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Heartbleed Disclosure Timeline Revealed

pedantic bore Re:Negligence (62 comments)

Yeah, if that's what happened. But that's not what the article says.

It says that on March 21st, Google had already fixed the flaw and rolled out the patches internally. Fine; they get to cover their own asses first. No argument.

Then a week went by.

about 7 months ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

pedantic bore Re:I've always wanted to know (480 comments)

I want to know, but I also don't want to know.

Whatever it was, I can tell that it was chewy. And that I've lost my appetite.

about 8 months ago
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Group Thinks Anonymity Should Be Baked Into the Internet Itself Using Tor

pedantic bore I hope Tor runs away as fast as it can (123 comments)

I've worked with the IETF on several RFCs. I'm also familiar with the challenges that the Tor project faces daily, and what they have to do to stay ahead of the entities trying to break Tor. I think for Tor to even stop to talk to the IETF would be an waste of their time; Tor needs to be nimble, and the IETF standards process is painfully, horribly slow and unable to move quickly on anything. Given that Tor releases updates on a cycle that is shorter than the normal time a draft spends in the AD review queue, by the time an RFC got to the standards track it would already be out-of-date.

about a year ago
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Look Out, Nuance: Apple's Office Near MIT Is Stocking Up With Speech-Tech Talent

pedantic bore Not necessarily about MIT... (50 comments)

The real powerhouse in speech recognition tech isn't MIT -- it's BBN, at the other end of Cambridge.

about a year ago
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Google Plans Wireless Networks In Emerging Markets

pedantic bore Re:Adverts (43 comments)

Interest, yes. Cash, no.

That's what being very poor means.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Plans Wireless Networks In Emerging Markets

pedantic bore Re:Adverts (43 comments)

Exactly my thought. The profit margins for Google are never going to be higher than they are right now -- the next billion people aren't going to be able to afford the $150 jeans Google is showing me ads for... and the billion after that are going to be even poorer. When you're wondering where your next meal is coming from, you probably aren't going to spend a lot of time on Google+.

The idea that Google is going to make money on subscription services is dubious. It's a business model (hello, AOL!) that doesn't work, even in markets that actually have money to spend on such things.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Does Your Company Evaluate Your Performance?

pedantic bore I remember the old days... (525 comments)

It doesn't seem that long ago that if someone posted a duplicate story to slashdot they'd need to wait more than thirteen hours.

Have we really run out of other things to bash Microsoft about?

more than 2 years ago
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Vaccine Could Cut Heroin Addiction

pedantic bore I worry about vaccines for pleasure (382 comments)

What if, in addition to the pleasure due to heroin, it also diminishes other sorts of pleasure?

This sounds like it could be a small slice of hell.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Lecturer Defends His Standing As Email Inventor

pedantic bore Maybe... (249 comments)

... but Ray Tomlinson at BBN invented the use of the "@" sign.

more than 2 years ago
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In Australia, Immunize Or Lose Benefits

pedantic bore Re:Kinda Risky.... (680 comments)

Couple the heavy vaccination schedule with advances in food safety and constant household cleaning; these kids might have little besides flu and rhinovirus to train their immune systems, and that doesn't seem like a sustainable course.

You don't seem to understand that "training their immune systems" is exactly what immunizations do.

more than 2 years ago
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In Australia, Immunize Or Lose Benefits

pedantic bore Re:So (680 comments)

We are actively changing the fitness function for diseases to include "must be resistant to antibiotics, must be resistant to antivirals, must be able to infect even immunised people, etc", this will inevitably lead to bugs that fulfil these criteria... eventually.

By this logic, we should be expecting bullet-proof cattle and thresher-proof wheat any day now, not to mention hook-resistant fish and armored potatoes...

more than 2 years ago
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Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

pedantic bore Haters gonna hate (699 comments)

... and these haters are the hatiest.

The Westboro people turn my stomach.

about 3 years ago
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Could Assortative Mating Explain Autism?

pedantic bore Re:Publicity whore for a "scientist" (286 comments)

He ADMITS to being right ONLY 1% OF THE TIME. How is it possible we continued to pay attention to him!?!

Because when he was wrong he admitted it, rather than rushing to print. And when he was right, he was very, very right.

more than 3 years ago
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Could Assortative Mating Explain Autism?

pedantic bore Re:Publicity whore for a "scientist" (286 comments)

it's interesting that the Somali language has no word for autism, ...

People in Somalia probably have more urgent and pressing problems to deal with than naming diseases whose definitions are vague and poorly defined.

more than 3 years ago
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Can Google Save Us From Slow Internet

pedantic bore The first one is always free (240 comments)

Anyone who thinks that Google is doing this out of the kindness of their hearts is silly.

Google doesn't care whether you have high-speed access. They want to be able to trace your browsing and other internet usage habits, and they want to make sure they can serve up their ads in a way that minimizes the requirements on their resources.

more than 3 years ago

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Dennis Ritche dead at age 70

pedantic bore pedantic bore writes  |  about 3 years ago

pedantic bore (740196) writes "Dennis Ritchie, pioneer of C and UNIX, former leader of the Computer Sciences Research Center at Bell Labs, and winner of the ACM Turing Award, is reported dead at age 70.

Dennis Ritchie was one of the inventors who, without much fanfare and almost no publicity outside of the field, revolutionized operating systems and programming languages. His influence is ubiquitious; C and POSIX are the bedrock of nearly all modern computing platforms."

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pedantic bore pedantic bore writes  |  more than 8 years ago

pedantic bore writes "The Harvard Crimson has posted an article entitled "Prof Accuses New Yorker of Defamation" in which Professor Yau (esteemed mathematician, winner of the Fields Prize, and practically everything else, but primarily known outside the mathematics/physics communities from a recent New Yorker article about Grigori Perelman's refusal to accept a Fields medal) threatens to sue the New Yorker over what he feels was an unfair characterization of himself and the field of mathematics as a whole. Tune in today (9/20/06) at noon EDT to hear what Yau has to say, or read his letter."

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