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+ - Bloomberg News: NSA has been using HeartBleed for years->

Submitted by jasonla
jasonla (211640) writes "We all knew this was coming, right? From the article:

"The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.""

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Comment: Re:clearly I don't understand something... (Score 1) 195

rewriting data compromises data on the next track, which needs to be read/written, which compromises...
So you need to rewrite the whole damn 5TB disk?

"higher bit densities come with a penalty"
That sounds like an understatement.

You're gonna want to get rid of all that DRAM you've got then ...

Comment: a little hard, and risky (Score 1) 405

by BigMike (#43945547) Attached to: Oracle Discontinues Free Java Time Zone Updates

I wonder if this is related to the problem BBC found with providing a time-zone accurate data to global users.

http://news.slashdot.org/story/13/06/06/012207/bbc-clock-inaccurate---100-days-to-fix

There might be some risk associated with providing a time service accurate everywhere, when you can't possibly know how the users depend on it ...

Comment: What would Donald Knuth do... (Score 1) 470

by BigMike (#38657922) Attached to: Are Programmers Ruining the Design of eBooks?

If I recall TeX lore correctly, Knuth took a sidetrack to develop a system that would render his books the way he wanted the material to be presented. Today, you can't read his books on an e-reader ... unless you find that giant PDF with rendered graphics of every page.

E-readers will be mature when Knuth will sell you his books in e-reader form.

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.

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