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Stealthy Dopant-Level Hardware Trojans

kakaburra I wonder (166 comments)

I wonder if that can be called a trojan

about a year ago
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Liberal Saudi Web Forum Founder Sentenced To 600 Lashes and 7 Years In Prison

kakaburra Re:A prime example (506 comments)

I don't think long lifespans are a necessity.. you can reproduce in flight and train the newer generation enroute..

1 year,19 days
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Are Contests the Best Way To Find Programmers?

kakaburra Re:Contests are the best way... (260 comments)

who have time to participate in contests

don't blame time, blame yourself for not managing it.

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

kakaburra Re:Contests are the best way... (260 comments)

to find programmers who like contests.

and the people who win these contests happen to be very good programmers, so, all in all its a great way to find talent.

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

kakaburra Re:nope (260 comments)

Don't you think a programmer who can churn out working code in a short span can do "properly engineered code" when the need arises? In coding contests, speed is important, it is the "goal" hence there is no need to "engineer" it properly. It just needs to work. A guy who actually "engineers" it for sake of robustness, readability, etc in a coding contest has lost track of the goals of the contest and would be more of an idealist than a practical man. The sort of people who rank high in coding contests are generally very good programmers, very strong in algorithms, pragmatic and fast. I would take them any day.

about a year ago
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Australian Bureau of Statistics Doesn't Like Direct Downloads of Census Data

kakaburra Re:Bit torrent (136 comments)

I assume someone will download the whole dataset and make a torrent out of it before long

If you RTFA, the guy who actually discovered it torrented the dataset.

about a year ago
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Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

kakaburra Re:My theory (1010 comments)

I don't know why people upgrade to 8gb RAM. I've a 4gb ram and my os hardly used 50% of it. I've a swap of 8gb which is never used. I don't know what kind of applications you run to need 8gb of ram; video editing, big games?

about a year ago
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How Would an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Die?

kakaburra Re:Bad headline (412 comments)

Everything approaching a black hole is being compressed; you'd be exposed to the burning energy of a hundred thousand million thermonuclear explosions before reaching the event horizon.

The high temperatures is produced not by things getting compressed, but because breaking bonds between a pair of entangled particles is highly exothermic. Also Polchinski says things get burned at event horizon, not compressed.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

kakaburra Modified pebble (322 comments)

All the features in pebble + touch screen interface (those buttons look so hard). A colour screen would be nice too (if it doesn't affect battery life).

about a year and a half ago
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£6700 Phone Uses Android Instead of Windows

kakaburra Re:For that much money... (142 comments)

you couldn't hire one engineer for 10k let alone team of engineers.. anyway those are the kind of people who buy stuff because of the price not because of functionality

about a year and a half ago
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Rapiscan's Backscatter Machines May End Up In US Federal Buildings

kakaburra Duh! (171 comments)

What a fucking waste of money

about a year and a half ago
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Intel Gigabit NIC Packet of Death

kakaburra Re:Counterfeit Intel NIC? Apparently not. (137 comments)

say that it is counterfeit. Really cuts support costs!

Also cuts sales volume. If someone tells me there are lots of counterfeits that look almost like original, I'd stop buying.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Name Conflicts In Automatically Generated Email Addresses?

kakaburra Re:Go with usernames. (383 comments)

I'm an Indian myself and haven't had any such experience. Maybe his name is Mohammad Farooq Beary, and he'd just omitted Farooq to shorten his name for passport or something? Anyway, that seems to be an exception rather than the norm.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Name Conflicts In Automatically Generated Email Addresses?

kakaburra Re:Go with usernames. (383 comments)

give me one example

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Name Conflicts In Automatically Generated Email Addresses?

kakaburra Re:Go with usernames. (383 comments)

and then call themselves something else entirely.

no they don't

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon.com Suffers Outage: Nearly $5M Down the Drain?

kakaburra Re:Hmm... (173 comments)

You could also argue that given the amount of news this outage generated, more people visited the site and hence more impulse purchases.

about a year and a half ago

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