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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

rmstar Re:Gee, that's worse than no encryption isn't it? (303 comments)

3) Start writing alternatives in safer languages

Like Ada.

I expect Ada to make a comeback. It is a safe language, but without the bizarrness of a functional programming language, so it can be used to do actual work.

about a week ago
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Hungarian Law Says Photogs Must Ask Permission To Take Pictures

rmstar Re:Out of step with reality (149 comments)

Your law may not be properly upheld in practice but that does not change the situation of Germany being in the very small club of countries where the art of street photography is effectively illegal or at least very cumbersome.

Yes, and they keep constantly weeping about all the street photography they miss out. Well, actually, they don't. It seems they like their law like that. For some reason, people assume that street photography, or being able to shoot photos of whoever you want, is a right nobody would object to. Well, I do, especially in times of facebook, and it seems I am not alone.

Things like google glass belong, as far as I am concerned, banned, and its use in public places punishable by jail. In the same vein, cell phones should be forbidden from having a camera.

There is this thing with privacy. For some reason, everybody is for it as long as it is not them who have to respect it.

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

rmstar Re:Writing safety-aware code _somewhere_ (231 comments)

The best tools in the worst hands are far worse than the worst tools in the best hands. Yelling for tools is a specious argument. Someone has to do the work, and that someone may well bone the job.

A similar argument was put forward against the use of seat belts in cars. It just does not hold water.

The point of safer tools is to keep the reasonably good programmers from shooting themselves in the foot. Because as good as they may be, they are human and make mistakes. C needlessly invites a lot of mistakes, and even good programmers fuck up in C all the time.

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

rmstar Re:With enough eyes... NOT (231 comments)

Again one needs MOTIVATED AND QUALIFIED eyes AAAAAND good QA and test cases.

Perhaps using a safety aware language like Ada would be helpful too. C is known to be brittle, yet people insist in writing all sorts of mission critical code in it. I really wonder why.

about a month and a half ago
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MtGox Sets Up Call Center For Worried Bitcoiners

rmstar Re:Regulation of currency (240 comments)

The more troubling element of your claim is that regulation somehow solves the problems. What if a regulator makes a mistake?

You make it sound as if regulation was something completely exotic. Regulation actually exists, and there is plenty of it. To answer you question: If regulators make mistakes, they are eventually corrected. Happens all the time.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

rmstar Re:"Unfair"? (362 comments)

When it comes to something like donating money to help poor kids, I don't care who is doing it or why.

This is myopic at best. Part of the reason corporations get away with so much is that there exist people who are happy to let them off the hook as soon as they spend a little on charity.

The issue is that by giving a little to poor kids, this behemoth of a company can get away with the continuing destruction of the neighborhoods where there is affordable housing. It really is a PR move that does not solve any problems on a medium to long timescale. It is important to understand that charity is the sort of thing that just perpetrates problems and is only good as a stopgap. It would be much better if things could be aranged in such a way that charity wasn't necessary.

about a month and a half ago
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Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

rmstar Re:so let me get this straight (348 comments)

while we can argue the merits of AGW all day long that isnt what I saw here. I saw a smug son of a bitch tell an owner to go fuck himself.

No, the owner went way too far. Being an owner does not entitle you to behave like a pig.

about a month and a half ago
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Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

rmstar Bitcoin is unsafe (232 comments)

[link] Has some relevant information.

Thanks for the link. I find it especially interesting how careful you need to be to not risk getting robbed. See this email on the bitcoin dev list for some details. Among other things, it permeates that the problems that bit MtGox haven't been solved conclusively.

Clearly, the average person on the street should stay clear of things like bitcoin, because you really have to understand the protocol and know exactly what you are doing. The folks at MtGox surely spent some thought on this, and now look at this fuckup. They are in huge trouble right now.

about 2 months ago
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Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment From Heathrow Border Agent

rmstar Re:The UK border staff are wildly incompetent. (261 comments)

Do you have a right to an attorney in a constitution-free zone? Do you have any rights at all?

It might be tangentially interesting in this regard that, technically, all of britain is a constituion free zone.

Also, you do not have many rights even outside of those buildings. The UK has been steadily degenerating into a police state out of a SciFi movie.

about 2 months ago
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Enlightenment E19 Pre-Alpha Released

rmstar Re:Good for E! (89 comments)

If you tried before December 21, 2012 that was a pre-release. The 0.17.0 release was on Doomsday.

Well, I tried 0.17.0 and, heck, it managed to freeze my display. That didn't happen to me for years nor did it happen since. And lots of other things kept crashing.

Many of the themes were unmaintained, and the black one that came bundled had this gross faux-racecar aesthetics of a "pimp my ride" episode gone wrong. Well, IMO, anyway. But I didn't manage to get the others working. You could claim that it was my fault, but frankly, I don't think so. And I will not install a special distro just to use WM, because I actually work on my computer.

That said, I'll try again with 0.18.0. The promise of E is too good, even though the realization isnt (IMO).

about 2 months ago
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DDoS Larger Than the Spamhaus Attack Strikes US and Europe

rmstar Re:Why are network providers allowing FORGED packe (158 comments)

It's not always laziness. I added outgoing filters to my routers so that it only allowed source addresses from my network. That was great at stopping DOS attacks, but as I found-out the hard way, several of my customers were sending outbound traffic with source addresses not on my network.

Interesting. What where they doing?

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk, Tesla CTO Talk Model X Details, Model S Upgrades

rmstar Re:Best new feature: (155 comments)

Oh, and it has AWD standard, and all sorts of fancy electronics to keep those gullwing doors (because that's what those are called, Elon) from whacking into stuff.

What's wrong with AWD?

The gullwing doors, however, really look like a stupid idea. Sure, they look great, but I would be surprised if they are anything but inconvenient unless you have lots of parking space.

about 2 months ago
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Boom Or Bust: The Lowdown On Code Academies

rmstar Re:Only (130 comments)

If by "computer" you understand "general purpose / user programmable computer", then the differences are easy to explain. Neither the wi-fi card nor the smartphone have a built-in general purpose programming language/environment for the user to play with.

At least for android, downloading the sdk and running your first app on a phone is a matter of less than an hour (up to bandwidth limitations).

For the wifi card - well, it depends on your determination. It is possible to get root on the linux that runs on it, and since it has at least sh, you can program it.

about 2 months ago
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Dyson Invests £5 Million To Create 'Intelligent Domestic Robots'

rmstar Re:This is the problem with engineering these days (125 comments)

Seriously - in a western society where everyone is well fed and healthy and has access to 24/7 entertainment there is nothing vital that (non health related) technology or science can add to our existence - its all toys, gadgets and gizmos that are a brief amusement until they get tossed in landfill and then we all go out and buy the next piece of crap.

That's not entirely true. There is a lot of cancer to be cured, and cured painlessly. Having a longer period of livable life would be very desirable, which includes delaying decrepitude as well as making old age more livable. There is a lot of sientific advance possible and desirable in those areas.

A piece of robot kit able to navigate a typical human dwelling would be a fantastic achievement upon which a lot could be built, not just vacuum cleaners. That said, I don't believe that you can make breakthroughs happen just by sprinkling money on scientists, especially a lump sum like this 5 million pounds.

about 2 months ago
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LinkedIn Ditches Feature That Was a 'Dream For Attackers'

rmstar Re:We are not an "audience" (70 comments)

We are contributors of stories and comments and "News for Nerds, stuff that matters".

Without us Slashdot is just another lame webscraper.

The kind of strident and petulant arrogance reflected in this and other similar comment makes me look forward to the slashcott, when all the morons like you just stay away. If you take a story this one, and substract the ant-beta vandalism from the comments, you end up with a very high level discussion forum.

And to the people suggesting usenet as an alternative: hell yeah, go ahead and have fun.

As to linkdin, I can't comment as I just joined yesterday. Looks OK. Found a few folks that I hadn't seen in years. What scared me a little is that they want me to import my address book, like that, unfiltered. But given the nature of modern employment, I see little alternative to being a member, unfortunately.

I see that as a major problem. Someone looking for a job has no choice but to engage in the dubious customs of the prospective employers. It really is a bit of good luck that the linkedin people don't abuse their power more, the way facebook does it.

about 2 months ago
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Russia Bans Bitcoin

rmstar Re:Which, of course, really means... (207 comments)

...if they catch you running an illegal operation using Bitcoins, the necessary bribe to the authorities just got bigger.

Sure, and that is indeed an additional cost when doing business with bitcoins. That's what many libertarians that like bitcoin are unaware of: risk has its costs, and many people and organization have a low tollerance for risk. Especially needless risk, and few actually need bitcoin.

It is possible to outlaw cryptocurrency. It doesn't mean the state can stop it, just that it becomes very risky to use, which does diminish its use.

Speaking of libertarians. Where are all the property-is-everything, guns-and-freedom, company-defending people now? My opinion on the beta is, yes, it sucks. But do you guys really think you own this site?

While I enjoyed slashdot the way it was, I don't see any reason to pretend that the "community" only has positive attributes. The senseless vandalism of the last two days is disgusting and a case in point. Is this really the community a for profit company wants to be based uppon? After what has happened recently - why would anyone run a site with such a crazy and spiteful following?

about 2 months ago
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John Carmack Left id Software Because He Couldn't Do VR Work There

rmstar Re: Best of luck, John (146 comments)

At least that is a way to think about it. A sort of disturbing view as you could say the protagonist is actually killing his fellow marines and is the real enemy

Also, it is kind of depressing, as it means that his friends are pretty stupid by subjecting themselves to such a decimation without changing strategy.

about 2 months ago
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UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs

rmstar Re:Misleading headline again. (225 comments)

This is OPT-IN. You only get them if you sign up for them.

Ah, thanks. With this piece of information, the UK seems only a tiny little bit less creepy than before I read your comment. It speaks volumes that the idea that in the UK something like this isn't opt-in seems entirely plausible.

about 2 months ago
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How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages

rmstar Re:see also, increasing the # of H1Bs awarded (462 comments)

It's a voluntary relationship where each side can expect the other to exploit any weakness for their own interest.

For the engineers, it is a weakness that they are peasants before they are engineers. The CEOs have an unfair advantage over them, and that advantage is not part of engineers voluntary agreement.

Why do I have to even explain this to you?

about 3 months ago
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20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

rmstar Re:Guy is a loon (543 comments)

Here is a good takedown: http://www.priceplow.com/blog/... . From the link:

We find it unnerving (but not surprising) that somebody with zero background in health, fitness, or nutrition is leading a cadre of lemmings to near-certain long-term trouble.

about 3 months ago

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England: back to Dickensian times?

rmstar rmstar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rmstar (114746) writes "In the aftermath of the civil unrest in the UK, two guys were sentenced to four years in jail for Facebook postings that incited to riots that never happened. The judge openly acknowledges that the harsh sentences are not for the alleged crime, but are supposed to act as a deterrent against similar actions. Is this the end of freedom of expression in the UK?"
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Greenpeace: Evacuation Area Too Small

rmstar rmstar writes  |  about 3 years ago

rmstar (114746) writes "Independent measurements by environmentalist group Greenpeace suggest that radiation levels outside the current evacuation area around the Fukushima-1 nuclear plant are too high. They are calling for extension of the radius after measuring up to ten micro Sieverts per hour as far as 40km from the damaged plant. That amounts to the maximum allowed yearly dose of radiation for a member of the public every five days."

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