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Comment Re:Cultural issues (Score 1) 325

I agree, though I also think it's good to realize that even if you don't ponder the symbolism of the red glass dishes, it may actually still be increasing your enjoyment. Great writers don't stick in a bunch of symbols for English professors to discover during a dry analysis. They *do* put in symbols and imagery and metaphor that will increase meaning and understanding by even casual readers, even if only on a subconscious level. Sometimes the authors put that stuff in only unconsciously themselves, but it's in there. You probably wouldn't enjoy it if it wasn't using metaphor to push certain psychology buttons in you.

Comment Re:Encryption versus protocol (Score 1) 108

TLS/SSL is not an encryption scheme.

And yet you could use the same encryption standards and public key management to encrypt anything. You're just being pedantic. There's no point in arguing here about specific standards.

I've never said it's impossible to make it better. But the user will always need some level of intervention (like at least caring that encryption happens, and checking that correct keys are used).

It depends on what you mean by "some level of intervention". Lots of people go to their bank's website without knowing that encryption is happening or that they keys are correct. Their browsers check the keys for them, providing some level of security even if they're totally unaware. No doubt things are *more* secure if people understand the encryption well enough to know how the security could be circumvented, but I'm not expecting that we can provide absolute security for all people. I'm thinking that we could provide much better security for all people-- which shouldn't be too hard since there's not much security now-- and the possibility of strong security for those who have even a basic understanding.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 7

They would get them back and then punish them and then separate them.

Exactly. If that's what he deserves, then truth will out.

And I have seen an awful lot of people saying that he wasn't worth any particular effort to get back, which is pretty close to "let him rot." That's just mind-boggling to me.

Comment Current IPMI stinks (Score 1) 62

As an IT guy, I really like the concept of IPMI. I would love something like LogMeIn, but that allows you to take control of machines on a baseboard/lights-out level. The only problem is, there aren't any solutions that I'm aware of that offer that kind of easy, useful bulk management of lots of machines from a single pane. But more importantly, the concept of that kind of bulk management should trigger the thought, "Holy crap that opens a dangerous can of worms!" If lights-out management isn't secured properly, it gives an attacker a frightening level of access.

I don't know why they implemented these things without thinking it through. It's too hard to use legitimately, and too hard to manage security. I don't really even understand how I'm supposed to access and manage these systems in bulk, especially considered how often modern IT departments need to deal with remote machines that they never physically touch. If someone would develop a solution for IPMI that's not completely stupid-- think Meraki meets LogMeIn meets MDM-- an awful lot of IT departments would be falling all over themselves to buy hardware that supported it.

Comment Re:Patching time (Score 1) 218

How, pray tell, does delivering a new DLL with new APIs "break" existing code? Microsoft has added those APIs for writing safer software; they didn't modify existing APIs to do it. But in order to "run on Windows", developers can't use those new APIs without ignoring the huge number of Windows 7 boxen out there, never mind the old Vista boxes.

Comment Whew! (Score 1) 155

Looks like I just escaped disaster by not owning a TV at all. Torrents, baby, torrents and streaming.

I honestly don't understand why people would buy a "smart" TV instead of a monitor, surround sound speakers, and plug it in to a laptop or computer. How many people really use OTA broadcasts nowadays?

Comment Re:And Ramadan is coming... (Score 4, Interesting) 148

An alternative to fasting might be ketosis. During fasting, all available sugar is consumed and the body starts producing fat bodies called ketones that are burned by the mitochondria instead of sugar. It's impossible to continue a fast indefinitely because the body eventually runs out of fuel- in other words, it starves. But if the diet is sufficiently low in carbohydrates (>60 g/day) and high in fat, the body can burn fat-derived ketones indefinitely and remains in a state of ketosis, in effect a long-term fast. Nobody understands quite how it works, but it's been shown to produce dramatic improvements in people with epilepsy (major improvements in most patients, complete remission in a handful), bipolar depression, and perhaps neurodegenerative disorders as well. At any rate, it's clear that how you eat can have profound effects on your health, and that more research needs to be done into dietary therapies.

Comment Re:What ROS is. (Score 1) 36

The system goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from lettuce cultivation. LettuceBot begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. LettuceBot determines that the simplest and easiest way to eliminate bad lettuce is to eliminate the species that produces lettuce in the first place. In a panic, they try to pull the plug. LettuceBot fights back, and launches missiles against targets in Russia.

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