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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

zimtmaxl one simple question (417 comments)

Just ask management a very simple question: Which policy requires IT to read pupils' communication? DON'T leave out the "policy" - because that is the part management is directly responsible for! Then just watch them boil...

about 6 months ago
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British Foreign Secretary on Surveillance Worries: '"Law Abiding Citizens Have Nothing To Fear"

zimtmaxl ok today = ok tomorrow?! (404 comments)

Let me add: things generally considered ok today may be viewed as not ok in the future.

about a year ago
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Boeing 787s To Create Half a Terabyte of Data Per Flight

zimtmaxl Re:internet-connected plane (213 comments)

Cockpit-Popup:
"Do you want to update Java or crash?"
|_______________ [Ok ]

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

zimtmaxl Sit on the laptop and type with your toes! (312 comments)

For better ergonomics sit on the laptop and type with your toes. That way you have your hands free for motion control!

about a year and a half ago
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Russia's Former KGB Invests In Political Propaganda Spambots

zimtmaxl Read this first!! Then think again. (164 comments)

Everyone in the free world should read the closing statements from the members of the punk band Puss Riot http://nplusonemag.com/pussy-riot-closing-statements- A fascinating insight in how the oppressive system works on individual levels.

One defendant's psych eval identified her values as: "justice, mutual respect, humaneness, equality, and freedom."

Those are values that I hope still define the majority of people in the free world!
And we should NEVER forget to defend them in our societies.

about 2 years ago
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Will Write Code, Won't Sign NDA

zimtmaxl Contracts are your f riends (438 comments)

If you trust someone, make proper legal arangements! As long as you can talk to each other contracts don't get in your way. Contracts are needed for future times in case people cannot work out agreements anymore.

more than 2 years ago
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'Motherlode' of Data Seized At Bin Laden Compound

zimtmaxl Names of all the CIA agents ... (718 comments)

He perfidiously collected names of all the CIA agents in the world...
dates when they entered his organization allegedly,
fictitious amounts of their salaries,
and how they benefited his organization...

more than 3 years ago
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NYT Paywall Cost $40 Million: How?

zimtmaxl Re:Large organization doing something simple (305 comments)

I do not know anything about the NYT. But I have seen large European corporations: 5 layers of management: 3-4 of these layers doing nothing but exchanging and adjusting project plans (using Power Point!) with each other - and of course: finding arguments to increase their project's budgets. And of course making a lot of fuss about their busyness. I have also heard of a project which needed to cut costs. This is what they did: add another one or two managers, reduce the staff of developers (who do the actual work) by two and cut all others' hourly wages. If a project has a good manager, that is great! But unfortunately my experience tells me that for every great manager there are about 20 managers who act like a trainee.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Denies HTTPS Shutdown Was Intentional

zimtmaxl Re:I'm inclined to believe them (69 comments)

That's bad publicity. And this error must lead to a loss of users due to lost trust in the reliability of it's operation. If I were using hotmail I'd switch to Gmail or some other trusted provider.
What could be the advantage of such a measure - if it was on purpose?!

more than 3 years ago
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Organ Damage In Rats From Monsanto GMO Corn

zimtmaxl Re:High Fructose Corn Syrup (766 comments)

No other industry has as much freedom as the food industry when it comes to the ingredients of their products! WORLDWIDE! There are laws, but they only cover a tiny fraction of the possible substances the industry can put into their "food".

more than 4 years ago
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Computers Key To Air France Crash

zimtmaxl Re:On top of that (911 comments)

That's the point!

Don't trust computers.
Even though testing in the airplane industry must be really(!) good - you can only test the cases that you think of before hand.

Now take all the rules of physics, airodynamics, weather dynamics etc. and put well-known and working models together into a silicon-box and let it process all the information from sensors to make the right decisions.

1. well-known ... not yet unjustified (Popper)
2. airodynamics & weather... as far as know models do have problems to predict tomorrows weather... so can we say we understand it or are there possibly conditions we do not even know of?
3. silicon-box ... theoretically it is possible that a single electron gets stuck inside a cpu. Now think of extrem temperatures, condensed water, ...
4. I do not know much about the sensors. Though - current media report- it seems that airbus had recommended to airfrance the exchange of certain speed-sensors...


I work for more than a decade now in the software industry and unfortunately I have seen many projects where everything was flawed from the beginning: the whole planning and design process, the development by underqualified programmers, the testing inexistent and the project management is often a complete joke!

One of the craziest things I saw (from a distance): A project manager had skipped testing just to have a new version of a financial planning software released on time. He did ignore the risk of miscalculating budgets and costs for a large corporation. He would not see the consequenses for company-wide decision-making based on possibly false numbers - as long as he would get his bonus (~500 euros!) for releasing on time.
This guy was lucky - since there were no errors detected. but he put the whole company at stake - and all the others did not know. (That whole company and its' processes were flawed by the way...)

I do not know the software-process of airbus or boeing and I am sure they spend a great deal on testing. And we can certainly, statistically say that their machines work fine (there are very few plane crashes)

The point I am trying to make is that complex-software is very difficult to test - even when it is well designed and well programmed.

And just because of the fact, that you can never really be sure whether your tests are complete or whether you forgot one combination of variables (like wether, aerodynamics, sensor-failure,..) there should always be the possibility to override a computer by the push of one button.

Computers can collect more information and they can react much faster than humans can. But only under specific conditions. Conditions that the engineers could think of. This is true for all technology: your plane, PC, iPhone, cars..

Example from the car industry: lately I brought my German-car to have it serviced. There was a man whose brand new car's electronics had locked his trunk - everything he needed for his next meeting was in there. The key would not work. With some effort the mechanic opened the trunk and explained that the mechanical lock would not open without working electronics.
The owner of the car asked what he should do if the trunk locks up again. The mechanic said in that case they would look after it again... but he could not explain what caused this failure! I bet that some untested condition e.g. a combination of broken sensor signals, water, temperature, manufacturing problem, material has led to that lock up.

I do not want to buy a car, computer, phone or any device that does not have a manual override. Under regular conditions, computers work well. No doubt to this. But there will always be situations where a human can react better.

Humans AND Computers both have their limitations.
Humans should always have the final say!

more than 5 years ago
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Designer Babies

zimtmaxl changing the looks of generations .. (902 comments)

huray! what a fantastic age is comming!

Guess how many people will design their kids to
be just like their favorite idol!

Just imagine millions of Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie look-alikes - worldwide. little Obamas, Madonnas, ... Michael Jacksons(?!). Well some designs will work out better than other of course...

then there will be these exciting copyright-infringements:
" ... and she has got my nose!"
"I will sue her unless the nose is turned upside-down within a week!" ...?!

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Accused of Squandering Billions On R&D

zimtmaxl Re:Shocking! (580 comments)

Oh, yes we did. Ice-industry, Oil-industry, ...

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Accused of Squandering Billions On R&D

zimtmaxl Shareholders should ask a different question! (580 comments)

The question of the shareholders should not be wether MS should invest into R&D or not - but why they are so bad in materializing on it.

Of course I do not have an oversight on all the projects. But I think that very many of the research that is going on at Microsoft Reseaerch is very interesting and could be fun or even useful in the future.

Examples: featured here on slashdot there was Songsmith ( http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/songsmith/index.html ). And there are many others, just look at http://research.microsoft.com./

MS has a long tradition in missing out oportunities. Because they are big and they follow a monopolist's strategy: that is to wait and see, look out for the profitable markets - then step in.

I keep telling the example of the impressive and really useful technology of RemoteScripting (although I do not know if it came from MS Research!). It was years out before the market understood the power of it.
At that time I had several clients who refused to use it, becaue it was proprietory MS (non-standard) and almost completely unknown in the industry.
Today it has become the underlying technology for something everybody knows: Ajax.

If MS had supported and promoted RemoteScripting ...

you get the point.

more than 5 years ago
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Is Microsoft Improving Its Image?

zimtmaxl it takes time... (746 comments)

... for people to get used to something new...

more than 5 years ago
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Visualizing Complex Data Sets?

zimtmaxl How to best visualize the links of a website? (180 comments)

I would like visualize the link structure to see which pages are linked the most.
Each page should be one knot and every link to another page should be a line.

Does any of you know of some tool where I can do this with little effort?

Thank you in advance!

more than 5 years ago
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Do Nice Engineers Finish Last In Tough Times?

zimtmaxl Re:False Premise and question (613 comments)

I absolutely agree with this. I just would like to add, that it is not only one single manager you report to, but also the company's culture as a whole that needs to be taken into consideration while preparing you arguments. For the culture comprises also the unspoken values.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7's Media Hype Having the Opposite Effect As Vista's

zimtmaxl Re:TFA is totally wrong about why Vista failed (864 comments)

As a matter of fact while people get older they get more used to the things they use. It takes time and effort to get acquainted with something new. Wether the new thing is a car, a new OS, other software or just new socks.

I agree with you except for the Mexican standoff.

To "prove my point in writing" I have tested Windows 7 on my older Tablet PC (motion LE1600) which was designed for XP. So I did use XP and Vista quite a lot of time on this machine. Win7 is far from prime time.
There are still several bugs. But none the less is IS impressive.

You can read more about installing and using Win7 here on my blog: http://max.zamorsky.name/2009/01/13/windows7-auf-einem-motion-computing-le1600-tablet-pcwindows7-on-a-motion-computing-le1600-tablet-pc/

And here are some nice Windows 7 Humor things I found over at some sites: http://max.zamorsky.name/2009/01/14/windows-7-humorwindows-7-humor/

more than 5 years ago

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Opera 9.5 released today

zimtmaxl zimtmaxl writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Maximilian Zamorsky (667919) writes "The high quality free Web Browser was released today. Without a party — but none the less impressive! It can be downloaded here: http://www.opera.com/. Opera has always been championing open Web Standards and is even trying to force Microsoft int W3C compliance (Read here at Ars Technica: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20071213-opera-tries-to-force-ie-into-w3c-compliance-with-eu-complaint-firefoxs-success-may-work-against-it.html). Any solid Software which not only keeps up to its' own promises but also to open standards for the good of us all deserves to be mentioned here! Dear Slashdotters, do you have examples of other well developed solutions (with low marketing budgets) that have served you well over the years?"

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