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NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

jhol13 Re:It's time we own up to this one (149 comments)

"less clear"?

Less clear my ass! I'd say there is no leadership in the project, unless "FUD" (fear of it breaking something) is called "leadership". But then as you say, "nobody cares".
If the code is as you describe, the whole shebang should be rewritten from scratch using higher level managed language. Any managed language would have prevented the information leak although probably not the unchecked value.

about a week ago
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NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

jhol13 Re:This seems plausable (149 comments)

I challenge anybody to review it and find (or notice) the bug.
My point, once again, is: C should not be used for security sensitive programs, we should start using managed languages.
I know, won't happen, because people are lazy and won't learn. Yet again we will think that this fix solves everything, that now OpenSSL is fixed. Which it most likely is not; I would be really surprised if there are no holes KNOWN (to some russian, chinese, israeli, usa, ... agency, or mafia).

about a week ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

jhol13 Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Are you saying I do not have the right to say "Eich must be fired" or "please support my view" or "I will use another browser"?
Any of those or all together or where is the line?
AFAIK nobody has threatened him or other people, have they?

Note: I personally have no opinion whether Eich should step down or not.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

jhol13 Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Close but no cigar.
Suppose that "we" hold a democratic election whether gays should go to jail. Now, suppose over 50% vote "yes, they must".
I cannot ever agree with "you don't get your way". Even minorities, i.e. a bunch of individuals as you put it, have rights. Rights which are more important than "democracy". After all, we don't keep elections whether OJ is guilty or not, and I sincerely hope we never will.

Whether Eichs view is "popular" or "mainstream" does not make it less appalling. Today "war on terror" has huge popularity, like McCarthy before, and so on.

about two weeks ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

jhol13 Re:A simpler cure (240 comments)

And since it takes me a few days to adjust to getting up 1 hour earlier (the norm is only 1 day per hour), I miss an hour's sleep for a few days after the clock change.

This is something I just cannot understand.

First, the human internal clock is not 24 hours. Second, the sunrise and sunset move by an hour in two to three weeks (depending where you live), so it cannot be Sun related (not that you claim it is - but some do). Third, if you move to different time zone, say two hours off, you will notice pretty much nothing in the next day. Fourth, in the Autumn nobody claims they "must go to bed and wake up hour early" or "clock is off for weeks".

So I do not claim you do not have the problems you mention, but I think it is more because you look at the clock "I cannot go to sleep this Sunday earler than one hour late".

BTW, AFAIK melatonin is not addictive, whether it helps or not - I wouldn't know.

about three weeks ago
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More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

jhol13 Re:Did the accident rate increase? (367 comments)

No, the main question is whether phone usage increases the likelihood of an accident or not (and if it increases, how much). This is testable at least in simulated environments - if not already done.

But then, we both know what the study will show.

about three weeks ago
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

jhol13 Re:Bad Analogy (357 comments)

Track record this far is ... can I use enron as an adjective?

about a month ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

jhol13 Re:Damnit (302 comments)

I'd be really surprised if the most of incompabilities were not bugs in the code itself (or libraries as you point out). Far too many a program rely on some undefined behaviour, and when it changes, you are screwed.

about 1 month ago
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Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse

jhol13 Re:Bitcoin (263 comments)

I'm all for what bitcoin is trying to achieve.

I'm not. Actually I do not know what it is trying to achieve, but "unregulated" and "not backed up by anything" are certainly not what I am after.

But this is just a news story about an exchange which didn't know what it was doing, trading in a currency that hasn't been fully proven, operating in an unknown capacity from somewhere in Japan, and without any oversight at all.

I think they knew what they were doing. I think the currency is proven - to be faulty. I think the "achieve" part means "no oversight at all" so you are already contradicting yourself.

That's like millions of people asking my buddy Joe who lives in a trailer to hang onto their money for them. Oh no, bad decisions were made?

What you "bitcoin people" seem to want is anymous (i.e. can buy drugs without getting caught) which can be easily transferred (i.e. no exchange can steal or stop you) backed up (i.e. you cannot lose your money - just win with it) non-government (i.e. not backed up ...), non-fiat (i.e. er, I have no clue) money.

Then someone makes "cryptographic mathematically proven" - and you expect that to mean it holds all above. You fail to understand that money has just one necessary condition: majority of people trust it - mostly because the country they live in would collapse without it, and the persons backing it up knows this and you know they know.

about a month ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

jhol13 Re:Does it really cost $100k? (461 comments)

I am willing to bet it costs $10'000 plus certification & type approval for aviation use.

about a month ago
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Vast Surveillance Network Powered By Repo Men

jhol13 Re:Shazbot! (352 comments)

No, taking pictures in public is explicitly allowed in Finland. Collecting data about people is not.

about a month and a half ago
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Vast Surveillance Network Powered By Repo Men

jhol13 Re:Shazbot! (352 comments)

Thank (all the gods), this kind of thing is illegal in Finland. And most likely in the EU too.

about a month and a half ago
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Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

jhol13 Re:Cheaper, really? (314 comments)

Sure QNX is more flexible. And certainly more suited to motor control.
But my point is Android is more powerfull, and "cheap enough" for infotaintment. Paying something like $10[1] for Android (including HW) is cheaper than developing a simple UI, unless the car is assumed to sell tens of millions.

Last time I checked a commercial RTOS prices they were really huge and every single extra (audio, video, bluetooth, wifi, TCP/IP, ...) would cost more. Even then, if you would like something like wifi-hotspot it seemed you'd have to buy it from 3rd party or develop it.

[1] For example AliExpress has RK3066 sticks for around $20 - single quantity. Although it is low end and a bit outdated, it is capable of HD video.

about 2 months ago
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Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

jhol13 Cheaper, really? (314 comments)

I wonder if it is really true. I'd assume that full fledged OS with all the stuff included would be better infotaintment system than QNX.
As I do not know which version of "Windows" they use, suppose they used Android. Now they would get, for free without any development costs or time, bluetooth, wifi, 3G, UI, development tools, etc. The system would work as a bluetooth handsfree[1]. The system would, with a SIM, work as a wifi-hotspot. You would get Google Maps, i.e. navigation. Games from Play store. Etc, for free (or the price of Android if they want maps&play).

With QNX, what do they get?

[1] I assume Android can work as a bluetooth "device", not only as a "host".

about 2 months ago
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TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

jhol13 Re:Lousy argumentation (289 comments)

[Citation Needed] - because this claim is complete bullshit.

Show one news article where some airport security has caught a terrorist. You calling it "bullshit" won't make it so.

Seriously. There are many "TSA's of the world" that have caught terrorists. Israel is probably the most noteworthy. They catch terrorists every single day, and yet they do it without forcing people through x ray body scanners, without groping people, and without absurd requests like no aluminum foil.

First, it is a matter of definition whether Palestinians are terrorist or freedom fighters, after all Israel does occupy, illegally, Palestinian land.
Second, airport security ("TSA") has not caught any. Or name one.

about 2 months ago
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TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

jhol13 Re:Lousy argumentation (289 comments)

WTF?

All the "TSA's" of the world have cought exactly zero terrorists.
Can you make same claim about sprinklers, smoke detectors, insurances, airbags? Even USA wide? Even in your city? Your block?

about 2 months ago
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Music Industry Is Keeping Streaming Services Unprofitable

jhol13 Re:Morons One And all (118 comments)

Yes there is. The record company has "producers".
The producers ensure that the music does not annoy anyone[1], is de-s'd, autotuned, limited, compressed, and what not to sound exactly same as everybody else.

Imagine what music would be without aforementioned professionals! It might sound interesting, for god's sake!

[1] The worst that can happen to a radio station is listeners to change the station. Sounding annoying or being (too) different is sure way to do it.

about 2 months ago
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Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"

jhol13 Re:they exist but do not have titles? (312 comments)

In essense, good managers work for the engineers, bad managers work for upper management.

about 2 months ago
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11-Year UK Study Reports No Health Danger From Mobile Phone Transmissions

jhol13 Re:It doesn't matter. (180 comments)

Vaccinations ... Finland is in trouble. One (Pig Flu 2009) vaccination provably caused several cases (more than ten) of narcolepsia.
Now, understandably, people are frightened to get any vaccinations, especially for Pig flu. Unfortunately totally unrelated vaccinations (MMR, HPV) are also opposed.

about 2 months ago
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Enlightenment E19 Pre-Alpha Released

jhol13 Re:If only they'd bring back tvtwm I'd be happy. (89 comments)

Yes.

Still no alternative gives virtual screen bigger than real screen (scroll when mouse hits edge). Or windows occupying more than one desktop (e.g. top left part in "1", bottom right in "4").
Unfortunatelu tvtwm, last time I checked, was lacking too much.

about 2 months ago

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