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Comment Truism (Score 1) 244

When discussing documentation if thought about this rule:

90% of people want to have documentation
50% of people want to read documentation
10% of people want to write documentation

I think the above is the reason people don't write documentation. Few want to write documentation and they are often not motivated to write because people barely read documentation even if the see a need for it.

Comment Re:Freedom of Expression... (Score 3, Insightful) 424

Yet something could be true in a literal sense but give a deceiving view of reality. Imagine you sitting down at a restaurant and offered something to drink. You immediatly request silverware and the next two servers that pass by your table receive the same request. Now you requested silverware 3 times in a literal sense before you could eat your salad but the reality of the story is that you had no problems with getting silverware, you were just being an impatient douchebag.

There, I've set up a situation that could be considered libel/slander/defamation but be true in every sense of the word.

Comment Contracting? (Score 5, Interesting) 477

Was it even ever popular? I never had a Blu-Ray player in my house and I have only held a internal player once in my hands. In my opinion, Blu-Ray has failed as a successor to DVD. Even in the autumn days of DVD, you can find disks and players everywhere. With the better Blu-Ray, adoption had been hurting and it has never seen the lift-off its predecessor had. I doubt that a successor to Blu-Ray will fare much better.

Comment Re:Hard drives have no future. (Score 1) 82

SSD has gotten less expensive, but it still is about $75/$1.00 a gig, well more than a comparable spinny platter.

More like $0.50 per gig. Prices have been dropping fast and cheap SSDs are finally on the rise. You can now get an 240GB SSD for $100 which is not bad considering this was absolutely impossible one year ago.

Comment Re:Google WTF are you doing? (Score 1) 154

But it's dead simple to install a 3rd party start menu.

Which one works fully? When I tried Classic Shell, I still got the tablet UI in some situations, e.g. when I needed to get to the Control Panel.

Using Windows 8 + Classic Shell. I have configured Classic Shell in such a way that it never shows the tablet UI. And it's nothing more than checking some boxes in the configuration, easy as pie.

Comment Don't know their science (Score 2, Informative) 88

From the article: That means a 100kg person weighs 700g more near the North Pole, where gravity is 9.83ms-2, than at Peru’s Nevado Huascaran summit, where gravity is 9.76ms-2.

They are implying that mass is a function of gravity. Everybody who has had the most basic fundamentals of physics knows that mass doesn't change, only weight(measured in newtons)

Comment Re:Self signed? (Score 1) 276

I really dislike the way certificates are treated right now. Certs incorporate two different things, namely authentication and encryption. Ofcourse I understand that it is more secure to have an encrypted channel while communicating with a host that needs to be authenticated but the reverse isn't always the case.

Sometimes I am not interested in authentication with a machine because I know that the machine in question is the right one. What I AM interested in is the fact that I should be able to communicate with that machine knowing that an outsider won't snoop on my line. The most common application I can think of where there is only authentication is an SSH-connection. The fact that the link is encrypted is essential given that userdata and other sensitive data passes a lot of(NSA-enabled) routers on the internet. Given the simple authentication(this is the key, are you sure?), you can quickly set up an encrypted connection without the hassle.

The www is more annoying in this respect. You have to buy(this implies paying and spending time) a certificate from a signing authority and only then you can safely browse the web the way it SHOULD be. What complicates matters is that (some/all?) browsers are absolutely allergic to self-signed certs. This is purely placebo since it is just as easy to build your own signing authority and signing your own cert with that authority. Apparantly, some browsers(firefox I'm looking at you) don't have the reserve while the security level is exactly the same since evildoers are probably willing to go the extra mile and create their own signing authority.
There is only one option, allow self-signing as an encryption measure but not as an authentication measure. Naturally you have to take care while doing this since it could implicate that any encrypted connection is secure. On the other hand, I'm not sure that people even look at the cert-status of lets say a bank while they are connecting. The people who do that are smart enough to do the right thing anyway.

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