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Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

jrumney Re: Tag, you're it! (160 comments)

Country A is violating the Geneva convention. Country B would not be violating the Geneva convention, provided they are not firing into a recognized hospital, safety or neutral zone. If such an event were to take place inside such a zone, country A would also be violating the Geneva convention by using the zone for military activity. To be clear, Hamas are blatantly violating the Geneva convention. That does not make it right for Israel to do so as well.

6 hours ago
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Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

jrumney Re: Tag, you're it! (160 comments)

When a group fires from the grounds of a hospital, religious building, or homes, under the geneva convention those buildings automatically become military targets.

There is no such provision in the Geneva convention. If a party finds that the conditions for a hospital, safety or neutral zone are not being complied with, they are required to give five days notice to the party administering the zone of their intention to cease recognizing it as a hospital, safety or neutral zone if its use is not brought into compliance.

8 hours ago
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Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

jrumney Re: Tag, you're it! (160 comments)

I saw the segment the GP was talking about. I don't remember it being the third floor, but the doctor certainly admitted it was on the hospital grounds.

It still doesn't excuse Israel ignoring the targeting said hospital though. At the end of the day, the damage Hamas is doing with those rockets is minimal, and doesn't warrant ignoring the Geneva convention to deliberately target hospitals and schools where they know the civilian casualties will be disproportionate. Yes, Hamas is deliberately using human shields to sway global opinion, but Israel is deliberately giving them exactly what they want.

12 hours ago
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A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

jrumney Re: Bullshit.... (133 comments)

It depends in the situation where it is used. If your data almost but not quite fits on your available media at 15%, and you're not pressed for time, you might still go for 15%. And if you only have 15 seconds to compress it, strictly no more, you might settle for significantly less compression than would be possible in 20 seconds.

2 days ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

jrumney Re: Master Strategy (149 comments)

Microsoft's chess strategy seems to be to sacrifice all its pawns and its Queen, laying waste to its Bishops Knights and Rooks and trying to win the game with just its King left. Good luck with that one.

2 days ago
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New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1

jrumney Re: Why? (91 comments)

And if the CA was not in the loop, the CIA could create such a certificate themselves, and it would be just as valid as the certificate created by the real owner to the outside observer. So how is adding the CA increasing the vulnerability again?

3 days ago
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New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1

jrumney Re: Why? (91 comments)

Please expand. Are you saying that the CA signed certificate can contain two public keys, and that browsers will encrypt the session key such that either key's corresponding private key can be used to decrypt it?

4 days ago
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New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1

jrumney Re: Why? (91 comments)

The CA doesn't get key data.

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

jrumney Re:Yay! Hopenchange! (224 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).

about a week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three weeks ago

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