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Comment Trying mainly to get code *maintained* properly (Score 2) 173

Dear Bruce:
In your slashdot posting today you mischaracterized our efforts as attempting to "open source" all routers. (as have multiple other reporters and people)
I lost sleep for years trying to create a third not "open source" or "closed source" *option* for making society's safety critical source code *public* vs what is currently buried in inauditable binary blobs - and in this letter, tried to shift the core fcc licensing requirements to mandating that the source code at the lowest layers of the network stack be "public, maintained, and regularly updated".

What license is slapped on this "public" code I totally do not care about - it could mandate you have to sell off your first born child, or slit your throat after reading, for all I care.
I care only that the sources be public, buildable, maintained and updated.
Open source and closed source alike have been doing a terrible job of maintenance, and in the embedded market - aside from higher end devices like android and mainline OSes like redhat/ubuntu - are not being updated. That is the *real problem* here that we are trying to solve.
thx in advance for any efforts you might make to correct your messaging, particularly when talking about our efforts! I have been busting my b**ls to make these points with every reporter I've talked to.
Aside from that... I think extremely highly of your characterization of the problem's stakeholders, the quality of your letter is even better than ours overall, and your proposed solution quite possibly one that could succeed (although I would shoot for a new licensing regime that made the git committer more responsible, perhaps - it is very worthy of discussion!)
I am totally willing to discuss restrictions on "how public" things become - and how fast they become so! particularly as I am well aware dismal code quality in many mission and public safety critical pieces of software that is out there. Mandating that all that be made public all at once would induce a terrifying amount of risk to society as a whole, and a staged approach towards making the core blobby bits public would be best.
...which is why I have tried to initially limit the call to merely opening up the binary blobs going into wifi, particularly as getting the current 802.11ac trends towards doing so have failed so dismally and wifi far less safety critical than many other things.
I would dearly like, also, to fix the dsl drivers and firmware worldwide, at least in part, because I strongly suspect quite a lot of it, in light of snowden's revelations, is compromised already, and they just need 50 lines of code or so, and a firmware update, to eliminate the bufferbloat in them - and verify, it really is doing what the authors say in the tin, to the FCC.
Dave Taht
lead author, the cerowrt project's letter to the fcc

Submission + - Ask the FCC to switch to sane software engineering practices for wifi! ( 2

mtaht writes: The CeroWrt project is collecting signatures for a letter to the FCC strongly suggesting they adopt saner software engineering practices for certifying wifi devices instead of pending regulations.

You can view the letter (signed by Dave Täht, Vint Cerf and many other notables) and add your signature,


Ditch Linux For Windows 10 On Your Raspberry Pi With Microsoft's IoT Kit 308

An anonymous reader writes: Partnering with Adafruit, Microsoft has announced the Windows IoT Core Starter Kit. The $75 kit comes comes with an SD card preloaded with Windows 10 IoT. According to the Raspberry Pi blog: "The pack is available with a Pi 2 for people who are are new to Raspberry Pi or who'd like a dedicated device for their projects, or without one for those who'll be using a Pi they already own. The box contains an SD card with Windows 10 Core and a case, power supply, wifi module and Ethernet cable for your Pi; a breadboard, jumper wires and components including LEDs, potentiometers and switches; and sensors for light, colour, temperature and pressure. There's everything you need to start building."

Comment Re:Not If, When (Score 1) 127

It's basically the soletta from Red/Green/Blue Mars (and probably other earlier references too) only focused the other way. You don't even need to cover the whole sun, just need to reflect away a small % to make a difference in the heat balance equation. A small shade in the middle, or a ring that covers just the perimeter, or a distributed/swarm solution.

We're nearing the point that just solving the C02 problem isn't enough due to the "in the pipeline" heat budget already on its way. Looking for GeoE solutions is mostly a matter of deciding that the amount of heat rise we'll coast to isn't acceptable even if we drastically reduce C02. Fast CO2 cut-off vs. more GeoE to give ourselves more time probably depends on politics as much as economics, unfortunately.

Mice Brainpower Boosted With Alteration of a Single Gene 105

Zothecula writes: By altering a single gene to inhibit the activity of an enzyme called phosphodiesterase (PDE4B), researchers have given mice the opportunity to see what an increase in intelligence is like. "They tended to learn faster, remember events longer and solve complex exercises better than ordinary mice. For example, the “brainy mice” showed a better ability than ordinary mice to recognize another mouse that they had been introduced to the day before (abstract). They were also quicker at learning the location of a hidden escape platform in a test called the Morris water maze. However, the PDE4B-inhibited mice also showed less recall of a fearful event after several days than ordinary mice." While many people would welcome such a treatment, the scientists say their research could lead to new treatments for those with cognitive disorders and age-related cognitive decline.

Comment Re:all voting should be paper and pencil (Score 3, Insightful) 393

You are being sarcastic. But the mistake the advocates make is assuming that the machines must both assist humans in filling out the ballot, and recording that ballot. Machines are good at the former (input validation, audio UIs, etc.) and outputting something that doesn't rely on human handwriting/chad-punching. But the latter requires too much trust in something uninspectable. Instead just use the machines to make error free ballots, which are kept as a paper trail, and tallied just like the ballots of yore were.

Or better yet, feed the ballots into two+ independently built/owned/designed counting machines and investigate if the answers are ever not 100% in agreement, if you want your results faster. You can even go back and hand count later in an audit.

French Killers Inspired By Breaking Bad TV Show 182

hcs_$reboot writes: Four people who planned to dissolve a young French woman's body in acid were inspired by hit US TV show Breaking Bad. Two men went to the woman's house to settle a €6,000 drug debt. There, they beat her violently, killing her through a blow to the skull. Later, they bought acid in order to dissolve her body. The victim's body was found decomposing in a flat in Toulouse on Monday night, after having being cut up into pieces, covered in cling film and shoved into a suitcase. Chlorine acid had been used to try and disguise any trace of the corpse. A similar "decomposition" scenario is featured in season one of Breaking Bad (2008-2013).

Comment Re:Blimey (Score 4, Interesting) 518

"Once you fire this husk of metal, it keeps going till it hits something. That can be a ship, or the planet behind that ship. It might go off into deep space and hit somebody else in ten thousand years. If you pull the trigger on this, you're ruining someone's day, somewhere and sometime....That means Sir Isaac Newton is the deadliest son-of-a-bitch in space."

Comment Friends don't let friends run factory firmware (Score 2) 52

The article recommends updating the firmware to the latest provided by the vendor - which is quite often, no help. First, check to see if that latest firmware is corrected... But preferably - install better 3rd party firmware - like openwrt - designed by people that care about your security, reliability, and uptime.

Submission + - DSLreports new bufferbloat test (

mtaht writes: While I have long advocated using professional tools like netperf-wrapper's rrul test suite to diagnose and fix your bufferbloat issues, there has long been a need for a simpler web based test for it. Now dslreports has incorporated bufferbloat testing in their speedtest. What sort of bloat do slashdot readers experience? Give the test a shot at

Has anyone here got around to applying fq_codel against their bloat?

Comment Re:It's that twat with the upside down head again. (Score 5, Informative) 157

Some of the confusion is that the original description is defined recursively in a way that 'c' only shows up once, and the initial value is not c. z[i] = z[i-1]^2+c. But because z[0] is defined = 0, you can effectively rewrite the sequence in terms of just 'c' starting from the second. The downside is that at first it might LOOK at first glance like the previous term is being added, which is why I like the recursive form.

Also, by not starting from 0 you miss out on a cool connection: for a given fixed C, the graph of convergence for non-zero choices of z[0] over the complex plane gives you a Julia Set. With the neat property that Julia Sets from C inside the Mandelbrot set are fully connected and Julia Sets from C outside the Mandelbrot Set are sparse disconnected Cantor spaces.

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