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Comment Re:Yeah, Heh Heh (Score 4, Funny) 167 167

For some insane reason, I've been binge reading books related to the Manhattan project. The takeaway is that much of the time they were flying blind or wearing blinders due to the extreme time pressure.

Sometimes they were plain reckless. The criticality experiments is a good case; adjusting the distance between two semi-critical cores with a screwdriver jammed in between. Great fun until the screwdriver slipped and the core went critical. Didn't go boom but killed a guy. For good measure they repeated the experiment and killed another guy.

Comment Re:If Google happens to be an EU corporation ... (Score 2) 334 334

What EU really wants to achieve is to break America ...

Nice conspiracy theory but we can't even get along internally over here. Herding all the cats into a unified, secret attack on the US would require a coordinated act by several deities.

I'm afraid any break up is self inflicted. The US is already even more fractured than EU.

Comment Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 5, Insightful) 334 334

Not only that, but the EUSSR doesn't seem to understand that an American corporation has nothing to do with European communists. They should go and re-read their history books and remember how close all of Europe was to speaking either German or Russian.

I could have moderated your drivel to hell but that wouldn't help much.

The EU commision can't tell US companies to do anything but they can set conditions for allowing them to operate within the EU. It's called sovereignty and the US does it too all the time. Having a beef with virtual or actual monopolies is not exactly a communist thing either. A monopoly is a direct attack on the free market and therefore upsets true free market believers.

The US have a long, although not resent, history of cracking down on monopolies. The Standard Oil case is the poster child for this kind of policy.

Comment New SSL root certificate authority (Score 2, Interesting) 129 129

A nice step ahead would be the establishment of a new set of root certificates and an accompanying authority that signs other peoples certificates. All located in a country that doesn't play ball with NSA and other thugs.

This would do a lot to dampen the routine man-in-the-middle we see these days.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Yes, seriously.) (Score 2) 466 466

Don't you need to keep the original file and the code you used to transform it, so that you have an audit trail which shows how you got the current data?

Only if it gets down to covering your ass and then you're fucked anyway. Nobody gives a shit how you contributed to a success.

Comment Re:When you gag the enginers ... (Score 1) 373 373

The story of the loss of the Challenger is much more complicated than simply "stupid managers, saintly engineers", and there's a lot of blame to spread around all parties.

Sorry for using Challenger this way. It's borderline trolling/flamebait but an established, although incorrect example.

My point is that engineers need to take a stand. Our actions or inactions can put the public at risk and that is a burden we have to respect. We are the experts and we have to make certain that the best possible knowledge is put forth in a way that management can't dismiss easily.

Like punning, programming is a play on words.

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