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Comment: Re:Why a hardcoded list? (Score 2) 85

by KiloByte (#47793801) Attached to: Mozilla To Support Public Key Pinning In Firefox 32

The .cn TLD is can be MITMed by the Chinese government, yes. That's why you need to host your chinese-dissident page in a TLD of any country that hates China (ie, almost any of them). Same for a site that reveals wrongdoings of the NSA. Any point other than ICANN can be avoided by simply chosing a different TLD, and ICANN itself can be secured by pinning TLD keys.

This goes in sharp contrast with the CA cartel model, where you need to trust the sum (rather than alternative) of 400+ entities, some of which are known to be actively engaged in MITM, like CNNIC or Etisalat.

Comment: Re: But is it reaslistic? (Score 1) 334

But no doubt, they want you, me, and every non-Muslim converted or dead.

I hope you realize that Non-Muslim includes a lot of people we would consider Muslim. I wouldn't be surprized for example that the Palestinians would be considered "non-believers" because if they truely were "believers" then Israel would have been pushed into the sea with the help of Allah, besides they are the ones that allowed the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock in Old City of Jerusalem to fall into Israeli hands. Additionally the Iranians, Afgans and Pakistanis would all be "Non-Believers" because they are Shia and Persians not Arabs.

Comment: Re:Remember these? (Score 1) 565

by freeze128 (#47791169) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
I hate the fact that so many members of the older generation call USB "thumb" drives, "ZIP drives". They don't seem to understand that a ZIP drive is a completely different thing, and is pretty much obsolete because of its relatively low capacity. I think they just like the "zip" buzzword. It's makes them feel cool.
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I woke up about quarter after seven, and Destiny was already up and had coffee started. "Hungry?" She asked.
"Yeah, I am. Did we even eat dinner last night? Did you tell the robots to start breakfast?"
"No, I wanted to try something new for breakfast and wanted to see what you wanted to eat first. You know I'm a history buff, well, I found a really old recipe in the computer called a

Comment: Re:How much? (Score 4, Interesting) 126

by Aryeh Goretsky (#47790219) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating


Dell didn't pay anything for it, as far as I can tell.

This is a post by MojoKid, who operates the HotHardware.Com site. I'm guessing he submitted the article to Slashdot in order to get some ad revenue from people visiting his site as a result.

I'm guessing that blocking

before visiting his site will make that a little more difficult.

I do not know if he is a Slashdot or a Dice Holdings, Inc., employee, but it would be nice if there was some sort of transparency statement, if that's the case.


Aryeh Goretsky

Comment: UUCP Mailnet (Score 1) 565

by Ungrounded Lightning (#47789663) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

I still have several machines that interchange mail with each other and the Internet via uucp mailnet. I poll an ISP twice an hour (or use an alias to force a poll if i don't want the mail to wait.)

I even check my personal mailbox on that domain every couple months. (Every three weeks or so I get another offer to buy my domain name, which has been around since the list of machines that exchanged email fit on three typeset pages.) But you wouldn't BELIEVE the amount of spam that accumulates on an account that has been around since before the first mass mail-merge spam scripts were offerd for sale. (I think I still have a saved copy of that original piece of spam - advertising spam software.) The spammers STILL include that address in their mailing lists.

If the NSA or ISIS ever kills the connected Internet, UUCP mailnet will still work, merrily bucket-brigading email among the hadnful of machines whose mail transfer agents still interconnect by routes that don't just hand the mail off to an Internet hop.

Also: Back when we ran mailing lists over UUCP, the polling delay limited the deluge of mail when someone on the list accidentally forwarded his mail to the list. This gave us time to catch it manually and suspend the account before everybody was buried in repeated messages. B-)

Comment: Eight Megabytes And Constantly Swapping. (Score 1) 565

by Ungrounded Lightning (#47789629) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

vi for me, too.

Not that I have anything against emacs. But I bought my first unix computer in the 80s, and it only had two megabytes of RAM and used an early member of the 68xxx series that couldn't do demand paging to act like it had more. This was too little to compile and run emacs.

After about three years of heavy bulletin-board participation I had the vi commands "wired into my brainstem". I tried emacs several times over the years and each time discovered that certain common things I did (and still do) with vi took about twice as many keystrokes.

Once I tried using its vi emulation mode - only to discover that it (the version at the time) had TWO of them, in true emacs kitchen sink style, and each had different deltas from getting the vi commands right. With only one I might have gone on to use it, and learn the deltas, while edging into native commands. But with two, and no obvious selection, I didn't bother.

Nowadays I use vim, which is close enough. (Especially if you tell it to act like vi in a couple important places.)

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