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Comment Re:Commercially significant but 2nd fiddle to TTL (Score 2) 60

Same here - I remember all of those TTL things.

A few years after this, we got some *very* early 8086 chips on an educational discount. We breadboarded the thing by attaching power, clock, and wired up the memory lines to make it look like it was just reading NOP instructions from ever address, and then watched the address lines to see the thing count up.

Comment I used to do kernel dev.. (Score 4, Interesting) 928

in the *very* early days (0.9x), and back then Linus never seemed like much of a dick, but then again, at the time he was still a student. Even met him face-to-face a couple of times. I stepped away due to the huge time commitments required by my regular job, not because of any issues I had with anyone.

The stories I hear leave me scratching my head. This isn't the Linus I knew back in the day. I guess all the fame and all of that must have gone to his head.

Comment Re:Blaming American Engineers (Score 4, Informative) 301

Yes, because of work that I have done in the past. I have seen the level of process audits that the automakers require of their suppliers, and I have seen the kind of process management software that is used to track requirements/specifications/changes and all the rest of that. That being said, I have no recollection/memory of how VW does things.

When all of this is in place, you can't change a single line of code without it being justified, specified, written, tested, and finally signed off on, and *everything* is traceable. Could one hack the database? In theory, I suppose, but doing so would elevate this to a whole new level of fraud, and if you screw it up and corrupt the database then the whole company could be dead in the water.

Google "Automotive SPICE" to learn more..

Comment Re:Blaming American Engineers (Score 4, Informative) 301

I call BS on that. There is no way that a rogue engineer would do such a thing on their own - they would only do it because management wanted them to.

For that matter, you can't even sneeze in the auto industry without there being a paper trail. Once the investigators start digging they will find all kinds of stuff about the requirements and specifications documents that preceded the actual software changes. You will find the actual engineers who did the work, and you will find the people who signed off on it when the work was done...

Comment This is a shock? (Score 1) 307

Honestly I don't watch any series any more. There far too many dumb reality TV programs out there that are just as mind numbing as sitting and smoking weed the entire evening. Maybe if I did smoke weed I would find TV more entertaining - they should look into this and see whether ratings are higher in Colorado and other states that have legalized.

The only thing I do watch is the evening news, and *some* science programs. My wife watches sports, but even there the economics are all screwed up with the networks overpaying for mediocre stuff, which results in overpaid coaches and overpaid athletes, and the inevitable scandals which result from this. Even here, more sports are going to a streaming model, and once that transition is complete, a whole bunch more people will cut the cord.

Comment Re:Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

For the purposes of voter ID, the only fraud you eliminate is voter impersonation fraud. There are other types of fraud that might occur (such as tampering with a voting machine), but which voter ID isn't able to stop that.

Here is the catch though. There is essentially no evidence that there is any voter impersonation fraud out there that needs to be prevented. People have tried again and again, and they just can't find it other than the occasional outlier. So you are going through all sorts of hoops to try and prevent something that isn't happening in the first place.

There is a subset of the population for whom voter ID is a problem however - and has other people have suggested the rules are set up specifically to make it hard for some subset of Democrats to vote. People who might not have a drivers license. Perhaps some elderly who might have given up the drivers license when they stopped driving. You might say that you only need to go down to the DMV, and assuming that the nearest DMV is convenient (this is not always the case), you can't just show up and ask for ID. You need to provide other documentation to prove you are who you say your are. If your name has changed (perhaps through marriage), you need to provide documentation of every name change. Some elderly were born before birth certificates were routinely issued to every baby - and if you can't get the birth certificate, then no ID for you. If your name is misspelled on one of the pieces of documentation, then no ID for you. It is positively Kafkaesque. And now you have people who have voted for decades being turned away from the polls because of these stupid laws.

In some states (I believe Texas), a gun registration is considered valid ID. But a student ID is not. Now explain to me exactly who it is that this is intended to prevent from voting, who it might be that would be assisted in voting, and what the logic of all of this might happen to be?

Comment Re:Impossible (Score 1) 57

Maybe not weak encryption, but that's my read as well - the system got hacked by some unspecified means, and the system was "designed" in such a way that there was no to do an audit to filter out bogus ballots.

There is a fascinating tradeoff between having an anonymous ballot and the ability to do an audit and/or recount.

Unix is the worst operating system; except for all others. -- Berry Kercheval