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Comment Re:Hacking review !== Election results review (Score 1) 496

From more reputable news sources: every recount in every other state had more votes for Trump coming out, when Michigan's recount started looking the same way, the Obama appointed judge stopped the recount on a technicality which had been cited before but ignored: Stein has no right to burden the tax payer with a recount since she never stood a chance.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 180

That's exactly why we need open source software. I'm a long time iOS user (for usability reasons) but anything I'm hanging my business on in form of mobile has to be either pure Linux or AOSP-capable Android. I'm even thinking about upgrading out of the iDevice for personal items given that Android 8 or 9 gets a usable input mechanism and AOSP hardware without ANY capacitive buttons (hardware buttons like iOS don't get triggered by hovering over them).

Yes, I do compile my own Android and will send back the device if it's locked down.

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 1) 116

Then how does Symantec see such a huge number of attacks? It's the same broken argument we've heard for years: don't run as admin on Windows, you wouldn't run as root on Linux. Then why does every single computer get installed with admin privileges enabled by default? It's because the Windows ecosystem and ACL system is fundamentally broken.

If hackers suddenly start sending PowerShells en masse it is because they are exploiting a feature or setting that allows them to use it.

Comment Re:Lorex security cameras just as bad max password (Score 1) 55

How do you think we "IoT" device makers are making money on 'free' devices or '$10/month unlimited storage'. It's not because we have a 2GHz processor in every device, these are the specs on the 'latest' "Smart WiFi/BT application SoC": 256KB embedded Flash and 32KB SRAM. Often these devices are made with yesteryear's chips that are half or even quarter of that.

And in that 256KB must fit: 2-4 web pages with graphics, the various triggers, motion code (send a picture to SMTP, FTP, SMB)

Comment Re:Warranty Support? (Score 2) 186

Obviously, but Pebble will still have assets and can thus satisfy their contractual commitments to their customers. It seems like FitBit is only acquiring patents (I thought the Pebble ecosystem was promised to be open source at some point) so Pebble as a company will continue to exist until it has settled all debts and claims. If there is an office building, or hell, a desk chair, the company will have 'assets' so it can liquidate those.

Comment Re:What camera to buy? (Score 1) 55

You're not going to find a 'good' IP camera sub-$100. Axis makes (or at least made a few years ago) some awesome devices running Linux, publishing sources etc. Some Netgear is good too although video quality is bad and getting sources is also horrendous. Other than that, I haven't seen anything 'good' recently unless you go old school analog and use a DVR.

Comment Are you sure T-Mobile? (Score 2) 158

The reason we need regulation like net neutrality is because of regulation preventing new players to enter the market. I am all for deregulation IF you deregulate completely, not selectively. T-Mobile would love deregulation of net neutrality and the current "rules" don't have teeth to them anyway so I don't see why, they're still happily violating it. I would also love deregulation of the entire wireless market and the government to open the lines the tax payer has paid for. Pretty much all copper, fiber and antennae are heavily subsidized if not completely paid for by the tax payer. Sure let's deregulate those usage rights on federally, state and local levels and give them back to the tax payer.

Comment Re: True, but you won't like the solution (Score 3, Interesting) 278

Those are not the issues inner city kids face. The problem they have is an environment that rejects education as a virtue and emphasises getting resources for their own community, primarily through criminal activity and overt racism.

Ever given books to those kids? A significant percentage go home and have their books destroyed by adults because education is by and for white people.
Ever hears about a kid expressing interest in higher education? Neil deGrasse Tyson has talked about it aso have many other scientists. It is actively discouraged as a white man's errand which could be much better spent helping their community.

I live and work in the inner city and my kids go to a school. The schools aren't bad, they are extremely well funded compared to European city schools and plenty of kids succeed, the results are bad because even at kindergarten level, I'd say about 25% of parents actively prevent their kids from succeeding, school is just a day care for them.

Comment Re:Is it still relevant? (Score 1) 381

It depends on what you're trying to do, it sure isn't going to help you much programming a multi-core GPU, that's much more high level than these books go, the first books just go over 'basic' algorithms but a lot of it (most of it) is still very relevant in my opinion IF you're working close to the core, the code that ends up executing on a single processor on that GPU.

Comment Re:It's highly overrated (Score 2) 381

CPU and memory are still very expensive, especially on the mobile market and efficient programming and memory management is still very relevant especially as large swathes of memory is becoming scarcer. But there are still plenty of people using microprocessors that have no more than a few MHz and several kilobytes of memory.

Even the Arduino libraries themselves are rife with examples of such 'bad' programming, some operations unnecessarily take many more cycles than necessary while using a simple example in Knuth's books shows how to do it in one (such as bit shifts).

Comment Read the first volume (Score 5, Interesting) 381

It's really great reading if you do stuff like program low-level (think C, Assembler), efficient programming or do stuff close to the hardware level (such as microprocessors). It describes the very low level of a program and a computer.

If you're into a higher level of programming (Java, C#, Python etc), unless you're building libraries for it, it is probably going to confuse you, most of the 'hard stuff' is (double precision, floating point, sorting and searching through lists ...) abstracted away. Obviously 'someone' has to know how it works in the end, someone has to write the compilers, I haven't started on the rest of the volumes because that's not "me".

You should understand how computers work before you start reading these, I've been in the 'business' for 20 years, I've read it 3 times just to get a basic grasp on the first volume.

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