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Comment: Re:Money (Score 1) 335

by khasim (#49366117) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid

And that's not all. From her Wikipedia page:

Following an August 4, 2010, federal court ruling that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional, Fiorina expressed disagreement with the ruling, saying that California voters spoke clearly against same-sex unions when a majority approved the proposition in 2008.

And she wants to lead the Executive Branch?

Majority != Constitutional.

And she's got a bit of money. So .... what's she been doing with it AS A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL to help with any of the "problems" that she's talking about?

So far it looks like a lot of paid speaking engagements. She is paid to be "concerned" but she doesn't fund anything herself.

Comment: Re:DVD patents expiring (Score 2) 68

by evilviper (#49363805) Attached to: Another Patent Pool Forms For HEVC

At least the patents on DVDs are expiring if not already expired. The first DVD player was sold in 1996, and patents can be good for up to 20 years from the filing date, so it would seem that by late next year, all necessary patents should have expired.

This is HORRIBLE legal advice. Patent laws were different before 1996, that's why MP3 patents are still around (and will be until 2017) despite the fact that specifications were published back in 1991!

In the United States, "patents filed prior to 8 June 1995 expire 17 years after the publication date of the patent, but application extensions make it possible for a patent to issue" quite a few years after initial filing.

MP3 patents have mostly expired, though one US patent expires later this year.

I wish that was true, but it's certainly not:

Comment: Re:I just went to BestBuy... (Score 1) 193

by ADRA (#49362887) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

*shudder* the worst thing you could ever do is buy compters hardware at a retail chain. Their margins are astronomical compared to the small very lean computer resailers that have been doing good business for many years. The only time I look at retail for computers is during boxing day / black friday, and even then its unlikely to convert a sale unless its been very discounted (and at least comparable to other shops prices).

Comment: How is it a "rite of passage"? (Score 4, Insightful) 49

by khasim (#49361155) Attached to: Startups Increasingly Targeted With Hacks

They're getting cracked because they're not paying attention to their security.

After resetting users passwords, Twitch initially introduced longer password character requirements, but had to dial back its new 20-character password length requirement to 8 characters after users complained.

Fuck you! If you cannot detect and mitigate a brute force attack then hire someone who can.

Twitch also said it encrypted passwords, but warned that hackers might have been able to capture passwords in the clear as users were logging on.

And make sure you know the difference between encrypted and hashed.

Comment: Re:N4N? (Score 4, Insightful) 339

by ADRA (#49358497) Attached to: Ellen Pao Loses Silicon Valley Gender Bias Case Against Kleiner Perkins

Because surprisingly enough, most of the people on this site work, and of those workers, many work in technology. Furthermore, many work in America with jobs held by companies that are required to abide by laws. Once an important / relevant law causes a cascade of business changes (think the whole API copyright fight between Oracle and Google), people reading this site will care. A LOT.

I know you're a troll an all that, but sadly, many don't see how immediate any change like this can have to their own lives. I personally think discrimination bias should absolutely be investigated and addressed on a case by case basis, though considering they found no obvious discrimination then mission accomplished! Just like John Oliver's Infrastructure segment: "Congratulations guys, nothing happened!".

Comment: Re:Why would a PDP8 be expensive? (Score 1) 90

by istartedi (#49357449) Attached to: Rebuilding the PDP-8 With a Raspberry Pi

Absent interference in the market by governments and/or corporations, price is determined by supply and demand, not capability. I can't think of any rational reason for anybody to interfere with the market for PDP8s, so I'm going to assume it's a free market. Although economic theory with its neat little graphs might give one the impression that it's some kind of science, the actual shape of the supply and demand graphs (and thus the equilibrium price) are determined by emotional "ugly bags of mostly water".

Comment: Re:Time (Score 1) 294

by istartedi (#49357217) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?

Scrolled down for this. I would add, "time and testing" and "testing" usually involves wide distribution. Yes, JPEG, PNG and Open Source compression libraries have had bugs, sometimes very serious ones. I still consider it some of the best code out there. I don't think being able to read the code matters. That's a red herring, unless you need to work on it. If everybody needs to work on it, it's too unfinished to be particularly good code. The only thing I've read in some of these libraries is the headers, and mostly the comments in there. It was literally self-documenting in comments the last time I looked at it. That's some good code.

Comment: Re:Dangerous Precedent (Score 2) 236

Did you miss how the US does block international internet casinos in direct opposition to their WIPO obligations? Did you miss how some tiny island nations notable for their internet gambling can now consume all US IP for nothing and legally (at least to WIPO treaties)?

This was years ago now, but the US has long ago jumped down that hole.

Comment: Re:Yes, but.... (Score 3, Interesting) 261

by khasim (#49349791) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

Let's be a bit more specific about that.

If they're restricting the length to something like 8 or 12 or 16 instead of 128 or 256 then they are PROBABLY not hashing the passwords.

Which means that your password is PROBABLY being stored in plain text (or possibly encrypted). NEITHER of which are acceptable methods today.

Comment: Re:change your username (Score 1) 261

by khasim (#49349671) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

Seconded on the different email addresses. And you don't have to own your own domain for that. Just make some random'ish gmail account and use that ONCE for more secure requirements (like your bank).

The trick is to prepare them in advance. And write them down in a PHYSICALLY secure location.

If you're using the same email account for your bank as you use on Facebook then your security could be improved.

Comment: Re:Black and White (Score 1) 176

by khasim (#49349595) Attached to: German Auto Firms Face Roadblock In Testing Driverless Car Software

Well because the mass amount of data that would be grabbed in the event of an accident would far overshadow a reasonable amount of capture memory during normal driving, which would utilize a lesser set of sensors and maybe lower grade video, which didn't have to factor into the explanation for the accident.

256GB of flash is just over $100 right now. Storage is not a problem. Even AIRCRAFT do not have a problem with storage and they have a LOT more data to store.

Step 2 would include choices such as hit the breaks if it would work. I just used summary steps to make it easy to understand.

Taking power from the engine is NOT the same a braking.

Taking your foot off the gas is NOT the same as stepping on the brake.

Seriously. Try it on a hill. You might end up going FASTER at the bottom of the hill than at the top.

Your plates store information about your car, hence you know from looking the number up, everything to know about the car via reference lookup.

Make/model/year/VIN/owner/owner's address. And maybe whether it passed inspection or not.

How will knowing the VIN tell you anything about hitting it?

Or the owner's address?

Or the owner's name?

Or any of the other information?

And what happens when the site you're trying to use to look up that useless information is slow?

Comment: Re:Black and White (Score 1) 176

by khasim (#49349139) Attached to: German Auto Firms Face Roadblock In Testing Driverless Car Software

If not, how will you avoid hitting him if he suddenly decides to sprint and jump infront of your car?

That would be "suicide".

And the sensor logs of the car should be able to show that it was suicide.

But more to the point, how would that situation be any different in a faster-reacting-autonomous-car than in a human-controlled-car?

Or are you postulating a world where there are no cars because someone might try to commit suicide by jumping in front of one?

How can you work when the system's so crowded?