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Grinch Vulnerability Could Put a Hole In Your Linux Stocking

Lawrence_Bird Frightening (116 comments)

to think that I remember when Wheel actually meant something! TOPS-20 forever! What a great OS, even if it had a lot of security holes.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

Lawrence_Bird Use it to burn money (226 comments)

epecially if the name is prefixed with "i"

2 days ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

Lawrence_Bird READ SEC 309 (379 comments)

(B) Limitation on Retention - A covered communication shall not be retained in excess of 5 years, unless:
  (iii) the communication is enciphered or reasonably believed to have secret meaning

about two weeks ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

Lawrence_Bird monitor of my dreams (179 comments)

and then some. I do hope they bring this to displays in the mid 30" range. But have to wonder if scaling issues are going to be a big concern.

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Lawrence_Bird No ClearType (567 comments)

subpixed rendering aka cleartype does not work properly on a rotated monitor.

about two weeks ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

Lawrence_Bird Beirut anyone? (171 comments)

best game ever. Physical activity, skill, strategy ... and drinking!

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases Android Studio 1.0, the First Stable Version of Its IDE

Lawrence_Bird Why would I switch from IntelliJ (115 comments)

Are there any significant advantages of using Studio vs vanilla IntelliJ (which does have Android support) other than the Google branding?

about two weeks ago
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Berkeley Lab Builds World Record Tabletop-Size Particle Accelerator

Lawrence_Bird electrons (90 comments)

there has been much research in reducing the size of accelerators since ... forever. These guys are probably only reallly useful for e+/- collisions so it is highly stupid to compare it the LHC or even Tevatron - the appropriate comparison is something like SLC at SLAC. Where these will really find most use (if they can make the laser side practical) is in medicine.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Lawrence_Bird Get over it (641 comments)

How many times more this year (only 22 days left!) are we going to see these types of "articles"? Give it a rest. C, COBOL and Fortran will be around long after all of you are dead.

about two weeks ago
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US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes

Lawrence_Bird Re: Real reason (84 comments)

There are two elements here -

the more general: there is a good chance they can currently monitor your contact with your bank without the need to get a warrant for transactional information from the institution.

the less general: even if they are able to get transactional info, by using Tor you have made it difficult for them to determine your location.

about two weeks ago
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Neglecting the Lessons of Cypherpunk History

Lawrence_Bird Re:TFA Misunderstands the History (103 comments)

A very good summary. Too many people view crypto as the "Daddy" in their privacy, protecting them from all manner of threats. There are many places where encryption efforts can be compromised, including improper implementation of even well written libraries.

But to argue, as some have, that it is worthless is wrong as well. It is the moat and wall around your castle. Sure there may be a day when the Mongolians overrun you but at least you have slowed them down by your efforts.

about two weeks ago
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US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes

Lawrence_Bird Real reason (84 comments)

Treasury dept wants to make sure that as much information as possible is gathered about when, where and how you make transactions involving your money at your banking institution. Why? Becasue you might be a naughty boy. I'll leave it to others to define "naughty".

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Lawrence_Bird Waste of money and resources (140 comments)

Unfortunately, "because we can" is the primary justification for this project and eventual Mars mission. If one wants to prove they can establish a long term outpost off earth, the moon is far more practical. But there is no compelling reason to doing so on either.

about two weeks ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

Lawrence_Bird Re:False advertising (277 comments)

Contrary to your popular belief, COBOL and Fortran are not disappearing. But they do pay well. They are left out of these type of surveys because they are not sexy and not buzz worthy. There will be millions (billions) of lines of COBOL still in production long after Ruby is dead and buried.

about two weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Lawrence_Bird Re:Great (602 comments)

Society gives that to you in EXCHANGE for your taxes.

Again, more leftist chatter. No, society does not give me anything. I as well as presumably you, others (including corporations) pay for those services, whether provided by another company (electricity) or nominally the government (roads). Stop thinking of government as Mommy and start thinking of it the same way you do the corner deli or your auto mechanic. You give them money, they provide a good or service.

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Lawrence_Bird Re:Great (602 comments)

Lets see. Oh companies create jobs that pay workers who then consume goods and pay taxes on those goods as well as their salaries. Companies also pay investors dividends (taxed) and, hopefully, result in capital gains, also currently taxed.

about three weeks ago
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Iranian Hackers Compromised Airlines, Critical Infrastructure Companies

Lawrence_Bird government funding? (61 comments)

And I say this with no malice but how does anyone know where Cylance's bread is buttered? Attribution is very difficult and to say 'We are certain that' is a bit like calling a quantum mechanical state "certain" - its not but it might be a highly probable outcome.

Given the state of relations between the US and Iran (and Israel and Iran), it would make certain groups very happy for Cylance to announce these "findings." But the outsider has no way of knowing what government contracts Cylance has taken, directly or indirectly that may play into getting a certain result. As always, approach with caution.

about three weeks ago
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The Moment of Truth For BICEP2

Lawrence_Bird this has all been written before (52 comments)

guess they needed to generate some traffic.

In any event, even "inflation" (in the cosmological sense) is not a certainty and has taken on a life of its own similar to the legions of string theorists (who have so much invested they can't just walk away).

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Lawrence_Bird Re:Great (602 comments)

Because countries refuse to stop giving the ridiculous tax benefits.

Well there you have it. Exactly what is wrong with the left. A lower tax rate is considered a "benefit" as if the government is tossing a cookie out and patting the corporate (or individual) dog on the head and saying "good boy!"

The government has no inherent natural right to take money from anyone.

The far better way to view it is "companies are shifting assets and income out of our country because of the ridiculous tax penalties here."

about three weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

Lawrence_Bird Re:Depends on what your goal is. (327 comments)

And you are now supporting the power companies arguments for making solar generators pay for using the grid to transmit their power. Thank you.

about three weeks ago

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Plummeting BDP on High Speed Lines

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "In trying to track down a tcp problem today I've stumbled upon what seems to be a nasty little issue — incredibly low ping times!

I have a 25Mbps line and in checking RTT to places I frequent, I found that the times are tanking. Not that long ago, a fast link was like 60ms with most around 90-120ms, twice that overseas. Now many are coming in the 45-80ms range. But quite a few others, like youtube (6ms) google (7.5ms), apple (15ms) cbs.com (20ms) slashdot (30ms) , are a lot shorter.

This presents a very difficult problem. How to best tune RWIN? The rule of thumb had been to make rwin just greater than your typical BDP and most information on the topic is written at a time when high speed lines were starting to appear but latency was still high (>100ms). But now we have a situation where yes, rated speeds are high, but latency has dived to next to nothing for major internet sites but may still be high(er) elsewhere creating not a 2 or 3 to 1 range of RTTs but instead as high as 25 or 30x!

To optimize for google would require setting it to under 24,000 bytes. In fact, any average ping time below 48ms will (I think) saturate if RWIN is over 65,535 (the point at which scaling would take over). Yet there are still a goodly number of places that are over 80ms (say stanford.edu) and of course europe and asia can be 200ms.

So I am curious what others are doing to tune RWIN to provide the necessary throughput on the longer latency runs against these now incredibly short pings"
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Ron Paul Raises More Than $3M Online in 18 hours

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "Republican Presidential candidate has raised in excess of $3 million since midnight. Grassroots supporters organized a 'money bomb' campaign for 5 November — Guy Fawkes day (remember, remember the 5th of Novemeber). At about 5:50pm EST, the total passed the $3 mio mark and is on a pace for over $4 mio by midnight. The NY Times political blog has more details."
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Ron Paul More Cash On Hand Than McCain

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "Longshot Republican presidential hopeful and internet phenom Ron Paul (TX-14) reported today his campaign has more cash on hand ($2.4M) than does John McCain ($2M) and only slightly less than Mitt Romney ($3M excluding his personal loans). Paul's spokesman noted(nytimes) that most of the donations were via the internet and that Paul is able to run a much more frugal campaign (he has only 11 staffers) because of his wide spread support via sites such as youtube and meetup. The campaign was also the first to provide an iPhone specific platform to allow access to campaign materials."

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