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New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1

jrumney Re: Why? (72 comments)

The CA doesn't get key data.

4 hours ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

jrumney Re:Yay! Hopenchange! (222 comments)

The only requirement in fact is that you be willing to work in an "apprenticeship" (code word for jobs paying significantly less than market rate salaries).

2 days ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

jrumney Re: Black box data streaming (503 comments)

There is some sort of regulation though. Flying Singapore to LA earlier this year, WiFi was available from the gate at Singapore until the seatbelt sign came on approaching Narita, then from when the seatbelt sign went off after leaving Narita until we started to approach the coast of Alaska, and while flying over Canada. Basically the only places it was not available was takeoff and landing in Japan, and flying over US airspace.

about a week ago
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New Map Fingers Future Hot Spots For U.S. Earthquakes

jrumney Re:Protip (49 comments)

Alaska gets 8+ earthquakes fairly frequently. The luck is more that noone lives up there than the earthquake frequency (though a 9+ would no doubt cause some major damage down the coast)

about a week ago
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Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

jrumney Re:And then throw it in a fire (91 comments)

As far as I know, the hardware is no different than a standard platter drive

You don't know very far then, do you? But yes, a secure rewrite of the full device should wipe the flash to the point where some serious lab equipment is needed to recover anything from the device.

about two weeks ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

jrumney Re: What's the point? (129 comments)

I can understand the benefit of higher resolution capture capability to microscopic applications, but displays? Do you look at your display through a microscope?

about two weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

jrumney Re: No. (502 comments)

An SNR of 124dB is 89.1 times as good as approximately 105dB. When your speakers are around 80-90 dB and CD quality input around 100dB (less for most heavily compressed input and MP3s), that 105dB SNR for your internal audio is already the least important component in the chain for sound quality. I suspect though that that is for digital output. The analogue stages in onboard audio do leave a lot to be desired.

about two weeks ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

jrumney Re:Most humans couldn't pass that test (285 comments)

When was the last time the average person created something original?

People create random original things all the time. It's the hardware fluke bar they'd have trouble passing.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

jrumney Re:Cheap windows laptop (183 comments)

The vendor supplied tools may be Windows only, but chances are there is a gcc backend available for the target architecture these days. I wouldn't like to be using an ARM board for my cross compiling though, getting QEMU set up for any compilation steps that need to run on the target architecture is enough of a nightmare on Intel, let alone other architectures that noone has used that way before.

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

jrumney Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

One decade maybe. But the primary development environment for kernel and driver work today still looks very different than in 1980.

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

jrumney Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

I said vim, not vi. I'm well aware that vi goes back further, but nobody in their right mind would consider using the original vi as their primary development tool these days. And Emacs goes back to 1985, not 1972. Sure, it can trace its roots back to ed, from 1972, but it is even less like ed than vim is like vi.

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

jrumney Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

In 1980, Xenix did not exist yet.

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

jrumney Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

In 1980, a kernel or driver developer was entering data into a mainframe using punchcards in binary (or if they were lucky, an assembler was available for the architecture they were targeting). Version control consisted of a row of 7 cabinets, one for each day of the week, where you stored your most recent stacks of punchcards. They most certainly weren't using vim/emacs, gcc and git and debugging in a VM.

about two weeks ago
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US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

jrumney Re:Hm... (176 comments)

US probably has an agreement with Maldives.

It's called the Kyoto protocol. US keeps promising to sign (leaving government-less Somalia as the final non-signatory) if Maldives grants them one last favor.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

jrumney Re:And in other news (139 comments)

On the flip side, taxi drivers have many more hours behind the wheel [aka sleep deprivation]. I thinks it's fair to say that there are many factors which contribute to both raise and lower a taxi's risk of getting into an accident.

So far we've only come up with factors that raise the risk. What are the factors that lower it?

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Bird With Largest Wingspan Yet Discovered

jrumney Re:the length of a 10-passenger limousine (55 comments)

Yeah, really. So is that Boston Red Line car length or Boston Blue Line car length. London Underground Circle Line car length perhaps? BART car length?

Quit being so pedantic. It's obvious that they meant one of these.

about three weeks ago
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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

jrumney Re: What else is safe ? (349 comments)

Easy solution in this case is to remove all Qualcomm code from the Linux kernel. In the short term this will cause a lot of pain for end users and companies that use Qualcomm hardware in their products, but in the long run this will effectively shut Qualcomm out of a very large portion of their market and serve as an excellent example to others why the DMCA should be used with great care.

about three weeks ago
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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

jrumney Re: On this 4th of July... (349 comments)

I'd think that any company selling Android based mobile phone, tablet or other Linux based device built from GPL code they received directly from Qualcomm would have good standing to take this to court. End users not so much.

Maybe Qualcomm really have made the decision that they only want their chips used in Windows Phone devices from now on, because this is the signal they are sending to manufacturers that rely on their hardware support for Linux and Android with this move.

about three weeks ago
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Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

jrumney Re:Enough time to connect to Wi-Fi (112 comments)

I though driving by an open hotspot on the highway was enough time to use it.

Only with 802.11p which allows data transfer without associating to the access point, and maybe the still under development 802.11ai, which aims to speed up the time required for association to under 100ms.

about three weeks ago
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Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

jrumney Re:Noticed this before (112 comments)

Its the scan of nearby networks bit where it needs to send out the WiFi networks it wants to connect to. That's why making your SSID hidden is a security anti-pattern. Tell the owners of the networks you connect to to stop doing it - anyone nearby can see all the clients making requests to join your network, so it isn't adding any security in your near vicinity, and elsewhere, others can still see your clients trying to connect to your network wherever they are, because to connect to hidden networks you have to go out and proactively look for them.

about three weeks ago

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