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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

countach More generally... (181 comments)

its pretty much the case that programming languages in which it is harder to make bugs are also harder to make security problems. Because security problems are just a special case of bugs. So all the things we know about writing better languages are important for security. Unfortunately, language technology has always been under-appreciated. People will just use what is popular, which often times is just C or Java and so forth.

yesterday
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

countach Re:How often? (590 comments)

Just as long as its the neighbour's dog and not mine, because I'm tired of complaints about my dog.

5 days ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

countach Snowden (236 comments)

I can see parallels here to the Snowden affair. Basically, if you blow the whistle on management acting unethically, you are screwed. Whether it's Snowden blowing the whistle on the Feds or some engineer blowing the whistle on GM management, there is no protection for someone wanting to do the right thing. This is how Nazi Germany got to where they ended up. We don't know if one of these engineers wanted to blow the whistle, but usually engineers want to engineer, they don't care about bean counting, so its a fair bet he wanted it done right, but wasn't allowed to.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke.

The way society is going, having good men do something gets harder and harder.

5 days ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

countach Re:Hero ? (236 comments)

I disagree. Assuming this hypothesis, it was better he make the change and save lives... management, convention and rules be damned.

Of course we don't really know if that what really happened.

5 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

countach Re:If you make this a proof of God... (590 comments)

Errm, I'd like to hear your argument of how it has nothing to do with it.

Even this paper argues the big bang could come from a "quantum fluctuation", which in my book is "something". It must be something, because they gave it this specific scientific name, rather than "nothing". Then the question is how did a quantum fluctuation come from nothing.

If this posting is your best effort against creationists, looks like you just let them win.

5 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

countach Re:Interestingly enough... (590 comments)

Well, this whole paper says a quantum fluctuation caused the big bang. By your logic a cause requires time, but without the big bang there can be no time, therefore this paper is bunk. Is that your position?

5 days ago
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P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe

countach Don't get it (199 comments)

This argument seems like the equivalent of saying, well it is really hard to calculate the movements of 10 planetary bodies, therefore if you have 10 real planetary bodies, they will get confused and fly into space.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

countach Jailbroken? (208 comments)

The idea you would jailbreak it assumes the system is actually heavily secured like an iPhone. Maybe it's just an Ubuntu system with no special security in place, and it's just a matter of booting it from an external drive or something similar.

Anyway, it would be kind of odd trying to stop you tinkering with it, as if you could tell users not to adjust their valve timing or not to pull their differential apart.

about two weeks ago
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DVRs Used To Attack Synology Disk Stations and Mine Bitcoin

countach Pointless? (75 comments)

At the current bit coin difficulty, I would have thought even a large botnet of conventional CPUs would be pretty pointless.

about two weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

countach Oh no (518 comments)

It's that time of year again on Slashdot.

about two weeks ago
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UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

countach Re:Excellent, but .... (188 comments)

Good question. Personally I think Australia should just send a destroyer down there and sort it out, but I doubt we'll have the guts.

about two weeks ago
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Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

countach Re:So if you forget to lock your front door (246 comments)

Yeah, but on the WWW, how are you supposed to know what is public or private? It's not like there are web sites with a banner saying "Don't come to this web site". No, if the URL works, the assumption is its public. If the URL asks for a user name and password, then you shouldn't go beyond that if you don't have said password. If the WWW wasn't like that, then you'd have to make a phone call to Coca-Cola to see if they're happy for you to go to coca-cola.com.

As for the UK and your claim about "normal lens", what in the heck is a normal lens? What is a high zoom? Really? There's really a crazy law like that?

about a month ago
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Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

countach Re:So if you forget to lock your front door (246 comments)

I do that all the time. For example, I surmised that Apple corp might have an Australian office, and lo and behold, apple.com.au worked. I surmised something else. Their products might be at apple.com.au/products or maybe apple.com.au/store, and lo and behold, that worked too. Guessing URLs is not generally a crime.

about a month ago
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Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

countach Re:So if you forget to lock your front door (246 comments)

The problem is, you don't know what someone else knows. And while you might say most people ought to know they oughtn't be in a certain place, not everyone has the same sense of boundaries as you do. Or in other words, this law that sounds very clever is in fact incredibly vague. I mean just for starters, define "shouldn't be". Shouldn't in what sense?

about a month ago
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Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

countach Re: No. (246 comments)

You've got a point, but on the other hand, what if someone codes up such a "hack" and puts said URLs into some harmless looking web page, and I click on it. Am I now guilty of hacking AT&T?

I'm tempted to say that at the very least, URLs that don't involve remote code execution should at the very least be not considered hacking. If the URL calls a server which executes code in exactly the way it was designed to if you access that URL, then it shouldn't be hacking.

If the URL causes the server to execute a code of logic it wasn't designed to, and wouldn't have done without injection of code... well, maybe its hacking.

I'm not completely happy with this definition because I'm sure there is a blurry line here somewhere, but its a heck of a lot more sensible than just some attorney general arbitrarily saying some URLs are OK, and some are not.

about a month ago
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Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

countach Re:The Meat of It (151 comments)

Yah, that IS the electronic equivalent of putting a coded small ad in a newspaper.

about a month ago
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Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

countach Re:Perfect Forward Secrecy (151 comments)

By the sound of the article, they might be too stupid to ban it. Rather they'd write some law that says you have to hand over any keys you have, but inconveniently for them, there would be nothing useful to hand over.

about a month ago
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Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

countach Re:Plausible deniability (151 comments)

Why bother with that story? Just say you wrote it on a bit of paper, and you can't find it. But hey, if you release me from jail, I can spend the next 50 years searching for it.

about a month ago
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Is Analog the Fix For Cyber Terrorism?

countach Re:Good idea (245 comments)

That's interesting they have a different system cross checking. But what happens when they are in disagreement? Who wins? There might not be time for the pilots to figure it out.

about a month ago
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Is Analog the Fix For Cyber Terrorism?

countach Re:Stuxnet (245 comments)

Yeah, the internet isn't the only way to hack something. And Siemen's patch for their CPUs? Who knows if it isn't an NSA effort to hack Iran's Nuclear program? You wouldn't know, would you.

about a month ago

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