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Comment Re:This is big news, actually (Score 4, Informative) 566

I don't know about Ubuntu but the flavors of Linux I use most frequently don't appear to be connecting to anything other than the usual network services during a simple audit of network activity I've conducted; just the usual dns queries, web requests, smtp connections, time updates, etc. And I've walled them off completely they still boot normally, so, whatever.

Comment Re:Of course ... (Score 1) 315

I live in SF proper, and don't use a car to get around except in rare circumstances. HOWEVER, I have strong ties to San Jose, and using something like CalTrain to go to SJ from here can be a problem. First, taking the metro from my house to the 4th & King Caltrain station is a little painful; then, on a good day, taking cal on to SJ can take 1 1/2 hours. On good days that's a 2 1/2 hour trip. Now that the super bowl is happening we're expecting 2 hour trips from SF to SJ. I can hop on the 280 right from my house in Ingelside to Campbell (SJ) in usually under 40 minutes. Its a no-brainer.

Comment Re: Same way they do things at my employer. (Score 2) 250

Compared to me, she is a child. And asking obvious questions about the product shows that my new boss knows NOTHING about the product. This was an internal hire, so not knowing that a windows driver won't work on Mac OSX has no excuse. This is a product manager with 5 years in the company. I get nervous when product managers overseeing the code base I am working on ask me such questions. Sorry if that's "sexist".

Comment Re:Well, so did the Greeks, around 500 BCE. (Score 1) 153

I think the basic ideas behind integral calculus are pretty much inevitable when you have mathematicians messing with geometry problems that can only be solved with successive approximations

I agree with this, and I suspect any adoption problems, if any, were with the notation. Until algebraic notation came along, I bet integration, like Greek geometry, was a serious pita for the Babylonians. I took a class that included a long division problem using Roman numerals for extra credit in one test. OMG... if the Babylonians were using cruciform numbers for their calculations, holy cow...

Comment Re:OMG!!! (Score 4, Informative) 162

As some one whose worked in industrial automation (PLCs and their ancillary products) the infrastructure is most definitely at risk. The only thing keeping terrorism at bay is the technical knowledge necessary to mess with it. Engineers at power stations are old farts, and they like things a certain way, the old way. PLCs communicate to other machines in the field using ancient serial protocols, proprietary back planes, and discreet data points. As Rockwell and Siemens and etc decide they need to wake up to the real world however they are putting more of their data over ethernet, but security is an afterthought, and there's your problem. They are designing security into newer protocols, I actually worked on something called DNP-3, and that specification does have an encryption layer in it. I come on to add AES-256 to an existing implementation. Again, afterthought. The effect out in the field of course is that new impl. will cause disruption, consuming devices will need to be upgraded, and etc. That costs money. And so on. Its rarely the case that one simply needs to add a password to an existing infrastructure. Even if that is all that's needed, it usually will still have a cascading effect.

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