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Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 243

It's due to apple's instance of posting characters like ' as unicode even if the site is not using unicode

Apple doesn't do this on sites not using unicode. Take a look at the HTML for this page and you will see a meta tag telling you that the encoding is UTF-8. The problem is that Slashdot explicitly advertises that it is unicode, but isn't.

The fact that it doesn't support unicode in 2017, when even my terminal does, is a secondary incompetence.

Comment Re:Router, printer, NAS, and other FQDNless device (Score 1) 243

You really want to integrate this with the DHCP response (though that's also not authenticated in any way). The problem with .local is that names in that namespace are not guaranteed to be unique. mycomputer.local probably exists on hundreds of LANs and the point of a DNS cert is to prove that your endpoint is who it says it is.

A good first step would be for the DHCP response to include a root cert that can be used only for things on the current network. Ideally, you probably also want something integrated with mDNS so that devices that publish their names via mDNS can also publish their cert via the same mechanism and have other parties automatically reject names if the signing cert changes. Neither of these mechanisms is very secure, but they both probably better than nothing - at least they give you reasonable protection against passive eavesdroppers.

Comment Re:Router, printer, NAS, and other FQDNless device (Score 1) 243

No, they issue certificates for domains, not IP addresses. If you want to get certificates for home network devices, then the simplest thing to do is set up a subdomain like and point a public wildcard DNS record at a machine running acme-client. Configure all of the subdomains of that you want (e.g. and have the deploy script push them to the things on your local network. On your local network, provide a DNS server via the DHCP reply which gives local addresses for, rather than the publicly routable one.

Comment Re:Quarantine works (Score 1) 97

I thought you were talking about quarantines in general, rather than in the specific case of ebola. Now that I look it up, I discover that there have been clinical trials of ebola vaccines in west Africa in the last couple of years. The husband of a friend is a tropical disease specialist and worked on the last Ebola outbreaks and described some of the operation to me: bottom line is that you're more likely to survive becoming infected in a quarantine area than out of it.

Comment Re:So I have to walk out and not have it at the do (Score 1) 208

This. When I ask for delivery I mean for someone else to bring it to my door. I don't want to leave the house. In other words, I don't want to get dressed, put on shoes and walk out to the curb.

I'm sure they'll find a market without you. Like back when I didn't own a car or when I've had a few beers. For me it's more the "fit for socializing" aspect, like if I haven't showered, haven't shaved, hung over, dirty/sweaty clothes and just want to chow down a pizza in front of the TV or PC. Personally I'd rather get my slob ass down to the curb with zero social interaction than greet the pizza delivery guy like that, in fact I might just opt for a frozen pizza instead. A small physical discomfort because it's freezing/raining is not a big deal to me, particularly not if I know there's a warm tasty pizza at the end of it.

Comment Re:Recycle the recyclers (Score 5, Insightful) 322

So wouldn't making the recyclers more efficient reduce their costs as well?

And how do you propose to do that? Recycling means you get a mixed bag of everything people gave you and you never know what they were thinking. As an analogy, around here at Christmas time there's a donation box for gifts for the poor and because of the personal touch it encourages more and bigger contributions than paying donations. They wrap it up nice and pretty like it's ready to go from secret Santa to straight under the Christmas tree, on the card you're supposed to write the target age/sex.

Do you know what happens to all those presents? They're unwrapped, unpacked, inspected, reviewed for age/sex appropriateness, repacked and re-wrapped. And not just because some people have a bit strange ideas about what's really fit for a Christmas present or useful for a kid. But because there's always some ass hat with mental problems who'll wrap up a broken PlayStation or sex toy or dog poop and a note that says here's a little shit for a little shit. The system only works because they got volunteers willing to perpetuate a fantasy while shielding the recipients from what would actually happen.

You just can't get away from that individual checking of everything. It's the same thing that's killed much of the repair business, if your toaster is broken go buy a new one. Even if it's just a tiny fix the repair guy has exhausted the budget almost before he can get the lid off while a thousand rolled off the assembly line in China. And if the market doesn't care the manufacturer doesn't care about making manuals, parts and equipment etc. available either. Huge, controlled environments with identical items have economics of scale. Small, uncontrolled environments with mixed items don't.

Comment Re:No jurisdiction (Score 1) 344

Since eliminating Obama's rules results in the cessation of Title II and since Congress has decreed Title II be administered, if the FCC won't then it is entirely legal for others to.

Since State Rights apply to all things the Federal government refuses to assume authority over, State Rights apply here. These override the FCC concerns because the FCC has decided it has no authority and is therefore not a concerned party.

Comment Re:Fashion or need? (Score 4, Interesting) 322

The materials costs of new clothes is tiny. The costs are either labour or capital costs of machinery. In the very poor places that are the recipients of second-hand clothes in large quantities, the cost of labour is very, very low. Shipping them fabric costs less than shipping them second-hand clothes (because it can be transported more densely in rolls) and the cost of making the fabric into clothes at the end is negligible, as is the cost of mass producing fabric. When your entire supply chain for both new and second-hand goods is dominated by the cost of transportation, there's little incentive for a second-hand market to exist.

Comment Re:Biogenetic Engineering to the rescue! (Score 1) 322

Moths work for natural fibres, but they're far less keen to eat synthetic ones (which is part of the attraction of synthetics). They also find don't often do much damage to tight weaves (apparently it's not actually the moths that eat the clothes. They lay eggs in them and the larvae eat them immediately after hatching). I have had a few cashmere jumpers eaten by moths after less than a year, but shirts in the same wardrobe have survived for 20 years (well, survived might be a strong claim given the state of the cuffs and collars, but certainly not been eaten by moths).

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