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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

roothog Diff (357 comments)

So he identified the vulnerability by diffing the patch against the original? Seems like a pretty obvious investigative step, as in it's one of the first things you'd want to look at if GM isn't telling you what they changed in the ignition switch. Diffing software security patches to identify vulnerable code is standard practice. I guess the GM thing is maybe interesting since it's mechanical hardware, though investigators in things like fraudulent aircraft parts have been diffing hardware for years.

about 4 months ago

HP's NonStop Servers Go x86, Countdown To Itanium Extinction Begins

roothog Re:15-core E7 v2? (243 comments)

It's just a grid of cores on the chip layout. Nothing wrong with a grid that's 3x5. A 2-dimensional grid does not force the number of cores to be a power of 2.

about 9 months ago

Former Microsoft Exec: Microsoft Has "Become the Thing They Despised"

roothog Re:Explanatory Memes (488 comments)

Plus it makes one think of breasts.

Oh, the Sears Wishbook. Two things every growing boy needed, a toys section, and an intimate apparel section.

about 2 years ago

San Diego's Fireworks Show Over In 15 Seconds

roothog Re:Wasn't there... (241 comments)

Welp, I don't normally respond to a cynical mod-down, but I'm dead serious with this one.

So if you're so pissed off by my statement that you feel the need to hit Underrated in the popdown, maybe you're not laid back enough for such recreational activity. :P

"Underrated" means that they were modding you up, not down. The mod down is called "Overrated".

about 2 years ago

Wikipedia As a "War Zone," Rather Than a Collaboration

roothog Re:It's a start (194 comments)

The simple English Wikipedia doesn't try to simplify scientific concepts any more than the regular English Wikipedia. It just uses basic words chosen from a small vocabulary set (when possible), and simple sentence construction. It's meant as an aid for people learning the English language. It's not going to help you understand complex physics topics like the one you mentioned.

You need to parse the title as "(Simple English) Wikipedia", not as "Simple (English Wikipedia)".

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

roothog Re:We'll see (712 comments)

Are you surprised? This has been MS's strategy for the better part of a decade. Try to compete on vapor rather than on what's shipping. A competitor announces that they're shipping, say, a new MacBook, and MS will announce that they've got something flashy and new about to come out. When it finally ships two and a half years later, it's a POS nowhere close to what MS claimed it was going to be.

Remember everything that MS said was going to be in Vista?

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 Pre RTM Metro UI Leaked

roothog Re:let me guess? (484 comments)

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that you didn't RTFA...

more than 2 years ago

Antivirus Firms Out of Their League With Stuxnet, Flame

roothog Re:It is very simple. Virus "protection" isn't (233 comments)

You should look up Stephanie Forrest's research. She's been doing things like that for the past 20 years. To give you an idea, she has a mid-90's paper called "A Sense of Self for UNIX Processes".

more than 2 years ago

Member Claims Anonymous "Might Well Be the Most Powerful Organization On Earth"

roothog Poseurs (241 comments)

It's funny how if a group is *actually* powerful, you never see them making claims that they're powerful. Their actions say more than words.

Anonymous are just poseurs. Not only are they poseurs on world-scale power, they're poseurs on computer hacking, all they know how to do is run DoS attacks. They're an embarrassment.

more than 2 years ago

Russian Superjet 100 Crashes During Demo Flight, Killing All Aboard

roothog Re:Repeat Customers? (339 comments)

Purchasing price probably dropped a bit. Good time to get a deal.

more than 2 years ago

Russian Superjet 100 Crashes During Demo Flight, Killing All Aboard

roothog Re:Repeat Customers? (339 comments)

Aeroflot's an airline, not an aircraft manufacturer. Aeroflot flies mostly Boeing and Airbus today.

more than 2 years ago

Russian Superjet 100 Crashes During Demo Flight, Killing All Aboard

roothog Re:Probably lost the sale, too! (339 comments)

I believe they were trying to show off, and here's why I think that. One of the news sites had a video (looked like Google Earth) showing where the plane took off, and where it crashed. The mountain it crashed into is this really isolated and abrupt thing sticking way up out of lower elevation terrain. It was very clear from that imagery that the plane took off and made a bee line for those scenic mountains for impressive views for those on board. I think the pilot tried to do a close fly by and did not realize just how steep that mountain was (it is practically vertical where the plane impacted).

So it's a repeat of the Italian captain driving his cruise ship onto a reef.

more than 2 years ago

Rand Paul Has a Quick Fix For TSA: Pull the Plug

roothog Re:It's about damn time (1051 comments)

Do you realize that airport security screening was run by private companies prior to 9/11 and the creation of the TSA? It's been incredibly worse under government control.

more than 2 years ago

NY Judge Rules IP Addresses Insufficient To Identify Pirates

roothog Re:PhotoRadar Example? (268 comments)

Not true. Usually they need photographic evidence of both your car and your face.

more than 2 years ago

NY Judge Rules IP Addresses Insufficient To Identify Pirates

roothog IPv6 (268 comments)

Hey, we can finally get IPv6 adopted everywhere now that the entertainment mafiaas will lobby for every system to have a unique address.

more than 2 years ago

Navy To Auction Stealth Ship

roothog Re:Location: 38.069454,-122.101722 (124 comments)

If I had the money to bid on a ship, I'd prefer the USS Iowa on the other end of that row.

about 2 years ago

Fly-By-Wire Contributed To Air France 447 Disaster

roothog Re:The speed sensors froze up (319 comments)

Yes, and then they switched on anti-ice and got all their sensors back. At the time of the crash, the plane was operating correctly (though in alternate law without stall protection due to the earlier airspeed disagree).

about 2 years ago


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