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Comment Re:Why the focus on communication tech? (Score 1) 351

The police have already publicly declared that they think that this terrorist worked alone.

That means there's no chance that the encrypted WhatsApp message that they found on his phone is relevant in any significant way to their enquiries.

This is just another illigitimate political attempt to gain power without understanding how encryption works.

Comment A couple questions (Score 1) 104

What's the existing license? Is this a migration from copyleft to a more permissive license, or is this a migration from an unusual license (some kind of openbsd license?) to something more standard?

Also:

Oracle is proud to extend its collaboration with the OpenSSL Foundation by relicensing its contributions of elliptic curve cryptography

What company that Oracle has bought originally contributed this?

Comment Re: The climevangelists are busy today (Score 2) 267

Bullshit. Modern diseases are not caused by foods that have been eaten for hundreds of thousands of years. They've been caused by modern processed crap such as sugar, white flour and industrial vegetable oils.

A lot of them have been caused by the fact that without modern medicine, we wouldn't survive long enough to experience them.

Comment Re:Hollywood is usually awful (Score 1) 395

I'd like to see some Saberhagen Berserker stories on the big screen.

So would I. Australian director Alex Proyas, who directed Will Smith in I, Robot, says he's very slowly working on it. An attempt was made to license the rights to New Line Cinema, but that fell apart. Apparently no studio currently has the movie rights, which I find a bit odd. I guess most studio executives don't want to risk going up against the Terminator franchise.

In some respects I don't blame them. Quite a few of the Berserker novels would be difficult to adapt into movies without totally mangling them, and even after a mangling, they might not be good movies. Berserker Man comes to mind. Others are almost too easy to adapt, like Brother Assassin, but the problem with Berserker novels is they are frequently tragedies. Even though humanity wins, the hero dies. Chinese and Japanese audiences love that, but American audiences hate it.

Maybe someday a Berserker movie will get made, but I don't have a lot of hope for that, or a lot of hope for the result if it happens. Hollywood treats adapted material so badly so frequently that it's just not worth it. They insist on inserting jackass movie tropes into otherwise good material.

Chrome

Google Reducing Trust In Symantec Certificates Following Numerous Slip-Ups (bleepingcomputer.com) 77

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes from a report via BleepingComputer: Google Chrome engineers announced plans to gradually remove trust in old Symantec SSL certificates and intent to reduce the accepted validity period of newly issued Symantec certificates, following repeated slip-ups on the part of Symantec. Google's decision comes after the conclusion of an investigation that started on January 19, which unearthed several problems with Symantec's certificate issuance process, such as 30,000 misused certificates. In September 2015, Google also discovered that Symantec issued SSL certificates for Google.com without authorization. Symantec blamed the incident on three rogue employees, whom it later fired. This move from Google will force all owners of older Symantec certificates to request a new one. Google hopes that by that point, Symantec would have revamped its infrastructure and will be following the rules agreed upon by all the other CAs and browser makers.

Comment Re:Sunk cost fallacy (Score 1) 202

I'm not even going down that old rabbit hole. Yes, it's their legal right. Nobody cares. But this is the part that gets me:

>> Twitter is not the only means of communication.
> That's... kind of entirely my point.

How does forcing them to use a different communication medium stop them from spreading ideas you disagree with? It seems to me that giving them the allure of being the 'stuff THEY don't want you to see' only helps promote it, instead.

Comment Re:A Very Old Performance Problem, Mostly Forgotte (Score 1) 266

Only because Fortran stores multidimensional arrays in column-major order, while every other language in the known universe uses row-major order.

Julia is another that I know of, not surprisingly because it continues the scientific computing traditions of Fortran in many ways. From TFM:

Multidimensional arrays in Julia are stored in column-major order ... This convention for ordering arrays is common in many languages like Fortran, Matlab, and R (to name a few). The alternative to column-major ordering is row-major ordering, which is the convention adopted by C and Python (numpy) among other languages.

Social Networks

Reddit To Transform Into a Social Network With New Profile Pages (digitaljournal.com) 130

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Journal: Reddit has announced it has begun trialling a radical new profile page design that's reminiscent of Facebook and Twitter. It will evolve the discussion board site towards being a social network by enabling users to post directly to their new profile page. At present, posts on Reddit have to be directed into a specific sub-Reddit community. You can't simply write a post and have it appear across the network which can make it difficult to get your voice heard. Unless you've got some reputation in a relevant sub-Reddit, your posts may end up going unnoticed. That could soon change. Last night, Reddit announced it's working on a drastic revision of its user profile page experience. The site has commenced testing of an early version of the design. According to a report from Reuters, just three "high-profile" users currently have access to the feature. When the new pages are eventually opened up to all, they'll showcase the user's profile picture and description. Below the header, posts from the user will be publicly displayed. The user will be able to add new posts to their page, without submitting to a sub-Reddit. Users will be able to follow each other to stay informed of new posts, effectively creating a social network atmosphere above the discussion boards.

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