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Would Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips? 231

Posted by timothy
from the just-keeping-them-backed-up-on-the-internet dept.
jfruh writes "Tip4Commit is a new service that allows anyone to link a tip for a developer to GitHub commits for open source projects. The tips are denominated in Bitcoin — and it appears that some developers aren't interested, with almost 40% of the total value tipped going uncollected. One dev who hasn't collected his $136 in tips is Linux inventor Linus Torvalds. It's not clear if the devs who aren't collecting their tips are opposed to the concept of tipping on open source projects or just don't want to deal with Bitcoin."

Comment: Security concerns (Score 1) 327

by kiwix (#41235073) Attached to: Networked Cars: Good For Safety, Bad For Privacy

This all networked car thing is a disaster waiting to happen. The basic idea that your car will make important decisions based on information sent by random strangers can only lead to a catastrophic failure.

What happens when someone sends a signal saying that there is a car stopped just in front of you in the highway? Your own car will stop suddenly, and you might get hurt in the process!

Of course, there will be some kind of authentication of the messages, but everycar has to be trusted by default for the system to be usefull. And we all know how easy it will be to extract the signing key from a given car and to spoof messages...

Comment: Re:What is the bug? (Score 2) 181

by kiwix (#40344815) Attached to: US-CERT Discloses Security Flaw In 64-Bit Intel Chips

I don't think anyone got the OS/hypervisor part right except by accident.

Apparently, the same bug was in the Linux kernel and has been fixed in 2006, with CVE-2006-0744. So they intially got it wrong, but fixed it before most other OS/hypervisors. It also seems that OpenBSD is not affected.

Comment: Re:Speed versus complexity (Score 1) 406

by kiwix (#40334885) Attached to: Intel Dismisses 'x86 Tax', Sees No Future For ARM

You and the other poster seem to be forgetting ONE thing, which is nobody gives a shit how low the power draw is if it can't do what they want and what people WANT is MOAR, MOAR HD, MOAR games with MOAR graphics, MOAR MOAR MOAR.

As far as I'm concerned, I don't give a shit about how much I can do with my phone if it draws too much power. If the battery can not last at least ten hours on idle, a phone is just useless.

Comment: Re:Forget computers, they're extraditing the perps (Score 1) 105

by kiwix (#39141023) Attached to: Disconnection of Millions of DNSChanger-Infected PCs Delayed

So after they do their time in the US they're going to be judged in each country where a machine was infected? That's fucking scary!

And if I have a website explaining people how to use TOR, and it turns out that explaining this is illegal in China or in North Korea, will I be extradited to those countries?

Comment: Linux Falsh support has allways been shitty (Score 1) 404

by kiwix (#39125121) Attached to: Adobe Makes Flash on GNU/Linux Chrome-Only
Flash support for Linux has always been pretty bad. Most people switched to a 64-bit distro years ago, but Adobe has only supported flash on 64-bits Linux for 6 months... Sure there was a beta version available some time before, but security holes where not fixed in a very timely manner for the beta, so it was mostly useless. In fact things are just going back to normal.
Power

Can NASA Warm Cold Fusion? 556

Posted by Soulskill
from the as-long-as-it's-not-on-the-moon dept.
TomOfAmalfi writes "Andrea Rossi says he can provide domestic energy sources (about 10 kW) based on his E-Cat system (a Low Energy Nuclear Reaction or Cold Fusion energy source) for between 100 and 150 US$/kW and begin shipping this year. Many people are skeptical about Rossi's claims because he has not explained how his 'reactors' work (apparently the reactors contain ingenious security devices to prevent reverse engineering), there is no theoretical basis to support his process, and no one has supplied independent measurements to support the specs on his black boxes. However, buried at the bottom of a NASA web page there is a comment about progress in 'cold fusion' research and a link to the slides used in a September 2011 presentation (PDF) which talks about LENR research. NASA has also released a video describing the great benefits we will get from NASA LENR research. Could Rossi be on to something?"

Comment: Re:the information has been PUBLICALLY presented.. (Score 1) 273

by kiwix (#38446952) Attached to: US Asks Scientists To Censor Reports To Prevent Terrorism

Moreover, the virus does not seem like a very good weapon to me as it is simply impossible to control or contain its propagation once released. This is the reason why modern armies do not use gas for instance.

The threat we are currently worried about is not a modern army, it's a bunch of crazy terrorists. They don't need to control the propagation.

Note: I'm not saying that we should be worried about terrorists plots, I'm just saying that, as a society, we are.

Mozilla

Adblock Plus Developers To Allow 'Acceptable' Ads 247

Posted by timothy
from the good-ads-vs-bad-ads dept.
First time accepted submitter Roman Grazhdan writes "Developers of Adblock Plus, an award-winning add-on for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome boasting over 12,000,000 users, announced that starting from version 2.0 the extension would come with a white list of unobtrusive, privacy-respected ads. These will be allowed by default; users will still be able to block them by unchecking 'Allow non-intrusive advertising.' The developers say: 'Only 25% of the Adblock Plus users seem to be strictly against any advertising.' What is this — betrayal of ideals of annoyance-free web or birth of independent authority for standards for advertisement?" Ads are sometimes annoying, but they also make certain websites (like this one!) possible. Getting the balance right is tricky — I know I often avoid sites because of interstitial advertising, pop-ups, etc. Whitelisting sounds like a good way to reward sites that try to keep it subtle; offloading and generalizing the task of categorizing ads into annoying or acceptable gives sites and advertisers a good threshold to duck beneath. Next step I'd like to see: a sliding scale, so browsers can be set to zero, or eleven, for tolerable annoyance. Update: 12/13 14:54 GMT by T : My fault: I liked the story so much that I missed it the first time.

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