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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

savuporo Static analysis ? (580 comments)

In all this hoopla i havent bothered to look at the code in question yet, but im always slightly dismayed when i throw some popular open source stacks at commonly available but expensive static analysis tools like Coverity or Klocwork.
There are plenty of companies running full open source stack servers with the licenses available - i wonder how often things like OpenSSL and other critical infrastructure pieces go through the best static analysis tools available ? And how much of it gets addressed.

5 days ago
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44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

savuporo Re:Too easy (121 comments)

If my calculations are correct, there is a 50/50 chance of a twit being a twat.

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

savuporo Re:more pseudo science (857 comments)

There are dozens of ways of obtaining indirect climate data, and they are already compiled into comprehensive databases. You would have to show more than one of them being substantially wrong to disprove the full reconstructions.
These data sets are continuously reviewed, amended and further improved by thousands of people around the world.
You want to call all of it "questionable data" - please publish your papers.

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

savuporo Re:more pseudo science (857 comments)

>> the proxies can not be independently verified

The proxies are VERIFIED against each other, and over the time span that we DO have accurate instrumental records. Guess what, they match up, minus normal statistical uncertainty which is continuously further and further reduced by incorporating as many independent observations as possible. There are literally many dozens of methods of recovering climate data from human records and paleoclimate records.
There is this whole field of science called statistics and data analysis, try looking into it some time.

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

savuporo Re:more pseudo science (857 comments)

>> with a proposed burden of proof that claims to immunize it against questioning or any part

wtf are you on about ? Every historical data record is carefully examined and questioned, and compared to other data sources. Every discrepancy is investigated.
Go ahead, and go question the things like CLIWOC, RECLAIM and ICOADS database, ships and farmers logs, alpine peatland records, ice cores, tree rings, pollen calibration, coral growth, sediments etc etc. Its being done by climate scientists and climate historians every single day.
Maybe you ought to publish a paper or two about how its all wrong and not questioned ?

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

savuporo Re:more pseudo science (857 comments)

Thats not how it works, the reconstructed records are not simply and aggregate of all the proxy methods averaged or summed up, this is not 3rd grade math or Spreadsheets 101.

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

savuporo Re:more pseudo science (857 comments)

Its called data reconstruction, and the existing large scale records factor use multiple proxy methods of records of reconstructing the temperature records.
There are multiple indirect ( or proxy ) ways of obtaining temperature history, and all of these would have to be invalidated to prove the existing reconstructions wrong.
The reconstruction models match with accurate instrument measurements that we have for a past hundred years or so.

Educate yourself
https://www.skepticalscience.c...

about a week ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

savuporo Re:Good for devs. (270 comments)

You realize COM is about the only solid thing about Windows ? It pretty much holds everything together, and there is no other code componentization approach out in there that is even slightly as capable or robust, that would be widely deployed.
They thought .NET and managed stuff will replace COM - well it didn't, backtracking is happening rather quickly.

Yes, COM is long in the tooth and would benefit from a major revision that is not backwards compatible over the binary interfaces, but the fundamental ideas of COM are solid. One binary component talking to other binary component through stable binary interfaces, regardless of the languages used, threading models on either sides etc.

about two weeks ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

savuporo Re:Corporations are not people (139 comments)

GM is coming up with the same excuses. Nobody is accountable because the corporation went through bankruptcy. 13 people dead and many injured, and they are telling people to make their keychains lighter.

Long time ago, different leadership, company cannot be held accountable, blah blah.

about two weeks ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

savuporo Re:VR ! (172 comments)

Right, but how about someone who is driving with Augmented Reality , which this camera gizmo, proposed removal of side view mirrors that Tesla is championing etc effectively are ? Even rear backup cameras are effectively AR.
I mean going full VR is just the next logical step ..

about two weeks ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

savuporo VR ! (172 comments)

Can we just go full VR with this, ala Oculus ? Just put a headset on before you get in the car.
The opportunities would be endless ! First of all, it could repaint the entire interior to look like whatever sports coupe, vintage classic or whatever your dream car is.
You could be launching virtual. very satisfactory rockets at the jackass who just blocked your turn, create imaginary, optionally naked supermodels on passenger seats and so on ?

about two weeks ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

savuporo Re:No Problem Here (303 comments)

PolarSSL, CyaSSL, SharkSSL are my go to choices. CyaSSL even offers limited API compatibility with OpenSSL.

Botan is also a good alternative if you are writing in decently modern C++.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

savuporo Re:informal poll (641 comments)

If you have TV or any other internet connected consumer electronics elsewhere in your house, in 98% of the cases you run Linux there too.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

savuporo Biological tests (402 comments)

Or, we could come back to our senses and do basic animal tests for long term deep space exposure. Like, start from a small rotating artificial gravity satellite with lab rats, and if you really have balls, send a couple of chimps to loop around the mars and come back.
We did that in early days no problem, and it retired a lot of early risks for humans.

Hey, we even had a grassroots program : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M... - got no real support or funding by NASA.

In fact its super lame that we only have data points for humans spending time in microgravity and 1g, but nothing in between. So we have no curve to fit to partial or reduced gravity effects on health. After decades of multibillion dollar manned spaceflight investments, thats pathetic. The fact that we dont have a biological lab sitting outside of van Allen belts right now testing different radiation shielding approaches on rats is also pathetic.

about three weeks ago
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Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

savuporo Cloud storage needs to be RAIDed (161 comments)

To actually rest at ease in regards to my stored data, i want a solution that does redundant distribution of my data across 2 or more storage solutions - with something super cheap and slow like Amazon Glacier in the mix , with more than one paid service, and a physical backup of my own hard disks hooked to a local NAS box as well.
And i want an option for self-hosting the front-end too.

So if something like Ubuntu pulls the plug, gets too expensive, fucks up their client, i dont have to worry about migrating my data or changing my workflows.

about three weeks ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

savuporo Re:iTunes (490 comments)

Um. Easily 90% of various consumer electronics media devices run on linux kernels. I would bet that if you count the streaming minutes for Netflix, definitely more than 50% of the userbase is on some sort of linux platform - including Android variants ofc.

about three weeks ago

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DARPA DRC final results, Japanese SCHAFT takes the gold

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about 4 months ago

savuporo (658486) writes "The two days of DARPA humanoid robotics challenge are now over. 16 teams entered in three categories — custom built humanoid, DARPA supplied Atlas platform and a non-humanoid form and competed in 8 different tasks. All Japanese SCHAFT team scored 27 out of 32 maximum points, folowed by IHMC Robotics and Tartan rescue following with 20 and 18 points. The tasks included challenges like driving a vehicle, climing ladders and walls, using handheld tools to cut through walls etc. All robots had a mix of autonomy with teleoperated controls to accomplish the tasks. Full details on scores can be found here
The 8 teams that scored highest will get continued funding from DARPA to compete in the final challenge in 2014. Two NASA teams also entered, and JPL build non-humanoid RoboSimian placed 5th, whereas JSC built and touted "Valkyire" came out of competition with zero points.
Team Shaft and Boston Dynamics building the Atlas platform were recently acquired by Google."

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Chang'e-3 lunar rover landing tomorrow at 13:40 UTC

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about 4 months ago

savuporo (658486) writes "The Chinese Chang'e-3 probe will be landing on the moon tomorrow, 13:40 UTC. CCTV is likely to carry the event life as they did for initial launch. According to technical overview of the mission scenario and instruments the landing will be fully autonomous with active landing hazard avoidance, which is the first time this has been attempted on any planetary landing. More real-time updates can be found on Twitter with ChangE3 hash tag and NASASpaceFlight forums live event section."
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Chinese Chang'e-3 lunar rover is on its way to the moon after successful launch

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about 5 months ago

savuporo (658486) writes "The Chang'e-3 lunar probe, which includes the Yutu or Jade Rabbit buggy, blasted off on board an enhanced Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 1:30 a.m. (12.30 p.m. EDT).
Landing is expected on December 14, at a landing site called Sinus Iridium (the Bay of Rainbows), a relic of a huge crater 258 km in diameter.
Coverage of the launch was carried live on CCTV, with youtube copies available."

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Chang'e-3 lunar lander launching tomorrow, 37 years after last lunar landing

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about 5 months ago

savuporo (658486) writes "China will launch the Chang'e-3 lunar probe at 1:30 a.m. Monday ( China time, or December 1 Sunday at 17:30 UTC ) from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on a CZ-3B carrier rocket. It is planned to enter lunar orbit on Dec 6th and surface landing on Dec 14th if all goes according to the plan. Webcast may become available on the CCTV mission site.
The last time a spacecraft soft landed on the lunar surface was a Soviet Luna-24 sample return mission in 1976. The other currently developed lunar landers are from Google Lunar X-Prize contestants, with none planning to launch before 2015 at the earliest, given funding.
CNSA is collaborating with ESA for spacecraft tracking operations, and has been collaborating with Russian partners in for building its radioisotope heater unit ( RHU ). NASA is blocked from collaborating with CNSA on this mission.
Change'-3 predecessor orbiter mission Chang'e-2 has been very successful and was flown on an extended mission leaving lunar orbit into deep space.
A BBC article talks about future lunar exploration plans, with Chang'e-4 that is built as a backup craft for Chang'e-3 and will be likely launched in 2015, followed by Change-6 and 7 that are designed as sample return missions."

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NHTSA and DOT want your car to be able to disable your cellphone functions

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about 10 months ago

savuporo (658486) writes "National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Department of Transportation are considering technological solutions for people to stop using their cellphones while driving. Proximity detectors or requiring physical link with the car are the solutions under the scope. FTA: NHTSA wants automakers to make it impossible to enter text for messaging and internet browsing while the car is in motion, disable any kind of video functionality and prevent text-based information such as social media content or text messages from being displayed.. Obviously these regulations would need to go beyond cellphones, as laptop, tablet or any other gadget with a 3G data connection or even on a wifi hotspot made by your phone would be equally distracting."
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An Open Letter to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt on Drones

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about a year ago

savuporo (658486) writes "DC Area Drone User Group has posted an open letter in response to recent comments by Eric Schmidt about banning drones from private use. Closing section:
Personally owned flying robots today have the power to change the balance of power between individuals and large bureaucracies in much the same way the Internet did in the past. And just as the military researchers who developed GPS for guiding munitions could never have imagined their technology would be used in the future to help people conduct health surveys in the world’s poorest countries or help people find dates in the world’s richest, there is a whole world of socially positive and banal applications for drones that are yet to be discovered. We should embrace this chance that technology provides instead of strangling these opportunities in their infancy. Our hope is that you and the rest of Google’s leadership will embrace this pro-technology agenda in the future rather than seeking to stifle it. We would welcome the opportunity to speak further with you about this topic."

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BigDog grows into LS3

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "Well known ( and spoofed ) Boston Dynamics BigDog prototype now has a bigger brother named "LS3" or Legged Squad Support System. It's intended to carry heavy loads for long treks and have enough autonomy to follow soldiers around, listen to voice commands and navigate autonomously. More at DARPA press release, and the obligatory Youtube clip. It's a tad noisier than a mule."
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Solar Ships solar powered blimp .. or a delta-wing

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes ""By crossing airships with airplanes, Solar Ship is planning to build a craft that can carry heavy loads long distances with a tiny carbon footprint. Filled with helium, they soak up rays from the sun to provide the energy for forward motion and fulfill its original design challenge – carry 1,000 kilograms (2,205 lbs) of payload 1,000 kilometers (621.4 miles)"
The craft is heavier than air, and uses a combination of helium filling its interior and its lifting body delta wing shape to stay airborne. Solar Ship shows plans for a range of different size craft for different duties."

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Air Force UAV Controls Infected with Virus

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "DefenseTech story "Air Force’s UAV ground control systems (GCS) at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., have been infected by a computer virus. The virus, that’s apparently recording drone operators’ keystrokes, was detected about two weeks ago. While it hasn’t prevented the service from flying UAV missions, it has proven to be difficult to remove — Air Force technicians are having to completely wipe the GCS’ internal hard drives to get rid of the virus. Service officials still aren’t 100 percent sure how it penetrated Creech’s firewalls nor do they know where it came from. It may be a run of the mill computer virus that somehow made its way into the base’s systems or it may be a sophisticated cyber espionage tool specifically targeting the U.S.’ drone program — no one knows yet."

No word on what OS or chipsets these systems were running, but its pretty safe to bet that it is not vxWorks or QNX or the like .."

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EV fast charging standards in flux

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "With the first battery electric vehicles becoming available on markets worldwide, there is an increased push to establish standards for fast charging plugs. Unfortunately, the story is far from simple. US hopes to establish its own DC fast charging standad by 2012, and Europe cannot come to an agreement about their version. Meanwhile, CHAdeMO fast charge standard developed and widely deployed in Japan, used on both Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi MiEV is gaining momentum with deployments underway both in US and Europe. CHAdeMO is limited to 62Kw charge rate, able to charge smaller battery packs to 80% SoC in 15-30 minutes."
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Photovoltaic tech top stories of the year.

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "We see the PV research stories often on ./. So here is a story that recaps the actual industry developments of past year, highlighting things like long-awaited mass manufacturing of CIGS thin film-cells, grid parity being reached with some installations, i.e. sub-US$1.0 per watt manufacturing cost."
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Mitsubishi starts production of EV

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "Mitsubishi is the first major automaker to (re)start production of fully battery-electric vehicles. The i-Miev will be initially produced in low volume, 1400 units in 2009, and carry a price tag of $45,300 without subsidies. Initially available to fleet customers, Japanese market retail sales will begin in the end of this year, with small volumes sold around the globe for right-hand drive countries.
Subaru is the next automaker to start production of EVs with the similarly-sized Stella this summer.
For galleries and early test drive reports, see AutoBlogGreen coverage."

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Lunar oxygen and water production tech tested

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

savuporo writes "NASA and its industry partners organized a two-week lunar in-situ resource utilization field test in Hawaii. The tested machines included a few different rovers and prototype plants for generating oxygen and water from lunar regolith.
Astrotoday has picture gallery and video report.
This follows on the heels of recent ESA lunar robotics challenge event held on Tenerife, which tasked student teams to build a lunar robot that would be able to search for water ice in lunar polar craters."

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Women: stop liking Ferraris to stop Global Warming

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "According to a chief scientist for the British government, Professor Sir David King, young women can help stop global warming by no longer thinking guys that drive Ferraris are sexy.
Prof King has said: I was asked at a lecture by a young woman about what she could do and I told her to stop admiring young men in Ferraris.
His comments were greeted with anger by sports car drivers who insisted that their vehicles' greenhouse gas emissions were tiny compared with those from four-wheel-drive vehicles.
Apparently the news about Tesla Roadster, WrightSpeed X1, The KillaCycle or other electric dragsters doing 8.10 quarter miles havent reached british government yet.
There are lots of other high performance battery-electric vehicles around, which are greener than a Prius when it comes to emissions per mile, even Ferrari itself is promising a hybrid in future. So does this seem to be a case of having our cake and eating it too ?"
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Google

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "Google announced the Lunar X-Prize last thursday. $20 Million for the first team to land a privately built and launched lunar rover on the moon, and beam video back. There are bonus prices for taking images of past lunar missions artifacts and surviving the lunar night, and also a 5 million price for second team to accomplish the task.
A couple of organizations were immediately behind the effort, with SpaceX promising discount on its Falcon 1 rockets for competing teams, and Carnegie Mellon's Red Whittaker announcing his plans to participate in the competition. John Carmack has also commented on possibility of Armadillo Aerospace participating.
More detailed overview and coverage in The Space Review and on HobbySpace."
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savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "Who killed the Electric Car ? Who cares, its alive again. General Motors has announced a new Chevy Volt at Detroit auto show. Its actually a plug-in serial hybrid, but can go 40 miles on purely electric mode on its lithium-ion battery pack. If driving less than that in a day, you never need to stop at the gas station again."

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