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Comment: Re:I would think (Score 5, Insightful) 285

by Enigma2175 (#46799145) Attached to: OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

This is actually the OpenBSD developers diving in because the upstream (OpenSSL) was unresponsive. If you look at the actual commits, you will see removal of dead code such as VMS-specific hacks, but also weeding out a lot of fairly obvious bugs, unsafe practices such as trying to work around the mythical slow malloc, feeding your private key to the randomness engine, use after free, and so on.

It would look like it's been a while since anybody did much of anything besides half hearted scratching in very limited parts of the code. This is a very much needed effort which is likely to end up much like OpenSSH, maintained mainly as part of OpenBSD, but available to any takers. We should expect to see a lot more activity before the code base is declared stable, but by now it's clear that the burden of main source maintainership moved to a more responsive and responsible team.

But the whole heartbleed issue was caused by someone who was doing more than "half hearted scratching", he was adding an entirely new feature (heartbeats). Does anyone else think that hundreds of commits in a week is a BAD thing? It seems to me like committing that much code would make it so each change doesn't get as much of a review as it would if the changes were committed gradually. Poor review is what caused this problem in the first place, they run the risk of adding another critical vulnerability.

Comment: Color me a "skeptic" (Score 4, Insightful) 60

Earth has been impacted by asteroids in the past, so there's nothing to worry about. It's just a natural phenomenon. Besides, the people saying we should be looking for asteroids are just greedy for grant money. If it turns out the be a real threat, I'm sure the technology to deal with it will magically appear -- with the economy the way it is we can't afford nonessential projects now.

Remember how silly these arguments sound when applied to other potential problems.

Comment: Re:Totally comfortable with drones (Score 1) 153

More free skeet targets.

If you want your robot back, don't send it over my airspace.

You don't control the airspace above your property. You cannot (legally) shoot down a drone any more than you can shoot a medical helicopter or cessna that flies over your house.

Comment: Re:Personal Drones (Score 1) 153

If the personal drone thing takes off, the government won't need to operate spy drones, the public will do it for them.

Just look at all the cell phone pictures you see posted around the internet, cats, stupid accidents, and girls butts, etc. I doubt that personal drones are going to garner the kind of information a government spy agency would want or at least make really hard to sift through.

Exactly. How do personal drones equal government surveillience? The cell phones that most people carry provide a huge amount of data for the government. The phone sends its location, autoposts pictures and videos in the internet and stores a ton of data "in the cloud". It has a microphone, camera and the means to send data to an arbitrary place. Phones are nearly ubiquitous and have a ton of data on the person using them.

Contrast this with a drone. It is controlled and transmits video using a point to point system. None of its data ever transits public data networks and is only receivable over a small area. How is the government going to obtain this drone data?

Comment: Re:Twitter rolled (Score 1) 155

by Enigma2175 (#46794363) Attached to: Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

So basically if a Jackboot^W LEO asks for account info on anyone without a warrant or even reasonable evidence that a crime has even been committed, Twitter will just hand over your private details to them without question.

Why is this moderated insightful? Twitter (and Comcast) responded to a warrant signed by a judge, not to a simple request by police. Yes, the judge is a total douchebag who is abusing the power of his office just like the mayor but once he signs the warrant if Twitter doesn't comply they are breaking the law.

+ - Peter Hadfield on The Consequences of Climate Change

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bunratty (545641) writes "Journalist Peter Hadfield (potholer54 on YouTube) has a new video on the consequences of climate change in our lifetime. He has read the scientific literature to separate out the bogus claims from the realistic claims, from both sides of the schism. This balanced approach makes it a good view for skeptics and believers alike."

+ - There's got to be more than the Standard Model

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "The Standard Model of particle physics is perhaps the most successful physical theory of our Universe, and with the discovery and measurement of the Higgs boson, may be all there is as far as fundamental particles accessible through terrestrial accelerator physics. But there are at least five verified observations we've made, many in a variety of ways, that demonstrably show that the Standard Model cannot be all there is to the Universe. Here are the top 5 signs of new physics."

Comment: Re:There is another answer (Score 1) 256

by Enigma2175 (#46789269) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

So I would suggest just constantly invading the privacy of the rich. Hovering over their pools and outdoor parties, peering in their windows. Either they will get lopsided laws written that only prevent poor, citizens from using drones (which is entirely a possibility,) or a market will appear spurring the development of measures to thwart drones. Of course this could spiral out of control in many, many ways, from just private, semi-sanctioned police/security forces "protecting" their clients, to a robot vs human war (where maybe EMPs would be helpful.)

They already have lopsided laws on the books (like the law in Texas), but it is not rich people getting these laws, it is rich corporations. The Texas law was a direct response to a drone pilot embarassing a corporation by recording them dumping a river of blood into the environment. Why would corporations (or rich people) bother with expensive drone countermeasures when they can just buy some nice, cheap legislation? Our legislators have shown time and time again that they are for sale, and the price is incredibly low.

Comment: Re:So much nonsense in terms (Score 1) 256

by Enigma2175 (#46788599) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

My sister-in-law works developing LED lamps. She's a biologist, was headhunted from the university after her PhD (that was about how different types of UV light affect plant growth) by some engineers. Basically what she does is she tests various configurations of LED lights and fixtures, checks how they affect plant growth, tells the engineers to build "that one". Rinse and repeat.

What she's told me, and I have no reason to doubt this as she's not trying to sell me anything (and the fact that she's very proud of her work ethics), they're getting very much better results than with HIDs. With much less power consumption, obviously.

Why would they need less power consumption. The lumens per watt of most HID lamps is the same or better than LEDs. This Wikipedia page has several examples of the efficiency of different kinds of lights. Most of the LED examples they give show around 50-100 lumens per watt. For metal halide, they show 65-115 l/w, for high pressure sodium it's 85-150 l/w and for low pressure sodium it's 100-200 l/w. It sounds to me like the HID lamps are MORE efficient than the LEDs, so why is it obvious that the LEDs would use "much less power consumption"?

Comment: Re:Left-Wing Propoganda (Score 0) 256

by Enigma2175 (#46787967) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Please butt out of our domestic politics. It's none of your goddamn business

Oh, the irony. If only American foreign policy would do this... The Rest Of The World would probably stop butting into yours pretty quickly.

THIS. America insists on being "Team America: World Police" but cries when anyone points out any problems.

Comment: Re:While I'm inclined to agree... (Score 1) 256

by Enigma2175 (#46787645) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

I'm not a fan of marijuana, but I also don't see the point of locking people up. They're stupid yes, but dangerous? Maybe if they were already unstable to start with or have a history of disregarding the law. People who simply sit in their homes smoking pot and occupying the couch don't hurt anybody and it doesn't make a lot of sense to pay for their incarceration.

Drug war rhetoric aside, most of the people sitting in their homes smoking pot do not end up incarcerated if caught. For simple possession, in most cases the offender is cited and released. They go to court, pay a fine and probably have to go to a mandated drug class. It's great for the police and courts - a bunch of revenue and seized property which they can use to arrest more people to shakedown.

Comment: Re:Switching from Mercedes to Tesla after $12K bil (Score 1) 352

by Enigma2175 (#46787505) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

You're right, after reading the previous log entries where they replaced the "drive unit", it does sound like more than a speed control. While the Tesla at Edmunds probably gets a little more abuse than the car in a single driver's hands (multiple drivers, none of whom own the car, pushing the limits to "see what it can do") that is still a lot of major failures in a short period of time.

Comment: Re:Switching from Mercedes to Tesla after $12K bil (Score 1) 352

by Enigma2175 (#46785221) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

You might want to take a look at edmund's long term road test of their tesla. Its on its third battery/drive train at 30K miles. One joke was that maybe a 10K service requirement is a new drivetrain/battery. It is eating tires because of misalignment. You can tell edmund's really wants to love all aspects of the car and granted it is a nice driving car, but reliable it aint. Several commenters at edmunds wonder why they have not lemon lawed their unit it is so bad.

No, they are on their third "drive unit", which sounds like the speed control in the car. The drive train (or power train) of a car is something completely different.

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