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Comment: Re:What's the solution? (Score 1) 205

The article would classify sandboxing as one of the many layers that the industry has added on instead of fixing the fundamental problem with software development culture that values minimizing time-to-market significantly over security.

Or maybe I'm putting words in their mouth.

Comment: Re:In other news, water is wet. (Score 1) 205

Not to branch too far off topic here, but this sounds like a pretty ideal use-case for microkernels allowing developers to slowly squash features into the trusted memory spaces after they've proven themselves in untrusted memory spaces while still bringing new features in regularly. The security vs performance tradeoff seems pretty reasonable.

Comment: Re: No steering wheel? No deal. (Score 1) 583

by bytestorm (#47107103) Attached to: Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel
Even for domain experts, we're talking about hard problems; problems hard enough that we've only recently been able to apply them reliably in the field. This is definitely a nascent technology, and while I think it will be a societal net positive (decreased accident rate, increased fuel economy), there's still a lot of room to grow and improve. I know I personally won't be getting one until the cost is near parity with manual vehicles, whether that be through insurance incentives or vehicle time sharing; or I become a bit too old to drive myself around reliably.

Comment: Re:Bad analogy (Score 2) 252

by bytestorm (#47065239) Attached to: Blizzard Sues <em>Starcraft II</em> Cheat Creators
Despite being in the running for the worst analogy ever, let's go with this.

You own the gun. Blizzard mails you bullets and invites you to their shooting range. You take the bullets and gun to the range and shoot them however you please as long as you follow the range rules. You bring sandbags and a bench to shoot straighter in competition without telling Blizzard. Blizzard sues the sandbag and bench makers because you cheated.

Comment: Re:Trust no-one. (Score 1) 121

Mom uses skype to talk to her friends. Mom asks why I'm not on skype because she wants to talk to me. Thus I'm running skype again.

But that's OK, she doesn't have my retroshare pgp pubkey. Nobody has the precious retroshare pgp pubkey. Trust no-one. My precious.

--
.PRECIOUS: theprecious %.gpg

.PHONY: hobbitses
hobbitses:
find $(HOME) -name '*.gpg' -exec sudo tar --remove-files rf /root/pocket.tar {} +

Comment: Re:Workers still use shovels in 2014!!!!! (Score 4, Funny) 634

by bytestorm (#46964879) Attached to: Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014
Fortran is a Paper-Handled Plastic Shovel +4 of SCIENCE, forged in the early days when the world was young upon the ancient IBM 704. A keen observer might still find where John Backus himself scrawled "F*@# ASM!" in the crossword puzzle, its margins filled with arcane formulae from which the secrets of missile guidance emerged. It has fought and won many battles as an agent of the Holy Maths against the forces of nature, problems inscrutable, and libelous apocrypha. In its wake are the algorithms and research papers which lay the foundations of our modern tools, many of which are still used behind the scenes today. It is a thing of great purity, not tainted by the crude indelicacies of ui design or text processing; these tasks it leaves to other tools. Numbers go in, solutions come out, transformed by algorithms proven true over so many years.

Do not so lightly cast aside a tool which has proven its worth many times over.

Comment: Re:Setec Astronomy (Score 1) 390

by bytestorm (#46423039) Attached to: Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek
Sorry, this is the full paragraph:

There are several Satoshi Nakamotos living in North America and beyond - both dead and alive - including a Ralph Lauren menswear designer in New York and another who died in Honolulu in 2008, according to the Social Security Index's Death Master File. There's even one on LinkedIn who claims to have started Bitcoin and is based in Japan. But none of these profiles seem to fit other known details and few of the leads proved credible. Of course, there is also the chance "Satoshi Nakamoto" is a pseudonym, but that raises the question why someone who wishes to remain anonymous would choose such a distinctive name. It was only while scouring a database that contained the registration cards of naturalized U.S. citizens that a Satoshi Nakamoto turned up whose profile and background offered a potential match. But it was not until after ordering his records from the National Archives and conducting many more interviews that a cohesive picture began to take shape.

Here is an archive link to the article as originally printed: http://archive.is/wbw97

Comment: Re:Setec Astronomy (Score 1) 390

by bytestorm (#46422877) Attached to: Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek
Late readers will note that the paragraph wiredog is quoting has been completely removed from the original Newsweek source, but it appears in quotation by other articles, for example, this washington post blog article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

The original paragraph was as parent quoted:

It was only while scouring a database that contained the registration cards of naturalized U.S. citizens that a Satoshi Nakamoto turned up whose profile and background offered a potential match. But it was not until after ordering his records from the National Archives and conducting many more interviews that a cohesive picture began to take shape.

The idea that anybody can search databases of federal government-curated vital records for a specific profile to identify any given person without proof of relationship or a court order is more than a little horrifying.

Comment: Re:From the maker's perspective? (Score 1) 360

by bytestorm (#46151847) Attached to: Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain
I think content publishers and creators are significantly more threatened by the value of old IP compared to new ones. Trying to compete with a massive back catalogue must appear daunting, despite intervening advances in technology and fashion. If anything, it seems like the prevailing strategy in software is to promote consumption of new content by forcing the unavailability of older content through IP enforcement. Aside from projects like GOG, I rarely see feature-sufficient older works maintained or sold even though the incremental cost to do so seems low after limiting support.

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