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Comment: Re:Whatever you may think ... (Score 2) 446

by hydrofix (#46721327) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

may end up with some lawsuits (?)

If you have ever wondered why all the popular open source licenses, like GPL, BSD and Apache, include the "warranty" and "limitation of liability" clauses, this is exactly why. The clauses usually state something like "this software is provided 'as is' and without any warranty. The user of the software assumes all risks that may arise. In no event shall the project or its contributors be liable for any damages."

Comment: Most Linux & BSD distros vulnerable - upgrade (Score 1) 1

by hydrofix (#46689697) Attached to: Heartbleed: Serious OpenSSL zero day vulnerability revealed
At least Debian stable, current LTS version of Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora, SUSE and all BSDs are vulnerable. The bug also allows the theft of the SSL private master key, which should enable the attacker to retroactively decrypt any past communication with the vulnerable server. Also means that you must get a new SSL key to replace the compromised one, and at least CloudFlare is not even sure if they can afford this, since getting a new key costs money, and big providers probably have quite a few deployed out there..

+ - Heartbleed: Serious OpenSSL zero day vulnerability revealed-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "ZDNet reports: New security holes are always showing up. The latest one, the so-called Heartbleed Bug in the OpenSSL cryptographic library, is an especially bad one. The flaw can potentially be used to reveal not just the contents of a secured-message, such as a credit-card transaction over HTTPS, but the primary and secondary SSL keys themselves. This data could then, in theory, be used as a skeleton keys to bypass secure servers without leaving a trace that a site had been hacked."
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Comment: Re:I think this is bullshit (Score 4, Insightful) 1746

by hydrofix (#46653987) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
Oh, for god's sake, don't you get it? All opinions are equally meaningless unless people actually react to them. The ultimate non-existence of freedom of speech would be a society, where speech and actions have no consequences. This time, the consequence of his actions was that the public saw him as unfit for CEO of Mozilla. No one has denied him the right to hold those views, and he has been very kindly offered a platform to express them. What you should take away from this, is that your political opinions are often of little importance when you are just another employee, but once you become the CEO, who is a public figure, you can expect heat from those who disagree with your opinions. Which you have an absolute right to. Just like those who disagree with you.

+ - China Bans Bitcoin - Bitcoin CEO Reponds, Bans China->

Submitted by hydrofix
hydrofix (1253498) writes "Following rumours of China’s plans to ban bank transfers to Bitcoin exchanges, the CEO of Bitcoin has decided to respond by banning the Glorious People’s Republic of China from the Bitcoin Network. The decision was unanimously approved by Bitcoin’s shareholders, the Bitcoin Board of Directors, HaCkerz4BITZ and the Bitcoin Steering Board and announced by CEO Warren Winkleberg via reddit on Tuesday morning. The decision was made following extensive discussions with members of the Bitcoin community, Chinese exchanges and the inventor of Bitcoin Dorian S Nakamoto himself. The move is expected to cause even greater volatility on an already volatile Bitcoin market, with the valuation of Bitcoin in U.S. dollars quickly plunging below zero.

Menawhile, the CEO of The Internet Kal-El Al-Gore told that while the decision is controversial, in the grand scheme of things it will help the Bitcoin community and The Internet as a whole: 'The Great Firewall of China has been hampering development and eating into our margins for more than a decade. Here at The Internet we know full well that restrictive policies advocated by certain circles in the Chinese government can have a devastating effect on growth and the adoption of new technologies. I should know, I invented The Internet.'"

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+ - McDonald's Announces Plan to Add 'Chicken' McNuggets to Their Menu

Submitted by Taffykay
Taffykay (2047384) writes "McDonald's has announced it will be the first fast food chain in the United States to add lab-grown meat to their menu. Following the success of Sergey Brin's lab-grown burger experiment last year, the group said they will 'grow' chicken McNuggets in labs across New Jersey. The move is expected to reduce the number of real chickens needed to supply their 35,000 branches across the globe."

Comment: Release for Firefox? (Score 1) 149

by hydrofix (#46527071) Attached to: Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code
Really exicited to see if they port this to Firefox. They have already ported the version 3 of the Unreal Engine to Firefox, using OpenGL for graphics and Asm.js for code. The speed difference compared to the native version should be very small to non-existent, since Asm.js is statically compiled.

Comment: Re:The only thing I care about. (Score 1) 479

I talk about SS parades and monuments in Latvia. Supported and mandated by the government.

I follow developments in the Baltics somewhat, and I have never heard of this. I found a story on RT about a Latvian Waffen SS veterans' march, which was accompanied by an anti-fascist counter-demonstration. I could imagine that some Latvians view the SS as heroes even though Nazi Germany occupied Latvia, because the Nazis fought the Soviets, and the Soviet occupation that followed was much more brutal than the Nazi occupation. I don't think the police or the government is taking sides here, even though RT (which is known for its propaganda stories) tries to spin it that way: in a democratic society, everyone has the right to assemble and express opinions, and one job of the police is guaranteeing that right – even if it means protecting someone paying tribute to Nazi history from an angry mob.

I talk about the discrimination of ethnic Russians who were refused the citizenship and were stripped of some rights there.

I understand some people of Russian ethnicity who moved or were moved to the Baltics during the Soviet occupation do not have a citizenship of the Baltic state that they reside in, among others because the Baltic states require a proficiency in the official state language – which is not Russian – and the state views those Russian-speakers as being citizens of the modern-day Russian federation. However, since these people have no Russian citizenship either, they are not citizens of any country. Living as a non-citizen can be difficult, but every day more and more ethnic Russian receive the citizenship through successful assimilation.

Lithuanian government pursuits the use of Soviet symbolic but does not do the same to the Nazi insignia. All of the above routinely ignored by the European Union.

I was not able to find a source, but I don't find this at all surprising. Displaying Nazi insignia is banned in Germany and Israel, because Germans and Jews suffered tremendously from Nazism. The people of the Baltics suffered tremendously from the Soviet occupation, so it is understandable that they in turn do not tolerate Soviet symbols.

Comment: Re:The only thing I care about. (Score 2) 479

The point is, there are no Nazis in power in those countries nowadays (some Baltic countries may be considered an exception though).

What on Earth are you talking about? There are definitely no Nazis in power in any Baltic country (Lithuania, Latvia or Estonia) – they are all lead by liberal-democratic, conservative, social-democratic or centrist governments.

Fidesz, the ruling party of Hungary, has links to Nazi-like groups, but it is still half a Europe away from the Baltics.

Comment: Re:The only thing I care about. (Score 4, Informative) 479

They. Fought. Side-by-side. With. Nazis.

You would be surprised to hear that many democratic countries in present-day Europe apart from the Nazi-Germany itself fought alongside the Nazis in WWII, including Italians, Finns, Romanians, Bulgarians and Norwegians. And these were the real-deal WWII genociding, totalitarian, Führer-hailing Nazis – not some modern-day, nostalgic Neo-Nazis, who don't even know how to genocide. And apart from those countries that fought alongside them, in the 1930s Nazis had large amounts of supporters in every Western country, and their policies were widely regarded as progressive, modern and necessary. Nowadays we know that the Nazi policies led to ruin, but the masses of the 1930s did not and thought they were behaving rationally. Do you think human thinking has changed much in mere 80 years?

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