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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

jrumney Re:Less apple more ISO standard interface please (146 comments)

3rd party GPS is gimped due to a lack of wheel rotation data from the car which OEM GPS get's "for free".

Phones have accelerometers, gyros and in some cases barometers that can adequately make up for the lack of wheel rotation data to cover gaps in GPS coverage. A bigger problem is the size and position of the GPS antenna, especially when the windows have metallic coatings.

9 hours ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

jrumney Re:And they've already stopped (254 comments)

And if they were using a FIPS certified version of OpenSSL, they would still be compromised. FIPS means....nothing in this context.

OpenSSL is not FIPS certified. Most banks are using NSS, which is.

9 hours ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

jrumney Re:And they've already stopped (254 comments)

Banks don't use OpenSSL. They use FIPS certified alternatives. Look at the lists that have been produced of potentially compromised servers, and try to find a bank in there.

11 hours ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

jrumney Re:Backport\Upstream? Seems unlikely (254 comments)

It's not remotely about petty OS wars. Complexity is bad for security, mmkay? If you want a newer version of openssl for OS/2, netware, or pre OSX MacOS, I'd really like to know what exactly you are doing. Dropping those platforms is the right thing.

You conveniently skipped Windows there.

I don't know the specifics of what was removed. Maybe it was only to support Windows 9x/ME, or NT 3.x or even Win16. But if it was needed for modern versions of Windows, then this is remotely about petty OS wars.

11 hours ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

jrumney Re:Subtle attack against C/C++ (169 comments)

All the array needs is a way to address a chunk by character # rather than by byte #

If you need to do things like that, then just use UTF-32. Memory is cheap. Scanning a byte array counting characters of arbitrary length is expensive, and there are no cheap shortcuts that don't involve taking as much memory as your UTF-32 representation would have used in the first place, which require far more complicated and prone to error algorithms to handle it all.

12 hours ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

jrumney Re:python?! (169 comments)

Meh. I was into Python before it became hip and cool the first time, you know, back when it was still hip and cool before ruby displaced it as the hipster language.

12 hours ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

jrumney The US needs a constitution (584 comments)

the result of a single sentence tucked into the farm bill lifting the 10-year statute of limitations on old debts

Why do you let your politicians get away with such bullshit?

yesterday
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The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

jrumney Good reason why I haven't heard of them... (162 comments)

BestParking:

This app is incompatible with all of your devices. Offers in-app purchases.

Incompatible with a Nexus 5? *plonk*

ParkMe:

There are 5 apps by this name I can find in the Play Store. But the one I think you're talking about shows up in the "related apps" for those, and looking closer, it gives the same message as above.

So to answer your question as to why noone is using your apps, make them compatible with phones people are using first!

yesterday
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

jrumney Re:Also, OpenBSD's PF modedd w/incompatible licenc (265 comments)

they contributed back to the world #ifdef'ed with their own incompatible license.

While it would be incompatible with the GPL, this is BSD code you are talking about here. The BSD developers get exactly what they asked for with their license.

2 days ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

jrumney Re:Why would I work for free to make Apple rich? (265 comments)

Exactly, and that's why it's displacing GCC, and why RMS loses his shit about LLVM. People are moving to LLVM BECAUSE OF GPLv3.

More precisely, people are moving to LLVM because certain companies are pouring resources into it (which they may be doing because of their dislike of GPLv3), making it currently the most advanced Free compiler chain available.

2 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

jrumney Re:Is something being casually elided here? (427 comments)

Basically: Do children gain more from not being constantly put down for spelling and grammar when they are still at an early age than what they lose by being left to figure it out for themselves by reading (instead of figuring it out when the teacher's red pen tells them they are a failure).

At my sons' school, they have spelling tests. The rest of the time, they mostly let spelling mistakes slide. If they are writing something for literacy class, their grammar gets corrected, otherwise mostly the teacher lets it slide. IMHO this is a good thing, as the children get to feel good about the "well researched!" comment on their school project without being turned off all schoolwork by constant reminders that they are lagging behind on spelling and grammer (due to their first language not being English).

2 days ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

jrumney Re:Condi Rice is legitimate choice (445 comments)

Condi Rice has served on several boards of directors including Hewlett Packard, Chevron and the Rand corporation shes professional and experienced. Shes not going to sell dropbox out to the NSA

Just because the last three companies she was on the board of did not need to be sold out, it doesn't follow that she won't sell this one out. Remember, warrantless wiretapping began on her watch. As a former National Security Advisor, her ties to the intelligence community are strong.

3 days ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

jrumney Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (445 comments)

The issue has nothing to do with Iraq. Nor the fact that she's a woman, or that she is Black. The real issue here is that in the wake of Snowdon's revelations about widespread surveillance of the general public by three letter government agencies, a former National Security Advisor is being appointed to the board of a widely used online storage site that has thus far managed to convince some people that it is on the side of privacy.

3 days ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

jrumney Re:Might look like less of a (476 comments)

French equivalent "la bonne vie"

Or perhaps la vie fade (dolce has a wide range of meaning).

5 days ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

jrumney Re:This doesn't even compare... (239 comments)

Seriously, anybody who has the necessity to have a named, or fixed location on the WWW should not have a problem getting a fixed IP cheap by their ISP

I'm in Asia. My ISP doesn't do static IPs anymore. I'm lucky I'm on one that isn't doing carrier-grade NAT, though I don't know how long that will last.

about a week ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

jrumney Re:People were still using them? (239 comments)

I guess I was lucky, in that I was using some indirection which made it easier to switch. From the start, I had my own domain, which was aliased to a dyndns.org domain (actually thruhere.net). I lost that when my update script missed the deadline for some reason, and they'd already moved that domain away from their free offerings so I couldn't get the same address back. I made the switch then, and only had to update my alias and wait a couple of hours for that to propagate. Given that I generally manage to keep the same IP address for 2 - 3 months at a time, I could manually update the IP address if it came to that, but it is easier to have a script to take care of the updating.

about a week ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

jrumney People were still using them? (239 comments)

Dyn.com (the for-profit successor of dyndns.org) has been progressively making it harder to maintain your free address for the past 3 or 4 years. First, they made it so you had to update your DNS record once a month to avoid being cancelled (even if your IP address didn't change in that time), then they made it so you had to submit the update through their ad-infested web page, and I think they also increased the frequency that you had to do that. There are many alternatives which still provide a free service that is convenient to use, I'd have thought most users would have switched by now.

about a week ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

jrumney Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

Not at all. Noone was dishonest about the reason they wanted him to resign.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

jrumney Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

Why does Eich's right to free speech trump the right to free speech of those calling for his resignation?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

jrumney Re:Digital Assistant software (387 comments)

The number of deep pockets able to compete here must be pretty limited

Judging by the number of personal assistant apps that became available for Android within days of Siri being announced, I'm not sure that deep pockets are all that necessary.

about two weeks ago

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