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Comment Jobs (Score 2) 16 16

What's funny to me is, I liked the "Dice Jobs in your area" side-bar (before it was recently removed).

It's interesting to see what jobs are available in my area, without hunting for them, especially if I'm not actively searching for a job. The original idea of Dice/DHI buying Slashdot Media seemed logical to me: lets connect all these tech folk with competing employers; a win for everyone.

Unfortunately StackOverflow does their job matching MUCH better, mostly due to the nature of measuring skilled volunteers with quantified "karma" in select knowledge domains. I don't see how DHI can compete with LinkedIn (their scale) nor StackOverflow (their data). If I was hiring a DBA, I would totally go to SO where my pool of applicants are already vetted based on their posts.

Also unfortunately GitHub does code hosting MUCH better than SourceForge, mostly due to SF not improving anything for the last 10 years. (And no one likes bundling anything in their downloads, so hopefully the new owner will end that horrible practice, or just shut SF.net down.)

Long time reader of /. and I still love the content. Hopefully it lives on!

Government

Don't Bring Your Drone To New Zealand 272 272

NewtonsLaw writes: Personal drones are changing the way some people experience vacations. Instead of toting along a camcorder or a 35mm DSLR, people are starting pack a GoPro and, increasingly, a drone on which to mount it. This is fine if you're going to a drone-friendly country, but be warned that your drone will get you into big trouble in Thailand (where all use of drones by the public is banned outright) and now in New Zealand, where strict new laws regarding the operation of drones (and even tiny toys like the 20g Cheerson CX10) come into effect on August 1.

Under these new rules, nobody can operate a drone or model aircraft without getting the prior consent of the owner over which property it is intended to fly — and (this is the kicker) also the permission of the occupiers of that property. So you can effectively forget about flying down at the local park, at scenic locations or just about any public place. Even if you could manage to get the prior permission of the land-owner, because we're talking "public place," you'd also have to get the permission of anyone and everyone who was also in the area where you intended to fly.

Other countries have produced far more sane regulations — such as limiting drone and RC model operators to flying no closer than 30m from people or buildings — but New Zealand's CAA have gone right over the top and imposed what amounts to a virtual death-sentence on a hobby that has provided endless, safe fun for people of all ages for more than 50 years. Of course if you are prepared to pay a $600 fee to become "Certified" by CAA then the restrictions on where you can fly are lifted and you don't need those permissions.

Comment Re:"privacy of North Koreans" (Score 1) 100 100

I don't think encryption would help here. Assume the user is still using Red Star Linux which in addition to watermarking, has tweaked the prngs so that all private keys (including symmetric keys and session keys) are created with a known set of values, thus making the user think they are secure but allows the government to still eavesdrop on all communication.

Comment Re:Is this unique to Java? (Score 1) 130 130

I agree that 4 -> 5 was difficult, 5 -> 6 and 6 -> 7 was easy, but 7 -> 8 is difficult again. Mostly due to app server containers like Tomcat and JBoss -- specifically the JSP compiling part needs a lot of love for Java 8 in servlet containers.

Stats

CDC: Americans Getting Heavier, Average Woman Weighs As Much As 1960s Man 409 409

schwit1 writes: New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the average American has packed on the pounds in the past 50 years. Both men and women have gained a considerable amount of weight since 1960, with the average American woman now weighing 166.2 pounds — nearly identical to what American men weighed in the 1960s. U.S. men have been getting bigger too, gaining nearly 30 pounds from the 1960s to 2010 — 166.3 pounds to 195.5 pounds today. The good news is that both sexes have gained almost an inch in height since then, so that accounts for some of the overall weight gain.

Comment Hash and Salt (Score 4, Interesting) 206 206

We are confident that our encryption measures are sufficient to protect the vast majority of users. LastPass strengthens the authentication hash with a random salt and 100,000 rounds of server-side PBKDF2-SHA256, in addition to the rounds performed client-side. This additional strengthening makes it difficult to attack the stolen hashes with any significant speed.

Salting is nice, but when the attacker gets both the hash and the salt, they can attack specific users. Still, the 100k rounds of SHA256 seem decent.

Would bcrypt be any better than PBKDF2 here?

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