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Comment: Diff (Score 1) 357

by roothog (#46618857) Attached to: An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

So he identified the vulnerability by diffing the patch against the original? Seems like a pretty obvious investigative step, as in it's one of the first things you'd want to look at if GM isn't telling you what they changed in the ignition switch. Diffing software security patches to identify vulnerable code is standard practice. I guess the GM thing is maybe interesting since it's mechanical hardware, though investigators in things like fraudulent aircraft parts have been diffing hardware for years.

Comment: Re:Wasn't there... (Score 2) 241

by roothog (#40562745) Attached to: San Diego's Fireworks Show Over In 15 Seconds

Welp, I don't normally respond to a cynical mod-down, but I'm dead serious with this one.

So if you're so pissed off by my statement that you feel the need to hit Underrated in the popdown, maybe you're not laid back enough for such recreational activity. :P

"Underrated" means that they were modding you up, not down. The mod down is called "Overrated".

Comment: Re:It's a start (Score 1) 194

by roothog (#40425835) Attached to: Wikipedia As a "War Zone," Rather Than a Collaboration

The simple English Wikipedia doesn't try to simplify scientific concepts any more than the regular English Wikipedia. It just uses basic words chosen from a small vocabulary set (when possible), and simple sentence construction. It's meant as an aid for people learning the English language. It's not going to help you understand complex physics topics like the one you mentioned.

You need to parse the title as "(Simple English) Wikipedia", not as "Simple (English Wikipedia)".

Comment: Re:We'll see (Score 5, Insightful) 712

by roothog (#40370149) Attached to: Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

Are you surprised? This has been MS's strategy for the better part of a decade. Try to compete on vapor rather than on what's shipping. A competitor announces that they're shipping, say, a new MacBook, and MS will announce that they've got something flashy and new about to come out. When it finally ships two and a half years later, it's a POS nowhere close to what MS claimed it was going to be.

Remember everything that MS said was going to be in Vista?

Comment: Poseurs (Score 5, Interesting) 241

It's funny how if a group is *actually* powerful, you never see them making claims that they're powerful. Their actions say more than words.

Anonymous are just poseurs. Not only are they poseurs on world-scale power, they're poseurs on computer hacking, all they know how to do is run DoS attacks. They're an embarrassment.

Comment: Re:Probably lost the sale, too! (Score 1) 339

by roothog (#39956039) Attached to: Russian Superjet 100 Crashes During Demo Flight, Killing All Aboard

I believe they were trying to show off, and here's why I think that. One of the news sites had a video (looked like Google Earth) showing where the plane took off, and where it crashed. The mountain it crashed into is this really isolated and abrupt thing sticking way up out of lower elevation terrain. It was very clear from that imagery that the plane took off and made a bee line for those scenic mountains for impressive views for those on board. I think the pilot tried to do a close fly by and did not realize just how steep that mountain was (it is practically vertical where the plane impacted).

So it's a repeat of the Italian captain driving his cruise ship onto a reef.

"Your attitude determines your attitude." -- Zig Ziglar, self-improvement doofus