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"Nearly Unbreakable" Encryption Scheme Inspired By Human Biology

handy_vandal Mod Parent +Insightful (179 comments)

... discover something new about the human rhythms by examining this scheme

More like this, please.

about two weeks ago

Square Market Now Accepts Bitcoin

handy_vandal Too Cheap to Meter (94 comments)

3-D Movies at Home + Nuclear Power = Entertainment Too Cheap to Meter!

about three weeks ago

NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined

handy_vandal Trustworthiness: what can be done? (168 comments)

While it's entirely possible to create trustworthy hardware, I don't know how it's possible to convey the trustworthiness. What you can do, which is probably as good as can be done, is to create things such that individually subverted instances of the hardware could be trivially distinguished from the standard issue hardware.

Yes. I think you have nailed it, right on the head.

about three weeks ago

Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

handy_vandal Long Now Foundation: The 10,000 Year Clock (224 comments)

The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996* to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today's accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common. We hope to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.


about a month ago

In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

handy_vandal Can't be too careful (156 comments)

Censor them all, and let the NSA sort them out.

about a month ago

A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

handy_vandal Mod Parent +Informative (154 comments)

Well said. I would mod you up if I had mod points.

about a month ago

Sniffing Out Cancer With Electronic Noses

handy_vandal Pheromone detectors (22 comments)

Let's be honest: we men want a sensor that will detect how badly a woman needs sex.

about a month and a half ago

Police Say No Foul Play In Death of Bitcoin Exchange CEO Autumn Radtke

handy_vandal Mod parent +Sick-But-Funny (126 comments)

If involvement in second life isn't a marker for potential lifelong clinical depression, then I don't know what is.

A horrible thing to say about a possible suicide.

But it made me laugh.

We are not perfect.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

handy_vandal Evil? (572 comments)

Second question: how evil is this practice?

about a month and a half ago

Code.org Resurrects 'Flappy Bird' As Programming Lesson

handy_vandal Retraction, apology (72 comments)

I withdraw the word "surly" -- it's not appropriate here, and I apologize. Your phrase "The only exception I take ..." is not surly.

Also, I am pleased that you concluded your post with a sentiment that matches my own:

On the other hand, sparking that interest is fairly key. Shrug, if it works, it works.

about 2 months ago

Code.org Resurrects 'Flappy Bird' As Programming Lesson

handy_vandal "Flood of useless coders" ...? (72 comments)

... flood of useless coders ...

Who cares? What harm is done? It's not like these noobies are going to be our new co-workers, now or ever. It's not like they are taking bread from our mouths.

We should be happy that beginners take an interest in coding, not surly over some imagined insult to the collective intelligence of coders.

about 2 months ago

Online Database Allows Scientists To Recreate Early Telescopes

handy_vandal Early Telescopes: rivalry and mysticism (52 comments)

Galileo and other early inventors were bitter rivals for the secrets of optics. Lots of deception, aggrandizement, hard feelings and litigation.

Ancient tales of magical mirrors play a part in the tale of telescopy. We have numerous accounts of, say, a man atop the highest tower in Alexandria, who, with the aid of a magical glass, can see all that happens in London. These tall tales go on and on -- magical mirrors and lenses which see distant sights, peers around corners, see through walls ... mostly far-fetched, yet meaningful in an age of discovery.

I read a book on the topic -- the title escapes me, sorry -- thin, scholarly study. Good stuff, recommended.

about 2 months ago

How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

handy_vandal CO2 versus CO (240 comments)

You are right, of course.

I am aware of the difference between CO2 and CO, and considered toning down my inflammatory (asphyxiatory?) rhetoric.

But in the end (motived by +funny karma whoring) I chose polemic black humor over rational scientific discourse, hoping that no one would call me out for bad science.

about 2 months ago

How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

handy_vandal But is that fair ...? (240 comments)

But is that fair to other commuters?

Life is not fair, my dears. Do the best you can under the circumstances.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm busy exhaling deadly carbon dioxide into the air you breath.

about 2 months ago

HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

handy_vandal DOM-Query Navigators: performance hit, easy leaks (573 comments)

... sap the performance of your script by following the JQuery ethos of using expensive DOM-query navigators for every operation ...

Performance hit is a problem, agreed.

Also problematic: ease of creating memory leaks.

about 3 months ago

Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

handy_vandal Corralito (2001 - 2002) (463 comments)

Corralito (Spanish pronunciation: [koralito]) was the informal name for the economic measures taken in Argentina at the end of 2001 by Minister of Economy Domingo Cavallo in order to stop a bank run, and which were fully in force for one year. The corralito almost completely froze bank accounts and forbade withdrawals from U.S. dollar-denominated accounts. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corralito]

about 3 months ago

Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

handy_vandal Badge Meets Clippy? (664 comments)

"It looks like you're trying to Fire A Subordinate. Would you like me to call Security?"

about 3 months ago

Open Data Tells NYC Residents Where the Rats Are

handy_vandal Rats? In Quantity? Free Protein! (93 comments)

You cook 'em right, they're good eating, rats. Vermin problem? No problem!

about 3 months ago

The Challenge of Cross-Language Interoperability

handy_vandal True Scotsman (286 comments)

Instead of getting my programmers from Glasgow, I am sending my current programmers -- broke, penniless, desperate -- to live on the streets of Glasgow for a year.

Those that survive the ordeal will return to my Xanadu-like pleasure palace, where they will serve out their remaining years in matchless luxury.

about 5 months ago


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handy_vandal handy_vandal writes  |  more than 10 years ago
I'm some guy who's liked -- loved, adored -- computers since he was a kid. I was a teenager in the early-mid seventies ... writing BASIC on a 300 baud TTY, playing Dogfight over PLATO, reading Computer Lib and The Network Nation ... that should place me.

Roundabout the mid-nineties, when email was becoming a commonplace and the World Wide Web was taking off, I thought:

Finally -- it's about time ...!

Well, the Golden Age of the Nineties had to end. With the coming of twenty-first century globalization, my former lucrative career as a freelance programmer has seriously dried up. I still manage to make part of my living as a coder -- which is a good thing, I love coding for it's own sake, love it like a novelist loves writing novels. But it looks like the party is mostly over, chances are if I want to stay in the IT game, I'll end up writing specs and outsource the work to India.

I like irony, really I do. It's much better than a world without irony. Irony is funny plus sad in one pill. Only problem is, I forget whether it's the blue pill or the red pill ....


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