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Comment: Not what it used to be (Score 1) 372

by istartedi (#46773377) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

During the housing boom, a friends father was surprised when we reasoned that he was a millionaire. All it took was his house, which was almost paid off (and probably worth north of $600k at the time) and a decent 401k since he was at or near retirement. Easy millionaire. I'd go so far as to say that if you don't expect to become a millionaire, it simply means you've landed on the wrong side of our increasingly bifurcated economy.

Comment: No, followed by "what's a well-regulated militia"? (Score 1) 1251

by istartedi (#46768657) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

The judge wants to gut the 2nd, not fix it. What would be a true and proper fix? IMHO, we need to clarify "well regulated militia" as "those people who are fit for military service". IMHO that means it's within the right of the states, even the Feds to determine that some people are unfit (mentally unstable, etc.) and thus deprive them of this right. If it were argued that the State was declaring people unfit for political purposes, that would wind its way through the court just like anything else. There's no escaping the need for actual judgement in a court.

Thus, I think it might be reasonable for the state to compel you to give up your gun if you buy pot for any reason (medical or otherwise). A pot-head is not fit for military service. Your guns or your drugs, not both. We want sanity at the trigger end.

Comment: SQL and amalgamations (Score 1) 181

by istartedi (#46760473) Attached to: The Security of Popular Programming Languages

SQL and amalgamations of languages (e.g., JavaScript generated by PHP) not on the list. XSS attacks involve such "mutt" software.

IMHO, the more code the more opportunities to exploit things. Terse languages to the rescue? Write it all in Haskell, Lisp or something. You'll attract talented developers and the attackers will be like... "Oh crap, we have to analyze that???".

No silver bullets of course. Something has to be able to read/write sensitive information at some point. Something has to determine under what conditions that occurs. It's human nature to make those conditions complicated to the point where vulnerabilities occur...

Comment: Re:Actually not true (Score 2) 290

The setting, a lecture hall in the 23rd century. "Years ago they thought there were limitations on these things. There were even proofs that things could not be measured with certainty. It was thought that transmutation would not be economic, and that the light barrier was unsurmountable".

Comment: Re:Open source failed (Score 2) 444

by istartedi (#46722551) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

You're likely to get modded Troll; but this really does remind me a bit of Ford vs. Toyota. For years Ford was fixed in peoples minds as the exploding Pinto company, and Toyota was high quality. Now Toyota isn't what it used to be, and Ford is better... but neither is perfect.

If nothing else this is a good argument against monoculture. We have different systems with different bugs, so it's not a total loss. If the market shares were evenly distributed among 10 different vendors, the black-hat task would be even harder, their impact of success that much less.

Comment: Re:for a library... (Score 1) 444

by istartedi (#46722483) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

All these higher level virtual machines and interpreters are ultimately written in C

And C runs on top of a processor. Intel FPU bug, anyone? IIRC, there were also some suspicions regarding hardware RNGs possibly being back-doored.

There are no silver-bullets, and a corollary to that is that there isn't just one monster you have to kill.

Comment: Re:Consider the GDP (Score 2) 351

by istartedi (#46701947) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Are we going to train them to write PHP

Improv. GO!

... yes, because there aren't enough qualified people here, get them H1B ASAP.

... Backward tribes already use PHP.

... Many of them can only count to 3, so... oh, no problem. Carry on.

... for FacePaintBook?

OK, that's all I've got. Thanks for the setup.

Never trust an operating system.