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Comment: C++ - but look at C# as well (Score 1, Informative) 330

I'll admit I haven't seen much of Objective C (apart from on OSX) - while C++ is pretty much available on anything and anywhere. However I'd also recommend having a look at C#.

If you are not allergic to Microsoft products it's got a lot to recommend it:

Good frameworks

Available on Windows, OSX & Linux

Cross-platform tools like Xamarin (which as an interesting ecosystem for cross-platform mobile apps)

Comment: Go easy on the OpenSSL guys ! (Score 4, Interesting) 79

by slincolne (#48779819) Attached to: OpenSSL Patches Eight New Vulnerabilities
The beauty of Open Source is that when issues like this are discovered, they are dealt with.

With a closed source product you basically have to trust the vendor to get it right, and to patch defects in a timely manner.

OpenSSL is a classic demonstration of one of the truths of computer programming - namely that good cryptography is HARD.

I just wish that the big players who use this in their products would support the developers - and make it a better outcome for all of us who rely on this product.

Comment: And BD-Java is good how exactly? (Score 4, Insightful) 94

by slincolne (#47512745) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java
Does anyone have any scenarios where BD-Java enables a useful feature?

I have to admit for all the blue ray disks I have, the included menus and bumf just makes it a less pleasant experience.

I don't know who builds in the code for these 'features' - but it makes it very difficult to justify buying legitimate media when the studios seem to put all their crapware in the way.

+ - Australian Electoral Commission refuses to release vote counting source code->

Submitted by angry tapir
angry tapir (1463043) writes "The Australian Electoral Commission has been fighting a freedom of information request to reveal the source code of the software it uses to calculate votes in elections for Australia's upper house of parliament. Not only has the AEC refused an FOI request for the source code, but it has also refused an order from the Senate directing that the source code be produced. Apparently releasing the code could "leave the voting system open to hacking or manipulation"."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Will you be selling media rights for this ? (Score 2) 53

It sounds very interesting - the kind of stuff that National Geographic would cover off.

Have you contacted any media organisations about selling the rights to film and publish this?

It might be a good way to get further funding for this work.

Comment: Wait until things are over before you cry wolf (Score 4, Insightful) 582

by slincolne (#46761157) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?
It's probably better to let the situation run on a bit longer before people start criticising Open Source.

Nobody is going to discard OpenSSL due to this - the majority of people are patching systems and reminding people that security is important (a side benefit of this incident)

The next step will be when someone puts up the money for a proper code review of the OpenSSL codebase and fixes up any other issues that may exist.

It's reasonable to say that there are more people and organisations able to resolve this issue than if it were a closed source proprietary solution.

Comment: Any contacts at Samsung we can call? (Score 2) 126

by slincolne (#46470231) Attached to: Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices
Does anyone have any contacts at Samsung (email addresses, phone numbers, etc.) that can address this issue?

I just got back from looking at a Galaxy Note 3 (thinking form upgrading from by S2).

Now I'm not sure - will probably just go buy a Nexus.

I can't think of a single valid reason for this level of functionality to be available in a device that's sold commercially. I've never heard of any enterprise management tools that can use such functions, and their undisclosed existance is a real worry.

The biggest laugh about this is that Samsung Australia is currently trying to get the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Note 2 and S3 onto the Australian Government Endorsed Product List (http://www.asd.gov.au/infosec/epl/index.php ) - I don't like their chances now.

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