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Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

jrumney Re:Art and programming (156 comments)

A lot of these are from later models, with 24 bit support and higher resolutions. The original Amiga supported only a 64 colour palette from a total 4096 colours, and an additional feature where you could modify the palette part way through scanning to get smooth gradients, but techniques for exploiting this would not have been refined at the time of launch of the Amiga 1000.

8 hours ago
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Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

jrumney Re:Plastic "art" (156 comments)

From looking at the "art" it looks to have little artistic value. Warhol didn't have any particular skills in computer art, and the software was quite limited in what you could do at that time.

I think you'd appreciate them a little more if you were old enough to remember just how limited the graphics software of the time was.

yesterday
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Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

jrumney Re:Amiga Floppies (156 comments)

False, and false. I have toasted many an Amiga power supply, and a number of Amiga chips.

Ditto, by playing around with the parallel port. There were no buffer ICs on the old Amigas to stop bad things happening to the main processor or coprocessors when there were shorts on the external I/O pins.

yesterday
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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

jrumney Re:Original iPads Work Well ... (335 comments)

I have an original iPad. It doesn't work well. It is still on iOS 5, as Apple decided to make it obsolete soon after the iPad 2 was released. It has 512MB of RAM, which is insufficient for many modern applications (and in true Apple style, they just silently crash and all work is lost - a problem that has been around since the OS9 days). The latest versions of many apps are no longer compatible, or if they are, they are buggy, laggy or worse.

The original iPad was the first tablet for basic web browsing and lightweight apps that made me leave my laptop behind when I only needed web and email. But by current standards, it is almost as bad as my Nokia 770.

yesterday
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

jrumney Re:Too good to be true? (191 comments)

While mobile phones might use some such flash for the bootloader and OS, the bulk of that 64GB storage is eMMC, which is basically an SD card without the plastic casing.

yesterday
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OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

jrumney Re:Monoculture? At 17%? (113 comments)

A large part of the low impact was older versions of OpenSSL from before the bug was introduced in the "stable" distributions of some widely used Linux distros.

yesterday
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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

jrumney Re:PLA? (234 comments)

Worrying about Chinese intelligence being involved because the product is from Taiwan is like worrying that North Korea is spying on you through Samsung products, or Mossad has added miniature tracking devices to gasoline imported from the Middle East.

3 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

jrumney Re:Yes, study CS to be a call center operator (351 comments)

It is what Google thinks of 'B' CS degrees. They also seem to undervalue the skill involved in reading MRI scans by rating it as a similar job that 'B' CS grads should be capable of. Basically Google's hiring department is completely out of touch with reality.

3 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

jrumney Re:Riiiiight (351 comments)

I'm a radiologist. I interpret MRI scans.

Show us your 'B' CS degree and call center employment history to prove it.

3 days ago
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404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages

jrumney Re:Lovely Concept, but the true answer (72 comments)

Years ago, I was using a Firefox extension that did this automatically. I don't know if that extension still exists, as I don't use Firefox any more. URLs are not URIs though - L is for Locator, they are supposed to point to a specific location, not be a unique identifier independent of location.

3 days ago
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'Accidental' Siberian Mummies Part of Mysterious Ancient Arctic Civilization

jrumney Re:Or... (34 comments)

The fact that the copper had not been stolen yet should be enough to prove it is not part of Russia.

about a week ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

jrumney Re:Macros. (285 comments)

Also, paid commercial support (so that Joe Smith can call up an "engineer" at 3 AM on a holiday Sunday with an urgent issue and get a hotfix issued by 7 AM).

Close, but you've mixed up hours with months, or even years. The only bug I ever reported to Microsoft (an error in the daylight saving handling of their C runtime library) got fixed 7 YEARS later.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

jrumney Re:ACLU (1617 comments)

Would help if you read properly before engaging knee.

in today's world. The rest of us outside of the Middle East, Africa and small parts of Asia and South America

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

jrumney Re:ACLU (1617 comments)

This is the same view the ACLU has, and it's why they don't dive into 2nd Amendment cases because it's basically a radical view in today's US of A.

FTFY. Actually, most of the world does not find restricting gun ownership to be in the least bit radical in today's world. The rest of us outside of the Middle East, Africa and small parts of Asia and South America accept that our own governments do not have it in for us.

about a week ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

jrumney Re:Less apple more ISO standard interface please (194 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.

about two weeks ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

jrumney Re:And they've already stopped (304 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.

about two weeks ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

jrumney Re:And they've already stopped (304 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.

about two weeks ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

jrumney Re:Backport\Upstream? Seems unlikely (304 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.

about two weeks ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

jrumney Re:Subtle attack against C/C++ (188 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.

about two weeks ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

jrumney Re:python?! (188 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.

about two weeks ago

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