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Comment: Re:NSA boogeyman (Score 1) 171

by fsterman (#46764197) Attached to: Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

A Tor developer? Being paranoid? Shocking!

No, I'm sorry, when I say "evidence" what I mean is, and try to follow along here, "evidence". Not anecdotes. Not scary bumping noises in the night. Evidence.

Okay, "When I flew away for an appointment, I installed four alarm systems in my apartment," Appelbaum told the paper after discussing other situations which he said made him feel uneasy. "When I returned, three of them had been turned off. The fourth, however, had registered that somebody was in my flat - although I'm the only one with a key. And some of my effects, whose positions I carefully note, were indeed askew. My computers had been turned on and off."

Who breaks into an apartment, turns off alarms, and politely tries to put everything back in its place? Do you want him to post video of agents too? Just listen to the man.

Comment: Re:A few reasons why it won't work: (Score 1) 273

by fsterman (#46665123) Attached to: Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

However, couldn't this be implemented as a priority queue? When the the priority queue empties, the general queue gets out. People whom are able to break camp early, without waiting for others in their group, do so. If the group *must* leave camp at the same time, they all file into the general queue.

The length of the priority queue will fluctuate, but you could plan for fewer slots later in the day (for example).

Comment: Charge more (Score 1) 574

by fsterman (#46275101) Attached to: Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

Why doesn't ARIN just charge more per IPv4 address? They could have easily setup rents to try and even out the price being paid by early adopters. Those who really cannot upgrade can continue to do so but those that can will do so more quickly. Give them something they can put into an Excel spreadsheet vs existential benifits to adopting IPv6 at a high financial cost ... seems like an obvious solution to me.

Comment: Re:Probably the home router... (Score 1) 574

by fsterman (#46274929) Attached to: Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

Ugh, stop blaming firewalls as being too restrictive and then saying NAT doesn't have those problems. The "many techniques" you mention of getting around NAT don't work very well and are vastly simpler to impliment using standard firewalls. NAT is a shitty hack and it's not any harder to detect if a proper firewall is blocking a port or a certain address vs a NAT just not fowarding the requests properly. NAT comes broken by default.

Comment: Re:Usenet is the new Slashdot, see you in comp.mis (Score 1) 158

by fsterman (#46205399) Attached to: L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

Because Beta has exposed a fatal flaw in web- based communities, ie that the current owner of a domain around which a community has formed can choose to do whatever they like, the new official Slashdot is on Usenet, at comp.misc and I hope to see you all there.

Eternal September is a free Usenet provider, with the caveat that they do not carry binary (warez+porn) groups. Head on over and get your account today, and then we'll see each other on comp.misc!

The intersection of people who regularly read Usenet and the people pissed off at /. moving past it's late 90's development model is nearly perfect.

Comment: Re:Bullshit... (Score 1) 121

by fsterman (#46205359) Attached to: On the Practicalities of Counterfeit-Proof Physical Bitcoins

He makes the case for the currency over purely electronic by saying that 3rd world countries won't tolerate cell phones as it's too expensive. At the same time, he wants to trivialize that requirement when it comes to supporting his point of adding value to such a currency since 'anyone with an NFC equipped cellphone' can verify the currency.

If someone already has a cellphone with an NFC reader then it's basically a "free" PUF verifier. Even if you want scanner to verify those payments a PUF physical scanner would be cheaper and more secure than a credit card machine. But the real distinction comes when you are in markets which don't have access to credit card payment systems at all, in which case verifying the currency is still better than judging a bill by the number of creases it has.

Comment: Re:An easier solution: Don't make coins (Score 1) 121

by fsterman (#46204461) Attached to: On the Practicalities of Counterfeit-Proof Physical Bitcoins

The article assumes for some strange reason, that those countries use coins. Well hello to the reality, many countries have paper money only and no coins, or after inflation the coins are so worthless, that they're good as collectors items only.

Wtf are you talking about? The distinction is between physical and digital versions of a currency, not between paper vs. metal incarnations of the physical currency. And, huh, if you have hyper-inflation they are worthless.

Comment: Re:Bullshit... (Score 1) 121

by fsterman (#46204429) Attached to: On the Practicalities of Counterfeit-Proof Physical Bitcoins

Point taken, but the thing is before that has any value, the recipient of the currency must actually verify that data. There is no point in conveying that info in an expensive physical coin, because such infrastructure could just as easily be fed the data by electronic means or even a printed slip of paper. The physical coin aspect of it becomes the tail wagging the dog, an overpriced way of conveying the counterfeit resistant data. If the data is not actually envisioned to be verified at time of transaction, then it's as useless as the serial number on a dollar.

If you can start with a trusted reader (A.K.A. a trusted base, the premise with *all* cryptography) then you can sign all of that data. Even if you are able to crack the verification code and feed an offline reader faulty data you would have to control what coins that person comes in contact with. Read up on how UXTO extension works to verify transactions authenticity without having the full block chain.

The only thing holding Bitcoin from exploding in many markets is a lack of a physical incarnation.

Incredibly wishful thinking there. Bitcoin has a lot more problems than lack of a physical incarnation. Being outlawed by major governments, at the mercy of speculators without any regulation, and downright vulnerable to an attack by a critical mass of mining resources working together.

That is in reference to markets with hyperinflation. The whole point is that the local government is trying to force people to use a useless currency. Compared to falling back on physical dollars, physical Bitcoins can be seamlessly transferred to a digital account and used online. It's about extending the utility of the digital version to a physical version, just as we can do with dollars and PayPal, just without the banks and regulatory policies which blockade people from third-world countries.

rural farmers in 3rd world countries are not going to get a smartphone and a $100/month data plan just so they can accept Bitcoin.

Exactly! But just a few sentences above it says:

anyone with an NFC equipped cellphone can check if a coin is counterfeit.

You've come round full circle to the problem in the first place: You need functioning internet infrastructure (and a long time) to validate a transaction in the secure way. Without that, you could counterfeit any 'bitcoin' based currency just as easily as any other currency.

They have made cheap, $10 devices which can verify PUF's.

A viable alternative currency for micro-nations and dictatorships with hyper-inflation."

Another foolish statement. Again, people are incorrectly assuming there is a technological solution to a socioeconomic problem. The failure of such currencies are a symptom, not a root cause. If it were as simple as all that, the citizens could just as easily move around some stable foreign currency. You can't do a safe, 'sneaky' end run around the force that governs a citizenry. So long as they are empowered to prosecute, shut down internet infrastructure, or just send soldiers into the street, no currency trick is going to work in the face of the fundamental problem.

No, this is not a solution to the problem as a whole. However, in your words, it makes end-run arounds the forces that govern the local citizenry a hell of a lot easier and safer. This helps to weaken the power of a central government to force the citizens to use a currency which they have manipulated and thus weakens the power of such a government to manipulate their currencies to begin with.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun