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Paul Vixie
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"You never really know someone until you fight them."

--me, learning Go this weekend
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+Christopher Morrow Go (the language) has a few contrivances and compromises that i wish they had not made. but, it's a joy anyway.

there is no way to write a string overflow function like gets() in this language. but it's compiled, and its runtime is statically linked into my binaries, and it seems to go real fast.

the stream computing paradigm that i thought had died with Modula-3 is alive and well here. on the dark side, it takes a goroutine and a software pipe apparatus to serialize and base64 encode a structure for a web cookie content. on the bright side, if i was running 10GBytes of data through the function and i had three cores, they'd all be busy. look ma, no threads!

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No, actually, I am not going to shut up about the real lessons of the OPM breach.
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Any saumil shah talk is with traveling for. Especially on this topic.
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so far so good. if only they'd chosen freebsd instead of ubuntu, though.
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Thanks. I was using bash and didn't realize I also need to install Linux support separately.


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i guess i'd rather know than not, but still, this has got old.

Checking for packages with security vulnerabilities:
Database fetched: Thu Jul 7 03:19:02 UTC 2016
apache24-2.4.20_1
python27-2.7.11_3
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right, i did start a security company. the technical team, of whom i am at best an honorary member, has chosen Go. my reading tells me that there is no way to write anything like gets() in Go, so, i'm good.

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yo, tesla friends. pass the word.
An article in BBC News today gives us, among other things, the following bullet points: The Model S's Autopilot feature, marketed as assistance for drivers, allows the car to keep in lane, adjust its
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As a fellow stick driver, I think your observation that it's a more mindful way of driving is an interesting one - I'm regularly appalled at the growing state of selfish inattention most other drivers exhibit.

As for self-driving cars, I think fully autonomous one are likely to be much safer overall, when they get to be a mature technology. I agree that human/robot hybrid cars present uncharted dangers though, the hard part is that they are seen as a path for technology maturation towards fully autonomous, when they may in fact be a path into a ditch.

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Yes, +George Michaelson, that was my exact reaction as well. And oh god, that lovely VT05. What a beautiful piece of design that was. The thing had a card cage inside with four or five cards, mostly transistors with coils and caps to reduce noise. Amazing stuff.

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damn straight, because it definitely didn't win by being early, being well designed, or adhering to good coding practices.
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Man, using threads on anything but Solaris in 1995 was horrible. Using threads in Solaris was also horrible, actually, but at least they basically worked. :-)

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<<“The verbing of nouns is as old as the English language,” says Patricia O’Conner, author of Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English. In fact, she says, experts estimate (not to be confused with the noun form ‘estimate’, which is pronounced differently) that 20% of all English verbs were originally nouns. And the phenomenon seems to be snowballing (there’s another one). Since 1900, says O’Conner, about 40% of all of our new verbs have come from nouns.>>
People have been turning nouns into verbs for centuries – so why does it grate so much? Brandon Ambrosino takes a look.
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<<Even before Tesla reported the first known death of a driver using its autopilot feature, some employees worried the car company wasn't taking every possible precaution.>>

precautions be damned. i am not elon musk's lab rat. i did not give consent as a human subject to be experimented upon by his robotic driving software. and i would not give such consent, because musk's human customers will NEVER be ready to take control of the vehicle during the split second of an emergency, and if they do take control, then the fact that they are not full-time drivers will mean they lack the reflexes and judgement that would come from long term in-the-seat training.

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while researching ted lemon's objection, i turned up the following:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/04/health/distracted-driving-technology-solution/index.html

here, an innovator has decided that humans are so distractible by their technology, that their technology ought to self-limit its utility whenever the car is in motion. i think this is wrong-headed for a lot of reasons, but mostly i want innovation in the area of "detect when my eyes aren't focused on my driving" or even "detect when my mind isn't focused on my driving" which has a much larger footprint than "when i am using personal technology." people who fall asleep while driving, or try to consult a paper map while driving, or who succumb to highway hypnosis while driving, are also in danger, and also a danger. let's solve the broad problem we're actually having, and not the narrow problem caused by smart phones, ok?

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i can think of ways to hasten the Descent of Man (back to a pre-industrial era) which would be as effective as V2V, but unlike V2V, i don't know how to get other people to pay for those. and they would take longer. so, V2V it shall be.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/samabuelsamid/2016/07/01/first-tesla-autopilot-fatality-demonstrates-why-lidar-and-v2v-probably-will-be-necessary/
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+Christopher Morrow pki isn't the solution here. to believe a V2V message whose content is operationally relevant (having to do with kinetic cooperation, for example) you have to know that the whole supply chain that produced the message is poison-free.

no government will allow a poison-free supply chain to operate its citizen's vehicles. if you have not read the National Security Act recently i suggest re-reading it now.

open source vs. closed source would be a distraction. neither model fits this use case. there is no way to certify the other vehicle, and there can be no way to certify the other vehicle, because every such way would gore cattle that are even more sacred than life/safety.
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