My relationship to military service:
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.
To get me to switch jobs, it'd take ...
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!
Who's Your Favorite Vampire Hunter?
And another vote, but mainly for teh early books where she actualy *was* a Vampire Hunter and Police Consultant.
Why Can't We Put a BASIC On the Phone?
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.
Outlining a World Where Software Makers Are Liable For Flaws
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?
'Zodiac Island' Makers Say ISP Worker Wiped an Entire Season
"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.
A New Class of Nuclear Reactors
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.
I would draw the line at cloning...
As long as I get to define "Crazy".
Non-Crazy hybrid clones are obviously OK.
Are You Sure SHA-1+Salt Is Enough For Passwords?
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.
California Spam Law Upheld By Appeals Court
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.
Would You Die To Respect a Software License?
I wonder how many "little deaths" would be needed to satisfy the license?
Or maybe each "little death" gets you a limited time to use the software?
IOC Claims Olympian Lindsey Vonn's Name As Intellectual Property
Just be carefull not to wear them inside out.
US District Ct. Says Defendant Must Provide Decrypted Data
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
Bad Science Journalism Gets Schooled
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".