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Comment: Re:Yet again C bites us in the ass (Score 1) 303

by santax (#46695547) Attached to: OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks
Listen, I develop hardware as a hobby, My current project is a nice oldschool z80 system. I need direct memory access. In the z80 project I use assembly language (hell, I wrote my bootloader in a hexeditor!) if I was to use a arm-cpu I would have used C for the most part. If you design your own systems or (toy) OS you absolutely need to use a language that let's you access everything. You can't boot a system without that access. It's impossible. What MS platform are you talking about? Is that the xbox or the x86? If the latter is true, I would call that a linux or bsd platform.

Comment: Those who can do, those who can't teach. (Score 4, Insightful) 451

by santax (#46421509) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?
After reading your question this one came to my mind. Those who can do, those who can't teach. But it does makes me wonder what you are teaching these kids if you have to ask us how to get a job in the tech-world. I hope your pupils won't have to ask that same question.

Comment: Re:Don't (Score 1) 682

by santax (#44990967) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?
Well, while I feel sorry for you. I really think every child has a right to see / speak both the parents on a regular base, we don;t know if there is a divorce. Might as well that the father is in the army overseas. Or something else. The problem with the phone is next to the fact that these devices aren't suitable for 4 year olds might as well be taken away. I agree with you, if the parent where the kid is, is unwilling, you have very little to fight back with and is something that should change, but it's also beyond the scope of the question from the poster. Anyway, I hope you also will get in touch with your kid on a regular base. You and your kid have that right. Or better, should have.

Comment: Re:Drop-in replacement (Score 2) 80

by santax (#44990409) Attached to: Dutch Police Recruit Rats To Sniff Out Crime
Read the article, they are being used to sense gunpowder, not drugs. For once I actually think the police has got one hell of a new co-worker, the lady that noticed the mine-sniffing rats from the army could also be used in the police force to quickly get an idea if someone had fired a gun or not. I am sure there will still be lab-tests, but at least they can go on with their investigation based on a pretty acurate source.

Comment: Re:Don't (Score 1) 682

by santax (#44990207) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?
I don't feel my tone was like that at all, but I understand your view and for some comments you are completely right. But the author of the comment I posted this comment too, chose to put his comment under mine. So I tried to explain my thoughts. Nothing more, nothing less. I really do wish the father wisdom in his decision and I really do hope he will consider other options. Like maybe regular skype-calls. But I don't think he is crazy for wanting to speak/see his kid at all. Not at all. I completely understand that. Who wouldn't?

Comment: Re:Don't (Score 1) 682

by santax (#44989571) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?
I don't think that is what most people here are saying. It's not what I'm saying. Just that there might be better ways. While we don't know if this is the case (the father might be just a hard worker, might me overseas, whatever...) if it is, the father might be able to get an agreement with the mother to do skype-talks. There might be lots of other options instead of giving a 4yo a mobile. And there are. Lots of people got divorced, lots of kids have fathers in the army. There are other options, since this is a quitte common problem.

Comment: Re:Don't (Score 1) 682

by santax (#44989505) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?
While I don't disagree with you, there is nothing in the question of the submitter that tells me we have a such a wonderkid here. Allthough I asume the kid is exceptional, as all kids are. Regardless of development. It is however also our task as parents to give the kids a chance to be kids. It's nice that you are really gifted and could understand those books and yes, we need these 'odd' people. I do hope your case is documentend btw, because it would give us a chance to learn more about the human brain than we do now.

Comment: Don't (Score 5, Insightful) 682

by santax (#44988899) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?
Dude, just don't. I understand you want to speak and see your son, but the reason 4yo don't have phones is because they are not ready for their use. Let the kid play with playmobil and later lego. Let him be a child and when he's ready for a mobile, he'll tell you by putting it on his christmas-list. I wish you wisdom with your decission and hopefully you'll find a beter way to keep in touch with your kid.

Comment: Re: true spirit of freedom (Score 1) 333

by santax (#44858127) Attached to: FreeBSD Removes GCC From Default Base System
Thank you for your lengthy response to what I said. I have to agree with you. I used the words true/free based upon my own bias and I shouldn't do that. Good point, I will take that into account for the future. Especially since it's such a 'holy' (as in vi vs emacs) subject. About the ps: I personally don't see it as stealing what Apple did. I consider the BSD license as sort of saying: Here, you can have this. It's a gift. Do what you want with it. And albeit not being too keen on Apple for other reasons, they had every right to use the codebase under the BSD. So no stealing as far as I am concerned. It's funny you mention RMS. I have great respect for him and consider him to be one of the pioneers of the tech-world. When he speaks, I listen. I don't always agree with him 100%, but most of the time I think he's right. To be honest, when I started reading your post for a moment there I thought I got AC'd by him. Again, thank you for this very interesting response. I wasn't expecting such a post from an AC.

Comment: Re:security (Score 1) 143

by santax (#44854021) Attached to: Feature-Rich FreeBSD 10 Alpha Released
You are cherry picking. Theo released that mail to the open on day 1. The guy who made the accusations got a bit scared after a reporter did a factcheck and asked him to remove it until he could answer. The reporter did, but we are still waiting for that answer. promised to respond to a question from a reporter never did. The backdoor would have been installed in 2001 and in SSH only. While it could be true... now, 12 years later that backdoor still isn't found. And it had been checked by everyone that matters and has the skills to do so.

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