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Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

MrBingoBoingo Re:Homeland Security? Everyone is a terrorist (126 comments)

This. I mean Charlie Shrem getting half the jail time of the dude he play the prisoner dilemma game with simply because they both surrendered to the States attourney and Shrem was the better mole... Nothing about this process is justice. Preet Baharara and his legal team are the legal equivalent of pick up artists and they get hammered in appelate courts for this bullshit. Appeals though cost money.

5 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

MrBingoBoingo Re:Theo de Raadt (299 comments)

And then instead of running an Operating Sytem development project you get stuck running a school. There's no shortage of other Open Source projects which go out of their way to cater to people learning. The OpenBSD approach by contrast is simply offering what they are and new comers can take it or leave it. Also whose place is it to really say that it isn't a kindness to let people know that something might not be for them?

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

MrBingoBoingo Re:Theo de Raadt (299 comments)

I'm really not so sure. If he was nicer he might be over run will well interntioned people who want to attach to his project, but don't actually have the focus or ability to contibute in a positive way according the vision of Theo and the rest of the team.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

MrBingoBoingo Re:Lennart Poettering and Kay Sievers (299 comments)

We might as well in that case nominate radon for causing cancer for people to advocate precautions against.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

MrBingoBoingo Re:Theo de Raadt (299 comments)

Also very important is that contrary to all of the lovey dovey lets get along on the Internet propaganda being spread around now, his "being an asshole" by insisting things be done right is being revealed to be incredibly valuable. While pro and anti systemd camps debate trolling Theo and the OpenBSD team are doing the important work of making existing tools better. Already jsut cleaning up the OpenSSL codebase to birth LibreSSL has resulted in code that in its few months of life has avoided some new security advisories the parent OpenSSL is vulnerable to. Theo's accomplishments are not limited to merely making an SSL implementation that is less of a turd. It is that he managed to grow a community of capable programmers that can and does make essential utilities less shitty.

about a month ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

MrBingoBoingo Re:Hmmm ... (452 comments)

This too. It's just... this fills a niche most "working programmers" won't or can't fill. The dude made a thing. It is fun, it is good. I wish more people would give it ago and see what they missed.

about 2 months ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

MrBingoBoingo Re:Hmmm ... (452 comments)

It's better than Brainfuck by far in that it gives you an opportunity to write for X86-64 as such. What else offers that?

about 2 months ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

MrBingoBoingo Re:Hmmm ... (452 comments)

TempleOS is actuall a fun thing to play with. It's not replacing anyone's everyday work space, but... sometimes it's fun to turn a modern computing machine into a Commodore64 like environment.

about 2 months ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

MrBingoBoingo Re:Awesome (147 comments)

Honestly I'd like to see something like this, replace the RPi as the cheap computer being offered as a learning platform. Let the kids play with the assembler.

about 2 months ago
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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief, Part II: Illustrating the Issue of Trust In Altcoins

MrBingoBoingo Re:Bitcoin was invented so that... (46 comments)

The other big disadvantage of gold is if robber shoots you they take your value. Private keys secured well they shoot you and... monetary mass goes down.

about 2 months ago
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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 3 months 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 3 months 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 months ago

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Spanish CyberSquat Raided in "Counter-Terror" Operation

MrBingoBoingo MrBingoBoingo writes  |  about a month and a half ago

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) writes "An anarchist center in Spain at Kasa de la Muntanya associated with techo libertarian projects was raided under the guise of of "Counter-Terrorism" operation. The squat had been continually occupied since 1989 and served as a social senter for the local community in addition to serving as a haven to technological and libertarian projects."
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Tor: This Onion Smells

MrBingoBoingo MrBingoBoingo writes  |  about 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 5 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 7 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 8 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 10 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 a year 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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