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A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

Zeek40 Say goodbye to your 5th amendment rights. (87 comments)

If you think DARPA is funding "development of multi-scale computational models with high spatial and temporal resolution that describe how neurons code declarative memories " because they care about veterans and not because they're looking for a more effective way to pull memories from people's minds than water-boarding, you haven't been paying attention to how America treats their military veterans.

about two weeks ago
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Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

Zeek40 Re:Yaaaay! (128 comments)

The debtor's prisons that we've started running. Because we've reverted a medieval mentality.

about a month ago
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Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

Zeek40 Re:Yaaaay! (128 comments)

You expect to be billed for it. With interest.

about a month ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

Zeek40 Re:The Audio Scoop (240 comments)

Even driving a 5W tube amp to distortion is ear shattering loud. I don't even know how people can do that to 50W tube amps.

They stand farther away from the speakers than you do :)

about a month ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

Zeek40 Re: The actual appeal (240 comments)

I said "speaker wire" not "speaker". :) i agree $1k isnt THAT outrageous for a really nice set of speakers, but youre an idiot if youre spending that on speaker wire unless youre buying it by the mile.

about a month ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

Zeek40 Re:The actual appeal (240 comments)

People who describe themselves as audiophiles tend to be the kind of people who think that spending > $1000 for a speaker wire will improve the quality of their sound. They're really not worth paying attention to.

about a month ago
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The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

Zeek40 Re:Wow (136 comments)

It's because a vaginae provide pretty reliable timers that let one predict when the crazy is going to arrive well in advance. Predictable crazy is usually more more annoying and tedious than it is exciting or interesting.

about a month and a half ago
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High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

Zeek40 Re:Arbitrage (382 comments)

edit: I meant to type "from a steadily growing powerhouse into the shitty cycle of booms and busts"

about 1 month ago
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High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

Zeek40 Re:Arbitrage (382 comments)

Yeah, the neo-liberal set seem to have forgotten how the Reagan administration gutted SEC regulations and cut the tax brackets of America's richest by over 50%, which converted our economy into a steadily-growing powerhouse into the shitty cycle of booms and busts we're currently trapped in. Allowing banks to grow "too big to fail" and letting Wall Street create financial instruments so complicated that even their industry leaders can't explain to congress are indicators that de-regulation went WAY too far.

about 1 month ago
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Imparting Malware Resistance With a Randomizing Compiler

Zeek40 I mean how the costs don't outweight the benefits. (125 comments)

I mean how the costs don't outweight the benefits. Dammit, I always proof-read what i think I wrote, not what I actually wrote.

about 2 months ago
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Imparting Malware Resistance With a Randomizing Compiler

Zeek40 Re:So you are arguing to leave bugs in place ? (125 comments)

An uninitialized variable can be caught with a style-checker. There's no need to resort to something like randomized binaries to solve a problem like that. I'm not arguing in favor of leaving bugs in place, I'm arguing in favor of choosing a specific set of binaries to focus your testing efforts on. The bottom line is that testing resources are finite and one of the key steps to fixing a bug is identifying a method of repeatably demonstrating that bug. Having randomized binaries severely complicates that one critical task and will result in significantly lower quality testing when utilizing the same level of resources.

I agree with you completely about cross platform development being one of the best methods of exposing bugs, but i don't think this kind of stack randomization is really comparable. When doing cross-platform development, you'll have a very specific, very well-defined set of target environments that you'll be testing a single version of software on. This stack randomization is an effectively infinite number of variations on a theme being tested in a single environment. One lends itself to repeatable testing, the other lends itself to versioning hell trying to replicate bugs in order to solve them.

I agree it's worth looking into, but I'm currently having difficulty seeing how the costs outweigh the benefits.

about 2 months ago
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Imparting Malware Resistance With a Randomizing Compiler

Zeek40 Re:the crutch of determinism (125 comments)

You respectfully disagree with his points without actually providing any reason why, and while nick's post makes complete sense, your statements seem to have a ton of unexplained assumptions built in.

  1. What kinds of bugs do you think would manifest earlier using this technique, and why do you think that earlier manifestation of that class of bugs will outweigh the tremendous burden of chasing down all the heisenbugs that only occur on some small percentage of randomized builds?
  2. How does such an environment reward programmers who invest more time in validation? More time spent in validation will result in better code regardless of whether you're using a randomized or non-randomized build. More time spent in validation is a cost you're paying, not some free thing provided by the randomized build process.
  3. I don't know what this sentence means: "Debugging suck, if instigated soon enough to matter, returns 100x ROI as compared to debugging code." If what instigated soon enough?
  4. "Determinism should not be reduced to a crutch for failing to code correctly" - What does this even mean? An algorithm is either deterministic or non-deterministic. If your build system is changing a deterministic algorithm into a non-deterministic algorithm, your build system is broken. If your algorithm was non-deterministic to begin with, a randomized build is not going to make it any easier to track down why the algorithm is not behaving as desired.

All in all, your post reads like a smug "Code better, noob!" while completely ignoring the tremendous extra costs that are going to be necessary to properly test hundreds of thousands of randomized builds for consistency.

about 2 months ago
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Printing 3-D Replicas of Human Beings with a Home Brew Printer (Video)

Zeek40 So I guess... (41 comments)

Real Doll wouldn't give this guy a bulk discount, so he decided to home-brew?

about 2 months ago
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Para Bellum Labs Will Attempt To Make the RNC a Political-Analytics Player

Zeek40 Re: Umm, guys... (212 comments)

And using those three adjectives, I've decided to re-name project "Narwhal" to project "Octogenarian Nymphomania".

about 5 months ago
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Para Bellum Labs Will Attempt To Make the RNC a Political-Analytics Player

Zeek40 Re: Umm, guys... (212 comments)

Apparently you missed that "violent" was one of the adjectives. If we had been talking about Democrats, that one would have been replaced with "ineffectual".

about 5 months ago
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Para Bellum Labs Will Attempt To Make the RNC a Political-Analytics Player

Zeek40 Re: Umm, guys... (212 comments)

Pathetic, creepy and violent are accurate descriptions of the organization that created the lab, so its an appropriate name.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Bas Lansdorp About Going to Mars, One Way

Zeek40 Re:Participant Psychosis? (540 comments)

So how exactly does one fit that need for privacy into the schedule and mission?

What I'd do is unplug the cameras whenever I didn't want them on. Of course I wouldn't tell them that before launch, but it only makes sense. Being several years away from a rescue team, there's no way I'd be wasting limited resources operating a camera if it wasn't necessary for the task at hand, and It's not like mission control could do anything about it. I'd be so far away that it's impossible to hold a real-time conversation, and it's designed as a one-way trip. It's not like they could fire me or punish me with anything more than a strongly worded email or nasty phone message from that distance.

about 2 years ago
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Lawsuit Claims NASA Specialist Was Fired Over Intelligent Design Belief

Zeek40 Re:Allah is not the same as the God of Christianit (743 comments)

All three worship the god of Abraham. You're either ignorant of your own beliefs or ignorant of Muslim beliefs if you think otherwise.

more than 2 years ago
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Romney Invokes Fair Use In Dispute With NBC Over Campaign Ad

Zeek40 Re:Fair use? "Not comfortable with..." (242 comments)

All of those are great points, but you missed the most recent and catastrophic development in the struggle for human rights vs. corporate rights, which is that Corporations are now allowed to make unlimited political contributions, whereas private individuals are limited to $2500. Corporations now have an even greater ability to manipulate the government for their own ends than ever before, and I don't think any sane person believes that is a good thing.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Police Test 'Temporarily Blinding' LASER

Zeek40 Re:What is with the UK and all this surveillance a (398 comments)

Did you accidentally switch US and UK or something? Cops get away with shooting people in the US all the time. Unless the victim is already handcuffed and in the back of the cruiser, when a cop shoots someone in the US, they're put on paid administrative leave for a few weeks, then returned to duty. Maybe if it's really obvious that the cop had no business shooting the guy, he'll return to duty with a nasty letter in his file.

more than 2 years ago

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