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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

Dr. Evil Re:Games versus reality (393 comments)

You do know what a coffee shop is for?

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

Dr. Evil Re:Games versus reality (393 comments)

"Don't let businesses run homeless people off who are trying to get out of the cold"

Damn right. Screw those bourguois minimum wage kids trying to make it through school cleaning vomit and filth out of bathrooms by people who view the coffee shop where they warmed up as the enemy!

Can't reason with crazy.

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

Dr. Evil Re:Games versus reality (393 comments)

"while they step over the clinging-desperately-to-life 'problem' all around them."

The *most* pathetic looking and in-your-face are conmen and criminals. Giving money is a transaction where they sell you a show where you can feel like you've done something good. In reality, you've just encouraged a beggar who fought for that premium corner.

Many of the people with real problems are quieter, and some of them don't even live on the streets. But hey, entitlement comes with believing that being on the street gives you some kind of credibility.

Mental illness is the real problem, and for those who can't fit into the mold of alcoholism, drug abuse, depression or schizophrenia, defiantly homeless should be considered a mental illness. It's certainly not making you or the people around you happy.

Few countries are equipped to deal with mental illness, so people live hard and die on the streets, and that's horrible.

about two weeks ago
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PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

Dr. Evil Re:JavaScript is the high level C (245 comments)

"PHP is a bit so-so. It does its job, but doesn't really offer anything new or innovative language wise"

Prior to PHP, people were writing CGIs. Language-wise doesn't really matter, there was no interpreted inline-C-for HTML html preprocessor without smashable stacks by default.

Coming from the embedded world and C/C++, I think you're forgetting how much discipline you need to write in C or C++. Most people can't do it without a serious learning curve coming from PHP or Javascript.

about two weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

Dr. Evil Re:Only 30 Grand? (426 comments)

I'm from New York. Nobody in New York call diesel gas you stupid moron.

you stupid moron.

Die in a fire moron.

It would be easy to get that fire started if you poured on a little diesel gas first

It's funny to read this thread in a New York accent.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Department Still Runs VME Operating System Installed In 1974

Dr. Evil New Platform (189 comments)

Port it to minecraft. There seems to be some good 1970's CS work happening there.

about two weeks ago
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Tips For Securing Your Secure Shell

Dr. Evil Re:Timing analysis of interactive sessions (148 comments)

Fair point, the article seems to be missing the key point of running a hidden service to hide yourself from traffic analysis:

You run a relay node to create cover traffic. You use the hidden service to blend in with the cover traffic.

about two weeks ago
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Bitstamp Bitcoin Exchange Suspended Due To "Compromised Wallet"

Dr. Evil Re:Bitcoin is faulty by nature (161 comments)

"...of course - forgot all the social constrains of a new technology"

This has been the biggest cryptocurrency experiment in history. Successful beyond most people's dreams.

about three weeks ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

Dr. Evil Re:Go Nuclear (560 comments)

"...at least in the given example, neither current grid power nor wind power is capable of doing the stated job..."

Not sure where you live, the grid is very reliable where I am.

Gas, coal and nuclear are today's technology for meeting demand.

If you take out nuclear, you're not helping fossil fuel emissions.

about three weeks ago
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2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are

Dr. Evil Re:But *are* there enough eyes? (255 comments)

Depends on the company. They can also disappear leaving you without support, decide to abandon the product as non-strategic, or ask you to upgrade when you don't need to.

Which FOSS project you adopt is equally important. A while ago I was looking for a simple FOSS file upload utility, I found one, installed it, read through the sourceforge site, used it for a good year. Then when somebody was looking for a similar utility, I searched for the utility and found a 5 year old CVE which allowed arbitrary files to be overwritten. The project was still being actively downloaded and there was no mention of it in the forum. I tested my site, found myself vulnerable, and notified the maintainer... no response.

In hindsight, the vulnerability in the code was glaringly obvious. I *assumed* that a popular project would use basic input validation, or would update the code when a CVE is released... but no.

Just because there are no patches, negative comments in the forums, and it's a popular project doesn't mean that here's not a major, *glaring*, well-known vulnerability.

Same applies for closed source I suppose, but if the company is active, there's an incentive to disclose major vulnerabilities to subscribed customers, else they could be sued out of existence.

about three weeks ago
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2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are

Dr. Evil Re:But *are* there enough eyes? (255 comments)

You would submit a problem ticket. If enough people submit them, it becomes a priority for a paid developer to address the issue.

about three weeks ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

Dr. Evil Re:Go Nuclear (560 comments)

It sounds like you don't have an example. Nuclear, Coal and Gas have been doing it for decades. Hydro has been doing it for longer.

Rejecting nuclear for wind and solar means burning oil, gas and coal until wind and solar are able to handle baseloads. Nuclear plants are being replaced with coal, oil and gas plants as we speak.

Note that "renewable" in this graph goes back to the 1950's and includes hydroelectric. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US_Electrical_Generation_1949-2011.png

I don't see renewables replacing anything any time soon. Only nuclear can reduce the carbon emissions significantly.

about three weeks ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

Dr. Evil Re:Go Nuclear (560 comments)

"We need more power storage, yes. So what? We're building it, and we know how to build more of it"

[citation needed]

70 years of nuclear history show that it is fully capable of meeting the requirements.

Can you smelt aluminum with solar and wind?

about three weeks ago
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Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

Dr. Evil Re:'Reflow' indeed (304 comments)

That was my first thought, but It's close though, they didn't have an IR thermometer and ovens aren't very precise.

If they didn't preheat, the oven would have run hotter until the temperature sensor triggered. It's quite possible the heat on the board from radiation was much hotter until the air reached 340F.

about three weeks ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

Dr. Evil D'oh... (681 comments)

I guess that was a bit forced.

about a month ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

Dr. Evil The Newton Mass (681 comments)

We should declare Dec 25 a national holiday!

The birth of the man for whom the unit of mass was named.

about a month ago
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The World Is Not Falling Apart

Dr. Evil Nice for a Dicionary (208 comments)

"Conservatives are hesitant to change things, so they don't screw things up."

Your description would paint Bush as a liberal. What with his pet project to fix Iraq, bailouts for failed corporate ventures, trying to sovle all the problems in the world through big government military, spying and toruture programs, expansion of American powers in the bedroom, and bolstering the profiteers of a nearly wiped out American milddle class.

Liberals like Bush should mind their business, focus on domestic affairs like the failures of healthcare. Conservatives like Obama, with strong focus on small government, reduction in military, long term thinking for healthcare, prudent fiscal policy and expansion of jobs and the economy once again kickstart a broken economy, and lead the U.S. to record job creation and growth.

You just need to look at the DJIA to see who's got the right numbers.

about 1 month ago
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Apple Pushes First Automated OS X Security Update

Dr. Evil Re:Also affects Linux - patch now! (115 comments)

UDP is stateless.

Given the list of ntp servers is generally known based on your OS type, and the ephermal port range is somewhat limited, it doesn't take a lot to guess the sourceip:sorceport->destip:destport combination which would allow you to spoof a packet which will traverse your firewall. UDP packets are cheap so you can send a lot of them over time and wait until you observe an indicator of compromise.

e.g., 1.rhel.pool.ntp.org:123->victim:[32768-61000]

You can't do this for web browsers because TCP is stateful.

about a month ago

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Kickstarting a Free Textbook

Dr. Evil Dr. Evil writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dr. Evil (3501) writes "Back in the day, I had a prof who wrote a text on Optics and sold photocopy editions for $5. We got cheap books and he got feedback to improve them. A friend of a friend is now doing the same for his philosophy students, except he's using Kickstarter to fund the book and offer digital editions free. Is this common? Are other professors doing this? He writes:

If you took a course in philosophy or critical thinking at college or university, you paid an average of $70 for your textbook. I think that's too much, especially for students who have to choose between food and the rent, two or three times a year, like a lot of my students. Yet the cost of these books never goes down, because students are a captive market.

So, I've been writing my own textbook, so that my students don't have to buy one. I'd like to expand and improve it and then make it available to the whole world, for free.

This Kickstarter campaign will allow me to bring in more contributors, get more research resources, and hire designers and artists and translators, so that we can put together a very high quality teaching tool, and make it available to every student in the world.

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