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Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

SuperBanana Re:Yubikey is the way to go... (110 comments)

The submitter asked:

"I've been wondering whether there are any feasible and working FOSS and open hardware-based security token generator projects out there"

Is Yubikey open source software and hardware? Because it appears to be neither.

RSA was in the NSA's back pocket. Why wouldn't these people? How can their hardware or software be audited?

yesterday
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

SuperBanana Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (717 comments)

I replied to someone who said that "his manner is coarse." They were speaking of Linus's general manner, not his specific conduct in this particular case.

Linus has a long history of name-calling, mocking, ridiculing, etc.

Context.

yesterday
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

SuperBanana taking things out of context (717 comments)

I replied to someone who said that "his manner is coarse." They were speaking of Linus's general manner, not his specific conduct in this particular case. Linus has a long history of name-calling, mocking, ridiculing, etc. So no, I have not "just learned to read recently" (hello, abuse.) You, apparently, are unaware of something called "context"

yesterday
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

SuperBanana Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (717 comments)

His manner is coarse

It's not "coarse", it's abusive. Namecalling, mocking, ridicule, hyperbole. That's abuse.

you must admit that he's gotten the job done. Linux advances on schedule, patches get incorporated, code gets tested, and all proceeds smoothly.

I sacrificed a chicken yesterday and successfully committed code. You must admit that the ritualistic sacrifice got the job done.

("Getting the job done" does not, and has never required being abusive to others. Getting the job done while being abusive is not proof that being abusive is required or even was part of, "getting the job done.")

3 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

SuperBanana Strawman argument (717 comments)

Strawman argument. Nobody except you has posited that "all opinions are valid", and nobody suggested that criticisms can't be made. You invented that position to attack it.

I specifically said: it's fine to tell people they did something wrong. What you may not do is be abusive.

3 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

SuperBanana I know you're trying to be funny, but... (717 comments)

...the people who deserve the apology are the people who were subject to an abusive tirade.

You can point out someone made a mistake. There's no obligation to be "nice" when doing so. There is an obligation to not be abusive, which is what Linus repeatedly does. Abuse includes mockery, ridicule, name calling, etc.

He's being a bully, pure and simple - using his popularity to shove around others. That should not be tolerated, full stop.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

SuperBanana Re:Bitcoin, rent, tor (206 comments)

TOR exit nodes are in very short supply, and as a company you already have the protection of incorporation that prevents the biggest fear of exit operators (and the reason there are so few), being caught up in an investigation by police who kick down doors first and ask questions late

LOL....

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

SuperBanana Re:power, so no, not really? (206 comments)

Clearly you read neither the slashdot text (which says "what should we do with these resources") not "what should we do with this website content." It's not even said that the setup is running a public-facing website, or even a website at all.

The commenter very clearly meant "donate the equipment to us."

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

SuperBanana One of the most common failover mistakes... (206 comments)

Keep everything ready, so you can switch back when the cloud services fail and/or your management team changes.

Did you miss the part about them trying to cut opex? *siiiiiigh*

Even that aside...Maybe the latter, but not the former. One of the most common mistakes of failover environments is using the "old stuff" for failover/backup.

That works great, until you exceed the computing/storage capacity/bandwidth of the original hardware.

Let's say in a year traffic is up 30%. Something goes wrong, big time, with Teh Cloudz. You've done a good job of keeping the old hardware current and replicated. You 'flip the switch'...and the old environment promptly chokes...oops.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

SuperBanana power, so no, not really? (206 comments)

Unless you're getting power donated as well, you definitely should not be accepting every machine you can get.

If this stuff more than a few years old, the power bill is going to quickly eclipse the cost differential of better hardware.

Electricity costs vary, but a ballpark of 1 watt/year = $1 is roughly right around here. That doesn't include cooling. A probably conservative but very rough ballpark power estimate would be 3kW for that equipment...I didn't count hard drives, the firewall, the router, etc.

3 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

SuperBanana Elective surgery on a critical organ (546 comments)

That's how a friend's father, an eye surgeon, put it.

It doesn't always go right, and (yes, rarely) it goes very wrong. There are no take-backs with the laser surgeries.

If you must, do the surgery that is reversible - they insert a small piece of plastic that corrects the lens shape.

about a week ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

SuperBanana Why are Zorro cards worth anything at all? (192 comments)

the seller has no clue about what Zorro cards are inside

I can understand the display cards and SCSI cards - those have function - but everything else (framegrabber cards and such) seems like rather hopelessly outclassed stuff?

about two weeks ago
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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

SuperBanana You forgot about Chernobyl (230 comments)

230,000 were killed by the Banquiao hydroelectric dam disaster.

Not quite. 20,000 were killed in the immediate flooding. The rest were killed in the epidemics, famines, etc that followed.

Even if the worst nuclear accident in history happened EVERY YEAR, it would still be safer than hydroelectric.

If you're going to claim indirect deaths as you did above, then I'm going to claim indirect deaths too.

http://www.who.int/ionizing_ra...

Chernobyl didn't kill that many people directly/immediately, but it has impacted the health of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people. It will continue to do so, for generations. Nuclear disasters never go away.

Where X is 10-100 times larger than Y: Increasing the cancer risks for X people isn't 'better' than immediately wiping Y people off the map.

about two weeks ago
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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

SuperBanana There is no "safe" amount of ionizing radiation (230 comments)

I'm sick and tired of the notion that it's OK to pollute, as long as you don't pollute "too much."

200+ chemicals found in samples of people's blood: http://www.forbes.com/2010/01/...

200+ chemicals found in newborn's umbilical core blood: http://www.scientificamerican....

http://www.cdc.gov/exposurerep...

These chemicals by and large don't go away...and time after time, we find chemicals that were thought to be "safe"...aren't. When are we going to learn that? When are we going to require chemicals be considered dangerous until proven otherwise, instead of the present situation, where chemicals are only later shown to be dangerous once scientists and environmental groups collect a mountain of evidence?

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

SuperBanana Dumping (291 comments)

" Do you seriously think they are going to produce coal at a loss? "

Yup. One of the ways the coal industry has been fighting "green" technologies? Plunging the price.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

The coal industry has a century or two of establishment. They have no startup or R&D costs; everything is amortized; they have a heavily legislative-friendly environment.

Johhny Come Lately Solar And Wind is counting on profits within a certain time period to become profitable.

  All the coal company has to do is undercut them on price long enough to bleed them dry...or endanger investments enough that further investment dries up.

about two weeks ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

SuperBanana what is your source? (752 comments)

Citation required (seriously, you couldn't be bothered?)

I can't find anything to back your claim.

about two weeks ago
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Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

SuperBanana Re:seems like snowden did the exact same thing. (95 comments)

These are documents that he personally worked with, rather than a cache of documents acquired for the purpose of copying and releasing them.

Nope, guess again. They're releasing edited versions, not the originals or even direct copies or direct typed copies.

"In accordance with the deposit agreement, the Churchill Archives Centre is opening Mitrokhinâ(TM)s edited Russian-language versions of his original notes.The original manuscript notes and notebooks will remain closed under the terms of the deposit agreement, subject to review."

Also, you have to be a researcher, provide multiple forms of ID, etc.

Oh, and two sections are closed, for undisclosed reasons.

about three weeks ago
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In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

SuperBanana National Academy is for junk science (130 comments)

I am rather surprised that the National Academy published the results of a study which violated multiple ethical guidelines put in place to protect human subjects.

The only real point of being accepted to the National Academy is access to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They don't turn down anything from members.

For NA members, it's where you publish when nobody else will accept your paper.

about a month ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

SuperBanana Re:Farmers also not sure of the whole sun centered (567 comments)

And as we know, farmers are on the cutting edge of science.

Many are, actually, because agricultural science is one area where the government both funds it very well (at least in the US) and there's a lot of work put into practical applications. (Some) farmers are using RTK GPS for tending their fields, robots equipped with vision processing to pick fruit (a piece of fruit's IR reflectivity is an excellent way to judge ripeness) and so on.

I know someone who owns a milk farm. He jokes he's got a "degree in dirt" - but what that means is that he spent four years learning about soil/nutrient management and how to most effectively use his family's most valuable resource.

Now, that said: these guys are idiots. We have more than a hundred thousand years of ice core samples showing climate data. Everything we're collecting now is far off the charts from everything else.

about a month ago
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2600 Distributor Withholds Money, Magazine's Future In Limbo

SuperBanana "doing quite well"? No cash reserves, credit line? (59 comments)

"we've been doing quite well overall."

Except for the bit where your business had little cash reserves, and apparently no line of credit?

2600 is a business with plenty of history and should have lots of proof they're doing OK, if that is in fact the case. Getting a line of credit to make up for the lost issue or two shouldn't remotely be a problem...which means one of three things: they're not doing "quite well", they're incompetent, or they are, in fact, trying to take advantage of the community.

about a month ago

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student arrested wearing hoax device at airport

SuperBanana SuperBanana writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SuperBanana (662181) writes "According to a report by the Boston Globe, Star Simpson was nearly shot by Logan Airport police who thought she was armed with a bomb. She approached an airline employee wearing a prototyping board with electronic components, crudely attached to the front of her sweatshirt and holding "putty" in her hand. She asked about an incoming flight, and did not respond when asked about the device. Armed police responded. Her actions seem purposefully designed to elicit a reaction from airport security- or this is further proof of the poor judgment of Boston area college students."
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SuperBanana SuperBanana writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SuperBanana (662181) writes "Steve Jobs is part of a small group of California residents who can go without license plates. Instead, they have a small barcode located in the plate area. Not only does this make one invulnerable to tollbooth ticketing systems, but it makes them harder to target with a LIDAR speed gun (police use the highly reflective front plate as a target for the infrared beam.) Not to mention, if they commit any vehicular crimes or traffic infractions, witnesses have no plates to look for. States and the Federal government have numerous safety reasons why we are compelled to have two license plates, but if you've got enough commas in your bank account, you get to drive with no plates at all..."
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SuperBanana SuperBanana writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SuperBanana (662181) writes "Today the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (aka "The T" in Boston, a network of several subway, Light Rail Vehicle, bus, commuter rail, and ferry lines) announced a $466,000 "revamp" to its website by RDVO, allowing features like bus and subway route maps for iPod users (video iPods only), better ordering of regular passes, email alerts, and (at some point) real-time positioning of busses. RDVO's company press release mentions "The new website for the MBTA went 'live' this morning. Initial reviews have been postive, and we're working through some performance problems." That is a bit of an understatement, as the site has been inaccessible since at least lunchtime. Boston.com readers who were able to view the site have not been especially kind towards either the site or the MBTA itself. This is not surprising given the major fare hike coming in January, mandatory bag searches, the T's crumbling infrastructure, poor reliability, and issues with the new RFID-based Charliecard. Apparently, you can't load existing CharlieCards (handed out en-mass recently) with a monthly pass; you need a second pass. I've personally found the system flaky as well: I loaded $2.50 onto a Charlie Card, went through a Green line gate ($1.25), and hopped on a bus at Copley (transfer of 35 cents), where the machine flashed "insufficient fare." Even if it was a full fare (90 cents), I should have had enough money in the card and the card should have had the $2.50 stored in its chip. Amusingly, during my green line trip, the driver had to "reboot" the train twice to get the doors to close. Also: the new fareboxes on busses don't give change; if you put in $1 for a 90 cent bus fare, you don't get 10 cents back. You only get the ability to store the change on a Charliecard or the Charlieticket, a "reloadable" mag-stripe paper ticket soon to be phased out."

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