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Comment Re:Phonetic passwords (Score 1) 103

Bruce Schneier isn't usually wrong about this stuff, but it seems he's serverely mistaken into what the XKCD/Diceware method actually is. You're choosing four words totally randomly from a list of ten thousand or so. Knowing someone is using the diceware method, their password will (still) have 51 bits of security, way more secure than most passwords and even the scheme that he describes in the blog post.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 928

I don't necessarily have any disagreements, but perhaps others do.

Unfortunately the blog post doesn't mention any specifics. I wouldn't be surprised if every little critique is being taken as "toxic". The post as a whole has a blame-everyone-but-me attitude and it's not very constructive itself.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 928

What in the world is a "toxic culture"? Because I don't think it's the LKML.

Which world would you rather be in, one where people are going to tell you exactly what they're feeling, good and bad; or one you're afraid of being honest and you don't know anyone else's true feelings either?

The LKML doesn't generally make personal attacks. But if your code is shit, well that's a whole different story. And if you're going to take your poor code as a personal attack... well whose fault is that?

Comment Re:Its the blockchain not the bitcoin (Score 1) 114

If you mean a majority, the number you're probably looking for is 50%.

In any event, you can reverse a transaction for a short amount of time with less than half. Even just 35% gives you a fighting chance of reversing a block for some tens of minutes sometime during the day, enough time to defraud a retail store.

So probably just call it the block-reversal attack.

Comment Re:Not the only factor? (Score 1) 324

Prices aren't just a function of supply, they're also function of demand (what the market can bear). Since a model with more storage is more desirable, the price will increase more than proportionally.

Or put it this way: A 0 GB iPhone would be throughly useless, so it wouldn't sell for $200, it would sell for near zero.

Another way: when combined with the rest of a phone that can actually make use of said storage, the additional storage becomes more valuable than it otherwise would.

There shouldn't be anything unusual about this. Profiting is literally the act of making something more valuable than the sum of its parts, including labor. And likewise, you're said to take a loss when you make something less than the sum of its parts (thereby destroying value).

Comment Re:Economics a "hard science"? (Score 1) 157

I'm not quite sure what you're referring to, Black-Scholes describes how to price futures contracts, and it does remarkably well at doing that. It's just based on the rate of interest, which should seem obvious.

Generally when it fails, it's because of a faulty assumption, same as assuming zero air resistance and zero friction at low speeds in physics, right. Usually it's good enough, many times it's not.

The difference is in economics we can actually mathematically prove the theorem when the initial assumptions are true. Air resistance and such is experimentally tested, not proven.

Comment Re:Better not look at the "social" sciences then.. (Score 1) 157

Hmmm. Not necessarily. You can apply economics to any situation where multiple, scarce resources must be allocated to autonomous consumers based on some criteria.

Suppose I have resources A and B. To accomplish task Y I'd need 2 A or 3 B; and to accomplish task Z I'd need 3 A and 5 B.

It doesn't matter if A/B is RAM/HDD or doctors/nurses. Economics says that, even though A is better at both tasks than B, it'll actually be cheapest to deploy B to task Y if and deploy A to task Z.

It's really no different than saying to get from point M to N, I'd need 10 Joules of energy based on some physics calculations.

Human economics happens to be the hardest because because there's no rational basis for our wants, they're completely arbitrary and can't be measured. I'm not sure if there's a name that makes a distinction between human wants and other wants, though.

Comment Re:Better not look at the "social" sciences then.. (Score 1) 157

Economics could only be considered a social science to the extent it deals with the interactions of trade between people, and the objective results of people with different subjective desires.

Economics can also be one of the hardest sciences there is, on par with kinematics: Economics invented game theory, and has many mathematical theorems, like the Law of Supply and Demand, the Law of Comparative Advantage, and the Black-Scholes model.

Comment Re:No government role? (Score 3, Insightful) 145

Well, generally it's a good thing that we have an independent judiciary. It ensures that they don't get caught up in the mob's favorite punching bag of the moment.

The problem here is that a judiciary is only supposed to hear cases of controversy: That means there has to be two sides, and the case can't go on if there's no one to prosecute.

In other words, if what they are saying is true, this means the Turkish courts are effectively judge AND prosecutor.

Comment Re:Should corporations be above national law? (Score 1) 728

Of course slaves have rights. They're just being violated. If slavery is legal, then they're also being violated by the police and the government. There should be nothing unusual about this notion that the government can violate one's rights, too.

If I have one person on an island, can that person be enslaved? Is there any way their rights can be violated at all? The answer is simply no.

Suppose we add more people to this island. It doesn't change anything, except now you have multiple people who want to claim the same scarce resources, and can thus violate each other's rights.

An enslaved person has rights, they never go away, they're just being violated by all the rest of society.

Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it.