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Comment: Re:Shocked I am! Shocked! (Score 2) 151

by athe!st (#47470647) Attached to: LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched
A problem was found in a new library and fixed, this wasn't the PRNG itself, it was an interaction with the operating system. To quote (jandrese):
1. Grandparent initializes SSL state, sends some data, then exits.
2. Parent forks a child
3. Child happens to get the same pid as the grandparent, and then uses the SSL connection.
Why are you outraged? This was a subtle bug, that was tricky to exploit and couldn't be used to hack into the computer. You should be outraged that the heartbleed bug remain exposed for years due to awful coding practices

Comment: Re:Will computers ever be as smart as us? Briefly. (Score 1) 189

by athe!st (#47026965) Attached to: Understanding an AI's Timescale
The real problem is the time it takes for humans to express and communicate their ideas, speech is millions of times slower than a packet over the internet. The speed of propagation might be "fast" but the transmit time, or packet length of a word or conversation is epically slow compared to a computer. Typing at a keyboard is probably just as slow as speech. We can only receive data as fast as we can read it too, all of these thing ARE millions of times slower than a computer.

Comment: Re:But that's not the real problem. (Score 1) 1651

by athe!st (#41528039) Attached to: To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets
That's a logical fallacy, just because your helmet broke does NOT mean your head would have. The helmet is, ofcourse, larger than the head, meaning things that wouldn't have touched the head, will still hit the helmet. Reflex actions that instinctively protect the head are hampered by the helmet, twisting forces can actually be made worse by a helmet.

Then there's the whole subconscious "I feel safe so I can act more dangerously" aspect, car drivers perceiving you as safe so give you less room, and the tragic cases of children strangled by their cycle helmets [92][93][94][95][96][97][98][99][100][101][102][103]

Comment: Re:News Flash: CEOs Think Strategically (Score 1) 210

by athe!st (#38579092) Attached to: NYT: IBM PC Division Sold To Advance China's Goals
I didn't reply to dismiss your points, that has never been my aim, just pointing out the hypocrisy was enough

"No true Scotsman"?

You don't seem to understand the meaning of that argument, it's when someone tries to claim a member of their own group as not a true member of their own group, I couldn't make that sort of statement about libertarians, since I am not one.

Keep trying to salvage victory tho :)

Comment: Re:News Flash: CEOs Think Strategically (Score 1) 210

by athe!st (#38570884) Attached to: NYT: IBM PC Division Sold To Advance China's Goals
I didn't reply to dismiss your points, that has never been my aim, just pointing out the hypocrisy was enough

"No true Scotsman"?

You don't seem to understand the meaning of that argument, it's when someone tries to dismiss a member of their own group as not a true member of their own group, I couldn't make that sort of statement about libertarians, since I am not one.

Keep trying to salvage victory tho :)

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