top UK Government Department Still Runs VME Operating System Installed In 1974
What difference would that make? If 40 years of business rules are encoded in configuration files how is that any easier to work with than COBOL or whatever language was used?
top If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well
I find in most business cultures I've had contact with that actually spending time to think about a problem is actively discouraged. Problems get bounced from one person to the next, and the actual work performed by any one person on something is so limited that often no-one understands the full problem. The always connected culture described in the article is part of the problem, but more fundamentally it is that there is such the constant stream of email with so little thought put into it
top How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?
I had to dig for direct connections between Codenomicon and Microsoft, but the chairman of the board seems a fairly strong link. The way Codenomicon have behaved in this has seemed reckless, I've never seen a bug so heavily marketed. The stats floating around initially seem to be way off the mark - to begin with quotes were of 66% of web servers being affected, later revised to 17% running affected versions. Both these numbers look too round to be anything other than made up.
top Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL
What does OpenBSD use for SSL by default - does it have it's own implementation or is it affected by the OpenSSL bug?
top Ask Slashdot: Is Development Leadership Overvalued?
If you have 14 years experience, and are in a reasonably strong job market, you should know what you want in a position and what you have to offer. Just because you are asked questions about leadership skills doesn't mean they are a requirement for the position, but companies want to know what they are getting when they take someone on. If you have a valuable skill they need they will probably want to build a role around you, and while you may want to be hands one providing technical leadership but not supervising a team, someone else with the same skills may want to delegate much of their less challenging tasks.The interview should be a two way conversation - if you dont like a particular line of questions ask if they are core to the role.
If you are looking for a senior position though you will need to be a leader in some way, this may be thought leadership or more direct,
about a year and a half ago
top Bitcoin Blockchain Forked By Backward-Compatibility Issue
That depends on whether there is a managed or unmanaged breakup of the euro. "Your euros don't actually exist anymore" may not be that far from what happens in some scenarios.
top 4chan Undergoing Major Revision, Getting Public API
I think the biggest problem with forums, chats, mailing lists etc is the linear format where all the focus is on the most recent topics, jumping from topic to another but not getting into depth on much. Quora seems to be the most succesful I've seen so far at breaking this.
top Large Solar Flare To Glance Off Earth
A solar flare is physical matter, not light, or else how would we see it coming?
A better analogy would be the wind affecting a cannonballs trajectory.
top Faulty Cable To Blame For Superluminal Neutrino Results
When were the subsequent tests? The article says they have yet to retest since finding the problem, and I haven't heard any results from MINOS.
top OpenBSD 5.0 Unleashed On the World
Not provably secure - maybe not, but sometimes you have to settle for more provably secure than readily available alternatives.
top LHC Shut Down Again — By Baguette-Dropping Bird
Do not attribute to quantum mechanical affects that which can be explained by incompetence or malice.
top Plowing Carbon Into the Fields
Based on the fuss there was in Ireland when the wrong type of oil was used when milling animal feed
http://www.rte.ie/news/2008/1207/pork.html, I can't imagine this is a good idea. Combustion is exactly the process that generates dioxins, and they build up in animals that cosume them, so if these crops end up used for plant feed, or the process becomes more widespread, eventully even traces of dioxins in the fumes would cause problems.
top CIA Blogger Fired for Criticizing Torture Policy
Interesting to see the latest blog entry of the econo-girl. She claims she went public to make it harder for her former employees to take any further action against her. I'm sure the original (internal) blog was not meant to cause harm, but I'd say at this stage she should stop digging a deeper hole for herself, find a good lawyer, and maybe take a trip out of the country for a while.