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Mathematicians Uncomfortable With Ties To NSA, But Not Pulling Back

paavo512 Re:Shame on them (126 comments)

If the devil payed you to successfully research a method to eliminate poverty would you do take his money?

If your goal is to eliminate poverty there is no need to research for a new method. The efficiency of producing food and buildings has gone up by a factor of tens or hundreds in last few centuries. If the humankind has still been not able to provide all people with enough food and shelter, then it's just a shame.

7 hours ago

Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

paavo512 Re: But does it matter any more? (174 comments)

There are real, legitimate concerns and reasons to MITM. If you don't like it, don't do non-company things on company Internet and equipment.

All this somehow loses importance if I am allowed and expected to take my laptop to home half of the time and doing company things using my home internet and equipment. Well, I am basically forced to do that because their MITM software does not work properly with the dropbox software of some customers. So I have to download and upload those 200 MB files over my home connection, just to do my work.

If I really wanted to send over some sensitive information to somebody, you can be sure I would find a way to do this. And about malware, the only malware which I have seen on my computer is the company-enforced Symantec antivirus crapware. So there...

3 days ago

Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

paavo512 Re:But does it matter any more? (174 comments)

What browser can't an employer control to do a MitM attack? You can turn off cert pinning in both Chrome and Firefox, as well as add your own cert...

I am hoping this would require more access to my machine than they have got, but I may be wrong. Fortunately the IT department is at least physically located in another country ;-)

3 days ago

Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

paavo512 Re:But does it matter any more? (174 comments)

I guess they've got to have a browser, every OS comes with one. It used to be that Microsoft was at their best as the underdog. If the browser were good enough, I'd switch... I have no loyalty to my browser. Adding value is fine with me--if it really is value and not bloat. I don't see it happening, but you never know.

With IE, it's more like misfeatures, like hiding the fact that my employer is carrying out a MITM attack on my encrypted connections. So sorry, there is no chance I would switch to it.

3 days ago

Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

paavo512 Re:Who knew? (200 comments)

To be fair, though, the only two forms of generic programming I know a little about are the template approach in C++ and the duck-typing approach in Python. Both of those rely heavily on classes.

Presence of classes does not automatically mean OO. In C you also have structs and can store also function pointers in them to mimic virtual functions, yet nobody says C is an OO language. For "real" OO one needs at least derivation/inheritance and virtual method overriding. In C++, one could implement containers, iterators and algorithms without any derivation or virtual functions whatsoever, so in my mind, no OO is involved in STL.

5 days ago

Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

paavo512 Re:Who knew? (200 comments)

And what about the STL guy who was just interviewed here?

STL has little to do with OO, it's mostly about algorithms and generic programming.

about a week ago

AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

paavo512 Re:I no longer think this is an issue (258 comments)

The reason is, AI will have no 'motivation'. [...] Without a sense of self preservation it won't 'feel' a need to defend itself.

This idea (not saying that I fully agree with it) is quite nicely played out in the recent "Automata" movie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automata (film)). The critics could not make heads or tails of it, because they assumed the movies should be about people.

about two weeks ago

NSA Says They Have VPNs In a 'Vulcan Death Grip'

paavo512 Re:Good news (234 comments)

It is a public forum. Anyone, including an NSA agent can browse all your postings regardless of any encryption used between you and this site.

Nobody can browse my posts if I am posting as "anonymous coward" ... except that is not quite true without a secure connection!

about a month ago

Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

paavo512 Re:This is not about revisionism or censorship ! (193 comments)

This is NOT revisionism or censorship. The fact we got to be forgotten is a something we enjoyed for most of our history. Until google and search engine came along, then it went out of the window.

You are right, this is not revisionism or censorship. It is luddism. You cannot turn back the wheels. What do you think the HR people do when they realize google does not give them all results about job applicants any more? That's right, they use another search engine. Or build their own.

Nowadays the society has a lot better memory, one just needs to acknowledge this. And the society needs to learn to forgive. By legal means if necessary.

about 2 months ago

Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

paavo512 Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

This is 400*250 = 100 000W = 100 kW. To transfer 85 kWh one needs almost an hour.

about 3 months ago

Will New European Commission Leaders Welcome Open Source and Open Standards?

paavo512 Re:Why is Red Hat going to the mat on Digital Agen (21 comments)

two obscure commissioners on a "Digital Agenda" committee no one here has ever heard of?

European Pirate Party is certainly pro-open source and has made some comments:

Oettinger and Ansip are like night and day,” said Julia Reda, an MEP with the European Pirate Party, which focuses on internet regulation. “I am very pleasantly surprised by [Ansip's] level of understanding. He didn’t say anything outrageous in any case, which is a huge improvement over Oettinger.

Source: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0... (if this appears paywalled, try via Google).

about 4 months ago

David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

paavo512 Re:Simple answer (942 comments)

8 C is a cold winter day

8 C is a cold summer day - there, fixed it ... for me :(

about 4 months ago

Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

paavo512 Re:Empirical Data Trumps Information Theory (211 comments)

Information does travel through space at a velocity faster than c - see the EPR paradox, which was subsequently questioned by Bell, and then experimentally tested by Alan Aspect (sorry I don't know the correct French spelling for his name).

Based on the evidence, quantum information does seem to travel faster than c.

Given the paradox of the wave-function collapse within the Copenhagen interpretation of QM (once a particle is measured it takes on a definite set of properties, which means that the wave-function must collapse everywhere simultaneously) it suggests that quantum information is transfered instantaneously.

This most probably shows that the wave-function-collapse interpretation does not have much to do with the reality and is just an artifact of the theory. There are other interpretations which do not involve such mysterious collapses and provide smooth transition from quantum to macroscopic level. The logically most consistent one is the many-worlds interpretation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Many-worlds_interpretation).

about 5 months ago

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

paavo512 Re:AI is always (564 comments)

It's not going to change it's mind half way to New York and go somewhere else.

This means inadequate planning and needless wasting of nonrenewable resources of the planet. If that's all we can offer against AI, I'm afraid we are doomed anyway.

about 7 months ago

Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

paavo512 Re:I have to wonder (239 comments)

The implementation of this Google policy seems quite strange. The article "BBC - Peston's Picks: Merrill's mess" can be found via google.com, it is the first (non-advertised) hit in https://www.google.com/#q=Stan.... When searching via a Google site in Europe (https://www.google.ee/#q=Stan+O%27Neal+site%3Awww.bbc.co.uk), the title "BBC - Peston's Picks: Merrill's mess" does not appear in the search results, but there is an entry:

Forbidden - BBC
www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/.../2007/10/.../index.htm...Tõlgi see leht
29.10.2007 - All weekend, wave after wave of schadenfreude has been crashing on the head of Stan O'Neal, the chairman of Merrill Lynch. After Merrill ... BBC News - Have Your Say

When clicking on this title (http://www.google.ee/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCQQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.co.uk%2Fblogs%2Fthereporters%2Frobertpeston%2F2007%2F10%2F29%2Findex.html&ei=IeG0U5O0NYa0PL-BgbgJ&usg=AFQjCNEfFXYrZu2W1GwPGwaq9Z19g_171Q&bvm=bv.70138588,d.ZWU ), the original article appears! So, effectively Google displays the result, but says it is forbidden to read it? I'm baffled.

about 7 months ago

Imparting Malware Resistance With a Randomizing Compiler

paavo512 Nice idea (125 comments)

by generating a unique executable for each install

... and cloning a unique customer support team for each install!

about 8 months ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

paavo512 Writing apps (240 comments)

I am writing apps, not buying them, you insensitive clod!

about 9 months ago

Finnish Police Board Wants Justification For Wikipedia's Fundraising Campaign

paavo512 Re:Tyranny (252 comments)

If every website must comply with every law in every country where the website can be seen [...]

Wikipedia donation requests are very targeted. I saw the donation request while browsing in my corporate VPN (the gateway to internet happens to reside in GB) and wanted to donate some money, but the system did not allow me to enter a credit card address outside of GB, so I gave up. When browsing at home, I have never seen a donation request, probably they think there would be no point in putting one up for my country.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

paavo512 Too rigid (876 comments)

At a minimum wouldn't that eliminate time dealing with syntax errors?

It seems to be a general concept that if one cannot make any mistakes using a system, then the system is not flexible enough to achieve anything interesting. And syntax errors cannot be clearly distinguished from semantic ones, when you make a system where every combination of tokens is syntactically valid, then there will be either a lot of semantic errors (think of writing machine code directly - almost any bit pattern is a valid opcode, so no syntax mistakes), or the system would be too rigid to be useful.

about a year ago



E-residency Now Possible in Estonia

paavo512 paavo512 writes  |  about 2 months ago

paavo512 (2866903) writes "Estonia will become the first country in the world to offer “e-residency” for foreigners. E-residents will get an electronic identification card similar to Estonian National ID cards which will allow them to use digital services like banking, registering a company in Estonia, and signing electronic documents. These signatures will be legally valid in the whole European Union, not just in Estonia.

This is not a real citizenship. For example, voting is not included in the rights of e-residents.

For obtaining the card the applicant must be at first be physically present in Estonia. E-residency can be cancelled at any moment by the authorities if there is a suspicion of fraud.

The first such digital ID cards go to the US risk capitalist Steve Jurvetson with Estonian roots and the British journalist Edward Lucas who intends to use his digital ID for encrypted correspondence in the journal The Economist."

Estonia sharing its ID-card based eGovernment solution with Finland

paavo512 paavo512 writes  |  about a year ago

paavo512 (2866903) writes "For the last decade or so, Estonia has developed a national electronic data exchange layer called X-Road. Is is based on national electronic ID cards and allows creation of common electronic services like founding a company, declaring taxes or e-voting. Every day, over 800,000 enquiries are made via X-Road (the population of Estonia is 1.3M). According to the PM of Estonia, the solution is saving 2% of national GDP annually.

The Estonian ID card technology was originally imported from Finland; however, it appears Finns have for 10 years failed to come up with any significant e-services making use of them. So it is now agreed that Estonian X-Road solution would be expanding to Finland as well. From the article:

Sharing and joint development of X-Road solution is prescribed by cooperation memorandum, signed [on Dec 10] by Estonian and Finnish prime ministers. To our knowledge, this was the first international agreement in the world which was signed digitally.


E-voting source code made public in Estonia

paavo512 paavo512 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

paavo512 (2866903) writes "Server-side source code used for electronic voting was made fully public by Estonian officials on July 11. The aim is to encourage more specialists to get involved in the technical analysis of the software. It is hoped that public overview will help to ensure the security of the system.

E-voting has been successfully used 5 times in Estonia since 2007. It facilitates national ID cards which are obligatory for all citizens. In the next municipal elections later this year it is planned to test an experimental feature where the voter can check via a physically separate channel (smart phone) if his or her vote has been registered correctly.

The original in Estonian: http://www.postimees.ee/1297368/e-haaletamise-tarkvara-lahtekood-sai-avalikuks

The publicized source code: https://github.com/vvk-ehk/evalimine"


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