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Comment: Re:OpenSSL and the Internet (Score 2) 96

by Electricity Likes Me (#48897103) Attached to: OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

This is stupid.

If there's one lesson in the history of computing, it's that every type of possible side-channel leaks information like crazy if not properly controlled. So in what world does it make sense to mix up your application or transport protocol with your security protocol? The examples you give have nothing to do with the underlying transport protocols, or overlaying application protocols that have been in use.

Comment: Re: yeah... (Score 1) 208

by Electricity Likes Me (#48863441) Attached to: US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

You're ignoring the lessons learned the hard way when ECM was initially developed: when you fire up a jammer, all the missile has to do is home on the jammers signal instead.

A drone with some basic laser ranging/altimetering and an antenna would have no trouble locating and attacking such a thing.

Comment: Re: Where's this desire for "nice" coming from? (Score 1) 360

by Electricity Likes Me (#48843257) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

Bullshit. People who are difficult to work with are always a problem. They may be good at something, but they drag everyone else down to the point that they're still a net negative.

Where this relates to Linus has a lot more to do with the BS tallpoppy syndrome that people throw at him while not being part of the kernel dev circles. He's not by any measure that I can tell actually not a nice guy. He's just got a habit of sending curt emails.

Comment: Re: hard landing disaster (Score 1) 206

by Electricity Likes Me (#48810081) Attached to: China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

China is not going to collapse that quickly. The word "collapse" gets thrown around a heck of a lot as though these are things which can happen literally overnight, when really we're talking about multi-year declines which would hurt, but are not nearly the same thing.

Australia is fucked on it's present trajectory though because successive governments have had no interest in trying to diversity, and the population keeps buying the weird "we must be specialized for mining!" BS from both the politicians and mining companies.

Comment: Re: The hard part is yet to come (Score 3, Insightful) 84

by Electricity Likes Me (#48763515) Attached to: Microbe Found In Grassy Field Contains Powerful Antibiotic

Exactly - evolution isn't "random". Mutations are random - but the development of specific traits requires an actual path from A to B that doesn't weaken a generation of organism too much, while still enabling them to survive the selective pressure in sufficient quantity.

That in the paper, by feeding constant low-level non-lethal doses, did not yield resistant mutants, suggests there's no easy way for MRSA to develop a resistance mechanism.

Comment: Re:A Bridge Fuel... (Score 1) 401

What kind of idiot thought we'd reduce climate change (which most scientists agree has something to do with carbon released from fossil fuel production) by switching to another fossil fuel that still emits carbon when burned?

The reasoning is that natural gas releases less carbon than coal, so if we switch from coal to natural gas, then we'll reduce climate change. I do not have the information necessary to determine if that is a correct line of reasoning or not.

Of course it's incorrect. You're not going to reduce emissions by opening some giant new resource which does the exact same thing, and promptly drops prices all over the world for it.

No one investing in that industry is thinking "obviously we're only going to get 10 years of development out of this". They're planning to burn every last bit of it.

The way to make a small fortune in the commodities market is to start with a large fortune.