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### Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

If 2), then it was deliberate, and the tinfoil-hat crowd is right for once.

Well, it would be one very inefficient way of introducing a backdoor. The custom allocator stuff in OpenSSL is very old, but the heartbleed bug is quite recent, so someone would have had to plant a backdoor-seed if you will and then wait for many years for that tree to grow fruits. Could be done, but it doesn't sound likely.

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### Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Re:My list for Linux (531 comments)

Missing (IMHO):
zsh most ack gfortran mlocate keychain latexmk mupdf feh corkscrew

about a month and a half ago
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### Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Re:Some command line stuff (531 comments)

Thanks for the dtrx tip! :)

about a month and a half ago
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### Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Re:You lost me at vim (531 comments)

Ah, well you see, this used to be true, but Emacs recently gained a Vim mode. I'm actually not joking. Vim rules BTW.

about a month and a half ago
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### Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

Re:Not blinded by laser but blinded nonetheless (376 comments)

What GP is saying is just plain wrong. If he were correct, aftermarket HIDs would be legal in the UK, and they're not.

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### Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

The control system in my car reacts to bumps in the road, and turns the beams in the direction the car is turning.

This is what car manufacturers claim, but it's nowhere near true. The typical slewing time for the optics looks to be about 0.5 seconds from "standard" to "dipped", and that's way too slow for reacting to bumps/potholes when you're going faster than 30. I regularly get blinded by Audis, BMWs and Volvos with factory HIDs, but Mitsubishi seems to be worst. It could perhaps be that they are just worst at controlling chromatic abberations (since blue light blinds you more).

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### Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

I sincerely doubt that is true. In Norway (which is not in the EU but strives to comply with EU regulations as far as cars are concerned) the limit has been in lumens for almost ten years. It's commonly called "E-marking" which is lumens and directionality combined and dumbed down for the regular person. Ordinary (non-HID) high beams are typically 12.5 points each, good external pencil beams are 40 points each, and you're at most allowed to have 100 points active simultaneously.

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### Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

Re:..you'll be able to scream, 'fire the lasers!'" (376 comments)

# Submissions

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### Faster-than-light neutrinos may be error caused by loose cable

semi-extrinsic writes "Everyone remembers the faster-than-light neutrinos reported by the OPERA experiment in collaboration with CERN last year. ScienceInsider now reports that the headline-causing result may turn out to be a measurement error caused by a loose cable:

"According to sources familiar with the experiment, the 60 nanoseconds discrepancy appears to come from a bad connection between a fiber optic cable that connects to the GPS receiver used to correct the timing of the neutrinos' flight and an electronic card in a computer."

The report comes from an anonymous source, and is yet unconfirmed, but if confirmed would be a disappointing result for all those hoping that we had stumbled across new physics."

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