×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

santax Re:Yet again C bites us in the ass (303 comments)

Listen, I develop hardware as a hobby, My current project is a nice oldschool z80 system. I need direct memory access. In the z80 project I use assembly language (hell, I wrote my bootloader in a hexeditor!) if I was to use a arm-cpu I would have used C for the most part. If you design your own systems or (toy) OS you absolutely need to use a language that let's you access everything. You can't boot a system without that access. It's impossible. What MS platform are you talking about? Is that the xbox or the x86? If the latter is true, I would call that a linux or bsd platform.

about two weeks ago
top

OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

santax Re:Yet again C bites us in the ass (303 comments)

Hi, if you don't mind, I like to do with my computers what I want. Including direct memory access. If I want to be limited I would buy something from Apple. Thanks.

about two weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

santax Those who can do, those who can't teach. (451 comments)

After reading your question this one came to my mind. Those who can do, those who can't teach. But it does makes me wonder what you are teaching these kids if you have to ask us how to get a job in the tech-world. I hope your pupils won't have to ask that same question.

about a month and a half ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

santax Re:Don't (682 comments)

Well, while I feel sorry for you. I really think every child has a right to see / speak both the parents on a regular base, we don;t know if there is a divorce. Might as well that the father is in the army overseas. Or something else. The problem with the phone is next to the fact that these devices aren't suitable for 4 year olds might as well be taken away. I agree with you, if the parent where the kid is, is unwilling, you have very little to fight back with and is something that should change, but it's also beyond the scope of the question from the poster. Anyway, I hope you also will get in touch with your kid on a regular base. You and your kid have that right. Or better, should have.

about 7 months ago
top

Dutch Police Recruit Rats To Sniff Out Crime

santax Re:Drop-in replacement (80 comments)

Read the article, they are being used to sense gunpowder, not drugs. For once I actually think the police has got one hell of a new co-worker, the lady that noticed the mine-sniffing rats from the army could also be used in the police force to quickly get an idea if someone had fired a gun or not. I am sure there will still be lab-tests, but at least they can go on with their investigation based on a pretty acurate source.

about 7 months ago
top

Dutch Police Recruit Rats To Sniff Out Crime

santax Re:Derrick the police rat? (80 comments)

Yeps, they are named after famous tv-detectives. I found that rather funny.

about 7 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

santax Re:Don't (682 comments)

I don't feel my tone was like that at all, but I understand your view and for some comments you are completely right. But the author of the comment I posted this comment too, chose to put his comment under mine. So I tried to explain my thoughts. Nothing more, nothing less. I really do wish the father wisdom in his decision and I really do hope he will consider other options. Like maybe regular skype-calls. But I don't think he is crazy for wanting to speak/see his kid at all. Not at all. I completely understand that. Who wouldn't?

about 7 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

santax Re:Don't (682 comments)

Or just maybe you just aren't as smart as you think you are ;)

about 7 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

santax Re:Don't (682 comments)

I don't think that is what most people here are saying. It's not what I'm saying. Just that there might be better ways. While we don't know if this is the case (the father might be just a hard worker, might me overseas, whatever...) if it is, the father might be able to get an agreement with the mother to do skype-talks. There might be lots of other options instead of giving a 4yo a mobile. And there are. Lots of people got divorced, lots of kids have fathers in the army. There are other options, since this is a quitte common problem.

about 7 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

santax Re:Don't (682 comments)

While I don't disagree with you, there is nothing in the question of the submitter that tells me we have a such a wonderkid here. Allthough I asume the kid is exceptional, as all kids are. Regardless of development. It is however also our task as parents to give the kids a chance to be kids. It's nice that you are really gifted and could understand those books and yes, we need these 'odd' people. I do hope your case is documentend btw, because it would give us a chance to learn more about the human brain than we do now.

about 7 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

santax Don't (682 comments)

Dude, just don't. I understand you want to speak and see your son, but the reason 4yo don't have phones is because they are not ready for their use. Let the kid play with playmobil and later lego. Let him be a child and when he's ready for a mobile, he'll tell you by putting it on his christmas-list. I wish you wisdom with your decission and hopefully you'll find a beter way to keep in touch with your kid.

about 7 months ago
top

FreeBSD Removes GCC From Default Base System

santax Re: true spirit of freedom (333 comments)

Thank you for your lengthy response to what I said. I have to agree with you. I used the words true/free based upon my own bias and I shouldn't do that. Good point, I will take that into account for the future. Especially since it's such a 'holy' (as in vi vs emacs) subject. About the ps: I personally don't see it as stealing what Apple did. I consider the BSD license as sort of saying: Here, you can have this. It's a gift. Do what you want with it. And albeit not being too keen on Apple for other reasons, they had every right to use the codebase under the BSD. So no stealing as far as I am concerned. It's funny you mention RMS. I have great respect for him and consider him to be one of the pioneers of the tech-world. When he speaks, I listen. I don't always agree with him 100%, but most of the time I think he's right. To be honest, when I started reading your post for a moment there I thought I got AC'd by him. Again, thank you for this very interesting response. I wasn't expecting such a post from an AC.

about 7 months ago
top

Feature-Rich FreeBSD 10 Alpha Released

santax Re:security (143 comments)

You are cherry picking. Theo released that mail to the open on day 1. The guy who made the accusations got a bit scared after a reporter did a factcheck and asked him to remove it until he could answer. The reporter did, but we are still waiting for that answer. promised to respond to a question from a reporter never did. The backdoor would have been installed in 2001 and in SSH only. While it could be true... now, 12 years later that backdoor still isn't found. And it had been checked by everyone that matters and has the skills to do so.

about 7 months ago
top

How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

santax Re:How is this news? (617 comments)

Oh, I have to correct myself. It was allowed to produce porn on it, but the porn industry had adopted the in the US more populair VHS-format.

about 7 months ago
top

How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

santax Re:How is this news? (617 comments)

I don't agree, v2000 had longer tapes, much longer since those tapes where double sided. They had an A and B-side. I had tapes up to 8 eight hours in the end, better image too. You could actually put the video on pause on a frame and it looked good. With vhs for example, it would shutter and colors would blend. Back in those days when I went into the video rental (I am dutch, so v2000 was here very much available since philips is a dutch firm) I really could see that most of the store was filled with blockbusters on v2000. Betamax wasn't populair, VHS not really too. But in 2 years, all that space for v2000 and all those blockbusters went to vhs. But that first year... vhs had a special section. Filled with porn.

about 7 months ago
top

Feature-Rich FreeBSD 10 Alpha Released

santax Re:The real problem with BSD (143 comments)

Hehe, you didn't try to install 9 with full disk encryption did you? ;) Just saying.

about 7 months ago
top

Feature-Rich FreeBSD 10 Alpha Released

santax security (143 comments)

As much as I love freebsd I have stopped using it after their servers got 'served' with the use of 'legitimate' ssh keys. http://www.paritynews.com/2012/11/19/487/two-freebsd-project-servers-hacked/ Given that Freebsd never released a good audit report after that hack I can only be worried more. Add to that, we now that we know the NSA had access to the certs from diginotar and might had done or paid for the diginotar hack I think one might as well use windows. I hate to say it, but the complete codebase from freebsd needs to be checked. Again and again. Preferable with the help from openbsd.

about 7 months ago
top

How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

santax Re:How is this news? (617 comments)

You are all forgetting the third, best system, video 2000 from Phillips. It was double sided and had great picture. It was the winner on all points. There was just one thing that made VHS the winner... video 2000 didn;t allowed porn in the early days... vhs did. That is why vhs won.

about 7 months ago
top

FreeBSD Removes GCC From Default Base System

santax Re:can it build the linux kernel? (333 comments)

Which I and probably about every other BSD-style coder respects. However, this debate is really old. I think there is something to be said for both license-models and it is good they both exist. I however do feel that true free code, is well... really free. Also to be used without giving the source. It's a choice I made and I can perfectly understand why people don't want to have Big Ol' Apple stealing their stuff and making heaps of money from it. But, I can also understand why people want to really give the code away. It's all about perspective and there is no right or wrong here. It all depends on the personal views of the coder/owner of the code and what that person/org wants to let others do with their code. BSD has the advantage that it can become closed source. That makes it easier to generate profit, but also (especially in the commercial world) there are other good reasons why people want to protect their product. GPL has the advantage that every time someone uses your code, that code will become available also. Just don't ever think that because your code is GPL'd, no one will dare to use it in close source. As much as I would love such a world, that would be very naive.

about 7 months ago

Submissions

santax hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

santax has no journal entries.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...