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EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

Kufat Re:Dear Slashdot (269 comments)

HTTPS isn't "not more secure than your ISP." It's not more secure than the worst trusted root CA. In the absence of a CA compromise, your ISP cannot MitM HTTPS or other SSL-based protocols without your browser/client warning you about it.

about 2 months ago

A Mathematical Proof Too Long To Check

Kufat Re:SAT is not a brute force loop (189 comments)

Yeah, I'm familiar with SAT solvers and the fact that they aren't REALLY full brute force; I oversimplified it a bit for the Slashdot crowd. Might have gone a little too far on the "lies to children" scale, mea culpa.

My point was that anyone with high school level math experience can understand the basic problem of boolean satisfiability; I was trying to draw a distinction between problems that are beyond human comprehension and those that are merely beyond human time and ability, with huge SAT instances falling into the latter category. Shouldn't have glossed over the details quite as badly as I did.

about 5 months ago

A Mathematical Proof Too Long To Check

Kufat Re:the beginning, not the end (189 comments)

I'd hesitate to call one big for loop "AI." The interesting part of the proof is the reduction to SAT, and that's easily understood by mathematicians. The computer part is a straightforward and dull brute force search.

about 5 months ago

DoD Declassifies Flu Pandemic Plan Containing Sobering Assumptions

Kufat Re:2% of US Population? (337 comments)

I understand not reading the article, but you didn't even read the line you quoted. Congratulations!

2 percent of the infected population

about 10 months ago

Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

Kufat Re:Stop with the conferences (773 comments)

Yes.. Note that that's an off-contract price and that it ships with a user-unlockable bootloader.

(I have no interest in a flame war. It's an answer to the question the parent asked, not an attempt to start an Android vs. iOS argument.)

about a year ago

Extraneous Network Services Leave Home Routers Unsecure

Kufat Re:A little late... (63 comments)

No, it ends tomorrow.

about a year ago

Steve "CyanogenMod" Kondik Contemplates The Death of Root On Android

Kufat Re:No root = developer headaches (240 comments)

"Root" is something you have or do not have within Android. ROMs aren't flashed from within Android, they're flashed from either recovery or the bootloader. (Usually recovery.)
GP is correct, you're misunderstanding either the terminology or the roles played by the OS/bootloader/recovery.

1 year,1 day

Small Town Builds Its Own Gigabyte Network; Cost To Citizens $57/month

Kufat Re:Started out impressive (269 comments)

All Ethernet standard speeds (10M/100M/1G/10G/40G/100G) are in mega/gigabits per second, not bytes. So are wireless Ethernet speeds (11M/54M/300M/1.69G).

1 year,10 days

Google Patents Frowns and Winks To Unlock Your Phone

Kufat Re:Where is Google again? (89 comments)

I live in upstate NY and I use face unlock. If I have a scarf on and need to use my phone, I just cancel out of it and punch in my PIN.

(Also, if I have a scarf on, I probably have gloves on, and therefore probably wouldn't be using my phone at the moment anyway.)

about a year ago

Walgreens To Build First Self-Powered Retail Store

Kufat Re:Kilowatts? (186 comments)

You've got it backward, I'm afraid. Watts are a measure of power, while watt-hours are a measure of energy (power times time.) A device that uses one kW of power while operating uses 24 kWh of energy per day of operation

about a year ago

Press, Bloggers Fall For iPhone Cup Holder 'Joke'

Kufat Re:A joke? (98 comments)

Hats go on your head. Jokes, evidently, go right over it.

about a year and a half ago

The Strange Math of Apple's Alleged Massive iPhone 5 Order Cuts

Kufat Re:Recurring fee gap between flip phone and iPhone (298 comments)

For example, dumbphone plans on Virgin Mobile (a Sprint MVNO) start at $5 per month

Virgin Mobile's $5 plan seems to be gone. The cheapest payLo plan I see is $20/mo.

Ting is one of the better Sprint MVNO choices for light users and especially families of light users; they have a $6/line/month charge and buckets based on usage. You can share buckets on multiple lines on the same account, bring your own devices (subject to restrictions), and there are no surcharges for smartphones. They also have voice and text (but not data) roaming to VZW, unlike the Sprint-owned VM USA and Boost.

about a year and a half ago

Linux Nukes 386 Support

Kufat Re:WTF? English fail (464 comments)

I'd assumed they meant a pull in the Git sense, i.e. fetching a changeset from a remote repository (Igno's) and merging it into the current repository (Linus's). Sloppiness is a possibility too, though.

about a year and a half ago

Custom Android ROM Developers Get OTA Update Capabilities Like Carriers

Kufat Re:Incremental updates? (50 comments)

You really don't need to wipe and reinstall as often as they say you do. I recently upgraded from CM7 to a CM9 kang without wiping anything except cache and only had to reinstall a few apps. (That said, sometimes you'll end up with a non-working mess and will have to wipe anyway...but it's very rarely necessary for point release or nightly upgrades.)

about 2 years ago

Dutch Artist Admits Faking Viral 'Human Bird Wing' Video

Kufat Re: Not Surprising. (125 comments)

To be fair, the troll who made the videos did claim that motors were providing 95% of the net power. That made it a good bit more plausible.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Scraps 'Where's My Phone Update?' Site

Kufat Re:What happened to phones that 'Just Work'? (162 comments)

Here you go.

Seriously, if people want computer functionality on phones, they're going to have to deal with the associated tradeoffs. A lot of people stick with feature phones for just this reason; I did too until recently. Nothing wrong with either choice as long as it comes from an informed decision.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Releases Kindle Source Code

Kufat Re:Nothing to see here. (153 comments)

You can include the FSF in the list of authors of GPL programs who disagree with your interpretation. See for information on aggregation; bundling GPL and proprietary parts and having proprietary parts execute GPL parts in an automated fashion is permitted. A common example would be the way many proprietary router web interfaces execute GPL utilities and receive their output via pipes or similar mechanisms.

I'm not sure how you define "aggregation", but it seems clear that it differs from the FSF's definition.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Releases Kindle Source Code

Kufat Re:Nothing to see here. (153 comments)

Whoops. ncurses is MIT licensed, not BSD. Bad example, but what I said still applies to the components that ARE licensed under the GPL.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Releases Kindle Source Code

Kufat Re:Nothing to see here. (153 comments)

You can reproduce the binary for the Linux kernel, the binary for busybox, the binary for ncurses, etc. Those are the components covered by the GPL. The GPL does not prohibit the distribution of GPL and non-GPL components on the same device or in the same distribution, nor does it have anything to say about components covered by another license.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Releases Kindle Source Code

Kufat Nothing to see here. (153 comments)

It's just a minimal GPL drop. No application level source. Unlike (for example) Netgear or Linksys, they don't even provide the object code and build tools to let you build your own usable device ROM image from a combination of proprietary and OSS components.

more than 2 years ago


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