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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

strikethree Re:"Please Put OpenSSL Out of Its Misery" (288 comments)

"And it's nobody's fault. No one was ever truly in charge of OpenSSL, it just sort of became the default landfill for prototypes of cryptographic inventions

Erm, OpenSSL is the continuation of a project by (IIRC) an Australian named Eric A Young. I have been using that code base since it was called SSLeay. The mists of time are not THAT thick yet.

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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

strikethree Re:How icky. (788 comments)

but in no way, shape or form should revenge fantasies like "going Columbine" be casually thrown about as if yeah, that's something reasonable.

It is not that it is reasonable. It is that such unreasonable actions could occur when all reasonable courses of protecting oneself are removed. We have seen it before and while I hope we never see it again, I am betting that we will see it again... for exactly what we see going on here.

2 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

strikethree Re:Assistant Principal doesn't believe it was bull (788 comments)

Something similar here: My son has always been MUCH larger than everyone in his same age group. In kindergarten, I caught him beating up a boy in the third grade. I grabbed him and took him over to the other boys house after the other boy arrived home and had him apologize in front of the other boy's parents. He stopped being a bully forever after that.

Fast forward to high school and my son comes home complaining loudly one day. He is tired of hearing all of this anti-bullying "crap". They have to watch movies and go to the auditorium and blah blah endlessly and there is no bullying problem!

"Dad, why do I have to keep hearing this crap? I never see ANY bullying anywhere."

So I finally broke it to him, "Son, YOU are the bully. I know, you do not bully anyone but look at yourself. Is there anyone in the 10th grade who is as big as you?"

"No.", he says.

"Is there anyone in the 11th grade that is as big as you?", I ask.

"No, but there is one kid as tall as me.", he says.

So I told him that he was supposed to be the bully but because he was not doing his job, there was no room for anyone else to do it. Why? Because he could beat the shit out of anyone who tried.

I then went on to explain how bullying actually *IS* is a huge problem elsewhere and he agreed that it was possible. He stopped complaining after that and his school remained peaceful. I am proud of his choices.

2 days ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

strikethree Re:If you can learn to put a beer down while drivi (184 comments)

Hm. I have to ask: Why is flashing lights at someone necessarily a bad thing?

To be honest, I do it fairly often. A quick flash seems to let people who are on their phones in the fast lane and doing 30% under the speed limit that someone is coming up at them fairly quickly. Granted, flashing your high beams seemingly endlessly is just plain rude but a quick flash seems to wake people up who would otherwise not be paying attention... but then, perhaps it is just the country I am driving in currently. In America, they don't care what lane they are in or what speed you are going, they will stay in the fast lane chatting on their phone as if they were the only person in the whole world.

2 days ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

strikethree Re:Human beings are not born with smartphone attac (184 comments)

I was eating once while driving and my girlfriend asked me if I found it hard to drive while I was eating.

My response was, no; although, I sometimes find it difficult to eat while driving.

In other words, the one single most important thing to do while driving is to pay attention to driving. If you can do anything else while driving, then fine, do it. If the thing you are doing while driving requires that you take your attention away from driving then you need to stop, do whatever it is, then go back to driving.

The real problem arises when people start thinking that it is a pain in the ass to stop for a moment just to arrange the hamburger buns and that a moment of inattention to fix them is fine. *CRASH* (sometimes)

2 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

strikethree Re:I'm disapointed in people (687 comments)

when what their user base wanted was yet another rehash of the win 95 desktop layout.

Erm, no. What the user base wanted was control over their desktop and Gnome kept removing more and more of the options for controlling it. Tying itself to systemd and general disrespect to the users was the unrecoverable final termination of any relationship between users and programmers of the Gnome project.

I find it odd that you saw all the yelling and screaming as wanting a rehashed Windows 95 desktop. Are you a Gnome dev or are you deaf too?

3 days ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

strikethree Re:He's right! (578 comments)

It seems to me that the assumption is that an overwhelming majority of coal miners are not suitable for coding... not that absolutely no coal miner can code.

3 days ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

strikethree Re:shenanigans (386 comments)

You'll never get americans to give up their guns: they're all too afraid.

It is clear that you are the one who is afraid. You are afraid of other people possessing guns. It would appear that you think that getting rid of guns will reduce gun violence (which is what you are terrified of). It is possible that gun violence may be reduced by telling criminals that they can no longer own guns and that all law abiding citizens will now be unarmed... but that is not the way I would bet.

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

strikethree Re:code review idea (445 comments)

Serious question: Why don't you become the new maintainer yourself, if you honestly believe you can do a significantly better job at it than the current person(s)?

I am not who you replied to but I think I can give a reasonable answer to this question: If I were to take over every project that I had a strong opinion about and that I thought I could do better, I would not have enough time in my entire life to even touch all of them, much less actually work on them. In such a situation, I would limit myself to discussion to what could have been done differently.

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

strikethree Re:on purpose or not, couldn't happen if... (445 comments)

All I know is the organization I work for has prohibited use of C or C++ for mission critical software for years now.

Incompetent design and poor coding practices are what makes C or Assembly insecure. C++ is potentially a minefield though. Little boys should not be playing with power tools or nuclear weapons.

4 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

strikethree Re:Jesus Motherfucking Christ ... (673 comments)

Hm. You seem mighty worked up. Why should anyone get special consideration?

I can think of one reason and one reason only: Because they are interested in the topic.

Nothing else matters, not even gender. All other considerations merely serve to distort the issue.

Is it worthwhile to investigate why certain classes, types, or groups of people are not represented in the programming world? Of course. Is it wise to intentionally distort the situation to appear more like what someone thinks it should appear? Erm, no. Down that pathway lies madness.

4 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

strikethree Re:An attempt to reverse trends keeping women out (673 comments)

I raised a daughter in Colorado and I saw no such social pressures put on her. My daughter was allowed and encouraged to do whatever she wanted. She had no interest in computers other than MySpace and then Facebook... but then, my son has shown no interest either. *shrug* Neither one has any interest in learning how the world works or anything technical at all. I definitely gave both a chance to express such desires numerous times, but nope. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Not a drop of interest from either one. *sigh*

4 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

strikethree Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

Very rare... *sigh* but yet another +7 insightful post.

4 days ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

strikethree Re:Yes, yes it is. (408 comments)

THIS is why Apple gets the patents. MacBook trackpads have no problems with your palm sliding all over the LARGE trackpad and not causing input errors.

This is not necessarily true. I have not done extensive testing but I have found that I have to watch where my palm is in relation to the trackpad on my macbook pro if I do not want random pointer movement. Perhaps newer macbook pros have solved this, I would not know. Mine is 5.1 running snow leopard (roughly a 2010 macbook pro).

about a week ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

strikethree Re:Someone has to be in charge (641 comments)

There is no need to publicly shame someone, just stop pulling patches from him and/or assign somebody else to fix it. Torvolds lacks class when he does stuff like this.

Fuck class. This is not an aristocratic society full of political correctness and snobbery. This is people doing real work and getting things done. "Class" only reduces the effectiveness.

In short, if you are afraid of knives, get out of the kitchen.

about two weeks ago
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Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

strikethree Re:The matrix (175 comments)

LoL, I was terrified the first time I saw Guru Meditation Mode. I thought I had broken my computer forever... that being said, there is no #42 (maybe a funny Douglas Adams reference?).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

about two weeks ago
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Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

strikethree Re:Good idea (175 comments)

Thank you. You are awesome! I like the compile time and parameter passing configuration options to both be available. You are smart and doing it right. Keep on keeping on. :)

about two weeks ago
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Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

strikethree Re:Good idea (175 comments)

If crash dumps are really not possible, how about a plain 'ol text file in the root directory containing the reason for the crash/panic?

It is easily possible to do what you want. Trivially so... so why isn't it done? There is an answer to that question my friend and the answer is this:

A kernel will panic when it detects that the environment it is running in is not the same environment it thinks it is running in. What this means is that the kernel can no longer be certain of anything, up to and including whether or not it can write coherently to a file system. Rather than potentially trashing your file system, the kernel just prints to the screen as nothing can be damaged by that... but even that is dangerous. What the kernel thinks is the screen may not actually be the screen anymore.

In other words, once there is corruption in the kernel's environment, all bets are off and nothing is guaranteed, not even writing an error message to the screen. Writing coherently to a file system is actually a fairly complex event and is extremely dangerous in this situation.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

strikethree Re:The new Hitlers (564 comments)

Why should I be taxed differently because my significant other and I decided to sign a piece of paper?

Very valid questions. I am not sure that I can answer them but perhaps I can provide some perspective:

It is in society's interest to promote the creation of new members of society. The majority of children are created through a male and a female having sexual intercourse.

Society has an interest in the child being reared in a secure environment, hopefully one that is positive and nurturing so that the child becomes a healthy and socially well-adjusted adult.

One of the methods accepted by society at large for encouraging the creation of children and providing for their well-being while becoming adults is to formalize what a "family" means in its most basic sense. Marriage is a tool for "encouraging" the maintenance of this familial construct.

It is not surprising that people are resistant to swapping out portions of this construct for others, such as artificial insemination, gay marriage, adoption, etc. Some swaps have some very persuasive arguments for why they negate the entire concept of marriage as a tool for family creation and social stability (gay marriage), others do not, (artificial insemination, adoption).

For myself, I am generally for what is known as traditional marriage. I do not really care what gay or childless couples do (not that they are equivalent) or what benefits they can accrue by "aping" traditional marriage. All of these people who are yelling and screaming about it all just seem absurd to me. Keep your eyes on your own business and stop being jealous or envious that someone else might have it "as good as you".

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

strikethree Re:The new Hitlers (564 comments)

The militant gay people think they have the right to tell other people what moral values they have to have.

LOL. You sound like one of the Christians who complain about persecution. I mean really? I bet if you let the gay people alone, they would leave you alone. You do not see Prop 8 as actually doing something TO gay people?

Look, I am not gay or in California (but I repeat myself) so in this particular instance, I have no horse in the race. I am just calling out silliness when I see it. When you claim that when gays defend themselves against an attack, Prop 8 in this case, they are forcing their morals on you, I just have to laugh at the absurdity of the claim. It is ludicrous.

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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MtGox finds 200,000 missing bitcoins in old wallet

strikethree strikethree writes  |  about a month ago

strikethree (811449) writes "BBC — Bankrupt Japanese firm MtGox said in a filing that it has found 200,000 lost bitcoins.

The firm said it found the bitcoins — worth around $116m (£70m) — in an old digital wallet from 2011.

That brings the total number of bitcoins the firm lost down to 650,000 from 850,000.

MtGox, formerly the world's largest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in February, after it said it lost thousands of bitcoins to hackers."

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Wikipedia

strikethree strikethree writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Oops. I made a statement about contributions to Wikipedia being reverted rapidly. Someone pointed out that the name that I gave, strikethree, had not made any edits.

There are two reasons for that:

One, there is no strikethree there.
Two, my username there is megaton.

I am nevertheless dismayed that I had only made one edit while logged in. All of the other edits I had made were while I was not logged in. Regardless, I still stand by my previous statement.

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