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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

jpschaaf Developers prefer Ubuntu? (232 comments)

I don't think that's a cut-and-dry sort of thing. As a developer, I hate the fact that Ubuntu is changing so quickly that I can't keep up. Leading edge is fine, but bleeding edge gets blood everywhere.

about three weeks ago
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Germany Scores First: Ends Verizon Contract Over NSA Concerns

jpschaaf How good are Verizon's Lobbyists? (206 comments)

I wonder if Verizon's lobbying budget is big enough to bring about any changes... maybe AT&T will help out on this one to keep the same from happening to them in other countries?

about 3 months ago
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Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

jpschaaf The danger of commonality (273 comments)

What this entire concept fails to acknowledge is that when everyone learns the same thing, you lose the benefits of everyone having a different educational experience. If we all learn exactly the same things, we take the risk that everyone fails. Why not do things differently in every state to see what works? Somebody needs to learn from basic experimental design...

about 6 months ago
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Why We Need To Teach Hacking In High School

jpschaaf echo on supportive high schools (124 comments)

One of my teachers in high school gave me relatively unfettered access to a mac clones that had been booted from the computer lab. My experiments in getting mklinux working on it directly tie to my current career. I have relatively little doubt that my current career stems from having unstructured access to a computer and an internet connection. Sadly, our educational institutions are addicted to structure -- I would probably be doing something much less interesting if it weren't for a teacher that bent the rules and let me do something that might today be viewed as potentially dangerous.

about 7 months ago
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DOJ Announces New Methods For Reporting National Security Requests

jpschaaf Metadata regarding metadata (117 comments)

The government doesn't want any metadata surrounding their requests to be released to the public.

about 8 months ago
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Paging Dr. MacGyver: Maker Movement Comes To Medical Gear

jpschaaf Re:"Concerns" (61 comments)

You damn well should be concerned about random medical devices made in someone's garage.

It's really not that simple. Almost anyone on slashdot is unbelievably wealthy by comparison to the the average denizen of our world. Risks that are unacceptable for a wealthy person are very acceptable for someone who has nothing. Think about it: if your choice is between certain death due to heart failure or using a pacemaker assembled by a tinkerer in his/her garage, a rational person would be willing to accept additional and substantial risks. Admittedly, I don't want a pressure cooker in somebody's kitchen to sterilize medical devices that I will be using, but I can certainly understand why someone else would.

about 8 months ago
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Comparing G++ and Intel Compilers and Vectorized Code

jpschaaf Documentation is King (225 comments)

For better or worse, I've always given the intel compiler the benefit of the doubt. They have access to documents that the GCC folks don't.

about 9 months ago
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9th Grade Science Experiment: Garden Cress Won't Germinate Near Routers

jpschaaf Re:No reproduction (327 comments)

as the case may be

Don't you mean "as the case will be"?

about a year ago
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Are Contests the Best Way To Find Programmers?

jpschaaf What a prize (260 comments)

top prize being a trip to the sponsoring company's headquarters to interview for a job

Last time I checked (a bit over a year ago), the normal cost of that "prize" is to spend a few hours on making an updated resume. Granted, I may be on the lucky side of having the experience needed to open doors, but I suspect that as a rule skilled people find more convenient ways to get doors open.

That stated, if the potential job had a particularly impressive salary, I might change my mind.

about a year ago
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Systemd Ditches GNU C Library for Their Own

jpschaaf Not fooling (92 comments)

The worst part is that this almost sounds like a good idea.

about a year and a half ago
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CentOS 5.9 Released

jpschaaf Re:Centos is awesome! (96 comments)

Nah, Scientific Linux is better :-) And don't forget Oracle's Linux.

about a year and a half ago
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Course Asks University Students To Tackle Medical Device Insecurity

jpschaaf Re:You're holding it upside down (38 comments)

The FDA reported that 75% of recalls did not in any way involve a software failure.

I realize you're saying this tongue-in-cheek, but frankly, it's the better way of looking at it.

about a year and a half ago
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TSA Moving X-ray Body Scanners To Smaller Airports

jpschaaf Re:Darwinian selection at work... (168 comments)

For an online community that largely values a scientific way of looking at things, I'm rather disappointed in slashdot every time the topic of airport scanners comes up. Unless my understanding of these scanners is dramatically incorrect, using the word "X-rays" is a misnomer. So far as I know, these scanners are using non-ionizing radiation. Nothing is getting 'nuked'. Even using these words in jest contribute to public fear of anything involving radiation.

Now, if you have objections to the TSA seeing you naked, that's a completely different topic. Likewise, if you think that non-ionizing radiation is more dangerous than it's generally thought to be, put down your cell phone and go live in the woods.

about 2 years ago
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Cybersecurity Laws Would Do More Harm Than Good

jpschaaf Re:The government already has security requirement (77 comments)

What possible good is re-encrypting the same test data every time you load the library? Either the algorithms are correct, or they're not.

about 2 years ago
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Cybersecurity Laws Would Do More Harm Than Good

jpschaaf Re:The government already has security requirement (77 comments)

What's your issue?

I have lots of issues with FIPS 140-2. Number one on the list is the fact that the list does more to constrain algorithms than to guarantee a good algorithm will be used. Number two... people are afraid to upgrade to a newer OpenSSL with security patches for fear of loosing their precious $50,000 validation. I also have issues with the self-testing requirements. It's a waste of CPU time. Why make people wait an extra half-second every time they open a program that uses encryption?

about 2 years ago
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Cybersecurity Laws Would Do More Harm Than Good

jpschaaf The government already has security requirements (77 comments)

Uncle Sam already plays a heavy hand by defining standards that apply to software products that are sold to the US government. Ever hear of FIPS 140-2? The document that says exactly which encryption algorithms are allowed and not allowed? Both Microsoft and Linux vendors (RedHat, SuSE) have incorporated FIPS mode in their operating systems. Not surprisingly, these modes are generally turned off...

about 2 years ago

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