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Comment: Open Source == DOES get a fine tooth comb. (Score 1) 73

by Dr. Crash (#48571509) Attached to: Why Open Source Matters For Sensitive Email

I am the prime author of CRM114 (the spam filter) and IT DEFINITELY GOT CHECKED BY SMART PEOPLE. There were at least a dozen people who would dependably read the code, and they'd find the pickiest things (luckily, not anything serious; thank you Valgrind!)

So, it's absolutely, demonstrably, provably (read the mail archive!) the case that at least SOME mail-oriented open source gets the all-orifices examination, and that examination is effective.

Whether or not security software gets the same thing, I can't say for sure, but I'd be surprised that it didn't. The recent set of security vulnerabilities only shows that old code didn't get the same care as newer code.

Comment: wrong direction (Score 1) 257

by samantha (#48492279) Attached to: The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

Driverless allows high efficiency very small people movers. Buses are per person mile very inefficient in energy use, pollution and especially convenience. They are only efficient in the first two when full to capacity which they are only during major commute rushes. The future of self-driving vehicles is highly flexible, electric powered, on demand minimal vehicles for the job. Anything else is nonsense.

Comment: Re:Mac Mini (Score 1) 109

by phillymjs (#48180755) Attached to: iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

> A complete nightmare, and even if you get it working, you wind up with an unstable system.

It's not as bad as that. I built 2 back back in 2008-2009, and they were rock stable-- kernel panics were extremely rare. They also didn't require much in the way of hackery. I put the EFI boot loader on a thumb drive and kept my OS X drive as free of hacked bits as possible. I wanted to be able to hook it up to a real Mac and boot it without issue, and I achieved this goal. Still, I would never recommend them in a business setting.

One of the machines was my daily driver, and dual booted Windows. The other ran OS X Server and was the fileserver in my house. The specs on the server were enough to get the job done, but my daily driver gave me top of the line Mac Pro performance for about $1200.

The only problem was OS updates-- they usually broke something. I maintained a bootable clone of both machines' boot drives, and waited a few days for other hackintoshers to find and figure out how to fix the issues before installing those updates. Both machines ran Snow Leopard for their entire term of service, which ended last year. They were replaced with refurb Mac minis. The hackintoshing was an interesting experiment, but I wanted a new OS without more hackery, supported hardware, and worry-free updating again. As a side effect, my electric bill fell off a cliff, which was nice.

Comment: Don't care about crime??? (Score 1) 407

by samantha (#48172835) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Bullshit. We don't care about thinks that never have been called "crimes" in the first place. If it doesn't involve any form of initiation of force against another person or their property or of negligent harm to another person then it is not a crime in a sane society. As much of 80% of prison population is is for such non-crime. Many of the longer term prisoners are there for committing a non-crime 3 times back in the three strikes and you are out days. Let people out of cages that committed no real crimes and never put anyone in for such again.

Boo Hoo there are not enough prisons. Tear them down and celebrate while doing so. At up to $40,000 per prisoner per year we are saving a lot having less prisoners.

Comment: Been EXACTLY there. Here's the right way to do it (Score 1) 224

by Dr. Crash (#48158409) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

I've been in EXACTLY that situation.

The solution is to make the license explicit and separate from the employment agreement.

This avoids situations where the IP license does (or does not!) expire when you leave the company.

Is it a paid-up-once license, valid forever, or renewable on a yearly (or even monthly) basis?

Does the license include the right to relicense (i.e. can the company sell a license to produce stuff based on your IP to third parties to manufacture and sell)

Does the license follow the company, if the company is bought out by $MEGACORP?

Yes, we had lawyers on it. Yes, everyone agreed that this was the way to go.

Comment: Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (Score 1) 1262

by Triv (#47779855) Attached to: Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Even if all of this is true (it isn't; but skipping over that), her social media, financial, and email accounts have been hacked, and explicit photos revealed from that were sent to her were sent to her friends and family.

Can you maybe see how a. that sort of thing doesn't happen to men in the industry, and b. how very wrong it is to do stuff like this because of rumors of VIDEO GAME ETHICS VIOLATIONS?

Don't justify this crap. It's disgusting.

Comment: Re:Much ado about nothing (Score 1) 748

by Triv (#47703953) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

browse at 2+, and threads look like a coherent discussion of the issues broached in TFA.

Only if you agree with the overall tone of the thread. Moderation re-enforces the party line, and the choice of articles and/or post content are catered to generate interaction. Unpopular threads get pushed down pretty fast and hard, or (worse) are barely moderated at all.