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Comment: Trustworthiness: what can be done? (Score 1) 168

by handy_vandal (#46629015) Attached to: NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined

While it's entirely possible to create trustworthy hardware, I don't know how it's possible to convey the trustworthiness. What you can do, which is probably as good as can be done, is to create things such that individually subverted instances of the hardware could be trivially distinguished from the standard issue hardware.

Yes. I think you have nailed it, right on the head.

Comment: Long Now Foundation: The 10,000 Year Clock (Score 1) 224

by handy_vandal (#46598947) Attached to: Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996* to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today's accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common. We hope to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.


Comment: Retraction, apology (Score 1) 72

by handy_vandal (#46362801) Attached to: Resurrects 'Flappy Bird' As Programming Lesson

I withdraw the word "surly" -- it's not appropriate here, and I apologize. Your phrase "The only exception I take ..." is not surly.

Also, I am pleased that you concluded your post with a sentiment that matches my own:

On the other hand, sparking that interest is fairly key. Shrug, if it works, it works.

Comment: "Flood of useless coders" ...? (Score 1) 72

by handy_vandal (#46361895) Attached to: Resurrects 'Flappy Bird' As Programming Lesson

... flood of useless coders ...

Who cares? What harm is done? It's not like these noobies are going to be our new co-workers, now or ever. It's not like they are taking bread from our mouths.

We should be happy that beginners take an interest in coding, not surly over some imagined insult to the collective intelligence of coders.

Comment: Early Telescopes: rivalry and mysticism (Score 1) 52

by handy_vandal (#46265845) Attached to: Online Database Allows Scientists To Recreate Early Telescopes

Galileo and other early inventors were bitter rivals for the secrets of optics. Lots of deception, aggrandizement, hard feelings and litigation.

Ancient tales of magical mirrors play a part in the tale of telescopy. We have numerous accounts of, say, a man atop the highest tower in Alexandria, who, with the aid of a magical glass, can see all that happens in London. These tall tales go on and on -- magical mirrors and lenses which see distant sights, peers around corners, see through walls ... mostly far-fetched, yet meaningful in an age of discovery.

I read a book on the topic -- the title escapes me, sorry -- thin, scholarly study. Good stuff, recommended.

Comment: CO2 versus CO (Score 1) 240

by handy_vandal (#46227349) Attached to: How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

You are right, of course.

I am aware of the difference between CO2 and CO, and considered toning down my inflammatory (asphyxiatory?) rhetoric.

But in the end (motived by +funny karma whoring) I chose polemic black humor over rational scientific discourse, hoping that no one would call me out for bad science.

"If I do not want others to quote me, I do not speak." -- Phil Wayne