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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Company's Marketing-to-Engineering Ratio?

Dast Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (202 comments)

If the company you worked for was a US company, it sounds like they were in clear violation of the FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act). US companies are barred from bribing foreign officials. I'm surprised to hear that such illegal acts would be included in the budget. Or perhaps were you working for a non-US firm in a country that does not have a similar law?

about a year ago

Bitcoin Exchange Mt.Gox Suffers Serious Attack, Instawallet Offline

Dast Re:Is it? (388 comments)

Damn, where are my mod points today?
Forklift is NULL

about a year and a half ago

Digg Hints Its Replacement For Google Reader Will Include Social Media Content

Dast Re:In other news... (78 comments)

I love it! My new k5fs format is the superior elastic web-scale storage solution premier!

about a year and a half ago

Update — Sensors Do Not Pick Up North Korean Radioactivity

Dast And Fresh Whole Rabbit (132 comments)

I guess that's better than rotten half rabbit.

about a year and a half ago

Bitcoin Mining Reward About To Halve

Dast Re:Austrian economics (600 comments)

Sounds questionable to me. Going by the definition on wikipedia:

"A deflationary spiral is a situation where decreases in price lead to lower production, which in turn leads to lower wages and demand, which leads to further decreases in price.

If nobody is really pricing goods in bitcoins and nobody is getting paid in bitcoins, how could the feedback cycle that would normally cause a deflationary spiral exist? Even if bitcoins deflate massively, I don't think that necessarily proves the Keyensians right.

about 2 years ago

Foxconn Begins To Assemble Its Robot Army

Dast Re:Great (303 comments)

It was Keynes, and he indeed predict that by now, we'd all be working a lot less and have a lot more leisure time. Turns out he was wrong.

about 2 years ago

SSL Holes Found In Critical Non-Browser Software

Dast Re:This is not an SSL problem (84 comments)

Exactly. In the real world, dev monkey doesn't get to make the decisions. If dev monkey doesn't code around the problem, PHB finds a different code monkey to make the change. Not everyone gets to work for themselves or for a small startup where they can make their own decisions.

about 2 years ago

SSL Holes Found In Critical Non-Browser Software

Dast Re:This is not an SSL problem (84 comments)

This is a problem of bad APIs and people not competent to select libraries with better ones.

While that might sound true, I think the problem is deeper than that. The issue in a lot of cases is developers having to deal with non-ideal SSL/TLS setups that they have no control over.

It usually goes like this:

Dev monkey gets told by PHB, we need to make our communications secure, so implement SSL. Dev monkey adds SSL support to the app. Code seems to work. Testing (or even worse, someone in Production) comes back and says: dev monkey's SSL code doesn't work with our Customer XYZ's server. Dev monkey tests things himself and finds that Customer XYZ is using a self signed cert or an expired cert. Dev monkey tells PHB that Customer XYZ needs to fix their setup. PHB tells dev monkey that the setup cannot be changed because of ABC and that dev monkey needs to "code around the issue". Dev monkey updates app to not choke on bad certs. Code gets released, and Customer XYZ's remote worker gets p0wned by a man in the middle attack. Customer XYZ blames PHB, PHB blames dev monkey. Dev monkey sighs and gets another mountain dew.

about 2 years ago

Dell Strays Further From Intel Chips, Donates ARM Server to ASF

Dast Re:I predict INFINITE Growth! (37 comments)

Yep. And from there on it will all be down-hill for ARM server growth. I already miss the glory-days of ARM server and we've barely even started.

about 2 years ago

Windows 7 Not Getting A Second Service Pack

Dast Re:to continue the trend? (441 comments)

I see you are new here. Let me help you: subtracting 1 has been considered higher math since this place was called Chips & Dips.

about 2 years ago

Criminals Crack and Steal Customer Data From Barnes & Noble Keypads

Dast Re:Well done B&N (83 comments)

Thank you for pointing that out. Everyone should know that the PAN is indeed stored in plain text on the magstripe. If the hardware was compromised, there's almost no way to stop someone from getting it.

about 2 years ago

New Evidence That the Moon Was Created In a Massive Collision

Dast How the hell does the moon work, anyway? (155 comments)

Yeah, and how the hell does the moon work, anyway? Where did it come from? NOBODY KNOWS! NOBODY KNOWS! We'll never know!

about 2 years ago

US Looks For Input On "The Next Big Things"

Dast A crowdsourced method of mining for Big Ideas (309 comments)

My "Next Big Thing" is the best. (Always wish for more wishes!)

The issue isn't that we need one specific "Next Big Thing"; our future requires that we maintain a steady stream of "Next Big Things". So...

If we only had a way we could harness the power of the "crowd" and come up with a method of mining ideas for the "Next Big Thing"... Perhaps a forum for professionals, engineers, and suits where they can post and discuss a stream of ideas about the "Next Big Things". If only such a thing existed...

And don't even think about trying to use this idea. The patent is already applied for and I'll sue you into the ground.

about 2 years ago

Photographers, You're Being Replaced By Software

Dast Creative Destruction (282 comments)

I believe the correct buzzword is Creative Destruction.

more than 2 years ago

Wolfenstein 3-D Celebrates 20 Years With Free Browser-Based Version

Dast Re:Doesn't work in Firefox 12. (160 comments)

Works just fine for me with Firefox 12 under Ubuntu.

more than 2 years ago

Wolfenstein 3-D Celebrates 20 Years With Free Browser-Based Version

Dast Bethesda: Working on this instead of fixing Skyrim (160 comments)

I guess this is why they haven't fixed all of those bugs in Skyrim. They were too busy making a browser-based Wolfenstein.

Or perhaps they took an arrow to the knee due to a stolen sweet roll.


more than 2 years ago

Automated Dorm Room Causes a School Inquiry

Dast Re:School inquiry? (170 comments)

You must be new here.

more than 2 years ago

Skyrim Is Getting Kinect Support, Dragon Shouts Included

Dast Fus Ro MOD +1 Funny (95 comments)

Sheesh, where are my mod points when I need them.

Must have been either the arrow to the knee. Or maybe someone stole their sweet role!

more than 2 years ago

Stem Cells That May Make Eggs Found In Women

Dast Re:Unpossible (142 comments)


"prior hoc ergo propter hoc"?

I think you meant "post hoc ergo propter hoc".

more than 2 years ago


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