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Comment: I guess the real question is: (Score 1) 309

by JustNiz (#49158995) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

Do you think an infection would be more likely to come from hackers that somehow modified the drive after the manufacturer shipped it, or do you think it is more likely that the NSA (or whoever) already work with the manufacturer?

If the latter, chances are the option with least security risk is to not update it at all, especially if its an older drive.

Comment: I dont think it was kids. (Score -1, Flamebait) 132

by JustNiz (#49151265) Attached to: Vandalism In Arizona Shuts Down Internet and Phone Service

I live in Phoenix. Cox have just this last few weeks been laying fiber to everyones houses all over Phoenix, including mine.
The cable that was dug up and broken was owned by CenturyLink, one of Cox's main competitors here in AZ.
To even dig up the cable not only needed the knowledge of about where and what it was in the first place, you also need detection equipment to locate it before you start digging, and heavy plant equipment to dig it up, just like what Cox has been using to put in new fiber.
Do the math.

Comment: i would tell her... (Score 1) 696

Believe in yourself, don't let anyone else belittle you or your ideas. Do listen to criticism but only enough to ask yourself if they actually have a point.

Don't worry about following convention or always doing what your friends say. Many "conventions", "obviously right ways", laws, religious teachings and "Friendly Advice" are actually just mechansims used by people to get you to behave in ways that benefits them only.

Don't always play safe. People that always choose the low-risk option have a safe but very grey life.

Don't spend time worrying/griping about problems, spend it finding/implementing solutions.

Enjoy every sunny day.

Be good.

Be considerate.

Comment: Re:He can make the policy (Score 1) 406

by JustNiz (#49121307) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

>> The rest of the world don't want products with official US backdoors though. So you'll have a very hard time selling anything US made abroad

I don't agree with that.
Look at how many non-US people still run Windows, even though Microsoft build-in backdoors and provide snooping/data reovery tools such as cigarete to pretty much any official body who asks for them (NSA, FBI and even police forces).

Comment: Massive over generalization much? (Score 4, Insightful) 319

by JustNiz (#49082483) Attached to: Java Vs. Node.js: Epic Battle For Dev Mindshare

>> Java and JavaScript are now locked in a battle of sorts for control of the programming world.

Whatever. Wake me up when you can write a (good) device driver in either then I'll take your claim a little more seriously.

I realise that the internet is a massive source of employment, but believe it or not, its not the only thing out there. There are acutally a few of us software developers left that do not do web stuff (and actually like it that way).

Comment: Re:Logitech G27 wheel (Score 1) 3

by JustNiz (#49048993) Attached to: Driving games to teach kids how to drive

I agree about investing in good hardware with force feedback, such as a G27 wheel or similar, but thats not even slightly the hard part. The problem is there is pretty much no software that gives even close to a realistic impression of driving an actual car, or how it realyl responds.

Since I'm lucky enough to have owned and/or driven several of the cars that appear in such games, I can tell you first hand that all driving games I've ever tried (including the ones you mentioned and the ones that make bold claims about hyper-realsitc physics) all fail BADLY at feeling or responding anything like the actual cars they are supposed to be moodelling. In fact they most don't behave anything like any actual car would at all. Actually the real cars are FAR easier to drive than their video game versions.

Also you want to teach omeone how to deal with traffic, situational awareness, blind spots, pedestrians etc etc, not how to get good lap times. I think that if you leart to drive only using a video game you would actually have a LOT of bad preconceptions around physics to undo when you first got behind the wheel of a real car, so I'm not sure using racing video games to teach is a beneficial approach at all.

This is also true of PC flight simulators by the way. If real cessna 152s and 172s were half as twitchy and difficult to fly and land as they are in Microsoft Flight sim X and to a lesser degree, X-plane, nobody would have ever bought one at all, yet in real life most flight schools choos those planes for training exactly because of their easy handling and docility.


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