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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

Yaur Re:Not sure how I feel about this one (276 comments)

Its really unlikely that they are using deduplication. They have to have known from day one that this was going to end in front of SCotUS and anything that could be used to undermine their case was likely avoided.

7 hours ago
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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Yaur Re:...er... (231 comments)

Sure, if your technically competent enough to put OpenWRT on your router go for it but there is some advantage for "grandma" to be able to upgrade her firmware. I have no inside knowledge here but the AC basically asked if there is a potential legitimate use here and in fat there is... whether they are using it for good or evil I doubt anyone here can say.

2 days ago
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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Yaur Re:...er... (231 comments)

You have to be on the LAN... DOCSIS tends to be pretty picky and I doubt raw Ethernet would be passed (been a while since I looked at the spec though). Sounds like its part of some kind of firmware upgrade type feature to me.

2 days ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

Yaur Re:The commits are funny into themselves. (372 comments)

Comparing to zero is faster in most architectures and still is a valid optimization. There shouldn't be any problems with cache misses either, if the architecture does stream detection it should do it for reversed streams too and if it doesn't (only detecting actual misses) doing it in reverse isn't a problem.

A good compiler should take care of that optimization for you (VC11 certainly does).

2 days ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

Yaur Re:OpenBSD's version of OpenSSL will be (372 comments)

My understanding is that this is a pretty hard fork where the first order of business was removing the ifdefs that weren't needed for OpenBSD.

2 days ago
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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

Yaur Re:Another Slashdot Beta progress report (91 comments)

I love this part

And where does that leave the âoeclassicâ Slashdot page

[sic]

about a week ago
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I expect to retire ...

Yaur Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (322 comments)

I can't imagine that there will be a time in my life where I'm going to want to stop building stuff. I might "retire" and work on my own stuff or FOSS or something, but can't imagine that I would retire as in not work on something constructive. My dad is in his 60s and is the same way so I'm expecting that attitude isn't going to change.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Yaur Re:u wot m8 (575 comments)

It's all fun and games until libc needs an update.

about a week ago
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New York Public Library Releases Over 20,000 Hi-Res Maps

Yaur Re:And thus starts the lamest day of the year (25 comments)

Doesn't look like it. Looks like a bunch of historical NYC area maps that were previously only available from commercial resellers. Nice to see this sort of thing being made easily available even if it does only have a niche relevance.

about three weeks ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

Yaur Re:Go after em Nate (335 comments)

But he does talk about exactly that. Specifically about the relationship between per capita GDP and the expected death toll from natural disasters. How do you account for that if the reason isn't better, or at least more widely available, technology and preparedness. Is the counter argument that we are getting better at preventing damage from disasters faster than they are getting worse? That doesn't seem particularly different than his POV.

about a month ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

Yaur Re:Read the update at the end of the article (335 comments)

If anything I thought it was part of his argument... cost in absolute terms is going up because GDP is going up, but going down as a share of GDP because wealth also allows us to prepare better for disasters (e.g. with better technology). I'm not in a position to say, but assuming that he hasn't doctored the data (which seems sadly common in this domain) it seems like an interesting assessment.

about a month ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

Yaur Re:Go after em Nate (335 comments)

In fact, today’s climate models suggest that future changes in extremes that cause the most damage won’t be detectable in the statistics of weather (or damage) for many decades.

So he isn't a denier exactly. He is saying that damage from natural disasters is not a significant contributor to the damages at this point. Someone making a, data backed, nuanced argument about climate change... seems like its time to get the popcorn.

about a month ago
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Simple Emergency Generators and Radio Receivers (Video)

Yaur Re:Sucks to your ass-mar! (93 comments)

Its funny... I read everything on the FP today (except the salshvertisiments) on Hacker News yesterday or the day before. Fearless prediction: we will get a Flappy Bird article by Tuesday.

about 3 months ago
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Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?

Yaur Re:Lasers (365 comments)

Probably what at least part of that $4.5B is for.

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot beta sucks

Yaur Re:Slashdot Beta (9 comments)

Seems like it should be an ask slashdot.

about 3 months ago
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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

Yaur Poor english (298 comments)

The key line from the transcript is "yes, it is limited bandwidth to cloud providers". You can translate that bad English into : "Verizon is limiting bandwidth to cloud providers" and get incensed or "Verizon has limited bandwidth to cloud providers" and have a complete non-issue. Given how unlikely it is that a low level CSR is going to know about Verizon's super secret throttling system I'm going with the latter.

about 3 months ago
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ShapeShifter: Beatable, But We'll Hear More About It

Yaur HTTPS (102 comments)

IF your bank or e-commerce site isn't using HTTPS run away, if they are this thing is at best useless.

about 3 months ago

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