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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

Applekid Re:Summary. (301 comments)

Heartbleed the BUG would still exist, but Hearbleed the EXPLOIT would not exist, had they not been overcome with NIH syndrome for dynamic memory handling.

about 5 months ago

Thief Debuts To Mediocre Reviews

Applekid Re:Let's Play (110 comments)

Thank god for Let's plays on Youtube. If I happen to find that the reviewers are right, I don't need to buy it and if I find that I disagree, I can order it after having watched a bit of gameplay. In that case, sure, I have to replay already viewed scenes, but it doesn't top the amount of frustration I get from having spent good money on yet another crappy game...

No wonder game companies are trying to get let's play videos taken down with DMCA claims.

about 7 months ago

White House Responds To Net Neutrality Petition

Applekid Re:Translation: Piss off, Peasants (245 comments)

Every first-past-the-post voting system eventually turns into votes out of fear of the other guy. It's a mathematical certainty.

about 7 months ago

E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

Applekid Re:Huh? (320 comments)

Maybe not, but at least eSports don't artificially limit the potential performance of participants that don't happen to have the magical combination of freak athleticis genes that conventional sports require to make it big.

about 7 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Applekid Re: It's about time! (1431 comments)

In this escalation of weaponry, I need to make some kind of reinforced tube where I can propel Milk Duds at 1300 feet per second from some small controlled explosion.

about 8 months ago

Game Preview: Hearthstone

Applekid Re:Original Game (131 comments)

That may be the case, but they allow plenty of broken cards to be printed; cards that end the game by sending the rules into an infinite loop,

I don't think you've actually played Magic in the last 15 years.

or cards that end up in nearly every deck for a given color.

That's not an indication of the game being broken.

I think the real reason Magic wins the card game race is simple momentum. When your choices are playing a new game that no one else is playing, or playing an established game with an enormous player base, there really isn't much of a decision to make.

When you're at the top, the top is there to lose. And yet there's currently a CCG boom, with Magic at the helm, well in progress. (Some may call it a bubble and I wouldn't immediately disagree.)

about 9 months ago

3-D Printed Gun Ban Fails In Senate

Applekid Re:New Bill =/= Passing House Approved Bill (414 comments)

...failed to pass modifications that would address the growing prevelance[sic] of plastic firearms

Welcome to Fantasy-Horrorland, where the imagined bogeyman is EVERYWHERE.

Turn left to head towards Tomorrowland, with a full surveillance state.

about 9 months ago

Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples

Applekid Re:How about R9 290 then? (111 comments)

Looking at some pictures of the stock 290X heatsink, you will be well served by removing, lapping, and replacing the thermal grease with some decent stuff. Even more if you decide to spring for an aftermarket heatsink, but you may have to do a little leg work to figure out which ones will work and which ones won't.

about 10 months ago

Futuremark Delists Samsung and HTC Android Devices for Cheating 3DMark

Applekid Re:And why do you think they are? (188 comments)

Funny how iPhone battery falls 20-30% faster and the phone runs substantially hotter when running 'official' benchmark apps, but xcode apps by lone developers that try to hit the hardware as hard don't have anywhere near the effect. Apple betrayed by the only thing they can't control, the laws of physics.

Can you source any of that? I would like to know more.

about 10 months ago

Sen. Chuck Schumer Seeks To Extend Ban On 'Undetectable' 3D-Printed Guns

Applekid Re:Liberty is the only thing in danger here. (550 comments)

The really interesting thing here in my opinion is why all of those things have been ineffectual. It seems to start when the anti-gun lobby proposes a law with the intent of doing nothing other than hassling gun owners (safety is almost always given lip service but never actually intended). Then the pro-gun lobby shows up and strips the teeth out of the law, even if by sheer random chance it happens to make sense. The end result is a mess of really stupid and confusing gun laws that don't actually accomplish anything other than confusing everyone.

It's not actually very interesting at all. Every compromise between "shall not" and "may" initiated by "shall not" is always a win for "shall not" and always a loss for "may".

It doesn't matter if it's gun rights, abortion rights, voting rights, or anything else, really.

about 10 months ago

In an arcade with only the following games ...

Applekid Re:Two minor points (283 comments)

1) Needs an all of the above button. Seriously.

Okay, which would you play first?

about 10 months ago

In an arcade with only the following games ...

Applekid Re:Pinball (283 comments)

Which is a mistake of the poll. Six options refer to actual games, and one option refers to a genre. A potentially interesting poll is completely ruined.

How I would vote depends on WHICH pinball games where there. Faced with Black Knight or F-14 Tomcat the choice between whether to hit up the pinball or the video side is pretty easy.

about 10 months ago

Could Slashdot (Or Other Private Entity) Sue a Spy Agency Like GCHQ Or NSA?

Applekid Re:Sue them... (188 comments)

Considering the way the pedophilia moral panic will ruin your life and the lives of all your relatives, I would call death the lucky option.

about 10 months ago

Facebook Patented Making NSA Data Handoffs Easier

Applekid The obvious message (137 comments)

If you've never used Facebook, don't start.
If you're using Facebook, stop it.
If you have friends that use Facebook, tell them to stop.

Don't worry about deleting stuff, the odds that deletes are actually not soft-deletes are probably nil.

Just quit it.

about 10 months ago

GIMP, Citing Ad Policies, Moves to FTP Rather Than SourceForge Downloads

Applekid Re:BT (336 comments)

The worst part about third party installers like sourceforge is that it will ask you "I agree to the terms of agreement to install toolbar" and then you uncheck it and it installs anyways. This almost never fails, and it's not fishy English, they install it regardless and blame it on a technical glitch.

The technical glitch was letting you uncheck it at all. :)

about 10 months ago

The NSA Is Looking For a Few Good Geeks

Applekid Re:Good geeks? (388 comments)

This is exactly right, and those kinds of geeks are not "good" geeks. They are a kind of evil themselves.

Your rocket scientist reference is both correct and a good example of that: Oppenheimer famously replied to someone asking if he was bothered by the fact that his work was being used to kill lots of innocent people and his response was that his only worry was getting them to go up. It was someone else's job to worry about where they come down.

That's pure evil, right there.

What a shock: when we grant a monopoly on snuffing out liberties to the state, the only people who are attracted to working for the state are those with desires to snuff out liberties.

about 10 months ago

The NSA Is Looking For a Few Good Geeks

Applekid Re:Good geeks? (388 comments)

At this point, no "good" geek would work for the NSA.

It's a little bit like the police. No good human being would ever join at this point (maybe generations past). These days it's only those looking for a legal sanction of their bullying fantasies.

The NSA is looking for a few evil geeks.

about 10 months ago

The Silk Road Is Back

Applekid Re:Yea, Right! (261 comments)

My thoughts exactly.

I am surprised that law enforcement allowed it to be shut down in the first place. They should have taken it over, and run it for a few months, track every transaction, and then come down hard on all the dealers.

Or just sit back and bust the top seller every month. Someone else will always step up to fill the gap, and some smart cop looks like a hero to his/her superiors.

The problem with those ideas, of which the police and politicians are most certainly aware, is that any extremely effective method of catching bad guys will eventually put themselves out of business right along with the criminals. They need to only be effective enough to steal enough people away into The System (of prisons, poverty, indentured servitude into perpetuity for themselves and their offspring in a cycle), but not so effective that the reaction stops breeding.

about 10 months ago

The Silk Road Is Back

Applekid Re:YAY !! (261 comments)

True. The freakiest thing I saw when taking a look at SR was large amounts of cyanide from one vendor. I haven't heard about mass-poisonings, but making it that easy for a crazy to hurt a lot of people is very worrying.

Does cyanide have no uses other than poisoning? I don't know, but I presume someone who does know and is interested in playing with the stuff would rather pick it up black market than try to procure it legally and be added to a watch list somewhere.

about 10 months ago


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