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Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'

elysiuan Re:Legendary... (232 comments)

Would never have been an error in the past sadly.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

elysiuan Look at RpgMaker (876 comments)

Kind of a weird example but RpgMaker is a tool that lets non-programmers create their own RPG games. While there is a 'text based code' (ruby) layer a non-programmer can simply ignore it and either use modules other people have written or confine their implementation to the built in functionality.

Now look at the complexity involved in the application itself to enable the non-programmer to create their game. Dialog boxes galore, hundreds of options, great gobs of text fields, select lists, radio buttons. It's just overflowing with UI. And making an RPG game, while certainly complex, is a domain limited activity. You can't use RpgMaker to make a RDBMS system, or a web framework, or a FPS game.

The explosion of UI complexity to solve the general case -- enable the non-programmer to write any sort of program visually-- is stupendously high. WIth visual tools you'll always be limited by your UI, and what the UI allows you to do. Also think of scale, we can manage software projects with text code up to very high volumes (it's not super easy, but it's doable and proven). Chromium has something like 7.25 million lines of code. I shudder to think how that would translate into some visual programming tool.

I'm not sure how well it would scale

about 6 months ago
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Bees Are Building Nests With Our Waste Plastic

elysiuan Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (92 comments)

"If it’s true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new paradigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn’t share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, “Why are we here?”

Plastic asshole.”

about 6 months ago
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Join the Efforts of a Manned Mission To Jovian Moon Europa

elysiuan Re:FFS (212 comments)

If we go by Arthur C Clarke (and really, why shouldn't we?) it would be Europan which has a nice ring to it.

about 10 months ago
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Google To Encrypt Cloud Storage Data By Default

elysiuan Convenient (217 comments)

In other news leaked internal NSA documents show that they only begin to have trouble cracking AES at 256-bit key sizes and higher.

about a year ago
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MS Researchers Develop Acoustic Data Transfer System For Phones

elysiuan Amazing Development (180 comments)

It's almost like they're modulating a signal and then demodulating it. I wonder if there's a name for this sort of thing.

about a year ago
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Half of Tor Sites Compromised, Including TORMail

elysiuan Re:Idiots (583 comments)

Exit nodes weren't involved in this since it's an attack against hidden services whose traffic by definition remains within the TOR network. It's not really an attack on TOR, it was an attack on the server software Freedom Hosting was running and clueless/idiot TOR users with javascript enabled and other unsafe TOR habits.

Totally agree with you on people thing that TOR is some anonymity panacea is shortsighted.

about a year ago
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Half of Tor Sites Compromised, Including TORMail

elysiuan Re:8/2 (583 comments)

My fault, at least August 2nd. Potentially longer.

about a year ago
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Half of Tor Sites Compromised, Including TORMail

elysiuan Re:Did I read that right? (583 comments)

Probably not but the analysis of the malware is still on-going. Hence 'potentially'. Regardless I think it's safe to assume any thing traced back to FBI lab computers are probably not high on the list of actionable items.

about a year ago
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Natural Affinities of RNA Components Could Have Led To Life

elysiuan Re:I'll wait for the next headline (30 comments)

You're forgetting that our immune system blocks the vast, vast majority of bacteria, viruses, etc from doing anything at all. The ones that can have found explicit "hacks" that leverage vulnerabilities in the immune system. I suspect we'll have to agree to disagree on this one but if you can make a case about what the 'something completely different' would be that a) is compatible enough with our biology to infect us, and b) able to bypass our immune system entirely I would love to hear it.

1 year,1 day
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Natural Affinities of RNA Components Could Have Led To Life

elysiuan Re:I'll wait for the next headline (30 comments)

You know, our immune system as a whole is, to paraphrase Stephenson, stupendously badass. The reason pathogens still get us sick is because they too have had billions of years to adapt to combat our immune system. The chances of scientists (or some panspermic disaster scenario) introducing a pathogen that bypasses our immune system completely by accident are pretty infinitesimal.

If you want to create a bioweapon you don't start with something unknown and then try to hack around our immune system. You go find something that nature has brought 99% of the way to where you want it and tweak.

1 year,1 day
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"Feline Herd" Offers Easier Package Management For Emacs

elysiuan Re:Yawn (142 comments)

eVIL mode is better. Any vivivi users should check that out instead.

1 year,1 day
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SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

elysiuan Really? (1145 comments)

Two men being immature at a conference and they lose their livelihood because someone quasi-famous tweeted about it? I'm sure many people would disagree but the tons of triumph in the reporting that they lost their jobs is very distasteful to me especially in this job market. I don't want to live in a society where everyone is so uptight that they don't say anything without 5 levels of mental filtering because other some random stranger can completely screw them over.

about a year ago
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US To Deploy Ballistic Missile Interceptors In Response To North Korean Threats

elysiuan Re:NK would never do it (266 comments)

Except we don't really want to bomb them back to the stone age. What do you do after you take out the Kims and their government? We'd have to do something about the millions of poorly fed, uneducated people who live there. In a war blasted country they will flood to the south or west to China and the mechanisms for coping with such a thing just aren't there. It would be an absolute crises socially and economically and it gives the nation-states involved in the Korean peninsula a reason to want to maintain the status quo. Which is one of the reasons North Korea gets so much slack diplomatically speaking.

about a year ago
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Why All the Higgs Hate? It's a 'Vanilla' Boson

elysiuan Re:Discovery and limitations (205 comments)

This is a strange statement to make when the Standard Model is known to be incomplete since it does not factor in gravity. It clearly is not the final theory if any such thing can exist. I guess it may not meet your criteria for 'exotic' but to say physics is done is comically short sighted.

about a year ago
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Physicists Discover a Way Around Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

elysiuan Re:Schrodinger would be happy (153 comments)

My favorite part of this thought experiment is that Schrödinger constructed it to point out the ridiculousness of quantum theory and how it couldn't possibly be correct if it allowed for such a thing. Reality sure is strange, maybe the strangest thing is that we can understand it at all.

about a year ago
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Why Google Needs To Launch the Chromebook Pixel

elysiuan See my works ye mighty and despair (133 comments)

One of them is some sort of television feed. This plays right along with the ad videos! I feel like Ozymandias in Watchmen with my wall of a hundreds of video screens on that page.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Approach To Reenergize an Old Programmer?

elysiuan Old standbys (360 comments)

If the primary motivation is getting a job I'd probably stick to Java and C#/.NET. Not the sexiest technologies but ubiquitous. Neither is going to be replaced anytime soon and even if they are they'll turn into what COBOL was with people working on legacy systems well past the host languages shelf-life. Given what you've said I'd probably focus on Java since you already have experience there. Another plus with Java is that you can still focus on mobile development with the Android platform if that's what's exciting you.

Or you can take the badass Paul Graham approach and create the next big thing in Common Lisp and ride that wave to YCombinator-esque superstardom! This is the more exciting/perilous route.

about 2 years ago
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Kepler-36's 'Odd Couple' Defy Planet Formation Theories

elysiuan Re:A field in its infancy (70 comments)

It seems like a lot of these systems we are discovering are "abnormal" (e.g.; Jupiter sized planets orbiting where mercury is in our system, this recent example, etc). Is our solar system the weird one or are there characteristics about these 'abnormal' systems that simply make them easier for us to detect (thus explaining why we seem to find alot of them!)

more than 2 years ago

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Half of TOR Sites Compromised, Including TORMail.

elysiuan elysiuan writes  |  about a year ago

elysiuan (762931) writes ""The founder of Freedom Hosting has been arrested in Ireland and is awaiting extradition to USA.

In a crackdown that FBI claims to be about hunting down pedophiles, half of the onion sites in the TOR network has been compromised, including the e-mail counterpart of TOR deep web, TORmail"

The FBI has also embedded a 0-day Javascript attack against Firefox 17 on Freedom Hosting's server. It appears to install a tracking cookie and a payload that phones home to the FBI when the victim resumes non-TOR browsing. Interesting implications for The Silk Road and the value of Bitcoin stemming from this. The attack relies on two extremely unsafe practices when using TOR: Enabled Javascript, and using the same browser for TOR and non-TOR browsing. Any users accessing a Freedom Hosting hosted site since 8/2 with javascript enabled are potentially compromised."

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