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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

herve_masson Here we go... (329 comments)

After the Charlie event, I wondered how long it would take before politicians start speaking about stuff like that. It did not take too long, that was expected. They are so predictable... This event creates great opportunities for some to push a long standing agenda. Noting new here.

Hopefully, people in France remain really prudent about the "privacy vs security" debate, and viscerally attached to liberty (but not necessarily to privacy). I have seen some ex minister asking for a "french patriot act"... some other saying that "we could easily give up a few liberties [for the sake of better security]". But most of them seem to stay in the right side of the line [well, in my opinion].

Charlie magazine people constantly fought for liberty, to death. Yes, they died for that; they knew they were a target for radical islamists. They were on police surveillance for that.

I don't think we need to answer their death with ... less liberty. We need to assert our liberties more than ever, and global internet spying is not helping [in my opinion again].

about three weeks ago

MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

herve_masson Re:No matter how much power we gave them ... (319 comments)

> I tend to agree with most of what you said, but you should also keep in mind how many of those millions
> of Muslims are sending money overseas to 'charities' that are really fronts for ISIS, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda,
> whatever. Certainly far more than a few hundred people

How many ?

about three weeks ago

MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

herve_masson Re:No matter how much power we gave them ... (319 comments)

> BTW, the vast majority of the victims of radical islam are themselves muslims. Maybe it is time for muslims to stand up
> and say, no, peeps, contrary to what political correctness suggest, we actually do have a problem in our religion,

I'm uncomfortable with this. Many public persons in my country (france), being journalists, politicians, whatever, make the same claim, urging muslim to react, clearly and loudly. I mean: *more* than other people. I was thinking the same way, but I recently realized it's a trap.

This indirectly suggests that muslim people have something to do with those barbarians asses. It even go further in the direction: "if you don't yell loud enough, you're with them and against us", and that's really really bad to my opinion.

We count million Muslims in our country, and a handful of dumb asses. Yes, a handful: a few hundred people have been filed as "potentially dangerous radical Islamist". The 2 that killed journalists a few days ago were in that list. Not high enough in the list apparently, but that's another story.

Is there really a "problem with islam" ? I feel like its more a problem with a really tiny proportion of incredibly dumb people giving no value to life. They occur to attach themselves a religion, and make it a meaning of life.

We have seen fanatics in every religion in the past, the religion of the day for those guys happens to be islam. That does not make muslims potential killers. That does not make them responsible for those assholes. We should know that Islam and those dudes have nothing in common but a name. We should not need Muslims to remind us this fact more than others.

Now, you may consider that islam has in its foundations the seeds for such violence. I just don't feel this way myself.

Anyway, just my one cent feeling.

about three weeks ago

Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

herve_masson Better form capabilities ; not a new language (309 comments)

What it takes to create more great app is more about a decent support for modern form elements than a new way to tweak stupid useless dom elements endlessy. How about native table with locked rows/tables ? How about native searchable combos ? etc etc etc... Yes, we can reinvent this weel forever via jQuery + some plugin + ..., but it takes so much wasted energy to do so.

Another language is not necessary a bad thing, it's just not a priority to me. Far from that. Javascript is quite decent when you take the time to use it rigth.

about 8 months ago

How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

herve_masson Re:Wat? (582 comments)

The visibility doesn't make it so bugs don't exist. It makes them more likely to be found. This one existed and was found.

I see another lesson here. We (i mean, people in the IT industry) rely on ultra sensible piece of code like openssl, and we blindly use it. We don't question much about how the way this software is created and by who. That's the problem. We put our trust on something we know very little about. Discovering the small team coding openssl is quite a surprise to me. I feel really ashamed to discover this that late. How stupid is that... The feeling that "because so many smart people use openssl must imply strong coding reviews and intense testing" is just plain wrong, period. I should have known that before. I should have care. Open source makes possible to educate yourself on stuff like that.

The lesson is enormous, and comes with an great price tag.

How many of this kind of software is vulnerable and used by all our clients ? How can we improve this efficiently ? Is the openssl a unique case study, or is [your favorite software's name] equally risky ? Real questions with tough answers...

Still, I feel open source will shorten the path to solutions more than closed sources would, as long as we change some important things in our habits. Just my one cent anyway.

about 10 months ago

Malware Attack Infected 25,000 Linux/UNIX Servers

herve_masson Re:next they will say Mac's get viruses (220 comments)

there's a huge benefit to NOT being the most common user OS.

For years, People keep saying windows attacks are maily/solely related to the OS dominance. Knowing how UNIX and WINDOWS systems work, I knew this reasoning was biased at best. With the market share that apple (and google) now has (all platforms), this logiq no longer works well. Windows viruses/malware are numerous because this OS is really really bad when it comes to system protection. The structure of the OS is faulty, period. None of the windows version has been able to fix that. That is the main reason.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

herve_masson Text gives a global view of your project (876 comments)

One of the worst experience I had was fixing a project on msaccess, one of those GUI based coding environment.

MSaccess intend to provide a graphical UI to create database driven apps. I've seen people creating programs this way without having much "text programming language" knowledge, and those program somehow "do the job". As much as I hate ms access, I have to admit it give some people a way to turn ideas into computer programs, without text programming language.

At some point, the same people have more needs, and msaccess becomes unpractical for them. They need people like me (we all need money) to "fix" or "expand" their program, and this is where it turns into nighmare. Graphical UI won't do 100% of the job, and you need to add little TEXT program snipsets here and there (formulas, routines, whatever). This makes the program very very hard to maintain, having pieces of code disseminated in hundred of places, with no way to get a global view of the software.... Needless to say, this also make future changes even more complex and expensive.

This is to me one of the key feature of text programming environment: you can have a global picture of your coding, organized in folders, files, etc. You can grep code parts, find them, merge them, split them, reorganized them, comment them, keeping the whole project well organized all along its evolution.

The only thing I would like more than text file is a rich-text programming language that makes possible to add visually rich comments, designs, etc, but keeping the useful part (the program) purely textual.

about a year ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

herve_masson Re:Why? (2219 comments)

I don't want to be opening/closing threads or anything like that

having the ability to close/open threads makes sense to me. Sadly, it's poorly implemented on beta.

about a year ago

Got Malware? The FBI Wants It

herve_masson Ask the NSA ... (93 comments)

they have all you need! for free.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

herve_masson Slashdot! (361 comments)

I would pay for a slashdot version with >80% of articles about technology :)

about a year ago

Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

herve_masson Re:9.1 (1009 comments)

Not sure people choosing to use a tablet want to see metro either....

1 year,19 days

Google Fined By French Privacy Regulator

herve_masson Re:no legal basis (55 comments)

This reasoning does not work (at least not everywhere)

Let's take an example. We have some corporation that provide banking and medical insurance services (and giving good prices when using both).
Are you really okay with them crossing both data to evaluate the risk with granting you a loan ? I'm not. They technically "own" both data.
I'm okay is they ASK me about my health, that's a different thing. They could event ask me the permission to read medical files as long as I can reply "no".Nobody will force me to answer this question If I don't want.

That's just an example. We may find tons like that.

I'm glad some country attempt to put some rules here. France is one of them; you have to inform regulator about what data is saved in your business, and HOW you'll use them. This is largely inefficient obviously, due to lack of power. This is what needs to be fixed.

1 year,22 days

Google Fined By French Privacy Regulator

herve_masson Re:seems like a weird sanction (55 comments)

Can someone please name for me a single site that obtains my consent before storing cookies in my terminal?

Many sites started to do this recently (slashdot to name one), but I find this rather useless since most people have no clue about what a cookie really is. What matters is what google (and others) do with your data, speciffically with the help of 3rd party sites.

This is the worst kind of law

Yeah, you're right, let's do nothing instead... no, kidding, I find this fair and balanced, even though the fine is ridiculously low. Google think they don't have to comply local regulation, this has to be fought.

The french regulation used to have true power and has a good sense of what is ok and what is not in term of data collection and privacy. This became less and less true over time (thanks french politics) and their role is now really limited with the boom of data collection era. This sucks. We need more of this. A lot more. This has to start somewhere, and I'm hoping this is the begining of something here.

1 year,22 days

McAfee Brand Name Will Be Replaced By Intel Security

herve_masson Re:Name change to hide reputation.... (180 comments)

Beeing bloated, buggy, resource consuming, useless, unremovable and unstable seems to be the natural way AV softtware evolve. Some are faster than others; McAfee and Norton reached this evolution milestone long time ago, AVAST and friends are joining the club those days. I have "fixed" about 10 computers the last 2 months, uninstalling this shitware from friends's computer, now using microsoft security software. Not sure there is a solution to this madness....

Notably, people keep thinking "I'm safe because I've Norton/McAfee/whatever ; this can't be the cause of my computer problems". At this, they've been really really good.


1 year,25 days

Former CIA/NSA Head: NSA Is "Infinitely" Weaker As a Result of Snowden's Leaks

herve_masson Weak by design, not by Snowden (572 comments)

The NSA really bet that, over time, none of the thousands of employees having access to this data would leak some of it ? That's really stupid at best. If something is weak, it's by design here. Yes, it takes some real guts to do this leak, but that had to happen. I am actually glad it did.

about a year ago

Google's Dart Becomes ECMA's Dart

herve_masson Re:Does it replace the DOM? (190 comments)

Some people have a near religious approach about what a browser should do, and what it should not. For those guys, the browser is a piece of code that render a "document" ; this is by no mean a way to implement GUIs. The other part of the world is fighting hard to implement GUIs in browsers, and making sure that their GUIS work well in every browser ! Sadly, the standardization groups have many of the first category, and few of the second. And franckly, that really sucks.

Why not aknowledging that a browser, in 2013, is a piece of code that implement rich terminal capabilities and also (mainly?) intend to serve GUIS for apps ? From there, we could add rich UI elements to the totally outdated and pathetic form elements collection that HTML implements. A lot of people spend a hell of time to workaround CSS/DOM oddities or limits, simply because the web technologies was not made for GUIs... Such a move would likely to be way more useful than many recent additions to web standards.

That being said, I don't think CSS and DOM are inherently bad. They allow very powerful things indeed, as well as javascript does.

about a year ago

Simple Bug Exposed Verizon Users' SMS Histories

herve_masson Re:How can it be? (60 comments)

Backdoors are complex to setup and hide; frontdoors are easyer and can remain unnoticed for very long sometimes.

about a year ago

What Are the Genuinely Useful Ideas In Programming?

herve_masson Indirections ! (598 comments)

"All problems in computer science can be solved by another level of indirection"

(David Wheeler)

So true....

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Simple Way To Backup 24TB of Data Onto USB HDDs ?

herve_masson The only answer is (405 comments)


more than 2 years ago

Facebook's 'Like This' Button Is Tracking You

herve_masson No kidding ? (273 comments)

Jeez, what a scoop. Isn't this feature all about tracking ?

more than 4 years ago



France says no to OpenXML

herve_masson herve_masson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

herve_masson (104332) writes "vnunet is amongst the first to report that AFNOR rejected OpenXML as a standard. See the french article here (google translation here). According to the article, the reason seems not related to (lack of) technical merits, but because they don't see having two standards for documents as a good thing."


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