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

by johnjaydk (#47499277) Attached to: Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

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

by johnjaydk (#47242627) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

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

by johnjaydk (#47048557) Attached to: The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

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.

Comment: When you gag the enginers ... (Score 5, Insightful) 373

by johnjaydk (#47045945) Attached to: The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

You get a Challenger disaster.

In my experience, You have to use exactly these words in order to get management to take problems serious. Turns out it was because they put management in a legal bind.

Any engineer who follows GM's edict should be flogged. Bad stuff happens because good men do nothing.

Comment: Re:Aren't those guys rocket scientists? (Score 1) 54

by johnjaydk (#46780535) Attached to: The Dismal State of SATCOM Security

Not saying I'm representative of the whole group, but I'm a rocket scientist, and I'm pretty pants at information security.

Getting them up there and not having them fall down is not half bad. I still try to keep my kerbals from blowing up. But seriously, at least accept that info-sec is important. There might be a business case in not being totally p0wnd.

Comment: Loots of good stuff out there (Score 2) 197

by johnjaydk (#46441133) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?

This is all Python centric but that's where the jazz is these days:

  1. Codecademy. My 12 year old son just passed it.
  2. An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python ( Games and great fun. Also in python.
  3. Do all of their software subjects. Just ditch the Java stuff. The 90's are long gone.

I've got a 15 year old masters in CS but I went through the coursera and udacity stuff and learned quite a lot along the way. Good stuff.

Programmers do it bit by bit.