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Comment: Re:I must be in the minority. (Score 3) 467

by zerro (#46773329) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

yeah, in 20 years, i suspect being a millionaire would be like what it is today to earn a "six-figure income" - which is B.F.D.
I remember when I was a kid in the 80's, a "six figure income" was meaningful. Now in some places where software development is a common trade (cough: silicon valley), six figures is just-getting-by

Comment: Re:Another case for open source firmware. (Score 2) 242

by zerro (#46684273) Attached to: Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

"Effectively, they are taking away functionality that I have already paid for."

You mean to say that you already paid DynDNS for service? If so, I dont see how this affects you, as you are a paying customer.
If you are talking about something you paid to a hardware/software company for a router which had dyndns feature - generating value for the said router vendor, but no revenue for dyndns - I'm not sure I understand the fairness in your argument.

Comment: Re:Alternative (Score 1) 407

by zerro (#44164713) Attached to: NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?

^ this one. ding ding ding.
Paraphrasing old Brucie on this:
Why would an attacker spend time trying to get through your steel-plated triple-deadbolted front door, when they can throw a rock through your kitchen window and crawl in?

All it takes are some unchallengeable secret court orders, and off to your nearest cloud/service provider to suck down all your datas.

Comment: Re:Well they COULD put a backdoor in some OSS... (Score 5, Interesting) 407

by zerro (#44164465) Attached to: NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?

Why backdoor just one brand of compiler (since there are several), when you could backdoor the architecture?
I'm pretty sure there is a special sequence of intel instructions which open the unicorn gate, and pipe a copy of all memory writes to NSA's server.

Comment: Re:Sucks, I guess, (Score 1) 259

by zerro (#42789713) Attached to: The Only, Lonely Protester at CES (Video)

It's worse than just that. Starting my gripe:
I wanted to buy a $2.80 rubber dust cap (for the usb and hdmi ports) on the side of my nikon d3100. That is one of the very few "user replaceable" parts that "Nikon Parts" website sells. The shipping on the $2.80 rubber cap? Try more than 10 dollars. I think it was 12 bucks or something to ship to Texas. Now that is a straight rip-off, but when I checked it seems that the "Nikon Parts" online store isn't really Nikon but being run by somebody else. So seems I cant even get parts from Nikon.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"

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