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Speed Test 2: Comparing C++ Compilers On WIndows

six025 Calling home (132 comments)

>> its annoying habit of occasionally "calling home" to check licensing information

Calling home for the latest NSA exploits to inject in to your application? /tinfoil-hat-no-so-paranoid-these-days-dept

about a year ago
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Users Identified Through Typing, Mouse Movements

six025 There goes the neighbourhood. (149 comments)

So that means no more posting on Slashdot while drunk?

Not sure If this post is funny or insightful ;-)

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

six025 Re:Default ding. (361 comments)

Send an email to the whole team at the end of each day, summarizing what you've been doing.

Please don't do this. Updates are good, but not every day via email. It's just annoying and a waste of everyones time. Can you imagine if everyone took this advice? 20 status update emails each day at 4:30, ffs ;-)

As for the main question: go make tea a couple of times a day, or grab some water instead of staying chained to your desk. Set an alarm if you have to. Walking around the office you will bump in to people, which is a good opportunity to say hi, tell them what you're up to or find out what they are up to.

Classic water cooler stuff, really.

Also don't make the mistake of thinking it's really easy for everyone else to start up conversation, and that you have some problem. Pretty much everyone one of us has some kind of hangup, phobia, social awkwardness that makes communication difficult - it just manifests itself in different ways. For example, someone might be an extrovert to compensate for feeling inadequate around other people. Inside, the same voice of self doubt is telling us "don't do that, it will only end in failure".

Hint: it won't or rarely does. There is nothing to lose from saying Hi to your colleagues.

Peace,
Andy.

about a year ago
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Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

six025 Re:I watch chess... (284 comments)

The slow motion replays of Chess have nothing on this.

Note: for the true sporting connoisseur only.

about a year ago
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Even the Author of the Patriot Act Is Trying To Stop the NSA

six025 Dianne Feinstein about face (322 comments)

In related news Dianne Feinstein has turned around her opinion and stated she is now 'totally opposed' to NSA surveillance of US allies.

Quite surprised at this, hopefully it is not empty rhetoric and actually goes somewhere. Very interested to see what the two leading goons of the NSA have to say for themselves in front of the House intelligence committee on Tuesday.

Peace,
Andy.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

six025 Re:Get your priorities in order (223 comments)

Yeah there is more software available on MacOS or Windows in this field but you are way way way overstating your case.

The GPP is absolutely not overstating the case. I love Linux and open source, but it really isn't ready for audio recording and MIDI processing, let alone the myriad of other apps and plugins required for effects processing and mastering. I would be extremely surprised if there are any serious audio professionals using Linux as a DAW.

As for the rest of us: inspiration can be difficult to find. When an idea for a song strikes your chosen platform and toolset must be ready to record perfect audio with low latency now. No configuration, no messing about. Load host, press record, start playing. Anything else is a compromise and will hamper your creativity.

OS X and and Windows allow this to happen with very little configuration. The plugins are available, both free and paid. Linux does not. It may do in the future with host like Bitwig being made available (soon ...), but until that day it's Mac or Windows for consistently repeatable high quality audio work.

Peace,
Andy.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

six025 Re:Cross Platform Host Bitwig (223 comments)

Will there be a command-line version und can I pipe it to /dev/snd ?

I'm guessing the answer would be no ;-)

Sox (free, open source) is what you want for that type of processing.

http://sox.sourceforge.net/

Peace,
Andy.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

six025 Cross Platform Host Bitwig (223 comments)

Forget using an audio editor for song composition, what you need is a proper audio host (commonly called a DAW).

The options for Linux have been a bit lacking but that is about to change with the impending release of Bitwig. Developed for Mac / Win / Linux, it functions similar to Ableton Live, which is incredibly popular for a good reason - it's unique take on music arrangement means it is great for jamming, live performance and experimenting with ideas. Check it out here:

https://bitwig.com/en/bitwig-studio

Peace,
Andy.

about a year ago
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UK Telcos Went Above and Beyond To Cooperate With GCHQ

six025 Addicted to surveillance (88 comments)

One of the most telling omissions from the reasons GCHQ cite for keeping the surveillance a secret is the so called War on Terror. It's not mentioned at all.

Their biggest fear is / was the public finding out, and challenging their right to spy in the courts.

Something feels very wrong about that ;-)

Peace,
Andy.

about a year ago
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Visionary Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies

six025 Re:slight correction. (201 comments)

Anything you did back then was fun because you were at a point in your life where you could enjoy it the most.

No doubt that was a factor, but we had access to Play Station and yet we always returned to the N64 games I mentioned above. ;-)

about a year ago
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Visionary Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies

six025 Re:slight correction. (201 comments)

Oops, correction: Eternal Darkness was originally planned for the N64 but actually released for the Gamecube.

about a year ago
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Visionary Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies

six025 Re:slight correction. (201 comments)

And I don't think anybody has forgotten Goldeneye 007 on the 64.

Yup!

N64 may not have had the numbers, but some of the games were among the most played of all time among my group of friends. We had the most fun with the N64 and that is really what counts.

Diddy Kong Racing was freakin' awesome.

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem is one of the best ever horror themed titles to hit the shelves.

Peace,
Andy.

about a year ago
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Google Speeding Up New Encryption Project After Latest Snowden Leaks

six025 Re:Meaningless ... (248 comments)

It's far from perfect, but at least Google are trying to do something and it's better than the current status quo.

It's an admirable goal, but it comes down to trust. How does Google know, or more importantly how do we know, that someone from the NSA has not embedded themselves in the implementation team in order to weaken the encryption or insert a back door?

At this point it's kinda like introducing time-travel as a plot device to the Star Trek cannon. Once time travel is introduced, absolutely anything is possible. In terms of encryption, hence forth it will be very difficult to trust anything related to computing.

Peace,
Andy.

about a year ago
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New Snowden Revelation: Terrorists Attempting To Infiltrate CIA

six025 Except ... (250 comments)

The anomalous behavior that sent up red flags could include staffers downloading multiple documents or accessing classified databases they do not normally use for their work, said two people familiar with the software used to monitor employee activity.

Except, apparently, one Edward Snowden. Which means for all of the paranoia, someone still got through.

What about the other Snowdens that aren't whistleblowers but real, actual spies?

This is another reason the NSA et al are foolish to dismiss Snowden as a threat, another reason why he should be embraced as a hero for shining light on a serious problem!

Peace,
Andy.

about a year ago
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Researchers Reverse-Engineer Dropbox, Cracking Heavily Obfuscated Python App

six025 Re:Obfuscated python code? (242 comments)

Sounds remarkably like security through obscurity to me. With the predictable outcome.

You have no right to feel secure if you only think you're secure assuming noone else examines your source code.

To what level do you take the paranoia, though?

As early as 1984 (hah!) it has been known that a compiler could be developed in such a way as to produce binaries containing a back door:

http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?TheKenThompsonHack

The next level is CPU microcode. Where does it end? One day we can fab our own CPUs from Open Source designs ... but will that be enough?

Peace,
Andy.

about a year ago
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Report: Britain Has a Secret Middle East Web Surveillance Base

six025 Re:50,000 GCHQ documents? (237 comments)

Mr Miranda supplied the police with all his passwords (as you must under the law in the UK) so no encryption needed breaking, just unlocking.

He may have been forced to supply all of his [i]own[/i] passwords, but that does not mean he had passwords for all of the documents he was carrying!

about a year ago
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Report: Britain Has a Secret Middle East Web Surveillance Base

six025 Re:Yes, and? (237 comments)

And I should add: huge kudos to the Independent for having the balls to stand up and keep reporting in the face of what appears to be a War on Journalism.

Peace,
Andy.

about a year ago
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Report: Britain Has a Secret Middle East Web Surveillance Base

six025 Re:Yes, and? (237 comments)

Whether Greenwald gave some stuff to the Independent or Snowden did that earlier is unknown.

But my guess would be the whole episode of the UK Gov't detaining Mr. Miranda and forcing The Guarding to shred some systems seriously pissed off the British Press. Releasing UK-specific material is most likely payback. Spreading it around to other papers is most likely a signal that "threaten the Guardian with prior restraint, you better be ready to shut down every paper in the UK".

GCHQ and Whitehall fucked up royally with that and they are now going to pay for threatening a major newspaper.

Just a guess, mind you.

Rather telling is that a) the story appears in the Independent and b) article makes no reference as to the source of the allegations, other than stating that the information was found in the documents leaked by Edward Snowden:

Information about the project was contained in 50,000 GCHQ documents that Mr Snowden downloaded during 2012. Many of them came from an internal Wikipedia-style information site called GC-Wiki. Unlike the public Wikipedia, GCHQ’s wiki was generally classified Top Secret or above.

The disclosure comes as the Metropolitan Police announced it was launching a terrorism investigation into material found on the computer of David Miranda, the Brazilian partner of The Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald – who is at the centre of the Snowden controversy.

Prior to this story most UK articles appeared in the Guardian and clearly stated that Glenn Greewald provided the information. The game has changed, and I think it is going to get a whole lot uglier from here.

Peace,
Andy.

about a year ago
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Twinkies: The Breakfast of Champion Programmers Still Hard To Get

six025 Slashvertising. (223 comments)

*n/m*

about a year ago

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