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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

pipatron Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

The plane was 10km up. It wasn't shot down by something bought for $50,000 from Bob's Quality Used Implements of Death and Destruction and delivered to you by a courier van. The suspected weapon system requires at minimum one tank sized tracked launcher vehicle, and for full capability it requires three such vehicles. This is way out of Bob the arms dealer's league. Although I'm pretty much guessing here, the missile alone I expect would cost over a million dollars to manufacture.

You mean something like http://www.mortarinvestments.e...

about two weeks ago
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Walter Munk's Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment

pipatron Slow news day? (55 comments)

What kind of non-story is that? One link points to some guy writing about how some other guys went to study waves at different locations. It doesn't say anything about how they did it, or has any technical information. The other link is a PDF scanned from a paper from 1982. Slow day when you have 32 year old news?

about three weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

pipatron Non-story (265 comments)

What an incredible non-story that was.

  1. 1. Dubai is hot and has a lot of immigrant workers.
  2. 2. Dubai builds a new shopping mall with a roof.
  3. 3. ???
  4. 4. Dystopia

about three weeks ago
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IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

pipatron Best editor? (197 comments)

What's next in flamebait-land? Rate the best editor?

about a month ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

pipatron Re:WUWT (441 comments)

Next up: Conservapedia for unbiased fact-checking.

about a month ago
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New OpenSSL Man-in-the-Middle Flaw Affects All Clients

pipatron Re:This is awesome (217 comments)

Is it messed up to add sensitive information to an entropy pool? From choice of wording it seems everyone should immediately and without reservation know better this is a stupid thing to do.

Question is this actually a valid position or more knee jerk based on unfounded fear, ignorance of operation of an entropy pool?

When functioning properly you shouldn't be able to extract anything except entropy from pool.

Emphasis mine. Putting it in the pool is yet another attack vector, and a great way to increase the chance of something going wrong down the line. Either by mistake or by a planned malicious code change in parts of the code that doesn't seem to have anything to do with the private key.

about 2 months ago
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The Internet's Broken. Who's Going To Invent a New One?

pipatron Suspicious (162 comments)

Everyone talking about how today's internet is broken sounds like they have an agenda.I'd be very suspicious of anyone wanting to change it.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

pipatron Re:Simple. (876 comments)

Actually, they are called movies. And I bet that on average, people watch a lot more movies than they read books.

(This is however not a statement of quality, and I guess there are hundreds of nerds who thinks that anectodes equals data which will reply to this and proudly proclaim that they read more books than they watch movies.)

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

pipatron Re:Doesn't Scale (876 comments)

Trial and error is usually required to see if a box responds to a message in the way you want; I can write correct C without having to run the code, I would never try that in Reaktor.

Now that's a brave statement!

I'm always suspicious when that actually happens. Which bugs have I missed?

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

pipatron Re:Lego Mindstorms (876 comments)

And it is one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult language for children to learn, taking them up to twice the time to learn their own language compared to children in languages using an alphabet.

(See for example http://pinyin.info/readings/te...)

about 6 months ago
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US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test

pipatron Re:Charles Darwin Wrote (745 comments)

Feeding trolls may be immoral, but it sure can be fun at times.

about 10 months ago
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US Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts To Break Tor

pipatron Re:Officials learn terrorist and criminals use cas (411 comments)

You only need to do that here (Sweden) if you want to deposit large enough sums, I don't know exactly how much should be a couple of thousands of your so-called quids.

I expect this to gradually change within the next 10 years or so, though. I mean, handling cash in this day is suspicious enough when you might as well use a debit or credit card of some sorts, or pay with your phone bill.

about 10 months ago
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US Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts To Break Tor

pipatron Re:Officials learn terrorist and criminals use cas (411 comments)

Actually, a better "analogy" is that they work hard on making sure that cash can't be used anonymously. Each transaction must be monitored (serial numbers on every bill, cameras in every ATM and store), and controlled (demanding proof of ownership for depositing cash at a bank, removing the possibility to actually use cash for buying travel documents).

Much like they are working hard on trying to make sure Tor can't be used anonymously.

about 10 months ago
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DOJ Hasn't Actually Found Silk Road Founder's Bitcoin Yet

pipatron Re:Minor details! (294 comments)

The Swedish police is right now trying to sell 28 poodles which were seized. That isn't an implicit endorsement to poodles as a valid currency in Sweden.

about 10 months ago
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How The NSA Targets Tor

pipatron Re:duh.. (234 comments)

I'm just judging the book by its cover. It looks like it's design to lure people with flashy but cheap looking animations.

Anyway, changing your browser string won't make you less trackable. They don't use those for tracking individual users.

about 10 months ago
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How The NSA Targets Tor

pipatron Re:duh.. (234 comments)

Uhm, heh...

No. Sorry.

From the look of that website, you probably have some nice tracking installed now though.

about 10 months ago
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How The NSA Targets Tor

pipatron Re:a related question (234 comments)

He did claim early on that he did this because he didn't want any personal information about any NSA agents getting out, and I bet the papers are full of them.

It is, however, a pretty lame excuse IMHO. But I'm not the one with a government agency after me.

about 10 months ago
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How The NSA Targets Tor

pipatron Re:How about the nodes (234 comments)

Interesting. If I worked for NSA, I would try to. It would give some more information. Though on the other hand, they may just as well run their own nodes to get that information (oh yes, they do this already), and hacking 'normal' people just for the lulz always increases the chance of information about your operations getting out.

In short: It would be stupid to hack you just because you're running a node, unless you're their target in some other way.

about 10 months ago
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How The NSA Targets Tor

pipatron Re:Ehhh... (234 comments)

I think it's because Snowden didn't release it all, like Manning, but just released a small part of it, and only to a newspaper. He claimed to have his reasons for this, not that I agree with them. Something about how the Manning files identified some people, and that Snowden didn't want that to happen.

about 10 months ago

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