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Comment: We don't need more mediocre programmers (Score 1) 216

Nobody wants to hire a mediocre programmer.
Forcing everyone to learn programming in school is going to result in a lot more mediocre programmers, and almost no increase in good programmers.

You know what would make a difference?
Getting all the students who have basically no chance of learning to program out of the class, so the rest of us don't have to deal with them.

Comment: Re:start at the root, we must have securable hardw (Score 1) 58

by AnotherBlackHat (#49404955) Attached to: Are Bug Bounties the Right Solution For Improving Security?

Adding a write-protect jumper only costs a few cents.
And if you want to keep the convenience of downloadable upgrades, don't install the jumper.
Sure, only a few percent of us would buy a motherboard because the BIOS had the option to add a write protect jumper, but that's still a few percent more sales.
Plus it's a marketable difference - if you've got it and your competitors don't, then you can use scare tactics;
"Unlike our competitors, we care about your computer's health, that's why all our motherboards have physical protections against viruses."

Comment: Moore's Law (Score 1) 155

by AnotherBlackHat (#49379059) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who's Going To Win the Malware Arms Race?

Computers roughly double in power every two years.
That means every two years, malware can be twice as destructive.
Security constantly improves, but it doesn't improve as fast.

Measured as a percentage, the amount of damage being done will go down.
Measured as an absolute, the amount of damage will go up.

Comment: Re:Cut energy use by WHAT? (Score 1) 169

by AnotherBlackHat (#49365125) Attached to: Graphene Light Bulbs Coming To Stores Soon

Err - no.

That number on the Digikey page isn't lumens per watt (I've no idea what unit mw/W is supposed to be).

If you look at the datasheet that LED is a max of 139 lumens with a forward voltage drop of 2.9 at 350 mA, or slightly less than 140 lumens per watt (under ideal conditions).

By definition there are 683 lumens per watt of radiant power at a wavelength of 555 nm.

The highest announced efficiency LED to date is "only" 303 lumens per watt - http://cree.com/News-and-Events/Cree-News/Press-Releases/2014/March/300LPW-LED-barrier
303/683 = 0.44 or 44%

The best LED I can actually buy is still under 200 lumens per watt, less than 30%

The 4flow, which is pretty close to the best consumer LED light bulb you can get is only 85 lumens per watt.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Cree-60W-Equivalent-Soft-White-2700K-A19-Dimmable-LED-Light-Bulb-with-4Flow-Filament-Design-BA19-08027OMF-12DE26-3U100/205597078

All much better (efficacy) than a CFL or incandescent, but no where near 48%

Comment: Give me less. (Score 3, Insightful) 353

by AnotherBlackHat (#49081157) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?

By far the most useful extensions are the ones that reduce my "browsing experience"
Things which prevent things from being pushed at me (NoScript, AdBlock)
Things which allow me watch videos at my pace and choice of quality instead of "streaming". (youtube downloader)
And in general things which reduce the number of features I'm forced to contend with.

Comment: Pirating music is much quicker. (Score 1) 196

1 compressed movie is about the same space as 200 compressed songs.
If it takes you about 20 seconds to download a song, then it takes you about 1 hour to download a movie.

Movies could be an order of magnitude less "popular" than music and still appear an order of magnitude more "often".

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 196

... YouTube doesn't even qualify as decent audio.

Picking an arbitrary list of 10 "top of the pop" songs,
youtube-dl reports that one is "only" 128kbps @ 44,100 Hz, and the other nine are available at 256kbps @ 44,100 Hz.

You may not accept that as "HD", but it takes a truly warped view of the world to claim it isn't "decent".

More to the point, the difference in quality between what you get from Youtube and the Pirate Bay is almost nil.
I.e. it may well be crap, but it isn't youtube's fault that it's crap.

According to the latest official figures, 43% of all statistics are totally worthless.

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