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DARPA Unveils Hack-Resistant Drone

Yaur Re:Publish the code (107 comments)

What, besides a OTP is "mathematically proven" to be secure? Probably that is what they are using, though hopefully with a hardware entropy source and some physical connection required to replace the key data. Biggest issue here would be getting the grunts in the field to actually replace the key unless doing so is required to get it to launch. OTOH "mathematically proven" could just be technobable that means "built on problems that are assumed to be hard."

about 2 months ago
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AOL Finally Admits They Were Hacked

Yaur Re:Doubtless (54 comments)

It doesn't say 2% of current members so it could mean ~600k accounts.

about 3 months ago
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Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital

Yaur Re:That is why social Hacking is Bad MmmKaa. (329 comments)

I pay 9$ a month for hosting of my projects server through webfaction which is substantially less than any connection I could get that included a static IP. There is really no excuse except ignorance for hosting your website "under your desk" except ignorance. Obviously there are issues with shared hosting for places like hospitals, but once you have to deal with stuff like HIPPA there is even less excuse for under the desk hosting.

about 3 months ago
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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 (342 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.

about 3 months ago
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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Yaur Re:...er... (236 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.

about 3 months ago
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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Yaur Re:...er... (236 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.

about 3 months ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

Yaur Re:The commits are funny into themselves. (379 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).

about 3 months ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

Yaur Re:OpenBSD's version of OpenSSL will be (379 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.

about 3 months 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 3 months ago
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I expect to retire ...

Yaur Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (341 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 6 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 6 months ago
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Slashdot beta sucks

Yaur Re:Slashdot Beta (9 comments)

Seems like it should be an ask slashdot.

about 6 months ago

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