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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

Severus Snape Re:I'd love some free Google classes (376 comments)

But I'm a white male. I have nothing Google wants. :(

Modded parent funny, assuming sarcasm now I'm not so sure..

about a month ago

NYC Councilman (and Open Source Developer) Submits Bill Establishing Open Source Preference

Severus Snape Re:QA (105 comments)

No, just no. The quality of OSS is too bad. Well, let's not say bad per se, but it varies a lot. What you win in software licensing costs, you lose in fighting all the bugs. Too many of your support calls will be wasting your time with silly glitches.

Unity (back in 2011 remember) is a very twisted example to go for, a piece of very immature software. Part of Ubuntu 11.10 which was an non LTS release. If any IT manager deploys that in the first place you've got much bigger problems than painful support calls.

about 2 months ago

Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

Severus Snape Made it to Slashdot. (128 comments)

I'd say publicity mission successfully.

about 3 months ago

WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

Severus Snape Re:OMFG compile! (113 comments)

Holy crap you have to actually compile it yourself! What is the world coming to? You mean hacking isn’t just plugging stuff together?

OK the thing has problems, that’s news. But if compiling is considered hard, well, it’s hard to see you as a nerd.

RTFA. The patches are a mess, don't compile cleanly and the wireless driver is missing. Rendering it an expensive paperweight.

about 3 months ago

Heartbleed Used To Bypass 2-Factor Authentication, Hijack User Sessions

Severus Snape Re:NSA is so annoyed right now (59 comments)

This doesn't negate the fact that this was their favorite vulnerability. Realistically most intelligence services probably new about this shortly after that commit.

How so was it their "favorite vulnerability"? Is there even a shread of evidence linking them with it? Exploits exist in code - we found a big bad one - great. Many white hats will have looked at the code and not noticed the flaw. That doesn't mean the NSA were using it. I'm not for a moment saying the NSA wouldn't use a similar exploit but there's nothing special about Heartbleed.

about 3 months ago

Heartbleed Used To Bypass 2-Factor Authentication, Hijack User Sessions

Severus Snape Re:NSA is so annoyed right now (59 comments)

We all love a bit of conspiracy but it was not intentionally malicious. Simple mistake by some professor.

about 3 months ago

Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Severus Snape Hmmm (360 comments)

Maybe the relationship is over and Mercedes is feeling a little bitter?

about 3 months ago

Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

Severus Snape Re:Changing IMEI is illegal (109 comments)

OR it should just be impossible to do in the first place. There is absolutely no viable use case for the IMIE code to be on writeable memory. I can see why OEM's are reluctant to burn the ID to a ROM chip. On the massive scale of phone production it's going to push their costs up and slow the production chain but for crying out loud manufactures shouldn't even need to be told to do this.

/still feeling bitter from being robbed at knife point of my phone last year.

about 4 months ago

Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Severus Snape Not even reading TFA (564 comments)

Mozilla do Google the favour, not the other way around.

about 4 months ago

KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

Severus Snape Personal blog (202 comments)

NOTHING to do with Canonical at all. Yay for the let's all hate Canonical bandwagon.

about 4 months ago

Gmail Goes HTTPS Only For All Connections

Severus Snape Re:Uhmm (141 comments)

Absolutely. You just made my point for me. The problem shall be now a lot of the media will now present this as a milestone to easing public anger over what the public knows. By now the NSA and GCHQ will know the files Snowden has through investigation (police greeting David Miranda with Terrorism laws at Heathrow to make copies of his HDD must have helped) so here comes the game of cat and mouse; possibly until Congress freaks out.

It's the comedy that doesn't stop giving!

about 4 months ago

School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

Severus Snape Their infrastructure, their rules. (417 comments)

Most schools do this and workplaces, my university in the UK included does as well (hoping that banking sites are whitelisted is probably wishful thinking). I'd be very surprised if you are actually able to get your school to change it's practices in the long run.

about 5 months ago

Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

Severus Snape Re:Google really cares about Linux (295 comments)

ChromeOS, GPU acceleration always! Same hardware and drivers but not horribly tied to the Google Cloud? Nope.

Ensuring stability with their own certified hardware to looking at the whole entire Linux ecosystem is like comparing a mouse to an elephant.

about 5 months ago

Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

Severus Snape Re:Someone who is going to vote yes.. (286 comments)

Haha, there is certainly no empire left, and while I'd like to put the last nail in the coffin with independence, the point still stands.

about 5 months ago

Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

Severus Snape Re:Someone who is going to vote yes.. (286 comments)

Find a global map where the UK isn't enlarged. Land mass doesn't translate to economic power and in turn power in the world.

about 5 months ago

Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

Severus Snape Someone who is going to vote yes.. (286 comments)

The whole of the UK is enlarged on almost every map and thus is not in scale with the rest of Europe. My main point though is, who the hell cares?

about 5 months ago

Google Earth's New Satellites

Severus Snape Irony, you are delicious. (118 comments)

"We're sorry but this site is not accessible from the UK as it is part of our international service and is not funded by the licence fee."

Not cool BBC, not cool.

about 6 months ago

Yahoo Encrypting Data In Wake of NSA Revelations

Severus Snape Erm, remember Lavabit (137 comments)

All fun and games till your forced to hand over the SSL key and then all that encryption is pointless.

about 8 months ago

Google To Block Local Chrome Extensions On Windows Starting In January

Severus Snape Re:Or, of course extensions that google doesn't li (260 comments)

In the store. Google made some changes to Webkit a while back to improve Adblock, before Adblock used to still have to download the ads, then block them. Some changes Google made allowed the ads to be blocked before the ads were fetched.

about 9 months ago


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