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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

MartinG Re:Not malicious but not honest? (446 comments)

Programmers are human. They'll make a ton of mistakes

Humans make certain classes of mistake. Things like array bounds checking are really easy to miss.

If only machines were good at this stuff. How come we don't have any languages that do this for us yet?

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

MartinG go (387 comments)


1) Go is a modern "better c from the people who didn't bring you c++"
2) Go is designed from scratch to make concurrent programming simpler, and believe me they achieved this.
3) Go is fast, portable, lightweight, simple.
4) Go is designed and worked on by the likes of Rob Pike & Ken Thompson.
5) Programming in Go "feels" like c, but with the simple expressiveness of a scripting language. It's both low level and high level, depending how you use it.
6) The standard library is really good, especially given that go 1.0 only came out in 2.12
7) The community is even better.

about 3 months ago

EFF Makes Formal Objection to DRM In HTML5

MartinG Re:impediments to access? (270 comments)

And they achieved this without DRM as a part of the standards.

about a year ago

Nokia Admits Decrypting User Data Claiming It Isn't Looking

MartinG Re:Any browser publisher is the same way (264 comments)

Also your eyes get to see the unencrypted content. You have to trust that your eyes know what they are doing and how to keep a secret.

about a year ago

Worldwide IPv6 Adoption: Where Do We Stand Today?

MartinG Re:IP6 addresses are a pain (327 comments)

You can do that with your hosts file instead. Or use an alternate DNS server. Or run your own. (etc.)

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Coding Standards Make a Difference?

MartinG Re:"a net productivity gain"..YES (430 comments)

Saying that someone can understand my code because I followed some coding standard is like saying someone can understand the rocket engine I built because I used standard sized screws to assemble it.

about a year ago

FBI Asked Megaupload To Preserve Pirated Files, Then Used Them Against Dotcom

MartinG Re:Nowhere fast (241 comments)

Having kids is no excuse. I do have kids and admittedly its more tempting to "give in" but I still manage not to support the MPAA or RIAA at all.

about a year ago

The Internet Archive Starts Seeding Over a Million Torrents

MartinG Re:How about Freenet? (180 comments)

I don't think they are trying to "validate" bittorrent. That's just a side effect of what they are doing. They are simply using one of the most efficient and cost effective ways of distributing data because it helps them, and possibly makes a better experience for the users.

freenet offers anonymity but they don't really need that here. Bittorrent also offers fault tolerance, doesn't it?

about a year and a half ago

OpenBSD Fork Bitrig Announced

MartinG Re:No interest (178 comments)

Including the freedom to take away other peoples freedom, I suppose?

about 2 years ago

Wil Wheaton: BitTorrent Isn't Only For Piracy

MartinG Re:Not quite (354 comments)

If 89% of everyone were bank robbers, then there are not enough legitimate ways to get money.

about 2 years ago

Facebook Tests the Waters With Paid Perks

MartinG Re:Freemium at its best (204 comments)

Facebook DOES care about it's users.

It's users (i,e, the customers) are the advertisers. You people are not the customers, you're the product.

Enabling payment like this means suddenly you are the customer too, and maybe they might care about you.

If you don't like this model, you picked the wrong social network.

about 2 years ago

Munich Has Saved €4M So Far After Switch To Linux

MartinG Re:Not Surprised (370 comments)

Nice. Can you point to any good documentation on how to script these kinds of conversion?

about 2 years ago

Pirate Bay Founders Lose Final Appeal

MartinG Re:I write software for a living. (307 comments)

I write software for a living too, and so do many of my friends.

If you are "losing" money, it is because your business model is ill-concived.

(N.B., I am replying to your point alone, this does not imply that I condone anything that the pirate bay folks may have done)

more than 2 years ago

Jailbreaking the Internet For Freedom's Sake

MartinG Re:Achilles Heel (270 comments)

I have much less of a problem being asked by a court to decrypt data than being censored abrtitrarily at the say-so of random large media companies.

more than 2 years ago

Google Ports Box2D Demo To Dart

MartinG Re:Not again! (194 comments)

This was more of a problem in the past because nobody had anybody elses source code, so cross pollination of code didn't happen and competing implementations were more often incompatible.

While I still don't like like random new things appearing outside the standards without good reason, doing it in an open source application is much less of a problem.

more than 2 years ago

Oracle's Latest Java Moves Draw Industry Ire

MartinG Re:Oracle and Java (372 comments)

Because they don't know how to handly the firearm they are holding.

more than 2 years ago


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MartinG MartinG writes  |  more than 10 years ago

But I'm not going to say anything interesting and this might be the last entry ever.

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