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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

Captain_Chaos Bell curve (456 comments)

No matter how narrow the bell curve, outliers are still gonna happen.

5 hours ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Captain_Chaos Assumptions? (303 comments)

Doesn't this rely on some rather shaky assumptions, mainly that the spread of the shotgun pellets across the target is completely random (which we know it isn't; the likelihood of a pellet hitting diminishes as you move away from the centre)?

2 days ago
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Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Podcast Patent Troll

Captain_Chaos Re:Oh come on ... (126 comments)

Fuck, I'm getting senile. "before a cursory glance" should be "beyond a cursory glance" of course.

about three weeks ago
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Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Podcast Patent Troll

Captain_Chaos Re:Oh come on ... (126 comments)

Are the USPTO that incompetent?

It's been explained to me that this is standard MO for the USPTO. They never check patents before a cursory glance, and only when it is challenged do they actually look into the merits of it. Apparently this is because they just don't have (anywhere near) the amount of manpower they would need to keep up with the vast number of incoming patent applications.

Anyone know how true this is?

about three weeks ago
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Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Podcast Patent Troll

Captain_Chaos Funny? (126 comments)

I'm not sure why this is modded Funny. It's exactly what's going on here! Patent trolling is a protection racket; it's extortion pure and simple.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

Captain_Chaos Mother of all fuckups... (745 comments)

Savage and his colleagues assume ...

Well there's your problem...

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Create Pizza That Can Last Years

Captain_Chaos Jill 'Bates? (225 comments)

Nobody's commenting on someone being called Jill Bates? Really?

about 2 months ago
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Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

Captain_Chaos This comment section... (545 comments)

Without reading the comments I'm certain this very comment section will form a live demonstration of some of the major problems with attracting women to tech...

about 2 months ago
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Would Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips?

Captain_Chaos Disappearing act? (231 comments)

What's the betting that the site will one day suddenly disappear, taking all the outstanding donations which happen to be on their accounts with them?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

Captain_Chaos Good luck with that (731 comments)

So I indicate to you, by using AdBlock, that I hate advertising and do not wish to see any (from which you could deduce that showing me advertisements would be useless at best and counterproductive at worst), yet you choose to force ads down my throat anyway? Well fuck you then.

about 3 months ago
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An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

Captain_Chaos Re:For comparison (479 comments)

Sorry, that should be 60/6 Mbps of course.

about 3 months ago
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An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

Captain_Chaos For comparison (479 comments)

I live in the Netherlands. I have a 60/6 MBps cable Internet connection, in combination with digital HD cable TV and telephone service, for € 54 ($73) per month. This is with "unlimited" bandwidth (they do have a "fair use" clause, but I've never heard of anyone hitting it). For the Netherlands this is pretty typical.

about 3 months ago
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An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

Captain_Chaos Nothing to do with net neutrality (479 comments)

With the landmark Net Neutrality ruling this week will larger providers try to move to similar price models?

Why would they? The one has nothing to do with the other. If anything, since providers can now be payed at the back end as well, they could in theory lower prices at the front end. In theory.

about 3 months ago
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Enormous Tunneling Machine 'Bertha' Blocked By 'The Object'

Captain_Chaos Alien pod (339 comments)

Obviously this must be an alien pod buried millions of years ago and patiently waiting for its pilot to arrive riding the lightning. We were bound to stumble across them some day!

about 4 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban

Captain_Chaos Re:Comparison: Bitcoin is like 'Abortion' in the U (475 comments)

... decent monetary policy is a necessary though not sufficient condition for good economic performance.

Exactly. In other words, without a lot of scientific research you can't conclude from the fact that the Eurozone did worse than the US for the last few years economically that the ECB therefore did a worse job of making monetary policy. They could have just been dealt a much worse hand. Ultimately I don't think you can make comparisons like this between the Eurozone and the US anyway. The Eurozone is not one country, which makes a huge difference in practice and invalidates all kinds of comparisons.

It is designed to maintain its value against other currencies, ...

I have to disagree again. It can't maintain its value against other currencies if it is to be a success. There will only ever be 21 million bitcoins. If it ever becomes a large and stable economy then the bitcoin will have to be worth much more than it is worth today against other currencies. That's what I'm banking on anyway... ;)

about 4 months ago
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NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

Captain_Chaos Why?! (698 comments)

This makes no sense whatsoever. Why on Earth would China want to destroy the US economy?! China is not at war with the US. On the other hand China has huge financial interests in the US (I believe China owns most of the US these days), and even if it didn't, the hit to the world economy if the US economy collapsed would be so large that China would be dragged down as well. There is no reason for China to want to harm the US economy and every reason for them to want to bolster it.

Could the NSA really not have come up with a more believable story?

about 4 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban

Captain_Chaos Re:Comparison: Bitcoin is like 'Abortion' in the U (475 comments)

And it is fair to say that the Euro has not been governed well over the last few years.

I don't agree with that at all. The Euro has consistently remained strong, even during this so called "Euro crisis". Whether the way the Euro is being governed is good for the economies of the individual countries of the Eurozone is an entirely different question, but reality shows that it was good for the Euro and that the ECB is doing a good job of keeping its independence. There just is no comparison whatsoever (which the original poster was doing) between the Euro and the way it is governed, and Bitcoin.

about 4 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban

Captain_Chaos Re:Comparison: Bitcoin is like 'Abortion' in the U (475 comments)

Well obviously I don't have a crystal ball. But there is no evidence or reason to assume that they won't. All of the doomsayers are just speculating wildly. They're mostly hacks who are hoping to profit from it somehow.

It would be very bad for the Euro if Greece defaulted, or left the Eurozone. I think it simply won't be allowed to happen. Note that I'm not saying that that's necessarily a good thing.

about 4 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban

Captain_Chaos Re:Comparison: Bitcoin is like 'Abortion' in the U (475 comments)

"No one governing" the Euro is what almost caused the collapse of the EU over one small state having credit difficulties.

Wow. It's been a long time since I've seen such a high concentration of ill informed bullshit in one sentence...

  1. The Euro is not "not governed". It is governed by a very strong and independent central bank, namely the European Central Bank
  2. The EU did not "almost collapse". A few countries have received some large loans, all of which still look like they will be paid back in full. At no point was the "EU" in danger, nor even the Eurozone (despite wild speculation in the media), which is what you probably meant
  3. The Euro was not "dramatically volatile" at any point. It's been trading for about $1.20 to $1.40 consistently for the last ten years

about 4 months ago

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Cool low tech password generation and safe storage

Captain_Chaos Captain_Chaos writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Captain_Chaos (103843) writes "This simple to use site generates a credit card sized card for you with random letters and numbers, indexed by a row of symbols along the top and colours along the rows. You can generate extremely secure passwords with this card, without having to remember them! Instead you just remember a coloured symbol, indicating the column and row of the first character of your password, and read it from there. The site is very easy to use. Just load the page and hit the Print button.

You keep the card in your wallet. You already protect that very well, and even if it does get stolen the thief is none the wiser since there are many tens of thousands of possible password combinations on the card. Choosing strong passwords and writing them down is recommended by the likes of security guru Bruce Schneier and Microsoft security expert Jesper Johanson.

You can use the PasswordCard on its own, but it also combines excellently with password storage tools such as KeePass. You can use the PasswordCard to generate the passwords, so that you can use the card itself as paper backup for when you don't have access to your password storage tool, and you can use PasswordCard to generate and remember your master password."

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iPhone for sale in Netherlands for USD 250

Captain_Chaos Captain_Chaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Captain_Chaos writes "According to the Automatisering Gids (article in Dutch) the iPhone is officially for sale in the Netherlands on the GSM Track online mobile phones store for € 189 (USD 250), many months before it was officially supposed to go on sale! It comes with a two year Telfort contract for € 30 (USD 40) a month, which is why it can be so cheap (the mobile phone operator subsidizes the phone). No news yet as to which firmware revision it has, or whether it is SIM-locked (though it almost certainly would be). Story in English here."
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