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Comment: These are not HACKABLE, these are INSECURE (Score 5, Insightful) 53

by coder111 (#47590211) Attached to: The World's Most Hackable Cars
Slashdot of all places should know the difference.

Hackable- I can install Debian on it and tweak the engine to play mp3s.

Insecure- Some asshat will ruin your day because the vendor doesn't provide timely patches, or the patches they provide make things worse so you cannot install them, or there is no way to patch things at all, or it's so tedious nobody does it.


Comment: Right, "defending" "other slavs" with genocide... (Score 3, Insightful) 417

by coder111 (#47180091) Attached to: Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs
Like they "took care" of Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians, Chechens, Tatars, Hungarians, Germans, Poles, lots of other people who weren't slavs but weren't liked by Stalin. Millions of them ended up dead in Siberia.

Be glad that Russia never reached as far as Western Europe. Not for the lack of trying though... They planned to "bring the communism to Europe on the tips of bayonets" since 1920s, but their hands were too short. Oh, and then there was this guy Hitler who got 20 million of them killed... And then there were nukes.

I agree, do go and read some history books


Comment: Government? What government? Corporations FTW! (Score 1) 84

by coder111 (#47068359) Attached to: Google Overtakes Apple As the World's Most Valuable Brand
Yes, in theory government should check the power of corporations. However, in most capitalist democracies sooner or later corporations gain enough power and influence and governments stop serving people and starts serving interests of big business.

That happens especially easily in small countries when huge multinationals come in. Or in places like USA where lobbying (aka bribes for politicians) is fully legal and two party system makes it impossible to get the corrupt politicians out of government.

I used to believe that communism doesn't work. Well, it doesn't. But what they forgot to tell us is that capitalist democracies don't work that well either... They degenerate into corporate oligarchies...

Sorry for the rant :)


Comment: Society? What society? Corporations FTW! (Score 1) 84

by coder111 (#47064611) Attached to: Google Overtakes Apple As the World's Most Valuable Brand
Ads are demanded by business, espcially big business. It doesn't matter if society wants ads, if ads are harmful by distorting society's views, creating false demand (see broken window fallacy), or at least wasting everyone's time.

If corporations pay for ads, ads will happen. And corporate money matters much more than society does in today's world.


Comment: Re:No no no not more "Health And Safety" please... (Score 1) 153

Sorry for late response, but where did I say "blame the worker"?

I did point out that IMO main causes of accidents are stress,fatigue,haste and inexperience/incompetence/lack of training and "gung-ho" attitude.

Stress, fatigue and haste are mostly down to failed project management- workers are pushed to do long hours, and frustrated or stressed because of lack of progress or bad management or low pay. This is all down to management. Lack of training/inexperience/incompetence is also quite often a management failure- either you train your people, or you don't give them tasks they are not ready to cope with. Gung-ho attitude is mainly cultural or youth thing. It's only down to worker if they should have known better, and decided to cut corners themselves without any reason.

And I do believe safety equipment should be available when the occasion calls for it. Although I have done my share of soldering without feeling the need to wear glasses- but there weren't any people around me to bump into me or disturb me.


Comment: No no no not more "Health And Safety" please... (Score 3, Insightful) 153

Yes, wrap everything in red tape and "health and safety", wear a helmet and a high visibility jacket all the time inside the university and even going to bed... That's the answer. Oh, and more stupid courses on how not to break your neck sitting at a desk.

Labs are more dangerous, because they are doing non-standard groundbreaking stuff in the labs, not some conveyor repetitive stuff that people have been doing for 100 of years and every move is known. That's why it's a lab and not a factory- you do risky unproven stuff there. Also, you get young hotshot students/postdocs working in labs, not professionals with experience and a mortgage and a family, so they are more accident prone as well.

I'm not working in a lab, but in my experience accidents happen in following circumstances:

* People are too tired or stressed out. * People are being rushed too much. * People don't know what they are doing. * Well, small number of "Hold my beer and watch this" moments. I guess students are somewhat more prone to those.

So if you want less accidents to happen, make working hours reasonable first (I know post-docs and students in universities work insane hours). And train them better. Of course safety equipment should be available when needed. But more red tape is not the answer, and getting higher-ups involved will wrap everything in so much red tape that getting anything done will require even more hours and frustration, probably leading to more accidents.


Comment: Yay! Another Midnight Commander user! (Score 1) 531

by coder111 (#46387683) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?
I cannot survive without mc as well. First thing I install on a new Linux machine. And I judge distros based on if they ship mc with base distro or if I need to get it off the net :) Configuring network without mc is a pain.

And I do install Far Manager first thing on any windows machine I run across as well.

My habit probably comes back from old DOS and Volkov Commander days... Two panels, Text User Interface, F-key shortcuts for everything and efficient operation without mouse was quite a good way to develop user interface. Current GUIs are horrible if you need to use them without a mouse.


Comment: Open source what exactly? (Score 2) 109

by coder111 (#45966569) Attached to: Oracle Seeking Community Feedback on Java 8 EE Plans
Java itself is open-source already- OpenJDK.

There are several JavaEE servers that are open source, Jboss and Glassfish are the biggest two. As far as I remember, Glassfish is the reference implementation. It's as open-source as it can be.

Or are you talking about Technology Compatibility Kits? Or Java trademark? Development model itself? Or what?


Comment: Radeon Drivers are getting better. (Score 1) 123

by coder111 (#45963211) Attached to: AMD's Kaveri APU Debuts With GCN-based Radeon Graphics
Radeon performance increases by ~20% in each new Mesa release. I think it should be ~60-80% Windows performance with Mesa 10 and Linux 3.12. It still doesn't support OpenGL 4.x, but it's getting quite good. Latest Mesa also has VDPAU video decoding acceleration (still a bit buggy), better power management, PRIME switching between integrated/discrete GPU also works. Unfortunatelly no crossfire yet.

Given that I don't play latest and greatest games (there are plenty of good 3 year old games), performance is sufficient for me.


Comment: Encrypt, probably roll your own (Score 1) 3

by coder111 (#45955079) Attached to: Ask Slashot: Looking For Alternatives To Gmail
1. Email is not encrypted unless you use GPG/PGP.
2. Email is transferred not encrypted, so it's vulnerable to interception by 3rd party during transmission.
3. Any 3rd party service provider has your information, so it can be passed to marketers/NSA/RIAA/IRS/blackmailers/whatever.

The only way to get security with email is to encrypt everything with GPG. Most of the time that means using a proper email client with GPG support. However, there are javascript GPG implementations, like I haven't heard about anyone using them to provide an integrated web-mail solution. On top of that, if you are using webmail + openpgpjs, where do you store your keys?


+ - AMD's Kaveri APU debuts with GCN-based Radeon graphics

Submitted by crookedvulture
crookedvulture (1866146) writes "AMD's next-generation Kaveri APU is now available for sale, and the first reviews have hit the web. The chip combines updated Steamroller CPU cores with integrated graphics based on the latest Radeon graphics cards. It's also infused with a dedicated TrueAudio DSP, a faster memory interface, and several features that fall under AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture for mixed-mode computing. As expected, the APU's graphics performance is excellent; even the entry level, $119 A8-6700 is capable of playing Battlefield 4 at 1080p with medium detail settings. But the powerful GPU doesn't always translate to superior performance in OpenCL-accelerated applications, where comparable Intel chips are very competitive. Intel still has an advantage in power efficiency and raw CPU performance, too. Kaveri's CPU cores are certainly an improvement over the previous generation of Richland chips, but they can't match the per-thread throughput of Intel's rival Haswell CPU. In the end, Kaveri's appeal largely rests on whether the integrated graphics are fast enough for your needs. Serious gamers are better off with discrete GPUs, but more casual players can benefit from the extra Radeon horsepower. Eventually, HSA-enabled applications may benefit, as well."

+ - Ask Slashot: Looking For Alternatives To Gmail 3

Submitted by noims
noims (23711) writes "I've been moving away from google for some time now, and am now looking for a gmail alternative for webmail and POP/IMAP. Not surprisingly, I'm having trouble finding another provider that's cheap/free, has reasonable security, and includes the features I've grown used to. My minimum feature requirements are decent search and filtering, customisable addresses (user+whatever@gmail is equivalent to user@gmail), and confidence that it won't suddenly disappear.

Does such a provider exist? What's the best out there, or do I need to roll my own?"

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