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Surveillance Watchdog Concludes Metadata Program Is Illegal, "Should End"

virtigex Re:And nothing will change ... (138 comments)

Police lying about how they obtained evidence (because they obtained it illegally) is called "parallel construction". Amazingly, US law enforcement treat it as just another tool they can use, rather than a method for committing perjury and circumventing the Fourth Amendment. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/...

1 year,4 days

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

virtigex Windows boot (533 comments)

Either that or the Ctl-Alt-Delete stuff

1 year,8 days

Engineers: Traffic Studies Use Simulation Software, Not Lane Closings

virtigex Re:In other words ... (265 comments)

Quite correct. According the Fox News front page right now, the story of the day is Benghazi.

1 year,13 days

BitTorrent Unveils Secure Chat To Counter 'NSA Dragnet Surveillance'

virtigex Re:Another proprietary mess - a pity. (111 comments)

Disclaimer, Chat team member here. Chat is based on the Distributed Hash Table DHT and Arvid Nordberg, the head engineer on this project, has just released our DHT bootstrap code as open source on github. At the start of this project, we frequently ask ourselves why anybody should trust us over any other group. The only answer that we could come up with is increased transparency. http://engineering.bittorrent.com/2013/12/19/dht-bootstrap-update/

about a year ago

Supercomputer Repossessed By State, May Be Sold In Pieces

virtigex Parallelism obsoleted the supercomputer (123 comments)

There are not many problems these days that cannot be parallelized and split up to be run on a large number of off the shelf hardware. It is much easier to grow a Beowulf Cluster to add performance than redesigning to eke out every bit of capability of top-of-the-line hardware. Much easier also, to redesign your problem so that it can take advantage of parallelism. I agree that this was probably a boondoggle by a politician wanting to get some publicity for himself.

about 2 years ago

EFF Looks At How Blasphemy Laws Have Stifled Speech in 2012

virtigex YouTube is a business (278 comments)

Hosting a video that is solely intended to cause outrage is bad for business and YouTube should remove it if it causes trouble. What does YouTube gain by hosting this video? This is not a US First Amendment issue, since the producer of the film is quite welcome to have the film hosted and published by some other means. Put it on vimeo your own web site or even host it via The Pirate Bay. Free speech does not mean that a company has to help you to spread your message.

more than 2 years ago

Silicon Valley's Dirty Little Secret: Age Bias

virtigex Discrimination Happens, But Not Always (375 comments)

I've been working at a bunch of companies in my career and I'm well over 50 and now have decided to work only for startups until it's quitting time in a few years. It's like riding a roller coaster - after one exits, I just want to get back on the next one. One before this, Flip Video, was great, but we all ended getting laid off. In my subsequent job search I encountered a fair amount of age discrimination in hiring by companies large and small. However, at the startup that I currently work for I didn't get that at all. The interview was as tough as any other, but I didn't get the some of the negative vibes I did at other interviews. When I joined, I noticed that there were a fair number of crusty old guys like me, right along side of the kids right out of college. The common thing about us is that we are all good at our jobs. The company has no problems with terminating people who can't deliver. Discrimination exists, but not everywhere. The smart companies realize that discrimination in any form cuts down your pool of talented people and is therefore counterproductive.

about 2 years ago

MIT Creates Car Co-Pilot That Only Interferes If You're About To Crash

virtigex Vulnerable if not 100% effective (238 comments)

No matter how many accidents that the MIT technology prevented, if this technology fails to prevent an accident the makers of this technology will get sued. The lawsuit's reasoning would go like this: Joe's standard of driving, just like everybody else's, is way above average and his super-fast reflexes were handling the traffic situation fine, but MIT's defective technology overrode his highly skilled actions and actually caused the accident. Unless the auto manufacturers and the technology's inventors could prove that the accident would also have happened with the same or higher level of damage they will be held at least partially responsible. I worked for a few auto companies and such accident preventing technology would always be put on trial when it fails to 100% prevent an accident and they would be perpetually in the courtroom defending it. This is why this kind technology rarely makes it into production.

more than 2 years ago

RIM CEO On What Went Wrong

virtigex Hard to get apps published. (299 comments)

I worked on a product that had app for iOS, Android and BlackBerry. It took months to get a app approved for BlackBerry, much more than the iOS app store. We went through a couple of versions of Android and iOS, before RIM got around to approving our two-generations old version. Rather than give users an old and clunky version that no longer fitted the way we were doing things, we pulled the BlackBerry app and dropped BlackBerry support.

more than 2 years ago

Sergey Brin Shows Project Glass Glasses to Journalists (Video)

virtigex Re:Yes, users are demented. (117 comments)

Slashdot readers, in other words.

more than 2 years ago

Sale of Galaxy Nexus Banned in the US

virtigex Re:Is this the beginning of the end for Android? (696 comments)

No, Oracle's Java lawsuit was the beginning of the end for Android, remember. Since then, Android has been limping along mortally wounded. I'm sure this is crushing coup de grâce.

more than 2 years ago

Windows RT Will Cost OEMs Over Twice As Much as Windows 7

virtigex Backroom Deals if OEMs drop Android (310 comments)

MSFT will do backroom deals with OEMs to drop the price of Windows RT, if the OEM helps MSFT, for instance, by stopping making Android devices.

more than 2 years ago

Finding the Downside In San Francisco's Tech Boom

virtigex Move to New York (373 comments)

So the New York Times is complaining that San Francisco rents are too high. Why don't they do an article on how the influx of finance industry professionals are pushing the middle class out of New York? Oh wait, that happened 50 years ago.

more than 2 years ago

Canadian Copyright Board To Charge For Music At Weddings, Parades

virtigex Whistling (349 comments)

Whistling will be charged at 5 cents per minute.

more than 2 years ago

Java Floating Point Bug Can Lock Up Servers

virtigex Fails to Work on Android (157 comments)

The code works fine on Android. Guess that they are not running a true JVM.

more than 3 years ago

Pentagon Aims To Buy Up Book

virtigex Kindle Version (347 comments)

Maybe he should also publish a Kindle version. The author could really clean up then.

more than 4 years ago

Knuth Plans 'Earthshaking Announcement' Wednesday

virtigex Didn't feel the earth shake (701 comments)

According to a participant "Oh, guess he's done. Knuth apparently decided to use TUG 2010 to troll everyone."

more than 4 years ago


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