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Comment Misleading, but sort of true (Score 1) 246

You can't just speed up development teams by adding more team members.

But the devops / microservices do help you to create an culture / architecture where you get more but smaller parts each with their own team.

Thus you'd have more teams.

So the project as a whole can might go faster if you can chop your software up in different pieces without any interdependence (which obviously doesn't always apply to all problems).

Comment At your home (Score 5, Insightful) 111

Keep the data at your home, they need a warrant to get into your home.

Eben Moglen was pretty clear about that (no I don't know at what minute exactly he said this):

If you are going to store your data with somebody else, encrypt it before you upload it and you keep the encryption key.

Nothing wrong with keeping a backup with someone else as long as you encrypt it:

I'm forgetting about an other provider which also has an open source program with encryption.

Comment Re:Vehicles that aren't lab projects (Score 1) 322

"with no frills at all."

First of all, the predecessor from 2013 was already road legal. Which means it has all the things you need to get on the road.

And it's actually pretty comfortable and it has a lot more features then you might expect:

While it does have a heater for clearing the windows which it needs to make it road legal.

The biggest problem is obvious: missing air-conditioning because it would use so much energy.

Obviously, it's not even near getting to a production car.

Comment Re:So when are they making something we can AFFORD (Score 1) 322

The point is to push the state of art and win the competition:
http://www.worldsolarchallenge... (in this case the more practical cruiser class)

Also to show how 'close' we are to having productions cars with solar or at least show how things are progressing.

It's a step up from this:

It's like F1 is trying to push the state of the art. Obviously F1 cars are not for normal production use either.

Comment Re:So when are they making something we can AFFORD (Score 1) 322

How about a 4-person electric car with solar panels on the roof that produces more energy than it uses by average per day use* ?

A company in Australia is trying to make a car you can buy, even if it's still very expensive:

* in the Netherlands, which is in't the US. The average car owner in the US drivers more miles.

Comment Re:Supercaps in cars (Score 1) 146

Ohh, cool. The comments for that article are horrible by the way. Saying it's completely impossible.

Well, not in that price range though. ;-)

Producing a car with such a low weight is still expensive and if it became cheaper it would help diesel/gas powered cars too, thus making it harder to compete.

Anyway I meant mass-production and some what affordable like the first Tesla car will take a long time.

Comment Re:Uber is as safe as taxis (Score 1) 469

The prices of a taxi medallion I've seen from the US don't seem to apply to the Netherlands.

"In Boston, taxi medallions average $700,000, and similarly-inflated prices exist in other cities"

But Amsterdam is the most expensive and I believe far above every other city in the Netherlands:
In 2013: € 7.960,00 for 3 years (8,928.64 USD)
In 2014: € 11.880,00 for 3 years (13,327.58 USD)

The city claims that this is the real cost of what they need to do (whatever that is).

In Dutch:

Comment FBI and going dark (Score 1) 91

Of course the FBI isn't happy about people going dark.

It's easier without having to deal with the encryption.

More and more endpoints are also getting full disk encryption.

Thinking long term, the FBI doesn't want to be in an arms race with the software developers of browsers, operating systems and the like.

Will they still be able to hack to software running on the endpoints ?

Maybe someday they won't find a way around it. Even though they have a court order they might not be able to do what they are asked to do. That is what scares them.

Comment Re:The same thing is happening in the wifi world (Score 1) 126

The same thing has been going on with the FCC and WiFi for many, many years.

The EPA isn't any different, see the quote from the article below.

"A group of automobile manufacturers said that opening the code to scrutiny could create “serious threats to safety and security.” And two months ago, the E.P.A. said it, too, opposed such a move because people might try to reprogram their cars to beat emission rules."

The EPA or FCC won't be the ones that will fix this.

There is only one solution, start creating the open source code, it will take many, many years but eventually it will be as good or even better than the original manufacturers.

Comment Re:How does injecting a cookie expose data? (Score 1) 66

Haven't read it yet, but I assume it's something like this (below may or may not work, it's an example):

- attacker controls WiFi network
- user visits any HTTP-website
- attacker injects iframe of some other domain for which it wants to attack the user
- the iframe sets a session cookie over HTTP
- later during that browsing session, the user visits the real site over HTTPS
- the browser sends the session cookie it got over HTTP
- the user logs into the site
- the attacker now has a logged-in session cookie of the user for the site

Something a long those lines...

Comment Re:Other bugs (Score 3, Interesting) 409

Why would you single out software ?

The whole world has lost their mind (with the US being one of the countries at the front).

Let's take the economy as an example.

You think this interest rate is normal ?:

You think quantitative easing is the new normal ?

Even if you agree that these are necessary measures you'd have to agree they should only be temporarily.

Comment Re:Vetting of apps? (Score 1) 246

No, fake contacts doesn't solve the problem. The problem is you need a better model is. Funny fact Android already has one:

A similar model was adopted by FirefoxOS from the start:
"Web Activities are a way to extend the functionality of HTML5 apps without having to access the hardware on behalf of the user. In other words, you don’t need to ask the user to access the camera or the phone, but instead your app asks for an image or initiate a call and the user then picks the app most appropriate for the task. In the case of a photo the user might pick it from the gallery, the wallpapers or shoot a new photo with the camera app. You then get the photo back as a file blob. The code is incredibly simple:"

It's a form of the