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Cisco Spending Millions of Dollars Secretly Purchasing New Juniper Products

Mark Atwood Why is this a story? Everyone has always done it. (120 comments)

I've worked for two different hardware manufactures in the past, one of which made boxes that go into data centers, and one that made boxes that go into living rooms. OF COURSE we bought our competitor's products via a "cut out" company, and then took them to the teardown and reverse engineering lab. Everyone does it. Everyone has always done it. Everyone will always do it. It is specifically permitted in intellectual property law, and it's also well understood in case law, such that everyone knows that trying to enforce against it via "user license agreements" will fail in court.

about 3 months ago

California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

Mark Atwood Re:Translation : (314 comments)

mythosaz: You are either ignorant, stupid, or dishonest.

The Uber driver does not know your destination when they pick you up. Uber Inc was very forthright about their decision to not tell that to the drivers, just to prevent drivers from rejecting short trips.

about 3 months ago

Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

Mark Atwood Re:Good. (841 comments)

> Find a real job, and move on.

Find a real job where?

I wouldn't hire one.

Honestly, I could not in good conscience approve or recommend a technical hire anyone who is "ex"-NSA. Certainly not for a dev, ops, or devops position. I cannot trust their loyalty to their job, their team, the company, the goals of any project, to any commercial NDA they may sign, or the integrity of any networking or data storage system they may touch. I cannot trust one not to leave a hard-to-discover hole in something. They have a prior oath that overrides any other loyalty, an oath they are required to lie about if confronted about.

about 9 months ago

HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You

Mark Atwood Not happened, probably can't, most likely won't. (477 comments)

I work for HP, many levels below our CEO.

This undated document has not been distributed to employees. Most of us first heard of it today in the tech press. There is no actual *room* at all the HP offices to pull in all the employees. In fact, I understand that back when HP first started pushing telecommuting, they took the opportunity to do the logical thing, and shrink and close most of their field offices.

So, short form, this news isn't news, because it's not a happened, and probably isn't.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Was Your Favorite Web Comic of 2012?

Mark Atwood Basic Instructions is the Best (321 comments)

1 Best: Basic Instructions
2 Single Best: too many to choose from
3 Best Art: Girl Genius
4 Most Relevant: Dilbert

about a year and a half ago

Ada 2012 Language Approved As Standard By ISO

Mark Atwood Re:Anybody using Ada? (165 comments)

I've used it. I liked it. For a long time my email sig was "The more I use C++, the more I like Ada".

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Steeply Raising Enterprise Licensing Fees

Mark Atwood Re:SharePoint is like a Swiss Army Gun (571 comments)

In US military projects and military software, the term "Joint" has the same meaning as your observation about "Enterprise".

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Steeply Raising Enterprise Licensing Fees

Mark Atwood Re:Economic Geniuses (571 comments)

Roughly, yes, he does.

If he is directly directing or controlling the investment in any way, yes he does.

On the other hand, if he owns shares in a "technology contra fund" with independent fund managers, and that fund shorts in MSFT, then he doesn't. On the third hand, if the SEC or some pissed off MSFT investors think he is overinvesting in this hypothetical technology contra fund as a way to get around the reporting rules, then he has to report that too. There is no escape, and very few safe harbors.

If you work for a publicly traded company, and you are subject to the lock-out rules and disclosure rules, there will be someone in your HR's legal and investor relation groups who will explain this all to do you deep and exhausting detail.

about 2 years ago

Thousands of Natural Gas Leaks Found In Boston

Mark Atwood Re:Does Boston really smell that bad? (179 comments)

I find that Boston does have a distinctive smell. Maybe it *is* the faint trace of methyl mercaptan floating around.

about 2 years ago

Does OpenStack Need a Linus Torvalds?

Mark Atwood The press wants a "Linus" for their own reasons (152 comments)

The tech press thinks that OpenStack needs a Linus because the press likes telling narratives about colorful quotable characters because those are easy pieces of content to write, and they sell copy.

The OpenStack project has a number of mutually cooperating teams of people with advanced "groupware" tooling that are doing Just Fine at performing the kind of operational day to day tech direction leadership and patch selection and merging that Linus does for the Linux project.

about 2 years ago

OAuth 2.0 Standard Editor Quits, Takes Name Off Spec

Mark Atwood Re:v1 was bullshit too (101 comments)

I was there, I helped write v1.

The reason you had to sort the parameters etc etc was because OAuth 1.0 was designed to be implementable by a PHP script running under Apache on Dreamhost. Which meant you didn't get access to the HTTP Authentication header, and you didn't get access to the complete URL that was accessed. So we had to work out a way to canonicalize the URL to be signed from what we could guarantee you'd have: the your hostname, your base url path, and an unsorted bag of url parameters. Believe me, we *wished* for a straightforward URL canonicalization standard we could reference. None existed. So we cussed a lot, bit the bullet, and wrote one that was fast and simple as possible: sort the parameters and concatenate them.

Go yell at the implementors of Apache and of PHP. If we could have guaranteed that you'd have access to an unmangled Authentication: HTTP header, the OAuth 1.0 spec would have been 50% shorter and a hell of a lot easier to implement.

more than 2 years ago

Turing Archive Director Questions Alan Turing Suicide Report

Mark Atwood Re:Widely reported as fact ... (121 comments)

Somewhere in the bowels of the archives of the US Government is the paperwork regarding Qian Xuesen's attempt at naturalization, his enprisonment, and his deportment. On those papers will be the names and signatures of the US Government bureaucrats who decided to do this. I wonder if any of them are still alive?

I would like to confront them with the results of their ignorant stupidity.

Well, no, what I *actually* would like to do is throw them and their supervisors into a large bonfire...

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Visits Metrix Create:Space in Seattle (Video)

Mark Atwood Re:While I applaud the general concept.. (27 comments)

That sounds like a problem you have there. That is not my experience. The makerspaces I know well in Seattle: Metrix and ALTSpace, are nothing like that. All are truly welcome and encouraged to come play. And the same for the O'Reilly makerfairs. And not via some politically correct faux-welcoming "outreach" either. We have a lot of different kinds of people, working on all sorts of different kinds of projects.

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Visits Metrix Create:Space in Seattle (Video)

Mark Atwood Re:While I applaud the general concept.. (27 comments)

Projects similar to what you describe do happen at spaces like this, and in fact *AT* this very space.

One of the regulars at Metrix is currently working with some friends to build a UAV quad copter.

The widely reported FireSheep project was written and demoed at Metrix.

Recently a class was taught at Metrix on how to pick locks.

A team of geeks working at different space in Seattle launched a balloon to the edge of space.

Your ignorance and apathy is showing. What about trying showing up, looking at what people are doing, and doing something really cool yourself.

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Visits Metrix Create:Space in Seattle (Video)

Mark Atwood Re:The Big Question (27 comments)

If only there was some sort of worldwide network of computers full of information. And if some organization would regularly read all that information into their own computers, and then index it, and give us some sort of simple UI where someone could type something like "hackerspace cleveland" and get a list of all the hackerspaces in Cleveland. Or maybe just one of the computers in that big worldwide network could have a name like "", and someone could connect to that machine via some protocol designed to carry hypertext, and find documents about hackerspaces in each city.

That would be great.

Too bad there is nothing like that.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Locks Down Social Gift Giving Patent

Mark Atwood LJ had it before (185 comments)

Didn't LiveJournal have this years ago?

more than 3 years ago

Military Drone Attacks Are Not 'Hostile'

Mark Atwood How is that... (892 comments)

How's that Hope & Change working out for y'all?

more than 3 years ago

Tech Expertise Not Important In Google Managers

Mark Atwood Google: INT 18 WIS 7 (298 comments)

It has taken Google ten years, a huge study, and suffering under what is their #1 cause of employee turnover, to learn something that is in nearly every good book on management? Most other companies can't do it because they are too stupid to be wise. Google can't do it because they think they are too smart...

more than 3 years ago

Most IPv6-certified Home Network Gear Buggy

Mark Atwood Re:The exceptions (174 comments)

If your ISP claims to have IPv6, and isn't advertising their DNS servers over the DNS IPv6 anycast address, they are stupid. If they claim they can't, they are lying. If they claim it's someone else's fault, they are evil.

Why are you believing them?

more than 3 years ago



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