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Comment: Re:Better leave now (Score 1) 138

by TheCarp (#46782475) Attached to: Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

Not only that but, it might not be safe to try and rendez-vous:

"Any people at the destination," the team's paper concludes, "would be gamma ray and high energy particle blasted into oblivion due to the extreme blueshifts for [forward] region particles."

sure, maybe we can use this new-fangled drive to meet up with them, but, when we do, we will release a gamma ray burst that will sterilize their entire ship.

Now maybe it might be possible to aim to "miss" them by enough that little gets to them and then the last gap can be closed as subluminal speeds, but.... that ah, sure would be one hell of an entrance.

Comment: Re:So much for Net Neutrality. (Score 2) 42

by TheCarp (#46781955) Attached to: Tor Blacklisting Exit Nodes Vulnerable To Heartbleed

> It will cost billions to fix for the US and the taxpayers will foot the bill.

It already cost us billions, and it was always going to cost us billions more. Any suggestion they were not going to waste that money anyway is just laughable. They will spend as much as they can justify in their crusade against whatever bogeymen they can dream up.

Comment: Re:So much for Net Neutrality. (Score 1) 42

by TheCarp (#46780459) Attached to: Tor Blacklisting Exit Nodes Vulnerable To Heartbleed

> Russia & China got nothing from Snowden.

Do belly-laughs count? I bet they got a number of those.

> His material is being carefully vetted by journalists and experts before any is released

Of course, since russia, china, and several others players all have their own NSA and CIA-like entities, I would assume they have made attempts, and probably been successful by now, at obtaining the entire archive... or at least, what they didn't already have of it from their own operations pre-snowden.

With Manning, I would easily make the case that nothing was revealed, because any intelligence service that couldn't get their hands on those state department cables would have to be totally incompetent and barely even trying. NSA internal docs, a bit less likely... but I wouldn't doubt they had some of it.

Now, I don't doubt that they have all of it....oh well.... its their own fault for abusing their technical abilities, NSA brought this leak upon itself.

> Bruce Schneier is one helping them in their analysis.

This is one of the few reasons to suspect they have a chance of having not been compromised; if they follow his advice of course. Discipline is hard. I remember some of the security experts expressing being quite impressed by OBLs ability to maintain an effective air gap for so many years while so prolifically using email.

Comment: Re:All My Jobs Required a BS at Minimum (Score 1) 286

by TheCarp (#46779413) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

OTOH, you could grab a notebook and start watching lectures for free on youtube. Sure you can't ask questions or go to the TA for help, but you can get lectures from physics classes taught by Leonard Susskind (and others of course, but I watched some of his) on youtube right now.

I have a notebook somewhere with several pages of notes that I took while watching his Quantum Mechanics lectures...mostly while riding the bus back and forth to work (I stopped after I stopped taking the bus)

Of course, while there are the obvious disadvantages of not having tests to gauge progeress and help available.... you do have the ability to pause and rewind thelectures; which is really huge.

Comment: Re:All it takes is one criminal now? (Score 1) 122

by TheCarp (#46775037) Attached to: Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

> by giving an unreadable version of the encrypted keys

My only real nitpick is... hardly unreadble. Small yes, but its not like they don't easily posess the technology to deal with such a minor inconvinence. A bit childish yes, but nothing more than a symbolic statement. I consider them claiming anything otherwise quite disingenuine.

They just didn't like that he didn't roll over when they snapped their fingers and that he would rather shut down than help them. In the end they both may have acted childish but, they acted childish on our dime, whereas he has every right to be a childish asshole.

Comment: Re:All My Jobs Required a BS at Minimum (Score 1) 286

by TheCarp (#46751901) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

About 10 years ago I was laid off and while I was out of work I called up the U of Pheonix. What a mistake. Whenever I think of maybe going back to school, I know I don't need a degree for my career so I think of like... why don't I study physics?

Anyway, I checked out their course catalog, not only did they not have any math courses that were not covered in high school, I took more advanced courses in high school. I may need a refresher before I am ready to jump into a calculus course, but, I don't need math for accountants thanks.

I had to tell them several times I had no interest in their program. They seemed to have trouble with the idea of a person with no degree already having a professional career and not really needing what they offer.

Comment: Re:cut power lines? wow (Score 1) 111

by TheCarp (#46749093) Attached to: $250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack

Could be, though we don't know for sure if they actually knew this (not unlikely) or if they just got lucky in having chosen a method which was both accessible and didn't expose them to personal danger. Certainly, if they didn't know this, and chose different methods, they may not have gotten past the first one.

Comment: Re:All My Jobs Required a BS at Minimum (Score 1) 286

by TheCarp (#46747373) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

I know a number of people, including myself, who started at jobs like that with no degree and did not get stuck as tier one support all their life. Lots of tech jobs claim to require a degree but don't really.

The thing is you have to just realize that "bachelors degree" really is shorthand for "Degree, or reasonable experience". If you don't have experience, they want to see a degree. If you have experience, the degree is often optional.

Just off the top of my head I can think of about 4 people without degrees who started in support and moved up to senior level positions as administrators, system architects, even one IT Director.

Comment: Re:cut power lines? wow (Score 1) 111

by TheCarp (#46728481) Attached to: $250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack

Not sure exactly what lines but, if I remember right, distribution lines are in the 13kV range.... you don't just "cut" them with a pair of dykes. The result of the connection being disrupted can generate some amazing sparks. Electricians who work on circuits like that wear protective suits:

Comment: Re:If you make this a proof of God... (Score 1) 590

> In Conway's game of life there are strict rules for where new cells are set and old are removed. By
> injecting cells you invalidate those rules and they no longer works.

By injecting cells you are no longer playing conways game of life.

> That is, sentient cells would be able to observe that certain cells doesn't work according to the rule-set.

No. You are postulating something that seems to make sense on the surface but, why would the sentient cells have any particular knowledge of what the rules that created them are? Those rules and the machine that interprets them is also not contained within their universe.

Now, I will concede that yes, it should be possible for such a creator to induce phenomena in such a way as to convince them he exists and open up some communication channel; however, simply exercising his power to add the occasional cell outside of the normal rules wouldn't really do that.

It might create a situation where they have phenomena they can't reconcile, but that doesn't prove anything in particular... "retrograde" planet motions used to be unreconcilable phenomena too.

Comment: Re:If you make this a proof of God... (Score 3, Insightful) 590

They are absolutely correct, there is no creator, he doesn't exist inside their universe. Within the context of their universe, the existance or nonexsitance of this creator is essentially meaningless to them.

I really think the clock in a black box metaphor for scientific theories is the best. If someone gives you a watch and you have no way to look inside.... you can make observations, you can model its behgaviour, you can make theories which make predictions.... but unless you can open it, any gears you postulate, no matter how accurately they may model the output, can never be proven to be what is inside.

Until you can devise a test based on observations that seperates one theory of whats inside form another, then the claim of which predictive theory with equivalent results is better has no basis.

So until a theory of a creator produces a testable hypothesis, its really nothing special at all.

Comment: Re:Whatever you may think ... (Score 1) 444

by TheCarp (#46724589) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

A more fitting analogy would be that you designed and built yourself a car, and posted the plans up online. Other people took your plans, built their own cars with it, and started selling them bundled with a bunch of accessories; while still others built their own to drive around.

Now it turns out there is a major flaw in your design that makes it unsafe to drive. Clearly you are at fault for the design, but, are you at fault for all the places other people chose to use your design without reviewing it? You didn't sell it to them, you recieved no royalties, you didn't even get to review or approve what they used it for.

Generally speaking, unless you have some relationship to the coder that would otherwise confer a liability (like you hired them to write that code, etc) I think its really the responsibility of the person building the service around it to make sure they are using good components.

There is a world of difference between "Here is the product I make that works and can offer you" and "here are the plans for how I built mine, you can use them if you want"

Comment: Re:Not malicious but not honest? (Score 1) 444

by TheCarp (#46724381) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

> The fact that OpenSSL won't even work using regular malloc() suggests that there're more issues
> waiting to pop up here.

Has it been tried? I saw the claim that they didn't make a compile time option to switch and so they have not had any way to test with the system malloc() in a long time, but I didn't see any claims that someone actually swapped it out for malloc() and it didn't work.

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