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DARPA Unveils Hack-Resistant Drone

woboyle To quote the bard (107 comments)

According to Bruce Schneier, anybody can write an encryption algorithm that they cannot hack, but until the algorithm is published and "in the wild", that's as much as you can say about it. So yes, let us see the protocols, algorithms, and code and then we can say whether or not it is "unhackable". My guess... not very.

about 4 months ago

HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

woboyle Executive benefits? (288 comments)

Certainly HP has to pay their executive bonuses and salaries somehow?

about 4 months ago

US Wireless Carriers Shifting To Voice Over LTE

woboyle Re:Voice over LTE (126 comments)

I knew that (I'm a wireless telecom professional and wireless tech instructor). It does add up though... So, are they just going to put our voice calls on the data plan, or still charge us per minute for the voice? Knowing cell phone providers as well as I do (too well, trust me), they are going to dick us both ways to Sunday. :-(

about 4 months ago

US Wireless Carriers Shifting To Voice Over LTE

woboyle Voice over LTE (126 comments)

So, now your voice calls impact your data caps?

about 4 months ago

New Zealand Spy Agency To Vet Network Builds, Provider Staff

woboyle So... (92 comments)

Just who did the behind this bribe? What a TERRIBLE act! I used to have a lot of respect for NZ, but no longer. Sorry Kiwis, but I won't be visiting your beautiful land any time soon... :-(

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Beginner To Intermediate Programming Projects?

woboyle Relationships (172 comments)

Software is all about relationships between different bits of code, structures (classes), and behaviors. There are tools that can take a bunch of code and turn it into graphical models that help understand better how this stuff works together and is related. The modeling language is called UML. One great tool I use is called Enterprise Architect from Sparx Systems (an Australian company). I frequently use it to generate UML models from source code in order to better understand it. It isn't expensive (full professional version for about $200USD), and you can get a full version on a 30-day free evaluation if you want. Go to for more information. They also have less expensive versions, student licenses, etc.

about 4 months ago

WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

woboyle Over my dead body! (449 comments)

I'll accept removal of my land line when the seas freeze over!

1. Cell phones don't work in our house (aluminum siding == Faraday Cage).
2. We would have to pay by the minute for every call we get, including spam calls.
3. Cell phones need a good battery to work - low battery == unable to call 911 for emergencies.

I can count on one hand the number of times in my life (66 years) when I couldn't make a phone call with a normal land line. I can count on at least 3 hands the number of times I couldn't make a call in the past week or two on my cell phone (thanks AT&T)...

So, if these boneheads at the providing phone comapnys do the following, I may change my position.

1. Guarantee universal cell access EVERYWHERE! (Right...)
2. Don't charge time for incoming calls, EVER.
3. Provide a backup emergency power supply (portable) so we can use our phones for emergency calls when the phone battery is dead.
4. Guarantee that #1 is available 24x365 with a SLA of 6+ sigma (99.9999+) percent of the time.

Until then, screw those money grubbing b'tards!

about 6 months ago

Software Upgrade At 655 Million Kilometers

woboyle Just to be sure (57 comments)

Just to be sure, don't forget to check your statement terminators (such as a semi-colon). Getting one of those wrong sent a previous probe into the sun... :-(

about 6 months ago

Lasers May Solve the Black Hole Information Paradox

woboyle Lasers, storage, black holes (75 comments)

"Throw your storage devices into a black hole and preserve your information forever." No backups necessary? So, how do you retrieve that file you lost that says you are the inheritor of a serious fortune? :-)

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

woboyle BS-MS-PhD (370 comments)

We know what BS means. MS == More of the Same. PhD == More of the Same, just Piled Higher and Deeper! GA Tech is an accredited (and good) university. They won't let you into a Masters program without a BA or BS of some sore, and that means from an accredited institution. I would suggest that you do what my daughter is doing, and take as many courses (night or correspondance courses if necessary) from your local state college as you can (or can afford) until you get your BA/BS degree. Then, you will have your "credentials", value notwithstanding. Me, I am a non-degreed engineer, and a full member of the IEEE because of experience and recommendations from colleagues who have PhD's in the CS field (and have been university professors), and in one case is the current President of the IEEE-USA, Doctor Gary Blank. I have pretty much always been able to get a job that I applied for, but 30 years of experience, publications, and patents to my name have helped cross that divide. So, you can join the IEEE as an Associate Member (BS not needed - just adequate experience), get some recommendations from colleagues who are members and have serious credentials, and you also can become a full member. Since the IEEE ONLY accepts for full membership those with at least a BS, or experience and recommendations from members in good standing, this is a major leg up, so to speak.

about 6 months ago

US Promises Not To Kill Or Torture Snowden

woboyle Re:Eric Holder (616 comments)

Agree. They'll just put him in prison with a bunk mate that is a total psychopath and let him torture/murder Snowden - plausible deniability!

about a year ago

CNET: Feds Put Heat On Web Firms For Master Encryption Keys

woboyle 1 user, 1 key (148 comments)

This is why such services that let users store data in their "cloud" should enable user-specific encryption keys - the user's public key encrypts the data, and ONLY the user's private key can decrypt it. Then if "authorities" want access to the data, they would have to ask each and every user for their key. Sure, as in I'm convinced I would do that!

about a year ago

Fake "Speed Enforced By Drones" Signs On California Freeways

woboyle N/A (218 comments)

Classic guerrilla theater! Kewl!

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Scientific Research Positions For Programmers?

woboyle Time to upgrade your creds. (237 comments)

You might be lucky to get a position in a research institute and/or university, but without at least a masters degree that will be very difficult. My advice? Apply for a graduate program in your chosen field. With a doctorate, or at the least a masters degree, your chances are much higher to achieve your goals, though success is never guaranteed! :-) Good luck!

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do When Another Dev Steals Your Work and Adds Their Name?

woboyle Time to see an attorney (480 comments)

If you have old copies time-stamped by the operating system that pre-date the versions of the usurper, then have your attorney threaten them with theft of copyright. They can put your name back as originating author, and themselves as enhancers/updaters, but failure to do so should be accompanied by legal sanction. FWIW, always have a good attorney as a personal friend. I do, and it has served me well in such cases. I do his tech support pro-bono. He does my legal work pro-bono as well. A good quid-pro-quo situation.

about a year ago

Oracle Discontinues Free Java Time Zone Updates

woboyle Java is dead! Long live java! (405 comments)

I think that Oracle has just killed their golden goose! Gee, I wonder just how long before some one else addresses this issue? 10...9...8...

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Best To Disconnect Remote Network Access?

woboyle There are two faults here... (284 comments)

There are two faults here. One is yours in that you left your equipment connected to the network such that external access was allowed. The other is the supplier/vendor of the equipment who performed a modification of the equipment without your explicit approval. IMO, the supplier is fully responsible/liable for ALL of your costs and/or losses caused by this action on their part. I think an attorney would agree, unless there is a clause in your support or purchase/license agreements that allows for this, in which case, caveat emptor! As for a network connection timeout, this is not really feasible. However, proper configuration of your network firewalls (I assume you have such?) should mitigate this sort of unauthorized access. If the equipment doesn't need local network access for management/monitoring purposes, then simply disconnect it. If it does, then the firewall rules have to be adequate to block remote access without your permission and intervention.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

woboyle Re:Engineering/Science == math (656 comments)

If you read my message, this level of math is NOT required for most programming jobs (though formal logic is helpful). However, for a job as software engineer or computer scientist, then I stick with my opinions about that! Engineer/Scientist == math...

about a year ago

Small Black Holes: Cloudy With a Chance of Better Visibility

woboyle Kewl! (27 comments)

How neat is this!? :-) Physics at its best. My late father, an astro-geo-physicist (and director of the National Science Foundation), would have been delighted to see this work!

about a year ago



Going dark

woboyle woboyle writes  |  more than 2 years ago

woboyle writes "I hope that slashdot will be going dark to protest SOPA/PIPA tomorrow. If not, I will be removing SD from my viewing preferences..."


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