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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

theskipper Re:The NSA is becoming a new God for "True Believe (170 comments)

Well, personally my first thought after reading the summary was "but how do you trust the BIOS?" A few years ago I'd have immediately said that's conspiracy theory and dismissed it (along with the other items you listed). But after a year of exposure to the Snowden and RSA revelations and everything else, it pains me to say these NSA questions aren't so far fetched any more.

Sure they may not be probable but they could be possible. No matter how rational you think you are, it really messes with one's mind. Subtle paranoia, if you will.

4 days ago
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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

theskipper Re:memset() is bad? (171 comments)

Great article. Including the openssl bug(s) he pointed out...was expecting something esoteric but turned out to be really straightforward i.e. the type of error you make at 2am, taking the size of the pointer instead of the actual size of the buffer.

5 days ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

theskipper Re:For God's Sake, Internet is a LUXURY not a UTIL (223 comments)

Corporate profits and GDP growth have a pretty strong dependency on productivity numbers. Over the last 20 years a majority of the rise in productivity was due to the massive network buildout for telecom and internet.

So nowadays the internet is inextricably linked to the economy as a whole. Akin to other vital components such as electricity...things that qualify as "utilities" because of their economic importance to our society. Try removing the internet and see what the effect is on your 401-k.

about two weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

theskipper Re:There's no liability (440 comments)

The real question is whether that projected liability cost would offset the bad PR cost (intangible but notable).

Really surprised Costco let it get to this point and didn't find a middle ground to spin it. They had to know social media would be all over this in a really bad way (facts be damned as usual).

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

theskipper Re:And so this is Costco's fault? (440 comments)

It is a little difficult to parse at first glance. He's saying that Costco is completely focused on the "jars they won't sell" aspect (first two sentences).

By concentrating on that, they're blinded to the issue that the homeless wouldn't be buying peanut butter at Costco anyway. So the third sentence is really the key point, that Costco should do a facepalm when they realize the problem with their logic.

Carry on.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?

theskipper Re:Saylor.org (197 comments)

Thanks for taking the time to answer. It's something I've wanted to do but my biggest concern was getting side-tracked by real world commitments and not finishing a course I started. If the estimates are in the ballpark then it's easier to plan ahead and make sure it gets done.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?

theskipper Re:Saylor.org (197 comments)

Interesting. From your experience, were the number of hours listed under "time advisory" pretty accurate?

about a month ago
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MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

theskipper Re:This is actually good news (465 comments)

Excellent explanation of the lightweight wallet issue. Though more apropos to altcoins that have fewer miners on the network.

about 2 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

theskipper Re:Teach all alternate theories (770 comments)

Glad you mentioned that. My original post was too harsh in that respect.

about 3 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

theskipper Re:Teach all alternate theories (770 comments)

Yeah but we're talking about kids here, they aren't nuanced enough to recognize that. Plus they're getting bombarded with this nuttiness by their creationist parents every single day of their young lives, especially if home schooled. It's almost impossible for a 10 year old to see through the self-serving bullshit of it all. Rinse repeat as they grow up to be parents themselves.

And of course it's a slippery slope. As mentioned a million times here when creationism stories pop up, they're obviously not theories, just wild hypothesis w/ absolutely no way to test. In no shape, form or fashion is creationism related to science. Full stop.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?

theskipper Re:"Graphics" algorithm... right (365 comments)

Bingo. And the hardware guys recognized it immediately too. Mainly because they're probably getting emailed the same question 10 times a day.

There's a reason scrypt asic has been a long time in the making, it's memory intensive. Only alpha-t.net seems to be making headway to a viable product. But even with them taking preorders now, nothing is written in stone. Commercially and technically, SHA asic was an easier cat to skin.

about 3 months ago
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Why Does Windows Have Terrible Battery Life?

theskipper Re:Easy one... (558 comments)

Oil maybe but not electricity afaict. I say that because the electric utility here in the southern US basically begs their customers to cut down on energy usage.

They'll install monitoring to shut off AC for a few minutes during peak hours, automatically send free fluorescent bulbs every six months, include a newsletter with energy saving tips along with the bill, etc. Local mass media advertising too.

The effort was started a few years ago based on saving $150m to not build a new local power plant. So the cost benefit was higher for increasing energy usage awareness than it was to float a bond and deal with regulatory considerations for that shiny new station.

Btw, it's a major public company, PPL Corp., so I suspect it's not just a local initiative. The same situation probably applies in their other service areas too.

about 6 months ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

theskipper Re:Of course... (419 comments)

Burma shave.

about 6 months ago
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OCZ May Be On Its Last Legs

theskipper Re:The end of PC Power and Cooling? (292 comments)

Great point, hopefully that division doesn't sink with the ship. Assuming they're still the best and OCZ didn't screw it up since they bought them.

I still have three PCPCs running 24/7 going on 4 years now. Worth every penny.

about 6 months ago
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Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

theskipper Re:Let's see if I've got this. (394 comments)

History is littered with unrelated proprietary software names.
Sharepoint?
Paradox?
Excel?
Quicken?
Vegas?
Acrobat?
Dreamweaver?

And of course...
Bob?

about 6 months ago
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Lessons From the Healthcare.gov Fiasco

theskipper Re:No, it DOESNT (501 comments)

If a project is screwed up in the private sector, you generally won't hear about it in the press. The company simply takes a charge against earnings, buries it and moves on.

A government project like this can't avoid the scrutiny because it's taxpayer funded.

TL;DR: Your politically biased rant makes no sense.

about 6 months ago

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