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Comment Re: Pounds or dollars (Score 5, Funny) 255

You would want to have a really dry audio track - perhaps a computer voice reading some long novel - say "Moby Dick". If the computer mispronounces some words, it wouldn't be a big deal. Except that you would slip in some swearing in the middle somewhere - spoken by the same monotone computer voice in the same speaking pattern as the rest of it.

An alternative would be to have the soundtrack be 10 hours of a crying baby (undoubtedly a much shorter clip in a loop). Which for most people would be torture to listen to. But in the middle of it you could have an adult come in and swear at the baby.

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...

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