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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Urkki Re:So.. (312 comments)

Does anyone have the time to tell Capt.PutPut that the USSR, and the Space Race are over?

Why would these be over? I mean, I'm all for telling him that just for fun, but he'll just respond "not yet, but soon, mwahahaha", or equivalent thereof.

3 days ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Urkki Re:Oblig. Oatmeal (240 comments)

Same applies to, say, going out with friends to anywhere money is needed, etc. Death by a thousand cuts!

Of course if it is a dollar per minute for IAP, then I agree with you, but if it is 7x$1 per week for buying apps, then no. Money has no intrinsic value, apps are as legitimate way to spend it as movies, games, ice cream, books, new curtains or softer toilet paper.

(Note: did not read the linked blog.)

5 days ago

NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

Urkki Re:This seems plausable (149 comments)

I challenge anybody to review it and find (or notice) the bug.

Wasn't this a plain and simple using un-sanitized data from packet received from the adversary (for code review purposes, all network data comes from an adversary)? Anybody doing serious code review should know to check for this and study code until sure all such values are handled safely, or reject change if code is too obfuscated to be sure. Anybody missing this should not be given any code to review responsibility without more experienced supervision.

5 days ago

Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Urkki Re:The question remains why this extension? (444 comments)

UDP does not have keep alive. TCP over TCP is an inherently broken combo so a VPN would prefer UDP. In crypto, it's necessary to hide nature of packets to make traffic analysis harder, which is probably why there is all that length stuff (did not check RFC, if it explains reasons).

about a week ago

Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Urkki Re:Well, his software career's ruined (444 comments)

It was probably modded down, because it is as clear a troll as they come. That last paragraph is a dead giveaway.

about a week ago

Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

Urkki Re:Terrible summary (190 comments)

Like most science this brings up more questions. Additionally why didn't Zebras evolve longer hair if the flies can't get through that as well, apparently other animals did evolve long hair and not stripes. Maybe for different reasons, maybe none of the explanations are any good. Isn't science fun!

Well, I'd think longer hair also has some disadvantages. It's maybe more of a case of zebras evolving shorter hair after stripes made that possible.

about two weeks ago

Small World Discovered Far Beyond Pluto

Urkki Re:Dwarf-like? (63 comments)

What will be LOADS OF FUN is the hilarity which will ensue if their hunch is correct that the orbit of this new dwarf planet and Sedna hint at the existence of a planet further out which is several times the mass of Earth.

Are dwarf planets supposed to be BIG?

The hypothised big planet would probably be a planet, not a dwarf planet, considering how it is hypothized it is herding these smaller bodies.

about three weeks ago

Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"

Urkki Re:The Challenge (497 comments)

There's one big difference to illogical arguments. When you bolt something extra to a scientific "argument", it has to apply to everything already tested too. When arguing with an ex, there is selective application of everything.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

Urkki Re:Do you really need to change to Linux? (287 comments)

Maybe not the same way, it may be until MS releases a how-to in a form of a patch to still supported OS, and XP has same vulnerability.

Also, are you suggesting that all XP bugs have been found?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

Urkki Re:Do you really need to change to Linux? (287 comments)

There are probably a bunch of XP remote exploits in the hats of black hats, just waiting for the time when the vulnerabilities stop being patched. Installed base is stilll quite big, big enough for a serious worm infestation, which will spread to every XP that remains exposed.

about a month ago

Jolla Announces Sailfish OS 1.0

Urkki Re: Another mobile operating system (75 comments)

Does it have an ssh client available to use in said console?

So far on Android the best I've found is ConnectBot. Honestly the screen real estat sucks, even on my Nexus 4.

I suppose for Linux console you'd use OpenSSH, as usual. You can build it yourself if you wish, or you can find a ready-made .rpm package.

It's a "real" Linux, you know. And by "real" I mean, much like a mainstream PC Linux distro.

about 2 months ago

Supernova Secrets Seen In X-Rays

Urkki Re:No model? (23 comments)

I Think it means, no working model, which would match observations. In current models supernovas do not happen reliably, the stars fail to actually go supernova. Is it a supernova model, if there's no supernova happening according to the model?

about 2 months ago

Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

Urkki Re:law of energy in a VR (745 comments)

the tree could very well still make it sound because it is useful for the simulation.

Or, due to chaotic nature of the simulation, AKA "the Butterfly Effect", the tree not making a sound would end up changing everything.

about 2 months ago

Google's Definition of 'Open'

Urkki Re:Choosing between evils (168 comments)

But is it evil? I'm not sure. Anyway, BB is not even on sale in my country I think, or at least I've never seen one. Then there's Jolla of course, but I think it's definitely not evil, so not in the running for evil things to choose from.

about 2 months ago

Google's Definition of 'Open'

Urkki Choosing between evils (168 comments)

"When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before." (Mae West)

Well, this can be generalized to choosing between several evils. That would mean choosing WP for a lot of folks, I suppose... But what's scary is, choosing WP doesn't scare me any more.

about 2 months ago

Facebook Puts 10,000 Blu-ray Discs In Low-Power Storage System

Urkki Re:I'm surprised it beats LTO-6 (153 comments)

So what is average/worst case access time for that tape cabinet? For BD, I don't know at all, but I guess for BD it is some tens of secs including disk change and spin-up. Perhaps much less with hardware optimized for this.

If that data needs to be accessed from web, then I think some tens of seconds maximum acceptable.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

Urkki Re:Learn the basics (387 comments)

I don't know about your practical experience on server side Javascipt, but a lot of the comments like yours sound like you're thinking of client side Javascript, with parts embedded in a HTML page, and hacked together by a non-programmer designer.

Server side Javascript is nothing like that.

Or if it's the Javascript syntax you're allergic to, that's a solved problem (with Coffeescript or Typescript).

about 3 months ago

Facebook Is a Plague That'll Burn Out In a Few Years, Says Study

Urkki Re:already dead to me (338 comments)

But G+ does not have my friends there, nor does it have an official app for my phone (and I'm not about to enter my Google credientals on some 3rd party app). I don't see it really taking off until Google stops using it as marketing ploy.

Of course they may also shut it down any time with a warning of a few months, even if it seems a remote possibility now...

about 3 months ago

New Supernova Seen In Nearby Galaxy M82

Urkki Re:It was on the rise... (125 comments)

You are needlesly introducing multiple reference frames. Here there's just on that is relevant: ours. If event happened 12 million light years away, it also by definition of speed of light happened 12 million years ago, when we see the light. When observing photons in vacuum, distance and time are same thing. "Now" would mean "here", and I don't feel the heat, so inverse square law must be in effect, which implies distance, which implies time.

about 3 months ago

Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year In the US

Urkki Re:ATMs (397 comments)

You are trying to argue common sense against a tide that has been moving for decades. If you do it on the bare metal then you cant program it in Java or .net etc. My experience of using ATMs is that banks have pretty poor programmers - pretty poor interface programmers at least - they need things to be simple and easy.

You say the reason here yourself: availability of employees or contractors who can do what needs to be done. Or if it's not availability, then it's the ability tell one who can do it for you from one who'd like to learn it at your expense. It may be dull, but it is a real-world constraint, and common sense ignoring real constraints is not common sense.

I guess you could blame the teaching of management. A manager can't manage or decide something (such as hiring somebody with certain skillset), if they don't even know about it.

about 3 months ago


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