Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy
With the keys we readily hand over when warranted.... o_O
Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)
Surely you should switch to the cloud, because the cloud is nebulous! In the cloud there are no servers!
Oh, wait, umm, yeah, uhh, in the cloud all your stuff runs on servers.
Yeah, some companies call a XEN virtual machine on a box with 15 other virtual machines a "cloud" server.
Umm, does your "cloud" support online migration from one server to another server?
Does your cloud provide deterministic performance? Oh, wait, what's that you say?
OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week
This is NOT OpenSSL they are working on, this is a private fork of OpenSSL that is intended for OpenBSD only.
They are taking big hatchets to interoperability code to simplify it, with the sole intent of targeting it at OpenBSD.
This is the walled garden approach to improving the software, only OpenBSD will have the *new* OpenSSL and it will be a non-compatible fork of the old OpenSSL.
I understand their personal motivations, but everyone has to understand that this does not make the OpenSSL ecosystem safer, it only makes the OpenBSD specific port of OpenSSL safer. The rest of the world will still be subject to any vulnerabilities and shortcomings in the code, because they are not intent on contributing this code back to OpenSSL.
That said, someone will have to further backport these changes into the baseline OpenSSL, eliminating all of the commits that remove interoperability.
Used IT Equipment Can Be Worth a Fortune (Video)
Let me guess, Dice also has them as featured employers on their homepage?
Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?
fslint is the tool you are looking for.
James Gosling Grades Oracle's Handling of Sun's Tech
This comment, and the other 3 that replied to it before me, show a huge lack of knowledge or care. Oracle isn't very transparent, but it only takes a small amount of effort to see that neither MySQL or VirtualBox are in danger of perishing. There are many people who left Oracle/Sun/MySQL for Percona and MariaDB/SkySQL, but most of those people left for their own reasons and *many* left before and Sun or Oracle influence was upon them.
I get to see it from the inside, and MySQL is growing and has more market share than either of the other competitors. The newest developments are really spectacular improvements. I get to see the walled garden from the inside, and it's anything but dying, it is in better shape as a product than it has ever been. Oracle is anything but stupid and doesn't have a track record of making stupid decisions with their products, which can't be said for some companies. Oracle is putting a lot of resources into MySQL to make it even better.
VirtualBox is a fairly decent team and they are not just working on VirtualBox, there is a reason it continues to be developed and the technology doesn't have a dead end to it.
I think that most of the comments I've read are uneducated and purely people spouting off uninformed opinions mixed with conjecture and hyperbole. The people I work with are the brightest group of people I've ever had the privilege of working with, there are some really notable folks that work on MySQL and you wouldn't know it unless you paid attention to the blogosphere.
Did NIST Cripple SHA-3?
The real truth in the slides is that the algorithms are expected to have a collision and pre-image resistance that is 1 half the digest size. In this case the 128 and 256 numbers mean that the collision resistance is 2^128 and 2^256.
MS Researchers Develop Acoustic Data Transfer System For Phones
Cell69, because that's what your phones do to make it work.
Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault
My current plan already does this and I'm certain it's a basic tenet of all medical insurance plans. After all, most people choose a plan by balancing the up front premium costs with the out of pocket costs on the backend. Der, someone is fibbing. X-/
How To Build a Simple Open Source Server Monitoring Solution With Mobile Support
I have Unagi on my phone and it makes it simple. Yeah it's a bandwidth hog, but a simple and helpful interface.
BTW the paid product placement is lame.
New Android App Encourages Users To Throw Device As High As Possible
Here's how you win:
Step 1: Ship via UPS with big FRAGILE label on box
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Win!!!
Turning Santa Cruz Into a Haven For Hackers, Makers & Startups
The Santa Cruz atmosphere is certainly unique, it gives many people the heebie jeebies.
On any given Wednesday (farmers market) you will be bombarded by a litany of drug addled homeless people looking to score some food, cash, or drugs. It is a terrible blight on Santa Cruz and leaves a bad taste in the mouths of those who get out of SC. The streets are dirty, foul odors emanate from the alleys that act as both throughways for local workers and garbage repositories for the restaurants.
Another significant problem with SC is parking, the City owns almost all of it because the zoning allowed builders to do whatever they want, and the City supports the parking load for them. In other parts of the City you must have a given number of parking spaces for a given square footage, it's a zoning requirement, but not in the heart (downtown). So parking is totally jacked up and costs a fortune. If you're lucky, thieves won't target your vehicle. There is only 1 city owned lot that is free to park in anymore, they just added gates to the 3 story garage on Front and River streets.
When strolling down the sidewalks, commuting between the parking lots and work, you may be asked for a handout or assaulted by someone else's secondhand smoke. The City doesn't enforce it's own outside smoking ban, much less enforce the Medical Marijuana statutes, which leaves the rest of us to hold our breath while the dope head in front of us is toking on a pipe.
I have worked in downtown SC on 3 different occasions, and all 3 have left me with the same opinion: it's a dirty and does not convey the clean and inviting atmosphere that businesses -- and their employees -- expect. The sooner I can GTFO, the better.
Saudi Arabia Set To Ban WhatsApp, Skype
Perhaps we should actively obstruct their communications to Saudi Arabia? Sounds preposterous doesn't it?
Should TV Networks Put Pilots Online For Judgement Like Amazon Is Doing?
Their argument is stupid and pointless.
There are plenty of people who only enjoy watching honey booboo that have the interwebs, unfortunately the rest of us have to suffer the side effects of stupid management.
I'm really baffled how shows like 24 stay on the air for years, and shows like The Agency, Jericho, and Terra Nova get canceled?
I'm sick of the real catty housewives of the next urban location. I'm tired of Dodgy the bountiful hunter, and every lame "re-enacted" reality shows like Operacion Repo.
Funny thing, one of the biggest offenders was called "Real TV", but there was too much reality and they went to "truTV".
Reality happens in real life, there isn't anything "real" on TV, it's either streamed with factual errors and no supporting information, "produced", or "re-enacted", nobody show "reality" because it wouldn't be salacious or dramatic enough.
Lawrence, KS To Get Gigabit Fiber — But Not From Google
Maybe they'll come home more often now that they have the bandwidth to research and do remote investigations with Skype!
HP Not Giving Up On Autonomy
I read that as "HP not giving up on Lobotomy".
Groupon Still Losing Money, CEO Is Fired And Leaks Final Email
Let's see, a company who cons small business into bad decisions by taking advantage of their inability to quickly do an ROI and assess risk, is themselves falling ill to their unmitigated growth and overhead.
How much could it cost to run a company that just sells coupons?
Parallella: an Open Multi-Core CPU Architecture
The Parallax Propeller is a great multi-core chip to get started with. The chip is $7.95 and has 8 cores running at 80Mhz. You can pickup the Quickstart board at Radio Shack for $40, including an overpriced RS USB cable (they normally retail for $25).
The Parallax Propeller is a much more economical way of getting started with multi-core programming. Parallax offers the PropTool, which provides SPIN and PASM language support. For C development you can get SimpleIDE which is a great IDE to get started with C programming on the Propeller, which uses a port of GCC.
One Company's Week-Long Interview Process
Bravo! You have made the beginning of my day!
The title of my next newsletter:
Ruby: A language designed by programmers for non-programmers
Then followed by these illustrious titles:
Ruby: Non-programming for Programmers
Ruby: Unprogramming what you've learned about Programming
Ruby: Lobotomy required
Ruby: Brainfuck for the masses
One Company's Week-Long Interview Process
Yeah, um, ya...
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