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Comment The bigger problem... (Score 1) 10

If the GOP manages to still get voters to split their voters (voting against Drumpf for president but still voting for GOP house-critters) then we won't see anything done in the next 2 years of government. Remember how many times the house has tried to repeal the ACA (so they can replace it with their own identical bill with someone else's name associated with it) in the past several years? Remember how many millions of dollars have been wasted on "investigations" into Benghazi? If Hillary is elected POTUS but the house is till under GOP control we'll see the first impeachment discussion on the floor start no later than March 1, 2017.

Comment Re:How Active Does Development Need to Be? (Score 1) 510

particularly if you are in a situation where you need to X-forward a browser session over the internet; Chrome and Firefox might be particularly painful while Konqueror could be usable.

Neither Chrome nor Firefox's bloat is drawing on the desktop

You're probably correct on that, in that those browsers are just simply bloated, period.

and in any case the performance of the window draw will pale in comparison to sending a bitmap of the website you're currently visiting over the internet.

From my experience that is not the case. I have had times where I have used XForward to send browser sessions across the internet before and there have been profound differences in the initial loading of the same site between firefox and konqueror. From my experience konqueror was faster to the point where I could start the browser, load the page, get what I needed from it, and close the session in less time than it took just to get firefox to open and accept an address in the address bar. This was with no flash or other fancy plug-ins loaded on either browser, connecting to the same PC on the same cable modem either way.

Comment Re:How Active Does Development Need to Be? (Score 3, Interesting) 510

I don't know that maintaining a web browser in the face of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera and the rest makes any sense?

I can tell you from experience that Konqueror is a browser with a vastly smaller footprint than Chrome or Firefox. There are times when this can make a really big difference, particularly if you are in a situation where you need to X-forward a browser session over the internet; Chrome and Firefox might be particularly painful while Konqueror could be usable.

Opera I haven't used in a long time, and the last time I tried to use it I found it quite broken in *nix. Maybe it's better now? As for Edge, I'm not aware of a system upon which you could have both KDE and Edge. If you know of such a beast, feel free to enlighten me.

Also, a standalone mail client? I haven't used one of those in nearly 5 years now. So, do I care that it hasn't updated? Do its users want it to become more like Outlook? I think probably not.

There is still demand for a standalone mail client, though I can't say I've used KMail much. I use Thunderbird religiously. I most certainly do not want it to look any more like Outlook, in fact I value how much it looks like the old Netscape Communicator.

My gripe with KDE the last time I tried to use it was lack of font scaling support for 4K screens.

Holy first world problems, batman. If I ever find myself with that much disposable income ...

Comment How Active Does Development Need to Be? (Score 4, Interesting) 510

I'm not sure how active desktop development needs to be for a single *nix desktop environment. I am a big KDE user myself, and I'm happy with where it is. Sure, some of the applications from the KDE team have been neglected quite a but but they're not fully broken either. KDE runs GNOME stuff quite well when there are GNOME applications that I just can't get by without.

That and of course I still do a huge part of my most important work from the command line. That won't change any time soon, so as far as that is concerned it matters not at all whether or not any additional new features are ever incorporated into the environment.

Comment Hard to hire? Doubtful (Score 2) 110

I haven't applied to Amazon though I have applied to a lot of other major employers in my area. What is the most common response? Nothing at all. Not even a form rejection letter, just nothing - drawn out over a long time.

It seems the majority of employers in our country are reliant on various shitty HR algorithms to evaluate resumes en masse, and most often the employers don't know shit about how those algorithms work. The employers then congratulate themselves about how many resumes they were able to avoid reading, and then they get stuck with a thoroughly illogical collection of resumes written by people who happened to match the correct combination of keywords (which were often not included in the job posting).

If they would actually have human beings read the resumes, they would find hiring gets a lot easier.

Comment The House Reflects Human Psyche Well (Score 1) 33

While congress generally has an abysmal approval rating, there is an interesting exception to that. Ask an average voter what they think of their representative, and the majority will say they think s/he is doing a great job. This is why reelection rates are so high, most Americans - regardless of party affiliation - believe that the problem is all the other critters in the house. It doesn't matter if their representative has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars on witch hunts and posturing, it doesn't matter if their representative is in the majority or not.

Comment Will we ever see unicode support here? (Score -1, Offtopic) 159

The summary of this article is mangled by the fact that slashdot still doesn't handle unicode correctly. Didn't the new owners promise that they were going to fix this? Yeah, we know the old guard left a mess behind but there are already examples of other sites starting with slashcode and fixing that bug...

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 140

That's exactly what I was going to say about this one. The authors set themselves up for it by calling it Pokemon. There is a limit to how far one can expect to go with a fan creation, and these guys went past it. I know Nintendo gets a lot of flack for going after silly cases but this one is a pretty clear case of infringement.

Comment Re: Boarder Agents (Score 1) 276

By the time you replied, the massive typo in the headline ("boarder" instead of "border") had finally been corrected (after several hours on the front page no less). The typo is why I brought up the xkcd strip on the third amendment; when it is corrected it becomes a less exciting matter of the fifth amendment instead. I would certainly expect the fifth exists in some form in Canada but whether the third does as well I'm not sure.

Sorry you were a little late to the party...

Comment Those 15% of independents... (Score 2) 399

... could decide the race. The race is largely boiling down to which party can get more of their followers to vote for their candidate based on endorsement alone (look at how many republicans don't like Trump but will vote for him because he is the republican candidate and how many democrats don't like Hillary but will vote for her because she is the democratic candidate), and then pick up enough of the independent vote.

Donald Trump could be beaten severely by any random democrat except Hillary Clinton (who brings out massive amounts of GOP hatred based on her name). Hillary Clinton could be beaten severely by any random republican except Donald Trump (who sabotages his own campaign on a daily basis). It almost seems as if neither of the two parties actually want to win this election.

Comment Re:not your bank's (Score 1) 16

If you find the person's card, you can do your research online, then get into their web account after you fail the password check and use your research to answer the security question. You can then change all the contact information (phone, address, email) except the account holder name.

In the case of the bank I use, only a very small amount of what you describe is possible.

If you know that "John Smith" is a customer of the bank I use (whether you find their card or not is actually irrelevant though the card would tell you they are a customer here), you could figure out their web banking user name based on knowing that the standard user name for this bank is (first initial)(lastname)(four digit birthday [sans year]). However trying to guess the password won't generally work as it will only email you the link to change the password if you correctly answer the security question - and then only to the email address already on file.

At that point you then would have to guess the password for the email address on file - and it doesn't tell you the full email address, only "js****@g***.com". You might be able to guess it to be "jsmith1234@gmail.com" but you can't be sure of that.

Now, if you did manage to pull that off, and change the user's web banking password after doing that, you'll find that this bank won't allow you to change account contact information online. With this bank such tasks are done only in person at the bank. Not the most convenient thing in the world but it does add some security. The web site has no mechanism for changing address, phone, or email.

As for the check printers, yeah there is almost certainly a chance to exploit them. I haven't looked in to it and I don't order checks very often. Are they better, worse, or equal in terms of account security? I don't have an answer to that.

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I'm pretty sure Mrs. Trump came from Slovenia, didn't she?

Comment Re:not your bank's (Score 1) 16

I assumed all apps are just lame duplicates of the companies' web sites.

I presume different banks have different ideas of what should - and should not - be allowable through online banking. The banks I have used in the past couple decades (or at least since online banking became a commonly accepted idea) have generally seemed to favor on the side of caution and kept the options limited for their online banking. This has resulted in the banking sites mostly existing to check your balance and move money between your own accounts.

I've only had one bank since I obtained an android phone (never did I see an applicable banking app for my bank when I had a crackberry). It would not surprise me in the least if other banks had vastly different ideas of what people should be able to do with their phone in relation to their bank account but my bank has been pretty conservative on these matters, and I do agree with that philosophy.

In fact today on the train ride to work I attempted to start said app and the bank apparently decided through a security audit of their own to shut down the app. I don't know when a new one will be available, though they do have a web site that works for mobile devices. A while back when I did use the app to move money between my accounts (or more specifically between my account and the joint account I share with my wife) it asked my security question (after having already logged in with my username and password) before proceeding which I found somewhat reassuring.

As long as the web service behind the app enforces only those operations that the app should be able to do,

Well, I can't say it's perfect. I certainly haven't audited the code myself or tested it to see what it can or cannot be forced to do beyond the presented buttons. So far so good but of course the usual cautions need to be considered.

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