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Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In More Command-Line Tools

MrBingoBoingo Re:Am I paranoid? (87 comments)

Well the way this probably works is they submit patches to be helpful. They encourage work on certain things to distract from things they already know are vulnerable. Bash had that bad behavior at a time when some people may have lobbied for it as a feature. On the other hand you have outright turds like OpenSSL which are developed by people who jsut slap shit in and avoid starvation by consulting for the Feds. The only solution is more people reading old code.

about three weeks ago
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Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In More Command-Line Tools

MrBingoBoingo Re:tnftp (87 comments)

Well the difference is... reading, and reading is nothing if not for rereading. A billion, thousand, or even three eyes mean nothing if they're aimed at cat videos. Instead of reineventing every API to keep it fresh a la the GNOME model, to get actual tools you have to instead make sure what you're already working with... works.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

MrBingoBoingo Re: False dichotomy. (199 comments)

And then there's the matter that a number of people who really benefit from good documentation are developers. Documentation helps describe to your team what these chunks of code are supposed to do and in the long run can help to avoid the problem where "new features" end up poorly replacing popular well used features.

about 3 months ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

MrBingoBoingo Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

"Yeah; your cholesterol levels are controlled by your liver." Very much this. I am chubby pack a day smoker while also being sedentary and drinking ~400 ml plus of hard liquor a day. My cholersterol is great though. Ninetieth percentile on LDL's and low HDL and VHDL cholesterol. It is a situation where people don't get to roll their own dice as much as the shills would have them imagine so.

about 4 months ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

MrBingoBoingo Re:FreeBSD (361 comments)

No. No true paranoid would use an OS where everything runs in ring 0.

about 5 months ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

MrBingoBoingo Re:But it's green! It works through magic! (448 comments)

For a while I've just assumed kickstarter and scams went hand in hand. Actual VC funding might go to shitty causes, but with something like this you'd expect a VC could at least ask an engineer acquaintance.

about 5 months ago
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Researchers Find "Achilles Heel" of Drug Resistant Bacteria

MrBingoBoingo Re:What's with the quotes around "gram-negative?" (106 comments)

Seems to only work on bacterial that are only inherently resistant to some antibiotics to because they are gram negative, so some bacterial that were hard to kill because they were gram negative get easier. The rest stay hard targets.

about 5 months ago
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Researchers Find "Achilles Heel" of Drug Resistant Bacteria

MrBingoBoingo Re:e. coli and salmonella? (106 comments)

The mention of MRSA in the article was probably erroneous and sloppy reporting. Gram Negative bacteria tend to resist chemotherapy due to robust cell walls. Gram Positive bacteria like MRSA, VRSA, VRE, et al... resist drug therapy by other means. This covers nothing of the most concerning drug resistant bacteria, but merely offers a way to make some bacteria vulnerable to drugs that they were not vulnerable to before.

about 5 months ago
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Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released

MrBingoBoingo Re:This is so 1990s (132 comments)

Not for every distro, but for a few it still is. It's a combination of popularity and infrequency of releases that determines if the update is newsworthy,

about 6 months ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

MrBingoBoingo Re:OS X (611 comments)

Funny, I say the same thing about Common Desktop Environment on Solaris 8.

about 6 months ago
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AT&T Hacker 'weev' Demands One Bitcoin For Each Hour He Spent In Jail

MrBingoBoingo Re:Timothy McVeigh (449 comments)

All it means is he has the balls to troll both online and offline.

about 5 months ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

MrBingoBoingo Re:Backport\Upstream? Seems unlikely (304 comments)

With something as big and messy as crufty as OpenSSL, there probably isn't a sane way to approach the problem of decrapifying it that doesn't involve first stripping it down to the minimum.The OpenBSD devs aren't Windows devs, Apple Devs, or Linux Devs. There is no "greater evil" in making something more secure in less time for your own platform when contorting themselves to maintain compatiility keeps junk that slows them in their task to the point they don't every get to the clean secure rewrite.

about 7 months ago
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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

MrBingoBoingo Re:Want to write a kernel ? (392 comments)

A large problem in trying to deal with "scientists" and "engineers" as a macro problem is people in those professions aren't very fungible. To be a scientist or and engineer is to have a substantial degree of professional specialization. A micro biologist is not fungible with a zoologist, and even most microbiologists are not fungible with other microbiologist or zoologists fungible with other zoologists.

about 7 months ago
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Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

MrBingoBoingo Re:90 day budget (185 comments)

Sure, but... Continuing a legacy like that is cheaper than launching anything else. It's almost like the Airforce retiring the A-10 and supposing a vaporware F-35 can replace it, the F-35 being both Vaporware and an abortion because someone insisted the bulk of the US's future airplanes must take off and land like helicopters. Seriously, Fund NASA, axe the F-35 and just buy some French Raphaels already.

about 8 months ago
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Legal Motion: Hyperlinks Are Protected By the First Amendment

MrBingoBoingo Re:It's only a motion (49 comments)

Lawyers, it is great to have them, but very expensive to have them pointed against you.

about 8 months ago
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Book Review: Threat Modeling: Designing For Security

MrBingoBoingo Re:now, if someone could handle the weather warnin (32 comments)

Right, in weather watches alert to favorable contitions for adverse incidents and warning alert that shit is imminent or going down at the moment. It's why in the midwest large portions of states may be covered under a Tornado watch, but the actual warnings are much more sparse. The difference between a weather warning and a "Terrorism warning" though is that generally the weather makes no special effort to conceal its intentions.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

MrBingoBoingo Re:Not a good idea (246 comments)

Pretty much this. People going into an associates program generally are doing it for the vocational training with the expectation that when they graduate they can get a job where they continue learning and training in the craft. For this sort of curriculum you want to start with the basics of learning the relevant languages and tools, and bleed into working on practical projects before the end of the program. The biggest challenge in a two year curriculum is going to be introducing databases.

about 9 months ago

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Tor: This Onion Smells

MrBingoBoingo MrBingoBoingo writes  |  4 days ago

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) writes "After the backlash to Yasha Levine's original report on the monetary connection between Tor developers and the United States Government is it time for privacy activists to consider depreciating the frequent recommendation that the privacy conscious should use Tor? Between Darkmarket busts and and the Tor project's history perhaps it is time to consider the Tor network as controlled by the United States law enforcement and intelligence communities."
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Court Order: Butterfly Labs Bitcoins to be sold.

MrBingoBoingo MrBingoBoingo writes  |  about two weeks ago

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) writes "In a new development in the Case against Butterfly Labs, the Court overseeing the case has ordered bitcoins held by Butterfly Labs to be turned over to the Court appointed temporary receiver. The order also gives the receiver authorization to convert the bitcoins "to cash on a systematic and reasoned basis." The justification for this measure is at least to ostensibly create reserves with which refunds for Butterfly Labs customers may be paid from."
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US Company Seeks to offer Regulator Approved Bitcoin Options Market

MrBingoBoingo MrBingoBoingo writes  |  about three weeks ago

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) writes "Startup LedgerX has submitted applications to the US Commodity Futures Trading Commisions to begin offering options based on Bitcoin prices which will be bought and sold in US Dollars. This comes after last major options market in Bitcoin announced they were discontinuing Bitcoin/Dollar options sold and settled in Bitcoin back in February due to poor price signal and the daunting challenge of insuring Put options."
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WordPress Defaults Preserve Avenue For Denial of Service Attacks

MrBingoBoingo MrBingoBoingo writes  |  about a month ago

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) writes "As bad as the Bash shell behavior was, giving attackers a shell on your server This WordPress XMLRPC Pingback hole is just as bad to your fellow internet residents. Sure Shell Shock was worse for you since it offered a shell on your machine, but to your friendly Internet neighbors the WordPress bullshit is just as bad. And much like WordPress there were Bash scripts that had been functional since 1992 which no longer work on patched versions of Bash, but for WordPress Backwards compatibility is still more important."
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Bitcoin User tells of Interview by FBI and Treasury Department

MrBingoBoingo MrBingoBoingo writes  |  about 3 months ago

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) writes "Recently a Bitcoin user reports being interviewed over their past use of a now defuct exchange service by agents from the FBI and Treasury Department. This encounter raises concerns that earlier Bitcoin users who entered the space inocuously and without ties to Dark Markets or The Silk Road might need to prepare for Law Enforcement questioning about their early Bitcoin related activities."
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Xfce: Choice Desktop environment for new Linux Users

MrBingoBoingo MrBingoBoingo writes  |  about 5 months ago

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) writes "A lot has changed and continued to change in the world of Linux and Unix desktop environments. A stong case though can be made that Xfce is the best direction to point new desktop Linix and *nix users towards. With rapid change happening in the world of desktop environments, what direction is really the best to point aspiring Linux users towards?"
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Bitcoin Securities Issuer Settles with SEC

MrBingoBoingo MrBingoBoingo writes  |  about 6 months ago

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) writes "The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has extracted a Settlement from Erik Voorhees that consists of $15,843.98 in profits and a penalty of $35,000 for the high crime of having been involved in financing two offerings with Bitcoin. If you read the Security and Exchange Commission's actual filing you can see that all of the fines and settlements relate to FeedZeBirds with any actions relating to S.DICE on MPEx consisting of a strong finger wag and stern look. With the light assessment in this case, it seems that the SEC's ability to act in mature Bitcoin markets like MPEx may be limited unless they work to build cooperative relationships with those markets."
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Bitcoin Barron Challenges Berkshire

MrBingoBoingo MrBingoBoingo writes  |  about 8 months ago

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) writes "Bitcoin Tychoon Mircea Popescu, recent savior of OpenBSD, has wagered 1000 BTC that Bitcoin will outperform Berkshire Hathaway over the next year. The wager falls into a long tradition of high value parimutuel bets in Bitcoin that center around financial outcomes, serving a role in Bitcoin similar to the one insurance does in more mature markets."
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MtGox Collapse should come as no suprise

MrBingoBoingo MrBingoBoingo writes  |  about 9 months ago

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) writes "The recent closure of the famous Bitcoin exchange MtGox has grabbed a lot of media attention lately, but people involved heavily in bitcoin have been raising alarms about business practices at MtGox for quite some time now. With the MtGox failure being Bitcoin's biggest since the collapse of the ponzi run by Trendon Shavers, also known as Pirateat40, it might be time to revisit the idea of counterparty risk in the world of irreversible cryptocurrency."
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