Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out
Security is not binary. Security is not absolute. There is ALWAYS residual risk. There is no such thing as invulnerability or immortality. Everything can be taken down. Security is not an end state. It is an ongoing process.
If you do not continually improve the security of software, by addressing known vulnerabilities, performing a sane risk assessment, identifying threats, and doing what you can to mitigate them, you will regret it. The notion that implementing fixes is pointless because there will always be more vulnerabilities is wrong. Yes, there will always be vulnerabilities. Yes, security is a job that never ends. No, you can't ignore vulnerabilities once you know of them.
Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live
This is how Batman is going to be able to find the Joker, and we're all going to be glad when he puts a stop to his plot to poison the whole city.
A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser
100% paper strategy will win 50% of the time. Of the remaining 50% of games played, (assuming even distribution of the remaining picks) 25% will be losses and 25% will be tied. Thus, you'd be assured a win-loss-tie ratio of 2-1-1, which is quite good.
If their remaining options are not distributed evenly, this changes things. You'd want to look at their play to see whether there are any discernable patterns, such that you know that Rock will be played for certain every other move, for example. Then you just sync Paper moves to their Rock moves, and play Scissors or Rock randomly for the other half.
In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?
Rather than asking whether they are equal, we should instead think in terms of how can we verify what they're worth? Is a source quantifiable? If not, it makes little sense to consider whether one type of source is equal to another. Just being able to identify what type of source a source is may be difficult or impossible.
Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access
I want my network neutrality back. This is the sort of thing that is going to squeeze out the smaller players, or anyone who the backbone operators and ISPs don't want to succeed. It will result in less innovation as startups who can't afford to pony up to the established powers who control the infrastructure won't be able to do business. Prepare for decades of stagnation and no progress as the big players concentrate on consolidating control and only improve things where they absolutely have to, incrementally, with no imagination.
Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse
2007: The T61p. I *still* use mine. I'm typing this post from it.
It has the best layout and the best feeling keys I've ever used on a laptop. I especially like the placement of the arrow keys and "back page/fwd page" keys in a 3x2 grid, and the Insert|Delete|Home|End|PgUp|PgDn block.
ONLY ONE improvement possible: swap the Fn and Ctrl key on the left side of the keyboard. There are firmware hacks that do this.
I'm hoping Lenovo puts out a new model with this keyboard before my T61 dies, or at least before *I* die... but I don't expect that it'll happen. But I keep wishing.
CES 2014: Ohio Company is Bringing Military-Grade Motion Sensors to Gaming
I saw this demo'ed first hand, and it is awesome. I don't know that I'd call it "military grade" (not sure what that means) but they originally developed the technology for controlling industrial robots better, according to the guy in the booth who I talked to. So I'd say it's at least "industrial grade" tech. I really want to see the kickstarter succeed. This VR suit pairs brilliantly with oculus rift, and makes the wiimote seem rather primitive.
The New York Times Pushes For Clemency For Snowden
After all the lies the government has been shown to have perpetrated, even if they did offer clemency, a pardon, or whatever, if you were Snowden, would you believe it?
Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire
Someone please explain how Bitcoins are deflationary if they are (as I understand it to be so, please correct me if I'm wrong) infinitely divisible?
How long do your computer mice last?
I bought an optical "Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3" in 2001 and it still works. Microsoft really knew how to put their name on a quality mouse and then give it a really dumb marketing name back then. But it was and is a great mouse!
Hubble Discovers Water Plumes Over Europa
Someone wake me when the Hubble is sending us images of the nude beaches of Europa.
Scientists Discover Huge Freshwater Reserves Beneath the Ocean
There is water at the bottom of the ocean
Remove the water, carry the water
Remove the water from the bottom of the ocean
Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, after the money's gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, into silent water
Under the rocks and stones, there is water underground
Larry Page and Sergey Brin Are Lousy Coders
For a lot of these mega-successful people, it's not the beauty of the code, or the maintainabilty of it. It's having the idea that software can do something, that this something is valuable and can be used as an engine drive profits, and then getting there first. Making it as good as it can be comes much later, if ever. Seemingly not at all if you're Microsoft. Not being able to code doesn't mean that much.
Google Chrome Is Getting Automatic Blocking of Malicious Downloads
Malicious, but malicious to WHOM? If they ever start blocking useful tools which "could" be used to break laws or otherwise do harm, that will be the end of Chrome.
Diamond Rain In Saturn
Diamond rain / Some stay dry and others feel the pain;
*I move away from the Mic to choke on hydrocarbons.
Apple Now the World's Most Valuable Brand, Knocks Off Coca-Cola
It's about time. Coca Cola merely sells sugar water.
Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?
Sure 2.0 seems like a total waste of money, but if history is any indication, Surface 3.1 will completely revolutionize computing, giving time back to users by crashing repeatedly and needing several minutes to reboot and run chkdsk.
Link Rot and the US Supreme Court
Here's how to fix this:
You quote, in total, the web page or article in question. Then, you *attribute* it to the url where you found it from, the date that you found it there, and the author/copyright holder. Now, it doesn't matter if the page changes or the site goes away. The content is preserved, the source is attributed. And, copyright troll lawyers aside, no one is harmed!
Epic: A Privacy-Focused Web Browser
A privacy-focused browser is fine as far as it goes, but the problem is more with the network transporting data insecurely, and on the server side, where you put your trust into faceless entities that have their own interests at heart, not yours. So I don't see this helping much, if at all.
Notch Shelves Space Game 0x10c, Cites Pressure, Desire To Work On Small Projects
If we consider Notch as a game designer, he doesn't have to finish the implementation to have done he job well. How was Minecraft harmed by his going hands off while it was in alpha? Do we really expect his next project to be as successful as the Minecraft phenomenon?
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