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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Java Pimp Re:Shitpost is shit (272 comments)

Since when does a discussion on Slashdot require having actual information?

about two weeks ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

Java Pimp Re:FP (249 comments)

What don't you believe? That SCOTUS made a good decision for once? Or that you missed First Post by that much?

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

Java Pimp Coded Message (250 comments)

"I am sorry, but I think what you're asking for here is impossible. I don't feel that forking truecrypt would be a good idea, a complete rewrite was something we wanted to do for a while. I believe that starting from scratch wouldn't require much more work than actually learning and understanding all of truecrypts current codebase.

I have no problem with the source code being used as reference."

about a month and a half ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

Java Pimp Re:What whas the problem in the first place? (250 comments)

They could have said something like "No Such Action should be taken with regard to our code and you Can't Implement Anything based on it. You might Feel Better If you rewrite everything from scratch."

about a month and a half ago
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Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

Java Pimp Re:but that's the problem with the turing test... (309 comments)

I swear when I read about this when it was first posted that they said there were only 3 judges. Now, the best I can find is this from the Reg:

It would be nice to see exactly how many judges and what the actual conditions were. Fooling 1 person is easy, fooling 10 would be much harder...

about 2 months ago
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OpenSSL To Undergo Security Audit, Gets Cash For 2 Developers

Java Pimp Security audit?!! (132 comments)

I hope they don't shut the project down... abruptly and without warning...

about 2 months ago
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FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

Java Pimp Re:Maybe blocked a roadside call... (427 comments)

I never said they were rare. They do however almost always result in the person looking at their phone to figure out what happened.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

Java Pimp Re:Maybe blocked a roadside call... (427 comments)

From a different point of view... he possibly increased the likelihood of a distracted driving accident from callers looking at their phone muttering "wtf" to see why the call was dropped instead of keeping their eyes on the road.

about 3 months ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

Java Pimp Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

My daughter has not learned to read and re-read the chapters in her text. Even if they haven't been specifically assigned as a reading assignment they cover the material in class and she is assigned the problems at the end of the chapter. When she gets stuck and asks me for help the first thing I ask is if she tried to look it up in her chapter. Which is typically followed by a no. If I can find the answer to her question in the chapter, I'll have her read it first. Or at least the section that contains the answer. If she's still stuck then I'll try and explain the material a little better. Of course, how I learned things 25 years ago is completely different from what she is being taught so that really just confuses her even more.

about 4 months ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

Java Pimp Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

I still can't believe they are teaching that Pluto is not a planet! WTF? And don't even get me started about brontosaurus...

about 4 months ago
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Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

Java Pimp Re:Please.... (321 comments)

I have an app on Google Play specifically targeted at children 0 to 4 years. One time purchase, no ads and no in-app purchases.

I don't blame Google, I blame the developers taking advantage of the situation. Personally I don't like in-app purchases as I feel it exploits the consumer. Draw you in with a "free" game that you can't really do anything with unless you spend money? WTF?

As the GP said, the password thing is a trade off between security and usability. That said, Google could make the password timeout a configurable option.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

Java Pimp Windows 2000 Pro (287 comments)

No one is targeting that anymore!

about 5 months ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Java Pimp Re:Surviving off the GPL (480 comments)

OT but I agree it's near impossible to make money from niche open source projects but I'd argue it would still make a good resume item. Anything you've done that you are proud of shows passion, dedication, commitment and says a lot about you as a candidate regardless of how relevant it is to the position.

about 5 months ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Java Pimp Re:GPLv4 (480 comments)

Actually, the GPL focuses on neither the developer nor the user but only on the software itself. You are free to use the software so long as the software remains free.

My point was that free software has never had any kind of restriction on the "use" of the software. The licenses grant permission for modification/distribution and the terms that apply. The license provides what didn't exist before, forbid and prohibit takes things away.

Currently it's perfectly fine for me to use GCC to build weapon systems or use LAMP to put up a pro-software patents website if I so choose. It's also fine to incorporate GPL code into a new P2P software geared toward distribution of anti- propaganda so long as the sources are available. (Or any number of uses that may be controversial or objectionable in certain groups)

When you start adding arbitrary prohibitions left to the discretion of the individual developers you lose all freedom in a nightmare of restrictions.
e.g. I can use this library in my code as long as I don't eat meat. But now, my code can also only be used by vegetarians. But then to use this other library I have to also hate gays.

I've seen software with restrictions on military applications or use in government organizations. But I don't think they could be considered free.

about 5 months ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Java Pimp Re:GPLv4 (480 comments)

Words like "forbid" and "prohibit" seem to go against the idea of "free software".

about 5 months ago
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Vikings' Secret Code Cracked

Java Pimp Re:Interesting (89 comments)

Well played! No mod points today, sorry...

about 6 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

Java Pimp Re:Removed app + hidden services from ROM long ago (293 comments)

Out of curiosity. Have you actually gotten a popup about an app trying to use the camera like that or was it a "for instance"? If so, what was it? This is a serious question. I'm working on a project looking at rogue behavior like that.

about 6 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

Java Pimp Well there you go (293 comments)

Facebook says it is only so it can facilitate two-factor authentication

No need to question it further. A completely benign reason with no ulterior motive. Just allow it and be happy. Facebook wouldn't do anything against your wishes...

about 6 months ago
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

Java Pimp Re:Where are they? (324 comments)

No doubt. The class certainly didn't make me an expert by any means. It was definitely interesting learning about surveillance techniques and methods to detect them. The class had a hands-on portion where they had mock hotel rooms and we had to set up the equipment to try to detect and locate the various bugs through out the room. I only found about half of them of which the burst transmitter was not one. I learned two things, one you really have to know what you are doing, and two, you have to be lucky enough to be watching when it happens.

about 6 months ago

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A simple HTML tag will crash 64-bit Windows 7

Java Pimp Java Pimp writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Java Pimp (98454) writes "An unpatched critical flaw in 64-bit Windows 7 can lead to a 'blue screen of death' system crash. The flaw is triggered by viewing a malicious HTML page containing an IFRAME element with a sufficiently large height attribute while using the Safari web browser. The flaw seems to be exploitable only with Safari at the moment. However, such a flaw could lead to the ability to execute arbitrary code in the kernel."
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