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

tysonedwards Re:Wat? (580 comments)

It is a double edged sword. Because one can see the code, there is visibility into the process. Because OpenSSL is such a common tool and is arguably vital to the function of the Internet as we know it, this sort of a bug really is one of those "worst case scenarios" PR wise, as opposed to being cleanly swept under the rug as is possible in the case of many Closed Source 0-day vulnerabilities.

The problem here is that people have been using the argument that Open Source is better because these issues can't happen "because" of the visibility. And the argument "Open Source is inherently safer" has been very heavily damaged by Heartbleed and now ranks up there with "Macs don't get viruses" and "Women are worse drivers".

If this happened in Microsoft, Adobe or Oracle Land this would be "yet another 0-day" and largely ignored by the public. Because it is in an area with such a vocal group of people spouting "Impenetrable" for decades, it all of the sudden becomes quite newsworthy in a way that "yet-another-remote-code-execution-with-privilege-escalation-in-Acrobat-Reader" vulnerability doesn't.

And if you doubt any of this for a moment, have you ever heard the name of the developer who was at fault for introducing a bug into Flash on the local news? Now did you hear the name "Robin Seggelmann" in connection to Heartbleed?

4 days ago

Lasers May Solve the Black Hole Information Paradox

tysonedwards Re: rm -r * (75 comments)

The theory itself states that information of what enters a black hole is itself retained, and due to the time dilation characteristics caused by the extreme gravity, said information would be present for eternity, even after the last hydrogen atom decays and the universe becomes a vast wasteland. While the matter is long gone, the energy remains and thermodynamics teaches us that the two are interchangeable. As such, the parent is making a facetious argument about how should a hard drive be thrown into a black hole, the universe has made a truly perfect backup of the data that is incapable of being destroyed and will itself outlive all matter in the universe.

And as the saying goes, jokes are funnier when they need to be explained.

about three weeks ago

NSA Hacked Huawei, Stole Source Code

tysonedwards Re: No irony (287 comments)

Whole economy, evenly distributed
14 Trillion Dollars / 7 Billion People = 2 Thousand Dollars.

Whole economy, distributed to one billion people
14 Trillion Dollars / 1 Billion People = 14 Thousand Dollars.

about a month ago

Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8

tysonedwards Re: Stealing? (197 comments)

It wasn't solely his work.

about 1 month ago

Endeavor Launch Pad Being Rebuilt Piece By Piece

tysonedwards Re: Missing is the "why" here. (48 comments)

You mean spending $250 million dollars to restore Endeavor to its original flight worthy condition through the use of original, certified parts so that it can be on display for middle schoolers for their field trips to the Science Center may not be a particularly sound idea when "this ship has been in space dozens of times" would still have them saying WOAH! even if a 30lb retention bolts shown connecting the shuttle to its fuel tank couldn't really hold the sheering force of a launch?

about a month ago

Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

tysonedwards Re:The year of the Linux Tablet (487 comments)

From the same article, I wouldn't really call Apple on the downward slide. They have been selling more tablets than ever, and more than Samsung, Asus, Amazon and Lenovo combined. In fact, all 5 have been growing tremendously Year-over-Year. The difference here is that there has been a significant increase in the "Others" category, all of the other manufacturers who on their own would be considered a rounding error in the report. This is more the case of the Bargain Bin models increasing the size of the market larger than the "Big Boys" care to play in. Example: Samsung isn't rushing out to release a $49 tablet to compete with RCA.

about a month and a half ago

Damming News From Washington State

tysonedwards Re:WTF (168 comments)

There is this crazy new idea called "wanting to deal with the excess water" should one "just open up the spillways".

The water goes somewhere, after all. Would probably piss off a bunch of home owners in Beverly should their riverfront homes quite suddenly become riverboat homes.

about a month and a half ago

MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

tysonedwards Re:Ha ha (465 comments)

And next time someone comes in and robs them blind, will the perpetrators be buttpirates?

about 2 months ago

Hackers Penetrate Top Medical Device Makers

tysonedwards Re: New Level of Ransomware (76 comments)

However, in the case of pacemakers it is very possible to cause a bingeminy, trigeminy, or other form of sinus arrhythmia that untreated could ultimately lead to damage of the heart muscle, even for a device operating within its safety limits. Even just by oscillating the gain on the sensing leads could trigger automated defibrillation on devices with the capability (less common).

about 2 months ago

Utah Bill Would Prevent Regional Fiber Networks From Growing

tysonedwards Re:How to protect a service from commoditization (111 comments)


Water and Sewer are utilities, and thereby regulated.
Internet is an entertainment service, and thereby unregulated.

Telephone service providers are pushing to move their equipment entirely to IP, gaining the "service" classification as it would no longer fit the present definition of a telecommunications network.

about 2 months ago

Utah Bill Would Prevent Regional Fiber Networks From Growing

tysonedwards Re:Protect Our Monopolies! (111 comments)

The concern in this case is that the public sector is using tax dollars and grants from federal entities to overbuild an existing private network, in turn generating income in the areas that have higher densities at the expense of the less dense areas. This effectively leaves those "unserved" still without service, despite all residents paying for the network via their property taxes.

Should the same thing be done by a new-comer into private industry, done without tax dollars, or would connect all those who wanted it there would not be a problem. Protecting monopolistic behavior is simply the knee-jerk reaction to the story.

Further, as Google's Provo offering is no longer a "public entity" offering, it isn't even subject to the bill.
However, at the same point Google would not have been able to enter the marketplace in Provo should the town not have done the initial heavy lifting.

about 2 months ago

Amputee Has Prosthetic Hand Wired To Nerves

tysonedwards Immediate fine motor control? (72 comments)

As someone who has gone through physical therapy on my arm, the thought of very good immediate fine motor control and reliable control within a week of training is incredible. I remember spending weeks trying to reliably touch the tips of my thumb and pinky together. Even now, I have difficulty with my ring and middle fingers doing what they are supposed to unless I have them in the corner of my eye.

about 2 months ago

Mysterious Underwater Circles Off the Coast of Denmark Explained

tysonedwards Re:fairy rings (37 comments)

And to complete the summary Copy / Paste:

The scientists found large amounts of toxic sulfide built up in the muds where the eelgrass grows. The sulfide forms when nutrients from agricultural runoff cause bacteria to flourish. Eelgrass grows radially outward, with older plants in the middle and younger seedlings on the outer rim. Because only the middle ring of mature plants can endure the poisonous sulfide, a near-perfect ring of seagrass forms, the researchers report in the February issue of Marine Biology. While the eelgrass circles make for a remarkable sight and a catalyst for kooky conspiracy theories, the researchers say sulfide from agricultural runoff has become a major problem for seagrass ecosystems worldwide.

about 3 months ago

UCLA Architectural Program Teaches Design for Robot Homes

tysonedwards Re:These sound impractical (35 comments)

Here's an interesting fact: you're not breathing real air. It's too expensive to pump this far down. We just take carbon dioxide out of a room, freshen it up a little, and pump it back in. So you'll be breathing the same room full of air for the rest of your life. I thought that was interesting.

about 3 months ago

Quentin Tarantino Vs. Gawker: When Is Linking Illegal For Journalists?

tysonedwards Re:Can someone please kill the fucker (166 comments)

No one. The current argument is that a hyperlink to infringing work "advocates infringement".

about 3 months ago

The Whole Story Behind Low AP CS Exam Stats

tysonedwards Re: So, whom to H8? (325 comments)

How about this for a catchy headline: "0.2% of US Students Take AP Computer Science Test."

about 3 months ago

Study Doubts Quantum Computer Speed

tysonedwards Re: Because they were observing (105 comments)

Of if they weren't actually observing, they were probably thinking about observing.

about 3 months ago

Study Doubts Quantum Computer Speed

tysonedwards Re: Worthless BBC article (105 comments)

It is 15 million dollars, split between two hyper-giant organizations on a gamble that it will improve their effectiveness. For organizations that spend billions on computers per year, combined with a desire to remain at the forefront of research and development, that seems like a safe purchase under the "hedging your bets" category.

about 3 months ago


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