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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

suutar Re:Not that good (170 comments)

Indeed, who would review other people's code for free or for fun?

Well, right offhand, Coverity will. They're not perfect, of course, but they're pretty good. Their system didn't flag Heartbleed, but Heartbleed showed them how they could add a new test that would and that has reportedly found other possible issues, which are being investigated and will either be fixed or found to be false positives and used to refine the new test. Either way, not a bad thing.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

suutar Re:Nonsense (288 comments)

possibly, but that's not how I read the question. I read it as "they're adding this responsibility, which looks like it's going to eat all my time. Any tips on how to make it take less time?" which seems perfectly reasonable.

2 days ago
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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

suutar Re:at&t wasn't welcome anyway (91 comments)

Do you as a taxpayer want to in effect provide free profits to Sprint or T-Mobile's shareholders - even if you don't use those carriers - because you think it's good that they are around to provide more competition?

Yes. Absolutely yes. I am pretty confident that in the long run that costs me less per year than if ATT owned all the spectrum.

2 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

suutar Re:Are you kidding (803 comments)

This. Lincoln's prime goal was preventing the secession. As he said himself, while his _personal_ opinion was that all men should be free, his _job_ was saving the Union. If continuation of slavery would have saved the Union, that's what he would have done.

3 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

suutar Re:Are you kidding (803 comments)

by "increases" do you mean "flattens" or "spikes"? I'm guessing "flattens" but I wasn't 100% sure.

3 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

suutar Re:Back to One Man, One Vote (803 comments)

Perhaps it would be better described as stripping corporations of citizenship.

3 days ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

suutar Re:The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (193 comments)

indeed, and this will be one of the criteria I use for my next car. If I can't swap out the stereo, forget it. I realize I'm in the minority with that, and at some point there may be no new models with swappable stereos. At which point I fall back to a used older model that I can maintain :)

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

suutar Re:Original premise is false (580 comments)

I dunno. Coverity can catch a lot of stuff (in fact, I recall reading that they had to limit what they caught on the basis of what they could explain to the programmer, because confusing the programmer led to incorrect 'false positive' decisions). I don't know if it would have caught this, but it would be worth trying.

4 days ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

suutar Re:Time to Join the Collective (324 comments)

Heh. I'm thinking about switching from Comcast to Uverse because it looks like I can get substantially similar service (minus some channels I don't use) for half as much. I've been trying to figure out what I'm missing that will make it actually not a savings.

4 days ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

suutar Re:Consumers pay (324 comments)

This. Increase costs, and the point of maximum profit may increase even if the number of subscribers at that point decreases.

4 days ago
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Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater

suutar Re: Cool ... (256 comments)

Yeah, but everyone keeps saying the benefit of liquid petroleum fuel is ease of transport, fueling, and energy density. If we can get the total energy expenses down to parity with long distance electrical transmission, we can get much of the best of both worlds: reduced net carbon emission (because you're sucking it from the air, not the ground), fast fill ups, and not as much need to beef up the energy grid.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater

suutar Re:They do. (256 comments)

There has not been a working commercial plant, but there has been a working thorium reactor. Oak Ridge had one running for 15 thousand hours. But the folks running the AEC wanted plutonium, so they shut down thorium research in 1973. wikipedia has more detail.

about two weeks ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

suutar Re:Perjury? (306 comments)

The only part of the DMCA complaint that is under penalty of perjury is the person doing the filing claiming they are an authorized agent of the purported complainer. I, as a non-Sony employee, could not issue takedown requests in Sony's name (probably because folks might deliberately file bogus requests in order to make Sony look dumb. Er). The rest of it is all on "good faith belief" basis, which is nigh impossible to disprove. In particular "our computer system says it looks like a match, and the system hasn't been shown to be totally ridiculously inaccurate yet" qualifies, so far at least.

Now, the rebuttal to the complaint, that is if I recall correctly under penalty of perjury. But the takedown request is utterly safe to file.

about two weeks ago
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"Nearly Unbreakable" Encryption Scheme Inspired By Human Biology

suutar Re:Nearly Unbreakable (179 comments)

And it also compresses the data really really well :)

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

suutar Re:Won't work (342 comments)

This is essentially what IEX does (described in this article); putting in the delay does have an effect because it increases the minimum turnaround time which reduces the "fast" players' ability to see what the "slow" players are doing and react. Or, put another way, a 1ms round trip can do 100 times as many transactions as a 100ms round trip, but a 501ms round trip is not that much better than a 600ms round trip.

about two weeks ago
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TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

suutar Re:Why separate layers? (149 comments)

Because they also needed functionality that TCP didn't suit, like ICMP and UDP, and didn't want to duplicate all of the stuff in IP for each of them.

about two weeks ago

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