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Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

Dr. Evil Re:FUCK SAKE! It was NEVER anonymous (114 comments)

Not sure what the point is. The article is about money laundering, and describes how it's easier to launder digital currencies and how they're controversial because of this.

Bitcoin is at best pseudonymous, each wallet is a pseudonym with a very carefully documented and very public ledger. When the bitcoins are converted to or from hard currency, a trail of that transaction is likely recorded.

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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

Dr. Evil Re:SSL? (89 comments)

That's an excellent article, thanks.

The fix would require specific changes to the implementation and "...there's a high risk that this would also cause compatibility problems." IMHO, it would be highly misleading to call it an implementation problem that an unforseen encryption weakness could be mitigated with changes to the implementation.

I offer the above to be XKCD1318 compliant.

3 days ago
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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

Dr. Evil Re:SSL? (89 comments)

POODLE is not an implementation problem. It's a protocol problem.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA14-290A

"There is currently no fix for the vulnerability SSL 3.0 itself, as the issue is fundamental to the protocol"

It's an implementation problem if you're speaking abstractly about the application of crypto. But we're talking about "SSL", a protocol.

3 days ago
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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

Dr. Evil SSL? (89 comments)

"Chapter 4 is particularly interesting in that the author notes that while the cryptography behind SSL and PKI is fundamentally secure,"

Post-POODLE, SSL has been shown fundamentally insecure.

TLS is fine as far as we know.

3 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Dr. Evil Re:Bullshit Stats. (495 comments)

Went to a Python developers meetup. There were 2 women in a room of 100 people.

Went to an infosec meetup. There were 5% women in a room of 200 people.

Went to a Wordpress developers conference, there were 50% women in attendance of hundreds of people.

They're all tech jobs. Why are women choosing paths that earn less?

about a week ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Dr. Evil Re:Here we go again (495 comments)

"I wonder what the conclusion of such an article would be?"

That this isn't a site for sociologists or experts in race or gender studies.

If we talked to sociolgists, race or gender study experts, they'd probably have a non-sensationalist, well researched and well reasoned approach to discussing sensitive issues. And they probably wouldn't be happy if people jumped on their communtiy forums and started talking about SATA drivers.

about a week ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Dr. Evil Re:Here we go again (495 comments)

Previous story was about Barbie and sexism, this one is about pay equity. I think the next story should be about minorities in tech.

Maybe we'll find out Bill Cosby did a stint for Apple. That would wrap it all up nicely.

about a week ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

Dr. Evil Cooked ethics (332 comments)

I'm as sure you're wrong as I'm sure the last digit of pi is 6.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

Dr. Evil Re:Wow, I'd be pretty angry (167 comments)

A good devops team means that amazon vs. local is a flip of a command line parameter.

about a week ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

Dr. Evil Re:ShirtStorm (337 comments)

Those who think that images of women in lingerie are degrading need to visit a therapist. Female sexuality is not degrading.

The shirt is unprofessional. Sexuality is an awkward subject, and bringing it up in the workplace is delicate. Not a subject for t-shirts.

But holy crap I love the response shirt: https://twitter.com/SMLXist/status/532928903778934784/photo/1

about two weeks ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

Dr. Evil Re:Huh (223 comments)

"How hard would it have been to install a bright LED on the top that Rosetta could see from a few km away?"

If you were to drop the LED frequency into the radio spectrum you could reduce the power requirement further.

about two weeks ago
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Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

Dr. Evil How did the Constitution Fail? (450 comments)

This can be a warning for other groups.

The Debian constitution looks like nothing more than normal club bureaucracy. Without it, I would expect Debian wouldn't have survived as long as it has.

https://www.debian.org/devel/constitution

Without specific concerns about such a constitution, I'm inclined to not make much of this. People change, projects change, people leave, people join. It doesn't matter how vital the participant, things change.

This is the only hint of what's wrong, I don't see how it has anything to do with the existence of a constitution: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2014/11/msg00196.html

No offense to anyone involved... I'm more interested in learning what's wrong with the constitution so that I can avoid similar problems in my own clubs.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

Dr. Evil Re:Okay, but (429 comments)

"...visible universe in 10^-32 seconds"

I'm not sure "size" or "seconds" have more than a very abstract mathematical meaning in this context.

about three weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Dr. Evil Re:Well Written Article (441 comments)

"The responses here prove what she was writing about. People here (who very likely resemble her coworkers at Google and other places) have no empathy and no clue about anything outside their little circle, they're social morons."

People here have been called a lot of names. Mysoginists, knuckle-draggers, priviliged, racist, sexist, social morons etc.

They're here to talk about technology and read articles about technology. Many, or most, have had no issue working with people of any colour or gender. They're still called all these names. When they try to defend themselves, they're told they're ignorant.

I'm happy to do whatever is needed to bring women into tech. I've done so for years. They're not coming and it's not clear why.

People listen for a while, and quietly swallow all the insults. But eventually people get sick of being accused of excluding people they've never met for reasons which are pure speculation.

Then *some* of them get ticked off, mouth off, and somebody will jump in to say "OMG, it's all true! Look at the nasty geeks!"

The responses here prove nothing.

She doesn't need proof, her story doesn't speculate much. She's living her life, written her story and is helping the people she feels need help.

about three weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Dr. Evil Well Written Article (441 comments)

I reluctantly gave the article a read. It's written from the first person and describes her own experiences.

I don't see a huge amount of speculation on the problem in the article. She's just saying what happened and how she felt. She even said that she felt comfortable at one company, but left becuase of pay.

I think her reaction to this is overwhelmingly positive.

"I’m volunteering with organizations that will help the younger generation get involved in tech, so we can change the ratio (Black Girls Code, Hack The Hood) and those who come after me won’t have to feel how I’ve felt. I’ve stopped trying to assimilate at work. I’m no longer trying to make people comfortable with my existence. I am trying to connect with other black women in technical roles. I’m standing up for what I believe in and standing up for myself, instead of sitting quietly by, so as not to not make waves."

What I don't know... is if she's aware of how other people in tech feel. Some of us like boozy events, but some of us like non-boozy events too. I'm not a gamer, not into sports, I don't like dirty jokes at the office. I like tech stuff, I talk tech stuff and I find it really cool and interesting. I like doing creative stuff with tech. I come off a bit weird, so it usually takes me 6 months to "fit in" to a group.

I think most people in tech feel like outsiders. She's part of that crowd whether she likes it or not.

about three weeks ago
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HP Unveils Industrial 3D Printer 10X Faster, 50% Cheaper Than Current Systems

Dr. Evil Scanner Ink (111 comments)

My Epson ran out of scanner ink, couldn't scan anything until I bought more cartridges.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Enters the Wearables Market With 'Band'

Dr. Evil WTF (135 comments)

This looks like it might actually be a good product. I clicked "buy" and it actually has a caution about the sizing... and recommends I go to a "Microsoft Store", whatever that is. I guess I should look for one.

Could Ballmer have been so bad for MS that we forgot they could produce good products?

I'm going to check it out, but I simply can't believe it will be acceptable until version 3.

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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