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The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

ysth Re:tc-play is a reimplementation of Truecrypt (475 comments)

I agree with your first part, but then you go off on a tangent ("By distributing the code...") that seems inapplicable??

about 2 months ago
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The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

ysth Re:TC developer used hidden message!!! (475 comments)

Yes, it seems pretty clear to me that this is a warrant canary.

It may still be that they triggered it (or let it self-trigger via inaction) out of lack of desire to continue the project.

In any case, the presumed goal of the canary - making sure that no one trusts any future TrueCrypt version released via the normal channel - has certainly been successful.

about 2 months ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

ysth Re:Comment from a Chemist (432 comments)

Only works if we drink it in space.

And we'd need a space elevator to avoid an even worse carbon problem there...

about 2 months ago
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Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

ysth Re:Short Sighted (232 comments)

This. Though that three months sounds exeedingly generous to me. It takes very little time to get up to speed enough to start working with a new fad/language/API/SDK, especially if you are willing to bare your ignorance by asking questions where needed.

about 2 months ago
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Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

ysth Re:Preposterous (288 comments)

Because the whole point of a "correct horse battery staple" password is to make a password you can remember simply as a story. It is counterproductive to add in foreign words (to the extent that makes a story harder) or other rules like how to represent accented characters or what punctuation to put between words.

about 3 months ago
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Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

ysth Re:Preposterous (288 comments)

zxcvbn rates that as 78 bits of entropy; 72 without the ~.

But if everyone starts using some foreign words or terms with accented characters transliterated, it becomes just another part of a cracker's dictionary, and not much better than "The boy causes rain." (59 bits, still an excellent password).

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

ysth What is "late-term"? (274 comments)

What is "late-term" in this context?

Number of employees is not a particularly relevant measure (except perhaps of how much money the investors are willing to throw away). How long since the first employee was hired? How many employees were there a year ago?

about 3 months ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

ysth Re:Yikes (342 comments)

The concept is that the market is supposed to be for investing. Investing implies certain loss of liquidity (no idea what you mean by loss of value). That said, see my response.

about 3 months ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

ysth Re:Won't work (342 comments)

There's no need to set a minimum time; what is needed is a minimum tax or fee. It could be .01% and still completely put a stop to abusive trading.

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Find Problems With Rules of Bitcoin

ysth Re:Bullshit (301 comments)

No, the point of the difficulty is to make attacks, err, difficult. Nothing to do with creating of bitcoins. If you are misunderstanding things this grievously, sit back and let other people talk for a while.

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Introduces Hack: Statically Typed PHP

ysth Somebody please tell me... (230 comments)

Somebody please tell me this is an elaborate April fool's joke that someone noticed the groundwork for early?

about 4 months ago
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'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

ysth Re:Indeed (606 comments)

Yes. I thought that went without saying, under the "privatize the gains, socialize the losses"/expenses rubric.

about 5 months ago
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'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

ysth Indeed (606 comments)

This: "Maybe cities just don't have the right mix of amenities, price, space, parking, and other factors to make them better places to put certain businesses."

The Director of Sustainability demonstrates the ludicrous line of thought that puts stadiums downtown.

about 5 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

ysth A workaround for what? (573 comments)

Reading the actual email they sent, it sounds to me like they provide a (javascript) API for doing what "VieraApp" is instead doing with a direct ajax call (and jQuery vs XMLHttpRequest is not the issue; it's not using their wrapper that is the issue).

about 6 months ago
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Network Solutions Opts Customer Into $1,850 Security Service

ysth Re:Illegal. (405 comments)

Oh, bullshit. I bet you use a half a dozen services that quite legally reserve the right to change the terms, give you notice, and interpret your continuing to use the service as acceptance.

Doesn't make it right, just legal.

about 6 months ago
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Regex Golf, xkcd, and Peter Norvig

ysth Re:Terrifying (172 comments)

No, actually it is far from terrifying. Just some brute force generation and application of simple, short, regex fragments. No "AI-like", no "algorithms going to fly".

about 6 months ago
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Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

ysth Eddie (465 comments)

Eddie's in the space-time continuum.

about 7 months ago

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