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NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

veg_all More technical discussion (607 comments)

From Bruce Schneier Here and here.

Also a nice call to arms here.
"I have resisted saying this up to now, and I am saddened to say it, but the US has proved to be an unethical steward of the internet. The UK is no better."

about a year ago

Does Coding Style Matter?

veg_all Re:style (479 comments)

Your coworkers, however, might.


more than 2 years ago

Will the Desktop PC Live Forever?

veg_all Re:do we still have mainframes? (625 comments)

Most people like trucks. They are more useful.

That must be why "most people" drive trucks nowadays.

more than 2 years ago

When Art, Apple and the Secret Service Collide

veg_all Re:BS artsy spin included (358 comments)

At least he didn't throw in 50 cent words in describing his projects.

Yes, he did. He used 'ontology' twice (as noun then an adjective), both times incorrectly (or nonsensically).

more than 2 years ago

Former Truck Driver Reconstructs A-bomb

veg_all Detailed replica, not crude device. (332 comments)

There's some misunderstanding here in these comments. I have his book and what he actually does is document painstaking research into the exact specs on all the bomb's parts down to the diameter of fasteners, etc. He didn't just create a template for a crude uranium-based device. The New Yorker published an interesting article about him in 2008.

more than 3 years ago

US Says Plane Finder App Threatens Security

veg_all app is kinda crappy (524 comments)

I live in a flight path to LGA, planes go over every five or ten minutes and often *blink* the apartment with their shadows. Which is kinda neat. But I think there's a misapprehension about this app. I t doesn't receive ADS transmissions, it relies on (some group of users other than app users) to submit the data to a db. Planes fly over my apartment every five or ten minutes. I've had this app open for an hour and none of the overflying planes were reflected in the UI.

Of course, if they were, I'da downed them with a SAM, which I never felt the need to do when they are flying over til now.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Announces New iPods, iTunes 10, Social Network, AppleTV

veg_all Re:They had to name it ping, didn't they? (579 comments)

Almost every non-cl-using employee I've met in the web business uses ping as a synonym for 'contact', but often specifically contact over the internet, though IM or email or whatever and has for a couple or three years at least. I've always figured it was probably cl-using employees using it in a similar sense, which they do, and have as long as I remember, and being overheard. This made it sound 'hip', in a geeky kind of hip. This means it's our own fault.

more than 4 years ago

Senate Trying To Slip Internet Kill Switch Past Us

veg_all Re:The internet is the only thread... (461 comments)

I almost made a fool out of myself by contradicting this, but you're right. Turns out arpanet lore on this subject is mistaken.

Now I'll have to find some other way to make a fool of myself. This shouldn't be too hard.

more than 3 years ago

Say No To a Government Internet "Kill Switch"

veg_all Re:Isn't it obvious (433 comments)

I don't think quoting a Senator who is reviled by just about everyone, regardless of party affiliation, is indicative of the general consensus in this country.

It's germane (if accurate, which I can't verify) because he is the main sponsor of the legislation in question.

more than 4 years ago

Deformable Liquid Mirrors For Adaptive Optics

veg_all Re:Some Typoes (196 comments)

That's "Typos"

more than 4 years ago

Apple A4 Processor Teardown

veg_all teardown my ass (79 comments)


With further analysis, including chip-level reverse engineering, we may be able to identify whether innovations such as Intrinsity’s patented cell libraries were used to optimize the critical paths in the ARM core itself.

IOW, "It looks kinda neat, wonder what's inside!"

more than 4 years ago

Is Web 2.0 the Advent of the Post-Modern Internet?

veg_all Re:Postmodernism applying to the internet? (175 comments)

Since I cant mod this AC up, having already posted an inferior rebuttal, I'm gonna just note the characterization of "postmodernism" proffered by my chosen reference, the late Lyotard, which I think was a pretty good embodiment. Can't find the book just now, but roughly, for him, postmodernism meant a "suspicion of metaneratives." That is, the unspoken stories underlying assertions. What the fuck that has to do with DHTML I haven't the slightest.

more than 8 years ago


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