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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

complete loony Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (52 comments)

The core problem, is that FreedomBox doesn't know what they want to be. They have no clear leadership and no clear goals. FreedomBox is what happens when you try to get consensus from a random collection of people who are drawn to the project only because of it's name.

yesterday
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

complete loony Re:Summary. (301 comments)

Also Line 3997, 64k is a large request. If you're using a hardened form of malloc, the memory you allocated for the incoming message would initially be blank, and the next page of memory wouldn't exist. So the 64k read from the incoming buffer is likely to trap and crash the process.

about a week ago
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

complete loony Re:Summary. (301 comments)

Line 3991, that's the user supplied payload length, so it could be 64K even though the user only supplied a 1 byte message, and it doesn't cause a write outside allocated data..

about a week ago
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

complete loony Re:not developed by a responsible team? (301 comments)

With default compile options, that's effectively Push(), Pop(). So obviously they aren't testing with all permutations of "supported" options.

about a week ago
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TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

complete loony Re:In a way its a good thing it didn't happen (149 comments)

SSL adds at least one extra network round trip, more if you aren't careful. Of course that makes your website slower. But that has little to do with CPU load.

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

complete loony Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

Or just 10,000 sperm samples. One natural kid, and one from storage each generation.

about two weeks ago
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Bunnie Huang's Novena Open Source Laptop Launches Via Crowd Supply

complete loony Re:Holy smoking wallets, Batman! (88 comments)

And they basically designed it for their own niche market. So you're not wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Bunnie Huang's Novena Open Source Laptop Launches Via Crowd Supply

complete loony Re:Holy smoking wallets, Batman! (88 comments)

If you just want a laptop, this isn't for you. Think of it as a portable workstation with FPGA and other features for rapid hardware prototyping and hacking.

Personally I think it would be more usable with the traditional clamshell design. Right off the bat, you're going to need another layer of protection for the screen and somewhere to store a keyboard before you can consider lugging this thing around.

about two weeks ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

complete loony Re:April Fools! (162 comments)

> git stash branch <branchname> [<stash>]

You're welcome.

about two weeks ago
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Mt. Gox Questioned By Employees For At Least 2 Years Before Crisis

complete loony Re: Easy (134 comments)

If you took your balance out of MtGOX, sure. But how many people had a cash or bitcoin balance held by them that didn't actually exist? A balance they now cannot recover? MtGOX is certainly negligent, but if they suspected that the cash didn't exist and ignored it while continuing to pay out, that's fraud and practically a Ponzi scheme.

about three weeks ago
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Mt. Gox Questioned By Employees For At Least 2 Years Before Crisis

complete loony Re: Easy (134 comments)

That's exactly what a Ponzi scheme is. Fraud, claiming that you are making money when you aren't, and paying out people from the money contributed by new investors.

about three weeks ago
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Software Upgrade At 655 Million Kilometers

complete loony Re:Lauched with defects? (57 comments)

The latest mars rover didn't know how to drive when it landed. And now it doesn't know how to land. Sometimes it a matter of reducing the amount of software that can go wrong, or just trying to save memory.

about three weeks ago
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

complete loony Re:Ponzi scheme (357 comments)

Classifying something as a Ponzi scheme, usually involves outright fraud. ie someone is claiming that there is a huge pile of cash somewhere that doesn't actually exist.

There may be individuals committing fraud using bitcoin. And bitcoin may be a speculative asset bubble with very similar outcomes to a Ponzi scheme. But it isn't *technically* a Ponzi scheme.

about three weeks ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

complete loony Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

I had to stand up and recite times tables in classes, and I could usually do so flawlessly. But I didn't memorise them. Since they were recited in order I had plenty of time to calculate the answers in my head [n * x = (previous value)+x].

about three weeks ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

complete loony Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

Make take on this survey; the kids who are really bright, don't need help at home.

about three weeks ago
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MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet

complete loony Re:More likely duplicates (227 comments)

And they are like post office boxes that anyone can send more valuables to at any time they wish.

about a month ago
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Officials: NSA's PRISM Targets Email Addresses, Not Keywords

complete loony Re:So they are just incompetent? (96 comments)

PRISM doesn't do that. We just don't know the codename of the system that does.

about a month ago
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OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

complete loony Re:Beta testers (91 comments)

I've lost data with btrfs, but I did have a failing drive that I didn't notice was going bad. I didn't have a redundant copy of meta-data and couldn't seem to change that.

All of those things have changed since then. You can set up a cron job to scrub your data instead of being blind to sectors going bad. And you have much better control over the redundancy of your data.

about a month ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

complete loony Re:Greenspan's right (516 comments)

The essential problem is that banks have issued credit against asset based securities that were grossly overvalued. These are debts that we have accumulated over the last 50 years. They will not be repaid, the only question is how we as a society choose not to pay them.

The ideal outcome would drop both the exchange value of these assets, and the credit lent against them. While preserving the equity of the current owners, and imposing a new lower limit on their security value. But while you want to reduce the future income of the lending banks, you don't want them to go broke overnight, since this would also have drastic flow on effects on the economy.

This might be achievable by limiting security value based on the productive output of an asset (instead of the current exchange value). This limit should be the same for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. That way, if you wish to place the highest bid at an auction, you must put more of your own money on the table. An auction should be won by the person with the deepest pockets, not the person with the highest bank loan. Want to buy a house? Well, you'd better start saving for a deposit.

The introduction of these new limits would have to be staggered. You should be able to calculate the net reduction in debt at a national level. Then to be fair, you could "simply" (cough) hand out the same amount of cash to all individuals. If you have debts, you must pay them down as your credit limit will be going down. If you don't have debts? Spend it, save it, whatever.

Fixing this quickly will be a massive restructuring operation, with a massive impact on the wealth of all individuals and businesses. It is not an action to be taken lightly. Multiple proposals should be submitted, with their outcomes carefully modelled. Of course that assumes that the models used actually reflect reality.

As I expect to see a series of market crashes, followed by longer periods with anaemic growth. On any particular day, things will be looking better. Even when employment falls to Great Depression levels, it will be hard to convince everyone that we need to try something drastic.

about a month ago

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