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Comment Re:spin. (Score 1) 523

Do you want those who improperly classified info to be punished, as well?

As that is neither a violation of oaths, nor military code, nor US law, I think the appropriate response is to determine who is at fault and hold them accountable through the normal democratic process.

Actually over classification is a federal crime. The same law that set out the classification levels etc also made it illegal to knowing over classify material simply to keep it out of the public eye. Now that aside I still feel from what I know what Manning did was wrong and he should be punished to the full extent of the law.


Submission + - MS in CE with BS in CS

mtthws writes: I am a Software Engineer with a BS in CS. I have been working as an embedded engineer for the last seven years. I have really enjoyed working with the hardware and want to get more into that side of things. I have been considering going back for my masters in Computer Engineering. I know I will have to do a lot of work to get this to work. I was hoping to get advice from other people who have gone down this road before. Especially on any suggestions on how to handle a full time job and raising twin one year olds while going back to school.

Comment Re:In other words, talent down the drain (Score 1) 136

What do you propose then? Historically defense has been where any number of the innovations we currently take for advantage came from. It is often times extremely hard to value what they produce, especially from highly secretive portions of it, but they are there. The NSA has been working with colleges for years to beef up their security education. Now they probably only get a fraction of the graduates that go through these programs. How do you think the companies that get the remainder feel about getting developers that better understand how to create secure systems and software? How does that benefit the economy? While some of the cyber issues may be over hyped, I do not think to many people will disagree that we can do a hell of a lot better. How often do we hear about companies getting broken into or attacked? I also do not think there is really any group with as enough influence and resources to get us on better footing the the Federal Government. In order for that to happen they have to make a major investment, hence what is going on in this article.

Submission + - suffers from DDoS attack, again ( 2

nmx writes: "The domain registrar is the target of yet another DDoS attack, effectively killing most of its customers' businesses:

"On Friday, November 12th we were hit by a distributed denial of service attack (ddos). We are actively working to mitigate the attack and restore services as soon as possible. Every available resource has been deployed to address this malicious attack."

Even for those customers who host their websites elsewhere, DNS is completely broken for the affected domains."

Comment Re:It comes form scope creep (Score 1) 571

It's one thing to choose how to license your own code; it's quite another to insist that others license their code the same way, simply because it may have some tenuous connection to your code.

I don't think the connection is tenuous. Is the theme intended to be run as part of Wordpess? Yes. Does the theme work without Wordpress? No. Sounds like a derivative work to me.

IMO there is a big difference between coding to an established interface (let's say POSIX) and writing an extension (theme/plugin/whatever) that is intended to run only as part of a specific piece of software (like Wordpress).

If you want to create your own non-GPL blogging software to run your own themes, go for it. If you want to save time by using someone else's work, you have to abide by their rules. I am pretty sure that this definition of derivative work has not been tested in court yet, but it really has nothing to do with the GPL specifically.

PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Hacked? 296

Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."

Comment Re:It's obvious (Score 1) 502

If the patient REALLY wants that head CT, even though it's unnecessary and expensive, what about that one in a million chance that there was really a problem that the doctor missed that the test would have caught? Can you say lawsuit? Over-medicating and over-testing are a big problem, but don't blame the doctors, blame the lawyers and the misguided notion among the public that more treatment is always better.

Microsoft Launches Its Own Open Source Foundation 344

darthcamaro writes "Microsoft already had its own open source (OSI-approved) licenses, its own open source project hosting site and now it's adding its own non-profit open source foundation. That's right, the company that is still banging the patent drum against open source now has its own 501(c)(6) open source foundation. Officially called the CodePlex Foundation, it's a separate effort from the CodePlex site and is aimed at helping to get more commercial developers involved in open source. Considering how they continue to attack Linux and open source, will anyone take them seriously?"

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 370

I honestly don't even think IPv6 is needed. We just need recall some of those huge blocks of IP addresses that have been allocated for no good reason and implement NAT/proxies more widely.

NAT requires jumping through all sorts of hoops to try to get back to the host-to-host connectivity that IP used to allow. It's slowing the adoption of things like IPSEC and makes any application that requires peer-to-peer connections a chore to set up. NAT is not a good thing.

Just about every single company uses firewalls nowadays anyway, there is absolutely no reason for them to have huge blocks of IP addresses like they currently do (they don't even use them!).

While I agree that some organizations have many more addresses than they will ever use, firewalls have nothing to do with NAT. Every company *should* use a firewall, of course, but firewalls worked perfectly well before NAT, and they will continue to work after NAT dies a deserved death.


Microsoft Poland Photoshops Black Guy To White One 964

wanted writes "If you look at Microsoft's Poland business solutions Web site, you will probably not notice anything odd about the main picture. However, when you compare it with the original English version, you can see that someone decided that showing black people in Poland is probably not going to be convincing to business. They just Photoshopped the head of a white guy in for the black one, in an amateurish way, leaving his hand unchanged. (Here's a mirror in case something should happen to the original.)" We noted a few months back that the city of Toronto had done something similar.

Submission + - Avast Network Shield blocks (

An anonymous reader writes: Avast Network Shield (part of Avast Antivirus) suddenly (I noticed it a mere 10 minutes ago) decided to block classifying it as a malicious site. The Avast support forums so far don't provide any help.

Submission + - Microsoft Poland photoshops black guy to white one ( 1

wanted writes: "If you look at Microsoft's Poland business solutions website you will probably not notice anything wrong with the main picture. However, when you compare it with the original English version, it clearly shows that someone decided showing black people in Poland is not going to be that convincing to business. They just photoshopped the head of the black guy with a white one, in an amateur style leaving his hand unchanged. There's also a mirror just in case."

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