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Comment Don't forget the moon! (Score 3, Interesting) 45

Remember the current theory of the formation of the moon! The collision could eject a huge amount of H (in various forms), into space. This gives an opportunity for isotopic sorting, the lighter H having a greater chance of being blown away by the solar wind, the heavier having a greater chance of coming back.

Comment End of internationally based search engines. (Score 1) 271

If google were a U.S. only, it could shoot the big finger at Japan because of the Speech act. But because Google has assets in Japan, it will have to comply.

Because of this case and others like it, eventually internationally based search engines will become untenable.

Comment You must have the source code! (Score 5, Interesting) 112

This so-called bug is only possible because users do not have access to the source code. From the user's perspective it does not matter if this was done because of pressure from NSA or convenience of maintenance techs!

This class of bug is unknown in the free software world because your project will forked.

All corporations are subject to enormous pressure from corporations, and therefore can not be trusted, even if the management wanted to play it straight.

All populations, including the U.S'es are targets of information warfare by the NSA and GCHQ.

There is no security without the source code.

Comment Bondage and discipline Language (Score 1) 386

"Like many of new languages, Rust is walking the path of simplification. I can generally understand why it doesn't have a decent inheritance and exceptions, but the fact itself that someone is making decisions for me regarding things like that makes me feel somewhat displeased. C++ doesn't restrict programmers regarding what they can or cannot use."

This is the definition of a bondage and discipline language. The idea is that the central committee designing the language knows better than the programmer. The central committee will prevent the programmer from making certain "mistakes" by leaving the concepts out of the language.

If only the central committee had control of natural language as well, they could prevent the programmer from committing thought crime by thinking forbidden thoughts.

As it is, the programmer will flee the bondage and discipline language as soon as he figures out what is going on.

Comment start at the root, we must have securable hardware (Score 3, Insightful) 58

Free software, yes. Bug bounties, maybe.

But recent developments have made clear that securable hardware is sine qua non. All firmware must be in socketed memory, so that you can take it out and externally check it. You can't trust an untrusted system to check itself. All firmware must be protectable with a hardware readonly jumper or switch.

I know that this is inconvenient and a revolution on how hardware is currently made. but if people started demanding it en mass, it would not cost very much. And I mean the firmware in disk drives and optical media players and especially routers.

There may be other requirements.

This is sine qua non. Without this we have nothing.

Unix is the worst operating system; except for all others. -- Berry Kercheval