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Comment: Re:...and.. (Score 2) 178

That will only work if government officials observe the creation of the gold RTM code and then every patch there after. Inspecting the source code today and not finding anything is no guarantee that this will be the case tomorrow. You don't get 'your compiled version' as the production code. And even if you do, the next round of patches you are done for.

Using a checksum/hash for the produced files is no use either. Even with unmodified sources, if you compile the same code twice, the produced executable will have different metadata (creation date, file headers, build number) so the hash will be differrent.

Comment: Re:Luddites on the loose. (Score 1) 199

by scsirob (#47309381) Attached to: FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones

Meanwhile, over 400 military drones have crashed: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/20...
No-one knows if this happened over schoolgrounds yet, but considering the number of drones in service, that's a pisspoor safety record. I can only imagine that flocks of cheap, commercial drones over populated area's will cause some 'mechanical rain' when electronic disturbance (nearby lightning strike) causes them to fail.

Comment: Recycle old ranges (Score 3, Interesting) 305

by scsirob (#47219959) Attached to: When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

In the early days companies were able to claim entire class B or class C address ranges without much penalty. Usually only a few of these addresses are reachable from the outside world. Some companies don't even exist anymore but the range just lingers on.

A real world example is my former employer Exabyte. They used to produce tape streamers and libraries, the remnants are now part of Tandberg. They claimed the entire 161.81/16 address range in the early nineties. All but a few were reachable from the outside. Today there's still a few addresses active, but most of the range is lost.

Go through the list of address range owners. If they expose less than half of their range to the outside world, recycle. DNS will cope with the changes.

Comment: Re:The RAV4 EV was strictly a compliance scam car (Score 2) 659

by scsirob (#47001917) Attached to: Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

Rrrright... And you have an ingenious system that takes in water, then uses road signs "Oxygen molecules to the left, Hydrogen molecules to the right" and Bob's your Uncle.

Any idea how much energy it takes to split water? Care to explain where that energy will come from?

Hydrogen is a potential energy carrier, not an energy supplier.

Comment: Re:Stop misleading people (Score 3, Insightful) 345

by scsirob (#46906321) Attached to: Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

By your reasoning you'd claim anyone who buys a Volkswagen Golf today is buying a 40 year old car. The Golf was introduced 40 years ago and you can still get one today. Never mind it has zero components in common with the Golf from 40 years back..

XP was and is doing everything the majority of users expect from an operating system. Many of the changes since XP are not exactly improvements for many of the users. Some are, some are not.

Microsoft can stop XP support in only one way. That's when they stop taking money from government or corporations for extended support. They will need to say 'no' to the hand that feeds then. Until they do so, they are obliged to patch XP. Not just for those who pay hefty support fees, but also to tose who bought their XP new, just 4 years ago.

Comment: Re:A foretaste... (Score 2) 89

by scsirob (#46830639) Attached to: The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

Fully agree with you here. Add to that the recent advances in technology that gave us the 'benefits' of encryption, DRM, proprietary formats etc, and you can rest assured that no-one will be able to recover data from this era one hundred years from now. We are living in the digital Dark Age right now.

Comment: Find a project for your support job (Score 4, Interesting) 133

by scsirob (#46559285) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Moving From Tech Support To Development?

No-one will start with a blank screen in the morning and start to write code, just because. You need to have an itch, something you want to solve. Writing code is the means, not the goal.

Think about your support job, and ask yourself what tool would really make your life easier. Then set out to write that tool. You have the target people sitting around you right now, solve your problem and solve theirs too. If you're lucky, the tool will be valuable enough for the company to take it to that next country, all while you keep supporting that code.

I did this many years ago, while working as tech support for a tape vendor (Exabyte). I found their customer tools rubbish, so I started writing something easier (Expert 7 for MS-DOS). I asked my wife to test it for me (she is not in IT), just to see what she struggled with and made it better. It took me a while, but in the long run the company made my tool the default for customer support. I have kept on supporting that tool and many others after that until the end of last year. For almost 20 years those tape tools have given me part of my income. Even today, I still have a few customers asking me to code for them. LTO-7 is coming, perhaps I'll be asked to integrate support by then.

Comment: Eight years older (Score 4, Insightful) 218

by scsirob (#46552193) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

The problem with being eight years older is that you are, indeed, eight years older. Past a certain age it seems that the only jobs you will be able to get is through your network. All else being equal, a complete stranger who has to evaluate you against someone eight years younger (heck, you were a good developer at that age, right?) will definitely chose the younger person. More agile, easier to morph.

Work your network. If you are as good as you say you are, use your reputation instead of your skills.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous. (Score 1) 914

Imprisonment serves two purposes. It serves to punish (and hopefully correct) the perpetrator, but it also serves as a sign to society that crime does not pay. If some serious killer gets sentenced to 50 virtual years and gets out after a year, that will feel wrong for the victims, the families and society in general.

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