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Comment: Re:Yes Google and FB are the ones to protect us? (Score 1) 116

by gwolf (#47731477) Attached to: NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

I'm not a social media person, so no, it's neither somebody I follow or somebody followed by me.

I know more than a few people working on security.

And... Yes, I am outing somebody. Somebody who's well known for his activities already, as well as for his skills. And who has never hid them.

Comment: Re:Yes Google and FB are the ones to protect us? (Score 2) 116

by gwolf (#47729393) Attached to: NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

I happen to know a highly skilled person working as a security analist. He says his main customer for 0days is the NSA – But this friend has an independent mind and concience (he is not a NSA person, just an outside contractor). I know for a fact he also has worked voluntarily to make the world a better place (i.e. with the "good guys").
I guess my friend is not the only such analyst. If people like him can sell their work and (in full or in part) leak part of his findings to the underground, privacy-minded networks... Well, I'm sure he will do so.
And after all, people with such skillset do know how to remain under cover.

Comment: Re:No, school should not be year-round. (Score 1) 421

by gwolf (#47640153) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Oh, boy, we can get ethymological about this and get nowhere.

I have heard the lines that "education" stems from the latin "ex ducere", "leading out" — which basically means developing, unrolling. But it needs to have a leader (a Duce) whom to follow.

I have also heard people argue that "education" likely stems from "ductilis", from "making a person more ductile", more likely to follow their assigned roles in society.

I have heard people insisting we should strongly favor "instruction" over "education", because it has much less an ideological bend. Instruction is the communication of knowledge, of facts and skills.

Mind you, in Spanish we don't use "schooling", and I don't know exactly how it should be translated. But anyway — Education includes human, social, behavioral aspects over instruction. And I feel that schooling strongly emphasizes on said aspects. Schooling also goes about the importance of the society going all together and coordinated — There are standardized school subjects to be taught. A person cannot say he has enough education to enter productive life if they never learnt the rudiments of algebra (for abstract thought), physics and chemistry (for a basic understanding of how the world around us works), language and literature (to be able to express oneself and to understand others), and a very large etcetera that will eventually include all of the subjects me or you used to hate in school.

Comment: Re:Nobody kills Java (Score 2) 371

by gwolf (#47638315) Attached to: Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

Yes, the hole was dug 25 years ago, the grave stone ordered 23 years ago, the undertaker paid 20 years ago. But the hole has got filled with leaves, which had a lot of time to be composted into new ground. The undertaker died two years ago. The grave stone shows signes of decay. And COBOL is happily breathing.

Comment: An area where Java applets continue to thrive (Score 2) 371

by gwolf (#47638301) Attached to: Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

I still continue to see Java applets being widely used in tasks that require trusted signatures — Say, filling in the tax declarations in my country, or submitting the grades for my students. For both actions, we must use a x.509 client certificate, and for both actions, quite different entities do not trust client-side Javascript validation, Flash code, or anything like that — Only Java applets.

Which quite sucks, right, but anyway there'sa point to them.

Comment: Not one fan, but many... (Score 1) 171

by gwolf (#47577965) Attached to: Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

A computer does not rely on a single fan - We have fans cooling the CPU, the GPU, the power supply... And they all cause air to move around inside the case. Air carries dust with it. And dust is quite likely to get trapped inside structures as this one, very sponge-like.

Give it enough time, and it will become a mass of dust with a metallic skeleton... (I don't know, it reminds me quite a bit User Friendly's Dust Puppy ;-) )

That does not sound like a good recipe.

Comment: Televoting — Urgh... (Score 1) 18

by gwolf (#47451001) Attached to: Interviews: Juan Gilbert Answers Your Questions

I'm very sorry... Slashdot interviews tend to summon interesting people, with real answers to tough questions. This one, however, is quite disappointing. The answer for a half-technical questions should not be "go look at the nice video our marketing chaps did", but a explanation of the process, as thorough as possible. And if his answers are all like the one where he says, "mail-in voting is fucked-up as well, but people tend to accept it"... It is a clear no-go. If he is pushing the technical-social part to change a perceived shortcoming, he would have (IMO) the moral obligation to oppose mail-in voting, as it dillutes security and trust.

I am a (small) academic myself. His viewpoints, saying "I'm not here to fix the political part, just to research on the social issues" is short-sighted at best. And it lacks in what is often criticized about the academics: An obsession with our line of work, without caring for how it interfaces with reality. The same happens with many who research on the mathematical side of e-voting. It might be all sound and good as long as you don't factor in humans. Put humans in the equation, and we end up clearly better with good ol' paper voting.

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