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Comment Re:Gedanken experiments (Score 1) 293

I came to post this. I worked through the train thought experiment with my oldest when she was nine or ten, and she got it. She asked just before bedtime, and I think that we talked for maybe half an hour. She went to sleep disagreeing with our conclusion, but a few days later she mentioned that yup, the train gets smaller as it goes faster!

Comment Re:Loyal Firefox user for over a decade now. (Score 1) 243

TONS of stuff does NOT need https and does not need the overhead HTTPS incurs both in processing time and certificate management.

Of course, those same tons of stuff do not need the latest and greatest Firefox features either. In fact, I would love to trip this "feature" on all websites. I hate websites that kill usability by incorporating all the latest features such as geo tracking, web asm, push notifications, etc.

Comment Re:The reason I hate WordPress is PHP. (Score 2) 119

Like everything if you RTFM it works as described. If you are coding PHP you would know this behaviour.

I disagree that most or even many PHP programmers know this issue. A few months ago I demo'ed an exploit in code that a coworker wrote which had the same flaw, this time in comparing MD5 hashes. He had been using PHP for all of his professional career and had no idea how PHP compares strings with leading digits.

Of course, I only knew about the issue because of a similar bug that I wrote, sometime a bit over a decade ago. At that time I had been using PHP for over five years.

So the maxim "know your tools" still stands, but string comparison in PHP _is_ broken in subtle, dangerous ways that most devs will never (knowingly) encounter. I've never seen code that _relies_ on this behaviour, I would love to see it fixed in a major version release. Too bad PHP 7 still carries this flaw.

Comment Re: pick one: convenience, privacy (Score 2) 74

Because this: Feds Walk Into a Building, Demand Everyone's Fingerprints To Open Phones

Using a pass code is protected by the Fifth Amendment, using a fingerprint is not.

Why not use the 'sticker' part of the glove _instead_ of one of your actual fingers? Then you could visibly try every finger and plausibly deny that the phone is yours.

Comment Re:God... (Score 1) 303

In fact, one client preferred to send a check to one open-source project for a license even though legally it grants them no benefit. The project's website even says that the project "is in the public domain and does not require a license." Companies with large bankrolls will glady shell out thousands of dollars for some peace of mind.

Hey, do me a favour and see if there's anything useful for them on my Github repos!

Comment Re:so still not as complete as3.5 then? (Score 1) 111

1) Appears to not be a problem in 5, I jam my mouse to the right of my screen with a maximised window and can scroll.

Good to know, thanks.

2) Works for me on three monitors.

I was terse, this issue is when the vertical panel is "between" two monitors. Discussion on the KDE forums:

3) There is a system load viewer - not sure if that's the same thing.

Only shows CPU load, not network or memory use. There are a few third-party widgets, but none are nearly as functional or useful as the KDE 4 widget or it's KDE 3.5 heritage.

4) As a hotkey? Works for me.

I cannot seem to set Win-] as Volume Up. I have Win-[ as volume down, Win-{as mute and Win-} as pause. Us VIM users take our keyboard shortcuts seriously!

5) This works for me, it has a 'command line' option that runs the given text.

Thank you, somehow I missed that one!

6) Hasn't happened to me, I've been running for quite a few months now. 7) I had one crash so far, as I say, a few months of runtime. The crash may not have been plasma's fault though, as other things died and it happened working with something experimental.

The crashes seem to be only for some people, not for others. Like most desktop software, those who happen to run hardware similar to that of the devs get a rock-solid experience. All others: airbags and seatbelts.

8) There is one of these enabled in the keyboard options, works for me, I swap between dvorak and qwerty with it.

Mine disappeared and stubbornly won't come back. Here is the KDE forums thread:

9) Don't know that widget, couldn't test.

Comment Re:so still not as complete as3.5 then? (Score 4, Informative) 111

so still not as complete as3.5 then?

And not nearly as polished as 4.10 was, either. Here is a list of just the first few problems that I started to list, before the problems started really piling up:

* Maximized windows do not have thier scrollbars flush against the screen edge. Thus, Fitt's law cannot be used to quickly put the mouse cursor on the scrollbar.
* Vertical panel does not auto-hide with second monitor attached.
* No System Monitor widget. Apparently being worked on.
* Volume Up cannot be set. Volume Down and mute work fine.
* Krunner no longer accepts Bash commands. I have a bash command that I run periodically, this would work in Krunner in KDE 4 but does not work in KDE 5.
* The panel app freezes often. I can intermittently freeze the panel by clicking on More Settings in the panel configuration toolbar.
* Lots of crashes, most of which are not reproducible. I've had the Plasma Panel crash, System Settings, and other applications.
* Keyboard Layout indicator missing.
* Keyboard State widget disappears from the system tray, no resolution in the KDE forums.

Comment Re:Doesn't fair use permit critique? (Score 1) 420

Have you read it? It's the mindless ramblings of a delusional madman with a combination of a persecution- and superiority complex.

Actually, I have read it. I found the book to be poignant and intelligent, if poorly written. And I'm Jewish.

In the book Hitler describes his life at home, and mentions how upset his father would be that he became anti-semetic. Hitler describes _why_ he became anti-semetic and let me tell you: I had the same observation that he had when have to deal with certain types of religious Jews. Learning from My Struggle would help the Jews get along a little better in Europe, especially the orthodox minority. Actually, that doesn't only go for Jews: Muslim religious fanatics would do well to understand what drove Hitler to hatred and save themselves a lot of struggling of their own.

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