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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

CBravo Mindless? (333 comments)

Are people mindless?

about three weeks ago
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Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

CBravo Re:I smell a rat. (115 comments)

Any degree of privacy-requirement is enough for me to start using encryption.

about three weeks ago
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Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

CBravo Re:1990 called (104 comments)

I have a Sony-Ericsson k550i and it has irda...

about three weeks ago
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Dell Exec Calls HP's New 'Machine' Architecture 'Laughable'

CBravo Re:Simple explanation: John Swanson is scared. (173 comments)

They should not only redesign software for CPU architecture. Most software is created for a single cpu and a single memory space. In real life we have multiple processors, multiple kinds of memory (cache, ram, disk/ssd, raid, san, distributed file systems), network interfaces between server and client (what do you consider 'an application' on the internet?).

And while we are at it: We have issues with software reuse, bugs (in general) and testability, security. Software development is in the pre-industrial age, afaiac.

about a month ago
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NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Passes House 303 Votes To 121

CBravo Re:Don't forget the lobbyists (208 comments)

Why don't you put this comment on your own website. We will all find it, promise ;-). You prove your own issue: You need a public forum, some call it marketing, to market your opinion.

about 2 months ago
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Why Not Every New "Like the Brain" System Will Prove Important

CBravo Design goals (47 comments)

Before designing a system you want to know which problems are solved ('why?') and they must be tangible. Here are some aspects that would be nice to solve: code reuse is nice to save time, reducing bugs, testability, security, stability, high availability, maintainability... Not all problems are solved well in humans.

about 2 months ago
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Who Helped Kill Patent Troll Reform In the Senate

CBravo Re: Your system of government killed it (157 comments)

They somehow managed to give black people voting rights in US history. So maybe now it is time to stop the political duopoly and allow other parties to effectively have a saying. The current situation is a political non-compete-scheme.

about 2 months ago
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Why Should Red Hat Support Competitors' Software?

CBravo Re:Matters not... (111 comments)

Did I open a can of worms here?

about 2 months ago
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Why Should Red Hat Support Competitors' Software?

CBravo Re:Matters not... (111 comments)

-2 seconds, jeesh that is fast (it must be very heavy to warp time like that, f-ing wormhole).

about 2 months ago
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The Internet's Broken. Who's Going To Invent a New One?

CBravo Re:How is it broken, exactly? (162 comments)

They seem complementary: There are technical and functional checks you can do to avoid misuse or abuse. And then there is reputation to check if you have previously conducted in a bad manner. All good predictors of things you don't want.

about 2 months ago
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New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs

CBravo Re:Eight years? Might work if... (81 comments)

What eight years?

I only read 3000 cycles and a possible 300 mile radius which translates into 900.000 miles total lifetime. If that is only 22% true then it would be fine.

about 2 months ago
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Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

CBravo Ariane (522 comments)

It is not like they have issues hauling things into space (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_%28rocket_family%29). Or am I missing something?

about 2 months ago
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Glenn Greenwald: How the NSA Tampers With US Made Internet Routers

CBravo First (347 comments)

we were innocent and naive. Now you can only trust open source.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Tell a Compelling Story About IT Infrastructure?

CBravo Re:Why? (192 comments)

Sorry to reply to myself, but I particularly like this post. It did not go into aspects very well but I liked the attention for other numbers.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Tell a Compelling Story About IT Infrastructure?

CBravo Why? (192 comments)

Why do you give status updates? What does it tell them? Nothing. That is why they are so bored.

What they really need to be able to do is 'manage'. Giving them status updates (about service levels) are not the information they are looking for. Managing is about achieving a goal having certain risks and costs. Your goal is having happy customers about the service you provide. Even though that is formalized through SLAs, that will never be why a customer stays or goes.

The reason that it is difficult to tell anything about the 'process' 'providing service' is because it is a very undefined business process requiring skills on all sorts of areas. I prefer to say something about the aspects of the process. These may include e.g.: security management, incident management, hardware management, external supplier management, hr management, personnel knowledge management, building management, computer system management, release management, ... You notice that I put the word management behind every aspect. That is because all these aspects require activity on your part (and choices are to be made). Choose your aspects in a practical manner (lets say between 20 and 30 items).

The next thing is that you identify the following for every aspect: You describe shortly the current situation (e.g. operating system mgmt: We are running Debian Wheezy with automatic updates on wednesday because that is our service maintenance window. Sometimes packages are necessary from upstream). You describe the 'ideal situation' (e.g. for personnel knowledge mgmt: We would like all tasks to be able to be completed by two persons because people have holidays or may be sick. We have weekly knowledge sessions). You describe already known issues that need to be fixed. And lastly you give a grade: 1-5 if this aspect is a risk getting you goal achieved and 6-10 if you are (firmly) in control of the aspect. Remember: A 10 is probably a waste of money and other resources.

If you covered your area well, described all relevant aspects, you will then get something new: You are able to identify the largest risks (even if they did not go wrong) and unique selling points. In 9 out of 10 cases you will realize you are far from done with your work. In the 10th case you realize you can do your job with fewer people. When you have identified your aspects you should (partly) report on that.

Btw A great marketeer once held this speech. Since you are presenting something you should know a little about marketing (which is about making people enthousiastic).

about 2 months ago
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Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

CBravo Re:Different option (254 comments)

I am aware of technical possibilities. I still think it is an option to _not_ use IPs and it may be a valid choice.

about 3 months ago
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Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

CBravo Different option (254 comments)

In the email world there are 'reputation' providers that will give an IP address a score (e.g. from 0 to 100). On many domains if your 'reputation' is too low, the email bounces. However we are heading towards an IPv6 world where ip-reputation is too hard (too many addresses). So you need another way to base your reputation on (e.g. your domain name or email address).

Who is providing the content and are they trusted (you better prove you are trustworthy). Just another option.

about 3 months ago

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EU wants to aid evasion of censorship

CBravo CBravo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CBravo (35450) writes "The Dutch site http://nu.nl/ wrote a story (in Dutch) about the Europarlement that wants to develop software to aid censorship evasion. 'It should punch a hole through the Chinese firewall' the parlement stated. They also want to give fines to companies that help sustain the censorship (like Cisco, Google and Yahoo).

Maybe the people in Australia need this to avoid their upcoming censorship."

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