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Comment Re: tl;dr (Score 1) 209

Except that the email likely contains a cut-and-paste that may solve your problem

... or a cut and paste that answers a situation that is similar to yours, but not identical, and so doesn't help you at all, and might even mislead.

or at least a helpful web link

... if such existed, you'd probably already have found it by googling. So chances are, that the web link might be just as misleading. ... or they might not actually respond to your mail in the first place.

Comment Re:I'm sure this will be just great. (Score 1) 337

The witnesses are credible. They give specific, verifiable details that others have confirmed.

If these stories were true, these same specific, verifiable details would also allow Appelbaum to find out which of his witnesses were singing. Completely defeating the goal of anonymity and professional backlash from the hands of Appelbaum.

So, that makes me think that their stated reason for wanting to stay anonymous is bullshit. And that maybe other "details" are bullshit too.

Comment Re:all growed up now (Score 1) 111

how long before they use the tactic of releasing false information about a company they dislike simply to crash their share price or worse abuse it to make a small fortune themselves

. You know, they can make a small fortune even by telling the truth. Just sell it short (or have a straw-man sell it short) before releasing the (accurate) news. Actually, I'd be astonished if they didn't...

Comment Re:wait, wut? (Score 2) 134

Being able to look at people you're talking to in real time at a distance is a common sense fantasy; it is quite another thing to figure out how to do it.

If the "how to do it" is important, then please explain why it is infringement if somebody figures out his own way of how to do it. You can't have it both ways. Typically those bogus patents don't event contain a description of the how to do part...

Comment Re:As it should be, false headline. (Score 1) 298

It could very well make more sense economically to not have the resistors...

But what if they wouldn't find an electricity consumer on such short notice? Would then everything blow up? :-)

It certainly is more productive to have someone use the power for _something_, even if it is electric resistive heating or inductive melting rather than just pump it into the atmosphere.

Nice sentiment, but I somehow doubt that the grid company cares more about the environment or humanity's overall good than about their own wallet. By the same reasoning, it is certainly more productive to give unsellable fruit or vegetables to the homeless rather than throwing it into the trash. But supermarkets doing this are still quite rare, and none are actually pay the homeless to take the fruit or vegetables off their hands...

Comment Re:Upload issue? Huh? (Score 3, Informative) 104

What, in your opinion should the upload receiving routines check? In the example, the website would resize profile photos that users upload. One image format would have the possibly to "include" contents that is to be downloaded from someplace else. Imagemagick performs such downloads by handing off that task to wget (or similar tool), which it calls via system(), completely forgetting to santize the URL (... so somebody might append "; rm -rf / to it, or somesuch). How do you propose that the upload routine of the web site catch this, short of parsing the entire image itself? But if it did that, there'd be no point of using an image processing tool at all, because the wrapper would already half done two thirds of the job.

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