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Comment Re:Customized resumes?????! (Score 1) 113

True, but it doesn't matter what the company is like. When people look at your resume in the future, be it on paper or on LinkedIn, they notice the names. Having Big Names on your resume is significant, and anyone applying for a job involving Linux is applying for a job at a company that knows Red Hat and probably uses their enterprise products.

In the end, a resume is all smoke and mirrors anyway. Accurate, yes. Truthful, yes. But market-speak just the same. It has no relationship to your ability to do things in the future, all it can ever do is summarize in hyper-compressed form what you have done in the past, in a context your future employers probably don't have, where the hyper-compression necessarily takes out much of the essential information as to what the starting point was and how the end point was achieved from there.

The employer knows this just as well as you do. So employers pay a lot of attention to brand names, in the hope that vendors with a good reputation to uphold will have hired and/or kept on employees who help maintain that reputation.

Again, this goes back to Marketing 101 - it doesn't matter what you know, it matters only who you know. (Which is why industry is such a mess.)

Comment Customized resumes?????! (Score 2) 113

I do not, will not, customize a resume for Red Hat. The Starship Enterprise could be flying over and hiring, but they would get standard and that is that.

Those who have spent any serious time applying for jobs know that numbers matter. It is ALL a numbers game. There may be ten thousand, or maybe a hundred thousand, people who will apply for the position who technically qualify. The job market is overflowing with programmers who have "mad skillz" (and maybe even spelling skills). The odds of getting the job are very very slim and you will have taken 8 hours to customize the resume, format it perfectly, etc. It takes about 2 minutes to fire off the appropriate standard resume (I assume you've three or four standard resumes) and a marginally modified cover letter.

Assuming the probability of getting a specific job is about the same, you do the maths on which is the more productive approach.

Sure, Red Hat is a major prize, but so is the lottery. And you know how that is a really crappy investment.

Comment Re:"Major flaw" is a tricky term (Score 1) 313

First, look up the research and don't base your arguments on Anecdotal Evidence (even your own). The peer-reviewed research says they are stupid and wrong, therefore they are stupid and wrong until there is sufficient evidence to reject that hypothesis. Given your use of Anecdotal Evidence, it is clear that such a rejection may take a while.

Second, I am old enough to be tired of the utter ignorance of the world around me. I've been deep into science for longer than most Slashdotters have been alive. Hell, I've been on Slashdot longer than most Slashdotters have been alive. But not once has that science been particularly difficult or challenging. I've seen more challenging recipes for marshmallow candy. There is simply no reason for anyone to be ignorant. It isn't justifiable on the grounds of difficulty of material (much of which boils down to 1+1=2, when you get right down to it), or difficulty of access (the interwebs aren't just for lolcats, although I'm beginning to think lolcat caption writers put more effort into their work than most Slashdotters). If there's no rational justification for ignorance, then there is only one option left - you're all either mad or stupid.

Comment Re:DNS is not a security mechanism... (Score 1) 313

IPv4 is intrinsically incapable of being secured. So, if you want to design a secure IP protocol, you cannot have one that is backwards-compatible.

IPv4 is also necessarily fragmented - there is no correlation between IP address and location within the network, leading to bloat in router tables, inefficient routing decisions, excessive latency and greater vulnerability to MitM attacks via router poisoning.

IPv4 requires manual configuration, whereas IPv6 is autoconfigurable by design.

IPv4 has support for IP Mobility and Network Mobility, via kludgy message forwarders, whereas IPv6 can support these using transitional IP addresses and backbone redirects.

IPv6 does indeed require very little to upgrade.

This is the sum total of what users actually need to do: NOTHING.

This is the sum total of what network administrators need to do: Activate autoconfigure on the router and have dynamic DNS pick up allocations from there.

That's it. That is all. NOTHING MORE.

By doing NOTHING more than the above, you would be able to pick up a laptop and migrate from wireless access point to wireless access point seamlessly - any changes in IP address and routing would be handled for you. Yes, that means you could move from the library to a cafe to your home without dropping a single packet and all connections remaining intact.

You demonstrate the real reason IPv6 isn't mainstream at this point - you've bought into the ignorant naysayers' arguments and know nothing about what IPv6 does, how to use it, or what it offers.

Comment Re:DNS is not a security mechanism... (Score 1) 313

TLS vulnerability on Slashdot frontpage today.

SSH is of dubious value as it encrypts only select channels, whereas the remaining channels may contain sufficient information to pose a significant vulnerability.

Give me something that WORKS, for Pete's sake, and not this backyard crap.

Comment Re:"Major flaw" is a tricky term (Score 1) 313

Most of the vulnerabilities we live with are stupid and are only there because humans are incapable of assessing risk. (Those times I refer to myself as an elf, it is because I completely disavow any association with such monstrous stupidity and there are no existent homo sapien subspecies recognized that I could otherwise label myself as. As it is, I am debating whether to lobby the scientific establishment on nomenclature because there's bugger all evidence of any wisdom amongst the humans I've encountered.)

You understand that the US and British Government have lost both civilian and military laptops, unencrypted, not because enabling encryption would have been hard but because the bloody plebs in said establishments were too bloody lazy! They did not comprehend that risk existed, assuming that a computer that wasn't online was guaranteed safe. That each and every e-commerce site that puts a database of credit card details plus names and addresses on the SAME BLOODY MACHINE as the web server is not doing so because typing in "" is so much harder than "", but because e-commerce companies have a god complex and thus risk is what other people face.

"According to some of the other posters...." Sorry, Anecdotal Evidence is not acceptable. Please re-watch Dilbert and try again. I have never had a problem implementing DNSSEC, it took me about 45 minutes to get IPv6 up and running the first time in 1996 (including time to compile kernel, establish tunnels, configure the router, register with the 6Bone, etc) and about 45 seconds to get IPv6 up and running the other day (99.9% of everything has already been done). I absolutely refuse to accept such wimpy excuses, especially in a tech/geek forum. If the CEOs want to go play with their Barby dolls, that's fine, but I don't accept whining from those who should know better.

Comment Re:"Major flaw" is a tricky term (Score 1) 313

There are few reports of people flying planes into office blocks. People changed behavior, not because there was a reason, but because it was highly visible.

There are many reports of drunk driving fatalities every day. (More die in road accidents per day than have died in terrorist attacks in the past decade.) Nobody changes their behavior because these deaths are NOT highly visible.

People don't give a shit about risk assessment (and aren't capable of it anyway), people only care about the emotional, visible things in life.

This is why cybersecurity will never get implemented sensibly - nobody bar the most hardcore geek gets emotionally attached to the functioning of a device, and visibility is near-zero.

Corporations lose billions each year due to computer fraud. How often do you see such attacks in the news? How many of those attacks were caused by DNS poisoning? (My guess is that nobody knows the figure because most companies who admit being attacked don't say how, and most companies attacked don't admit to having been broken into. No data, so nothing to base any figures on.)

We have to assume that as long as computer fraud is taking place with no indication of how it is taking place that all open vectors are suspect. Some are more likely than others, so you should definitely be closing high priority ones in the absence of information, but closing very low maintenance vectors early is also a good idea - those will be things most often forgotten about and/or assumed to have already been dealt with. Putting the DNS fix in before you forget to is wiser than forgetting to ever put the fix in at all.

Comment Re:DNS is not a security mechanism... (Score 1) 313

2-sided authentication was mandated in the early IPv6 specs by the IPSec mechanism. Sun offered an alternative, SKIP.

Since then, both have been ported to IPv4.

IPSec is occasionally used by VPN clients, but that's about it. Most VPN clients are run on laptops or other portable devices, often over a wireless link. This is where Sun SKIP was stronger than IPSec, which is ideal for a wired network but gets noisy when you've links that aren't guaranteed stable and error-free.

Regardless, neither is used for meaningful network-to-network or host-to-host 2-sided authentication on the wired Internet.

As for solving the wrong problem, again with IPv6, I'll point to the UK's solution which is to use carrier NAT. Which breaks just about everything. (Which is frustrating a hell. I was one of the pioneers on IPv6 in the UK, and indeed had the first registered node on the 6Bone At that time, the most recent Linux kernel was 2.0.20 and you had to use a special patchset to get the IPv6 support.)

What this boils down to is that there is no desire AT ALL in industry to use correct solutions, good solutions or even workable hacks. The industry wants things that are fundamentally broken to stay broken because repairs hurt profits and profits are god to them. (Which is clearly irrational, Linus made it quite clear HE was God.)

In a pure or semi-pure market economy, profitable defects are superior to costly integrity. The market is incapable of addressing this because the market isn't designed to consider intangibles like security, reliability, robustness, etc. It's designed to keep shareholders and directors happy and stuff the plebs actually using the products.


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jd writes: "The makers of X-Plane, Laminar Research, are unhappy. Very unhappy. They are being sued by a patent troll (Uniloc) over using an industry-standard Android library for copy protection. Essentially, if the troll wins, it will shut down Android (and, by implication the Kindle) because existing app writers aren't able to pay the sorts of money being asked. Open Source may survive, but most Android apps are not Open Source.

Copy protection brings its own issues, but setting those aside, this is a serious effort to bring patent trolling (and software patents) under some sort of control. This is one of those times where the Slashdot Effect could really be useful. If enough people sign, given the increasing hatred in industry towards trolls, we might see something done about it for a change."

Comment Bad approach. (Score 1, Insightful) 354

Both of them.

The human brain doesn't "store" information at all (and thus never processes it). There are four parts to the brain there's the DNA (which is unique to each cell, according to some researchers), there's proteins attached to each connection (nobody knows what they do, but they seem to be involved in carrying state information between one generation of synapse and another), there's the synapses themselves (the connectome) and there's the weighting given to each synapse (the conversion between electrical and chemical signals isn't fixed, it varies between each synapse and between different sorts of signal)

None of this involves sensory data, memories, etc. None of that exists anywhere in this system. Memories are synthesized at the time of recall from the meta-data in the brain, but there is nothing in the brain you can point to and call it a memory. Everything is synthesized at time of use and then disposed of. (This is why you can create false memories so easily and why the senses are so easily fooled.)

The brain does not process the senses, either. Nor are the senses distinct - they bleed into each other. The brain is then given a virtual model with all the gaps filled in with generated data. This VR has properties the real world does NOT have, such as simplifications, which enables the brain to actually do something with it. Raw data would be too noisy and too much in flux.

This system creates the illusion of intelligence. We know from fMRI that "free will" does not exist and that "thoughts" are the brain's mechanism for justifying past actions whilst modifying the logic to reduce errors in future - a variant on back-propagation. Real-time intelligence (thinking before acting) doesn't exist in humans or any other known creature, so you won't build it by mimicking humans.

On the other hand, if you want to mimic humans, you need the whole system. One component will give you as much thought as an egg will give you cake. Follow the recipe if you want cake, isolated components will give you nothing useful.

This is all obvious stuff. I can only assume that Google's inferior logic was therefore produced by a computer.

Comment Recent books are pretty crap (Score 2) 78

Probably more people can remember the really good quotes from Shakespere than lines from modern books, too. Doesn't mean Shakespere wrote his stuff on Facebook.

Second, lines aren't material in works of fiction. All forms of art are about conveying ideas (intellectual, emotional, doesn't matter). Facebook may be great at conveying words, but that doesn't mean it is useful at conveying ideas. The sheer number of flamewars on the Internet would suggest it is an extremely poor medium for transmitting thoughts and feelings. On the other hand, I would be willing to bet that you can remember more of what a book/movie was about, the contexts, the subplots, etc, if you specifically do NOT focus on trying to remember the words.

Comment Re:Environmental Impact? (Score 1) 180

Existing methods of extracting gold are extremely toxic on the environment and lethal to the natives. A better solution is definitely needed, even if not this one.

(Since the largest gold reserves are under the Amazon, the ideal would be to have metal-eating bacteria consume the reserves in-situ and be pumped back to the surface -- save the jungle and the natives, eliminate the illegal gold miners, AND bankrupt all those Limbaugh devotees who have bought into gold reserves, ALL AT THE SAME TIME! What could be better?!)

Comment I don't see the problem (Score 1) 1223

Linus has already stated that he is our God. If he was going to offend (a) the religious types, or (b) any Gods that happen to be out there, he passed that mark a long time ago.

Is he going to insult those who already sided with Microsoft in deeming Free/Libre/Open Source "communism" and "anti-American"? I would be truly impressed if he managed to alter their opinion one way or another by one iota.

Is he going to harm Linux? Depends - if Linux becomes the "de-facto" OS for Democrats, then we could see remarks like this turning our current 1-2% market share into a 40-50% market share. Y'know, I don't give a fetid wombat WHO he offends if his remarks can achieve that! If he wants to verbally rake over the coals each and every demographic that will never buy into the OS, then provided he does so in a way that boosts popularity with the people who matter, GO FOR IT!

Comment Re:Future proofing (Score 1) 143

SHA2 supports 256 bit modes, which gives you 64 bits of security, which is WELL within the reach of modern technology, and part of the debate is whether SHA3 is needed at all. Clearly it is.

128 bits might be "out of reach" of technology for the next few decades, but that is not enough. Nowhere near. Classified information has to be secure for 50 years and SHA3 must be strong enough to support that requirement for at least as long as it will take to create a SHA4 (which, to judge from SHA3, might easily be another decade).

So SHA3 has to be effectively invulnerable for the next 60 years to be of any consequence. If it is broken within that time, the risk of exposure of information that is still highly sensitive is simply too great. Remember the fiasco of DES? I have to be a bit careful with regards to what I say about the level of exposure I saw, suffice to say that I have zero interest in seeing such a thing repeated. Sure, we don't know what techniques will be developed tomorrow, but IMHO it is a brave but foolish man who takes an avoidable, senseless risk for (at best) no gain and (at worst) considerable loss.

In the case of SHA3, many candidates show preimage attacks, which means this theoretical 128 bits of security may turn out to be nothing of the sort. The assumption has been, so far, that the weakening isn't significant or is indeterminate. Not exactly confidence-building. Now, divide the 512 through by this indeterminate number and then by the amount allowed for by quantum computing. We end up with a strength of "who the hell knows?", which is not exactly cheery.

Now it gets better. SHA3 mandates 512 bits of actual security, which means that to achieve this you should really be generating 2048 bits of hash (according to your argument) - a mode none of the candidates support. If SHA3 is dumped, then maybe a replacement hash contest should be aiming at the 2048 mark to attain the security SHA3 was aiming for.

Comment Whither Computing? (Score 1) 612

Most (if not all) of the major roadblocks in computing these days come from one of three underlying causes:

a) Tradition
b) Obsolete metaphors/concepts
c) Lack of decent alternatives

Traditionally(!) homebrewers have been the ones solving these problems, as they're not yet drained of original thought, but it's increasingly hard as a lot of the easy stuff has been done many times over. It would be hard for an enthusiast to develop a network card that can act as a drop-in replacement for both Infiniband and Ethernet (let alone persuade anyone to use it). I'm not saying that developing the Apple I was much easier, as you had to design from first principles, but (a) and (b) didn't exist in the home computer market at the time because there really wasn't one, and (c) was what you were fixing.

Which way would you like to see homebrewers going now and why?

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