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Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

willaien Re:Impossible. (127 comments)

And a lot of android is open source. And it's used by many parties.

about a month and a half ago

Two Earth-Like Exoplanets Don't Actually Exist

willaien Re:Get it right (102 comments)

To be able to visually see, and audibly hear each other, we would have to figure out how to even communicate with each other to begin with - video and audio file formats.

about 2 months ago

3D Printed PiGRRL - Raspberry Pi Gameboy

willaien Re:One of those I did it to show I could things ? (49 comments)

There's no particular reason why it can't play gameboy games (or any of the older generation games), just needs emulator support for them.

about 2 months ago

Two Earth-Like Exoplanets Don't Actually Exist

willaien Re:Get it right (102 comments)

But, we learn it from pure saturation and situational awareness. We had to have access to the Rosetta stone to make sense of Ancient Egyptian.

There has to be at least some sort of context to work with.

about 2 months ago

Two Earth-Like Exoplanets Don't Actually Exist

willaien Re:Get it right (102 comments)

You joke, but, there exists a problem with that idea.

How do you even establish a communication protocol with an entirely alien (technologically) civilization?

We can possibly work on showing a basic data format with numbers first, but after that, what then? Send Fibonacci sequences at each other ad nauseum?

There's some interesting ideas, but, how would we even move beyond mere shouting math at each other? How would we establish even a more advanced data format capable of handling characters? And then, how would we develop an intermediary language?

All of this with hundreds of years in gaps between sending and receiving communications, at that. It's not just hard, it's going to be effectively impossible within the lifespans of the people who sent the first message.

about 2 months ago

Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

willaien Re:Politics as usuall (723 comments)

I'm curious about this. It seems to me that millions might--or might not--be better off by not being denied health care INSURANCE, but were people really denied health care (note the difference between insurance and care) previously? Aren't ERs and the like forbidden from turning away anybody who needs care, even if they can't pay? Do you think ER usage will change post-Obamacare?

Ahh, the good old "If they have no insurance, let them use the ER!" nonsense again. Well, let's see, the working poor who has to use this as their primary means of healthcare gets:
1) Overpriced healthcare (Ever seen an ER bill?)
2) Outstanding debts (Ever seen an ER bill?)
3) Garnished wages when the hospital inevitably wins their lawsuit. (And they will - remember, it's a debt and they went to them for treatment)
4) No healthcare beyond immediate emergencies. A diabetic might get an insulin shot if they're in a coma, but no treatment for the underlying condition, for example.

"Let them use the ER" is as vapid as "If they have no bread, then let them eat cake!"

about 5 months ago

Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

willaien Ignore the elephant in the room (361 comments)

"No, you shouldn't worry about prioritization, in fact it can help startups."

What? Wasn't that what everyone was worried about to begin with? That those with all the purse strings would be able to lock out these very startups you're claiming will benefit the most from this setup?

about 6 months ago

Shots Fired At US Capitol

willaien Re:Really? (608 comments)

B) Barack Husein Obama staged the whole thing himself for sympathy, no doubt using his Muslim Atheist friends

Nono, Muslim Atheist Nazi Commie friends.

about a year ago

NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

willaien Re:SSH? (607 comments)

Due to the compiler chicken and egg problem, even analyzing excruciatingly the source code of a project doesn't mean it is 'safe', because even though the source code is safe, if your compiler is compromised (and can inject its infected code into the compiled version of any detected compilers), then your compiled binary might not be safe.

It takes a very careful inspection to determine if your compiler is affected.

1 year,11 days

German Government Warns Windows 8 Is an Unacceptable Security Risk

willaien Re:Not just Win8 (373 comments)

Open Source stuff tends to be more secure because it has so many people looking at it, from many different perspectives, both professionals and amateurs, all working together to improve the code and make it more secure.

Why, exactly, did it take 2 years to discover the Debian SSL Keys weakness, then? If we have so many pouring over every aspect, why was this allowed to slip through, with a crippling bug that makes the very security and privacy of the internet something that can be easily broken? Why did it take so long?

1 year,25 days

Demonoid Resurrection Dismissed As Malware Was Legitimate

willaien Re:No Seeders anymore? (83 comments)

It looks like this iteration won't even have a tracker, so, there will be no need to announce the tracker.

about a year ago

Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

willaien Re:Or an economic drain? (595 comments)

There being a lot of mining resources in bitcoin will always be important to the security and stability of bitcoin. This isn't a problem that you can just wish away to the cornstalks: if the total computing power used in bitcoin drops significantly, then there will be much less security, due to the ability of a malicious agent gaining 51% or more of the network's total computing power being able to double spend, etc.

about a year and a half ago

AdTrap Aims To Block All Internet Advertising In Hardware

willaien Re:Countermeasures Deployed (295 comments)

Not really applicable if you browse on the SSL version of google, since your browser won't send the referrer over.

about 2 years ago

Red Hat Developer Demands Competitor's Source Code

willaien Re:And just who can "sue" (394 comments)

If RedHat has contributed any code to the source code, it becomes a shared copyright holder of that source code.

about 2 years ago

Secession Petitions Flood White House Website

willaien Re:If there was a Bad at Math Map... (1163 comments)

Could be argued? Yes.

Accurate? Probably not. They would then be responsible for everything that the federal government does for its citizens.

about 2 years ago

Hacked BitCoin Exchange Sued By Customers

willaien Re:It's the server that's not (361 comments)

You have insurance on the money currently in your wallet? I'm referring to paper money.

more than 2 years ago

CIOs Dismissed As Techies Without Business Savvy By CEOs

willaien Re:Fair Warning (269 comments)

Obviously, this may require a restructuring and/or more headcount in various areas in the organization

Or, a head hunt against problematic users (which may include an overbearing CEO)

about 2 years ago

Waterboarding Whistleblower Indicted Under Espionage Act

willaien Re:Let this be a message to the unpatriotic (338 comments)

Still worthy of ridicule, due to the context of the statement. That you can, in just the right places, see Russia from Alaska does not equate to Foreign Policy experience.

more than 2 years ago


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