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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

neiras The trailer (639 comments)

The trailer is a laugh.

One line in there: "We are the only life in the entire universe."

HAHAHAHA. Okay.

about a week ago
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Not Just Apple: GnuTLS Bug Means Security Flaw For Major Linux Distros

neiras Re:People use GnuTLS? (144 comments)

Hey! I got the karma for posting that link in the first article, you... you... karma whore! ;)

about two weeks ago
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Not Just Apple: GnuTLS Bug Means Security Flaw For Major Linux Distros

neiras Re:Old news (144 comments)

This is a dupe. We saw this on slashdot weeks ago.

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

neiras Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

MOD. PARENT. UP.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined

neiras Re:Desensitizing the masses (168 comments)

Government organizations like the NSA are playing a long game. If one generation is desensitized, the next will be uncaring as long as basic needs and a sense of freedom are preserved.

They are winning, and even if we form long-lived organizations to fight them on their terms they will undermine until those organizations are publicly ridiculed and useless. Individuals who speak up will be tarred as "activists", "protestors", and later "traitors". They have the upper hand and there's no way to get it back without an actual war, which no one wants.

They are winning.

This began a long time ago. In two generations they will have won.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

neiras Re:It's okay to be tired of programming (306 comments)

I think in my 20s I just didn't know how to recognize burnout. Combined with the usual invincibility complex and with an image as a caffeine-fueled wunderkind to uphold, I ended up burnout incarnate.

Now, when I feel unproductive for a several days running, I know I need to take a week or two and just do something else. I'm a better coder for it, and a better person too.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

neiras It's okay to be tired of programming (306 comments)

Years ago I actually burnt out. I felt like I couldn't learn anymore. I kept sitting down in front of my editor and going through the motions, wondering where the inspiration was, never able to click into the zone, chasing focus, being unproductive.

I took three years away from code. I got married and started a family. I worked at a relative's construction company. At first I had to force myself not to think about tech. Then I found myself actually forgetting about it because I was doing other interesting stuff. Eventually I realized I needed some software to do something, so I sat down to build it and the old joy was back. Everything felt fresh again.

Recommend you take a break and do something completely different - for years if necessary. You only live once. You might come back to software, you might not. Do what's right for you. The programming world will still be here rediscovering old design patterns and handwaving about the latest development process fads if you choose to get back into it.

about a month ago
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SXSW: Edward Snowden Swipes At NSA

neiras Re:Snowden's an expert? (116 comments)

No. If more people disregarded rules, regulations and laws that do damage to free society as Snowden did, we would all be better off.

I'd say Snowden has reached one of the post-conventional levels on the Kohlberg scale.

about a month ago
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SXSW: Edward Snowden Swipes At NSA

neiras Re:Snowden's an expert? (116 comments)

Typical sysadmin, thinking they know everything about how you should do your job, even if your job has nothing to do with administering systems.

If Snowden really were a "typical sysadmin", we'd all be better off.

about a month ago
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Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA

neiras Re:Blaming the victims ?? (273 comments)

They vote while holding their nose. They vote for the crook to keep the racist out, etc.

Voting while holding your nose? Please. It's all about picking the right political brand so that you feel validated in your peer group. Americans want to be on the winning team and beat the "other guys".

If your choices are "crook" and "racist", your system needs breaking.

about a month ago
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Bug In the GnuTLS Library Leaves Many OSs and Apps At Risk

neiras We all knew it was coming... (231 comments)

From February 16 2008: Howard Chu of OpenLDAP: GnuTLS Considered Harmful

Looking across more of their APIs, I see that the code makes liberal use of strlen and strcat, when it needs to be using counted-length data blobs everywhere. In short, the code is fundamentally broken; most of its external and internal APIs are incapable of passing binary data without mangling it. The code is completely unsafe for handling binary data, and yet the nature of TLS processing is almost entirely dependent on secure handling of binary data.

Incredible that GnuTLS is used anywhere at all. It's just mind boggling.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

neiras Re:LastPass (445 comments)

That and Lastpass encrypts/decrypts the password store on the client side. Only the encrypted database is ever sent over the wire. It's not perfect, but Lastpass has been great for me. Worth the $12/year. I don't know any of my passwords now except one, and my yubikey protects the Lastpass master password.

about 2 months ago
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Google Has $100 for Girls Who Study Coding, $0 for Boys

neiras Dumb. (1 comments)

Private organizations can of course do whatever they like with their money.

With that said, this kind of sexist BS needs to stop. If it's wrong to act in a sexist manner towards females, its also wrong towards males.

about 2 months ago
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What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

neiras Tim Hortons and Mr Lube (322 comments)

I walked into Tim Hortons for a double-double. They use big LCD screens for menus and video advertising in stores. Their screens were black and showing pxelinux trying to load. I guess they boot their menu server off the network, probably from corporate HQ.

Also, Mr. Lube (a drive-through oil change place) was using Ubuntu on their workstations - an early version with the nasty brown window titlebars. Their inventory/sales app was running in Gnome Terminal. Who knows what the backend was, linux was probably only being used to get them to a terminal as cheaply as possible.

None of these area actually weird. I always find it weirder to see Windows desktops on LED signs in stadiums or by the freeway. Once I was in Vancouver for a football game, the scores on the scoreboard suddenly 'moved aside', and lo and behold, there was a My Computer icon that was like 20 feet across. It was pretty funny to watch the operator trying to drag the "scores" window back into place to perfectly line up with the scoreboard screen.

about 2 months ago
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Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price Or Waste of Time?

neiras Re:Ads are toxic. (347 comments)

What is this superbowl thing? I've seen a lot of references to it lately, but not a lot of explanation.

I for one welcome our superb owl overlords.

Whooo! Whoo-whooo!

about 2 months ago
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Spoiled Onions: Exposing Malicious Tor Exit Relays

neiras Surprised (65 comments)

I am kind of surprised by how small the Tor network is. Only 1000 exit relays? Guess I'll spin up a few.

about 3 months ago

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Mozilla is mapping cell towers and WiFi access points

neiras neiras writes  |  about 2 months ago

neiras (723124) writes "Mozilla is building a map of publicly-observable cell tower and WiFi access points to compete with proprietary geolocation services like Google's. Coverage is a bit thin so far but is improving rapidly.

Anyone with an Android phone can help by downloading the MozStumbler app and letting it run while walking or driving around. The application is also available on the F-Droid market."

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Filtering software now required on all Chinese PCs

neiras neiras writes  |  more than 4 years ago

neiras (723124) writes "The BBC is reporting that China's ruling Communist Party has ordered all citizens to install government-controlled filtering software on their computers. Apparently the software only manages to filter pages visited in Internet Explorer, transmits user information over the wire in without encryption, and is so poorly implemented that it may effectively make every Chinese desktop vulnerable to exploitation. Here comes the One Botnet To Rule Them All!"

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