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Comment: Re:Prosthetic arm hacking FTW (Score 1) 194

by mwvdlee (#47756173) Attached to: $75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

Again, I'm not defending this as a good design choice, just as one I can imagine a person making for valid reasons.

I'm assuming the iPod hardware has some sort of unique identification baked into the hardware.
Recovery in case of loss is certainly possible; TFS states the arm can be reprogrammed for a new device.
Recovery from inside the app would make hacking easier, even if (limited) physical interaction with the arm is needed.

Comment: Re:Prosthetic arm hacking FTW (Score 1) 194

by mwvdlee (#47756113) Attached to: $75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

It may be bad design in hindsight, but in the real world every design has concessions.
Integrating the required hardware in the arm itself might have had downsides worse than relying on an external tried and tested commodity device.
It might be as simple as optimizing space, shape and weight, preventing heating or cost savings.

Comment: Prosthetic arm hacking FTW (Score 1) 194

by mwvdlee (#47755755) Attached to: $75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

Possibility 4) Hardlinking to a specific iPod makes it harder to hack the prosthetic arm from.
It's not the perfect way to prevent hacking, but I can certainly see why this could be considered a security feature that benefits the owner of the arm.
Would you rather have a prosthetic arm that does nothing or one that is controlled by some pubescent scriptkiddie?

Comment: Re:Dumbest argument ever (Score 1) 525

by mwvdlee (#47755415) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

IMHO, the problem with all those economical/political systems is that they rely on people playing according to the rules.

Any system based on moral values is destined to fail. No population shares singular moral values. Each individual will play according to their own moral values instead of the system's rules.

I know no systems which are not based on moral values, nor can I imagine one without adding my own moral values.

Comment: Love it or leave it (Score 1) 548

by mwvdlee (#47723317) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Either love programming for it's own sake or find a different job.
Nobody sees a software engineer as a true engineer, so you'll spend a lot of time dealing with stupid people who insist they know how to do your job better than you. These include (but are not limited to); bosses, managers, HR people, sales & marketing people, customers, clients, business partners (atleast their non-IT staff).
Unless you thoroughly enjoy programming, you'll quickly burn out.

Comment: Re:C++ is not the language you start with (Score 1) 548

by mwvdlee (#47723209) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Exactly.
First learn assembly.
Only then, when you understand what a computer actually does, move onto to gradually higher level languages.
Until you finally end up with a popular language like Java or C# and can still understand what's going on instead of simply rote learning APIs.

Computers are not intelligent. They only think they are.

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