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Comment Re:NSA SELinux open source, in mainline kernel 12 (Score 1) 100

This is one of those eternal security arguments; without manually reviewing the code YOURSELF, and compiling the kernel from that manually reviewed code YOURSELF, it's "as far as you know." Maybe you do that, I don't know; I'm just aware that the security of my linux installs relies on a chain of trust, and even if that chain is 100% verifiable from source to binary, there's still no guarantee that there isn't an obfuscated back door or malicious code exploit that was overlooked.

Comment Re:It was dry, but not BAD like Phantom Menace (Score 1) 351

A few of the many, many things I really don't remember from "The Hobbit" or ANY of the corollary writings: Bilbo killing an orc during the fir tree scene. An amazingly drawn-out fight with orcs during the barrel escape. Orc battle in Laketown. The ridiculous Radagast scene with the Rhosgobel Rabbits which even my eight year old daughter thought was stupid. The movie Peter Jackson presented was an adaptation of "The Hobbit" inasmuch as it DID contain a hobbit, thirteen dwarves, a wizard, and a dragon, but that's as far as the similarities go.

Comment Re:we're already close to that! (Score 1) 380

When we're on the road we don't stop for an hour anywhere typically. So what you're saying is realistically it'll add 2 to 2.5 hours to my trip, since I'll have to find a power station with a bay open that I can use for a full hour, and hope it's not limited to a 10 minute top-off because of demand.

Comment I've got this covered. (Score 1) 188

The universe DID expand, immediately collapse into another super-massive black hole, and we're all just echoes in the subsequent Hawking radiation that's been released. The "accelerating universe" phenomenon is actually our local space/time having been slowed down by this super-massive black hole rather than distant galaxies speeding up. Make the Nobel Prize out to "Varka, of the Hill People."

Comment Re:7.1a for x64 linux (Score 1) 146

The level of trust in the current binary builds, in my mind, approaches 0. Once the source code audit is complete, we'll see where my level of trust is in whatever newly compiled versions might be available. Ideally I'd be able to take the source with verifiable md5sum/etc. and compile my own, but a number of comments seem to indicate that this is unlikely, so maybe it's just time to move on to something else.

Comment Re:7.1a for x64 linux (Score 1) 146

If the developers left this "message" that 7.2 might be compromised, what kind of guarantee is there that 7.1 isn't also compromised

The only kind of guarantee there is: an open, publically funded audit of the code. That's the point of this exercise, even before people realized that blindly trusting the TrueCrypt code was a mistake, and that an audit by non-government researchers was needed.

You're assuming the binary is actually compiled from the source being audited. Once the source audit is complete, AND a recompiled version FROM THAT SOURCE is available, then I might consider using TC again...

Comment Re:I died and was brought back to life (Score 1) 351

Ostensibly, this isn't proof of the absence of god or heaven. The (theological) argument can be made that all humans die until God resurrects them at the end of the world. Their souls are sleeping/in an unknown state until this happens. So, unless you were dead long enough that the "end of the world" happened, and then woke up and no heaven/angels, it doesn't mean much from a Biblical standpoint.

Comment Re:Thin client: Android, too? (Score 1) 304

Quite possibly.

I could read all my existing google mail while out of service area

I pre-zoomed Google Maps to a level that included basically everywhere I wanted; the data was cached locally on the device. I couldn't scroll very much without encountering blank areas, and I couldnt zoom in and out because it could not load data.

Mommy, what happens to your files when you die?