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Comment: Re:You have to ask technical questions (Score 1) 948

by madcow_ucsb (#36066998) Attached to: Why the New Guy Can't Code

This. If you're hiring a coder, ASK CODING QUESTIONS. At my job, we need embedded C programmers. And whether you're coming in for an internship or have 10 years experience, you're going to be asked to write whiteboard code. Find the least set bit in a 32 bit word, linked list insert, basic stuff. Someone in college should be able to manage and someone with experience should have no problem at all.

What's disturbing is the number of people who have great resumes, years of experience, can talk in depth about their projects, etc., but can't do basic pointer manipulation or know what "volatile" means. It boggles the mind.

Comment: Re:Check out twinhan DVB-S cards for an alternativ (Score 1) 345

by madcow_ucsb (#29225625) Attached to: An End To Unencrypted Digital Cable TV and the HTPC

That's not going to work. The keys they use are derived from IDs stored in both the card and the tuner. And I think they may do some sort of pseudo-randomization on the tuner ID because I seem to recall that yanking it and putting it back in my TiVo made me go through the activation process again.

That said, my Comcast guys don't care what device I put my M-Card in. I just need to call them and read off the numbers from my TiVo. And then do the same thing for the next couple days while rebooting the box several dozen times before it actually will decrypt anything.


Amazon Confirms EC2/S3 Not PCI Level 1 Compliant 157

Posted by timothy
from the division-of-resources dept.
Jason writes "After months of digging though speculation and polar opposite opinions from PCI experts, I finally sent a direct request to Amazon's AWS sales team asking if they are in fact PCI compliant and will provide documentation attesting that they are as is required by PCI guidlines. I fully expecting them to dodge the question and refer me to a QSA, but to my relief, they replied with a refreshingly honest and absolute confirmation that it is currently impossible to meet PCI level 1 compliance using AWS services for card data storage. They also very strong suggest that cardnumbers never be stored on EC2 or S3 as those services are inherently noncompliant. For now at least, the official verdict is if you need to process credit cards, the Amazon cloud platform is off the table."

Comment: What? (Score 2, Interesting) 121

by madcow_ucsb (#28713787) Attached to: Integrating Wikipedia With a Local Intranet Wiki

Why? Can't you just link to wikipedia pages where appropriate? OK, my company has an internal server we link through to sanitize referrer info so our internal wiki titles don't get all over teh interwebs. But if the wiki users can't figure out "hey, this article is too specific - maybe wikipedia has more general information that would help me," you've got bigger problems than your wiki management.


Hospital Confirms Steve Jobs's Liver Transplant 402

Posted by kdawson
from the so-just-say-so-already dept.
CNet is reporting that the hospital where Apple's CEO reportedly got a liver transplant two months ago has now confirmed the truth of these reports. "Steve Jobs underwent his liver transplant about two months ago at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, the hospital confirmed Tuesday. Jobs, who returned to work Apple's campus in Cupertino, Calif., on Monday after a six-month medical leave, 'is now recovering well and has an excellent prognosis,' according to a statement by Dr. James D. Eason, the program director of the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute. ... While Eason said the confirmation was being provided with Jobs's approval, he cited patient confidentially in saying that he could not reveal any further information on the specifics of Jobs's surgery."

Comment: Re:UCSB Senior Projects (Score 1) 112

by madcow_ucsb (#26129127) Attached to: Cornell University FPGA Class Projects for 2008

Hey, I was in the first year of ECE 189 back in '03 (also in the first graduating class of their newfangled CE major). Very cool class.

And hey: my project was a portable* laptop drive-based MP3 player and five years later, I'm working one one again. But this time it's for a well-known company in Cupertino...

* "Portable" MP3 player turned out to be about half the size of a lunchbox. Don't forget mounting holes in your PCB: other mounting solutions are difficult and large!

Comment: Re:Why We Shouldn't Run Government Like a Business (Score 1) 263

by madcow_ucsb (#24460605) Attached to: SpaceX Launch Fails To Reach Space

The number is even more meaningless when you consider what a "failure" is (as pointed out my Feynman after Challenger). We only consider a shuttle mission a failure if the situation gets so FUBAR that the vehicle explodes.

But all those times that the O-rings showed wear that implied they weren't operating as designed? Not considered failures.

Just because the thing took off and landed again without killing anyone doesn't mean that it was working as designed and certainly doesn't mean it was operating safely.

In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. -- R.G. Ingersoll