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Comment: Re:OS makers not helping much either (Score 2, Insightful) 244

by __int64 (#34060166) Attached to: Adobe Warns of Critical Flash Bug, Already Being Exploited

The problem with web browsers executing arbitrary code is really only "solved" with sand-boxing when you assume that your private personal data is stored on your hard disk. Unfortunately, since most personal data is now stored and accessed through a web browser, you have essentially allowed arbitrary code to operate on your personal data.

Emacs was compromised by a similar line of thinking, that:
Because the ability to execute code is sometimes useful when editing documents, everything should be implemented in Emacs.

Likewise, Javascript is sometimes useful for displaying information on webpages. However, this does not imply that web browsers should be an application platform.

Carrying these assumptions forward blindly gives rise to many of the current challenges of today.

Comment: Re:One of the last reasons to have flash (Score 1) 132

by __int64 (#34058570) Attached to: Mozilla Labs Add-On Provides Video and Audio Recording From the Browser

Indeed, blah blah blah.

Security, 'upgrades', lock down, apps, value adding partners...And next time for bonus, be sure to include: a discussion of 'utility', mention something called "mobile equity", and try to work in a reference to capital markets, where relevant of course.

Comment: Re:"Do it. Don't think about it, just do it." (Score 1) 386

by __int64 (#26246825) Attached to: Study Abroad For Computer Science Majors?

He is referring to Tohoku University. It's the second highest ranked science school in Japan (behind Tokyo U.), most Americans don't know this, but it will really stand out on your resume if you decide to work somewhere in Asia.

There are 2 programs available, one for taking classes directly in Japanese, and a special English program for those without the language proficiency. Tohoku also has a great Language program, so if you are here for 1 year, you might be able to learn a little Japanese too. But that really depends on how much you study, and avoid the trap of making too many foreign friends and speaking too much English.

The classes available in English are limited, only an intro-CS class is available in English. However, research in a huge part of each semester, you'll join a research lab and spend 20+ hours each week working on your project. You should at least be able to get transfer credit for an independent research, and maybe even a publication if you write a good enough paper.

The Japanese govt in currently amidst a push to raise the number of foreign students to 300k, so if you GPA is good, you'll also probably get a full ride scholarship for 1 year. It's about 800USD per month.

Here's my lab.
Here's an article I wrote about life at Tohoku.

Good luck! Hopefully your school has an exchange agreement with Tohoku!

Comment: Re:Wrong way round (Score 2, Interesting) 286

by __int64 (#23125256) Attached to: NBC to Create Programs Centered on Sponsors
This has been going on already, corporate donated textbooks and televisions in Indiana schools. Everyday before school the kids have to watch a 10 minute program with corporate created content, that as I recall, also included explicit advertising. The schools accept the TV donations to improve their classroom's tech level and sign away the minds of the students to corporate influence. The content is largely repacked syndicated content and CNN stock footage as I recall, but I'm sure the contracts with the schools included verbiage to alter and include whatever embedded messages they saw fit.

The infrastructure to network a whole school and provide it with large screen TVs and DVD players isn't cheep, and shows the value of guaranteed access to young impressionable minds, even for only 10 minutes a day.

How much more would a full 8 hour days worth of access be worth? Enough for a corporation to establish a fully subsidized "private" school? One that payed and/or subsidized the parents normal public school taxes, essentially creating totally free schooling? The quality of education is obvious but to me this looks like the logical next step in corporate control.

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