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Comment: Re:Bad headline (Score 2) 60

by skids (#49746355) Attached to: Academics Build a New Tor Client Designed To Beat the NSA

Transmission encryption without authentication is useless in the vast majority of cases.

No, it isn't. Because in the vast majority of cases your traffic wasn't interesting enough to MITM the first time you connected to the server, and after that, you've stored the key you found there and can be alerted if it changes. Also you can post-verify to see whether you've been MITMd if you care to know whether the horse is out of the barn, which isn't as useful as keeping the horse in the barn, but still qualifies as useful.

Comment: Re:Yes & the sheer amount of existing code/fra (Score 1) 408

by skids (#49745809) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

All I had to do was glance at the haskell to know what it was doing. The python was a liittle hinky, but I got it easily enough.

It really depends on how much experience you have with rich languages. If all you ever talk is C/Pascal/Fortran anything else will be harder to read.

This goes for natural languages too, as well as cultural references. It's Joe Bauers' plight.

The simple fact is that there are times to talk really slow with small words for a large audiences and times to use expressiveness to get thing done fast in a professionally erudite environment. Often, complex software design is a case of the latter, not the former. Management would like it to be the former, because H1B, of course, but that is a short sighted strategy destined to leave the company in the dirt.

Comment: Re:Solution (Score 1) 379

by skids (#49737103) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

Yes, this. There are a good number of cheap managed switches and that would collapse the octupus USB hub into a neat little package.

(Actually you can also get some of the cable modems to vlan on the switchports, depending on the chipsets, but that's a bit more hinky)

The other possibility is to play ebtables tricks based on the device MAC address, but you still end up needing a hub, so just go with the managed switch.

Comment: Re:The basics (Score 1) 298

by skids (#49728535) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Skills Do HS Students Need To Know Now?

Worse even is the transpaency of cloud applications.

For the OP, I'd have the students spend some time trying to do something productive while their laptop is offline. This will force them to learn what tools are actually on a computer and what's ephemeral internet content that could vanish anytime.

Oh, also, data friggin entry/transcription. Have them put new things in a list that has some strict formatting rules until they get it right. Have them move entries from a list in one format to a list in another format. Then when they start to get cocky, have them do it again in a way where they don't get an instant warning that they did it wrong, but it comes back and bites them in the ankle later.

Comment: Re:Solar powered wrist watch... (Score 1) 402

Well, we know it's not going to be a Pink Floyd "Pulse" CD at this point.

I was going to say one of those solar lawn lamps, as at least one of them would have gotten lucky and gotten an exceptionally long lasting battery and solar cell.

But this trumps it. Or a solar calculator, though whether that is "working" when nobody is pressing buttons is up for debate -- and if we grant that, any stupid lithium cell powered musical greeting card can still be consdered to be "working"

Comment: Re:Crap technology? (Score 2) 405

by skids (#49650661) Attached to: Is IT Work Getting More Stressful, Or Is It the Millennials?

Yeah I too think the technology has devolved over time. Certainly it is next to impossible to find a competently written manual for most things these days. There's no actual contract from vendors as to what's an actual feature and what's just an implementation side effect, software hits the marketplace with things broken that should not even have gotten *to* the QA department, much less past it, and there's no shortage of glossy brochures deceiving the high level managers into believing that everyone is using newer technology than you are with none of the issues/glitches that are causing your organization grief.

I do, however, worry about the data entry skills of the latest generation. You'd think being raised with tech would make them understand the importance of consistency and accuracy, but if my anecdotal experience is accurate they are even less thorough than the older people who had the excuse of not being familiar with the technology.

Comment: Re:I'd settle for appropriate brightness (Score 1) 125

by skids (#49565455) Attached to: Smart Headlights Adjust To Aid Drivers In Difficult Conditions

Or side-and-rear-mounted lights that illuminate the road beside you, and a V2V communication bus that allows headight systems to cooperate to light the road and not shine in other driver's eyes.

I actually find this research more realistic and practical than self-driving cars.

Comment: Re:I'll be happy with one thing... (Score 1) 125

by skids (#49565421) Attached to: Smart Headlights Adjust To Aid Drivers In Difficult Conditions

When people can't see well they feel they're in more danger so they drive slower.

Yep, and start aiming their rearview mirrors to shine back in the asshole's face.

No honestly, why these boneheads can muster the balls to tailgate me and turn on their highbeams, but don't have the balls to cross the double line and pass me is a total mystery. I suspect they are just satisfying some repressed passive-aggressive pathology. Because I sure as hell am not going to speed up no matter how much of an idiot they make of themselves.

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 630

by skids (#49563579) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Sales of Pepsi on my part rose when the regional Coke distributor stopped shipping Splenda Coke to what seems like all of New England.

I don't buy too much into "aspartame bad, mkay" (though I suspect it may be more likely to cause me headaches, anecdotally, but then my initial trials of Zevia were not promising on that front.. more data needed there) but Splenda tastes MUCH better once your taste buds adapt to it, and even though I prefer Coke over Pepsi I made the switch because compared to Diet Coke, even store-brand splenda sweetened soda tasted better. I still drink regular diet coke in restaurants or when the grocery store (frequently) runs of of alternates.

Sales of Pepsi on my part fell to 0 when, last year, the regional Pepsi Distributor decided all of New England had to go without Pepsi One.

Sales of Price Chopper store brand are up, up, up, at least where I shop. Yes I went there. Was forced to really.

Meanwhile I watch cases of vanilla-vita-lemon-yuk variants of these colas sit on the shelves untouched and wonder why distributors think nobody was buying the Splenda. Maybe they got their bar codes mixed up.

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 630

by skids (#49563457) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

It is not silly at all to order that. A double big mac combo with a diet soda is 1260 calories. With a sugared coke it is 1580. At a calorie budget of 2000-2600 calories per day for a sedantary male, saving that 320 calories is the difference between being able to eat 760-1320 calories at other meals, or having to scrimp by on 440-1000 for the entire rest of the day.

Not to mention the coke has a high glycemic index. The fries and white bread may be partially balanced by the meat, but add sugar and that balance is going to get way out of whack.

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