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2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are

Dan Ost Re:No the code just sucks (255 comments)

So now that someone has identified ugliness in the Bash code, is an effort being made to clean things up?

about three weeks ago

How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Dan Ost Re:GP is an attempt to censor and bias (795 comments)

Anyone that dares to challenge the status quo is attacked and ostracized. If they have arguments that are really good, they are ignored and black listed from media. Society has gone through many phases just like this one previously, as a true Philosophy I study everything including History.

Can you give any examples of the bolded statement?

about 4 months ago

OpenBSD 5.5 Released

Dan Ost Re:YAY for BSD (128 comments)

I was under the impression that OpenBSD did not enable heartbeats by default and, as such, was not vulnerable to Heartbleed by default.

Am I wrong?

about 9 months ago

FSF Responds To Microsoft's Privacy and Encryption Announcement

Dan Ost Re:Predictable (174 comments)

How do they know the code they've been given is the actual code used to generate the shipped binaries?

Can those Enterprise partners compile the code they've been given in order to compare the binaries with the binaries that MS ships?

about a year ago

FSF Responds To Microsoft's Privacy and Encryption Announcement

Dan Ost Re:Predictable (174 comments)

I pay my taxes because I benefit from things like roads and schools and fire departments and such.

Do you get zero benefit from the things your taxes pay for?

about a year ago

Linux 3.13 Kernel To Bring Major Feature Improvements

Dan Ost Re:Security fix backports (190 comments)

Some Linux distributors, instead of providing a new kernel that may break old applications or devices, instead backport security fixes to an old kernel.

Why does Linus allow kernel updates that break applications and drivers?

Because he has decided that those updates improve the kernel somehow. That's his job: to improve the kernel.

If some applications get broken when the kernel is improved, it's the application developer's job to fix them.

This is as it should be. Any other model ties the hands of the kernel developers and then they can't do their job.

about a year ago

UK Cryptographers Call For UK and US To Out Weakened Products

Dan Ost Re:Likely outcome (105 comments)

We have to assume everything up to this point is compromised and start pretty much from scratch. Replace AES with TwoFish, re-design all the lower level protocols, increase all key lengths, remove any ability to downgrade security and mercilessly cut off clients that don't upgrade when an issue is found.

I don't think any of that is strictly necessary. Verify the math and inspect the implementations, but there's no need to throw it all away. Some amount of paranoia is justified, but throwing it all away goes too far.

The whole trusted certificate system has to be replaced as well, which is going to be hard.

I agree there are serious issues with the current system, but I am at a loss to come up with what would replace it.

about a year ago

Are the NIST Standard Elliptic Curves Back-doored?

Dan Ost Re:Meta review (366 comments)

Because the designers of the Linux random number generator code designed things such that if RdRand is compromised, it doesn't reduce the strength of the random number generated. However, if it is not compromised, then the randomness is stronger.

Why should we give up a potential benefit if there is no possible harm?

about a year ago

Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

Dan Ost Re:A Sensor to unlock with Fingerprint? (773 comments)

But for security purposes using it to unlock your phone or identify you to the device as the current user is pretty sweet

Sure, unless you're wearing gloves, or when you have wrinkled fingers from swiming or bathing, or you have grease on your fingers from eating, or you have a job where you have to wash your hands a lot (doctor, nurse, new parent, etc).

about a year ago

Subversion 1.8 Released But Will You Still Use Git?

Dan Ost Re:GIT sucks on windows (378 comments)

Rebasing is extremely handy when you have multiple branches being developed. Whenever a branch is merged, you rebase the other branches so that the merged feature gets pulled into each branch.

about a year and a half ago

'Smart Gun' Firm Wants You To Fund Its Prototype

Dan Ost Re:I'm looking forward to this development (558 comments)

Then you haven't thought things through.

"Locks" like what is being suggested here is simply another point of failure on a system that is optimized to have as few failure points as possible. No one that knows anything about guns will willingly buy this.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Developer Explains Why Windows Kernel Development Falls Behind

Dan Ost Re:Not sure about this (347 comments)

There are people who get just as much satisfaction out of improving existing code as "feature" programmers get out of creating new features, both in the open source community and working for business.

If you identify the missing 10% and make it visible to those people, unless your process makes contributing painful or your code base is painful to work through, chances are someone will be willing to work on it, especially if they are directly impacted by it.

As an open source project, the best thing you can do to encourage people to help with the code is to make your codebase clean and readable and let people know what the issues are.

about a year and a half ago

Hanford Nuclear Waste Vitrification Plant "Too Dangerous"

Dan Ost Re:Greed (292 comments)

They do.

France can't turn down their nuclear stations without raising the cost of operation of them. So they have a surplus of night time energy that they have to sell at a loss.

This seems suspicious to me. Can you provide a link that explains this in useful detail?

about a year and a half ago

Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

Dan Ost Re:I guess it depends (595 comments)

I think the term you're looking for is "opportunity cost".

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Dan Ost Re:Windows 7 (965 comments)

I've been a happy user of FVWM for the last decade or so. The man page can be a bit daunting, but once you get a feel for configuring it (assuming you don't like one of the pre-packaged themes), it's kind of fun to mess with it.

about 2 years ago

Canonical Announces Mir: A New Display Server Not On X11 Or Wayland

Dan Ost Re:Canonical swirling down to irrelevance. (354 comments)

Gentoo doesn't use systemd (unless you choose to). I think it defaults ot openrc (which may or may not be better, I suppose...works well enough for me).

about 2 years ago

Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

Dan Ost Re:Lousy ideas (1013 comments)

And what happens to your children or wife while you're cowering under your bed?

I will not depend on the kindness of someone who has already violated the sanctity of my house to protect the safety of my family.

more than 2 years ago


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