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Comment: mixes special ed (Score 3, Insightful) 771

The special ed kids with learning disabilities are mixed with the ones with behavioral/emotional disabilities in this school. In other words, people that get made fun of, and people that are a danger to them. Sheep and wolves. Must make the regular classrooms nice to remove both the slow learners and troublemakers.

The same thing happens in homeless shelters, where it's hard to protect the defenselessly mentally ill from the bad guys. And prisons, where a lot of mentally ill people live due to the policies of our country.

Another problem in this case is that the police and the judge are an extension of the school administration, and see themselves that way. Also, it is a small Western Pennsylvania school district surely dominated by athletics. Also, we don't know the full story. This could be the best school in the world, but I somehow doubt it.

Comment: $1b corps (Score 2) 266

by colfer (#46739867) Attached to: Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

They all need to be contributing to OpenSSL or a fork.

In a typical year the OpenSSL project receives about US$2000 in donations.

This week we have received roughly 200 donations totaling nearly
US$3000. Amounts have ranged between $0.02 and $300, and I notice that
some individuals have made multiple contributions.

Security theater is sometimes more like security exhaustion.

Comment: Re:Whatever you may think ... (Score 1) 444

by colfer (#46723527) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Clearly $billion corporations like RedHat are going to spend more time auditing code commits, with or without lawsuits. Google found this bug and I wonder what kind of fork / NSS migration / whatever solution will emerge. NSS is from Mozilla, and Google revenue funds Mozilla.

Maybe it will go as far as "OpenSSL considered harmful" and anything linked to it will be flagged. That would be too sensible.

Comment: Re:What I want to know is... (Score 1) 239

by colfer (#46712115) Attached to: Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

Here's a sad post from one year ago:

Is it possible to ensure by a configuration parameter, that curl uses OpenSSL, and not NSS to retrieve https content? I need to ensure this, in order to enforce compliance with FIPS140-2, which RHEL6.2 has certified?

By the way I know NSS does a lot of FIPS compliance, but part of the Heartbleed problem for the "normal" user is that it is hard to tell what openssl is linked into. We had it in our web server daemon even though shell "openssl version" showed a good version.

Comment: Re:BASIC is where M$ got its start (Score 1) 146

by colfer (#46703771) Attached to: Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

And if you haven't seen ASCII-art porn images come clacking out of a teletype with a phone-cradle modem to a time-sharing computer, then you weren't there (thankfully perhaps).

Briefly I had to deal with compiled programs on decks of IBM cards. BASIC was much nicer for a student doing small programs because it was interpreted and you could fix it as you went along (in memory). Those card decks looked cool on Hawaii Five-0, but one syntax mistake in a cobol or fortran program and you had to wait another two hours to get your homework done.

Comment: Amazon mysteries (Score 3, Interesting) 88

by colfer (#46651259) Attached to: Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

Amazon's primary interest in this device *seems* to be to drive sales on Amazon Instant, not to serve as a general purpose streamer like Roku (though it does that too). There's some confusion in the business press about what Amazon is up to, but this is a likely guess. It doesn't want to be reliant on Roku, ChromeCast, Sony, etc., and would like to have a sticky ecosystem like Apple.

The other theory is that Amazon believes users will prefer it as a premium branded product, again like Apple. The product does not need to compete with Roku on price, in that case, but does need to compete on features.

Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs repainting. -- Billy Rose