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Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

mt1955 Re:More than one (204 comments)

Funny +1

We used to sing that song for real till Nixon stopped the draft -- just in time for me -- only 5 weeks after I had to register

about 5 months ago

Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

mt1955 My only regret is... (204 comments)

... That I have but one life to give for my country.

As for me, Edward Snowden is a man cut from the same cloth as Nathan Hale

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

mt1955 Magic kingdom Orlando (310 comments)

Sitting on curb in tomorrow land using an iPad ssh session to server

It was just a bit of shell scripting but it had to be done immediately for client

about 7 months ago

New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

mt1955 Re:"Llets you find?" (156 comments)

that is soooo close -- almost spot on -- how did you guess?

actually, I wanted to rate it Funny and Coincidentally-I'm-Reading-Soul-Music-Riight-Now but I hit the the Overrated option instead -- the poster never deserved that so I had to post to undo it

(note to self; never drink gin+Campari+Cointreau+lemon while moderating)

about 8 months ago

New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

mt1955 Re:"Llets you find?" (156 comments)

ack -- posting to undo mod error

about 8 months ago

Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

mt1955 Re:Good for him (91 comments)

re: hearing -- to keep this from coming across as an ad or spam I encoded it just a little but I'm sure you'll get it; I just got my first one a couple of months ago for less than $250 from a site with same name as a big famous river in South America. If you go there (the site, not the river) search for Tweak Hearing Focus Model. Small design, smart electronics, works great and real people at the seller actually answer the phone if you have questions or need anything. Like all super heroes these do have one vulnerability -- water -- so if you get them keep them dry.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

mt1955 it depends... (379 comments)

You might be able to surmise from my username that I could be about 3 years from retirement (as if I would -- I love what I'm doing)

I've always stayed current and learn something new every day. I have found it definitely does depend on the culture of the company you are dealing with but also on the nature of the work. For freelance work, just about everyone I deal with seems quite happy to depend on "the old guy" to get it done, especially if they would consider the project a grind. They know they will get a good result and I can tell it just feels like a safe bet to them.

It happens sometimes that after a few freelance projects a company will want to talk about hiring me full time. On the East/West coast is where I have encountered the "I'm young and smart so you must be old and dumb" attitude. I sure don't take it personally. And in the Midwest decades of experience still counts for plenty and they will wine & dine you to get you go full time.

about 9 months ago

MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

mt1955 theft-proof by design? (465 comments)

Wasn't bitcoin supposed to be theft-proof by design?

There is some kind of chain of ownership built into each coin, right? So doesn't that mean a "stolen" coins can't really be spent then, because the chain of ownership is part of the coin and the thief will be exposed as soon as they try to use it.

Or something like that. I guess I just don't get it. If anyone can explain I'd appreciate it.

about 10 months ago

Drive-by Android Malware Exploits Unpatchable Vulnerability

mt1955 Everything old is new again (120 comments)

Android feels like it is steadily becoming the new Windows.

-- It's showing up everywhere.

-- The version issues hark back to the days of "DLL hell"

-- This drum beat of exploits has a familiar rhythm too.

-- As a multi-platform developer I find I'm always having to reboot my device, and the IDE just to get a clean test run.

Call me a fan boy but iOS is a much better world to work and play in

about 10 months ago

FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

mt1955 Re:So..... (445 comments)

Posting to undo mod mistake

about 10 months ago

Flying Snake Mysteries Revealed

mt1955 Re:I have HAD it... TOO (78 comments)

I know what you mean in the sense that /. articles are often "olds" instead of news

However for me there are two other considerations;

It may be news to me -- and possibly others -- as is the case with this article

More importantly I usually get more insights on the topic from the discussion it generates than from the article itself

Anyway, thanks for pointing out this is actually "olds" -- good to know!

about a year ago

Apple II DOS Source Code Released

mt1955 Re:Game disk images in licensed emulator bundles (211 comments)

Copyright should end after 10yrs max. Whatever paltry profits apple may stand to gain from hording things like this to themselves pale in comparison to the lost history if such things are destroyed before they're ever released to the public.

Whether copyrights should or should not last no more than 10 years is an interesting question but chances are they will always be much longer than that especially as life spans continue to increase. Meanwhile for something more unfailing than Moore's law check out the "how old is Mickey" copyright curve.

about a year ago

Snowden Used Social Engineering To Get Classified Documents

mt1955 Re:Fire them (276 comments)

I totally agree. What kind of an idiot gives their passowrd to an administrator?

Victims of the BOFH

about a year ago

DoD News Aggregation Service "The Early Bird" Dead After 65 Years

mt1955 The only constant is (25 comments)

... Is Change and not always for the better

about a year ago

10 Wearable Habitats To Shelter You From the Apocalypse

mt1955 I'll be the envy of all... (135 comments)

... at the next Occupy Movement sit-in with my new Ecouterre wearable habitat!

about a year ago

How Do You Get Better Bug Reports From Users?

mt1955 Re:oops (FTFY) (205 comments)

oh, I thought it was a feature =)

I hit "overrated" by accident on a decent post and thought the author deserved better treatment than that... afaik that's the only way to "undo"

about a year and a half ago

How Do You Get Better Bug Reports From Users?

mt1955 oops (205 comments)

posting to revert mod mistake

about a year and a half ago

Aurora Attackers Were Looking For Google's Surveillance Database

mt1955 Re: "highering" is right! (81 comments)

Please mod up! Funny +1

about a year and a half ago

A Truckload of OAuth Issues That Would Make Any Author Quit

mt1955 totally secure == powered off (86 comments)

OAuth is ugly to implement, no argument there.

Most of the points made in the article were interesting and seemed valid to me but near the conclusion it felt like the author was reaching bit by ignoring the refresh token concept to make the final point.

The threat of a hacked browser was a bit of an eye opener for me -- never heard that one brought up as a possibility while working on an OAuth implementation for a client.

about a year ago

New Java 0-Day Vulnerability Being Exploited In the Wild

mt1955 Re:Surprise Surprise (193 comments)

It is a poor worker who blames his tools. The language is not the problem, it is what you do with it but still...

YOUR PROGRAMMING TASK: To shoot yourself in the foot.

C: You shoot yourself in the foot.

C++: You accidentally create a dozen instances of yourself and shoot them all in the foot. Providing emergency medical assistance is impossible since you can't tell which are bitwise copies and which are just pointing at others and saying, "That's me, over there."

Perl: You grep through a list of your body parts, shooting the bits that look like feet. On the first try, you don't shoot anything, and realize that you're matching hashrefs instead of scalars. On the second try, you shoot off your big toe instead of the whole foot (shouldn't have used greedy matching in the regex). Finally, you shoot yourself in the foot, generalize your code to allow it to shoot anyone anywhere, and post it on CPAN as SUICIDE::LITE.

Python: You want to shoot the toes off your foot. You ask your foot to tell you about all of your toes, but to please pause for a while after each one so you can shoot it. After you shoot, your foot begins where it left off.

FORTRAN: You shoot yourself in each toe, iteratively, until you run out of toes, then you read in the next foot and repeat. If you run out of bullets, you continue with the attempts to shoot anyways because you have no exception-handling capability.

Pascal: The compiler won't let you shoot yourself in the foot.

Ada: After correctly packing your foot, you attempt to concurrently load the gun, pull the trigger, scream, and shoot yourself in the foot. When you try, however, you discover you can't because your foot is of the wrong type.

COBOL: Using a COLT 45 HANDGUN, AIM gun at LEG.FOOT, THEN place ARM.HAND.FINGER on HANDGUN.TRIGGER and SQUEEZE. THEN return HANDGUN to HOLSTER. CHECK whether shoelace needs to be re-tied.

LISP: You shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds...

FORTH: Foot in yourself shoot.

BASIC: Shoot yourself in the foot with a water pistol. On large systems, continue until entire lower body is waterlogged.

Java: You find that Microsoft and Oracle have released incompatible class libraries both implementing Gun objects. You then find that although there are plenty of feet objects implemented in the past, you cannot get access to one. But seeing as Java is so cool, you don't care and go around shooting anything else you can find.

about 2 years ago



Running Cars on Liquid Nitrogen

mt1955 mt1955 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mt1955 writes "This would be really cool (pun intended) Using a difference engine to run cars with liquid nitrogen. IO9 reports: With all the hype surrounding electric cars and hydrogen-powered fuel-cells, it's easy to think hydrogen is the future of automobiles. But as people start developing and popularizing these enviro-friendly cars, some problems are becoming apparent. And meanwhile, there's a new kid on the block that is threatening to overturn our assumptions about electric cars — and its name is liquid nitrogen. What do you think slashdotters? Could a liquid nitrogen difference engine be the next big thing since the horseless carriage?"



DARPA dreams about mind control

mt1955 mt1955 writes  |  more than 5 years ago From http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/05/pentagon-preps-soldier-telepathy-push/

The agency's budget for the next fiscal year includes $4 million to start up a program called Silent Talk. The goal is to "allow user-to-user communication on the battlefield without the use of vocalized speech through analysis of neural signals." That's on top of the $4 million the Army handed out last year to the University of California to investigate the potential for computer-mediated telepathy.

I am all out of tin foil, will a spaghetti strainer work?


Automotive Industry Bailout

mt1955 mt1955 writes  |  more than 6 years ago Should the US government bailout the Big 3 Automakers?


mt1955 mt1955 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Nothing like a court case to bring out the dirty laundry: Steve Ballmer reportedly tossed a chair and said, "I'll kill Google" and Bill Gates is quoted as saying "China has f****d Microsoft" according to court testimony in the Kai-Fu Lee case. In the case Microsoft wants Lee to be prevented from working before a January trial, arguing it would violate a noncompete agreement. Google says the contract does not prevent him from doing recruiting work in China. Judge Steven Gonzalez is expected to rule next Tuesday.


mt1955 mt1955 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Two Harvard Business School professors, Pankaj Ghemawat and Ramon Casadesus-Masanel, predict there will be no clear winner between Microsoft and Linux:

"the authors believe, neither side is likely to be forced from the battlefield--Microsoft has too much market share and OSS offers too many benefits for users

Groklaw offers some insight about the article as well.


Treasury of Computer Humor

mt1955 mt1955 writes  |  more than 9 years ago I used to really enjoy the pithy random quotes on the now-defunct ComputerSecurityNow website and I can still get an occasional fix by digging around with the WayBack Machine but does anyone know where that particular collection of quotes can be found? (... as a tab delimited text file would be nice!)

Failing that, just where is the treasury of computer quotes?


Rover Solar Panels Cleaned

mt1955 mt1955 writes  |  more than 9 years ago New Scientist reports that the Mars Rover Opportunity has had its solar panels cleaned on at least four seperate occasions and NASA doesn't know how it's happening.

The rovers landed on Mars in January with solar cells capable of providing more than 900 watt-hours of electricity per day. Spirit's output has dropped to about 400 watt-hours, partly because Martian dust has caked its solar panels. Opportunity's output also declined at first - to around 500 watt-hours - but over the past six months it has regained power (New Scientist, 30 October, p 6). Lately, its solar cells have been delivering just over 900 watt-hours.

Rover team leader Jim Erickson at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, told New Scientist that a process still not understood.


'Good Morning Silicon Valley' Ate My Newsfeed!

mt1955 mt1955 writes  |  more than 10 years ago Last year I got interested in news feeds but since a lot of the sites I visited didn't have them yet I wrote some scrapers in php and went merrily on my way... I don't know exactly when they started doing this but today I noticed Good Morning Silicon Valley had added a link to my scraped feed under the title "Add GMSV headlines to your site"... One would think that they would be less than willing to rely on my dubious efforts for their content but perhaps my scraping days are numbered anyway.

[Original GMSV page archived here ]

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