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Comment: Yup (Score 1) 263

by fsterman (#47285347) Attached to: The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

Patents were created to help protect the upfront capital investments required for creating physical goods. We came up with a set of rules that protect against utterly absurd misapplications of this temporary monopoly. The justices are trying to apply these baseline protections to an area of investment and innovation that is radically different. If only we could just pass a law saying "this is stupid" and move on....

+ - interop for Nameoin censorship resistant DNS->

Submitted by fsterman
fsterman (519061) writes "Growing up on Slashdot, I've been watched ICANN and the slow decline of the DNS system with great dismay. A year ago, I set out to create a scalable interoperability layer for Namecoin that doesn't involve proxies or mirroring content. reimplements DNS lookups within the browser itself. When coupled with emerging WebRTC P2P networks we are able to push all processing to the client side, shielding us from legal liability.

What's *really* amazing is that I was able to backport some of the censorship resistant properties of the Namecoin .bit TLD to regular websites. Governments will be unable to selectively censor websites and it will be *very* difficult for politicians and judges to rationalize their way into blacklisting the entire domain.

The website has the full nitty-gritty details. However, remember that this is a developer preview!"

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+ - ReactOS ->

Submitted by fsterman
fsterman (519061) writes "Imagine a world in which we could use a Windows clone to cross-compile our applications in a continuous integration environment or run that one Windows program that a single customer needs for backwards compatibility. Think it's impossible? Well, the crazy talented ReactOS developers have an IndieGoGo campaign for a community edition and a donation gives you a vote on which apps the latest release should cover. They have make $20,000 of their $50,000 and they have a couple of few weeks left. Any other Slashdoter's want to help make Windows even MORE obsolete?"
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Comment: Re:Why not just use noise from the various antenna (Score 1) 104

I had the same thought, smartphones have plenty of physical hardware interfaces and can certainly make due. AFAIK, servers are the only place where we need a lot more entropy than a standard device and where (especially on virtual machines) there is a poverty of physical signals to mix in. Even here, however, you only need to ensure that the initial seed is random, hashing will take care of the rest. FWIW, Ubuntu 14 comes with a nifty random entropy seed protocol called pollinate.

I think the authors are just going out on an a limb to try and find some practical edge to the paper. Everyone's being pushed to do that now, it's a publicity stunt that (apparently) works.

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.

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