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Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware To Downloads

MartinG This is not really big news. (102 comments)

Tor provides anonymity. It does not provide authenticity or secrecy, and doesn't pretend to. If you want those things, you should use something else in addition to tor. For example, TLS or SSH might suit your needs.

9 hours ago

Overeager Compilers Can Open Security Holes In Your Code

MartinG Re: Simple. (199 comments)

Indeed. But that's a different class of problem. Or are compilers optimising constant time comparison routines to not run in constant time these days?

about 4 months ago

Overeager Compilers Can Open Security Holes In Your Code

MartinG Simple. (199 comments)

Use a language that does bounds checking automatically. Its not the 1970s any more.

about 4 months ago

Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

MartinG Re:Not malicious but not honest? (447 comments)

Programmers are human. They'll make a ton of mistakes

Humans make certain classes of mistake. Things like array bounds checking are really easy to miss.

If only machines were good at this stuff. How come we don't have any languages that do this for us yet?

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

MartinG go (387 comments)

1) Go is a modern "better c from the people who didn't bring you c++"
2) Go is designed from scratch to make concurrent programming simpler, and believe me they achieved this.
3) Go is fast, portable, lightweight, simple.
4) Go is designed and worked on by the likes of Rob Pike & Ken Thompson.
5) Programming in Go "feels" like c, but with the simple expressiveness of a scripting language. It's both low level and high level, depending how you use it.
6) The standard library is really good, especially given that go 1.0 only came out in 2.12
7) The community is even better.

about 9 months ago

EFF Makes Formal Objection to DRM In HTML5

MartinG Re:impediments to access? (270 comments)

And they achieved this without DRM as a part of the standards.

about a year ago

Nokia Admits Decrypting User Data Claiming It Isn't Looking

MartinG Re:Any browser publisher is the same way (264 comments)

Also your eyes get to see the unencrypted content. You have to trust that your eyes know what they are doing and how to keep a secret.

about 2 years ago

Worldwide IPv6 Adoption: Where Do We Stand Today?

MartinG Re:IP6 addresses are a pain (327 comments)

You can do that with your hosts file instead. Or use an alternate DNS server. Or run your own. (etc.)

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Coding Standards Make a Difference?

MartinG Re:"a net productivity gain"..YES (430 comments)

Saying that someone can understand my code because I followed some coding standard is like saying someone can understand the rocket engine I built because I used standard sized screws to assemble it.

about 2 years ago

FBI Asked Megaupload To Preserve Pirated Files, Then Used Them Against Dotcom

MartinG Re:Nowhere fast (241 comments)

Having kids is no excuse. I do have kids and admittedly its more tempting to "give in" but I still manage not to support the MPAA or RIAA at all.

about a year ago

The Internet Archive Starts Seeding Over a Million Torrents

MartinG Re:How about Freenet? (180 comments)

I don't think they are trying to "validate" bittorrent. That's just a side effect of what they are doing. They are simply using one of the most efficient and cost effective ways of distributing data because it helps them, and possibly makes a better experience for the users.

freenet offers anonymity but they don't really need that here. Bittorrent also offers fault tolerance, doesn't it?

more than 2 years ago

OpenBSD Fork Bitrig Announced

MartinG Re:No interest (178 comments)

Including the freedom to take away other peoples freedom, I suppose?

more than 2 years ago

Wil Wheaton: BitTorrent Isn't Only For Piracy

MartinG Re:Not quite (354 comments)

If 89% of everyone were bank robbers, then there are not enough legitimate ways to get money.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Tests the Waters With Paid Perks

MartinG Re:Freemium at its best (204 comments)

Facebook DOES care about it's users.

It's users (i,e, the customers) are the advertisers. You people are not the customers, you're the product.

Enabling payment like this means suddenly you are the customer too, and maybe they might care about you.

If you don't like this model, you picked the wrong social network.

more than 2 years ago

Munich Has Saved €4M So Far After Switch To Linux

MartinG Re:Not Surprised (370 comments)

Nice. Can you point to any good documentation on how to script these kinds of conversion?

more than 2 years ago

Pirate Bay Founders Lose Final Appeal

MartinG Re:I write software for a living. (307 comments)

I write software for a living too, and so do many of my friends.

If you are "losing" money, it is because your business model is ill-concived.

(N.B., I am replying to your point alone, this does not imply that I condone anything that the pirate bay folks may have done)

more than 2 years ago


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MartinG MartinG writes  |  more than 11 years ago

But I'm not going to say anything interesting and this might be the last entry ever.

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