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Comment: Re:Looks good to me (Score 1) 61

by jasno (#47565817) Attached to: Put Your Code in the SWAMP: DHS Sponsors Online Open Source Code Testing

I had a feeling someone would say something like this...

According to TFS, the program is for open source code. You know, the code that is already open and scannable by a web crawler. If the NSA wanted to do this for nefarious purposes(and I'm sure they do), they would have(and probably have) started their own program years ago. They don't need you to upload your open source project for them.

I'm willing to bet the NSA has all the closed-source software source they want as well. I doubt my company's shitty security, for example, is any hindrance to them.

Comment: Re:Looks good to me (Score 2) 61

Actually, my first thought is why isn't the NSA doing this?

Securing our nation's information infrastructure is one of their core missions(along with spying on OTHER nations, which I also think they should be doing, instead of spying on US). They have the talent to be able to do it effectively.

Comment: No one cares... (Score 1) 205

by jasno (#47319227) Attached to: The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

I've got over a decade of working on networked, embedded devices. With the exception of content security, I have never in my recollection been on a project where a significant effort was devoted to the security of the system.

I've worked for a company who made devices which process electronic payments. I asked them about security and whether they ever did an audit. The SW veep's response was "We use SSL."

No one wants to think about it. Security is a hard problem and it blows budgets. Forgetting about security during development rarely(never, really) costs anyone a job.

Marketing and management need to require it before the money generates the will to fix it.

Comment: Ugh... (Score 2, Informative) 102

by jasno (#47283413) Attached to: Supermicro Fails At IPMI, Leaks Admin Passwords

Working on a product based around these now...

As far as I can tell, the Nuvoton WPCM450 is what contains the Matrox G200ew clone for graphics output. Thanks to XAA being discontinued in X.org, the MGA driver is practically unusable for X at this point(even with an ancient, 2d window manager).

Yet another reason to avoid this hardware.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 104

by jasno (#47268007) Attached to: 3-D Printing with Molten Steel (Video)

If you think you can't train a computer vision system to do it... Sure, maybe it's 20 years before it's cost effective(although for underwater welding...), but it's coming.

If you can boil it down to an algorithm, however complicated, you can get a computer to do it.

Eventually the computer does it better, because it has more sensors than you, thinks faster, has finer muscle movements, and can execute more complex algorithms than you can.

We're about to see this with driving.

Comment: Electrets? (Score 1) 42

by jasno (#47103107) Attached to: Printed Circuits as Part of a 3-D Printed Object (Video)

Anyone familiar with the physics of electrets? I was thinking a while back that you could freeze a charge in cooling PLA or other plastic being used for printing. I looked around and some guys talked about it briefly a few years ago but never really explored it.

It seems like it might come in handy to bake electrets into your design. If nothing else, you could make half of a position sensor without having to glue on a magnet or something. I seem to remember hearing that the electret effect is influenced by mechanical strain, but it might make the charge bleed off and ruin the electret.

I doubt you could put enough charge in to allow you to make a motor or speaker, but who knows....

Comment: Re:What If (Score 1) 49

by jasno (#47078509) Attached to: Report: Samsung Building VR Headset For Its Phones & Tablets

What have they done? Show me their inventions which have advanced the state of VR. What do they have? The cheap plastic lens to increase FOV? (Despite being obvious to anyone looking to cost-reduce during consumerization.)

Certainly they have done something? No?

Samsung may not have announced it, but they'd be working on it.

I don't have a dev kit. So what? I bet it's awesome. That isn't the point. Or maybe it is... the point being that OR created zealots by showing you prototypes built out of commonly available components. It isn't that OR created that magic, it's that the magic is enabled by cheap, high-res displays and low-latency sensors that *everyone* has access to.

LIke I said in a previous post, it is because of OR that we're talking about VR in 2014, but even without OR we'd be wearing it in 2016.

Comment: Re:It.. can't be true! (Score 1) 49

by jasno (#47077653) Attached to: Report: Samsung Building VR Headset For Its Phones & Tablets

Palmer sounds like a narcissist. He's crazy if he thinks he or his company is solely responsible for driving VR.

He jumped the gun and showed off his companies demo products - a fancy marketing trick if you will. Big deal. VR was coming regardless. Now that the displays and sensors finally allow a product that a consumer can afford there will be many VR devices. The technology is old and proven.

If OR had never existed, we might not be *talking* about VR in 2014, but we'd still be wearing it in 2016.

Comment: Re:What If (Score 2) 49

by jasno (#47077583) Attached to: Report: Samsung Building VR Headset For Its Phones & Tablets

Or (C) patent it all and license it for free, which would ensure that patent trolls don't move in and cripple the industry.

The amount of 'religion' surrounding OR is starting to reach the level of Apple products. You're all trying so hard to make the company the next big thing but they're just a hardware integrator. They're not your best friend. They aren't on your side. VR was and is coming when the tech allows it. When we all strap VR goggles on it won't be thanks to OR or any one individual behind it.

If you want to raise someone on a pedestal, start with the nameless engineers who dedicated their careers to making displays and sensors smaller, faster and cheaper.

Comment: Re:It.. can't be true! (Score 2) 49

by jasno (#47074565) Attached to: Report: Samsung Building VR Headset For Its Phones & Tablets

No, VR has been around in many forms for many years, but OR has made huge improvements. Acting like this isn't true shows your malfunction.

Sure, OR made improvements, just like Sony, Samsung, and other companies not fawned upon by the tech media and ignorant techno-fanbois.

Close, but very misleading. OR did serious work in solving major issues with VR.

Oh sweet, just point me to all those patents they're sitting on then...

The article invalidates what you're saying. OR isn't special. They just showed their hand early in an attempt to get free marketing. What they're doing isn't technologically difficult given the advances in things like 3d rendering, compact displays, low-cost motion sensors, and lower-latency inputs.

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