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Comment: How About Criminal Charges Against the ID Thief? (Score 1) 390

by EWillieL (#33554564) Attached to: Defending Self In a Case of On-Line Identity Theft?

IANAL, but in Arizona, at least, and probably many other states, the act of domain hijacking is a felony (it's considered unauthorized computer access, or some such language). So is ID theft. There may be federal statutes at work here as well. You should see if you can get the proper authorities involved -- they'd at least be able to subpoena the registrar's records to track down the attacker.

Granted, you'll have to get the authorities interested first -- usually they need to see significant monetary damages with criminal intent. But it's another avenue to explore if you're challenged by the legal fees (and who isn't these days?)

Comment: Re:Programming == Cut & Paste (Score 1) 623

by EWillieL (#31387614) Attached to: Whatever Happened To Programming?

I'm not harsh on copying and pasting freely available code from "out there" for your own use -- I'm harsh on copying and pasting code from one part of a system to another, just because somebody didn't have the mental capacity to realize they could tweak the existing code ever so slightly to suit both the old problem and the new problem. I've had to clean up after this more times than I'd care to count.

I once saw somebody who'd scoped each of the fifteen or so individual case clauses of a switch in braces, because they didn't want to rename the local variables they'd cut'n'pasted into each of the cases. Each case was about fifty lines, with a max of about five lines difference between them. I'm surprised I didn't have an anyeurism right then and there.

Comment: Re:Hmm. I think I've... are you kidding me?????? (Score 2, Interesting) 597

by EWillieL (#30538596) Attached to: Why Coder Pay Isn't Proportional To Productivity

Mmm-hmm.

I've had to clean up after one of those guys. He'd crank out the first cut of a codebase, and I'd go through and factor out the instant cruft his stream of consciousness had spewed out. We actually made a pretty good team.

He was (still is) brilliant, but his codebase would quickly degenerate into an inmaintainable plate of spaghetti without someone like me, and he knew it. He told me as much.

Books

+ - Terry Pratchett has Alzheimer's disease

Submitted by CnlPepper
CnlPepper (140772) writes "I'm sure I'm not alone in being saddened to learn that Terry Pratchett, author of the exceptionally popular Discworld series of books, is reported to have been diagnosed with a rare form of early onset Alzheimers (BBC News article). Despite his diagnosis he is optimistic and intends to keep on writing. You can read Terry's post here."
Security

Ohio Plans To Encrypt After Data Breach 237

Posted by kdawson
from the shutting-the-barn-door-after-the-horses dept.
Lucas123 writes "After a backup tape containing sensitive information on 130,000 Ohio residents, current and former employees, and businesses was stolen from the car of a government intern in June, the state government just announced it has purchased 60,000 licenses of encryption software — McAfee's SafeBoot — for state offices to use to protect data. It's estimated that the missing backup tape will cost Ohio $3 million. In September, the state docked a government official about a week of future vacation time for not ensuring that the data would be protected."

Mandatory Hardware Recycling Coming To US? 218

Posted by kdawson
from the send-me-your-tired-your-obsolete dept.
BDPrime writes, "A U.S. congressional caucus has met twice to discuss proposing national legislation that would make hardware manufacturers responsible for taking back their own stuff, similar to what Europe implemented with WEEE (PDF). The story quotes David Douglas, one of Sun's eco-evangelists, reflecting on the alternative: 'If we were having to deal with local regulations and local disposition facilities in every state, to deal with every state's nuanced costs, that would clearly involve cost to our basic equipment.'" It's early days for this movement; the buzzword to watch here is "E-waste."

Creating Water from Thin Air 348

Posted by Zonk
from the droid-that-understands-the-binary-language-of-moisture-vaporators dept.
Iphtashu Fitz writes "In order to provide the U.S. Military with water in places like Iraq, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency gave millions of dollars in research funding to companies like LexCarb and Sciperio to try to extract water from the air. Amazingly, a company that DARPA didn't fund, Aqua Sciences, beat them all to the punch by developing a machine that can extract up to 600 gallons of water a day from thin air even in locations like arid deserts. The 20 foot machine does this without using or producing toxic materials or byproducts. The CEO of Aqua Sciences declined to elaborate on how the machine works, but said it is based on the natural process by which salt absorbs water."

Microkernel: The Comeback? 722

Posted by Hemos
from the time-to-hash-this-out-all-again dept.
bariswheel writes "In a paper co-authored by the Microkernel Maestro Andrew Tanenbaum, the fragility of modern kernels are addressed: "Current operating systems have two characteristics that make them unreliable and insecure: They are huge and they have very poor fault isolation. The Linux kernel has more than 2.5 million lines of code; the Windows XP kernel is more than twice as large." Consider this analogy: "Modern ships have multiple compartments within the hull; if one compartment springs a leak, only that one is flooded, not the entire hull. Current operating systems are like ships before compartmentalization was invented: Every leak can sink the ship." Clearly one argument here is security and reliability has surpassed performance in terms of priorities. Let's see if our good friend Linus chimes in here; hopefully we'll have ourselves another friendly conversation."

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