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EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

brunes69 DONATE (282 comments)

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If everyone who posted a reply to this story donated to the EFF with their dollars in addition to their words, that would be pretty substantial in aggregate, and they could do some real work with those funds.

Donate to the EFF. They have been fighting this fight for as long as I have been alive and are one of the only groups to has maintained the fight. While I have donated to them on and off over the years, I have been lax for quite awhile. I just donated to them and challenge everyone else to do the same.

PS: And, this comes from someone not in the USA who DOES NOT get a tax break from his donation since they are not registered in my country, but who recognizes the global impact of the EFF.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

brunes69 Re: This. SO MUCH This. (488 comments)

Unless you can give me all of Apache.org in Pascal I am not interested because it ewill mean lower quality applications that take 10x as long to develop because you will have to reinvent the wheel.... again and again and again.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

brunes69 Re:This. SO MUCH This. (488 comments)

If you are in management, then I imagine you agree with my post.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

brunes69 Re:Discussion is outdated (488 comments)

If you want to play with research languages and esoteric forms of programming, then don't get a job in industry, and stick to academia. No one in industry uses Pascal, D, Go, or any of these languages du-jour on Slashdot, because they lack some combination of robust libraries, performance, online knowledge bases, or all 3.

Almost all business applications and consumer-facing applications written in industry today are done in 5 languages

- Java, because of it's incredibly rich library set under the Apache project.
- Python, for anything that does not need to be compiled
- JavaScript, for Web development and Node.JS development
- C/C++, for performance oriented applications, or used with a cross-platform toolkit for Windows/OSX applications
- C# Applications that are Windows platform exclusive
- Objective C (and now Swift) Applications that are OSX/iOS exclusive

Before you villify me, yes I am not retarded and I know that you can compile and run C# applications on OSX and can compile and run Objective C applications on Windows. The truth however is, no one in industry actually does this. If you write an application you want cross platform, you do it using a cross-platform toolkit.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

brunes69 This. SO MUCH This. (488 comments)

I often feel like everyone on Slashdot is a mix of two people

- Old 50+ year olds used to the good 'ol days when you would write your own stack from scratch whenever writing an application

- 20 year olds fresh out of (or still in) college who yell "squirrel!" at everything new and shiny

The truth is, that 75% - 90% of the business applications that make the world go 'round, and make nearly every startup today go 'round, are based on Java or some complimentary technology like Node.js with Java bindings. The reason for this is simple: The Apache foundation. There are SO MANY amazing enterprise-class Java libraries available via the Apache project that there is little to no reason to ever write your own. The mantra where I work, and it should be where EVERYONE works, is before you write any plumbing code at all, check Apache first. People who roll their own plumbing code INVARIABLY end up with subtle errors they did not think of or subtle problems that will manifest themselves in 2 or 3 year when they try to scale.. and all these problems were likely already figure out long ago.

When building a woodsheed, do you cut down the trees, mill the lumber, and forge the nails? Of course not, you take advantage of modern economies of scale so you can focus on the REAL building project, not the building blocks. The same is true for any halfway competent software developer.. The days of people writing their own libraries for DB MVC, for configuration management, for network access, for parsing libraries, for thread pools.. these days are gone, and thank god. The less you have to worry about the low-level plumbing, the more you can focus on the real business problem. And furthermore, the more people that make use of a low level plumbing libary, the better and more secure and stable it becomes, for everyone.

5 days ago
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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

brunes69 Re:I have an even better idea (304 comments)

People shouldn't be driving. Period. Fixed that for you.

about a week ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

brunes69 9% (209 comments)

9% of 2.2 billion users means that there are over 220 million users posting content.

That is an interesting definition of "almost nobody".

about two weeks ago
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Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

brunes69 Re:Hmmm ... (290 comments)

Why is 1oz of gold worth $1262? Because people said it must be, not because it's backed by anything which made it worth that much.

This is how pricing works. There is no item or unit or work in the universe that has some kind of intrinsic price. Items are worth what the market will pay for them, period.

about two weeks ago
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Adobe Patches Nine Vulnerabilities In Flash

brunes69 Re:Are browsers so much better? (95 comments)

The risk of the "potential danger" of someone cracking into Chrome's update mechanism and pushing out a rogue update, is exponentially over-weighed by forcing client endpoints to always have the latest security patches - so I totally disagree with the premise of your post. It is far, far, far better for the security of the web as a whole to ensure browsers always have the latest security updates. The near-forced auto-update mechanisms of Firefox and Chrome are some of the best things to have ever happened to web browsers from the point of view of security.

Finally, Chrome *DOES* provide a way for administrators to lock down to specific Chrome versions, so your post doesn't even have a leg to stand on.

about two weeks ago
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Finding Genghis Khan's Tomb From Space

brunes69 Re:History Channel (166 comments)

The difference here is all the attempts at Oak Island, including the first discovery of the pit in the early 1795 had multiple witnesses and were fully documented thereafter. And it is not as simple as "well someone found it earlier and filled it back in", because if that was the case then all of the depth marker platforms would not be there.

Sorry if I seem a bit passionate but I have been fascinated by Oak Island ever since I read a book about it as a teenager. The most interesting thing I find is even with all the technology and engineering prowess available today, there is still not a way to just dig this hole up. For example, these guys on this show have literally spend millions of dollars on this - and they are engineers trained in deep well drilling - and they are still no further ahead. Tens of millions have been spent over the past 100 years trying to dig up this hole and deal with the spillway booby-trap.

about three weeks ago
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Finding Genghis Khan's Tomb From Space

brunes69 Re:History Channel (166 comments)

Oak Island is actually very interesting. The more you read into the history and find all the weird stuff going on, the more it seems like there has to be SOMETHING down there. The intricacies of what has been found to date preclude it being some sort of prank.

about three weeks ago
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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

brunes69 Re:Not surprising... (278 comments)

The whole DRM thing is pretty much a non issue. No major music outlet (Google, Amazon, iTunes) has had DRM on their tracks for years. Even streaming providers don't use DRM anymore. That whole ship sailed a long time ago.

about a month ago
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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

brunes69 Physical media (278 comments)

If one is going to buy the physical media version of an album, why WOULDN'T they get the Vinyl?

about a month ago
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65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

brunes69 Smoking (180 comments)

I would have liked to see the study also exclude smoking.

If the number is as high as 65% including the smoking, I would think that after removing that it would be way higher - like on the order of 80% or more.

about a month ago
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Google Fiber's Latest FCC Filing: Comcast's Nightmare Come To Life

brunes69 Re:One fiber to rule them... (221 comments)

With the government.... could be a great new revenue stream for the cities if they would get their heads out of their ass.

about a month ago
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The NSA Uses the Same Chat Protocol As Hackers

brunes69 Re:OMG Jabber (81 comments)

Google Talk / Hangouts are also XMPP based as well, although they have pretty much closed it off to all outside clients.

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft Is Building a New Browser As Part of Its Windows 10 Push

brunes69 Re:WHY GOD WHY (248 comments)

Chrome, Dolphin, the Android browser, Kindle, and about a dozen others. The vast majority of web browsers are based on WebKit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

about a month ago
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Microsoft Is Building a New Browser As Part of Its Windows 10 Push

brunes69 WHY GOD WHY (248 comments)

Just ditch Trident. Why do we need more browser engines? What is wrong with WebKit? Why waste man hours and money on this waste of time project instead of helping with the development of WebKit?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

brunes69 100 times this!!! (141 comments)

It drives me bananas when people write posts like this and I see it online alll the time. Unless you care more about some corporation than your fellow consumer, NAME NAMES! There is essentially ZERO reason for a company to change practices other than bad PR, and you can't create that without naming them.

about a month ago
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MIT Unifies Web Development In Single, Speedy New Language

brunes69 Thank God (194 comments)

This is what I have been saying all along as holding the web back - two few programming languages.

Now that we have this new language, we can finally move forward.

about a month ago

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Google protects undersea cables against potential shark attacks

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  about 5 months ago

brunes69 (86786) writes "When you plan for the costs to span the entire Pacific Ocean with fibre optic communication cable, you need to account for a lot of different factors to ensure that cable will remain protected and intact. Google, for one, is apparently taking no chances with its cables, even going so far as to protect them against shark attack."
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Wireless Carjacking Now Possible

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

brunes69 writes "The convenience offered by mobile apps for unlocking car doors and remotely starting their engines is also a weakness, as two hackers will demonstrate at the upcoming Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. Researchers Don Bailey and Mathew Solnik managed to use a laptop to hack the mobile app connection in two different car brands.
The researchers discovered that, when a user pushed the unlock or remote engine start buttons on the app, the phone sends a signal to a service center, which then sends a signal to the car telling it what to do. The researchers intercepted and duplicated the signal sent to the car, afterwards using it to repeat the function."

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Astronaut learns of mom's death while in orbit

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "Daniel Tani is the first American astronaut to learn while in orbit of a family member's death. "He is obviously pretty sad," the astronaut's brother, Richard Tani, said in Thursday's Chicago Sun-Times. "He was pretty close to [his mother]. We are all close to her. She was loved by everyone." Tani's wife broke the news to him in a video conference call. The 46-year-old astronaut has been on the space station since late October."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "Google/a> is in talks with DoubleClick's majority owner, San Francisco-based private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Google's interest comes after reports surfaced last week that Microsoft was considering buying DoubleClick. Yahoo and AOL — a major customer for the advertising Email Marketing Software — also reportedly held talks with the owners, though their interest is judged to be less intense than that of Google and Microsoft.

Google's arrival on the scene is likely to lift the price of any deal to around US$2 billion, The Wall Street Journal report stated. That would be slightly less than double that Hellman & Friedman and other investors paid for the company when they took the company private in 2005."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "Google has once again become a pioneer with their offer of free WiFi access to everyone via their new Google TiSP service. Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "The CBC is running an interesting article profiling the problems with archiving digital data in New Brunswick's provincial archives. Quote from the story: 'I've had audio tape come into the archives, for example, that had been submerged in water in floods and the tape was so swollen it went off the reel, and yet we were able to recover that. We were able to take that off and dry it out and play it back. If a CD had one-tenth of one per cent of the damage on one of those reels, it wouldn't play, period. The whole thing would be corrupted'. Given the difficulties with preserving digital data, is it really the medium we should be using for archival purposes?"

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