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Comment: Re:Having read some of Linus' posts (Score 1) 1501

by durdur (#44291791) Attached to: Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

Some of the ones I've read, it does sound like he is handing someone's head to them, but he's usually also explaining what they did that was wrong, and why it was wrong. So IMHO that mitigates some of the unpleasantness. He does seem to want the recipient to learn from the experience and not do whatever it was again.

Comment: Re:There goes HP (Score 4, Insightful) 52

by durdur (#44285677) Attached to: Former Microsoft Exec Ray Ozzie Named To HP Board

Well, unlike Nokia they are in more than one line of business. But they have been executing poorly for some years and have a history of doing dumb acquisitions, culminating in the disastrous Autonomy deal in 2011. Ray Ozzie can't by himself fix any of that. But arguably he can't be worse than the slate of directors who got them to where they are.

Comment: Re:Limitations of technology, not ethics (Score 2) 133

by durdur (#44272399) Attached to: Reconciling Human Rights With Ubiquitous Online Surveillance

I think that is true, but there is not any fundamental reason why something that is technologically possible can't be prohibited by law. Nor any reason governments can't be made subject to the law. In the U.S., Nixon was about to be impeached over misuse of federal resources to attack and embarrass his personal enemies.

Comment: Re:RIP(-off artists) (Score 2) 129

by durdur (#44266463) Attached to: Sound Engineer and Entrepreneur Amar Bose Dead At 83

By and large they don't make expensive gear. And as far as I can tell it isn't much worse than the other mass-market stuff it competes against. Their poor reputation among audio buffs is somewhat deserved but IMO mainly because it is cheapo gear and there is some tradeoff of cost and performance, certainly at the part of the cost curve they are operating in.

Comment: Re:Show me the users! (Score 1, Insightful) 274

True enough, but you do not want to have the issue where the first sign of your success is your website failing. Early users get turned off if the service is flaky. So you can't just throw up a free website and wait to see when and where it crashes. A little planning is always good and so is a good reasonable starting architecture. That would include for example designing from the start for running with multiple backend servers behind a load balancer.

Comment: Re:And you know what would help even more? (Score 1) 439

Despite the current year tax increases, we have very low marginal tax rates on high income earners, compared to the rest of the world and compared to historic rates in the US over the past 50 years. High taxes are not the biggest economic problem most people face. Ask someone who is unemployed whether high taxes are a problem for them.

Comment: Great to give to kids with an interest (Score 1) 210

by durdur (#43051767) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Projects For a Heap of Tech Junk?

in electronics. When I was a teenage geek, a ham up the street gifted me with a number of things including a marvelous "boat anchor" surplus shortwave set. And lent me a number of other things like a working scope. It was a great learning experience. If something wasn't working or couldn't be made to work, I salvaged components from it. My parents had no idea I was debugging 400 volt tube circuits. Somehow I survived.

Comment: Anybody who sends a password in plaintext (Score 1) 250

by durdur (#43025079) Attached to: Cryptography 'Becoming Less Important,' Adi Shamir Says

in response to a reset request is not hashing passwords and would fail a security audit (but I have certainly seen sites like this). There is no reason for the remote site you are logging into to ever store your password, vs. storing a hash (a strong hash, repeated multiple times to make brute force reverse hashing difficult).

Comment: Probably broke his employment contract (Score 1) 457

by durdur (#42604651) Attached to: Employee Outsourced Programming Job To China, Spent Days Websurfing

Almost all employees (contract or regular) usually have to sign a non-disclosure agreement, among other things. So he broke that for sure. Re export of the RSA token - if it contains encryption software he probably should have gotten export paperwork done for it, but he's not likely to be prosecuted for that.

Comment: Re:I used it. Once. (Score 1) 263

by durdur (#42332411) Attached to: Perl Turns 25

I've used it more than once, but not often enough that I don't have to go back and learn parts of over the next time I use it.

It just isn't very intuitive. The regex support can do awesome things, but just I can't seem to keep enough of it in my head to be productive. Or if I do, it leaks out when I'm off coding in some other language :-).

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