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Comment: Most Companies Aren't Looking for "Real" (Score 1) 637

by Maltheus (#47616695) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

Most companies aren't interested in you recreating the wheel, they want you to get a working, maintainable product out the door in as little time as possible. Design patterns are more important to focus on than memory management these days.

C and C++ have their uses, but at the end of the day, C is little more than a macro-assembler and is completely inappropriate for most tasks in the business world. I've never worked anywhere where the C/C++ side of the project (there's always one group of holdouts) isn't consistently the long pole in the tent. After seeing several projects fail over this, I'd rather they "keep it real" on their own time.

Comment: The Internet Needs More Random Data (Score 2) 353

by Maltheus (#47418899) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

I would love for gmail to give people the option of a random noise uuencoded .sig to be attached to each and every e-mail. Flood the world with random data and this issue goes away. No one would be able to say for sure what was encrypted or not. If done ubiquitously, it could bring all the STASI-like agencies to their knees.

Comment: Re:Stay away from the UK (Score 4, Insightful) 353

by Maltheus (#47418807) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Yeah, I always wanted to do a UK trip, but their crazy laws have always kept me away. Not even because I'm worried that I'll get caught up in them, so much as I look down on them as a people for institutiting them in the first place.

And no, the irony isn't lost on me that many do not want to visit America for the same reasons. I probably wouldn't either, if I weren't a native.

Comment: Re:What if he forgot it? (Score 1) 353

by Maltheus (#47418733) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

That would be my first assumption. Or what if you were using a key file, that you no longer have? I never really used PGP much, but I must have set it up a dozen times, with a different random password each time. And I certainly couldn't tell you what those passwords are now. It's barbaric to convict someone on this basis.

Comment: Re:SciFi come to life (Score 1) 270

If anyone has broken the internet lately, it would be the NSA. Net neutrality is about given more power to the people behind that. And more power to the studio executives who have compromised that agency.

I suspect one day, the term Net Neutrality will be considered as "neutral" as the term Patriot Act is considered "patriotic." Once you empower the FCC on this front, they won't hold back.

Comment: Re:SciFi come to life (Score 1) 270

Believe me, I understand its importance. It's very much a necessity to me. But hyperbole aside, I haven't seen any problems to date. The internet has been a wonder and still is. How will this legislation actually make things better than they are now?

Netflix was always smooth before, and now after the comcast deal, I finally have enough bandwidth to access the 3D content. That's the only change I've seen so far. If they start actually blocking my access to stuff, then I'll walk and they'll have to respond. But why would they risk that in the first place?

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle