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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

nyet Have they ever? (303 comments)

Has any law enforcement agency ever maintained that they need a warrant for anything?

about three weeks ago
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NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

nyet Re:what's wrong with ifconfig? (164 comments)

Don't forget avahi, which reliably causes shutdown to take o^n time (vs number of network interfaces and ipaliases) to shut down

about a month ago
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TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

nyet Security theater (276 comments)

TSA trying oh so very hard to appear effective.

about a month ago
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A/C Came Standard On Some Armored Dinosaur Models

nyet Not A/C (34 comments)

If it doesn't feature the Carnot cycle, it isn't actually A/C, IMO.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

nyet Re:Your bed, lie in it. (204 comments)

Suing likely will cost more than just eating the remainder of the service contract, AND has no guarantee of success.

This is why the whole "proprietary software is supported so it has a lower TCO" is often a myth.

Lockin always has risk, and to that extent, presents a very real cost.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

nyet Re:Your bed, lie in it. (204 comments)

He has a choice.

Pay lawyers to get out of the contract (and run the risk of paying lawyers and STILL being on contract).

Eat the remainder of the support costs, learn from his mistakes, and move on.

Guess which probably costs less and has a better EV?

Either way, somebody made a poor decision, and it is going to cost money and time.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

nyet Re:Your bed, lie in it. (204 comments)

I doubt it does. In fact, I'm willing to bet it does not, because every time I see this complaint (and I see it all the time), it is because an idiot PHB made a stupid, uninformed, technically clueless decision. Standards compliance is never on the RFP of a PHB. And if it is, it disappears as soon as the PHB gets distracted by something shiny. If it is something PHBs love, it is vendor lockin.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

nyet Your bed, lie in it. (204 comments)

You chose your vendor poorly. Hope you learned from it. Next time choose a standards based VPN solution that works across many different platforms and clients.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

nyet Re:Powershell (729 comments)

if (ret = fun()) printf ("fun failed, ret=%d\n", ret);
Now, of course most compilers warn you when you do that...

about 5 months ago
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Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

nyet Re:Idiots and their "BSP"s (141 comments)

Absolutely. The situation is not sustainable.

Even worse, because every SOC is a haphazard pile of random and arbitrarily buggy peripherals, there is no deterministic way (at run time) to enumerate all of the peripherals, and thus which various driver variants (and even worse, binary blobs) are required to make them work.

So by definition, none of this can EVER go into the mainline. Every kernel fork is its own disconnected universe, dedicated to a single snapshot of a single SOC and its particular collection of peripherals.

But if you try to explain this to a PHB (or, say TI), you'll get nothing but blank stares. There is nobody home.

about 5 months ago
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Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

nyet Idiots and their "BSP"s (141 comments)

The reason embedded device kernels never get updated is because the source code for them is on some SOC vendor's way out there fork of some ancient kernel that nobody with a clue actively develops for anymore.

And the vendor (say, TI) had hired a bunch of clueless interns to write the "BSP"s (old acronym from the binary blob obsessed asshats at vxworks et al) for their SOCs and the cluster of shoddily designed peripherals crowbarred into the SOC.

And those interns wrote code so toxic and broken that no sane kernel developer would ever have accept any of their garbage into any mainline kernel tree.

So there are all these embedded devices out there with kernels from the 90s, and it would take time (and expertise) that none of the vendors have (including the SOC suppliers, like TI) to merge the changes into something even remotely contemporary.

All of this because the requirements for these embedded projects (dictated by clueless PHBs) is only "linux support" not "mainline kernel support", so SOC vendors (like TI) just don't have the incentive to develop SOC peripheral driver code suitable for mainline inclusion.

about 5 months ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

nyet Typical PHB speak (166 comments)

You don't have to be intelligent/reasonable to control intelligent/reasonable people, you just have to convince them that you are. You can go on being a clueless dipshit in all other respects.

about 5 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

nyet Re:Linux, a miracle (739 comments)

Because if you aren't incompetent, you won't get yelled at.

Unlike a corporate structure, where you don't get yelled if you play the game right.

If you are incompetent, please don't develop linux kernel code. Go work for a corporation.You'll find you're a better fit, and if you play your cards right, you won't get yelled at no matter how bad you are at your job.

about 5 months ago
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India's National Informatics Centre Forged Google SSL Certificates

nyet Re:So SSL is nothing more than an honor system? (107 comments)

It's a shame that browsers have such freakouts over self signed certs, because there is really little difference between them and officially signed certs

Exactly. Especially since you can get a "real" cert from one of many, many, free cert signing services. What is the point?

about 7 months ago
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How MIT and Caltech's Coding Breakthrough Could Accelerate Mobile Network Speeds

nyet Re:what the FEC... (129 comments)

FEC algorithms do not treat (an unknown number) of lost bits as a stream of 0 bits, since it can't know how many bits are lost.

about 8 months ago
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How MIT and Caltech's Coding Breakthrough Could Accelerate Mobile Network Speeds

nyet Re:what the FEC... (129 comments)

FEC generally does not seek to recover lost data, only the proper state of flipped bits.

about 8 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

nyet Re:They don't "oppose" the technology (584 comments)

Daniel Sterling received (and still receives) death threats. Does that mean he's right, and all of his critics are crazy?

about 8 months ago

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