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The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

thegarbz Re:Hackers? (88 comments)

Which is now the problem as people who know what they are talking about are a massive minority in this world.

Thus the word has negative connotations. Though Slashdot and Wired is the proper forum for using the original definition of the word.

yesterday
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

thegarbz Re:4G mobile should have been IPv6 only (272 comments)

Irrelevant, the critical point here is that we have a new grade of devices being built from the ground up with new hardware both locally and at the exchanges / towers, and yet they were IPv4 + nasty workaround.

The cost of doing things IPv6 to begin with would have been non-existent and the money saved on the carrier grade NAT could have been put to IPv6/4 gateways which the ISPs could have used for other purposes too.

But no. We as a race shoot ourselves in the foot with the uttermost care and precision.

yesterday
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

thegarbz Re:Wasn't allocation always the problem? (272 comments)

Why not kick the can down the road? It works well enough in the worlds biggest and most powerful government.

yesterday
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Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

thegarbz Wasted opportunity (122 comments)

They really wasted the opportunity to do something really geeky, like release the song as a network service that outputs via the loopback interface. Then you could play it by using netcat.

yesterday
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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

thegarbz Re:Give it more than one day, or even week (112 comments)

If the lens was released before the camera than that's equally inexcusable. If it was released after then I don't see a problem. In this case however the product had an advertised feature that didn't work. Now if none of your lenses autofocused would you be upset? I mean the camera still takes photos right?

What is reality or not isn't the issue. It's what we accept that is the issue. The current trends can be summed up with EA evil, DRM bad, oooh new game shuddup and take my money!!!

And as the companies pocket another million for releasing yet another untested product we happily bend over and thank them for it.

It's sad, that review was generous.

yesterday
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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

thegarbz Re:Not a programmer's problem, a managerial one (180 comments)

I'm still struggling with this whole concept where you think software patents are required or just peachy. Don't you need to read technical specs for a living? Do you "interprate" them as poorly as this code of ethics or are you just being intentionally dense because your point has fallen flat and you're trying to save face?

Could it be that maybe a lot of people in the software world think like you? So in a system that isn't as corrupt as the country's government wouldn't it be likely to end up with a board on the association that actually does what you want? That's the way member voting works. It's not a country based system and you're not battling any old idiot with 1000 different opinions. Just look at a Slashdot as a prime example of how groupthink works in the STEM field.

Anyway you've made it perfectly clear you don't respect any code of ethics unless they are your own, even when they do nothing more than say you should follow the law as written. Clearly a professional association isn't the place for you. Prison maybe? Anyway I'm done.

Bye.

yesterday
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

thegarbz Re:Welders make 150k??? (353 comments)

During our last maintenance shutdown we as usual got a labor hire company in to provide and administer some 400 additional trade workers. Fitters are easy, they are either slow or fast. Instruments were outsourced back to the vendor workshop so the E/I guys only had disconnect/reconnect work to do. The pipe line guys on the other hand needed welding skills. It didn't take them very long to fall behind. Welds failed xray tests, metallurgical issues were raised because the people didn't know what they were welding on our how they were supposed to weld it, and we ended up falling way behind.

in the meantime we had a specialist contractor on site working on another job who had some really top class welders. We paid them 4x the cost per person. In not sure how much of this was just profit for the company and how much they paid their welders but we ended up booting some 30 sun par welders of site and asked 5 of these guys to finish their work. Not a single weld failed inspection from that point forward and we were back up and running on time.

In my experience every idiot can make $40k welding two boys of metal together. It's quite easy to do, but these are not the types of people you want working on high pressure pipelines, exotic metallurgies, or on live hydrocarbon lines.

yesterday
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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

thegarbz Re:Give it more than one day, or even week (112 comments)

Early adopters and beta testers are not the same thing. If I bought something of the shelf new and it didn't 100% meet my expectations then it deserves a crap review. If the problem is then fixed later it deserves an even worse review for being rushed to market before completion. We as consumers need to stop accepting half finished crap that companies are rolling out with promises of patches later, often which never come.

yesterday
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Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

thegarbz Re:Wait, what? (135 comments)

With a beta released developers kit complete? At least it's Vapourware that is being worked on.

yesterday
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

thegarbz Re:Please change the name! (349 comments)

Is that a given? The first thing the BSD guys are doing is removing any portability in favour of clean code. Then auditing and getting it running on BSD. They've openly said they have no plans to support other systems and the compile already fails on Linux. I'm sure someone will fix it and port it to other systems again. But in general your comment reminds me of a few projects which haven't died yet, Open Office, and MySQL. I was promised the same words you just said when LibreOffice and MariaDB cameout.

yesterday
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

thegarbz Re:Please change the name! (349 comments)

Not only does it not convey meaning, it's meaning is obfuscated by a similar project that does the same thing with a name that is a synonym. It attempts to convey a meaning that is already in use in another project.

So ... what does LibreSSL mean to you and not knowing anything of the project how does it compare to OpenSSL?

CleanSS?
TightSSL?
BSDSSL?
or my favourite so far:
Secure SSL :-)

2 days ago
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Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later

thegarbz Re:you're limited in what you can do in post (125 comments)

Fair call save for the comment on the sensor. Yes every sensor degrades with increased ISO. Yet every series of camera increases image quality at the same ISO too. About 5 years ago I would have happily stood next to you screaming for faster lenses. I was also worried about noise. My current camera, I get a decent image with an uninspiring lens in candlelight. Which brings me back to the whole using f/1.4 for artistic purposes more than anything.

On a side note have a look at the existing lens size and the flange distance. I'll hazard a guess they've hit some physical limitation on aperture with that camera design. Not that it's not fixable given they don't have a host of lenses to support :-)

2 days ago
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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

thegarbz Re:Not a programmer's problem, a managerial one (180 comments)

You are strething the interpretation of the code of ethics to quite epic proprtions in an attempt to save your point that you think everyone is corrupt. Let's look at that code in more detail:

1.5 Honor property rights including copyrights and patent.
Violation of copyrights, patents, trade secrets and the terms of license agreements is prohibited by law in most circumstances. Even when software is not so protected, such violations are contrary to professional behavior. Copies of software should be made only with proper authorization. Unauthorized duplication of materials must not be condoned.

So the code of ethics said, don't break the law and steal other's code. There's nothing in there about forcing you to implement a DRM scheme. Actually there's nothing in there saying your code can't be open and free to use for whoever you want, just that when you take code from others you should respect copyright law and attribute / licence required software. As for the law... please show me somewhere I am legally required to include DRM in my products if so I have a bit of re-writing to do. Or are you maybe implying that the work you do is illegal and you won't abide by the law unless you sign some kind of code of ethics, or that you disagree with the law?

In either cases I don't think a professional association is necessarily the best for you. Actually a different professional altogether may be more suitable, or maybe a different country with laws more accommodating to your way of thinking.

As for politicking and schmoozing ... well what are you going to do to make the difference? You're not currently bound by a electoral college system which favours two parties with bottomless wallets. Most associations have an open voting system where every member's vote counts equal and anyone can stand, though in most cases unless you're a fellow you really don't stand much chance at being elected to the boards of these things. Speaking of you may want to look up the requirements for being a fellow. In most fields fellows are required to be absolute experts in the field with a virtually endless list of field experience. In engineering if you go down the project management or even business management streams you can effectively write off any hopes of being coming a fellow of the discipline. This weeds out exactly the types you are most afraid of.

2 days ago
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Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later

thegarbz Re:you're limited in what you can do in post (125 comments)

I get what you're saying but in the practical world it makes no difference. No one picks f/1.4 because they need that low-light performance. At that aperture the depth of field starts border-lining into alternative art. I know very few situations where you would benefit from the light capturing capabilities in a situation so dark where it would be almost impossible to accurately focus the hairline depth of field on your subject.

Even the advent of high ISO cameras has seen many people get away from shooting f/2.8 with their zooms and picking a smaller aperture and putting up with the higher noise to compensate. The big lens for capturing light in my view is nothing more than a hack to get around film chemistry limits which have largely been shattered by modern sensors.

Mind you I do agree from an artistic point of view. I'm not sure if you can mimic an f/1.4 depth of field with this lens (I presume you can) but there's something to be said for using a fisheye lens or an ultrawide rectilinear.

2 days ago
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

thegarbz Re:Please change the name! (349 comments)

What does Libre mean to you, and how does it apply in the context of LibreSSL vs OpenSSL?

For one, the package with Liberty in the title actually provides less freedoms to the user of how and where they run it. But even if it was just as free to run and use everywhere (which it eventually will be), what does the title actually mean? Assume you've never heard of either package and had to chose them by title. What are the differences?

It made sense for OpenOffice (though I still think LibreOffice is a crap name).

2 days ago
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

thegarbz Re:Please change the name! (349 comments)

There's nothing wrong with the word Libre, it's just its use in this context is poor.

Open source has for a long time had a massive problem with naming of programs. I'm not talking about GIMP, I'm talking about naming things in an obvious way, like Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, both those names mean something, OpenSSL means something too.

The problem is the title clash. OpenOffice, OpenSSL, MySQL, were examples of well named packages where the titles will straight away tell you what the package does. MariaDB wtf? But more importantly the use of the word Libre doesn't differentiate the product.

What is LibreSSL? You mean OpenSSL with a French title? How do projects who's names are synonyms differ? Is LibreSSL somehow free'r than OpenSSL? Or is it the other way around given that OpenSSL is portable to more platforms. Why should I pick one over the other? There's nothing in the title to indicate that they are gutting the code down to size, unlike say TinyVNC.

Why not call it CleanSSL (I didn't say I was better at picking names).
I actually also like the original name suggestion in the blog post, ValhallaSSL. It doesn't mean anything new in the context above but at least it isn't a synonym.

2 days ago
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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

thegarbz Re:Not a programmer's problem, a managerial one (180 comments)

Fix the morons who would write that into the code of ethics.

In what world would you elect management types to oversee professional registration of your field? It's such a typical comment. "This won't work because of [insert something I think is someone else's fault]." Guess what, this is up to *YOU*. These associations are formed by members of the discipline and staffed and lead by people of those disciplines. A manager can't become an Engineering Fellow and can't be elected to a board, so why would you let some media cronies run your life? This isn't a US government election and *YOU* have the chance to help write the rules for how it would work.

Of note is that no other professional association in the world has their code of ethics cover any technical stuff and DRM would be no exception. Of note also is that several other countries are already heading down this direction. Even New Zealand has the IITP (though it lacks legal teeth), and their code of ethics covers only professional conduct, AND they are a bunch of sheep hugging hippies so why can the "great" US of A not figure this out?

2 days ago
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

thegarbz Re:Naivete (270 comments)

It takes a pretty strong and quite scary mind to say instead of directing money to people who need it, we'll direct it to maybe solving a problem which may never occur and would likely not be as bad as claimed anyway.

2 days ago

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