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Comment Re:I use them quite a lot (Score 1) 266

Frankly, I was surprised when the "close tabs to the right" feature appeared in Firefox, Chrome AND Opera in essentially the same form. The guiding principle these browser designers follow is MAKE IT DIFFERENT JUST BECAUSE. Let's be honest here, none of them are really following a trial of features and time-testing them. It's just GUI fad after fad after fad. They're sh*tcanning the close tabs feature so they can proudly claim to be different again.

Comment Illuminati Online "Hardened" Network Services (Score 4, Informative) 63

I'll just leave this here:

"Fun fact: you could telnet to password.io.com from anywhere in the world, and log on as guest. Lynx, a text-only web browser, was configured as the shell, and you would then be presented with a sparse version of the web-based customer account tools found at http://password.io.com/. This was so customers could reset their own password, update their address, set their PLAN file, etc.

IO forgot to disable browsing the filesystem (press g, period, enter). Also, IO never enforced uniform file and directory permissions or audited active accounts. As a result, through 2004, after IO was taken over by Prismnet (or later), you could roam around and directly view many customer's private files, email, and IO's sensitive system areas. You could also open the Lynx config to define a custom "editor" and thus actually edit files, or run executables. This was a direct back-door into everything! This continued a full two years after IOCOM "hardened" their network to sell network security services."

Comment Let's Encrypt works great, mostly... (Score 0) 151

This may be slightly off-topic, but I use free Let's Encrypt certificates for my httpS websites. Personally, I have never had problems with them, however some browsers and mobiles throw up the same OMG WARNING HAXXXORS screen that you get when using a self-signed cert. This has forced me to turn off server-forwarding rules I had in place to direct folks to the httpS site when they used the http URL.

The irony is that these ill-conceived browser warning messages are herding them to use the un-encrypted site, as supposedly being the "safe" one. Whether the cert is self-signed or LE, it's still ENCRYPTION. That's categorically safer! I know the warning is technically to prevent browsing to a site while being "man in the middle'd", but 9999 out of 10000 times, it's just a perfectly fine SS or LE cert. The browser warnings do nothing but scare people away from safer sites.

Comment Re:Non-answers (Score 2) 477

No, what one does is provide the answer as requested, then offer that there is another solution if circumstances permit.
The problem you don't see is that the "better approach" will be an order of magnitude more complex and advanced than the otherwise workable one which the requester has been squaring up for. Like refusing to answer someone's batch file question because you really think they ought to handle it in Python or Rails.

Comment Re:documentary on Chernobyl (Score 1) 173

Boy, are you wrong! I support nuclear power as long as we aren't building power plants on fault lines or using antique designs that get explodey when the electricity goes off. Liquid sodium and Thorium reactors look like reasonable stepping-stones until we have aneutronic or fusion reactors working.

Comment Re:Wild Life (Score 1) 173

AC: Ya know, I am actually capable of critical thinking, and if all they showed was a cherrypicked patch or two of brown grass, I probably wouldn't have mentioned it. You seem to know about the article, or a similar one to that which I'm talking about. Please post a link to it, and we can compare. Regardless, the article I read was more substantial than you mockingly retort. Ultimately, we'll only know for sure if it was credible, if we each became polyglot nuclear scientists and ecologists, and team up together to verify the findings. Short of that, it's quite reasonable to take the word of the article's author and the Ukranian researchers s/he wrote about. Their point was that they found something very wrong with the ecology within and around the Exclusion Zone, and they needed more time and resources to determine the extent of it. I'm so very sorry that this clashes with your happy thoughts of a human-free paradise where gentle woodland critters flourish and dance about in the woods, but them's the breaks.

Comment Re:Wild Life (Score 1) 173

A pictorial documentary which I saw in the last year or so studied the plant life within the exclusion zone. They're hanging dosimeters on tree trunks to see what their dosages are over time. It appears that in some places the natural cycle of composting and regrowth has halted. Organisms are no longer decomposing biomass, so it piles up much longer than is natural. The ecology is being starved of nutrients, so remaining growth is slowed. There are dead forested areas persistently standing instead of crumbling and being overgrown. The pics looked appropriately post-apocalyptic. :(

Comment Re:My Back door to the Internet (Score 1) 136

Hahah, I was dialed into a local number to the University's free Gopher-based card catalog, but I was telnetting to cyberspace.??? from there for my free 30-day trial shell account(s). Pretty sure it was .com. I don't even know where it was physically located. The domain's changed hands many times since then.

IO was a fun, sometimes strange place to work. When were you a customer? I worked there 2000-2001. Did you see the archival copy I linked to? Lots of interesting pictures, and you can even see the employee-only intranet pages with procedure, schedules and web tools.

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