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Comment: Re:WAT (Score 1) 59

by Mathinker (#47326537) Attached to: Intuit Beats SSL Patent Troll That Defeated Newegg

> RC4 is math. It's either broken or not-broken. You can't go half way.

Security isn't binary. Cryptography, being targeted for practical application, is different than theoretical mathematical statements, which we all know can be discovered to be either correct or incorre... hang on, Godel is calling me from the afterlife...

(heard from distance) What? Really! Mind-blowing, man. Yes, I know your name has those two funky dots, but Dice thinks "pretty" is more important than "functional", so it might be a while before Slashdot can actually display them...

Comment: Re: the stuff just comes out by itself (Score 1) 83

by Mathinker (#47206505) Attached to: Fuel Cells From Nanomaterials Made From Human Urine

If humanity is ever going to colonize other solar systems with slower-than-light travel, it's a no-brainer that we're going to have to learn how to recycle our waste. In a closed ecosystem, it makes sense to find ways to use urine, or plants/bacteria/yeasts grown using urine, as raw material to produce essential materials for repairs.

Comment: Re:What a dumb waste of energy... (Score 1) 94

by Mathinker (#47145843) Attached to: As Crypto Mining Grows, Data Centers Begin Accepting Bitcoin

You're still not arguing against the points raised by DanielRavenNest and ultranova. Neither of them claimed that the bitcoin protocol was the "best-designed" protocol from an energy efficiency point of view.

If you're really interested in solving the problem which seems to irk you so, just go out and make Peercoin (or whatever other alternative cryptocurrency you invent which doesn't require proof-of-work in the long term for maintaining the block chain) more popular than Bitcoin. You could start by talking about Peercoin's advantages every time Bitcoin comes up...

> OK, I think you see the point,

What? I merely see that you don't know how to argue logically well.

Comment: Re:What a dumb waste of energy... (Score 1) 94

by Mathinker (#47140463) Attached to: As Crypto Mining Grows, Data Centers Begin Accepting Bitcoin

Honestly, if the machines were that profitable then the companies making them would just keep them and mine on their own, as it would be more profitable than just selling the hardware.

This actually isn't totally true, since cryptocurrencies rely on several kinds of trust, and one of them requires that no single entity controls the mining. So it can sometimes be in the interest of a mining equipment manufacturer to even sell mining equipment at a loss, if the manufacturer also mines.

Comment: Re:What a dumb waste of energy... (Score 1) 94

by Mathinker (#47140395) Attached to: As Crypto Mining Grows, Data Centers Begin Accepting Bitcoin

> Uh huh. Me and 97% of climate scientists

I'm so glad that you know what 97% of climate scientists think about bitcoin. Nice way to not actually argue on points, though, like showing that the CO2 generated by mining over the life of the bitcoin protocol will exceed the CO2 which might be saved?

Comment: FreeOTFE no longer maintained, it seems (Score 1) 566

by Mathinker (#47117679) Attached to: TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

Wikipedia:

The FreeOTFE website is unreachable as of June 2013 and the domain name is now registered by a new owner. The program can be downloaded from a mirror at Sourceforge.

Given what we know about Big Brother nowadays, I'd say that it would be nice if we could maintain several diverse solutions to this problem. Unfortunately, it seems that there's not enough developers around to do that...

Comment: Re:This is the problem with Linux Security (Score 1) 127

by Mathinker (#47004657) Attached to: 5-Year-Old Linux Kernel Bug Fixed

>> So yes, I think their safeguards and failsafes extend beyond Windows Update and Norton.
>> Open sourcing their code reduces the black-box vulnerabilities well beyond that level to
>> begin with.

is the same as

> FOSS proponents extremely frequently in the past claimed that OSS was security issue free

eh?

I could analogously argue that your logical ability (which seems small), is zero. But I won't.

Small != zero, and conflating them can be a strawman argument, since it also means conflating their reciprocals.

Comment: Re:This is the problem with Linux Security (Score 1) 127

by Mathinker (#47001699) Attached to: 5-Year-Old Linux Kernel Bug Fixed

> FOSS proponents extremely frequently in the past claimed that OSS was security issue free

Nice strawman, there.

Personally, I'd say that the only frequently claimed advantage claimed for FOSS in the past was that it was, then, so niche that no one would find it worthwhile to try to exploit. Times have changed, now. For example: Firefox, Chromium, and, I'd say, even desktop Linux isn't safe anymore according to that criterion (server Linux never was safe, since servers are such juicy targets).

Comment: Re:Buggy whips (Score 1) 417

by Mathinker (#46969337) Attached to: London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

Although some AC has decided to derail my attempt to get you to argue logically, I'll try again, although you don't seem to be that amenable.

1. Why isn't it a false dichotomy?

2. If electricity is 100% reliable, I assume you mean that it is 100% reliable because the laws of physics are 100% reliable. How exactly does this argument extend to make taxi drivers who have passed "The Knowledge" test 100% reliable?

Comment: Re:Buggy whips (Score 1) 417

by Mathinker (#46957913) Attached to: London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

> If you can't rely on public transport, there is no point in having it.

Oh, it's great that you took the trouble to make the good old "False Dichotomy" fallacy actually explicit, so we could all figure out where you've gone wrong.

How exactly did you post your comment without using electricity? It's not 100% reliable, you know...

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