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LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

athe!st Re:Shocked I am! Shocked! (151 comments)

A problem was found in a new library and fixed, this wasn't the PRNG itself, it was an interaction with the operating system. To quote (jandrese):
1. Grandparent initializes SSL state, sends some data, then exits.
2. Parent forks a child
3. Child happens to get the same pid as the grandparent, and then uses the SSL connection.
Why are you outraged? This was a subtle bug, that was tricky to exploit and couldn't be used to hack into the computer. You should be outraged that the heartbleed bug remain exposed for years due to awful coding practices

about a month and a half ago
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Understanding an AI's Timescale

athe!st Re:Will computers ever be as smart as us? Briefly. (189 comments)

A neuron might be fast, but communicating the idea that neuron just came up with is billions/millions of times slower than that. You either have to write/type or speak it, THAT is the limiting factor with how humans might communicate with an AI (baring Sci-Fi neural interfaces)

about 3 months ago
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Understanding an AI's Timescale

athe!st Re:Will computers ever be as smart as us? Briefly. (189 comments)

The real problem is the time it takes for humans to express and communicate their ideas, speech is millions of times slower than a packet over the internet. The speed of propagation might be "fast" but the transmit time, or packet length of a word or conversation is epically slow compared to a computer. Typing at a keyboard is probably just as slow as speech. We can only receive data as fast as we can read it too, all of these thing ARE millions of times slower than a computer.

about 3 months ago
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To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

athe!st Re:But that's not the real problem. (1651 comments)

That's a logical fallacy, just because your helmet broke does NOT mean your head would have. The helmet is, ofcourse, larger than the head, meaning things that wouldn't have touched the head, will still hit the helmet. Reflex actions that instinctively protect the head are hampered by the helmet, twisting forces can actually be made worse by a helmet.

Then there's the whole subconscious "I feel safe so I can act more dangerously" aspect, car drivers perceiving you as safe so give you less room, and the tragic cases of children strangled by their cycle helmets [92][93][94][95][96][97][98][99][100][101][102][103]

about a year ago
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ARM Unveils Three Second-Generation Mali GPUs

athe!st Re:Works for me (29 comments)

-1 for deliberately playing the Americans don't do geography card

about 2 years ago
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Russian Wikipedia Shutters In Protest of Internet Blacklist Plans

athe!st Re:"shutters"? (84 comments)

Didn't we just have a story about grammar?

Because that should have fixed everything...

Is this a verb?

do you never google?

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Poised To Get Cut of CA Sales Taxes

athe!st Public money (295 comments)

Can local government just "give" money back like this? Seems like it's public money, surely it can't just be given to a private company?

more than 2 years ago
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China Approves Google Motorola Mobility Merger

athe!st Re:don't be evil (78 comments)

No, the value came out of the pockets of other shareholders since their shares are diluted by the value of his created shares

more than 2 years ago
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Brain Scan Can Predict Math Mistakes

athe!st Re:How wonderful (133 comments)

What they've actually discovered is the pattern of someone's inner monologue saying "fuck it that's close enough"

more than 2 years ago
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No Pardon For Turing

athe!st Re:Something in the HoL statement makes sense: (728 comments)

I am opposed to this because it's unfair, unfair to single out one (very great admittedly) person persecuted under this law; all of the men criminalised under this law should be pardoned, since they did nothing that is wrong.

more than 2 years ago
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Project Bifrost: (Fission) Rockets of the Future?

athe!st Re:Good luck (148 comments)

By way of counter example, the Juno Jupiter mission uses solar panels for it's power rather than RTGs. They would generate 12-14Kw at earth but due to the distance to will only produce 486W at Jupiter.

more than 2 years ago
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NYT: IBM PC Division Sold To Advance China's Goals

athe!st Re:News Flash: CEOs Think Strategically (210 comments)

I didn't reply to dismiss your points, that has never been my aim, just pointing out the hypocrisy was enough

"No true Scotsman"?

You don't seem to understand the meaning of that argument, it's when someone tries to claim a member of their own group as not a true member of their own group, I couldn't make that sort of statement about libertarians, since I am not one.

Keep trying to salvage victory tho :)

more than 2 years ago
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NYT: IBM PC Division Sold To Advance China's Goals

athe!st Re:News Flash: CEOs Think Strategically (210 comments)

I didn't reply to dismiss your points, that has never been my aim, just pointing out the hypocrisy was enough

"No true Scotsman"?

You don't seem to understand the meaning of that argument, it's when someone tries to dismiss a member of their own group as not a true member of their own group, I couldn't make that sort of statement about libertarians, since I am not one.

Keep trying to salvage victory tho :)

more than 2 years ago
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NYT: IBM PC Division Sold To Advance China's Goals

athe!st Re:News Flash: CEOs Think Strategically (210 comments)

Quotes are intrinsically appeals to authority rather than intelligent argument, the quote in question is snappy but ultimately meaningless, the government controls the military so even if you have a hypothetical small government they will always have the power to take things from you via the police or the judiciary. All libertarians seem to forget a government is comprised of people, they do not become a hive mind, why do you think the phrase "activist judge" exists?

I wasn't dismissing your post I was highlighting your hypocrisy about "ignorance and intellectual laziness" when you committed exactly the same crime.

more than 2 years ago
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NYT: IBM PC Division Sold To Advance China's Goals

athe!st Re:News Flash: CEOs Think Strategically (210 comments)

ignorance and intellectual laziness

Yes, well that label does apply rather well to you, since you blindly copied and pasted all that from somewhere without any checking or thought, proved by the fact that the 2nd quote attributed to Jefferson was actually said by Gerald Ford, yes that intellectual titan.

about 2 years ago
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Christopher Hitchens Dies At 62

athe!st Re:Not all religions are bad (910 comments)

And the possibility that you only go to heaven if you're an athiest

more than 2 years ago
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Kindle Touch Gets World's Simplest Jailbreak

athe!st Re:XSS (161 comments)

Jailhouse rock.mp3

more than 2 years ago

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End of the Line for Smelly Socks

athe!st athe!st writes  |  more than 3 years ago

athe!st (1782368) writes "A new anti-microbial treatment that can make clothing — including smelly socks — permanently germ-free has been developed by US scientists. In a paper published in the American Chemical Society journal Applied Materials and Interfaces, Dr Jason Locklin and his colleagues state that the treatment kills a wide range of dangerous pathogens, including staph, strep, E. coli, pseudomonas and acetinobacter."
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ITAR damaging US space industry

athe!st athe!st writes  |  more than 3 years ago

athe!st (1782368) writes "International Traffic in Arms Regulations(ITAR) are a major headache for companies trying to put their satellites into space, so much so that some companies are using ITAR-free (aka free of US technology) as a selling point. The European Space Agency is trying to reduce it's dependence of ITAR components and it's also threatening the nascent space tourism industry."
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