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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

TheMathemagician Re:on purpose or not, couldn't happen if... (444 comments)

You're being ridiculous here. The problem was not the language, it was the implementation. You can write crap code in any language.

5 days ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

TheMathemagician Re:All the non-coders STFU (444 comments)

Well apart from the quality of his work ... how can he even bear to look at all those hard-coded 'magic numbers' permeating the code, never mind the memory allocation issue.

5 days ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

TheMathemagician This has damaged my faith in Open Source (444 comments)

Most of the Open Source code I've seen has been high quality and I assumed such a high-profile project as OpenSSL would be the same. Having dug out the code myself when this blew up I was shocked at how ropey it is. Magic numbers everywhere, memory handled in a cavalier way, no clear structure. Now I feel bad defending Open Source against FUD shills because I know they can whip out this example.

5 days ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

TheMathemagician Re:Let it die (507 comments)

Yes I've always thought an interesting project would be to generate a magnetic field similar to the Earth's but a hundred times stronger and see if people could learn to detect its orientation.

about a week ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

TheMathemagician Re:The really amazing thing... (193 comments)

"Tax paid by the UK financial services industry rose from £63bn to £65bn last year, equivalent to 11.7 per cent of total tax receipts to the Exchequer" --- Financial Times, December 2013. Also the top 1% of earners paid 30% of all income tax. Banking is a regulated industry. The sort of dodges which sports stars and actors use to avoid paying millions in tax just aren't allowed. So the Square Mile isn't in fact the problem at all.

about two weeks ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

TheMathemagician Re:In the UK I think we would be better (310 comments)

Your right that my comment was slightly confusing since the "CET option" is actually "Single/Double Summer Time" but you're wrong if you think it wont mean 10 am sunrises. You're using London latitudes. From the Lighter Later site: "At Christmas in Edinburgh, for example, the sun is only in the sky between 8.44am and 3.42pm." So if we add an hour to 8.44 we get ... 9.44. And go further north? Then we get to 10. From Wikipedia: " it would mean that, in northern Britain and Northern Ireland, the winter sunrise would not occur until 10:00 or even later".

about a month ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

TheMathemagician Re:In the UK I think we would be better (310 comments)

Take an opinion poll after months of sunrise after 9 am (BST all year), or even 10 am (the CET option) and see if people still agree. The RoSPA figures are just guesstimates based on the assumption that the rise in morning accidents wont offset the fall in evening ones. They're not facts.

about a month ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

TheMathemagician Re:In the UK I think we would be better (310 comments)

Not so fast, I'm in the UK too and I vehemently disagree with this ridiculous idea. In fact it would make more sense to move the other way (lighter earlier) given our latitude. But really there's no need to monkey about with the clocks.

about a month ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

TheMathemagician Confusion (462 comments)

It's hard to imagine a subject on which there are more ill-informed opinions amongst supposedly intelligent people than Daylight Savings Time. Just read the arguments for and against here for confirmation. In the summer months sunrise is earlier and sunset is later so there is more light at both ends of the day. Daylight Savings [in its "Spring Forward/Fall Back" form] artificially shifts an hour of light from the morning to the evening. Whether this is a good idea or not is pretty much down to lifestyle choices. There's no underlying logic to it. Most people (including myself) wake up earlier in the summer. DST essentially removes the option for us to use those extra hours of daylight constructively by pretending it's an hour later than it is so we have to go to work instead.

about 5 months ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

TheMathemagician Re:Completely obsolete (462 comments)

But why do you have to steal an hour of the morning's warmth and light to achieve this?

about 5 months ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

TheMathemagician Re:Kids going to school in the dark (462 comments)

Have you been on the Bucky? BST means there's an hour less daylight in the mornings and an hour more in the evenings for the summer months. You have the benefits completely back to front. Perhaps you're thinking BST is the norm and putting the clocks back is the benefit. If you want more light in the mornings then you should be shifting to GMT-1 in the winter and shifting to GMT+1 in the summer. Although this would make sense the two hour shift would not be popular.

about 5 months ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

TheMathemagician Re:Pros and Cons (462 comments)

It's not advantageous to me in the slightest if it gets dark at, say, 10 pm as opposed to 9 pm in the summer. Why would it be?

about 5 months ago
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Why Bitcoin Boomed During the Government Shutdown

TheMathemagician Re:This is proof? Really? (282 comments)

They're not anticipating a post-Apocalyptic "Mad Max" landscape, just one where banks collapse and/or the government steals their savings. This has occurred in many countries within living memory to a greater or lesser degree.

about 6 months ago
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BBC Thinking of Canceling Sky At Night

TheMathemagician Re:Abolish the licence fee (171 comments)

Nice. Bizarre racist abuse as you can't counter my arguments. Fyi, I and my ancestors have been in Britain since time immemorial.

about 7 months ago
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BBC Thinking of Canceling Sky At Night

TheMathemagician Re:Abolish the licence fee (171 comments)

Allowing multiple TVs per household per license does not contradict my statement that it's a tax on hardware. My objection - as you know perfectly well - is the lack of any reasonable mechanism for opting out of watching BBC channels and not having to buy a license.

about 7 months ago
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BBC Thinking of Canceling Sky At Night

TheMathemagician Re:Abolish the licence fee (171 comments)

The BBC's funding mechanism is so utterly indefensible that it almost renders any discussion of quality moot. A tax on hardware which goes exclusively to one content provider??? This is just ridiculous. Of course it manages to produce the occasional high quality programme but overall the standard is mediocre and falling. Also senior management are drawn from a very small soi-disant intellectual liberal elite.

about 7 months ago
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How IP Law Helps FOSS Communities

TheMathemagician Re:not a good sell (98 comments)

"Another partial boon to FOSS communities is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA)." I guess when you're in jail for watching your DVD on a Linux box on the grounds you subverted the DRM you'll have that to console you.

about 7 months ago

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Secret door design

TheMathemagician TheMathemagician writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TheMathemagician (2515102) writes "We've all seen movies where pressing a special wooden panel or pulling a book from the shelf reveals a secret passage. I'm in the early stages of designing a house and must confess a geek attraction to the idea of a hidden room. Can Slashdot suggest suitable mechanisms for a secret door, possibly doubling as the entrance to a 'panic room'?

Some desirable features: The opening method should not be easily discoverable or likely to be found by chance. The door must not be able to be prevented from opening from the outside, however the inside should have some locking method to prevent entry. The door must be able to resist reasonable force when barred from the inside. The mechanism must be fail-safe so that in the event of a mechanical or power failure anyone inside can always still get out, but anyone locked out should not be able to get in."
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Software usage statistics package?

TheMathemagician TheMathemagician writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheMathemagician (2515102) writes "I work as part of a team which maintains a C++/C# library which is used within the company and occasionally outside it. We would like to add usage statistics so that we can see who is using the library, how often, and even which functions are called. Is there any existing software that can provide this breakdown? Bear in mind that the library cannot assume real-time connectivity with any central server/database but a periodic transmission of usage stats is fine."

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