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Heml.is, New Encrypted Messaging Service From Brokep of the Pirate Bay

Pike Re:Cryptocat (144 comments)

I'd say we definitely need something besides Cryptocat:

"Cryptocat is run by people that don't know crypto, make stupid mistakes, and not enough eyes are looking at their code to find the bugs. Cryptographers know the minimums or at least know you should look them up. Cryptocat tried PBKDF2, RSA, Diffie-Hellman, and ECC and managed to mess them all up because they used iterations or key sizes less than the minimums. There was a bug in the generation of ECC private keys that went unchecked for 347 days."

(As far as the competence of the people behind heml.is, I can't say one way or the other.)

about a year and a half ago

Rushkoff Proposes We Fork the Internet

Pike Obviously (487 comments)

Time to bring back the BBSs!

about 4 years ago

EFF Assails YouTube For Removing "Downfall" Parodies

Pike Uh-oh!! (294 comments)

Wait till Hitler finds out about this!!! woooooohhh boy!!

more than 4 years ago

Phone and Text Bans On Drivers Shown Ineffective

Pike Re:Compliance Rates & Hands-Free Use (406 comments)

"Civil rights" just means our rights to have privileges offered in in a fair and equal way to all. So for example, they can turn you down for a driver's license (a privilege) if you fail the driver's test, but not simply because you're black. If I open my store doors for people to come on my property to transact business (their privilege, not their right) then I have to open the doors for everybody. Just because racial (e.g.) discrimination is prohibited doesn't mean it's not a privilege.

about 5 years ago

Monkeys With Syntax

Pike Measurable results (197 comments)

I guess they'll know they had a "syntax error" if the monkey fails to understand the warning and gets killed by the falling tree.

more than 5 years ago

Yet Another Premature Declaration of Email's Death

Pike Re:Email is dead (266 comments)

Because it doesn't require my instantaneous attention and I get to control when I reply.

Neither does Twitter. Nor will Google Wave.

The problem with email isn't its asynchronous nature and that's not what's being declared dead here. Everyone loves that part. The problem is how its oversimplified inbox/outbox/folder/reply-to-all format overcomplicates multi-person and multi-project conversations. Gmail made a lot of progress by ditching folders in favour of labels and powerful search, but the basic problems still remain. Google was right, a brand new open protocol is needed that doesn't try to remain compatible with IMAP, POP and SMTP.

Twitter, on the other hand, is an awesome option for stuff on the other end of the scale - very quick casual questions or comments. Because it removes the social overhead of initiating email contact -- makes it more like just a comment to someone on the street. Twitter makes it easy to make contact and interact with both friends and strangers on a very light level. I've asked questions of people on Twitter that I never would have if email was my only option.

more than 5 years ago

Large Hadron Collider Struggling

Pike oh the humanity (371 comments)

I don't blame it. If I were a Large Hadron Collider, I would probably struggle too.

more than 5 years ago

Analyzing Apple's iPhone Strategy

Pike Re:Still no open source apps (270 comments)

IIRC, the 100-phone limit is only for if you want to distribute your app privately (e.g., corporate in-house apps, etc). Anyone can distribute freeware to the world through the "App Store" for free (e.g. no cost to you as developer, and no cost to users if you set your price at zero dollars). Most of the apps demoed at wwdc were freeware.

more than 6 years ago


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Pike Exhumed

Pike Pike writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Well, on a whim today, I tried my old slashdot user id and guessed at the password, neither of which I have used for nearly three years. Somehow I got in.

Nothing has changed except that I switched careers (from computer programming to residential construction), and I no longer use Linux. I probably will continue to remain a silent observer on slashdot; I don't have time for trivial online discussions. But I thought it was neat to be back on anyway, like finding a paper you wrote in grade school.

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