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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

pjt33 Re:de Raadt (279 comments)

Clearly the person who wrote the RFC understood that answering a heartbeat request with a size different than its payload was a potential problem since the behavior was specified.

The person who wrote the RFC also wrote the buggy code, so it may not be quite so clear.

yesterday
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

pjt33 Re:Let the pandering begin! (262 comments)

My understanding is that the governments in Beijing and Taipei agree that there is only one China, which includes the territory effectively governed by Beijing and the territory effectively governed by Taipei. The point of disagreement is which of them is the lawful government of the whole thing.

yesterday
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Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

pjt33 Re:I don't think so... (75 comments)

movement with real impact ... shut down before it accomplished anything

I think I spy an oxymoron.

4 days ago
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Google Chrome 34 Is Out: Responsive Images, Supervised Users

pjt33 Re:Latency of each range request (115 comments)

The browser picks size X. A simple implementation would hard-code a single X; a more advanced implementation would combine experimental evidence about the statistical properties of PJPEGs, the measured latency, the decode progress...

5 days ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

pjt33 Re:It's not just the implementation (444 comments)

If your job is to process a formally defined struct, you are not going to review the struct in an attempt to change the standard.

The developer who wrote this code also wrote the spec, as part of his PhD research. To me the more worrying aspect of this whole affair is that OpenSSL accepted into the trunk an extension which at the time hadn't even reached "Proposed standard" status (and still doesn't seem to have progressed beyond it).

5 days ago
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Google Chrome 34 Is Out: Responsive Images, Supervised Users

pjt33 Re:TCP slow start (115 comments)

I don't think it needs to know in advance: the decode is probably faster than the network transfer, so it can request it in batches of size X, decode each batch while the next one is being transferred, and at worse fetch just under 2 batches more than it needs.

about a week ago
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Google Chrome 34 Is Out: Responsive Images, Supervised Users

pjt33 Re:TCP slow start (115 comments)

Should be possible to do it with range requests, surely? But it's a chicken-and-egg problem, because there's no point adding the overhead of testing whether the server supports ranges until PJPEG is more widespread, and the current status quo doesn't seem to motivate many people to use PJPEG.

about a week ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

pjt33 Re:Why not upgrade to Chromebooks? (341 comments)

Bear in mind that the article is about a 1 year extended support contract. They still have to migrate away to something, this is just a delaying tactic.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

pjt33 Re:Dear UK gov, please move to Linux/FOSS (341 comments)

What's that got to do with it? You can install .Net 4 on XP, but it isn't fully compliant with the spec. For a start, it doesn't provide all of the documented cryptography primitives.

about two weeks ago
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Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

pjt33 Re:Okay, but... (144 comments)

Interesting. Which airlines do you fly with? I mainly fly Ryanair or EasyJet, and they don't assign seats unless you pay. (I'm not sure, but I half suspect it's a ploy to make people get to the gate early so that they can be at the front of the queue). It's a while since I flew Air Nostrum, so I can't remember how they do it.

about two weeks ago
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Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

pjt33 Re:Okay, but... (144 comments)

I don't think you're familiar with European budget airlines. You can choose your seat when booking if you're willing to pay extra. Maybe a dozen people per flight have reserved seats, and the rest work on the basis of first come, first served.

about two weeks ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

pjt33 Re:This article is awful (465 comments)

I'm no longer in the world in indie game development, but I didn't understand it all, and some of what I did understand what complete tosh. "Everyone knows everyone"?! Nonsense.

about two weeks ago
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The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

pjt33 Externally commissioned product? (142 comments)

I'm pretty sure they created it for Google, not for TIME.com.

about two weeks ago
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Adaptation From Flash Boys Offers Inside Look at High-Frequency Trading

pjt33 Re:this will certainly lead to a cure for cancer. (246 comments)

You missed one: to quote Jeff Hammerbacher,

The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads

about two weeks ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

pjt33 Re:A Javascript Engine in the JVM!? (302 comments)

"New" is an important qualifier in the summary, because Java has had a Javascript engine since version 6, which included Rhino.

about a month ago
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Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

pjt33 Re:We need a US base in the Ukraine (623 comments)

If the Wikipedia description of presidential vetoes is accurate, the checks and balances are as reasonable as in most Western democracies, and in particular they parallel the USA in requiring a supermajority of the legislature to overturn the veto. (As a point of comparison, the last president of the USA not to veto a bill was Garfield, and the last full-term president not to use a veto was Fillmore).

about a month ago
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Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

pjt33 Re:Harald Bluetooth, he dead (452 comments)

Good museum of Viking ships there, which they'd found sunk in the harbor.

And for anyone based in London who thinks that sounds cool, they've loaned one of them to the British Museum for their current exhibition about the Vikings.

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

pjt33 Re:Makers and takers (676 comments)

"Direct payments to individuals" would seem to include your pay during those 40 years too. It's obvious to me that the wording is chosen to be deceptive.

about a month ago

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Ocean currents proposed as cause of magnetic field

pjt33 pjt33 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pjt33 (739471) writes "The Institute of Physics reports a recently published paper which proposes that ocean currents could account for Earth's magnetic field. The currently predominant theory is that the cause is molten iron flowing in the Earth's outer core. There is at present no direct evidence for either theory."
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