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Comment Re:Works for Me (Score 1) 259

Also, if security loopholes are discovered and exploits made, and your software didn't change - then it did "degrade" because now it's not as secure as it once was.

I wouldn't say that its not as secure. Its just as secure, its just less safe because the exploits are known.

Comment Apple should pay like anyone else (Score 1) 286

Many companies offer cash bounties in exchange for security bugs. This means hackers can 'sell' their bugs to the manufacture who can then pass it. The hacker gets cash and they get to feel good about what they did; but mostly they get cash. I don't believe apple pays for bugs. If they did this the company might have 'sold' their bug to apple instead of the FBI and any agency/country wanting to access an IPhone.

Comment Precheck lanes always need to be open (Score 1) 382

It doesn't help that the TSA check points aren't always sufficiently staffed to run the Precheck lane(s). My home town airport often has the precheck lane closed. As a booby prize I get a car which lets me keep my shoes on, but I still have to take out my laptop and liquids. If they are serious about getting people to enroll in the program (which I did) than they damn well need to make sure that we can make use of it. How can they hope to convince people to pay the fees to enroll in precheck if they might not even get to make use of the program.

Comment Re:How I stopped hating tax and learned to love it (Score 1) 384

While overall this seems reasonable there is still the question of how the government proportions the money that it gives back? Does everyone get x/population dollars back? Is it based on how much people paid in taxes for dirty energy (which I think negates all benefits)? Does it get redistributed proportionate to income? Or inversely proportionate to income? In all cases you are going to have people complaining about it being unfair (for some definition of unfair).

The other issue is that unless all countries do the same it will just drive energy consumption from places which charge these tax-like-things to places that don't charge these tax like things. From a global CO2 level perspective it doesn't matter where it comes from, its all equally bad. (Generic pollution isn't as global, but it does have a non-trivial global component.)

Taxes should be about raising revenue. They should NOT be a mechanism for societal engineering because the people writing tax laws are simply not smart enough.

The only solution that I see is to 1) identify the carbon/pollution cost of a product, 2) charge a tax/fee for that amount when the product is sold, 3) uses the revenue to clean up pollution or capture carbon. Were we to start small (i.e. the fee charged represented the cost to clean up a fraction of a percent of the environmental cost) and slowly ramp up from there, we might be able to slowly disincentive pollution instead of just off shoring it.

Comment Re:C++ on an MCU? (Score 1) 677

Many of the issues that people have with using C++ on embedded systems are bunk. Here [1] is a recent discussion about C++ on embedded systems. Specifically to your point about C++ being too bloated [2] argues that the language itself isn't really.
[1] http://app.content.ubmtechelec...

Comment Depends on what field you go into (Score 1) 656

Honestly diffirential equations probably isn't the most important skill for a Comp Sci graduate to have. Outside of specific applications you'll probably never use it again. I never have. I wouldn't discount all higher math though. Most algebra related classes (discrete algebra, linear algebra) definately have applications and if you don't understant those you'll probably suffer for it. Just suck it up and deal with it. The system isn't about teaching you useful skills. The system is about proving that you can jump though hoops.

Submission + - Opportunity Breaks NASA's 40-Year Roving Record (

astroengine writes: After nine years of hard Mars roving, Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity has broken a 40-year-old extraterrestrial distance record. On Thursday, the tenacious six-wheeled robot drove 80 meters (263 feet), nudging the total distance traveled since landing on the red planet in 2004 to 35.760 kilometers (22.220 miles). NASA’s previous distance record was held by Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt when, in December 1972, they drove their Lunar Roving Vehicle 35.744 kilometers (22.210 miles) over the lunar surface. Although it's broken the NASA distance record, it hasn't surpassed the international record, yet. The Soviet Lunokhod 2 remote-controlled moon rover roved 37 kilometers (23 miles) across the lunar surface and, so far, remains the undisputed champion of distance driving on an extraterrestrial surface.

Submission + - Electrical Brain Stimulation Improves Math Skills (

ewolfson writes: Dinner is over, and the waiter is handing over the bills to everyone when the collective tension sets in... how much do we tip? Math can trigger anxiety in adults and kids, but now scientists at Oxford University have developed a way to flip a switch and turn a normal person's brain into a math machine. They found painless, electrical brain stimulation in combination with easy number exercises can significantly improve math ability.

Submission + - DynDNS further reduces free options

ender8282 writes: DynDNS is further reducing their free offering. Emails and their community support page inform users of the change:

Starting now, if you would like to maintain your free Dyn account, you must log into your account once a month. Failure to do so will result in expiration and loss of your hostname.

The good news is that they are offering a discount ($10 for the first year of Dyn Pro). The bad news is that next year the price will probably jump up to the standard $25/year.

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