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Tor Blacklisting Exit Nodes Vulnerable To Heartbleed

TechyImmigrant Re:So much for Net Neutrality. (41 comments)

> the fact that the US Federal government is spending billions of dollars to try to repair some of the damage from Snowden's theft and leaks

They are choosing to spend the money, but they haven't demonstrated the damage.

I see many benefits. The security community and users have a better understanding of the risk landscape and have been changing their behavior as a result.

3 hours ago

RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

TechyImmigrant Re:LOL CANADA LOL (91 comments)

>They're probably one of the last competent police forces on the planet

Is that because they're mounted or despite their superequine status?

3 hours ago

Tor Blacklisting Exit Nodes Vulnerable To Heartbleed

TechyImmigrant Re:So much for Net Neutrality. (41 comments)

And yet you haven't shown a single detrimental results from the Snowden leaks. Not one, unless you count the forced travel plans of Mr Snowden.

3 hours ago

Tor Blacklisting Exit Nodes Vulnerable To Heartbleed

TechyImmigrant Re:So much for Net Neutrality. (41 comments)

>It will cost billions to fix for the US and the taxpayers will foot the bill.

I haven't noticed the sky fall in yet. Maybe that information didn't need to be secret.

5 hours ago

Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

TechyImmigrant Re:Procedural Rules? (121 comments)

So the judge ruled in his favor because of Gideon? Oh wait..


Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

TechyImmigrant Re:Procedural Rules? (121 comments)

And bouncing a person into court before they can get a lawyer to represent them that they couldn't afford anyway, so they can dismiss their appeal on procedural rules he wasn't qualified to navigate. Yay! A win for justice!


Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

TechyImmigrant Procedural Rules? (121 comments)

That's what's great about the legal system. Procedural rules trump right and wrong.


IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

TechyImmigrant Re:FBAR (FinCEN Form 114) (626 comments)

In comparison, I'm a Brit living in the US, with a green card.

The UK government wanted tax filings for a couple of years after I moved. The first year because I still has prorated taxes in the UK, the second because they didn't understand I was gone, I filled in the "I don't live here any more" excuse section. After the second year I had a call with a tax inspector in the UK to explain. They didn't want any more tax filings from me.

2 days ago

OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

TechyImmigrant Re:Thanks! (284 comments)

No. We all love to hate on OpenSSL because it's a pile of poo.

There are vested interests who make a living because they have write permissions to OpenSSL and they can charge companies to do it and the barrier to entry to others is really high because it's a undocumented, over complex pile of source.

2 days ago

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

TechyImmigrant Re:VERIZON! (319 comments)

The evidence suggests that 'quantum' has a lot to do with it.

2 days ago

Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

TechyImmigrant TurboTax + Excel + Python + Curses (382 comments)

I used to think Turbotax was a device for chopping flat fish.

Regardless, I use Turbotax through inertia and laziness. My taxes are a little complex - wife has a business, home office and all that malarky. I have stocks and options and RSUs and the broker never reports it correctly.

The inertia and laziness bit comes in where TT remembers the numbers from last year and displays them next to this year's. This is a good thing because it shows you the ballpark number you're looking for. If your home office utility costs are half of last year's, you've missed something.

The business (retail store, we live above it) tax logic is complex and TT has no clue how to handle that. You cannot throw a year of transactions are TT and have it work it out. It cannot distinguish a sale-of-goods from a class-registration-fee from an asset. Intuit would have you enter it all into Quickbooks manually (the import/export does not work, deliberately so), but QB sucks donkey balls. So the business tax logic is untangled in spreadsheets I developed.

When I get that automated and integrated into the point-of-sale software (that I wrote in python+curses for retro/modern geek points) my life will get simpler. But this requires the bank to use a consistent format so transactions can be tallied.

2 days ago

Lucas Nussbaum Re-Elected As Debian Project Leader

TechyImmigrant Re:No complaints here (28 comments)

I have not heard of Lucas Nussbaum or Neil McGovern before, but if retaining Lucas Nussbaum at the helm means Debian will continue to release what is IMO the best Linux server distribution out there, then there are no complaints from me.

I wholeheartedly agree. Also, McGovern puts the -Mc in Govern, so he's probably the man for the job.

Alas Senator McGovern, in his counter-scientific war on fat, has probably killed more Americans than any war.

Don't take the McGovern name as a true test of good governance.

3 days ago

Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

TechyImmigrant Re:fixing the parent posting (307 comments)

I'd put a random distribution of holes in his worthless head!

I believe you mean psuedorandom. (*bang*)

Would they get the same distribution with the same initial conditions? No, of course the wouldn't because quantum uncertainty underlays the interactions between component particles of the experiment. So it's a nondeterministic random distribution, not a pseudorandom distribution.

3 days ago

NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

TechyImmigrant Re:Well done (71 comments)

I know of no other interpretation. It is the only one that came to mind.

3 days ago

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

TechyImmigrant Re:maybe KDE will be next (684 comments)

>make XFCE behave itself

Please elaborate on how XFCE isn't behaving itself.

4 days ago

MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

TechyImmigrant Re:Uhm... since when are non-competes a bad thing? (97 comments)

> taking any kind of IP and running away with it, which would basically kill the industry

How do you get from 'taking IP' to 'killing the industry'?

The free flow of ideas and techniques is what drives technology and industry.

about a week ago

LHCb Confirms Existence of Exotic Hadrons

TechyImmigrant Re:Editorial/stats geekiness (99 comments)

As the sigmas go up, the so does the probability that your experiment was flawed.

Economics isn't the dismal science, statistical inference is.

about a week ago


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Unemployment. It's just too good..

TechyImmigrant TechyImmigrant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I am now into my second week of unemployment. I have a job offer and start next Monday.

This would be great except I'm really enjoying unemployment. All the work related stress has been lifted from my shoulders. I have no travel planned, no economy seat hell. I got to write some code for fun. I've got a whole lot better at playing the guitar.

Perhaps somebody could give me a few million dollars. Then I could retire and live a stress free life.

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