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Comment: Re:Just don't try to write an OS in Java (Score 1) 507

by ebonum (#47744893) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

I'm partly in agreement with you. If someone puts something on their resume, if they say: "I know C", then I consider C questions fair game. If they can't answer your very simple question about C ( It is a good C Language lead-off question. I will use it in the future. ), I might get the impression that the person was being deliberately deceptive when they wrote up their resume. The most likely explanations are: Either they did use C and they are an idiot OR they are pumping up their resume with bs.

That said, eliminating someone on one question is a bit harsh. People become nervous in interviews. Anyone can have a brain freeze for 20 seconds. I would want to see some form of pattern before turning someone down.

Comment: Access restrictions (Score 1) 89

by ebonum (#47711207) Attached to: Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach

How does getting onto the VPN equate to accessing the secret stuff? Isn't there another layer of security?

Whatever punishment these guys ( the sys admins ) get, it won't be enough. At some point it would be nice to see people who screw up suffer the consequences.

I admin a few machines (annoying, but required). Heartbleed got so much press, I thought everyone patched all their systems within days. I did.

Comment: "other than U.S. dollars" (Score 3, Interesting) 162

by ebonum (#47348183) Attached to: California Legalizes Bitcoin

"Section 107 of California's Corporations Code, which prohibited companies or individuals from issuing money other than U.S. dollars"

So issuing US dollars in California is fine? I thought issuing US dollars was called counterfeiting.

Time to see if the the big color laser printer at work is up to the task!

Comment: Re:Much adu about nothing (Score 1) 90

by ebonum (#47219369) Attached to: Behind the Great Firewall: What It's Really Like To Log On From China

Yes. The blocking changes all the time, and it changes by location. Sites that work at the office might not work at home. Go to the areas that are closer to Xinjiang (the western parts with more Muslims), and it becomes very difficult to get over the GFW. PPTP works nearly 100% of the time. OpenVPN has more issues. It might work for 30 minutes then cut off, then work fine for a few days, then go off for a week.

Comment: Much adu about nothing (Score 3, Informative) 90

by ebonum (#47217967) Attached to: Behind the Great Firewall: What It's Really Like To Log On From China

I live in China. Everyone I know hops the GFW with ease. It is a non-issue on laptops and cell phones.
These guys have a storefront in Shanghai:
You go to the store, you pay in Chinese currency and they give you a log in. It is fast and reliable.
Lots of people I know use Astrill. (
Of course anyone who is actually worried about security will set up their own server abroad and use putty or OpenVPN to access YouTube.

Comment: better idea (Score 4, Insightful) 193

by ebonum (#47085767) Attached to: US May Prevent Chinese Hackers From Attending Def Con, Black Hat

Bar members of the Chinese military from attending. Even that is purely symbolic.
Someone should tell Obama that in American we don't bar people based on race or nationality alone.

Keep in mind. The US sets the standard. If we start doing things like this, don't whine when the China does the same thing. They could make the same case for any conference on any topic. If Americans come, they will steal XYZ.

Comment: Goldman (Score 0) 287

by ebonum (#46555103) Attached to: NSA Hacked Huawei, Stole Source Code

Remember when Goldman lost some of their trading software? The US government couldn't move fast enough to arrest the guy(Aleynikov ). Time for Huawei to go to the police and ask to for the same. Someone should go to jail, and there will be billion dollar lawsuits. Huawei is a massive, mufti-billion dollar a year company and their source code does have significant value. Huawei has be hacked and has been damaged. If the police do nothing, then change the laws. The next time a Goldman Sachs gets hacked, don't prosecute. Don't extradite some kid from a foreign country to face face prosecution here.

We are the US. One thing that makes us different from the Chinese Communist party is that Chinese Communist party does what it wants and only applies the law when convenient. We do not. We believe in equal protection form the government and equal application of the laws. An American company caught polluting in China will be shown no mercy. A Chinese company polluting in China will come to a quiet, negotiated solution or face no charges at all. This is a key difference between us and them. If the US government really is no better than they are, we need to rethink everything up to dissolving the government.

Comment: Bernie (Score 1) 631

by ebonum (#46352819) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

One could ask: after Bernie Madoff how could you ever trust a fund manager again?

At some point Visa or Bank of America will start exchanging bit coins and change very high fees. They will have the same internal controls they use for the rest of their business. We don't need any innovation. The old processes work today and will work in the future. We need some company who knows how to run a transactional financial service to set up a service for bit coins. This does not exist today.

Two is not equal to three, even for large values of two.