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Comment: Kind of half-assed... (Score 3, Interesting) 180 180

by Lord Duran (#49857201) Attached to: Anti-TPP Website Being Blacklisted

Apart from the pretty colors, it's pretty badly designed. There's only the one video explaining why it's bad, no text, no in-depth analysis, no outside opinions, no nothing. There isn't even (that I could find) a link to the text of the TPP. This might be a seriously important cause, but the website's not making a very good case against it.

Anyone know and want to elaborate on what this TPP is?

Comment: Here's how you do it (Score 1) 258 258

by Lord Duran (#49690029) Attached to: Online Voting Should Be Verifiable -- But It's a Hard Problem

You have to make sure every link in the chain is secure.
That means:
1) Secured military-grade with strong anti-tamper machines, built on open-source OS software and hardware, that'll sign votes with a one-time-only HSM with strong anti-tamper (i.e., acid to burn off everything inside it if someone attempts to open it). Every HSM's public key will be competely open to the public, and the public will verify that the number of booth is what it's supposed to be.
2) Real life humans verifying the identity of the person voting (citizenship status, age, etc.), and verifying that they're alone in the booth.
3) Technology that uses biometrics (combination of voice, fingerprint, retina, DNA, whatever) to make a GUID for every person - this will also assure they haven't voted twice.
4) Open counting of the votes, booth by booth. Again, this will be completely open so the public can verify that all booths are accounted for and the vote counting is correct.

Comment: No-IP should open up their nameservers (Score 1) 495 495

by Lord Duran (#47359941) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

No-IP has nameservers that they block for outside domains.

I think that, at least until this nonsense is over, they should open up access to everyone for resolving no-ip domains. That way at least the nerds could access their machines - using

nslookup <your-domain> <no-ip's dns>

(this works both on Linux and on Windows!)

+ - Script your kernel

Submitted by Lord Duran
Lord Duran writes: A friend of mine wrote KPlugs — a Linux kernel module that allows you to write Python scripts and run them from a kernel context (noncoralized link). Besides being pretty cool to tinker with, it could help you debug your kernel modules, learn how the kernel works and of course write kernel-level functionality quickly. It runs via a kernel mode VM that also does bounds checking, so it'll take you more than a few seconds to crash your system.
Here's a discussion on reddit on some of the potential security implications.

Comment: Only artists dedicate their work (Score 1) 186 186

by Lord Duran (#41650219) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dedicating Code?

If your work is art - bought for aesthetic pleasure, like paintings, sculptures, or books - you may dedicate it. Art is all about the artists' expression, their artistic personality; dedicating the work to a person they love is simply another part of that intimacy that an art viewer develops with the artists.

If you're writing a tool or a service, personal whims have little space, and more important than those are a more thoughtful design and a more professional feel.

This doesn't mean, however, that a web application cannot be art. Video games, for instance, are often considered art, web-based videos games included. So long as whoever sponsors the project agrees to it (assuming the role of an art patron - most likely you'll do it on your free time), the project can be made to feel like art, and in those cases there's place for personal touches such as dedication.

+ - Israeli advertising firm recruits via Diablo III->

Submitted by Lord Duran
Lord Duran writes: Israeli advertising firm Bauman-Bar-Rivnay CEO Yossi Lubaton is recruiting programmers in an interesting way — inviting them to play alongside him online on Diablo III. Programmers will be examined for their skills, be asked questions and will potentially be offered a Warmonger sword, 1,000,000 gold pieces, and a job.
Link to Original Source

Comment: No, but... (Score 1) 290 290

by Lord Duran (#38883705) Attached to: Why Linux Vendors Need To Sell More Than Linux

It seems to me this isn't a Linux issue. Was Microsoft ever just an OS vendor? Was Apple? Sun?

Maybe this is the key. The OS vendor has a unique advantage in positioning its own software; this, coupled with potentially the best understanding of the inner workings of its OS, hints to me that an OS will only really take off (in terms of market share) if a strong vendor invests in developing basic package - the kind of software you use every day, which shapes your opinion of the entire OS's user experience, and in a way your expectations from any piece of software running on the OS.

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