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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

MathFox Re:Corporations are not people (139 comments)

Executives make decisions.
Lock the bastards up.

Most likely one of the conditions of the settlement is that the executives are not prosecuted for their transgressions.

And the executives will have the fine paid from the corporate funds... business as usual.

about two weeks ago
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Silent Circle Follows Lavabit By Closing Encrypted E-mail Service

MathFox Re:Weird! (470 comments)

The customers of the company I work for do not like it when their blueprints are publicly available. Would you like to have your code and documentation searched by gmail to show ads? (What information do these ads leak to the company that pays for it?)
And any "alien" Amazon, Microsoft, Yahoo or Google cloud data is up for collection by the NSA. Sounds like a good reason to encrypt at least some of your mail.

about 8 months ago
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My most frequent OS migration path?

MathFox Commercial Unix to Linux (413 comments)

I started with various British computers (Sinclair QL and Acorn Archimedes), pretty soon acquired a RISCiX (Acorn ARM based Unix) machine. Moved to AMD/Intel hardware with Linux as OS. DOS/Windows is for work... and usable when it comes with a system administrator.

about a year ago
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W3C Declares DRM In-Scope For HTML

MathFox Do I see a hole in the DRM? (290 comments)

Nothing in the "Encrypted Media Extension" specs prevents or forbids proxying of both the key and the encrypted media stream to an external "decryption and caching" service. And all of the usual "how do we prevent the plaintext from leaking from the user's machine" questions are still in full force. It is unlikely that the W3C will get "effective protection".

about a year ago
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UK ISP PlusNet Testing Carrier-Grade NAT Instead of IPv6

MathFox I recall MxStream (445 comments)

KPN tried "carrier grade" IP4-NAT in the Netherlands a decade ago... Unfortunately the router software was too buggy and made the routers trash and crash. And how can the customers of the ISP run servers on their computers? NAT has implications for the peer-to-peer nature of the Internet.

about a year ago
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Fair price for an unlimited wireless data plan?

MathFox What dollars? (314 comments)

Canadian $, Australian $ or Zimbabwe $?

about 2 years ago
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Police Chief Teaches Parents To Keylog Kids

MathFox Re:The real threat is close to home (505 comments)

I agree that the biggest danger is close to home, family and friends of the family. And while there are "predators" on the net they are far less dangerous than the predators the child may meet in real life. Children are pretty safe with the online equivalent of "don't go with the stranger offering you candy."

What are some good rules of the thumb:

  • Don't talk to people you are not comfortable with.
  • Don't tell where you live. "Near Big City" is good enough for someone until you trust him/her.
  • Be careful with what you show on your webcam.

If you following the advice the Internet is a good place to experiment with political and sexual discussion, pregnancies and STDs come from meeting IRL.

more than 2 years ago
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Security Researcher Finds Hundreds of Browser Bugs

MathFox Re:Pass the salt please (145 comments)

It depends on the exact bug that is triggered. When a security researcher mentions "potentially exploitable bug" it could be serious. Very often a memory corruption is a first step into more serious exploits.

more than 3 years ago
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OS I'd Most Like To See Make a Comeback

MathFox RISC OS (763 comments)

For the people that were lucky enough to use it on the Acorn Archimedes...

more than 3 years ago
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Bicycle Thief Barred From Using Encryption

MathFox Re:Typical slashdot crap (449 comments)

While I don't mind putting some restrictions on someone while (s)he's on probation; the laundry list of conditions sounded like something typed in a decade (or more) ago with some conditions added over time. It is so convenient to have a standard list, without regard for the probatee or his crime!

It is good to have relevant restrictions as conditions for porbation (no alcohol for people convicted of intoxication related crimes), but I don't see any good in a total restriction of computer use for a petty thief (unless he brokers on ebay).

more than 3 years ago
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What's Holding Back Encryption?

MathFox Re:There's no reason to encrypt HTTP (660 comments)

But there is no reason why I should make it easy for my ISP, upstream providers and the NSA to eavesdrop on communication with a webserver. Encrypting my communication plugs a big privacy hole: so, why not use it?

more than 4 years ago
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Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So

MathFox Re:I installed the latest OO, definitely not a thr (467 comments)

I have a program that generates CSV output, for import into a spreadsheet. Open Office Calc creates the sheet I expect (slowly but correct). However, Excel sees it fit to mess op the data; it arbitrarily breaks long lines mid-field, creating a mess that requires more time to clean up than waiting for OOo to import correctly.

N.B. OOo suffices for most of my business correspondence; I prefer (La)TeX/LyX for the more scientific documents.

more than 4 years ago
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Next-Gen Glitter-Sized Photovoltaic Cells Unveiled

MathFox Re:When can I buy it (155 comments)

They say that some oil companies are heavy into alternative energy, buying start-ups and shelving their products. For them, "Never" is the answer to your question!

more than 4 years ago
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Are Complex Games Doomed To Have Buggy Releases?

MathFox Re:What about Betas? (362 comments)

I assume the consumer does not have to pay to be part of a beta test program. Consumer protection law in my country (.nl) takes the price paid for the product into account when determining how much quality a "reasonable consumer" might expect. There is no need for a computer game to be perfect, as long as it is playable. Our judges are likely to handle "paid beta" software as any other paid for software: It should work, for reasonable definitions of work.

more than 4 years ago
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One Way To Save Digital Archives From File Corruption

MathFox What about the "block errors"? (257 comments)

Most of the storage media in common use (disks, tapes, CD/DVD-R) already do use ECC at sector of block level and will fix "single bit" errors at firmware level transparently. What is more of an issue at application level are "missing block" errors; when the low-level ECC fails and the storage device signals "unreadable sector" and one or more blocks of data are lost.

Off course this can be fixed by "block redundancy" (like RAID does), "block recovery checksums" or old-fashioned backups.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Campaigns For Safer Launch Requirements

MathFox Re:Not very Agile (193 comments)

Agile works for software because it is cheap to redesign software and also cheap to do a few test runs. Building a rocket, filling it with fuel and then see whether it flies or explodes is expensive when you talk about the size needed for manned spacecraft. It is more or less the same for Boeing and Airbus who spend years and years designing before they start building their first full scale planes for test flights. We're talking planes that cost over $100 million each, not something you like to throw away on a test.

more than 4 years ago
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Xerox Claims Printable Electronics Breakthrough

MathFox Re:Wait for it (166 comments)

It could make a short-circuit very painful!

more than 4 years ago
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12M Digit Prime Number Sets Record, Nets $100,000

MathFox Re:Actually the 47th (232 comments)

No, 2^43,112,610-1 can be divided by 3.

more than 4 years ago

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