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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

MightyMartian Re:Good. (103 comments)

Not to worry, he'd be saved by Mr. Canoe Head.

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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

MightyMartian Re:Good. (103 comments)

I was going to suggest going North Korean on his ass. Death by mortar fire, death by flame thrower or death by hungry dogs? It's just so damned hard to choose.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

MightyMartian Re:All I can say to that is... (68 comments)

I once had a Server 2003 install go bananas and completely fuck up an Exchange message store. "Never again!" I cried, and within a few hours was installing from a day old backup.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

MightyMartian Re:Militia, then vs now (1574 comments)

When you look at the Second Amendment within the context of how the US was formed as an outgrowth of revolution against what was viewed as a tyrannical regime. Many of the underlying concepts of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are essentially answers to the reasons for revolt and secession against Great Britain laid out in the Declaration of Independence. The Second Amendment was clearly intended to preserve liberties against future tyrants.

3 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

MightyMartian Re:Militia, then vs now (1574 comments)

I have absolutely no problem with a sane, sober individual possessing a weapon. I myself am a Canadian, but I remember camping trips with my grandparents out in the backcountry of British Columbia, and he always kept his hunting rifle loaded (that would get him arrested in Canada these days), not because he even really hunted by that point, but because of the risk from bears and other predators with young kids around. I learned to shoot when I was pretty young, and while I have no more adoration for guns than I do for hammers or screwdrivers, I respect their power and believe firmly that whether anyone owns a gun or not, they should know how one works, both for gun safety and in the hopefully unlikely event they actually need to use one.

The fact of the matter is that if someone is out to kill lots of people, guns, while perhaps the most convenient method, are hardly the only one. Some college kid just stabbed five people to death at a house party, apparently with a knife that was in the house where the party was being held. If someone goes nuts and decides it's time to kill lots of people, there's damned little anyone can do about it. Maybe, if we're lucky, we find out about their dastardly plan in advance, but bad luck can take anyone out; whether it be a maniac with a weapon, a car accident, or hell, falling off a ladder.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

MightyMartian Re:Yawn. (68 comments)

What happens to the vast minority of people who always think they are in the vast majority?

They join some Libetarian populist movement and demand all government services with the exception of those they partake of to be slashed or eliminated?

And yes, oh ye mighty moderators, this is trolling.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

MightyMartian Re:All I can say to that is... (68 comments)

I support more mod points for the irony challenged!

3 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

MightyMartian Re:Militia, then vs now (1574 comments)

How about "The Founders and over two centuries of jurisprudence." Is that sufficiently pedantic for you?

3 days ago
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Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

MightyMartian Re:All I can say to that is... (68 comments)

Apparently some company in Redmond, WA is putting out a mobile clone of OpenOffice.

3 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

MightyMartian Re:Militia, then vs now (1574 comments)

Of course the Founders intended the constitution to be amended. But the position that the Second Amendment meant something other than the text is revisionism.

3 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

MightyMartian Re:Militia, then vs now (1574 comments)

I'd say the mere fact that this ex-justice feels the need to add words to the Second Amendment to specifically alter and limit its context says to me he knows full well what the Founders intended. Now one can certainly debate whether the Second Amendment is still useful or desirable or however you want to frame it, but whatever side of the gun debate you sit on, to pretend that the Founders meant anything other than general gun ownership is revisionism of the most extreme kind.

3 days ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

MightyMartian Re:This (297 comments)

Russia may cite what it likes, but as I've said before, the situation in Kosovo was such that Kosovo's secession was necessary to prevent further crimes against humanity; in particular ethnic cleansing that was almost certain to approach, if not become genocide. There is no indication that any Russian or other minority in Ukraine was under that kind of threat.

What is more, the secession of Kosovo was done under the watchful eye of numerous international agencies, whereas the Crimean "secession" was done with the Russian military and a puppet government running the entire show. To equate Kosovo and Crimea is ludicrous; both from the point of justification and from the point of how the secession was carried out.

It might be one thing if Putin and the Russian parliament hadn't been preparing annexation instruments at the very same time this referendum was being prepared.

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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

MightyMartian Re:Mr Fixit (580 comments)

Debian was a bit longer, so far as mainline releases go (I don't use testing branches). I have several servers and routers running 6.0, and they're all using OpenSSL 0.9.8, whereas my servers I use as KVM virtualization hosts are running Wheezy and did have vulnerable versions of OpenSSL. I had been thinking over the last few months that I should upgrade my old Debian Squeeze servers and appliances, a number of which are used for my OpenVPN WAN routers and remote client servers. I'm very glad my business/procrastination prevented me from upgrading these systems, and hence they remained untouched, and I don't have to go through the pain of regenerating keys and rolling them out to remote routers and to all the road warriors and work-at-home types.

3 days ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

MightyMartian Re:Open source was never safer (580 comments)

Only if one buys that "security through obscurity" is a legitimate form of network safety. A decade's worth of Internet Explorer and ActiveX vulnerabilities would suggest you're wrong.

3 days ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

MightyMartian Re:Backport\Upstream? Seems unlikely (289 comments)

Indeed. If there are still a significant-enough number of OS/2 users out there to warrant OpenSSL upgrades, then someone will fill the need. But we all know there isn't enough users of these old OSs to actually warrant ancient code being maintained.

4 days ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

MightyMartian Re:This (297 comments)

International law does not support annexations no matter how you read it. Self-determination is not in and of itself sufficient to see the borders of a sovereign state undermined. Good grief, what the hell do you think the UN was formed for, to prevent precisely what has happened.

4 days ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

MightyMartian Re:This (297 comments)

So Russia should immediately let Chechnya go, right?

4 days ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

MightyMartian Re:Let the pandering begin! (297 comments)

The only reason the UN don't recognise it is because China has sufficient influence to make the member states maintain a rather silly fiction.

Well that, and the fact that Chiang Kai Shek insisted upon the pointless ruse that the Kuomintang was still the lawful government of mainland China, and was permitted to keep this delusion by US foreign policy for nearly a quarter century.

4 days ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

MightyMartian Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (297 comments)

The USSR was a Western ally for precisely as long as it took to beat Nazi Germany. It wasn't a friend to the West before WWII (although I do concede Stalin had approached the Allies with concerns about Nazi Germany in 1938, though at the same time he had absolutely no problem exporting steel to Germany during the whole period), and it wasn't a friend after WWII. While Cold War propaganda may have exaggerated the economic and political ills of the Soviet Union somewhat, at the end of the day, it was no friend of the West.

4 days ago

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NASA Wants To Go To Europa

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about a month and a half ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "From the story:

"NASA and the White House are asking Congress to bankroll a new intrastellar road trip to a destination that's sort of like the extraterrestrial Atlantis of our solar system — Jupiter's intriguing moon, Europa."

Since Europa seems one of the most likely worlds in the Solar System other than Earth where we have some hope of finding extant life, let's hope Congress gives the green light to this project."

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Richard Nixon Announces His Approval For Slashdot Beta

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about 2 months ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "Former US president (and everyone's favorite funny man) Richard M. Nixon announced his approval of the Slashdot Beta site.

"I was just telling Pat this morning as I made sweet Nixon love to her that what the web needed was a whitespace-riddled atrocity. Slashdot Beta is the Tet Offensive of discussion sites, so screw you, you stupid hippies."

Henry Kissinger was said to have been very pleased as well. Dr. Kissinger was quoted as saying "In Soviet Russia, Slashdot betas you!""
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Slashdot Starting Move To Beta Site

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about 2 months ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "According to Slashdot's blog, great progress is being made in the redesign. According to a notice on the Slashdot front page:

"MOVIN’ ON UP. You are on Slashdot Classic. We are starting to move into new digs in February by automatically redirecting greater numbers of you. The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months. As we migrate our audience, we want to hear from you to make sure that the redesigned page has all the features you expect. Find out more."

According to many posters who are posting off topic, there seems little appetite for the upcoming changes."

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iPads banned from UK Cabinet meetings over surveillance fears

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about 6 months ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "British securities services fear foreign intelligence agencies have developed the ability to turn mobile devices such as phones and tablets into bugs without the owner’s knowledge, allowing them to eavesdrop on confidential meetings.

According to the article, UK security services fear China, Russia and Pakistway have figured out a way to turn mobiles into microphones, and have them transmit even when they're off. Ministers in sensitive government departments have been issued with soundproof lead-lined boxes, which they must place their mobiles in when having sensitive conversations."

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Saturn's largest moon undergoes crater makeover

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about a year ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "NASA scientists say Cassini has discovered that far fewer craters on Titan than on the other moons of Saturn. The craters they have discovered are far shallower than other moons' craters and appear to be filling with hydrocarbon sand. On top of being yet another reason Titan's active geology is very cool, it adds to the mystery of where all the methane on Titan is coming from."
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Pat Robertson Rejects Creationism

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about a year ago

MightyMartian writes "From the article:

"Televangelist Pat Robertson challenged the idea that Earth is 6,000 years old this week, saying the man who many credit with conceiving the idea, former Archbishop of Ireland James Ussher, “wasn’t inspired by the Lord when he said that it all took 6,000 years.”

And further...

Before answering the question, Robertson acknowledged the statement was controversial by saying, “I know that people will probably try to lynch me when I say this.” “If you fight science, you are going to lose your children, and I believe in telling them the way it was,” Robertson concluded.

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Teen Suicide Tormenter Outed By Anonymous

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "From the story:

The tragic story of a Canadian teen suicide victim Amanda Todd has taken another bizarre twist as the internet hacking and activist group Anonymous has named a man the group says was the girl's primary tormentor. Todd, 15, of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, died last Wednesday, a month after posting a haunting video on YouTube that cited the sexualized attack that set her down a path of anxiety, depression and drug and alcohol abuse.

This raises a whole nest of issues surrounding the presumption of innocence and vigilantism. Should the police and the courts be given the appropriate amount of time to determine if there is sufficient evidence, or if a crime has in fact been committed, or is Anonymous right in short-circuiting what might in fact be a lengthy process with no guarantee that anyone will face charges?"
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Neanderthal-Modern Human Interbreeding Cast In Doubt (Again)

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "It appears that the back-and-forth debate over whether modern humans and Neanderthals has been swung back into the "unlikely" category.

According to the abstract (at PNAS):

"Recent comparisons between anatomically modern humans and ancient genomes of other hominins have raised the tantalizing, and hotly debated, possibility of hybridization. Although several tests of hybridization have been devised, they all rely on the degree to which different modern populations share genetic polymorphisms with the ancient genomes of other hominins. However, spatial population structure is expected to generate genetic patterns similar to those that might be attributed to hybridization. To investigate this problem, we take Neanderthals as a case study, and build a spatially explicit model of the shared history of anatomically modern humans and this hominin. We show that the excess polymorphism shared between Eurasians and Neanderthals is compatible with scenarios in which no hybridization occurred, and is strongly linked to the strength of population structure in ancient populations. Thus, we recommend caution in inferring admixture from geographic patterns of shared polymorphisms, and argue that future attempts to investigate ancient hybridization between humans and other hominins should explicitly account for population structure.""

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Data Remanence Solutions

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "The company I work for has just had their government contract renewed, which is good news, giving me several more years of near-guaranteed employment!

However, in going through all the schedules and supplementary documents related to the old contract, which we will begin winding down next spring, we've discovered some pretty stiff data remanence requirements that, for hard drives at least, boil down to "they must be sent to an appropriately recognized facility for destruction."

Now keep in mind that we are the same organization that has been delivering this contract all along, so the equipment isn't going anywhere. What's more, destruction of hard drives means we have to buy new ones, which is going to cost us a lot of money, particular with prices being so high.

I've looked at using encryption as a means of destroying data, in that if you encrypt a drive or a set of files with an appropriately long and complex key, and then destroy all copies of that key, that data effectively is destroyed. I'd like to write up a report to submit to our government contract managers, and would be interested if any Slashdotters have experience with this, or have any references or citations to academic or industry papers on dealing with data remanence without destroying physical media."
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Pete Townshend Calls Apple 'A Vampire'

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has urged Apple's iTunes to use its power to help new bands instead of "bleeding" artists like a "digital vampire".

He also argued against unauthorised file-sharing, saying the internet was "destroying copyright as we know it"."

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Microsoft Has Lost $5.5 Billion On Bing Since 2009

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "According to CNN Money, Microsoft has lost $5.5 billion on Bing since its launch in 2009. But it gets even better. If you include Microsoft's other online offerings, all the way back to 2007, the losses are somewhere in the neighborhood of $9 billion.

But not to worry, analysts expect Bing to become profitable in "three to four years"."

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The Great Global Warming Swindle

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  more than 7 years ago It seems that UK's Channel 4 "Great Global Warming Swindle", which the anti-global warming crowd, including Janet Daley of the Telegraph (see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2007/03/12/do1201.xml) has run into a bit of a problem; mainly that the only swindle going on was the program.

According to the RealClimate blog (http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2007/03/swindled/), the program was in fact a collection of defunct claims, half-truths, and in the case of Carl Wunsch's contribution, misrepresenting his views. This sort of deceit and dishonesty shouldn't be a surprise, but what is sad is that fiction suddenly gets trumpeted as a legitimate scientific critique of Global Warming.

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