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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

johnjaydk Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (704 comments)

And Mussolini made the trains run on time?

Actually, he didn't. That myth have been repeatedly busted my historians.

2 days ago
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Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

johnjaydk Re:New SSL root certificate authority (129 comments)

If you want to catch up to ~1990 tech, then you need to remove the "A" in "CA."

Thanks for the insult. It hardly stung. I expect you to start the project shortly. I'll gladly donate to it on kickstarter.

about a week ago
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Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

johnjaydk New SSL root certificate authority (129 comments)

A nice step ahead would be the establishment of a new set of root certificates and an accompanying authority that signs other peoples certificates. All located in a country that doesn't play ball with NSA and other thugs.

This would do a lot to dampen the routine man-in-the-middle we see these days.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

johnjaydk Re:Seriously? (Yes, seriously.) (466 comments)

Don't you need to keep the original file and the code you used to transform it, so that you have an audit trail which shows how you got the current data?

Only if it gets down to covering your ass and then you're fucked anyway. Nobody gives a shit how you contributed to a success.

about a month and a half ago
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European iPhone Chargers Prone To Overheating

johnjaydk Too late to matter (128 comments)

That shit is almost ancient. Who gives a damn?

If something that old haven't burned your house down yet then it's likely to be safe.

about a month and a half ago
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The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

johnjaydk Re:When you gag the enginers ... (373 comments)

The story of the loss of the Challenger is much more complicated than simply "stupid managers, saintly engineers", and there's a lot of blame to spread around all parties.

Sorry for using Challenger this way. It's borderline trolling/flamebait but an established, although incorrect example.

My point is that engineers need to take a stand. Our actions or inactions can put the public at risk and that is a burden we have to respect. We are the experts and we have to make certain that the best possible knowledge is put forth in a way that management can't dismiss easily.

about 2 months ago
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The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

johnjaydk When you gag the enginers ... (373 comments)

You get a Challenger disaster.

In my experience, You have to use exactly these words in order to get management to take problems serious. Turns out it was because they put management in a legal bind.

Any engineer who follows GM's edict should be flogged. Bad stuff happens because good men do nothing.

about 2 months ago
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Pentagon Document Lays Out Battle Plan Against Zombies

johnjaydk Re:Survivalists (131 comments)

I hang around in survivalists circles a little bit and there's a little bit of a saying there "If you can survive a zombie apocalypse you can survive almost anything".

Can we have a disturbing mod please?. I don't know if it's up, down or by how much but DAMN I need it here.

about 2 months ago
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The Dismal State of SATCOM Security

johnjaydk Re:Aren't those guys rocket scientists? (54 comments)

Not saying I'm representative of the whole group, but I'm a rocket scientist, and I'm pretty pants at information security.

Getting them up there and not having them fall down is not half bad. I still try to keep my kerbals from blowing up. But seriously, at least accept that info-sec is important. There might be a business case in not being totally p0wnd.

about 3 months ago
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The Dismal State of SATCOM Security

johnjaydk Aren't those guys rocket scientists? (54 comments)

You would have thought people who made satellites were, like rocket scientists. Not drunken lemmings.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?

johnjaydk Loots of good stuff out there (197 comments)

This is all Python centric but that's where the jazz is these days:

  1. Codecademy. My 12 year old son just passed it.
  2. An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (coursera.org). Games and great fun. Also in python.
  3. Udacity.com. Do all of their software subjects. Just ditch the Java stuff. The 90's are long gone.

I've got a 15 year old masters in CS but I went through the coursera and udacity stuff and learned quite a lot along the way. Good stuff.

about 5 months ago
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The Science of Solitary Confinement

johnjaydk Re:isn't it used on violent prisoners? (326 comments)

I also don't want to take the risk of torturing somebody who was wrongfully convicted.

I don't want to torture anyone. Period. It permanently mentally mutilates both victim and perpetrator. Just say no.

Don't even get me started on torture light...

about 5 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

johnjaydk Re:Astrology is a proto-science (625 comments)

Economy -> ???

Economy is the precursor to reading tea leaves, everybody knows that. They teach that in B-school.

about 6 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

johnjaydk Re:Should be Alternative Language Requirement (426 comments)

Why is there a foreign language requirement anyway?

Yesterday, my best friend spoke to an american supplier and told them that he wanted the goods shipped to Europe. Not some weird, small country but Europe. The supplier asked where Europe was in the US.

I think You guys could do with a foreign langue or two. Not to mention geography...

about 6 months ago
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More Bad News For the F-35

johnjaydk Re:Giant F-ing Boondoggle (401 comments)

Is America planning on invading Denmark?

Damn. We thought we could keep our puny little oil production secret. Those pesky NSA types blew our secret.

about 6 months ago
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FreeBSD 10.0 Released

johnjaydk Includes strengthened cryptography (136 comments)

My primary attraction is the strengthened random number generation for cryptography. This eliminates the NSA introduced weaknesses in the underlying hardware.

That alone is enough to turn me into a rapid FreeBSD supporter.

about 6 months ago
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Pirate Bay Founder's Custody Extended to February 5th

johnjaydk Solitary confinement is standard practice (127 comments)

If you and a mate steals a couple of bicycles, only you get nicked and don't rat on the mate immediately then it's solitary for you pal.

Standard practice in Denmark and it's a fucking disgrace. Amnesty International have been all over this for years but without any results. Makes us look like a bunch of savages.

about 7 months ago
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NSA Trying To Build Quantum Computer

johnjaydk Re:And they called me crazy (221 comments)

So in short, you can't use /dev/random, you can't use pretty much any commercial random number generator. You'd have to roll your own and show that your bias is small enough for no attack to be practical. Like I said, it's harder than it looks.

Use a radioactive source and measure the decay. That is truly random.

about 7 months ago
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Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

johnjaydk Re:Ungrateful krauts (606 comments)

As an example case, I recently heard about a friend-of-a-friend who lives in Denmark (I think), and got free education, healthcare, and various other support services while he was a student. After entering the work force as an engineer, he now makes enough to live comfortably while gladly paying 60% in taxes.

60% sounds a bit high but it's in the ballpark. The important point is to add up the total cost that an american would have to pay in order to get the same benefits. If You do the math then the tax doesn't seem particular high in comparison. But it's still the Danish national sport to complain about it.

about 7 months ago

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Tor under attack in Europe

johnjaydk johnjaydk writes  |  about 8 months ago

johnjaydk (584895) writes "After the Silk Road bust, European leaders such as David Cameron who wants GCHQ to handle the issue. Europols EC3 unit is also working on the case. The justification for the attacks are child porn and other criminal activities. But it still raises the question of how to provide secure communication to political dissidents while preventing criminal activities. It's like making water that isn't wet."
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Lisp Creator John McCarth dead at 84

johnjaydk johnjaydk writes  |  more than 2 years ago

johnjaydk (584895) writes "The creator of Lisp and arguably the father of modern artificial intelligence, John McCarthy, died last night.

Lisp was (and to some extend still is) a radical leap forward and have had a strong influence on a lot of other languages although many still refuse to see beauty between parens."

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When users want malware

johnjaydk johnjaydk writes  |  more than 2 years ago

johnjaydk (584895) writes "How do You handle users who insists on installing malware? I'm running a nice tight ship where users can't install stuff and now I face a rebellion because I don't allow them to install malware. I can't even explain the concept of malware to them."
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Zune HD vs. iPod Touch showdown

johnjaydk johnjaydk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

johnjaydk (584895) writes "Get ready for Zune HD versus iPod Touch in a battle set for this fall when Microsoft will take the wraps off of its first touchscreen portable media player (PMP), the Zune HD. Microsoft says this is the first PMP to combine a built-in HD Radio receiver, high-def video output, an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display and Wi-Fi. But will it be good enough to steal the glory from Apple's iPod Touch?"
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Where have all the action gone?

johnjaydk johnjaydk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

johnjaydk (584895) writes "IT seems to be in a bit of a low these days. A least from my humble point of view. I did the Telco wars incl a bit of VoIP but that stuff have all grown stale. Web2 had a short spike but fizzled quickly. Embedded (embittered) is somewhat dodgey. Where have all the action gone? Where does one go for the action these days? Where is the fight? Currently I'm playing safe with partially outsourcing and partially agile (against the firms will) but it all seems defensive. Where is the fight, who's not afraid of winning? Where is the blood flowing these days ? Where can one win ... and loose ?"

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