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Comment: Re:Ideological bottleneck (Score 1) 121

by 0123456 (#49745205) Attached to: US Proposes Tighter Export Rules For Computer Security Tools

Many Western nations have fat, centralized, industrial-era governments facing a networked, post-industrial world. Obviously they're going to fight as long and hard as possible to limit technologies that will make them obsolete.

This is why the future is increasingly being made outside Luddite states like America and the EU; places that don't have an entrenched industrial-era political class who can stop it.

Comment: Re:Seems obvious now (Score 2) 210

I was just trying to make a joke about how California sucks, but sure, let's nerd fight.

Starfleet Headquarters is in San Francisco
The Federation Council is in San Francisco
President of the United Federation of Planets is in Paris, but everyone knows the Federation Council has all the real power and it's been suggested the Federation is a parliamentary type system with the Council electing the President
France is also coastal, and to the west of the bulk of the continent on which it resides, thus west coast.
We don't know where the Federation Supreme Court is, but probably someplace on a west coast.

I maintain that if Trekkies took over the world, they would put their capital on a west coast.

Comment: Re:"Kaspersky's relationship with the Kremlin" (Score 1) 153

That was in response to this:

Go watch more faux noose and leave the technical chatter to people actually in the industry, fucknut.

As this isn't a technical conversation, I took it to mean that I don't belong on Slashdot as I am not technical enough to join the conversation.

Also, if you were any good as a "systems engineer" they wouldn't have you working on email, that's a lower rung than even web backends.

So, email, the most vital system to many companies is a low rung system? What do you consider high rung than? Where I work, it is domain, email/storage, etc, but then you must be a programmer who thinks he is hot stuff because he can write code. I design business critical systems, what did you do today?

Comment: Incorrect (Score 5, Interesting) 160

It is easier with something simpler, not something smaller. When you start doing extreme optimization for size, as in this case, you are going to do it at the expense of many things, checks being one of them. If you want to have good security, particularly for something that can be hit with completely arbitrary and hostile input like something on the network, you want to do good data checking and sanitization. Well guess what? That takes code, takes memory, takes cycles. You start stripping everything down to basics, stuff like that may go away.

What's more, with really tiny code sizes, particularly for complex items like an OS, what you are often doing is using assembly, or at best C, which means that you'd better be really careful, but there is a lot of room to fuck up. You mess up one pointer and you can have a major vulnerability. Now you go and use a managed language or the like and the size goes up drastically... but of course that management framework can deal with a lot of issues.

Comment: Well, perhaps you should look at features (Score 1) 160

And also other tradeoffs. It is fashionable for some geeks to cry about the amount of disk space that stuff takes, but it always seems devoid of context and consideration, as though you could have the exact same performance/setup in a tiny amount of space if only programmers "tried harder" or something. However you do some research, and it turns out to all be tradeoffs, and often times the tradeoff to use more system resources is a good one. Never mind just capabilities/features, but there can be reasons to have abstractions, managed environments, and so on.

Comment: Re:"Kaspersky's relationship with the Kremlin" (Score 1) 153

Of course, I'm the one who has it wrong right?

Read the first line.

But of course my kind doesn't rely on facts and figures, I just make things up. You are funny.

Oh, and for technical cred, I currently am a systems engineer working specifically on email systems design. I have the technical cred, do you?

Comment: Re:"Kaspersky's relationship with the Kremlin" (Score 1) 153

WMD did exist, and were found.

As far as Kespersky, they have said there was some evidence of a possible EST in the build of stuxnet. However, this could just as easily be someone in Russia's time getting home from work rather than someone in the US going into work. It also doesn't give any kind of conclusive proof of US involvement in Stuxnet/Flame. Without proof, it is just a theory, therefore shouldn't be put forward as fact.

There is one way to find out if a man is honest -- ask him. If he says "Yes" you know he is crooked. -- Groucho Marx