Imparting Malware Resistance With a Randomizing Compiler
I can't see how Franz's idea is materially different from "Randomized instruction set emulation" by Barrantes, Ackley, Forrest, and Stefanovic (2005).
Ask Slashdot: Package Redirection Service For Shipping to Australia?
I have lived in Aussie for the last 8 years and am grateful every time I leave the doctor's office without having to fill out one stinking form. This is a wonderful country.
Support the Australia economy where you can. There are some good online bookstores like Booktopia. If you can't find any joy there, try the Bookdepository and Abesbooks in the UK (owned by Amazon?) They have low shipping costs. There is a large online electronics industry here. Maybe it won't be quite as cheap as buying from the US, but if you have a problem with the order, it won't take months of overseas troubleshooting to figure out. Australian ebay will give you access to the China markets.
Mozilla Plan Seeks To Debug Scientific Code
You must be joking. Many scientific papers out there have results based on prototype or proof of concept software written by naive grad students for their advisors. These are largely uncommented hacks with little, if any, sanity checks. To sell these prototypes commercially, I have had to cleanup after some of these grads. I take great sadistic pleasure in throwing out two years of effort and rewriting it all from scratch in a couple of weeks.
Any NSA moles out there?
I believe some US companies had offshored their crypto development even before the NSA revelations. Perhaps to avoid those national security letters but no doubt to avoid tangling crypto export laws. But you are essentially correct, the credibility is gone. There is no way to know if the hardware or software you have purchased has been given a backdoor.
Music While Programming?
For your boss to try to dictate how you work like this is a form of micromanagement which demonstrates distrust.
Yes, I agree it is micromanagement but not that it is motivated by distrust. From my experiences, I think it is a power trip which driving this. Some people seem to enjoy plying their subordinates with ridiculous decrees. While we are having this banal conversation, the boss is thinking up yet another way to make the ant hill boil with frustration. Giving this management person credibility is the worst thing you can do. Stand on your hind legs and demand respect.
Who Should Be the First US Copyright Czar?
Richard Stallman should be the first (and last) copyright czar!