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SRI/Cambridge Opens CHERI Secure Processor Design

weav Re:How does it compare to Unisys MCP ? (59 comments)

Coming late to this party, I can only share this one datapoint: If I recollect right, it was the hardware on the Burroughs Large Systems that was memory-safe. Arrays were done as Segment Descriptors, and if you indexed outside the segment it raised an exception. Byte-addressed (for 6-bit, 8-bit, etc bytes) were done as "String Descriptors" that referred to the Segment Descriptor.

The only other hardware I know of that did this lately was the UCSB P-system; there may be others since then.

5 days ago
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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

weav Somewhere at MIT, maybe Media Lab (204 comments)

I was still working at Symbolics back then. We thought it a little silly that the input focus followed the mouse.
Now I sort of prefer it that way...

about a month ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

weav Re:Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra (465 comments)

"Needs fixed" etc. is a regionalism, mostly in the "German Belt" from Eastern Penna. thru Southern Michigan. At least that's what I recall from Grammar Girl's survey a while back.

about 4 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

weav Re:No chairs were involved (248 comments)

You mean he wasn't really angry, or he wasn't really crazy?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Bruce Schneier Be Trusted?

weav Oh please (330 comments)

If we can't trust old Bruce, we're all screwed. Though possibly we are anyway. But if he's an asset, he's pretty well disguised.

about 9 months ago
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German Scientists Achieve Record 100Gbps Via Wireless Data Link

weav Re:Damn it. (67 comments)

You talking about Hedy Lamarr here?

about 9 months ago
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Java 1.7.0_40 promises to kill casual use of java ?

weav Java 1.7.0_40 promises to kill casual use of java (2 comments)

"Revoking its certificate" implies that the cert is somehow checked against a revoked list before it's run. Does this then preclude all offline or embedded app running?

about 10 months ago
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My ISP...

weav Re:Sonic.net FTW! (290 comments)

What place would this be, and what law prevents others?

about a year ago
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My ISP...

weav Re:Sonic.net FTW! (290 comments)

Sonic does not cap my bandwidth. The copper they rent from AT&T may cap my bandwidth, but upstream of Sonic's DSLAM in the AT&T CO it's all good.

Hi, Dane!

about a year ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

weav Re:english? ... try finnish! (1501 comments)

As I understand it, he speaks Swedish, being part of the Swedish-speaking Finnish minority. Swearing in Svensk is not nearly so mean...

1 year,6 days
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

weav Grumpy old young men (1501 comments)

Here I thought Linus was too young to be a grump old man.... maybe I was mistaken.

1 year,6 days
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Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death

weav Re:yea I do remember (176 comments)

next we are going to have a candlelight service for lycos?

Who even owns Lycos any more? Last I heard Telefonica sold them off to some Korean investors who shut the place down to minimal size.
Whowhere (which they acquired to get MailCity, which became Lycos Mail) still exists but I can't imagine what people database it searches.

1 year,23 days
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India To Send World's Last Telegram

weav Re:dots and dashes = ones and zeroes = binary = di (205 comments)

Actually AFAIK they were sent using 5-bit Baudot code since around the '20s. Could be off by a decade or two.
Hand-sent-and-received Morse went out a while back.

about a year ago
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Why Is Wikipedia So Ugly?

weav Who says it is? (370 comments)

The answer is "mu". The question is broken.

Why do you still beat your wife? Why do Slashdotters hate (country they live in)? Why does the porridge bird lay its eggs in the air?

about 2 years ago
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Some Critics Suggest Apple Boycott Over Chinese Working Conditions

weav Why just Apple? (744 comments)

Why isn't anyone calling for boycotts of LG? Samsung? Has anybody sent radio reporters to THEIR factories?

more than 2 years ago
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Post-9/11 DOJ Tech Project Dying After 10 Years?

weav Re:Project 25 is still alive and kicking (115 comments)

P25 also had its issues, like not all radios use the same CODECs (I'm looking at YOU, Motorola), all digital voice codecs do badly in the presence of lots of noise (next to a fire engine pumping hard, in a K9 cop car with the dog excited, sirens blaring, low-air-pressure warning going off inside the resipirator). Also from what i hear, I believe the encryption has been cracked.
Not a panacea, P25.

more than 2 years ago
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Justifications For Creating an IT Department?

weav Kind of a long shot (214 comments)

Depends on the size of the place.

Of course, engineering gets stuck with it at first because < cynical broadcast engineer mode > we are the only ones who can actually deal with physical reality </>... A separate IT department doesn't really start to make a lot of sense until you have radio AND TV who already have separate engineering groups with different takes on IT. CBS in SF has a separate IT group (run by a former radio CE) but that's with like 3 TVs and 4 FMs in the same building.

If your station is the hub for all 5, well, maybe but I think it might be a hard sell to the pointy-hairs / showbiz-money types. Maybe better off re-org'ing engineering with a separate IT subgroup and breaking out its expenses and tasks sepatately for the time being.

Eric
CE, KNGY San Francisco, back in t3h day

more than 2 years ago

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Text Messaging implicated in Chatsworth rail crash

weav weav writes  |  more than 5 years ago

weav (158099) writes "AP story, here shown at Salon, says engineer in Chatsworth (LA) train crash was texting some kids just before hitting an oncoming freight. He had to have blown past a red signal at end of Chatsworth siding and forced the switch to hit it.

Moral: Hang up and drive, whatever the vehicle..."

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