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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

Carewolf Re:Obligatory reminder that an alternative exists (96 comments)

That's at least three sorts of nonsense:

https://www.fourmilab.ch/hotbi...

https://www.random.org/

http://random.hd.org/

The OS has no magic either, or are you saying that it's random seeds all the way down?

Rgds

Damon

Yes. There is for thing dedicated random number hardware and there is hardware that can produce partially random data, such as network cards and radios, but the latter are only really good when combined with eachother and with a random number tracker, which is something the OS can do.

yesterday
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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

Carewolf Re:libressl-2.1.3 (96 comments)

Care to provide any actual statistics for that claim, or are you just one of those annoying morons with a habit of being FUDsy against anything with "Gnu" in the name?

No, I prefer GPL when other choices are equal. GnuTLS has just never had a very good reputation, and even from the most optimistic point of view, it has always been secondary to OpenSSL just by having fewer users and fewer developers. I would be great if it was better, but it has had some unfortunately design choice and a long string of serious vulnerabilities. Just look it up.

yesterday
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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

Carewolf Re:Obligatory reminder that an alternative exists (96 comments)

No matter what the security problem, it's always the random numbers, or lack thereof that is the problem.

(checks apt-get before making a fool of himself) ... Why the hell hasn't somebody made libRNG?

p.s. Seriously, how hard could it be to split out the RNG code of openssl or libressl and make it the gold standard? Yeah, I know it's generally unproductive to ask such rhetorical questions. Yes, I'm a coder that could do it (never looked at openssl code, but I'm sure I've dealt with worse, so I know it's possible), but I have no desire to become the owner of such a project, so I won't even bother to look at the effort required. Nor will you, probably. I have plenty of other things occupying my time. Maybe in another 20 years, if I'm retired by then...

Because on a unix system you just read from /dev/random anyway. Random seeds is an operating system responsibility, you can not make good random numbers without a little good random seed.

2 days ago
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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

Carewolf Re:libressl-2.1.3 (96 comments)

OpenSSL remains the only portable SSL library that can be used by both open source and commercial developers alike. Which is really a shame, because OpenSSL sucks. All the bad things the libressl people have said about OpenSSL are absolutely true.

We have GnuTLS which is only one year younger than OpenSSL, has a nicer API, is portable to Windows, has a better track record with regard to binary compatibility, a better build system, and can be used by commercial software (it’s LGPLv2.1). Comparison of features with other SSL libraries.

It also has a much worse track record in security, which is why no one uses it as the a primary SSL library and only as a library for operating on certificates.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Carewolf Re:Performance Mouse MX (420 comments)

Can't recommend enough the Performance Mouse MX enough.

While it does have the middle button integrated into the scroll wheel, once used to it you will find it completely intuitive. I middle click hundreds of times a day and only found it difficult during the first two weeks of owning the mouse. 5 years later I still prefer the Performance MX over anything else.

To middle click I typically shift my index finger over a centimeter or two. My hands are slightly above average size and ergonomically the PerfMX is perfect for me.

Logitech Anywhere MX is similar except it actually has a separate button for the middle mouse button. The wheel click is changed to be the free-wheeling lock which makes much more sense.

Also, free wheeling for the win.

2 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Carewolf Re:JJ has a chance, maybe (418 comments)

Since there's less canon to violate than Trek, and it's not a reboot... maybe?

Use the lenseflares, Luke!

No.... There is nothing that man can't make stupid.

3 days ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

Carewolf Re:Internet cables? (417 comments)

Who the hell writes this crap? Internet cables?

I assume this is in the US. Where the cables are in the air going from the house to the utility pole, just like in 3rd world countries. They probably cut the telephone cable as well if there was one, but who would notice that?

4 days ago
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User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

Carewolf Re:Crusty Hardware (188 comments)

I find it hard to believe that anyone is using EISA still. It got almost no traction in desktops and the only systems that ever had EISA slots were 386-486 era servers before the VL-BUS and PCI bus started to gain traction in late 486's.

If someone actually has a working EISA system, I'd like to see a photo. I had never managed to see more than one of these systems in my lifetime, and only saw one because it was being replaced in 1997 by a Pentium desktop.

I've actually seen more MCA systems than I've ever seen EISA.

EISA was parallel with VL-BUS for a long time, where consumer hardware used VL-BUS and enterprise or server hardware used EISA. PCI replaced both that wasn't until the mid 1990s. Still 20 years ago though.

4 days ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

Carewolf Re:Not "like Slashdot" (224 comments)

Exactly my 1st thought. Maybe not "false" exactly, but I've long wanted to be able to mod comments "-1 incorrect". Of course I also want a "+1 funny AND insightful".

Yeah I have often missed it too, but I guess the point is that if the post is incorrect you should reply to it and correct it, and moderators should look for replies that correct it to upvote.

The real problem is that you are not allowed to comment after voting on a story.

5 days ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Carewolf Re:Nice laptop, but dislike the keyboard design (589 comments)

A recent employer issued me a new 15" MacBook Pro. I really liked the weight, battery life, screen quality, and the feel of the keyboard. But the non-PC keyboard layout drove me nuts. I.e., the absence of stand-alone keys like home, end, page-up, alt, etc.

You should happy they removed home and end. At least if you are running OS X. You might end up hitting them otherwise, and then chaos and stupidity ensues. It seems Apple instead of fixing the retarded behavior of home and end in OS X just removed the buttons so users would hit them and be thrown around and lose the position in the document they were working on. Typical Apple; fixing the problem, not by admitting any fault but by removing user options.

about a week ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

Carewolf Re:Here's an interesting follow-up idea (291 comments)

What would be interesting would be to see what a polygraph says about their false memories. Can it distinguish between an event that occurred and one that was from a false memory? If not, that would be the final nail in the coffin.

What coffin? Polygraphs are a hoax intended to scare stupid criminals into confessing. It does even work on real memories, why would it work on false ones?

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

Carewolf Fix slashdot! (248 comments)

WTF is going on with the left margin. God damn it, it is broken in every single browser. Are they crapping on classic slashdot to punish us for beta not working?

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

Carewolf Re:Microsoft: No evidence flaw successfully exploi (262 comments)

Uh, isn't that what Google's proof-of-concept does - demonstrate the flaw being successfully exploited? Does Microsoft need to see N. Korea exploiting it before they believe it's real?

If you personally create a remote account for a North Korean spy and he uses this exploit to see you power control settings. You really were asking for it, not sure what but something.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

Carewolf Re:"Forget about the risk that machines pose to us (227 comments)

No, forget you. Yes journalism is crap and yes sensationalism rules the day. That doesn't make AI in 2015 and ongoing any less persistent a threat to humanity.

You are right, it doesn't make it any less of a threat, which is to say any less that non existing. You are exactly who this article is about, you have been conned into thinking AIs are actually real and could in any near future cause a threat to you, when that is in fact not the case. AI do not exists, all those software emulating AI are all smart systems working either deterministic based on specific rules set out or does stastical modeling to make guesses at what you mean or what they are looking at. Stastical modeling that makes a black yellow striped pattern look like a school bus, because it has no concept of anything and not intelligence in any sense of the word and that is the just what fits the statistical model.

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

Carewolf Re:Fuck Me (552 comments)

Kind of hard to do on Debian.

"apt-get install openrc" is hard???

Why are you trolling? Debian might BE switching to systemd, but it is still optional in Jessie, all the other init systems still work.

Besides systemd is modular, you only need to install the modules you want and need.

about two weeks ago
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OpenBSD's Kernel Gets W^X Treatment On Amd64

Carewolf Re:most of you will pretend you understand (84 comments)

But, really, it should be: !w || !x so that read-only, no-execute access is also valid.

Truth Table for this expression:

  X | F | T
_W__|___|___
_F__|_T_|_T_
_T__|_T_|_F_

So NAND really and not XOR?

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

Carewolf Re:doesn't meaning anything ... right? (393 comments)

It sure is a good thing that players' behavior as modeled in games has no effect whatsoever on their offline behavior, or in any way informs us about their attitudes toward the real world. That might be disconcerting.

That is not the interesting part. The players behavior might not match their offline behavior, but it does match the offline behavior of some politicians.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

Carewolf Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

Apple wouldn't stop supporting devices that still count for 60% of their own statistics.

No, they just do that with those under 40%.

about two weeks ago
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Chrome For OS X Catches Up With Safari's Emoji Support

Carewolf Re: Who gives a fuck (104 comments)

While it is absolutely the case that emoji has no place in certain text fields, as a web browser it is Chrome's responsibility to handle all valid and compliant UTF-8 symbols, including emoji symbols, within the application. Emoji are not some imaginary pseudo-symbol type or image format sent in-line. Where the symbol is seen, an image from a font will be displayed instead of a conventional character. As such, is it really that different than needing to support Cyrillic characters in text fields?

It was already working. This was just allowing Chrome to use the color fonts for Emoji on Mac. They were already supporting color fonts on Linux.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

Carewolf Re:Scientists are the minority (786 comments)

Are you high?

While your posts sounds great you really need to cut down on the drug, man.

Nature is not a person and neither is science, and they get really pissed off then you treat them as such.

about two weeks ago

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The Wayland Situation: Facts About X vs. Wayland

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "With the continued speculation and FUD about the future of Wayland at a time when Canonical is investing heavily into their own Mir Display Server alternative, Eric Griffith with input from Daniel Stone have written an article for Phoronix where they lay out all the facts. The "Wayland Situation" is explained with first going over the failings of X, the fixings of Wayland, common misconceptions about X and Wayland, and then a few other advantages to Wayland. For anyone interested in X/Wayland or the Linux desktop at a technical level, it's an article certainly worth reading!"
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Too Perfect a Mirror

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  about 2 years ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "Jeff Mitchell writes on his blog about what almost became "The Great KDE Disaster Of 2013". It all started as simple update of the root git server and ended up with a corrupt git repository automatically mirrored to every mirror and deleting every copy of most KDE repositories. It ends by discussing what the problem is with git --mirror and how you can avoid similar problems in the future."
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Vulcanic Ash Grounds North Europe

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "In an interesting story of weather and techonology. After a vulcanic eruption in Iceland. All flights in and out the UK, Denmark, Norway and Sweden have been suspended. Finland and Belgian is also shutting down airtravel, and the ash cloud is expected to affect airtravel in all of North Europe during the day. The reason the vulcanic ash grounds the planes is due to leasons learned from KLM Flight 867 in 1989, and British Airway Flight 9 in 1982, where vulcanic ash in both cases sandblasted front windscreen and shut down all four engines."
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KDE Announces Customized Sottware Compilations

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "Following the succesful example of the world's leading operating systems. KDE announces that future KDE Software Compilations will now also be offered in multiple customized version to cater different needs. There is the Ultimate Freedom Edition geared towards users who prefer the ultimate in customization. There is the Dwarfed Freedom Edition, inspired by other desktops designed for midgets, aimed at users who prefers a more limited set of options, Finally there is the Basic Freedom Edition for users from outside the world of open source, this version will for instance fully enforce security through obscurity,"
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