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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

medv4380 Re:WTF? (126 comments)

Not to sound like too much of a conspiracy nut, but Heartbleed did look like a deliberate exploit to some people, and still does to others. If it had been, and had been put there by someone at OpenSSL they are the last ones you actually want to inform until you have already patched it yourself. From the timeline that's what Google did, and then tapped the shoulders of their closes friends so they could ether patch it or disable the heartbeat feature as CloudFlare did. I agree that OpenSSL should have been informed first, but what do you do when you suspect the proper channels are the ones who put it there in the first place.

3 hours ago
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Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

medv4380 Re:Should always be reported (134 comments)

Typo from a lack of coffee first thing on a Sunday Morning. With a pretty stressful weekend too.

5 days ago
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Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

medv4380 Should always be reported (134 comments)

The problem with saying "unless 'a clear national security or law enforcement need' exists" is that it actually compromises national security. What is more important. That you can easily hack in and skill data from the KGB, or some mafia site; or that every last American Citizen can be hacked by the KGB, or mafia? Keeping a bug like heartbleed a secret is something only an idiot or black hat would do. If the NSA knew of heartbleed early, and kept it a secret they are arrogant idiots. They ether wanted criminals to have free rain to steal anything they wanted, or they believed that criminals are too stupid to have found this bug.

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

medv4380 As If (594 comments)

When I see a null self initialize into something there will be proof. Until then it is a git semantic proof that is easily exposed as shenanigans with language.

about a week ago
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Researchers Find Problems With Rules of Bitcoin

medv4380 Re:Bullshit (301 comments)

The point of the difficulty is to control the creating of bitcoins. The part your complaining about specifically is about what happens when there are no more coins to mine. They're saying that the fee wont be enough to keep people in. Really, but bother to read their counter argument before you spout off about it.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Find Problems With Rules of Bitcoin

medv4380 Re:Bullshit (301 comments)

Really, what is the difficulty of mining when all coins are mined? You still need the miners, but if transaction fees don't actually make enough of an incentive then you end up with fewer and fewer miners. I'd say RTFA but you're a 'coiner reading and comprehending a counter argument isn't in you, and highlights the main flaw.

about three weeks ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

medv4380 Re:Dumb logic (747 comments)

That's scurvy not measles. Measles is a German disease. American's are Immune.

about a month ago
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The Future of Cryptocurrencies

medv4380 Re:Crypto-coin advocates = anarchists or libertari (221 comments)

Properly run, established, and backed crypto-dollars could be an acceptable replacement for banks to hold and transfer funds. With a central authority transfers could be rolled back, and appropriate monetary policy established, or enforced. It beat the heck out of the banks that just move gold from one vault to another at the end of the night. You could esstially tie crypto-dollars to US issued bonds that the Fed Purchases. For example one 100 dollar bond could be represented by one crypto-dollar. It would just be on the banking network, and never go over the internet at all. It would eliminate a large amount of the physical hoops we currently use. Properly done it could replace, or enhance the existing Clearing House Interbank Payments System we currently have.

about a month ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

medv4380 Probably just a standard DNS error (349 comments)

I worked at an ISP that technically no longer exists do to merging multiple times. But when I worked there we had a reoccuring issue with the DNS servers and navy.gov. They had set their expiration really low, probably to help in moving the servers, and after a while something would happen to the DNS servers and they'd refuse to hand out the record. If it was a nobody site no one would have cared, but because it was the Navy it ended up causing some backlash. The issue was made worse because we had over a dozen servers accost the country, and only some of them were affected on any given day. What's worse is the people in direct charge of the servers had no clue what was causing the problem and only knew that rebooting them would fix it. Ultimately the solution was to upgrade the DNS servers and go with a more centralized solution. It's much easier to setup when it's all behind one or two addresses instead of a dozen anyways. I still don't know why the servers refused to give back any credentials or even an error since I didn't directly administer any of them, but I accept they were probably just failing, and needed some serious repair or replace since we did go with the replace option. Comcast is probably in the same boat.

about a month ago
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Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

medv4380 Re:Anonymous cryptocurrency, who to trust? (228 comments)

Negative interest has the side effect of the bank paying you. You'd have zero depositors and an infinite number of loans for an infinite amount of funds. The bank would ether fail before it opened, or default a few days later.

about a month ago
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Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

medv4380 Re:Sitting on a stack of traceable coins (228 comments)

You clearly misunderstand how the mtgox hist, or nohist happened, and have no idea of how money laundering would work. Two years ago, or however long ago it took for someone to figure out they could do a double withdrawal, when they started skimming off the transaction you'd get one request to one public address. That transaction failed, and unless mtgox kept a detailed report of which transactions failed even they wouldn't know that those were the coins that were stolen. Now lets say they figure it out eventually, but right now they mostly know that they have a balance in their wallet that doesn't match the balance on their books. The problem is then that the coins were most likely laundered. Just have to go and buy some stuff with the bitcoins, and then resell that stuff ether for new bitcoins and at an entirely different public address, or for cash. The dirty bitcoins are still dirty, but the criminal has clean bitcoins and clean cash. The only punishment that could be handed out at that point is to punish the unwitting launderer who isn't the actual criminal. The same exact thing happens with dirty money. It's why money laundering and shadow banking exist, and is in part why cash has serial numbers on it. The goal of the money launderer is to get those bitcoins spent as quickly and by as many real people as possible. Gambling would be a good place to launder 'coins. It gets them trading hands so quickly that by the time anyone would have flagged the coins as stolen the crooks have nearly untraceable versions in exchange.

about a month ago
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Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

medv4380 Re:Victim blaming (479 comments)

Don't run mysterious exe files from people you do know, or trust ether, and never trust your antivirus. Your method only results in people running exe's from their friends who've been hacked, and people who think they're immune to viruses because they happen to have an antivirus. I hate explaining that just having an antivirus doesn't mean they're immune to all viruses, and can run unknown applications with impunity.

about a month ago
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Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

medv4380 Re:Anonymous cryptocurrency, who to trust? (228 comments)

Who would lend money in a deflationary currency? You're practically guaranteeing default. If I take out a loan for 100 bitcoins to be paid back in 10 years I'd never be able to pay it off because my wages wouldn't go up nearly as fast and the deflationary pressure. Wages go down with deflation not up. A bitcoin bank that issues loans is guaranteed mass defaults, and a bank that has that many defaults is guaranteed to fail. Ether you want the shangrala "Sound" money that has nether inflation, nor deflation, or you want an Inflationary currency that isn't so bad that money become worthless in a few years, but not so low that you have to worry about defaults caused by deflation kicking in. A banking system build on deflation is unstable, and prone to failures. It's what we had when we were on the Gold Standard, and is undesirable for any banking system to work long term. Then again some people enjoy watching people suffer.

about a month ago
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Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

medv4380 Re:Sitting on a stack of traceable coins (228 comments)

You can't distinguish between the ones that were stolen and the ones that were legit transactions. Even if you could this happened after a very long period of time, and the likely hood that it's been spent, or laundered is already very high. You'd more likely penalize "honest", more likely unwitting, bitcoin users who were used to launder the coins, and not the criminals who actually got the coins. There are lots of logistical problems with even attempting to implement this kinds of a system. To successfully do it you'd need a Central Authority that could enforce it, and it should be obvious why that won't happen.

about a month ago
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Police Say No Foul Play In Death of Bitcoin Exchange CEO Autumn Radtke

medv4380 Re:Suicide #11 (126 comments)

Suicide in the financial sector is common, but tends to fallow a pattern with economic issues. It's been up since about August, or October to present. It's unusual since it hasn't trended with any bank collapses, or stock market panic. Unless you count bitcoins.

about a month and a half ago
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Police Say No Foul Play In Death of Bitcoin Exchange CEO Autumn Radtke

medv4380 Re:How long would it take (126 comments)

It would require the protocol to be rewritten. If such a thing is ever done it will give undisputed proof the bit-coin is inflationary whenever it will benefit a majority of the miners.

about a month and a half ago
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Police Say No Foul Play In Death of Bitcoin Exchange CEO Autumn Radtke

medv4380 Hope it's not a Black Tuesday Precursor (126 comments)

The real story is that there have been an unusually high number of Banker, and Financial sector deaths. Ether suicides, or suspected suicides. This is the only one I know of that officially connected to bitcoin, but the nature of bitcoin hides it well enough that it would require an investigation to prove the others were into bitcoin as well. Which probably isn't even being looked into after their death. I hate bitcoins and 'coiners, but I hope this isn't a sign of Black Tuesday window jumping. I want bitcoin to be a lesson learned, and move on. Not a kill yourself so you can't warn the next group of just how stupid they're being.

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

medv4380 Re:How do you disable audio ads on /. (390 comments)

You could always, idk, just check that disable ads box, or get ad-block. Personally I just have flash disabled. Few if any ads utilize html5 to spit out audio, and I hate noise tabs.

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

medv4380 Pretend? (390 comments)

I'm not sure if this is actually the guy, but conspiracy theories will fly about it forever so I don't care if he is or isn't. However playing 'Pretend the government agencies are coming after you.' with a child is enough for me to dismiss the guy as crazy.

about a month and a half ago
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Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

medv4380 Re:Atkin's Diet (459 comments)

You can easily pull up images of him as an old man prior to the accident. As subjective as name calling is he is as far from obese as can be.

about a month and a half ago

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38 Studios Financially Collapsing

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  about 2 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "38 Studios, run by Curt Shilling, is having a hard time paying its bills and employees. The gaming community hasn't been happy with 38 Studios since issue with an Online Pass for Single Player Content discussed previously here. For Curt to rant against Obama and welfare addiction makes it seem like the pot has been calling the kettle black since he received a $75 million dollar loan from Republican Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee. When 38 Studios defaults RI will have to cover the loan and interest of nearly $100 Million."
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Crenezumab Antibody to Begin Human Testing to Combat Alzheimers

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  about 2 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "The US Government is committing 16 Million to 100 Million dollar prevention trial of Crenezumab that is intended to help combat early onset Alzheimers. The Government has also committed an additional 7.9 million for a second trial."
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Judge Dismisses Patent Lawsuit Against Nintendo

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "The patent lawsuit filed by IA Labs regarding Wii Fit and other Nintendo accessories has been dismissed before it could go to the Jury. The case was previously discussed on slashdot here. It appears that Maryland courts maybe a much better venue then East Texas."
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News Reports WoW used as Mass Murder Simulator

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "It should be no surprise that the Mass Murderer, Anders Behring Breivik, found a game like Modern Warfare entertaining. However, in his manifesto he writes

example, tell them that you have started to play World of Warcraft or any other online MMO game and that you wish to focus on this for the next months/year. This "new project" can justify isolation and people will understand somewhat why you are not answering your phone over long periods. Tell them that you are completely hooked on the game (raiding dungeons etc). Emphasize to them that this is a dream you have had since you were a kid

The news has taken this clear use of Warcraft as cover for cutting off contact with friends and family as Norway Terrorist Used World Of Warcraft As A Training Simulator

I guess we can expect this to spur anther round of game bashing very shortly."

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Blizzard Authenticator Change

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Some of you maybe aware of the change blizzard made to the authenticator system at the end of last week. The basics of the system is if Blizzard sees that you are using a system that you've used in the past the authenticator will be requested less often to log in. Since it seems that only a tech audience would understand what was done I have a question for slashdot. Is this more or less secure then what it was prior to the change?

If you use an authenticator – and we hope you do – you may soon notice that an authenticator prompt may not appear with every login. We’ve recently updated our authentication system to intelligently track your login locations, and if you’re logging in consistently from the same place, you may not be asked for an authenticator code. This change is being made to make the authenticator process less intrusive when we’re sure the person logging in to your account is you. We hope to continue improving the authenticator system to ensure the same or greater security, while improving and adding features to make having one a more user friendly experience. If you don’t already have a Battle.net Authenticator attached to your account, don’t wait until it’s too late -

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Java SE 7 Finally Approved by JCP 13 to 1

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Java Platform, SE (Standard Edition) 7 has been passed this week by the JCP Executive Committee for SE/EE (Enterprise Edition), by a vote of 13 in favor and 1 — Google — against. Oracle, IBM, VMware, Red Hat, and Fujitsu are among the affirmative votes, and two committee members — Credit Suisse and Java architect Werner Keil — did not vote. Specifically, committee members voted on Java Specification Request 336, which pertains to the Java upgrade. Voting on the public review ballot for Java SE 7 finished up earlier this week after beginning on May 31. Java SE 7 still faces another vote on a final approval ballot."
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Worlds.com gets 4th Virtual Worlds Patent

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Worlds.com has received another Virtual Worlds patent.

The present invention provides a highly scalable architecture for a three-dimensional graphical, multi-user, interactive virtual world system. In a preferred embodiment a plurality of users interact in the three-dimensional, computer-generated graphical space where each user executes a client process to view a virtual world from the perspective of that user. The virtual world shows avatars representing the other users who are neighbors of the user viewing the virtual word. In order that the view can be updated to reflect the motion of the remote user's avatars, motion information is transmitted to a central server process which provides positions updates to client processes for neighbors of the user at that client process. The client process also uses an environment database to determine which background objects to render as well as to limit the movement of the user's avatar.

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FCC Moves to Convert Phone Fund to Broadband Fund

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "The Federal Communications Commission is expected to change the Universal Service Fund and instead of having the funds go towards Rural Phone Infrastructure it would not go towards Broadband Infrastructure. You can see a transcript of what was presented to the FCC here."
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Scientist claims Jupiter is messing with WMAP

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Tom Shanks at the University of Durham reprocessed the published WMAP data using radio galaxies instead of Jupiter, and claims that the data no longer excludes theory's like one-dimensional cosmic strings."
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Worlds.com Settles Lawsuit Against NCSoft

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Worlds.com is implied as about to go under financially but with the number of times zombie SCO has appeared World.com maybe no different in the long run. If true NCSoft probably could have fought off the case by waiting for World.com to die but then the patents would be sold off and we'd be back at the same place."
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Is IE8 really better at malware?

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "I recently read an article that stated that IE8 Tops Blocking Malware.

Internet Explorer 8 wiped the floor with the other products in the malware tests, blocking 81% of live threats. Firefox 3.0.11 was closest at 27%, with Safari 4 at 21%, Chrome 2 at 7% and Opera 10 beta at 1%. NSS Labs says that they confirmed that this protection is identical in Firefox 3 and 3.5, as well as Opera 9 and 10.

I was curious how accurate this could actually be. It has been my experience that I run into more actual malware threats (mostly unwanted activex controlers) using IE then I have in any other browser. After reading bits of the report the "malware" they were referring to was the Social Engineering kind of malware. I'm not sure if this is an honest way of reporting malware security, but then I'm of the mindset that malware distributed though the "Click Here for Viagra" as malware for dummies.

Am I crazy or are they right about IE?"

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Microsoft Ordered to stop selling MS Word

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Michael (1604309) writes "

Microsoft Corp. has been ordered to stop selling several versions of its popular word-processing software, Word, in the U.S. after losing a court battle with a Toronto-based company.

A Texas judge issued the injunction Tuesday and awarded small Toronto technology firm, i4i, more than $290 million US in damages, ruling Microsoft wilfully infringed on the company's 1998 patent for software that opens up documents using the XML computer programming language.

As much as I dislike Microsoft I hate this kind of patent abuse even more."

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