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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

bradgoodman Tuck and Roll (151 comments)

Just Tuck and Roll...

about a week ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

bradgoodman Biometrics? Over Internet? (383 comments)

I concur with the previous post saying you "can't change" biometric stuff if your password is "compromised" - but my further point is that biometrics are "secure" in an "embedded" world when you have a physical scanner attached to a physical device. When you're on the "open internet" - and such biometric data has to be collected and shuttled accross "the 'net" - you now have the same sort of issue as with "traditional" passwords - i.e. someone snarfing and/or "replying" that data.

So whereas biometrics might replace a traditional "password" - we need more systems which aren't vulnerable to the type of 1.8-billion-password-stealing-Russian-problems we see all over the place. I have been a big fan of much of the two-factor stuff, and some of the hashing schemes out there. It will be interesting to see what kind of other solutions could exist - though I don't think anything "static" like biometrics gets us anywhere.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

bradgoodman Google Authenticator (113 comments)

Google Authenticator is an open source, RSA-soft-token-like system for two-factor authentication. Free applications exist for iPhone, Android, etc to act as your "key fob", and free, open-source PAM and Apache plug-in modules exist to allow you to require the tokens for SSH or web login.

I'd include links - but there are a lot of them depending on what you want (Linux, PAM, Apache, Andoird, iOS, etc) - So, "Just Google it!"

about 2 months ago
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Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

bradgoodman Doesn't show anything (39 comments)

Very poor fast-forwarded, un-narreted video of how to load it. No video of it actually working. I'm assuming it did - but kind if think if it really worked well - they'd show that - or show how to use it. I kind of wonder how it worked - and it if it actually did at all.

about 2 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

bradgoodman Re: I know you're trying to be funny, but... (739 comments)

I've been doing Linux development for about 15 years - including lots of kernel work. I never have, nor ever would posted anything to the kernel mailing lists. With a few exceptions - like when I can hand it off to someone else or go through a third-party - is rather have one of my patches die - than to submit it. Reason? I've seen this kind of attitude and "abuse" and - quite frankly - would never want to subject myself to this kind of abuse should anything I say or submit be erroneous and have to tolerate listening to how "retarded" I or my work is. Personal feelings aside - I wouldn't want such very public commentary about me or my work living in such a perminant and searchable archive - say by some future employeer. I wonder if I'm alone. I wonder if others have the same attitude. I wonder if some of the actual smartest people in the world (not me) might have done some great work - but would be too shy to ever let themselves be noticed.

about 2 months ago
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Why The Korean Government Could Go Open Source By 2020

bradgoodman Which Korea? (64 comments)

Kool Korea, or Krazy Korea?

about 3 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

bradgoodman Re:What is "Dead" (283 comments)

lol...interesting point!

I am very productive with Perl, and I like it. However, with the surge in things using Python, I find myself "needing" to know it. So where I may have a script to write, and I'm more comfortable doing it in Perl, I actually write it in Python just to learn/exercise the (needed) skills. So - even where I'm "productive, comfortable, knowledgeable and not missing features" with Perl, that's why I'd still do it in Python.

That's why at least for me - it's demise is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

about 3 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

bradgoodman Re:What is "Dead" (283 comments)

"What is dead may never die" - Game of Thrones

(Sorry, had to do it)

about 3 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

bradgoodman What is "Dead" (283 comments)

Sure - it's way down on the TIOBE index, and Perl 6 has been in production longer than Duke Nukem Forever, and there is a ton of "legacy" code that is written in Perl, so why do we say it's "dead"?

Because of the lack of new projects being done with it. I can't remember the last time a [major] web site or web framework was done in Perl. It seems like the whole "ruby on rails" fad is over, but even things like Django (Python), .NET, Java, PHP, and even stuff like "Go" have stolen Perl's Thunder on the Web front.

Well what about as your standard workhorse for script kiddies? Seems like Python has cleaned Perl's clock. For me - I've been a die-hard Perl guy for 10 years. The past couple years, I've worked with many different technologies such as 2d/3d CAD projects, Blender (3d adnimation), Inkscape (2d illustration), GNU Radio, OpenStack (cloud), and even Amazon AWS [libraries]. You know what was the striking commonality to all of these? They were done in Python.

Tiny exception was in the last case (above - Amazon AWS libraries) had several different language options but had *NO* Perl options whatsoever. So the language that was once so revolutionary because of the abundance of CPAN libraries available for it starts to not have newer libraries built/ported to it. Furthermore, binding stuff to Perl can be difficult. So much so that most modern distros will make their own "Perl library" [RPMs] - and one of the reasons being is that a standard CPAN module installation won't work due to problems linking/binding/building across all these different environments with very different prerequisites. Most third party Python stuff I have acquired is most often "native python", and works across all types of exotic platforms - even on iOS and Google App Engine.

As for me - I had to switch away from my beloved Perl over to Python for the aforementioned reasons. There are still several things I miss very much - the abilities to so easily spawn and fork "helper" processes, the ease it which it integrates regular expressions, how it can manipulate files, etc. All these things *can* be done with Python, they're just integrated into Perl much better IMHO.

It seems like Perl 6 was supposed to use something similar to Java's "JVM" microcode interpreter. This could have been a possibility to run Perl in embedded sandbox-type environments (like parking meters and smartphones), but it never happened.

So, I do believe Perl is dead. I miss it for what it was, what it is, and what might have been!

about 3 months ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

bradgoodman Applicants (435 comments)

I've been in the "high tech" industry for over 25 years. Of all the hundreds of candidates I've interviewed, and dozens (or more) I/we have hired, I have never, ever hired a black person.

Is it because I am racist, or have a toxic environment, or am biased? No. The reality is that in my entire career, I have only received a single black candidate. (That I know of - some may have failed to get past the resume screening, without having known what their race was).

As for women - we hire them - but a disproportionally smaller percentage of out applicants are women - so that explains the smaller hiring numbers. It's not like we get billions if candidates for the super-skilled positions I hire for. It's not like we have a colossal pool of qualified candidates from which we just pluck-out all the white males. It's a small pool of qualified applicants.

(BTW That one guy? We made him an offer - but his current employer countered it and we lost him. )

about 3 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

bradgoodman Re: No "Magic" cure (75 comments)

I can "input data on upcoming meals" with a current pump. And it's only as good as the data I put in (which may be VERY wrong at times). This is far from the fully-automated "closed loop" systems described as "bionic pancriuses".

about 3 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

bradgoodman No "Magic" cure (75 comments)

Like everything on the Internet - a glitzy story doesn't always equate to reality. (I'm looking at you, Solar Roadways!)

Let me count the issues here:

1. This device seems to "do a bit better" than conventional treatments. How much better? A lot or almost none at all?

3. When you eat - it can take (minimum 20 minutes, maximum much longer) for the carbohydrates you eat to be broken down into glucose, detectable by a CGM. This can be MUCH longer for fatty foods which can often result in the liver secreting Glucose. Commercially available insulin can take up to 2 ours to reach peak affect. This means that by the time you eat and your CGM begins to notice it - it is too late to take any meaningful affect and keep your blood sugar under reasonabily control (for the next several ours).

4. There are devices now (by Medtronic) that will shut OFF your Insulin supply if your CGM says your blood glucose is too low - but aside from problems with poor CGM readings, this could be too late. (Furthermore, it's a minor firmware tweak on an existing pump). 5. There have been other project out there for years in which pumps can inject glucogon when BG levels are low. In fact, I credit my 8 year-old daughter for first coming up with the idea a few years ago - at least that't the first time that I personally heard it! Either way - no novily there.

So in short - nothing spectacular here, but I bet if they made a snazzy "solar roadways" type video, made it on a 3D printer and accepted BitCoins for payments, they'd monopolize the front-page headlines for weeks to come!

about 3 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

bradgoodman Re:Heard the NPR story (75 comments)

I heard the story. My son is only 10 (he was T1D) - and I don't "baby" him as much. Seemed as though the "fear" factor was really trumped-up a lot in the story.

about 3 months ago
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Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

bradgoodman Re: Deja vu (311 comments)

If you have any examples of widespread deployments of [winter] weather-proofed road deployments - is love to hear about them. I live in New Hampshire. I've driven as far both as Canada, South as Florida, and west as California. Have never seen one.

about 4 months ago
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Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

bradgoodman Re: Deja vu (311 comments)

"Engineers design around it" - this is why we never get things like frost heaves or potholes or road damage due to moisture seeping in cracks due to ground movement then freezing, etc...etc??????

about 4 months ago
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GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

bradgoodman Re: "GM thinks" there's your problem. (216 comments)

AM is worse than FM - XM is even worse than AM! They say they use a "proprietary codec" to make it better - and I'm sure it's a *little* better than a standard MP3 compression (maybe) - but a "good quality" MP3 will be 320kbps - 10x the bitrate of XM - and there are many that even complain about that!

I only know this because I was so disturbed by the quality of the XM radio in my car that I had to look it up...

about 4 months ago
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GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

bradgoodman Re: "GM thinks" there's your problem. (216 comments)

I can't even hear the letters "XM" without twinning. 32Kbps audio stream for music - comparable to AM quality. Stations they seem "talk" are even lower. I but a car with a nice "premium" sound system - XM makes it sound like a gramophone.

about 4 months ago
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What percentage of your online communications are encrypted?

bradgoodman It depends... (186 comments)

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about 5 months ago

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Reports: NSA has cracked much online encryption

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  1 year,13 days

bradgoodman (964302) writes "CNN is reporting that the NSA in conjunction with the UK equivalent QCHQ has "cracked much online encryption". This seems to have been done by an ongoing attempt to systematically add "backdoors" and other hidden vulnerabilities into a multitude of commercial services, products and web sites. It does not go on to explicitly state there has necessarily been any "new math" in attacking the underlying algorithms themselves, though it does mention the use of "supercomputers" in the cracking."
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Massive New Ninth Planet Found?

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bradgoodman (964302) writes "The Independent reports: "If you grew up thinking there were nine planets and were shocked when Pluto was demoted five years ago, get ready for another surprise. There may be nine after all, and Jupiter may not be the largest.

The hunt is on for a gas giant up to four times the mass of Jupiter thought to be lurking in the outer Oort Cloud, the most remote region of the solar system. The orbit of Tyche (pronounced ty-kee), would be 15,000 times farther from the Sun than the Earth's, and 375 times farther than Pluto's, which is why it hasn't been seen so far.

But scientists now believe the proof of its existence has already been gathered by a Nasa space telescope, Wise, and is just waiting to be analysed. ""

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Google opening Wave to 100,000 beta testers

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bradgoodman writes "CNN reports that Google Wave, a product that promises to revolutionize online communication, will go out to about 100,000 beta testers Wednesday. Google demonstrated Wave at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, California, in May. The closed group of beta testers will help Google fish bugs out of the application before a public release by the end of the year, according to the Google Wave Web site."
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Happy 25th, Macintosh!

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bradgoodman writes "Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the original Macintosh. Two days after the legendary Super Bowl ad, the Mac was available. Has it really been that long? Wow, do I feel old! Happy Birthday, Macintosh!"
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Hudson Plane Crash - Are you outraged?

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bradgoodman writes "There is no doubt that the landing and rescue of US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson River was nothing short of remarkable — but am I alone in my outrage? Everyone on the Titanic would have survived had it gone down in the middle of the Hudson river in the middle of the afternoon. Didn't the Titanic teach us that we needed life rafts for everyone on board? There were none for the vast majority of passengers. Even with the landing as flawless as it was, had this happened even a few miles off shore, hypothermia could have killed dozens of people. One of the rafts inflated even upside down. Is this going to ignite some major changes? I think we got very lucky."
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Chicka Chick Boom Boom: Cryptography for Toddlers?

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bradgoodman writes "Am I just having one of those psychotic episodes where you see similarities and correlations between random things, or... Is the popular Children's alphabet book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" really about cryptography?

For those who aren't familiar with it — the first page reads like a textbook case from a cryptography text:

"A told B, and B told C: "I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree."

The illustrations go on to depict the letters of the alphabet — scrambled, mangled, contorted and rearranged. Is there a conspiracy here, or do I just need to lay-off of the cold medicine?"

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Wii Fit: Emperor's New Clothes?

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  about 6 years ago

bradgoodman writes "I've seen the Central Park release event, and been hearing all the buzz about Wii Fit on the web, in the media, and from other users. I'd frantically gone from store to store every day until I finally got my hands on one. I rushed home and tried it, and, what a let down! I don't want to go into detail on why it is so bad, and how it is nearly impossible to get even a moderate workout from this device. My Wife was all excited for it, tried it once, and that was the end of that. My question to Slashdot is: Why is everyone so up on Wii Fit? Why hasn't everyone realized how poor it is? Where is all the hype coming from? Is this an artifact of Nintendo's artificial short-supply — i.e. if you can't get it, you want it even more? Who can I slap to snap them out of it?"
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World of telecom about to change as we know it?

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bradgoodman writes "We've all heard of Google's coveting of the 700MHz spectrum, and of their desire to keep it "open" with respect to equipment that can be used on it. Then there is of course the "gPhone", and it's OS, etc. Today I heard for the first time (I live under a rock) about their acquisition of a service called "GrandCenteral". GrandCenteral does a lot with integrating land-lines, multiple phones, incoming calls, contact managment, voice-mail, etc. etc. and of course wraps it in with web-based management. I initially thought it was pretty different and interesting, imagining what you could do with it. That's when the light-blulb turned on: Using custom equipment (gPhone) on a spectrum (700MHz) which would integrate it into a completely new type of telecom paradigm (GrandCentral) — is there a coup brewing in the world of telephony as we know it???"
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Man flies 193 miles in lawn chair

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bradgoodman writes "BEND, Oregon (AP) — Last weekend, Kent Couch settled down in his lawn chair with some snacks — and a parachute. Attached to his lawn chair were 105 large helium balloons.

Balloons suspend Kent Couch in a lawn chair as he floats in the skies near Bend, Oregon, on Saturday.

With instruments to measure his altitude and speed, a global positioning system device in his pocket, and about four plastic bags holding five gallons of water each to act as ballast — he could turn a spigot, release water and rise — Couch headed into the Oregon sky."

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