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Comment: Re:Where to start with this one...? (Score 1) 408

My infant isn't very self-sufficient either and requires quite a bit of care. So I agree self-sufficiency is not a good test for what constitutes a human.

What do you think is? Location, Age, Size, Strength, Socio Economic Status of Parents? Birth is a pretty arbitrary place to put the legal transition from tissue to person. There isn't much difference from a 9 month fetus and a born child. Conception where all the dna is in place would be the earliest point you could make it. I've yet to hear a coherent logical rational as to why one is legally a medical procedure, while the other is a murder.

Comment: Re:What is Bruce Schneier's game? (Score 5, Interesting) 397

I worry more about the NSA putting something in the binary on popular linux distributions. If they modified the c compiler to put backdoors in the programs it creates it would be very hard to detect. The backdoors would not be in any visible source code but would magically get inserted during the compilation, especially the complilation of a new compiler.

Does anyone know if anyone is actively looking for that type of exploit?

Comment: Re:Corporate executives are smart. (Score 5, Informative) 541

by bryguy5 (#44219171) Attached to: America's Second-largest Employer Is a Temp Agency
Mod parent up. The intended effect was to give minimum wage employees free healthcare but the actual affect is to reduce their hours from 40 hrs a week + overtime to a strict less than 30 hours a huge paycut for a group that was living pay check to pay check as it was.

Apple Details US Requests For Customer Data 116

Posted by samzenpus
from the give-me-a-number dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Not to be left out Apple has released details about government requests for customer data. The company said it received between 4,000-5,000 government requests, affecting as many as 10,000 accounts or devices. From the article: 'The iPad maker said that it received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests from U.S. law enforcement agencies for customer data from December 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013, and that 9,000 to 10,000 accounts or devices were specified in the requests. Apple did not state how many of the requests were from the National Security Agency or how many affected accounts or devices may have been tied to any NSA requests.' Facebook and Microsoft released their numbers this weekend."

Motorola Developing Pill and Tattoo Authentication Methods 194

Posted by Soulskill
from the slashdot-branding-authentication-coming-soon dept.
redletterdave writes "In trying to solve the 'mechanical mismatch' between humans and electronics — particularly wearables — special projects chief Regina Dugan unveiled two new projects currently in development at Google's Motorola Mobility centered on rethinking authentication methodology, including electronic tattoos and ingestible pills. Of the pill, which Dugan called her 'first superpower,' she described it as an 'inside-out potato battery' that when swallowed, the acids in one's stomach serve as the electrolyte to power an 18-bit ECG-like signal that essentially turns one's body into an authentication token. 'It means my arms are like wires and my hands are like alligator clips [so] when I touch my phone, my computer, my door, I'm authenticated,' Dugan said. 'This is not science fiction.'"

Comment: Re:I love doing that, actually (Score 1) 292

by bryguy5 (#43217859) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To (or How NOT To) Train Your Job Replacement?
This is spot on. You don't really want to be stuck doing maintenance on this codebase the rest of your life do you?

Give it away happily, It is someone else's problem. If you do a good job you can hope for other more interesting work from that company or another. If you just try to hold onto the project and keep control you'll be stuck making your own work environment worse and worse.

Your a contractor do a good job, hand it over to someone else to maintain. Let them know that editing is always easier than creating and if there is any other project you want them to work with or if they need continued advice or direction let you know. You can get paid for making drawings on a whiteboard and not have to mess around with the actual coding..

Comment: Re:CBR is the one I used (Score 1) 321

by bryguy5 (#39515049) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Store Umbilical Cord Blood — and If So, Where?
CBR is doing some limited free banking if you have a possible use for the imbilical blood.

I got our first childs cord blood stored for free because my wife's brother already has a type of cancer that might be treatable with it in the future if there is a match.

And if you don't have a use for it they will happliy take your money just in case it is useful in the future.

Not sure if your better off putting your money into cord blood banking or health insurance or life insurance or "tangible assets of real and imaginary value guarded by a vociferous canine"

Comment: Re:Disappointed with this brief (Score 2) 193

by bryguy5 (#35567818) Attached to: US Gov't Sides Against Microsoft In i4i Patent Case
The law should be the law whether it's M$ or RMS on the stand. If we could stop all this post-modern relativistic crap of punishing the power holders and balancing market forces and just ask the simple question what is the "right way to do things" we could find our way out of this mess we are in.

Comment: Someone needs to question whats going on. (Score 1) 193

by bryguy5 (#35567642) Attached to: US Gov't Sides Against Microsoft In i4i Patent Case
Someone needs to question the US Patent Office and the whole patent system. It's current state lies somewhere between broken and totally "busticated". If Congress or the Courts won't man up to the challenge I say let the Jury do it. I don't care if your Democratic or Republican if your not pissed off your not paying attention

Comment: Re:IE's Real Problem (Score 1) 271

by bryguy5 (#33316516) Attached to: Internet Explorer Turns 15

Apple was stalling things for a while. Not sure about the whole story on this, what changed, when and how long it took for the IE team to get things done once the legal stuff was sorted out. Here is an original email form apple.

and some background This is all several years old at this point. But this was an IE history lesson, not current events.

Comment: Re:IE's Real Problem (Score 1) 271

by bryguy5 (#33316174) Attached to: Internet Explorer Turns 15

Your right. I should have done fact checking before just writing down my memory. CSS in Microsoft Explorer 3 was the first time me and the majority of the world encountered it. But the standards guys and real inventors had been working on it for almost 2 years.

From wikipedia - Although the CSS1 specification was completed in 1996 and Microsoft's Internet Explorer 3[8] was released in that year featuring some limited support for CSS, it was more than three years before any web browser achieved near-full implementation of the specification.

Comment: IE's Real Problem (Score 2, Insightful) 271

by bryguy5 (#33264666) Attached to: Internet Explorer Turns 15
I have been working on the web since before IE 1.0 came out.

IE 1 - 3 Were garbage compared to what Netscape was offering at the time IE 4 was substantially better than Netscape Navigator. With IE 5 crushing it as Netscape imploded.

Microsoft was late to the game but threw everything at it to crush their competition. They had much better technology once they got to IE 4. (They also used other business tactics to run Netscape out of business with OEM agreements and giving away their web servers).

The CSS we complain about - Microsoft invented it. The Browser wars took HTML from a markup that didn't even have tables to close to what we have today. The Standards were a joke. Each browser came up with innovations and then copied their competitors. Standards were an after effect of what web developers adopted (down with Blink). Websites were best with IE or best with Netscape.

Once Microsoft drove Netscape out of business they just sat there and didn't put any effort into it like any Monopoly - there was no reason to.

The Standards bodies created a host of specs CSS 2 and 3 being some of the most important that differed from what Microsoft had in IE. This was different from the rubber stamping of the implementations we had before during the browser wars. I suspect a combination of better design and(just sour grapes - do it differently just because). Microsoft largely ignored the standards, in their mind they were the only browser and were the standard.

So IE just sat there with a slow release cycle and no desire to implement the standards - they had VML implemented so why bother with SVG - a paper spec when they have an actual implementation for years. Microsoft was busy trying to address all the security problems of their features first mentality with the trusted computing initiative and not making any forward progress on functionality.

So While Microsoft idled, Firefox and WebKit/Safari grew. The Standards bodies continued to work now they were a head of the browsers now, not way behind. Microsoft woke up to see its market share slipping and suddenly It's Browser wars II

Now Microsoft has a couple of problems keeping up

1) Backward compatibility - this is arguably a good thing as it keeps you from breaking old stuff, but also makes fixing older 'quirky' behavior.
2) Release cycle tied to OS - the slow release cycle compared to the opensource alternatives means their browser is always behind.
3) Standards games - It's not all Micosoft's fault - the standards bodies don't always play fair. Why does IE not have Canvas? When every other browser does? Because Apple has a patent on it. Apple's agreement with W3C is to license that patent once it becomes a standard (not just a proposal) but until canvas is an official standard, Microsoft is open to lawsuit if they implement it. But while the all the other browsers are implementing Canvas (opensource bodies don't have any cash to lose if Apple files a lawsuit ) their not pushing it through the standards commitee to make it official. This leaves Microsoft as the odd man out.

The IE team is working hard to catch back up, but the above 3 points are holding them back. Windows 7 is a decent OS so finally we have a chance of replacing all those OEM Windows XP computers still running IE 6.

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