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Comment vms (Score 1) 132

So YOU'RE the guy --who is running Big-Endian AMD64 !! (*cvs)

Most of what they are ripping out is archaic, un-realistic, or poor implementations platforms. You could argue that hacked-support for too many platforms is part of the reason openssl is in the position its in today - if you can't do it right (or don't have the resources to), don't do it. Name a platform other than VMS, they've ripped out and that you need : )

Comment Re:Doesn't Link to an Article? (Score 1) 409

Anybody notice this story doesn't link to a real article, nor is Curtis Peterson mentioned once on that Forbes page linked to? Its written by a guy named "Ben Kepes", and 'Server Hugger' is only mentioned in the title, thats

...and apparently no video was to be seen in my browser prior to bitching. Applying self-face-palm....

Submission + - LibreSSL Project Announced

An anonymous reader writes: As some of you may know, OpenBSD team have started cleaning up OpenSSL code base. LibreSSL is primarily developed by the OpenBSD Project, and its first inclusion into an operating system will be in OpenBSD 5.6. In the wake of Heartbleed, OpenBSD group is creating a simpler, cleaner version of the dominant OpenSSL. Theo de Raadt, founder and leader of the OpenBSD and OpenSSH, tells ZDNet that the project has already removed 90,000 lines of C code and 150,000 lines of content. The project further promises Multi OS support once they have proper funding and the right portability team in place. Please consider donating to support LibreSSL via OpenBSD foundation.

Comment Re:This is the price you pay for "free" (Score 1) 2

perhaps if all the companies making billions off free software were to actually contribute to and fund such open projects, they'd be able to employ the necessary team to find those bugs. if companies don't want to act responsibly about the software they use, then they bear the burden. boohoo.

converse to the argument "this is the price you pay for 'free'", if openssl were a closed development project owned by some company, its certainly possible the same flaw could have existed, except they wouldn't have to tell anyone about it once found -> some hardware might have never gotten fixed, or the bug could have propagated into many more products over many years, the sum-total of that discovery would be far beyond what we are looking at now.

Submission + - Los Angeles Science Teacher suspended over student science fair projects (

An anonymous reader writes: "A high school science teacher at Grand Arts High School in Los Angeles was suspended from the classroom in February, after two of his science fair students turned in projects deemed dangerous by the administrators. " "One project was a marshmallow shooter—which uses air pressure to launch projectiles. The other was an AA battery-powered coil gun—which uses electromagnetism to launch small objects. Similar projects have been honored in past LA County Science Fairs and even demonstrated at the White House."

Submission + - Superheroes Teach Science and Math to Elementary Students!

An anonymous reader writes: Two chemical engineering PhDs and an environmental engineering graduate student from the University of South Florida have taken on secret identities as the Scientific League of Superheroes. In an effort to engage students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) based topics these three passionate engineers have created a new educational program, the Superhero Training Network. Recently featured on Tampa, FL’s local NPR, this program brings fun and engaging content to the classroom in the form of videos, activity books, and exciting school visits to K-5 classrooms. They have been gathering student engagement and test score data in 23 Tampa area classrooms. So far the results are very positive and they plan to expand the program in the upcoming school year. They have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to expand and develop more content.

Submission + - Bitcoin: The Gamification of Waste (

Marc D Hall writes: Bitcoin is a way to get people to tie up physical resources to produce entities that exist for no reason other than as a means to transfer physical resources into their possession. We have produced a system that encourages people to tie up resources in order to gain resources while doing literally nothing productive. You could argue something similar about gold coins; but at least an argument could be made (IMO an invalid one) that the upside is we get gold out of the ground. Not even this upside exists for Bitcoins. Bitcoins are literally useless whether we have them or not.

Submission + - Surgery with a paintbrush

BiancaM writes: A group of chemists has shown the power of nanoparticles for closing and healing surgical wounds. Using no more than a paintbrush they are able to close surgical openings as well as classical techniques such as sutures. However in fragile deap tissues such as liver even more remarkable results were found- normally fatal damage to internal organs is repaired in seconds using a nanopartilce glue. The results show that closing after surgery can be faster and simpler using nanomaterials to glue wounds shut.

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Submission + - Is there a place for me in this world?

An anonymous reader writes: I'm mildly autistic and in my mid 30s. I know I'm not the smartest person ever — not even close — but I'm pretty smart: perfect scores on SAT, etc., way back in high school and a PhD from a private research university you've heard of. I don't consider intelligence a virtue (in contrast to, say, ethical living); it's just what I have, and that's that. There are plenty of things I lack. Anyway, I've made myself very good at applied math and scientific computing. For years, without ever tiring, I've worked approximately 6.5 days a week all but approximately 4 of my waking hours per day. I work at a research university as research staff, and my focus is on producing high-quality, efficient, relevant scientific software. But funding is tough. I'm terrible at selling myself. I have a hard time writing proposals because when I work on mushy tasks, I become depressed and generally bent out of shape. My question: Is it possible to find a place where I can do exactly what I do best and keeps me stable — analyze and develop mathematical algorithms and software — without ever having to do other stuff and, in particular, without being good at presenting myself? I don't care about salary beyond keeping up my frugal lifestyle and saving a sufficient amount to maintain that frugal lifestyle until I die. Ideas? Or do we simply live in a world where we all have to sell what we do no matter what? Thanks for your thoughts.

Submission + - One week of OpenSSL cleanup (

An anonymous reader writes: OpenBSD Journal reports, "After the news of heartbleed broke early last week, the OpenBSD team dove in and started axing it up into shape[...] All combined, there've been over 250 commits cleaning up OpenSSL. In one week."

One developer stated in a response to comments about a new project name, "This is not about a fancy name. This is about realizing belatedly that code we thought of good quality was not even decent, and ended up becoming too complex and unmaintainable. So now we are hurrying to remove everything in the way of exposing the concrete guts of the code, fixing the bad practices inherited from the way we were doing security 15+ years ago"

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Submission + - One week of OpenSSL cleanup (

CrAlt writes: After the news of heartbleed broke early last week, the OpenBSD team dove in and started axing it up into shape. Leading this effort are Ted Unangst (tedu@) and Miod Vallat (miod@), who are head-to-head on a pure commit count basis with both having around 50 commits in this part of the tree in the week since Ted's first commit in this area. They are followed closely by Joel Sing (jsing@) who is systematically going through every nook and cranny and applying some basic KNF. Next in line are Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) and Bob Beck (beck@) who've been both doing a lot of cleanup, ripping out weird layers of abstraction for standard system or library calls.

Then Jonathan Grey (jsg@) and Reyk Flöter (reyk@) come next, followed by a group of late starters. Also, an honorable mention for Christian Weisgerber (naddy@), who has been fixing issues in ports related to this work.

All combined, there've been over 250 commits cleaning up OpenSSL. In one week. Some of these are simple or small changes, while other commits carry more weight. Of course, occasionally mistakes get made but these are also quickly fixed again, but the general direction is clear: move the tree forward towards a better, more readable, less buggy crypto library.

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