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+ - U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed 2

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "CNN reports that the U.S. government shut down at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday after lawmakers in the House and the Senate could not agree on a spending bill to fund the government. Federal employees who are considered essential will continue working. But employees deemed non-essential — close to 800,000 — will be furloughed, and most of those are supposed to be out of their offices within four hours of the start of business Tuesday."

Comment: Re:WTF IBM (Score 1) 284

by gfim (#29307451) Attached to: IBM's Supreme Court Brief Says That Patents Drive Free Software
IBM most certainly did say that. You're very selectively quoting. The full quote is:

Patent protection has promoted the free sharing of source code on a patentee's terms--which has fueled the explosive growth of open source software development.

The first part may arguably be true (although I don't believe so, since patentees never seem to actually reveal their patented source code). But the second part is the bullshit that the GP was referring to.

Comment: Re:some comments on OBD-II (Score 1) 403

by gfim (#28035433) Attached to: Right-to-Repair Law To Get DRM Out of Your Car

I've just been having a discussion with our service people about something similar. I write software that interfaces to a number of third-party hardware devices. When I get an error code from one of these, I log it. The service people want the software to interpret the codes for them. So, for example, I get an error code that says "timeout". They want me to translate that into "check the comms cable between A and B, check the power supply at C, look at the LED at D and if it's green, replace E". And it's not even that simple, there are about a dozen other possible causes - but they're less likely.

The combinatorial aspect of it's bad enough, but you're always certain to miss possible causes. I've told them that they should have some kind of knowledge base that matches symptoms to solutions. That way, they can add to it as they find causes and solutions.

So, when your car says "fuel mixture rich", it's reporting what the sensors tell it - it's not attempting to diagnose the cause. If it was going to do that, it would need a zillion more sensors (that could all go wrong, and would raise the cost of the car). Be thankful you get the clue that you did and take it to someone who knows what their doing. Or diagnose it yourself.

Comment: Re:Don't worry (Score 1) 374

by gfim (#27781971) Attached to: Forensics Tool Finds Headerless Encrypted Files
What if a truly random file just happened to have that pattern?

There are worse things that could happen. It might contain the latest pop track - then you'd have the RIAA after you. That's much worse. Or perhaps it could contain the sequence "09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0". Then you'd really be in trouble.

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