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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Dahan Re:de Raadt (288 comments)

Bitch about this instead. A fucking static checker found heartbleed.

No, it says, "Coverity did not find the heartbleed bug itself", which very clearly means that Coverity did not find Heartbleed. And Coverity themselves confim that Coverity does not detect the problem (though in response, they've added a new heuristic that does detect it, but no word on how the new heuristic affects the false positive rate).

3 days ago

Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Dahan Re:IRS has free online tax filing (385 comments)

It's not exactly the IRS's service; it's offered by the Free File Alliance, "a nonprofit coalition of industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the IRS to provide free electronic tax services."

I use them too... definitely beats driving to the main post office at midnight to make sure the return (or extension) is postmarked in time. :)

3 days ago

Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

Dahan He only gave Google 2 days before going public? (152 comments)

So, no thanks to TFA, I found the actual bug report, and it turns out the guy went public less than 2 days after reporting the bug to Google. Talk about impatient. And it's not true that "Google issued a low-priority label to the bug when he reported it, until he wrote about it on his blog and the post started picking up steam on social media". It's true that it was originally given a low-severity label at first, it was bumped to medium a day-and-a-half later, then up to high a few hours after that--around the same time that he went to reddit about it. Not exactly sure if it was before or after, since I don't know the timezone of the times reported on Chrome's issue tracker, but one of the comments from Google says that they had already bumped the severity rating before they knew about him going public.

about a week ago

Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Dahan Re: Clearly vaccination is to blame! (558 comments)

Why are people so quick to say vaccines are connected? Wait until some weirdo declares that soap causes autism, and see how the world behaves even after the claim is debunked times over. Just like with vaccines. Enjoy the smell of the (literally) unwashed masses then.

Because soap doesn't normally contain a mercury compound as a preservative.

OK, but vaccines for kids don't normally contain a mercury compound as a preservative either.

about three weeks ago

Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

Dahan Re:Worst: when they use magic (512 comments)

There's an animated short that addresses this by having the 'transporter' kill the original, through an amusing series of mechanisms. I saw it decades ago, and I wish I could remember the name.

"To Be", by Josh Weldon. (Also available in crappy Youtube quality)

about three weeks ago

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Dahan Re:What the f*** Walmart? (455 comments)

Now, they likely do have some valid complaints here.

But bitching about a slow transition away from magnetic stripe cards when *you are one of the last retailers to install NFC payment terminals* and more importantly *knowingly skipped the start of migration during your last payment terminal upgrade cycle* is bullshit.

What does NFC have to do with anything? What Walmart wants is the contact chip, not contactless. And their terminals have supported those for years... However, I've never gotten one to read my EMV card (supposedly they do work in some stores that have a significant number of international customers).

about three weeks ago

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Dahan Re:Canadians: please read (455 comments)

Take the first 3 numeric digits in your Postal Code, and add "00" to the end, making a 5 digit "zip code".

First 3 numeric digits? There are only 3 digits in all (and 3 letters).

about three weeks ago

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Dahan Re:Chip and PIN (455 comments)

the most likely scenario for paying for the switch is that banks will offer their customers a "New, more secure card!" for the low, low price of ($10? $20?).

They don't cost any more than non-chip cards. I requested EMV cards from both Citibank and Bank of America (via online account management) and didn't have to pay anything.

about three weeks ago

Rebooting the Full Disclosure List

Dahan Re:I suggest the ultimate legal protection: (15 comments)

Yes, and how do you trust your "visitors"?

You don't trust yourself? And even if you don't, how does that reveal info on who is running the hidden service? Of course you know your own entry point into the Tor network; the Tor client even shows you. netstat shows you. But if you want to find/sue the person running the hidden service, you need to find that person's entry point.

about three weeks ago

Neovim: Rebuilding Vim For the 21st Century

Dahan Re:There's a reason people argue about vim and ema (248 comments)

As much as I love forwarded X11 apps, its rarely efficient over moderate to slow links. I can't justify using over 1Mbit of uplink traffic just to use my editor over the wire when even a VNC session is more efficient.

1Mbit? Back in the day, we ran X11 over dialup modems, and we liked it. Or at least thought it was semi-OK.

about a month ago

Neovim: Rebuilding Vim For the 21st Century

Dahan Re:There's a reason people argue about vim and ema (248 comments)

You know lots of Linux/Unix/*BSD systems don't have an X server, right? (Actually the majority of them don't)

And they don't need one--the post you're replying to is suggesting to run the X server on the local machine and run X clients on the remote machine, forwarding the connections over SSH.

about a month ago

Neovim: Rebuilding Vim For the 21st Century

Dahan Re:Obligatory xkcd, and rirst post (248 comments)

Here's the main reason I don't use Vim (or Emacs, for that matter): it's a "stateful" editor.

Insert mode? Command mode? Etc. etc.

If you think Emacs is stateful, aren't all editors stateful by your definition? Most people do not consider Emacs to be stateful. Sure, you can press Meta or Ctrl to start some multi-key command, but you can press Alt or Ctrl in Windows Notepad too. What makes vi stateful is that after you've typed a command, you're still in command mode and must type another command. In Emacs and Notepad, after you've typed a command, you're ready to insert text again.

about a month ago

Dorian Nakamoto Officially Denies That He Created Bitcoin

Dahan Re:wait, what? (102 comments)

When did his name change from Satoshi to Dorian? Did I miss something? The last article said they found him because his name literally was Satoshi.

1973. From the original Newsweek article, "At the age of 23, after graduating from California State Polytechnic University, he changed his name to "Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto," according to records filed with the U.S. District Court of Los Angeles in 1973."

about a month ago

Dorian Nakamoto Officially Denies That He Created Bitcoin

Dahan Re:The original article (102 comments)

doesn't speak/understand English that well

I don't buy that part... he's been in the US since he was about 10 years old, and has been here for 50 years. He's been working alongside English-speakers--i.e., he's immersed in the language. He's a smart guy. Therefore his English is comparable to a native's. I'm from an immigrant background too, and have many friends who moved to the US when they were around 10 (+/- a few years). They haven't been here as long as Nakamoto has, but their English is native-level. Some still have a bit of an accent, but they don't have any problems understanding or speaking English.

about a month ago

F-Secure: Android Accounted For 97% of All Mobile Malware In 2013

Dahan Re:android was never meant to be highly secure (193 comments)

What dumb phone provides tethering?

I haven't been paying attention to the current crop of dumb phones, but back when I was using them, it was pretty much a standard feature. E.g., Nokia 8290 had a v.32 modem and an IR port, and IR was pretty common on laptops of the day. Point the two at each other, and you can start a PPP connection to your dialup ISP. Then when GPRS data became popular, I had a Siemens M46, which didn't have an IR port, but if you got the data cable, you could plug it into a serial port and tether by setting up a PPP connection that dialed a special phone number (*99# or something like that). And my last dumb phone was a Motorola V195, which showed up as a serial port when you plugged in the USB cable, and again, you could tether by setting up a PPP connection. Actually, I think you could also tether over Bluetooth DUN, although I may be thinking of another phone.

about a month and a half ago

Tesla Used A Third of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

Dahan Re:Not all Lithiums the same (236 comments)

>literally be a bomb on wheels

No it is neither literally, nor figuratively a bomb on wheels. It will catch fire though, with plenty of warning and safety features, if punctured. As I understand if you were in the Tesla when it caught fire in the battery packs, you probably wouldn't burn to death.

But the comment you're replying to wasn't talking about the Tesla. It was talking about a hypothetical electric car powered by lithium polymer batteries, of the same chemistry that an iPhone uses. One of those may very well be a bomb on wheels.

about 2 months ago


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