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Comment Re:Ok, why? (Score 2) 311

The correct response to this kind of abuse is to track down the lawyer who signed his name to the takedown notice (it's not valid takedown notice without it) and prosecute him for perjury (since he swore under penalty of perjury that it was accurate and that he represented the copyright holder)

A lawyer isn't required to "sign his name" on a DMCA takedown. The person claiming to be the copyright owner can (and usually does) do so.

Comment Re:Decentralized source control (Score 1) 117

If source control being inaccessible means you get the day off.... let's just say that ClearCase users would be extremely happy.

As someone who used to be a ClearCase/MultiSite admin in a former life, I have to say that if that system went fully offline for anything more than a few minutes, then your admin isn't doing it right.

Comment Or, those lawmakers might disagree (Score 1) 210

the close vote — 285 to 281 — suggested the extent to which some European lawmakers are wary of alienating the United States.

This could be the case, but it also could be that they simply don't agree with the proposed resolution. I know Snowden is quite popular on Slashdot (and thus this possibility isn't), but the fact is that not everyone on the planet supports Snowden's decisions.

Comment Re:From TFA (Score 4, Informative) 211

But .. but now it has a CVE number and everything - so it must be scary

Written by somebody who clearly neither manages a large amount of hosts exposed to the Internet nor manages multiple environments in which there are some new hosts that are luckily patched along side other older hosts that have to run *slightly* older releases of distro's for one reason or another.

This IS a big deal.

Comment Re: Nosedive (Score 1) 598

For the first time in twenty years I'm seriously considering moving off Apple hardware, purely because of the current unreliability of the software.

I run Linux Mint on my MB Pro. The only complaint I have is that the camera is non-functional (there's active work on solving this in the community, though), but I've been quite happy with it otherwise.

Comment Re:Chrome Dumbed Down (Score 3, Informative) 68

Too bad Google removed the options to enable or disable SSL versions from Chrome some time ago, in an effort to further dumb down the browser. The options used to be under "advanced, but they aren't anymore. Not even available under about:flags.

Add --ssl-version-min=tls1 as a command line flag. Check here for the way to do that, depending on your OS:

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