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Comment: Tell a story of progress (Score 1) 698

Among the stories of your life, family and other things, also tell a story of progress. Tell of things that we enjoy today that didn't exist when you were a child. How did those things come to be?

I am very sorry to hear of your impending death and the pain it will bring to your family.

Maybe also tell a cautionary tale for when she is an adult. The world has had dark episodes of history before. And it could again, but on a much larger scale. What lessons can be learned from the past to prevent it happening again?

Comment: Re:Ummmm.... (Score 1) 319

by DickBreath (#49087321) Attached to: Java Vs. Node.js: Epic Battle For Dev Mindshare
To get the best of both worlds, use each tool where it works best.
1. Use Java Applets in the browser to get Java's famously good start up times and the kind of Security that comes with complex interactions between JavaScript and a Java Applet that has elevated permissions
2. Use interpreted JavaScript on the server (not Node.js)

Use Windows as the Server OS, in order to get the kind of security, robustness and stability you've come to expect from Microsoft
Use Linux on the Desktop to get it's legendary ease of use*

(* however Linux ease of use is great in the last few years)
(I hope I do not need to add a humor tag)

Comment: Re:Nobody gets to use the surprise face (Score 1) 131

by DickBreath (#49079615) Attached to: US May Sell Armed Drones
Um, I am going to be very surprised if they forbid citizens to buy unlimited numbers of armed drones. Or if they regulate ownership, or require background checks or registration. After all, when the 2nd amendment was written, it envisioned every citizen having enough firepower to start a world war.

Please remember this holiday season that firearms make excellent gifts for the entire family. Family packs available at participating retailers. Check out the new Starter Guns sized just right for the little ones. Please use firearms responsibly when drinking. The NRA offers discounts to those who can show proof of mental impairment or illness.

Comment: Re:Excel file (Score 3, Informative) 809

by DickBreath (#49048743) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?
Your question demonstrates that you don't understand the problem. How do I securely send you a file? If I use Excel's encryption, then we have a new problem: how do I send you the password to open it?

Furthermore, it is a legitimate question to consider whether you should trust Excel's security. (And I'm not picking on Microsoft. At least not this time.) You don't have access to Excel's source code. You can't know it is secure. You could sleep a lot better if you simply assume the Excel is just like any file, and like any other file, you encrypt it and sign it with PKI so that the person on the other end can decrypt it and verify it is from you. (Actually encrypt and sign a small key to a more efficient symmetric algorithm.)

Comment: Re:Relevant Expertise (Score 1) 809

by DickBreath (#49048695) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?
It depends on what you mean by 'know how it works'. If they are using it in the project, then I expect them to 'know how it works'. I don't expect them to be able to write their own from scratch. Just a basic understanding. Not an explanation that you sprinkle magic encryption sauce on the data.

Generate a pair of keys. Make one public. Ask the guy at the other end to do the same. Now we can read each other's public keys (and so can anyone else). I encrypt the PDF with your public key and then with my private key. The guy at the other end can verify that it came from me, and he is the only one who can decrypt it. I don't need to know all the detailed math. I don't have to write my own BigInteger code. Just a basic understanding.

Why is this more to ask than that someone knows the language that a shop uses. Knows how to use the framework we use. Etc?

Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.