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Comment: Re:Broadcom... (Score 3, Insightful) 164

by gweihir (#47795921) Attached to: Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

Indeed. The choice by the RPi-team was utterly stupid and can only be attributed to incompetence. I mean, a computer aimed at education, and then you cannot publish the full datasheet? That is just insane!

Personally, I also found the official forum overrun with people with big egos and small skills and a lot more techno-mysticism than actual engineering. It is no surprise that the RPi is such a badly designed device. Basically all competitors are significantly superior.

Comment: Usual despicable fear-mongering (Score 1) 360

by gweihir (#47791741) Attached to: Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Some cretins dreaming about bio-weapons does not give them any real capability. And no, they are neither easy to make nor cheap nor easy to use. This is just the usual exceedingly unethical fear mongering used to sell more copy and to keep the population docile.

It is also not a new tactics, but most people are still cretins that fall for it every time:

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. -- H.L. Mencken

Comment: Re:This initiative is futile (Score 1) 49

by gweihir (#47790957) Attached to: IEEE Guides Software Architects Toward Secure Design

While that certainly plays a role, it is a minor one. It does stand in the way of solving things, but if you do not have developers that can do secure software engineering competently (and that is the normal case), then giving them too little time and money to do secure software engineering does not matter. The other thing is that people that actually understand software security are much less likely to declare something finished or secure than those with only a superficial understanding of things. Software security really is an additional, and exceedingly hard to obtain, qualification. That most "programmers" these days struggle even with simple things (see http://blog.codinghorror.com/t... , for example) is not the root cause.

Computers are not intelligent. They only think they are.

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