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Comment: Re:Uh... decompiled and deobfuscated? (Score 2) 354

by laughingskeptic (#47841921) Attached to: DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins
Large programs usually have large numbers of external dependencies. The external calls are plain as day in the reversed code. Sure the variables may all be named a,b,c... but it really isn't that hard to find the parts you are interested in and figure out what the interfaces are. For his mods he had to figure out which code handled player positions, actions, health and maybe a few other things. I've done it many times and it is WAY easier in Java and .NET with multimegabyte-sized programs than it is with C and multikilobyte-sized monolithic programs where you have no external markers in the assembly as guides.

Comment: Re: ELI5 please (Score 1) 354

by laughingskeptic (#47841801) Attached to: DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins
I don't think Mojang has ever been that interested in creating APIs that support the level of moding that has been going on. It's 21k lines of code, if he re-writes Bukkit, it will just be more proprietary Minecraft code and their next release will be delayed 3 months. Meanwhile Wesley Wolfe has effectively made himself unemployable.

Comment: Ask your county office? (Score 1) 355

by laughingskeptic (#47769835) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?
It sounds like ATM overhead addresses your issue. However as far as who to talk to, in California measurement enforcement is handled at the county level: In Texas this falls to the Department of Agriculture and I'm pretty sure they won't care. http://www.texasagriculture.go...

Comment: Re:Why would I pay my ISP for service? (Score 1) 376

by laughingskeptic (#47703061) Attached to: Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up
Exactly! Not only will affected people switch providers, but this will cause participating ISPs to become viewed as unreliable. Unreliable internet has become unacceptable. This may also drive more apartment and condo complexes into the hands of providers like Grande which simply provide bandwidth to the whole building. Its a cheaper solution, but the hassle factor has limited penetration of these types of services. The ISPs would be greatly upping their hassle factor and reducing their competitiveness by participating in this Rightscorp scheme.

Comment: Congress is in the Dark, NOT DoD (Score 1) 19

Breaches are already reported from the contractor's SSO to the government program office's SSO within 24 hours. Congress' issue is that they don't know what is going on and they decided to meddle in this one particular detail. Contractors absolutely do not attempt to cover this up, getting caught covering something like this up would cause them to immediately loose their funding and the right to bid on future contracts -- effectively a corporate death sentence. SSOs are almost all former soldiers with security backgrounds in the services and operate at the highest levels of integrity. They would absolutely place the country over their employer any day.

Comment: Re:Culture of DoD and plain text drone feeds (Score 1) 27

FIPS-140 compliance is a given these days. That is not the issue. #1 you pick up an entire another organization that is going to want to participate in the project and perform a security review that may have been skirted if the word encryption was not mentioned. #2 the program office has to transfer funds to pay for this addition to the project instead of paying for more desired features. #3 there is much concern with the security of the encryption keys themselves when you put encryption on a device that is place in harms way. You have to demonstrate that the keys will be protected, they don't tend to care for per-mission keys. #4 as a result encryption winds up adding more weight than just bits because you need various tamper-proof devices. I have seen cases where the most important thing on a deployed device was the encryption key FOB. Which is just nuts I know, but that is the way it is. #5 the test plan grows, the system operation training grows, the documentation grows all adding additional costs to the project.

Comment: Culture of DoD and plain text drone feeds (Score 2) 27

"They felt that since the Predator video feeds were being transmitted on frequencies that were not publicly known, no access control, encryption or other security mechanisms would be needed. " -- I am sure it wasn't that simple. As soon as you say 'encryption' in the defense world you open a can of worms that can set your project back as much as 2 years. These aren't technical set backs, but rather paperwork and process set backs. They were probably told by their government program manager to not put 'encryption' in their response because they probably didn't want to deal with the additional process burden. You can't do anything in the defense contracting world such as adding a feature like encryption without the government's program manager signing off on it and often find yourself constrained by law from implementing the best possible solution.

Comment: Re:Software Documentation is bad everywhere (Score 1) 430

Wrong. Microsoft's software documentation is generally excellent. Contributing programmers are 33% or less of Microsoft's empire, in FOSS programmers are 99% of the contributors. Not only is the end user documentation good, but for the devs Microsoft has MSDN, Dev Tech Net and a number of employees paid to pay attention to StackOverflow. Prior to any major software release a team of writers and engineers creates a 300 to 600 page book about the new release full of examples on configuring and coding for the new release. I know people hate paying for software, but sometimes you really do get what you pay for.

Comment: In-Q-Tel is fundamentally unethical (Score 1) 124

by laughingskeptic (#47581865) Attached to: The CIA Does Las Vegas
In-Q-Tel is just a way for the CIA to get around laws limiting their purchasing powers. They are prohibited from buying services the way they want, so instead they 'invest' in the services they want. What they are supposed to do is define their needs and let people bid on providing those services, but then the CIA executives wouldn't get to hob-nob with VCs and drink champagne on yachts.

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