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Comment Re:Misleading article. (Score 3, Insightful) 149

Exactly, and I think this is what the AC was trying to say in one of the earlier responses.

The headline seems as if it is trying to tie this story to all the recent reports of the agency actively weakening crypto algorithms.

It would have been insane to allow classified algorithms to be published along with TCP/IP (unless of course they were willing to declassify).

I didn't watch the video, but read TFA. There, Cerf is quoted to say:
1. “If I had in my hands the kinds of cryptographic technology we have today, I would absolutely have used it,”
2. “During the mid 1970s while I was still at Stanford and working on this, I also worked with the NSA on a secure version of the Internet, but one that used classified cryptographic technology. At the time I couldn’t share that with my friends,” Cerf said. “So I was leading this kind of schizoid existence for a while.”

Maybe he said it in the video, but in TFA he does not say "I wanted to use the classified technology in TCP/IP but the agency denied my request."


Submission + - Application Development is a $9 Billion Industry (

CowboyRobot writes: "Although not as lucrative as video games or movies, Gartner projects the software application development industry to pass the US$9 Billion mark this year. They credit "evolving software delivery models, new development methodologies, emerging mobile application development, and open source software". Also in the report is a projection that "mobile application development projects targeting smartphones and tablets will outnumber native PC projects by a ratio of 4:1 by 2015.""

Submission + - Neil Armstrong has died, NBC News reports ( 1

dsinc writes: Neil Armstrong, first man on the Moon, has died. NBC News broke the news, without giving other details. Neil was recovering from a heart-bypass surgery he had had a couple of weeks ago. Sad news, marking the end of a glorious and more optimistic era...
RIP, Neil.

Comment Re:Post hoc ergo propter hoc (Score 1) 417

She did not state that she lost her job due to the photos. She stated that she lost her job due to her own OCD and anxiety.

How anxious will she become when she learns that photos of her undergarments have been posted to Slashdot?

I suspect that far more people saw her clothes on the wash line just by walking down the street than would have seen them on the net if she hadn't sued.

Comment Re:The Master Genealogist (Score 1) 292

I have to agree with the praise for TMG. I've been using it for several years now (version 4 then version 6). I have found it to be incredibly flexible in handling conflicting evidence, and it also generates some nice reports. I had moved my data from Family Tree Maker, so it did take me quite a while to "clean up" my database to change from a fact-based system to an evidence-based system, but I think the results have been worth it.

To be clear to the OP, it is definitely not an Open Source program in that it costs money and the file formats are (IIRC) proprietary as well (but there are plenty of export options so you are not locked-in).

"Today's robots are very primitive, capable of understanding only a few simple instructions such as 'go left', 'go right', and 'build car'." --John Sladek