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Comment Re:So you made this giant database of sensitive in (Score 1) 119 119

In my corporate experience, data warehouse and big data projects happen when an executive gets annoyed with the slow progress of IT and basically dumps out the contents of a few databases into an almost-impossible-to-secure bowl of soup.

Exactly how the whole Chelsea Manning/Wikileaks thing happened.

Before 9/11 info was comparmentalised and need to know, after it was "gotta let every low level person have access to everything so we don't slip up again". Whoops.

Comment Re:Caps Lock used to power a huge lever. (Score 1) 646 646

I wish it still behaved as shift-lock: affecting all characters, not just letters. When I use caps lock, it's almost always because I'm typing an environment variable or #defined constant. And that means I'm going to be typing lots of _ characters. If caps lock behaved like shift lock, I wouldn't have to press shift for every one of them.

Get a French AZERTY keyboard.

(Except that you use shift-lock to get numbers, by default unshifted is symbols).

Comment Re:Closed Ecosystem (Score 1) 89 89

But none of these recent problems need a kernel upgrade -- the userland/kernel interface is stable, there is nothing stopping Google & pals from just releasing a package with the new .so file.

Except that their package management is primitive to nonexistent.

Comment Re:Closed Ecosystem (Score 1) 89 89

"Install a rom"?

I used to do shit like that on 8 bit microcontrollers. If it's just one .so to change why the hell can't I just do, as the GP said, "apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade"?

Works on my N900, worked on my N9, works on my Jolla.

Android is primitive.

Comment Re:Swift (Score 1) 348 348

Swift isn't going to make it so "anybody can write apps." That is something that's been tried for decades, with things like drag-and-drop programming. SQL was originally intended for non-programmers. It doesn't work, because the difficulty of programming isn't the syntax. The difficulty of programming is logic.

While true, the danger exists that making the syntax easier will encourage more people who don't understand logic to try to write code anyway, usually with disastrous results. Maybe it's the UNIX greybeard in me, but I've always seen the complexity of language as sort of a "you must be this tall to ride" bar, limiting the amount of damage that clueless people can cause.

And it isn't just that the software that new programmers create is usually bad. It also clogs the marketplace with low-quality apps. The more bad apps people write, the harder it will be for well-written new apps to gain footing, because they'll start out with several times as many poorly written apps ahead of them in their sales ranking.

But the biggest problem with making it easier to write code is that every step down that path requires ever-increasing resources. Right now, it takes about an order of magnitude more effort to write a beginning programming guide than to write a programming guide for experienced programmers, even for a moderately complex technology. And that's if you assume that people understand basic logic, control flow, etc. If you go one step beyond that and try to make it practical for non-programmers to write code, you'll spend two or three years writing a good, solid introductory textbook. And I have yet to see any evidence suggesting that any significant percentage of those folks will be able to write decent code even after reading such a book.

The kernel is stable not just because it has to be, but also because it scares people away until they are reasonably competent at programming. The web is filled with bad code because it doesn't. IMO, apps should be more like the former than the latter. Just my $0.02.

Comment Re:No kidding. (Score 1) 253 253

Neither of those provides any mechanism for downsampling an image before uploading it. In fact, from a same-origin security model perspective, JS code isn't even supposed to be able to access the image data before uploading it, though I think they've left some holes where devs can get around that....

Comment Re:Here's a thought... (Score 1) 305 305

So, if your potential boss or landlord or police officer doesn't recognize that people change, what the heck do you do?

For the first two, obviously, you either persuade them or you find someone else to work for / rent from. Freedom of association means that they have no obligation to hire you or rent out their property to you, regardless of the reason. Hiding information about your past which you know would be considered relevant amounts to fraud.

If your treatment by a police officer or any other representative of the government acting in an official capacity is influenced by outdated posts on social media sites, or anything else apart from your current standing under the law, you've got bigger issues. In any case, odds are that a law permitting you to delete your information from the Internet, even if it could somehow be implemented effectively, would not prevent the police from learning about your youthful indiscretions.

Comment Re:100 times better, but 20% energy savings? (Score 1) 89 89

I would ass-u-me that this would mean that over a period of time X, a current generation chip would process Y commands consuming N units of energy.

The new chip would perform 2Y commands over X time while only consuming .8N units of energy.

Or that each command execution would take 80% of the energy of a current gen chip, but that it could complete twice as many of them in the same time period, meaning a net increase of ~60% energy consumption at sustained max load.

Tons of ways to play with the statistics on this one, and the 100% performance improvement and 20% energy efficiency improvement are not mutually exclusive. But the summary doesn't give any context or detail, so without RTFA, it should be considered nothing more than marketing speak.


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