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OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

Ralph Wiggam Re:OSS vs Reality (96 comments)

That is the reality of the situation. In the fantasy land of OSS evangelists, thousands of highly skilled coders are constantly auditing big OSS projects.

13 hours ago
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OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

Ralph Wiggam Re:OSS vs Reality (96 comments)

>He's now saying that closed source monoculture is bad.

Doh. Open source, obviously.

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OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

Ralph Wiggam Re:OSS vs Reality (96 comments)

That wasn't my point at all. Dan Greer wrote about the dangers of closed source monoculture a decade ago. You will find very little disagreement on this site.

He's now saying that closed source monoculture is bad. I'm saying that, in theory, it's not. If code was actually reviewed by "millions of eyes" as it got more popular, then we could be pretty confident that a package as widespread as OpenSSL would not contain an exploit as brutal as Hearthbleed. But in the current situation, where code is more likely to be reviewed by dozens of eyes, then Dr. Greer has a valid point.

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OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

Ralph Wiggam OSS vs Reality (96 comments)

In theory (the way OSS evangelists tell you) as a software package gets more popular, it gets reviewed by more and more people of greater and greater competency. The number of people using OSS packages has exploded in the past 10 years, but the number of people writing and reviewing the code involved doesn't seem to have changed much.

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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Ralph Wiggam Re:Liability, Funding, Responsibilities (329 comments)

We did aluminium in the 90s. The teacher was the only one allowed to handle the molten metal, obviously. While he was occupied in the corner, we would make ninja throwing stars.

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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Ralph Wiggam Re:The US has no "STEM Dominance" (329 comments)

Apparently Intel, Oracle, Microsoft, and Apple do "cheap, low-qualification tech work". Thanks for setting me straight.

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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

Ralph Wiggam Re:impressive specs (166 comments)

Who do you expect to write radio firmware for free?

yesterday
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Ralph Wiggam High school size matters (329 comments)

I went to a fairly large high school (3000+ students) that had an attached "career center". I took a few of the 1 hour classes, including basic electronics and drafting (including autocad). They also offered 3 hour vocational classes for people who did not plan on going to college. These included auto repair, plumbing, cosmetology, child care (where they took care of other student's kids and allowed them to stay in school), and medical/dental assistance.

It was a large building with a lot of expensive stuff in it. There is no way that a smaller school could afford something like that.

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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Ralph Wiggam Re:what happens when the batters wears out? (384 comments)

>> The Leaf's battery is warrantied for 10 years. Most people don't own a car for 10 years.

>Yes they do. [autonews.com]

Did you not see someone else post this right above you? People buy and sell used cars. The average new car buyer keeps their car for just under 6 years.

2 days ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Ralph Wiggam Re:coughCHEVY VOLTcough (384 comments)

The Volt's $5k price cut for this year makes it much more competitive.

2 days ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Ralph Wiggam Re:3 more expensive than a normal car, but worse (384 comments)

Adding to that, the battery warranty doesn't only kick in if the battery dies completely. If it gets down to only holding about 75% of the original charge capacity, Nissan will fix it.

2 days ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Ralph Wiggam Re:I would have to test drive it first. Duh. (384 comments)

The Leaf makes very efficient use of its interior space (at the expense of exterior styling). I'm 6' and can fit comfortably in the front or back seat. The cargo area is bigger than expected.

Call the Nissan dealership and ask if any of their sales people have been to the Leaf training class. Try to schedule a test drive specifically with that person.

2 days ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Ralph Wiggam Re:Oh noes, I can't drive X miles (384 comments)

I drive a Leaf in Las Vegas, so I've spent a bit of time with the AC on full blast. It drops the range by about 15%. Not even close to 80%.

2 days ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Ralph Wiggam Re:It's a great car (384 comments)

I picked the Leaf over the Volt last year based on price. The $5000 price cut on this year's Volt makes that much more competitive.

2 days ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Ralph Wiggam Re:what happens when the batters wears out? (384 comments)

The average new car is owned for just under 6 years.

http://www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/average-length-of-us-vehicle-ownership-hit-an-all_time-high/2000007854/

2 days ago

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