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Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

pegdhcp Re: microsofties here is your chance to party (97 comments)

I felt very old, seeing the -almost- standard assembler practices called old school. When I was young, most CPUs had lots of undocumented instructions, usually due to overuse of Karnaugh. Given the basic electronic structures are still the same, I have a strong suspicion, that position still holds true...

2 days ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

pegdhcp Transistors was there but memory was not? WTF (78 comments)

This should be a new component in electronics, right? "Memory" as a component! I should not stop reading periodicals after the school.Or maybe somebody should star reading such, before copy pasting crap...

about a month ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

pegdhcp Re:From TFA (113 comments)

First of all IANAL,
2nd of all, I will state Turkish practice, which was shaped on European (Swiss and German in this case) law. keeping those in mind:

In a commercial relation/contract, there are certain obligations, where illegal activity of one party becomes a joint responsibility of other, like obligations toward employees and most importantly consumers' rights issues. So the stronger partners in a contract (ICAAN for example) usually put in protective measures against illegal (or just shady) activities of the other party to the contract. This usually in the form of (you must report your activities related to such legal obligations/regulations. Failing to do so, or upon discovery of any misconduct related to such regulations, we can and will reflect possible penalties and liabilities to your account and we will have right to immediate optional termination)... (My translation might be sucking a little)
If such a clause exist in a contract, you can claim in the court that you acted to the best of your ability to prevent any such misconduct by other party, even if you had not acted upon these conditions (if you can prove you were unaware of such misconduct...).

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

pegdhcp Re:Better yet... (536 comments)

Eclipse is a very good IDE as far as IDEs go. If you do not like integrated environments, pico is the best editor I have ever used, extremely simple and very un-talented, but it is fast and reliable, easy to learn and use. Lack of options is a blessing if you are -like me- a sloppy typist and could generate random CTRL sequences etc. as they are not translated into esoteric commands (like that happens in EMACS for example).

about 2 months ago
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NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

pegdhcp Re:Too Big to Be Indicted... (245 comments)

this is sounding like a punishment duty I unfortunately did not think about during my previous incarnation as an operations manager :) shame on me I guess. "hey, you are going to explain memory upgrade requirement for SAP on MS (I know I know, long story) platform from 16 GB to 64 GB to accounting!"

about 3 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

pegdhcp Re:Not denying something is different from forcing (406 comments)

This is the most unethical and/or idiotic argument I have ever seen in /. . You sir, besides being an Anonymous Coward, are also a complete idiot. I do not know what is your fucking degree is, but it obviously was granted by mistake, during an examination that does not require existence of a brain in your skull. I can write programs in several languages, and this is my profession for the last 24 years. By your argument, while I should be able to use my rights, 99% of human population would need to learn coding in order to be able to use theirs, in a society which spent more time to type on a keyboard than write using a pen.....

about 3 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

pegdhcp Re:Not denying something is different from forcing (406 comments)

Unfortunately, it is easier for some people to let other people to think for them, instead of doing it themselves. Such as, some people have difficulty to see RMS' is not the only ethical analysis of the current political and technical situation of IT. At the most basic level; If there is a software utility exist in a platform I use,I can choose to use or not to use it, so I have the freedom. If such utility does not exist I cannot decide to use it so I do not have the freedom....

about 3 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

pegdhcp Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

On this issue; Ian Banks' Excession has some very realistic (as far as SF goes) millisecond long battle scenes....

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Isn't Accepting New Posts, Likes, Comments...

pegdhcp Re:And.... (258 comments)

I have not realized that we had one.... Interesting, I wonder which verb is irregular.
When it is your native language peculiarities of the language tend to be overlooked. For example, in Turkish vocalization of vowels are horrible. We kid ourselves that it is very simple and regular. They might be simpler than English, but there are strange variations. I became aware of those modifications only in University while trying to explain my English teacher, how we understand particular homonyms' different meanings out of context. It turned out that they were not homonyms, but homographs.
And yes, I cheated by using Google now, it is not possible to remember homonym, homograph and homophone after 20 years :)

about 10 months ago
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I use spinning-drive storage media ...

pegdhcp Re:Storage. (232 comments)

In 1992 we were buying 1 MB SIMM RAM for 50 USD, when ordered in bulk for our company, SIPP had a 10% or more cost-up. Then there was a big fire in one of the producers' facilities (I guess it was in 1993), that doubled prices overnight to 100 USD/MB range. Then prices lowered gradually, probabably it was due to relaunch of new production facilities in Japan and Korea...

about a year ago
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Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death

pegdhcp Re:AltaVista (176 comments)

Do you remember DEC? If they could see the potential in search engine market, they would end up buying Compaq and HP, with the head start they have. For the sake of fairness, I do not think nobody could see search services as a major product before Google showed us.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Online Identity Important When Searching For Technical Jobs?

pegdhcp Re:As the song asks... (358 comments)

maintaining a Facebook page has much to do with what kind of employee I want, unless perhaps those "tweets" particularly socially unacceptable.

Unfortunate point you seem to be missing is that HR do not care about "what you need". And maybe due to my increasing age, I can understand their PoV. They do not understand, or they do not believe that it is their job to understand what you and your future co-worker, assistant, slave would be doing while working. I have spent maybe hundreds of precious working hours to explain, if a network team could find time to play a networked FPS, it is a good network team. In short IT definition of work is not compatible to suits' definition of work. HR mainly concerns with turnover rates, costs and business ethics etc.

HR people usually believe that sociable candidates are better that not so sociable ones. So that, regardless of the qualifications related to technical abilities, they are looking for such activities. So a good social networking presence is a better start for any job applicant. Fortunately Linkedin and slashdot are also acceptable as social networking environments for most HR experts.

about a year ago
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Gaming Roots: MUD and the Birth of MMOs

pegdhcp Re:anyone rememeber CoffeeHouse? (99 comments)

That is why I love Action Point limited systems. After wasting so much time that could be devoted to study, work or family in NannyMud I was away from multiplayer games for a long while. Then I found Pardus (not the Linux distro but the game at www.pardus.at) Pardus limits your daily activity with a set amount of APs which regenerates very slowly, thus you cannot kill your whole day in front of it.

about a year ago
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The Underhanded C Contest Is Back

pegdhcp Re:actual challenge this year (88 comments)

I have a serious count of friends(!) both in facebook (even after I left it) and in linkedin. Maybe 10% or at most 30% of them knows me in person. Maybe 5% knows me as a real friend.

I do not have many real friends, who has them I do not know...

about a year ago
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The Underhanded C Contest Is Back

pegdhcp Re:actual challenge this year (88 comments)

This is an obviously needed utility for C programmer community, in order to gain some "friends" on ????book. What good would come from a "friend on ????book database" is another and completely unrelated question.

about a year ago
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US Stealth Jet Has To Talk To Allied Planes Over Unsecured Radio

pegdhcp Re:Ironic (270 comments)

Surely they could solve this using a verbal code.

I guess "secure" means more than "secret" in the context of TFA. As it is mentioned that regular radio can be triangulated, hence I am assuming that "secure radio" should be protected from that. Which might mean serious frequency hopping and probably bouncing signal from big birds flying above etc...

about a year and a half ago
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IBM's Watson Goes To College To Extend Abilities

pegdhcp Re:They are behind the schedule (94 comments)

I used to think like, that there is a threshold, a stage of development, after which the machines would start developing so fast. It was going to modify Moore's Law as instead of "every two years" it would be "every two minutes".... Now I think there is a problem with that approach. The efficiency of computing resources are dropping. I am writing this message on a computer which has maybe ten times of storage and computing power, that my whole school had back in 1996, when I was graduated. I used to be responsible of such statistics there; 13 k undergrads, 4 k masters and above level students and maybe 300 full professors with lots of lower levels and assistants were both making scientific research and use those devices from Internet to games. At the moment, aside from writing to /. most serious thing I use this computer is reading mail, and some gaming.

In short we are producing and using serious amount of IT resources, but those are not being utilized as efficient as expected in the past....

about a year and a half ago
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IBM's Watson Goes To College To Extend Abilities

pegdhcp They are behind the schedule (94 comments)

As the system should have been able to gain self awareness in 29 August 1997, way behind. Typical software project management failure........

about a year and a half ago
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Anonymous Leaks 1M Apple Device UDIDs

pegdhcp Re:How to lose friends and not infuence anyone (282 comments)

Who asked a permission to run any software on a device bought and paid for?
You might not have permission (especialy for Apple) to run a software you obtained a license to, on each hardware you wanted to do so. You cannot run iOS image you have lifted of your iPhone on a Nokia or God forbid, on a Samsung. However when you buy a hardware (and assuming it is not a Ferrari), you can run any software on it. You can use it as a door-stop if you like. Thus if like to do so and able to do so, you can run Android, or Linux on a Macbook.

about 2 years ago
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The Truth About Hiring "Rock Star" Developers

pegdhcp Re:Who is the author, and what has he done? (487 comments)

I do not think the Author is a complete poseur, so asking him to leave the hall would not be 100% correct solution. He seemed to have some project management experience. However there is a problem with him that I cannot put my finger on (or an appropriate place). No programmer in his right (or left one for that matter) mind can believe that a "programming test" during an interview would provide any meaningful indicator about a coder's abilities. Maybe you can ask the difference between SET versus SELECT and INSERT, but the answer would show the philosophical position of candidate at best. He can say that SET is a three letter command and others are six letter (thus inefficient :) ) commands, that there is a need for a four letter command in between.... He would be right. He can talk about the differences between utilization of read and write pipes amongst those commands and he would be right again. If I were to answer I would talk about offloading some CPU tasks from application server to database server and I would be right too. However a programming test, to see if a programmer can code, especially if you are looking for a possible "cowboy" (which is more suitable to the case than "rock star" I assume) is absurd. It is like claiming that there are already people in staff who can evaluate the code from such people... It would be more likely a case of "You are not expected to understand this", if candidate is really a good programmer. My Assembly instructor used to tell us that "no good programmer can understand their code after a year"...

about 2 years ago

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Miss Universe's visit to Guantanamo

pegdhcp pegdhcp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pegdhcp (1158827) writes "The latest winner of Miss Universe Contest (during which, no IQ test is performed, obviously) had visited the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, and as far as I can read (before my brain started to melt and drain from my ears) she wants to stay there forever. It seems that the original blog entry is off the air at the moment but that probably would not be the end of this story. Poor Chavez, I would not want to be in his shoes, when the phone rings, and the call is from Cuba..."
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Partial collapse in Antarctic ice shelf

pegdhcp pegdhcp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pegdhcp (1158827) writes "There are reports on a catastrophic failure in Wilkins Ice Shelf. Following were first ones to catch. We probably will need to develop gills soon, preferably before the discovery of "governmentally acceptable scientific evidences"...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilkins_Sound

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jnjYmtmAnaPQ4YWKA6WpWdm2X8yAD8VKMVQ80

http://www.mercopress.com/vernoticia.do?id=12976&formato=HTML

http://environment.newscientist.com/article/dn13530-antarctic-iceshelf-hanging-by-a-thread.html

http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/press/press_releases/press_release.php?id=376 "

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Microsoft's offer for Yahoo

pegdhcp pegdhcp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pegdhcp (1158827) writes "While this is not the first time Microsoft and Yahoo are flirting it might be the last time as Microsoft is offering 44.6 Billion USD at 62% premium over the actual market value of Yahoo. Here goes my Yahoo Groups' memberships..."
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Article about gaming history, from a user's view

pegdhcp pegdhcp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pegdhcp (1158827) writes "This article is about gaming devices and their history from a user's perspective. I think it would be useful for new generations to learn what it was like before..."

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