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Comment: Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 94

by Carewolf (#48924511) Attached to: Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

Lots of horses? I don't think so. Truly exceptional turncoats like that are once or twice in a generation.

Snowden is wanted as a fugitive from justice. He has refuge in Russia. That's about all there is to it, your theatre aside.

Yes, we call it political refugees. People who flee and are granted amnesty because they would be prosecuted if they returned to the totalitarian hellhole from where they fled.

Comment: Re:Let's get this straight (Score 1) 130

by Carewolf (#48924211) Attached to: How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

While technically easy, it's legally not so. The phone company must put through those calls, even if they know this are robocalls and the customer doesn't like robocalls. The customer however is free to install blockers on their phone, or to have their calls rerouted through a third party which helps them filtering the calls.

If the phone contracts says you are not allowed to do robocalls or local laws does not allowed they are legally allowed to block them. Also they are legally allowed to track who calls who, because they need that for billing.

Comment: Re:Censorship should not be tolerated. (Score 1) 203

by Carewolf (#48924135) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

This analogy might work better if instead of hushing you would tape the child's mouth shut.

As the parent or guardian, what you say do define what children are allowed to do and say, children have only limited freedom because they only have limited responsibility, the one responsible for them holds the rest of their freedoms. So yes, telling your child to shut up is a form of censorship, but so is a lot of things philosophically speaking. The point is not to see things black and white, because that will reveal you as narrowminded.

Comment: Re:iPad is a luxury? (Score 2) 231

by Carewolf (#48924057) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

A $700 smart phone is, too. Here in .us, a lot of the price is buried in your 2-year contract, so people see it as a $200 smart phone.

Calling it a phone is also a misnomer. It's a small computer that also makes phone calls. If all you want to do is make phone calls, buy a dumbphone. Having a moderately powerful, always connected computer in my pocket is nice--but admittedly, it's still a luxury.

$200/month phone.. Oh you get one for free every two years, assuming you pay us $2400.. Yeah..

Comment: Re:Car Analogy (Score 1) 113

by Carewolf (#48914433) Attached to: NVIDIA GTX 970 Specifications Corrected, Memory Pools Explained

Both of you suck at car analogies.

Let's say Nissan makes an engine. V6, 3.8L. They advertize it as being 250HP, promote it mainly by putting it in racecars and winning races, and a whole lot of other technical specs get handed out to reviewers to gush over, but nobody really reads them except nerds.

They then make a variant engine. Same V6, but they cut the stroke down so it's only 3.0L. They advertize it as being 200HP, promote it with some more racecars that don't win the overall race but are best in their class, and again they hand out a small book worth of technical specs, this one with a minor error in the air flow rates on page 394. Somebody forgot to edit the numbers from the 3.8L engine, so even though the actual airflow is more than enough for the smaller engine, the numbers originally given look bigger.

Except memory for whatever reason is what most laymen measure graphicscard performance on. So it i s not an obscure little number. This is claiming the engine is 3.8L and forgetting to say that it a 3.8L that has been cut to only use 3.0L and therefore perform as a 3.0L.

Comment: Re:Obligatory reminder that an alternative exists (Score 1) 96

by Carewolf (#48902903) Attached to: OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

That's at least three sorts of nonsense:

The OS has no magic either, or are you saying that it's random seeds all the way down?



Yes. There is for thing dedicated random number hardware and there is hardware that can produce partially random data, such as network cards and radios, but the latter are only really good when combined with eachother and with a random number tracker, which is something the OS can do.

Comment: Re:libressl-2.1.3 (Score 1) 96

by Carewolf (#48902895) Attached to: OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

Care to provide any actual statistics for that claim, or are you just one of those annoying morons with a habit of being FUDsy against anything with "Gnu" in the name?

No, I prefer GPL when other choices are equal. GnuTLS has just never had a very good reputation, and even from the most optimistic point of view, it has always been secondary to OpenSSL just by having fewer users and fewer developers. I would be great if it was better, but it has had some unfortunately design choice and a long string of serious vulnerabilities. Just look it up.

Comment: Re:Obligatory reminder that an alternative exists (Score 1) 96

by Carewolf (#48897585) Attached to: OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

No matter what the security problem, it's always the random numbers, or lack thereof that is the problem.

(checks apt-get before making a fool of himself) ... Why the hell hasn't somebody made libRNG?

p.s. Seriously, how hard could it be to split out the RNG code of openssl or libressl and make it the gold standard? Yeah, I know it's generally unproductive to ask such rhetorical questions. Yes, I'm a coder that could do it (never looked at openssl code, but I'm sure I've dealt with worse, so I know it's possible), but I have no desire to become the owner of such a project, so I won't even bother to look at the effort required. Nor will you, probably. I have plenty of other things occupying my time. Maybe in another 20 years, if I'm retired by then...

Because on a unix system you just read from /dev/random anyway. Random seeds is an operating system responsibility, you can not make good random numbers without a little good random seed.

Comment: Re:libressl-2.1.3 (Score 2) 96

by Carewolf (#48897579) Attached to: OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

OpenSSL remains the only portable SSL library that can be used by both open source and commercial developers alike. Which is really a shame, because OpenSSL sucks. All the bad things the libressl people have said about OpenSSL are absolutely true.

We have GnuTLS which is only one year younger than OpenSSL, has a nicer API, is portable to Windows, has a better track record with regard to binary compatibility, a better build system, and can be used by commercial software (it’s LGPLv2.1). Comparison of features with other SSL libraries.

It also has a much worse track record in security, which is why no one uses it as the a primary SSL library and only as a library for operating on certificates.

Comment: Re:Performance Mouse MX (Score 1) 422

by Carewolf (#48897427) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Can't recommend enough the Performance Mouse MX enough.

While it does have the middle button integrated into the scroll wheel, once used to it you will find it completely intuitive. I middle click hundreds of times a day and only found it difficult during the first two weeks of owning the mouse. 5 years later I still prefer the Performance MX over anything else.

To middle click I typically shift my index finger over a centimeter or two. My hands are slightly above average size and ergonomically the PerfMX is perfect for me.

Logitech Anywhere MX is similar except it actually has a separate button for the middle mouse button. The wheel click is changed to be the free-wheeling lock which makes much more sense.

Also, free wheeling for the win.

Comment: Re:Internet cables? (Score 2) 418

by Carewolf (#48876695) Attached to: Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

Who the hell writes this crap? Internet cables?

I assume this is in the US. Where the cables are in the air going from the house to the utility pole, just like in 3rd world countries. They probably cut the telephone cable as well if there was one, but who would notice that?

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 2) 189

by Carewolf (#48875287) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

I find it hard to believe that anyone is using EISA still. It got almost no traction in desktops and the only systems that ever had EISA slots were 386-486 era servers before the VL-BUS and PCI bus started to gain traction in late 486's.

If someone actually has a working EISA system, I'd like to see a photo. I had never managed to see more than one of these systems in my lifetime, and only saw one because it was being replaced in 1997 by a Pentium desktop.

I've actually seen more MCA systems than I've ever seen EISA.

EISA was parallel with VL-BUS for a long time, where consumer hardware used VL-BUS and enterprise or server hardware used EISA. PCI replaced both that wasn't until the mid 1990s. Still 20 years ago though.

Comment: Re:Not "like Slashdot" (Score 1) 224

by Carewolf (#48867621) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

Exactly my 1st thought. Maybe not "false" exactly, but I've long wanted to be able to mod comments "-1 incorrect". Of course I also want a "+1 funny AND insightful".

Yeah I have often missed it too, but I guess the point is that if the post is incorrect you should reply to it and correct it, and moderators should look for replies that correct it to upvote.

The real problem is that you are not allowed to comment after voting on a story.

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