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The Coming IT Nightmare of Unpatchable Systems

damaki Re:Driverless cars... (240 comments)

Human drivers are known to be bulletproof secure, rational, law-abiding and deterministic, of course.

about 2 months ago

Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

damaki Re:Mental stack overflow of the driver is more lik (664 comments)

Sorry to affect your american centrism, but it happened in France, too, and the case is quite documented (pardon my french). The police -which were contacted by the driver- had to make room for the car on the motorway, and to find a solution to slow the car down gracefully. In the end, nobody was hurt, but Toyota...
While I do agree that in the litigation-driven country that became the USA, most of these drivers must be full shit, and surfing on the "it's not me, it's the machine" wave, it looks like there is a real software defect.

about 5 months ago

Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

damaki Re:Never use any software. (664 comments)

Cheap india outsourced embedded software specialists beg to differs.
Welcome to the marvelous world of Minimal Cost Driven Development (MCDD).

about 5 months ago

Researchers Try To "Close the Nutrient Cycle" Through Better Waste Recycling

damaki Re:The chemistry works out... (112 comments)

That is funny, because it is already known to be a problem for reprocessed water.
Let's do the same for what we eat, and let's make the humanity sterile, those endocrine thingies only affect pussies.

about 6 months ago

CSI Style Zoom Sees Faces Reflected In Subjects' Eyes

damaki Re:Thank you, slashdot (103 comments)

39 usable megapixels will always be expensive. High end lenses are damn expensive, and if your lenses do not have the required resolution, you're better off using 16 megapixels. For $1000, glass included, you won't get more than 16 real megapixels. And if you do not believe me, have a look at .

about 6 months ago

CSI Style Zoom Sees Faces Reflected In Subjects' Eyes

damaki Thank you, slashdot (103 comments)

Thank you for bringing up such quality content. You know, 39 megapixel pictures are only usable if you have high end glass on your camera, which only rich camera enthusiasts can afford. That excludes forever smartphone cameras (yeah, even those whatever megapixels Nokias), security cameras, small digital cameras, which would actually render useless 99% of all cameras on earth for that usage. So you only need to have one of these rich guys take a picture of a crime scene, yeah, only that...

about 6 months ago

OpenSSH Has a New Cipher — Chacha20-poly1305 — from D.J. Bernstein

damaki Re:Pastebin mirror of code (140 comments)

Wow it's less 100 lines (excluding chacha_ivsetup, chacha_encrypt_bytes AND poly1305_auth). So I guess it's not 100 lines...

about 8 months ago

Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark

damaki Sleeping in a drawer (246 comments)

I bought this to use it as a lightweight server, found it highly underpowered, CPU and memory wise, and discovered that some software I needed was x86 only. So I left it gathering dust in a drawer. I have been tried finding a use for this thingy but could not. End of the story.
I end up using the t-shirt more than the pi itself.

about 8 months ago

802.11ac 'Gigabit Wi-Fi' Starts To Show Potential, Limits

damaki Re:Now try it in urban neighborhood (101 comments)

Radio signal shaping is used to overcome range limitations. As seen in the Canard PC Hardware french magazine, 5 Ghz in *pinpoin*t mode performs mostly better than raw 2.6, even with walls on the way. Though if you're totally out of 5GHz range, you'll use the 2.4GHz range.

about 10 months ago

Software Rendering Engine GPU-Accelerated By WebCL

damaki Security (84 comments)

Great. I'd sure like my GPU, with its mad low level optimizations and surely ugly code to be used by unsigned code from random sources.
Java applets are far too secure, let's get to the lowest level!

about 10 months ago

First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

damaki Re:Natural selection (618 comments)

You know, drugs are not about being smart, these are about having a shot at it, feeling good, then getting addicted.
But well, with an average 3 year life expectancy for Krokodil users, it's not going to be a problem for long...

about 9 months ago

Valve Announces Steam Controller

damaki Innovation, modability (317 comments)

It's all about mods and accessories. Imagine the think with multi touch, 4 point on each touchpad. Then you could stick a direction cross over it, or regular buttons, or a plain stick, or whatever you want.
Every single gamepad these years is just plain and unimaginative or has barely usable gimmicks. Even the wiimotes are quite disappointing (laggish, unprecise). Analog buttons (not triggers these are fine) were the worst idea ever. Sixaxis motion detection is totally useless (no I wont tilt it left to turn left, I'd rather keep my wrist in good state). Wii U screen is basically a DS/3D with only one screen?
This, gentlemen, is innovation.

about 10 months ago

New Console Always-Online Requirements and You

damaki Re:Steambox (435 comments)

I suppose you can now workaround this bug. If you launch steam in online mode while you're actually offline it asks you if you want to use the offline mode. I can't really figure how a restart after a crash could be any different.
But well, I cannot attest of this as steam has never crashed on any of my computers.

about a year ago

New Console Always-Online Requirements and You

damaki Re:Steambox (435 comments)

Err, no. This is not needed anymore. Test it: disable your connection, you can then switch to offline mode.

about a year ago

Stop Standardizing HTML

damaki Over engineering in Slashdot too (302 comments)

Let's stop standardizing stories to get better stories on Slashdot.
First, we'll stop using tags and titles, it's a clear case of over categorizing
Then, let's stop using english as a standard. Letters were meant to be used freely, not rigidly as used in english.
Finally, we should remove links in stories, so that people can freely search these in the web.

about a year ago

Debian 7.0 ('Wheezy') Release Planned For 1st Weekend in May

damaki Re:Why desktop Linux has not been a hit on the mar (226 comments)

True. Debian is mostly about rock solid reliability and reasonably long support, not about end users. Though debian testing is a pretty neat bleeding edge distro.

about a year ago

Java 8 Delayed To Fix Security

damaki Let java applets DIE (135 comments)

Now that javascript is fast, that HTML5 is everywhere, that games can even run on Flash, please Oracle, kill the damn java browser plugin. Sure, Unity uses it. Do J2EE developpers around the world care about it? No, we do not care!
Kill the damn thing. It's slow to start and it will always be slow even with the Jigsaw vaporware. I don't wan't Java in my browser. We are in 2013, ActiveX was crap, Flash is crap, java applets were, are and will always be crap.

Disclaimer, I am a java/J2EE developper and I am totally tired of the reputation that java is getting because of this damn browser plugin.

about a year ago

US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

damaki Re:Pro Exploitation CEO (1313 comments)

Quite amazing, 'cause where I work in France, I do around 42 hours (strict) a week, the lunch break is one hour, sure, but we get off work one hour later. In the daily work hour, we have a legal 15min break in the morning and 15 min in the afternoon. The lunch break must be at least 30 minutes, work laws say, but it's not counted as worktime.
Employers often try in France to suggest unpaid overtime, but I do only 3 hours a week as I want to keep a healthy life/personal life.
As a developper, I had positions in several industrial companies, and I have never seen those interesting stereotypes you saw. I do not say these do not exist, but just don't overgeneralize.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?

damaki Re:Kalman Filter (736 comments)

Man, you assume that if you implement that, you won't get people bitching about your inaccurate ETA. Keep dreaming. And this gaussian distribution of errors, for estimation bars? That's total bullshit. Why? Cause people will come complaining at you each single time your smartass algorithm just failed as utterly as linear prediction at predicting what will happen... the only deterministic change that this thing brings is that it will increase your product cost, even if only by a fraction and that your manager and team members will remember you created a not working solution.
People do not remember when a progress bar works properly. They only remembers the times it fails. If an installed fails predicting how much time it would take, it has always failed and people will complain and amplify they complains.I mean I can still remember my explosive laughter when a file copy progress bar just went back in time, in Windows 2000. I almost fell of my chair. It was 6 or 7 years ago.
Just leave the damn linear progress bar alone and do not put any silver bullet in it. It's simple, it's fine, it mostly works, as it already is.

about a year and a half ago

Life After MS-DOS: FreeDOS Keeps On Kicking

damaki Re:Dosbox or freedos (255 comments)

DOSbox evolved much. And it's now used by all DOS based games on, with a nice windowed configuration tool.

about a year and a half ago


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