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Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

wed128 Re:The CA should not revoke the certificates, (151 comments)

OK, then they should invalidate ALL certificates, test customers for the patch, give patched customers new certs, and refuse to give new certs to unpatched customers. It's their business to maintain a 'web of trust'.

5 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?

wed128 Re:Donald Knuth (197 comments)

It's not laziness. It's to fit each line of code in an 80 column display.

about a month ago

PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero

wed128 Re:Developers are not going to make games for free (212 comments)

It's not about helping valve out, it's about the market forcing prices to be low. it's capitalism working. The games will cost what they have to, and not more (this is the idea anyway)

The fear is that the presence of free games will cause an overall drop in quality; mobile gaming is used as evidence of this.

about a month and a half ago

Ouya CEO Talks Console's Tough First Year, and Ambitious "Ouya Everywhere" Plan

wed128 Re:Ouya just isn't compelling (134 comments)

I know...

Everything is coming up Millhouse!

about a month and a half ago

Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

wed128 Re:Long term will spell doom (313 comments)

how much worse could your boss/team lead/manager screw things up if they thought they could code?

Maybe they would be better at their jobs if they knew a little more about software, and that it is not black magic, but an art that takes time and care to get good results.

about 2 months ago

Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

wed128 Re:Calculus should not be an elective (313 comments)

In any university-track school curriculum, calculus is a requirement, not an elective.

Yea, but the problems are the following:
1) except for engineering and math students, very few students will *take* higher math classes in college
2) the first two weeks of college calculus covered more then the entire year of high-school calculus. It's slowed down so people who want to go to college, but don't want to take math, can keep up.
3) learning abstract logic through programming in an expressive language like python or ruby (or perhaps some domain-specific language) is much more applicable to day-to-day life then calculus, which is only really used by engineers and scientists. Even math-heavy jobs like those in the accounting and finance fields don't use much calculus, do they?

about 2 months ago

Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data

wed128 Where have i seen this before? (241 comments)

I'm sorry. My responses are limited. You must ask the right questions.

about 3 months ago

An OS You'll Love? AI Experts Weigh In On Her

wed128 Not an os (175 comments)

Does it bother any of my fellow pedantic Slashdot that the software depicted in the movie "Her" isn't really an OS, and doesn't perform the functionality of an OS (such as scheduling and memory management), but rather a novel user-interface layer, and would likely be implemented as some user space package?

i guess what i'm trying to ask is...is Siri an OS now? is sphynx?

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

wed128 Re:C object inheritance (387 comments)

yes, but in C you can use it as both. if you type-pun a pointer-to-struct-pixel to a pointer-to-struct-coord, the addresses work out the same. add a few function-pointers, and you can get some pretty good polymorphism going.

about 3 months ago

The Mystery/Myth of the $3 Million Google Engineer

wed128 Re:They are as common as unicorns (173 comments)

Sales pay structure is different. They are paid by the sale, not by the year. Therefore, their pay is dependent on how much work they do. Best deal you can hope for in IT is by-the-hour -- because by-the-issue would raise all kinds of new problems.

As a software developer, your only hope for such astronomical pay is either by stock-options, or by selling a product on your own.

about 3 months ago

Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

wed128 Re:i heard it's UNIX (1009 comments)

All I was saying is that any latency that the user experiences has very little to do with kernel design, and much more to do with the UI layer.

about 3 months ago

Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

wed128 Re:i heard it's UNIX (1009 comments)

Technically, one of the problems with micro-kernel design is MORE latency then a monolithic kernel, not less. Not that it matters with today's computers. It's just a little apparent that you don't know what you're talking about. Maybe you should go back and finish that degree, eh Billy Gates?

about 3 months ago

Rise of the Super-High-Res Notebook Display

wed128 Re:wouldn't it be better if the industry agreed on (333 comments)

So now we should go back to 4:3 so our 16:9 content can have a 'tool window' below it? sounds like an infinite loop we've got ourselves in, huh?

about 4 months ago

Company That Made the First 3D Printed Metal Gun Is Selling Them For $11,900

wed128 Re:For that price (182 comments)

Technically, milling is not the same as printing, but yes, good point.

about 3 months ago

Company That Made the First 3D Printed Metal Gun Is Selling Them For $11,900

wed128 Re:Custom bullets ? (182 comments)

I think the 3d printing of ammunition is much more dangerous than some 11000$ kalashnikov knockoff replica.

Why? casting bullets from lead and stuffing them into (used) shell casings is insanely cheap and easy. it will be a LONG time before 3d printing can improve on a process we've been using for a century to create ammunition.

You can make bullets really cheap, at home, right now. It's marginally dangerous if you don't know what you're doing, but no more so then printing ammunition would be.

Here's some links to get you started! good luck!

about 3 months ago


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