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Comment French politicians.... (Score 3, Insightful) 168

If they had to run a company they'd run it into the ground instead of towards success. That's why they're politicians. Airbus, not the most efficient of global corporations, can remain a profitable concern only by making rational commercial decisions. If that means negotiating with a non-European supplier then the good French senator Alain Gournac ought to find out why Ariane 5 (or 6) were deficient and figure out how to make them competitive. But that would require the Monsieur Gournac to pull his thumb outta his ass and do some real work. Non, pas acceptable!

Comment Well (Score 5, Interesting) 232

Caveat: I speak as a developer, just recently I've been told I should be doing more project management / team leading / mentoring. Everytime I ask a developer how long a piece of code will take I get an answer that I know is ridiculously unrealistic. Most non-techie Project Managers would take a developers 'I can do that in an afternoon' at face value. Instead I've had to have long discussions with my guys so that they begin to think in a way that gives accurate estimates (i.e. accounting for a bit of 'I don't know why this isn't working' and accounting for the fact they may have to refactor a bits of code here and there to make it tidier, etc.). So, now that I'm been on the 'other side' I do understand how estimates can go haywire.

Comment Well (Score 1) 326

"all evidence suggests people are increasingly unwilling to be cut off from constant communication"... wouldn't it make MORE sense then to promote technology that allows you to be in communication without having to take your eyes off the road... like the same way you can talk to a passenger in the vehicle whilst driving?

I dunno, Apple's 'Siri Eyes Free' and initiatives by others are one route to this whilst driverless cars are the other. Engineers seem to pick losing battles by creating technology with a 'computer says no' mindset instead of focussing on technology that tries to safely accommodate what people want to do.

I for one hope Scott Tibbitts fails in this endeavour and learns enough from it to focus on progressive and enhancing technology rather than restrictive technology.

Comment Re:Hamas are Terrorists (Score 4, Insightful) 402

If this discussion is going to descend in to 'Hamas as terrorists' then we should recognise the use of the word 'terrorism' as an adjective used to vilify one side and make an opposing side seem legitimate. The American revolutionaries were also considered terrorists as was Ghandi and Nelson Mandela. However, I don’t support Hamas’ use of violence to further their desire for a sovereign state. In fact, the state of Israel itself was founded a ‘terrorist organisation’ - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J... "The moment Hamas stops shooting, IDF stops shooting, period." - well that's great. But you realise Hamas are firing because they live in an occupation and under siege? They'll stop fighting when Israel pursues a 2-state strategy with sincerity. Israel has ignored its commitment to a 2-state solution in 2009. In 2012 it made agreements for a ceasefire but began laying siege to Gaza and throughout 2013 largely ignored any attempts of establishing peace (note: during this period Hamas had not killed or kidnapped a single Israeli civilian). In April this year, the talks collapsed as Abbas sought Palestinian membership in 15 UN conventions and reconciled with Hamas, and Israel made a surprise announcement of plans for 700 new settlements and refused to free a last batch of Palestinian prisoners which included Israeli-Arab citizens. That was April this year, before any of this conflict. Israel made clear it doesn't want Palestinians to pursue a non-violent route to statehood either. There you have it, if Israel wants peace it must offer the Palestinians what they have a right to - a fully functioning state with control over its own future. Don't call them Hamas terrorists for pursuing what they're entitled to and have been brutally denied even when seeking it peacefully.

Comment Re:Nice... (Score 2) 262

I too had felt the same way, Java & .NET both seem like more modern development tools that free the developer from having to think about memory management and instead focus on what they want to create. Having recently been using Objective-C my perspective has changed quite a bit. I have some background in C & assembly so the concept of managing memory is not entirely foreign. I am finding the Cocoa APIs to be very clean and nice to use. Managing memory is also not as painful an experience as I recall from my C days. Objective-C apps should be more efficient (which really matters on battery-powered devices where processor usage is still important) and indeed it is. I believe it is one of the reasons Android and its apps still lag even when compared to older, less powerful Nokia phones.

Comment Re: Who cares about IPSEC? (Score 1) 362

One of the big selling points of OSS is that software can be scrutinised for things like back doors. OpenSSL is indeed extremely popular as is OpenVPN - surprises me that the NSA and others have outwit the smart techies that should be able to spot weaknesses. Or perhaps we take OSS for granted so everyone assumes it has been scrutinised but no one actually bothers to analyse the code.

Comment Re: Who cares about IPSEC? (Score 2) 362

Hmm, so a quick browse over to http://openvpn.net/index.php/open-source/faq/community-software-general/295-are-there-any-known-security-vulnerabilities-with-openvpn.html and we see: "Are there any known security vulnerabilities with OpenVPN? Not to our knowledge (as of 2004.12.08)" Not to be paranoid, but is it too much to ask for them to update their knowledge by about a decade? Am a bit surprised that there doesn't seem to be much published analysis of the protocol.

Comment International standards.. 'nutf said (Score 1) 362

When it comes to international standards I should remind everyone that the NSA doesn't need to do much to make those complicated and unwieldily. Look at SOAP or UML. For some reason when you gather an international consortium together to make a standard it is natural for it to be a huge WTF by the time it eventually becomes finalised. People feel the need to cater for every conceivable use case even if they're unlikely to be practical or real-world and often those pushing for things have very little grasp of the implications. Crypto related standards are different though, because you actually need people who know what they're doing. So apply the same approach to security and the resulting standard is bound to contain weaknesses. I would bet money that the NSA probably saved the IPSEC standards committee from making it overly weak (much like they enhanced DES when it was first created). Is there an open source alternative to IPSEC that has been scrutinised by cryptographers?

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