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My relationship to military service:

PacMan Civilian Support (525 comments)

Never been in the military, but I did spend almost 10 years in the public service (Australian Commonwealth Gov, not state) doing support work for the Defence Department, including 3 years on a Navy base doing tech support for their computer network.

more than 2 years ago

To get me to switch jobs, it'd take ...

PacMan Re:I picked 30% higher (374 comments)

I picked 30% because that would be enough to compensate for the other benifits my current job has, like shorter hours.

Coincidentaly, I have an interview this afternoon for a new job that pays ~70% more than I currently get, and is more suited to my skill set. Bring it on!

more than 2 years ago

Who's Your Favorite Vampire Hunter?

PacMan Re:Anite Blake (336 comments)

And another vote, but mainly for teh early books where she actualy *was* a Vampire Hunter and Police Consultant.

more than 2 years ago

Why Can't We Put a BASIC On the Phone?

PacMan Re:Hypercard (783 comments)

It's Apple that have "forgotten" to port Hypercard. They are probably sorry that anybody still remembers it, since it doesn't fit their new business model.

It's a pity really. I think that that programming model (or something similar) would fit the phone/tablet quite well.

more than 3 years ago

Outlining a World Where Software Makers Are Liable For Flaws

PacMan Re:Standing on shoulders (508 comments)

And yes, the subsidiary would owe Microsoft $0. But, unless Microsoft passed on the source code and build environment to me, they don't get the "Clause 1" exemption, and are liable under "Clause 2". Or are you talking about the "as written by Microsoft" version of the liability laws?

more than 3 years ago

'Zodiac Island' Makers Say ISP Worker Wiped an Entire Season

PacMan Re:Backups (228 comments)

"multiple offsite backups" aren't the problem. A single "onsite" copy would have served in this case. A pocket-sized USB drive would apparently have held all the data, recent home PC drives could have held multiple copies, for very little cost.

more than 3 years ago

A New Class of Nuclear Reactors

PacMan Re:Doesn't Matter (560 comments)

It has already been shown that pebble bed reactors are not inherently safe designs

Do you have a reference for that? I'd really like to have a look at it.

more than 3 years ago

I would draw the line at cloning...

PacMan Crazy hybrid clones (471 comments)

As long as I get to define "Crazy".

Non-Crazy hybrid clones are obviously OK.

more than 3 years ago

Are You Sure SHA-1+Salt Is Enough For Passwords?

PacMan Re:Wait, what? (409 comments)

Like many coders, I thought you were supposed to calculate Hash(password + salt).

I've never seen anyone suggest Hash(password + username + salt) as an option. Is this something that the security industry has shown to be ineffective long ago, and I have just missed it?

To me this looks like it would stop two users with the same password getting the same hash (assuming the salt is system wide, not per user) and make it harder to replace the hash with a known one and get a known password.

more than 3 years ago

California Spam Law Upheld By Appeals Court

PacMan Re:I'm not sure I like this... (58 comments)

If I'm running a mid size company and I hire an ad agency that gets paid for referrals (and it's a fly by night LLC), I'm really venerable now. I guess the anti-spam crowd will tell me not to hire a fly-by-night, but don't most successful businesses start that way? And how am I suppose to know?

If you realy were venerable then I would hope you would know better than to leave yourself vulnerable to a lawsuit by hireing dodgy contractors.

about 4 years ago

IOC Claims Olympian Lindsey Vonn's Name As Intellectual Property

PacMan Re:Sure they can claim it (399 comments)

Just be carefull not to wear them inside out.

more than 4 years ago

US District Ct. Says Defendant Must Provide Decrypted Data

PacMan Re:5th Amendment (767 comments)

That's not how Public Key encryption generally works.

Encrypting something via Public Key system is slow, so what is generally done is a random key (128bit/256bit/1024bit/whatever) is generated, and some other system like IDEA/Blowfish/etc is used to encrypt the file with this random key. Then the random key itself is encrypted using the Public Key, and included in the output file (or this may be done first).

Encrypting the same file twice with PGP/GPG will result in different encrypted files. Here is what I got when I encrypted the same file twice:

$ ls -l whycopyrightdoc.ogg*
-rw-r--r-- 1 xxxx users 444876583 2008-12-09 16:27 whycopyrightdoc.ogg
-rw-r--r-- 1 xxxx users 442961134 2009-02-27 13:38 whycopyrightdoc.ogg.gpg
-rw-r--r-- 1 xxxx users 442961133 2009-02-27 13:33 whycopyrightdoc.ogg.gpg.1

$ cksum whycopyrightdoc.ogg*
2090966688 444876583 whycopyrightdoc.ogg
909254713 442961134 whycopyrightdoc.ogg.gpg
121574791 442961133 whycopyrightdoc.ogg.gpg.1

more than 5 years ago

Bad Science Journalism Gets Schooled

PacMan Re:Science has always been biased (212 comments)

If you're a Phd who has spent your whole life researching and proving something then you're likely to opposed someone proving eactly the opposite.
Except it rarely comes to a complete reversal like that. Generally the next guy is going "You were 99% correct. Here is a minor adjustment that brings it to what I think is 100% correct". Or perhaps "Your theory gives results correct to 10 significant figures in all real world cases. However, using my much more complicated equations, we can now get answers to 15 significant figures, and cover some extremely unlikely situations that your equations did not handle at all".

more than 6 years ago


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