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Comment: Re:we don't know what happened AT ALL (Score 5, Informative) 580

by Cid Highwind (#46761517) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

"Yes, we can trace the changelogs in the software & note who was checking the changes and missed them, but that all can be circumvented."

Actually it can't. That's kind of the point of git.

"The fact is we don't know if Heartbleed was an honest mistake or not...we don't know who knew and when..."

We do know who and what and when, because the person who wrote it and the person who signed off on it have commented publicly about the bug.

Maybe you're thinking of Apple's "goto fail" SSL exploit where we really don't know who or what or when and probably never will because it's not likely Apple is going to release their RCS logs.

Comment: Re:And if they make me have a Facebook account... (Score 2) 199

by Cid Highwind (#46294743) Attached to: Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

Facebook says they don't, law suits against Facebook Ireland say they do (and that it's a violation of EU data privacy laws).

Personally, I think it would be too easy for a company that has the data on hand, and no concept of "boundaries" or "no, that's creepy" to resist. They already have millions of users complete address books from the find a friend feature, faces of people they know IRL tagged in photos, locations from check-ins, etc. it's just a matter of writing the right queries to tie them all together into a barebones profile. They either built shadow profiles for non-FB-users until the legal complaints started, or they still do but they keep them in US data centers where "your data is our trade secret" trumps "I never agreed to that!".

Comment: Die, cable, die. (Score 2) 578

by Cid Highwind (#46191629) Attached to: US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

Is this a money play by Comcast/NBC to get some subscribers back?


Should the FCC step in and require NBC to at least provide a stream of their OTA content?

No, but the IOC should, if they want the games to be a thing Americans still watch in 15-20 years. The FCC already failed when they allowed the anti-competitive Comcast/NBC merger in the first place.

Comment: Re:Why sell a money press? (Score 1) 250

by Cid Highwind (#46177601) Attached to: The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

The difference is marginal utility. You can only use one shovel at a time, owning a hundred shovels doesn't let you mine gold any faster than the guy with only one. Someone with a hundred Bitcoin mining rigs can mine 100x as many Bitcoins as somebody with one.

If there's no drop-off in marginal utility as you own more of the machines, and if we assume anyone who has the skills and capital to manufacture ASIC Bitcoin miners obviously has the skills and capital to use them (safe assumption, IMO - the required skills are the ability to lift a computer and plug it in, and the capital is just rack space and electricity), why sell them?

Comment: The anti-Tesla marketing machine is amazing (Score 1) 476

by Cid Highwind (#46093701) Attached to: Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

Mercedes bursts into flames on the freeway? Doesn't make the news.

Tesla bursts into flames on the freeway? Front page of Slashdot!

Chevy won't start when it's minus 40 degrees? "Yup. They do that."

Tesla won't charge when it's minus 40 degrees? Front page of Slashdot!

Whatever the shadowy consortium of conventional car dealers is paying you guys, it's worth every penny. Keep it up.

Comment: Re:FCC Shouldn't Ban It, But Airlines Should (Score 2) 340

by Cid Highwind (#45989757) Attached to: Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please

We shall all fly at the lowest common denominator, because that's how the US airline industry works. No airline enforces the rules on carry-on bag size so everyone can get on and off the plane in less than 20 minutes, or offers no-crying-baby flights, or more legroom, or still serves real food in coach. If one allows phone calls, the rest will within a week.

Comment: Re:The real question is about Emacs (Score 2) 252

by Cid Highwind (#45848839) Attached to: Emacs Needs To Move To GitHub, Says ESR

It is absolutely Emacs' fault that that the default keybindings are still set up for MIT Lisp machines (Super and Meta? In 2014? Really??).

It is also emblematic of the problems within Emacs' user community that they can say with apparent seriousness that the problem is every keyboard and OS since nineteen-seventy-fscking-five "breaking compatibility" with Emacs, instead of their own failure to adapt to a changing environment.

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