human went to spam, etc.

Comment: Re:Not even slightly interested (Score 5, Informative) 167

by wile_e_wonka (#49201451) Attached to: Hands-On With the Vivaldi Browser

The problem is that "your chosen extensions" can cause worse bloat than an unused feature in a browser. I'd rather have as much functionality as I can from the developer of the browser itself. Extensions are helpful (particularly for obscure features that no browser developer would bother writing because the user base would be too small) but all to often they break more than they fix.

Basically, the Vivaldi browser is designed to appeal to people who miss Opera 12.x. When Opera moved to Chromium in version 15, it did basically what you are talking about--stripped out nearly every feature aside from browsing itself and it opened up to Chrome extensions. But, many of us found that, in order to add extensions to Opera 15 and later, that met the features we used from 12.x, the browser was a hulking mess--and the extensions for the most part don't work as well as the built in functionality from 12.x. And the whole thing was now slower and riddled with memory leaks due to the extensions.

So, basically, I'm not going to suggest that you must switch to Vivaldi, but personally, I am keeping my eye on the project. I think there is a good user base to be had out there for it.

Comment: Re:But the price... (Score 3, Insightful) 128

by wile_e_wonka (#49037797) Attached to: Study: Smartphones Just As Good As Fitness Trackers For Counting Steps

But don't the fitness trackers all pair with smartphones to actually convey the data they collect? It seems that this research is saying that any fitness tracker that relies on pairing with a phone is redundant (unless the tracker does something grand that the phone does not).

Disclaimer: I have a smartphone, so I don't feel like I need a fitness tracker (and still wouldn't feel like I was in need of a fitness tracker if I didn't have a smartphone--I don't need something on my wrist to tell me that I sit in front of a computer in my mom's basement all day).

Comment: Re:Don't tell me police doesn't abuse their powers (Score 1) 368

by wile_e_wonka (#48667911) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

I agree with this, but I'm not particularly concerned. I do not think that the general public would be viewing the videos like a live feed or much at all. I think we already have precedent for how this would work--dash cams in police cars. That system seems to work fine and I think it would be the same here.

Comment: Re:Don't tell me police doesn't abuse their powers (Score 2) 368

by wile_e_wonka (#48666923) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

Maybe it proves that putting the criminals in the spot light reduced their violence by 60%, and reduced false "police brutality" claims by 90%

If this is true then it still makes perfect sense to use the body cameras. There are far fewer allegations of police brutality to deal with--whether the reduction comes from an actual decrease in police brutality or from a reduction in false claims of police brutality or an increase of cooperation of the people in-front of the officer--who cares? It's all good to me.

In my mind, the only true downside of the body cameras is the expense of dealing with collection and storage of thousands upon thousands of hours of mundane footage. I am not confident that the monetary benefit of the cameras (e.g., I witnessed a trial of police officers accused of police brutality, which allegations were utterly falsified in my opinion. The department spent a lot of money on that case) will outweigh the monetary cost (I think the cost of maintaining the system will be more than the cost of false allegations). But, there is a nonmonetary benefit that it sounds more and more to me like outweighs the cost.

An effective police force needs the trust of the public, and I think this is at a low point lately. It sounds like the body cameras will probably help.

Comment: Re:The Internet works again! (Score 5, Informative) 81

by wile_e_wonka (#48583659) Attached to: Tracking the Mole Inside Silk Road 2.0

This is veering offtopic, but, according to this article, thepiratebay.cr is not to be trusted, if I am understanding it correctly:

Various mirror sites of The Pirate Bay have sprung up since the site’s disappearance, but this one is different. Some alternatives simply provide a copy of The Pirate Bay with no new content (many proxy sites have been doing this for years). Others, like thepiratebay.cr, go further and even provide fake content as if it was new and even attempt to charge users.

Probably any torrent site is not to be easily trusted, but I could imagine hackers setting up a lookalike site in order to get people who should know better to download problematic stuff. Heck, maybe the CIA set it up.

Comment: Re: IANL (Score 1) 268

by wile_e_wonka (#48359865) Attached to: GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

And neither Apple (the music company) nor Apple (the computer company) was able to prevent the other from using the name, even after the computer company dove into the music world (though they settled that without a trial). "General Motors" is a unique and specific enough combination of words (e.g., it isn't such a great name for a software company), that I don't think they could easily be used by another company in a nonconfusing way.

I just don't see confusion with GNOME as a likely outcome of allowing Groupon to name its tablet Gnome. Trademark doesn't give the holder the uninhibited right to use a word. It just gives the holder the rights to a word in a specific realm.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming