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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Walter White Re:Anyone know if there are regression tests? (239 comments)

... Does anyone know how good their test coverage is?

Not obvious to me if by "their" you mean OpenSSL or OpenBSD (*) but it seems to me the answer is "not sufficient." I'm sure it will be enhanced to cover Heartbleed.

(*) OpenSSL, OpenBSD ... phrased that way it sounds like a match made in heaven! ;)


The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

Walter White Re:Trollolololol! (143 comments)

What annoys me is that this is happening on a weeknight. Seriously??? Can't anyone think this sort of thing through??? ...

Very poor planning IMO. Whereas we had temps in the 80s a couple days ago it is presently 27F when the eclipse seems to be at totality. Oh well, at least I got to see it and capture some crude images before the clouds moved back in.


Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton: How We're Turning Everyone Into DIY Hackers

Walter White Re:It's not the thing... (90 comments)

There are faster, cheaper boards than the Pi.

Can you suggest any? My google-fu is not up to the task...

about a week ago

Seagate Releases 6TB Hard Drive Sans Helium

Walter White Re:H2 drive (147 comments)

Why not Hydrogen? Must utility generators are hydrogen cooled due to hydrogen's low viscosity and high thermal conductivity.

about a week ago

Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

Walter White Re:Two solutions (Encrypt or leave) (243 comments)

That said most apps work if you say No. I wouldn't call it an unnecessary request to ask for permission.

On Android you cannot install the app if you say no. The question is asked during installation or update.

about two weeks ago

Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

Walter White Re:Not long (520 comments)

AFAIK I have Comcast and Netflix. Most of the time when I watch Netflix it wavers between 280SD and 480SD. On a good day I get 720HD. On a bad day - which is all too frequent - I get 240SD. Anything from 280SD and below looks like crap on a modern HDTV.

And yet, at the same time I can run a bandwidth test which shows I get great bandwidth (speedtest.net, local test server.)

I suppose the bottleneck could be beyond the portion of the network between my home and the local speedtest.net server. Or Comcast is throttling Netflix. Either way, Comcast has a vested interest in not solving the problem.

about 2 months ago

Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

Walter White Re:Motorcycles! (664 comments)

Does it have an automatic transmission, and if not does it have clutch by wire?

Automatic transmissions are common (perhaps universal) on scooters and have been used on motorcycles in the past. The newest BMWs have ability to shift without pulling the clutch lever or reducing the throttle. From http://www.motorcycledaily.com... "The BMW Gear Shift Assistant Pro, available as a factory option, represents a world first for production motorcycle manufacture. It enables upshifts and downshifts to be made without operation of the clutch or throttle valve in the proper load and rpm speed ranges while riding."

about 2 months ago

Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

Walter White Re:Motorcycles! (664 comments)

No software. No seat belts. No automatic..anything.

You'd have to restrict that to old motorcycles. My '98 has ABS and fuel injection, both of which used programmed electronics. Newer bikes include systems such as CAN Bus, traction control, fly by wire throttles and more. Except for things like air bags, seat belts and bumpers, motorcycles use a lot of technology found in automobiles.

about 2 months ago

Code Is Not Literature

Walter White Code is like literature (240 comments)

I disagree completely. A program resembles literature on two levels.

First, the code itself uses an extremely rigid grammar to express the requirements of the program. This expression can be simple or complex; clear or muddled. The extent to which the author (in every sense of the term) expresses these clearly and elegantly determines how likely the code is to succeed at its original purpose as well as how easy it will be to maintain.

Secondly, the UI (if present) is also a realization of the ideas behind the program. The clarity with which the ideas are expressed in the UI will have a major impact on the usefulness of the program.

I do not see a fundamental distinction between decoding code and written language. Both are abstract symbols assembled to form constructs and actions according to a set of more or less flexible rules. Many of the higher parts of language such as metaphor also have corresponding aspects in coding. (e.g. patterns.)

And much like with literature which can be written in a multitude of languages, code can likewise be written in a multitude of languages. I think there are more similarities than differences.

about 3 months ago

Accenture Faces Mid-March Healthcare.gov Deadline Or 'Disaster'

Walter White Re:I just hope the GOP does not quit now (215 comments)

GOP Quit? Are you kidding? I think they wrote the contract. Who else would use phrases such as 'the entire healthcare reform program is jeopardized.' and 'the entire health insurance industry at risk.' I wonder if somewhere in the document it states 'and people, young and old, will die' as that seems to be the refrain from anyone in the GOP when it comes to the ACA.

Completing the work is likely to be a tall order and I'm sure there will be more rough spots but I hardly think it means the end of the health care industry, health insurance industry or civilization as we know it.

Shoot, the insurance industry owns too much of our government for anything truly bad to happen to them. More likely any rough spots will be used to justify some response that is profitable for the health insurance industry.

about 3 months ago

If I Had a Hammer

Walter White Re:or maybe (732 comments)

When doctors, who spend 5+ years studying and training, get largely replaced by machines then how long will it take them to retrain into a role that a computer still can't do (biochemist perhaps)?

It will take very little time to train the doctor to sling burgers and fries. That's the crux of the problem.

Work that could be done may be limitless but the willingness of those with money to pay for it is not. You mention biotech as an alternative but who is investing in biotech w/out the possibility of making piles of money? We have problems because pharmaceuticals that lack potential for large profits don't get research $$$. The need is there but the money isn't.

Capitalism does a great job of allocating resources efficiently. It seems to be a lot less effective at distributing wealth when there is a surplus of labor and the increasing level of automation reduces the need for human labor at nearly all levels.

about 3 months ago

France Broadens Surveillance Powers; Wider Scope Than NSA

Walter White Boundaries: real vs. legal? (169 comments)

Are the French legal guidelines broader than the US legal guidelines. Broader than what the NSA and CIA are known to do? Narrower than what the French are known to do?

Thanks to Snowden we know the US agencies have exceeded their legal boundaries (or at the very least operated in secret to avoid any legal or constitutional challenge.) What is the situation in France WRT their intelligence agencies and their laws.

about 4 months ago

Indiana State Police Acknowledge Use of Cell Phone Tracking Device

Walter White And you cannot make phone calls (155 comments)

Several weeks ago I was driving from Michigan to Indiana on an interstate highway. Ordinarily my carrier (Verizon) has good coverage along interstate highways and I had a strong signal but was unable to place a call. I tried several times and nothing happened after I dialed the number and pressed the call button until the phone reported something like "unable to place the call - try again later." I wonder if the ISP was monitoring cell phones in the area or if Verizon's equipment was just fubar.

about 4 months ago

Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

Walter White Re:No, it isn't (961 comments)

I was with you until the last paragraph. Many production cars will transition to oversteer when the throttle is abruptly closed by an inexperienced driver. By inexperienced driver I mean anyone without performance driving training. They go into a curve a little too hot and the car starts to understeer. They turn the wheel and the car continues to plow on. They turn the wheel more and lift off the throttle. The weight transfers to the front, the already turned front wheels bite and snap the car deep into the corner.

Watch for skid marks on big sweepers. They usually go toward the inside of the curve, illustrating this point.

about 4 months ago

Global Warming Since 1997 Underestimated By Half

Walter White Re:I don't belive them (534 comments)

These are the same people who got caught falsifying data to meet their own political agenda. They keep 'creating' data from different sources. They may be right in some capacity but they've lied too many times be believable. And I'm still waiting for all the dire predictions from the 80's and 90's I grew up with happening.

Did you even read that Wikipedia article? Here's a quote: "Eight committees investigated the allegations and published reports, finding no evidence of fraud or scientific misconduct"

Thanks for the citation but I suggest that you read it first as it does not support your conclusion.

about 5 months ago

How an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Would Die Part 2

Walter White Re:crappy grammar (263 comments)

And slipshod editing.

about 6 months ago

Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Walter White Re:Red light / green light (1440 comments)

They invented a wonderful device for people like you, it's called a HORN. You wait 1-2 seconds for them to move,...

Absolutely! But that's a couple seconds to confirm that they're idiots and then a couple seconds for them to respond. If it is a short left turn signal, it may already change to red before the idiot moves out of the way. I doubt that their inattention would be construed as justification for me to urn the red light.

about 7 months ago

Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Walter White Red light / green light (1440 comments)


Texting at red lights too often turns into texting at green lights. I really hate sitting through a light cycle because the idiot in front of me hadn't noticed that the light had changed.

about 7 months ago

Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

Walter White Re:Oh noes! (736 comments)

Probably none. But I don't think the picture is as dire as you paint it because the change from "driver" cars to driver-less cars isn't going to be instant. It's not like all truckers are gonna lose their jobs tomorrow or next years. It's gonna be a gradual process over the next ten or maybe twenty years.

Problem is that not only drivers are losing jobs to automation. Lots of jobs are affected. That means more people are chasing fewer jobs and that drives pay down. Why do you think income inequality is growing so fast? We are not inventing new jobs as fast as old jobs are going away.

about 8 months ago

HP Discontinue OpenVMS

Walter White Re:When will it be open-sourced? (238 comments)

Ummm. No.

Dave Cutler moved from DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) to MSFT to help manage the development of NT which at the time was a derivative of OS/2. At one point it was named NT OS/2. It did not serve MSFT to retain the OS/2 moniker though much of the code lived on. Early NT error messages identified the OS as OS/2. Little or none probably remains today, but that's where NT came from.

In any case, NT and VMS were as similar as apples and oranges.

That's my recollection. Hard to find citations though other than to point out that Dave Cutler was project manager for NT which was well under way on his arrival.

about 10 months ago



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