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Network Hijacker Steals $83,000 In Bitcoin

Agent ME Re:This is *NOT* hilarious ! (101 comments)

They could also just make the mining pool protocol use TLS.

about two weeks ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

Agent ME Re:HTTPS equals a cheap cookie replacement ? (148 comments)

You're thinking of client certificates. You're able to remove them just like you can remove cookies, though getting a client certificate requires agreeing and clicking through a dialog, so they're strictly worse than cookies for tracking people who don't want to be tracked.

about two weeks ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

Agent ME Re:So now Google establishes Internet standards (148 comments)

They've already been using their ranking system to encourage HTTP and HTML. Think of all the poor BBSs and gopher servers they've been discriminating against!

about two weeks ago
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Fixing the Pain of Programming

Agent ME Re:Often we do this to ourselves. (294 comments)

(And I'm not a fan of Maven or CocoaPods or other external dependency resolution tools anyway, as in part it presumes the external libraries we link against that are hosted outside of our source kits will honor their public interface contracts as minor revisions roll out, something which isn't always true.)

That's why you depend on a specific version.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Agent ME u wot m8 (575 comments)

Windows 8.1 is no longer supported, so users must update to Windows 8.1?

about 4 months ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

Agent ME Re:ASLR anyone? hype? (303 comments)

Read overruns causing occasional crashes isn't much of an issue for the attacker if the server is auto-restarting.

about 4 months ago
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New Australian Privacy Laws Could Have Ramifications On Google Glass

Agent ME Re:not private (128 comments)

Should we legislate for people's eyes to cast bright lights too while they're seeing?

about 5 months ago
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Gmail Goes HTTPS Only For All Connections

Agent ME Re:Doesn't matter (141 comments)

If perfect forward secrecy is used in the connections (which most HTTPS sites seem to do last I checked), then knowing the private keys doesn't even help them decrypt a connection, *unless* they're actively man-in-the-middling the connection from the start (which I'm sure they do often against interesting people, but probably not anywhere near 100% of everything).

about 5 months ago
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Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA

Agent ME Re:sNOwden Listen to this (273 comments)

Nice try, NSA.

about 5 months ago
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'Obnoxious' RSA Protests, RSA Remains Mum

Agent ME Re:What lie? (99 comments)

Yeah, if RSA didn't take a bribe, then they're just grossly incompetent and should still be villified anyway.

about 6 months ago
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Spoiled Onions: Exposing Malicious Tor Exit Relays

Agent ME Re:If all it takes is one... (65 comments)

If all it takes is one relay to be compromised to remove the entire point of using Tor,

That's not at all what the article is saying. A relay injecting content into your connection does not de-anonymize you. Tor works to guarantee anonymity. It doesn't guarantee that the exit relay isn't watching what's going through it or modifying the connection. That's why it's important to use HTTPS.

about 7 months ago
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Spoiled Onions: Exposing Malicious Tor Exit Relays

Agent ME Re:What good is Tor (65 comments)

Anyone can use any of the exit relays. That's the point of the relays.

about 7 months ago
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Adware Vendors Buying Chrome Extensions, Injecting Ads

Agent ME Re:Great (194 comments)

If you set your browser to remember your passwords, then anyone that uses your browser (including a virus) can get your passwords. That's exactly how the feature is supposed to work.

about 7 months ago
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Bitcoin Payments Go Live At Overstock — Two Quarters Early

Agent ME Re:Fluffy PR stunt (182 comments)

I think Bitcoin is extremely cool technology, but if I had a company I would not bet the company on the stability of its price right now. I would sell off most of the bitcoins I received as payment for dollars pretty quickly, or just pay a company a small amount to do that for me. Maybe in the future when Bitcoin is accepted in more places then its price will stabilize and that will be an extra step. Bitcoin has to go through a phase where most businesses exchange it immediately to ever get near enough adoption to stabilize.

about 7 months ago
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Bitcoin Payments Go Live At Overstock — Two Quarters Early

Agent ME Re:Why intermediary? (182 comments)

They pay someone else to run the exchange in their own office. Coinbase.

As a customer, you don't have to sign up for a Coinbase account.

about 7 months ago
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A Rebuttal To Charles Stross About Bitcoin

Agent ME Re:Bitcoin is vulernable to government manipulatio (396 comments)

The transaction fees already exist. It's not like the designers never thought about what will happen after all bitcoins are minted.

And even before all the coins are mined, has anyone calculated yet what is the ceiling for BTC? That'd be the value over which some country's national labs or universities turn on their supercomputers and mine almost everything (publications might bring revenue, but mining apparently does), preventing individuals from getting any return from their hardware, thus discouraging them from participating?

A) The maximum number of bitcoins was publicly predetermined from the start. It's 21 million.

B) Bitcoin mining requires specialized hardware to be profitable to mine, so this isn't something that anyone with a supercomputer can just decide to mine effectively on a whim any more.

C) Why would it be bad that most individuals couldn't mine? Bitcoin mining isn't supposed to be an egalitarian "everyone gets free money" system. It's a reward for using your computational power to help secure the system. If a hundred groups with supercomputers / mining machines can mine more than 100,000 people using desktop machines, then the former group pushing out the latter from the market is the way things should be. (However there is a problem if any group colluding gets more than 50% of mining power together.)

about 7 months ago
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Asm.js Gets Faster

Agent ME Re:Fail (289 comments)

Which CPU architecture do we decide that the web relies on?

about 8 months ago
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How To Avoid a Scramble For the Moon and Its Resources

Agent ME Re:nothing of any us to us on moon (365 comments)

It's not like the Moon has native wildlife that we might disrupt. It's an airless lifeless rock right now. Why would we want to bother trying to preserve it in that state?

about 8 months ago
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Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

Agent ME Re:The carbon footprint is temporary (691 comments)

Miners will still collect transaction fees from transactions after all minting is done; Bitcoin wasn't designed to implode when the 21M cap is hit.

about 8 months ago

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