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Comment: Ask the right persons on this topic (Score 1) 187

by DV (#48137159) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

As the majority of the comments here should have made clear,
the last thing the community wants to hear is his opinion on the
topic (or rather the opinion that he is paid to disseminate) !
Slashdot should rather ask actual proper lawyers on the topic
known and active in the support of the open source movement,
I would nominate Richard Fontana myself as being the expert I
would love to hear more from, people can just reply to suggest
other appropriate persons.
But FM, no we don't want to hear anymore about this person,


Daniel Veillard !

Comment: Re:Particularly in a press release like that. (Score 2) 270

by DV (#40138863) Attached to: Backdoor Found In China-Made US Military Chip?

it's also written black on white (err greyish background) there
in the abstact of the paper ! No need to guess :-)

"Abstract. This paper is a short summary of a real world AES key extraction performed on a military grade FPGA marketed as 'virtually unbreakable' and 'highly secure'. We demonstrated that it is possible to extract the AES key from the Actel/Microsemi ProASIC3 chip in a time of 0.01 seconds using a new side-channel analysis technique called Pipeline Emission Analysis (PEA)."

  that's indeed extremely fast ...


Comment: Plastic wrapped meat in China ? Where ? (Score 1) 216

by DV (#38428776) Attached to: IBM Tracks Pork Chops From Pig To Plate

Well that story is all good and nice but except for one place in town here (I'm in China) *nowhere* is meat
wrapped in plastic. you pick pieces on the stand, handle it, get it cut, but the customer is never gonna see
any wrapping or label for his meat. And any cooking will be done thoroughly to avoid getting sick !
Yet another piece of "IT news" absolutely disconnected from reality, don't get to excited !

Comment: Best tech news of the year (Score 1) 501

by DV (#31828260) Attached to: Google to Open Source the VP8 Codec

If that becomes true that's so far the best technology related news from me so far this year.
I doubt Apple would embrace that with pleasure, but I hope at least Opera will add support.
It's about time for open video on the Web !

    Thanks in advance Google, please don't disapoint us, if done right that's huge !


A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.