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Comment: Re:Barrel connectors on brick power supplies (Score 1) 408

by shawn(at)fsu (#45597523) Attached to: Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

If the data is that important you shouldn't be in a position where there is a chance that the power cord can be pulled out. That is you shouldn't be on a laptop with no battery backup, the data shouldn't even be on a laptop, the data should be on a server with UPS and you should just have a terminal connected to it.

Comment: Re:How does this get fixed? (Score 1) 183

by shawn(at)fsu (#44577387) Attached to: Google Admits Bitcoin Thieves Exploited Android Crypto PRNG Flaw

I'm genuinely curious?
I'm still not sure why this is a fragmentation issue. I can run windows on any x64 or i86 machine, I don't need to get security updates from Dell or HP or myself if I built it myself. Why then do I have to get updates to the core os via my carrier?

How is it that for Windows fragmentation was key to them becoming ubiquitous but for Android is becoming a hindrance?

Comment: Re:Distraction. (Score 5, Insightful) 262

by shawn(at)fsu (#43596267) Attached to: Siri's Creator Challenges Texting-While-Driving Study

I'll agree that most of a trip you feel like you're on autopilot the problem arises when something unexpected happens. If you have your eyes off the road when that unexpected happens you're a lot worse off than had you been paying attention. So yeah if you get to your destination safely then you can look back and say man that didn't take any conscious effort at all but that's not why you need to pay attention. You need to be on your toes for when something novel or out of the ordinary happens.

Comment: Re: Was an issue for about four hours yesterday (Score 0) 351

by shawn(at)fsu (#43149099) Attached to: Bitcoin Blockchain Forked By Backward-Compatibility Issue

How is it experimental when anyone anywhere can use it? FOr that matter what's the experiment? What are the metrics being collected? Whats the control? How will you know if the experiment is a success? If it is a success do you go back and start the non experiment on its own with the lessons learned? I would say that when people are trying to convince everyone to embrace it it is no longer an experiment when it is being used outside of a controlled environment.

Comment: Re:No persuasion required (Score 3, Insightful) 510

by shawn(at)fsu (#42505683) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Employers Ban Smartphones?

Removing smart phones is the easiest and most secure way to handle these issues. The burden of proof is to prove that there exists ways that are just as secure. For example If you work in a DoD environment then you have to accept the possibility that you're not going to be able to bring your device in the building. It sucks sometimes sure but if the risk is information coming in or going out then this helps mitigate it a great deal.

Comment: Re:Invent your own exercises (Score 3, Insightful) 284

by shawn(at)fsu (#41972989) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Catch Photoshop Plagiarism?

There are some good problems that have been asked over and over again because they teach good lessons. My data structures professor started one of our assignments off with the following quote "More time has been spent on undergraduates recreating the Ackerman function than any other problem in computer science, and you all will be no different"

Sure there are other problems that have double recursion but why try to find something new and different when a good problem already exists? Plus there is something unifying about it. If I meet someone who graduated years before me or years after and they also had to do the Ackerman function in some language maybe the same one I used it kind of give you something in common. I like that; a common thread the ties us all together.

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