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Comment: Don't use DNS (Score 1, Funny) 349

by larry bagina (#46456635) Attached to: Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast
Especially Comcast DNS. But Don't use DNS at all. The fact is you can skip DNS and use a /etc/hosts file. This isn't 1982 anymore, disks are huge and it only takes a couple hundred megabytes to host it. With a cron job to rsync it every hour you no longer need to worry about manually updating it either. (It's simple enough to pass the grandmother test!) For those rare cases where a name isn't in my hosts file, I just request the page using an email-to-web service.

Comment: Re:Stills seems like it has to be an inside job (Score 1) 228

by larry bagina (#46446435) Attached to: Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

uhh, actually it does. The "startup" definition varies but it generally boils down to not having a viable business plan. It means throwing feces against the wall and hoping it looks like art. Why would a competent programmer work for a high risk company without a viable business plan?

Yeah, I'm pulling a No True Startup and saying if they have competent programmers, they're not a startup.

Comment: What will it take? (Score 1) 290

by larry bagina (#46409867) Attached to: Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will
It seems like every time you turn around, another bitcoin exchange is hacked or some startup social network for dogs is secretly uploading all your phone contacts over clear text or a retailer is storing unencrypted cc numbers and passwords. Some of the worst offenders are brogrammers. Is there anything we can do?

Comment: Re:But ... FREEDOM! (Score 1) 240

by larry bagina (#46361675) Attached to: WV Senator Calls For Ban On All Unregulated Cryptocurrencies
Now that MtGox is dead, Coinbase will assume their mantle. Not as the pre-eminent exchange, but as the most fucked up exchange. They'll gladly lock up your money, cancel trades weeks after the fact, and make trades at prices you didn't agree to. I expect regulators will shut them down at some point this year (criminal charges are also possible) -- I hope your money isn't anywhere near them when it happens.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 2219

by larry bagina (#46185271) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

#fuckbeta What they need are some macro buttons for posts. I mean, 50-75% of comments are unoriginal garbage, so why not have buttons to autopost "hot grits", "micro$soft $sucks", "netcraft confirms it", "/etc/hosts troll", etc posts. Fuck it, I'll create a greasemonkey extension if they don't.

Also, there's a problem with one of their css rules that causes weird font issues in some posts ("font: Helvetica, san serif" is missing the comma so it can't find the "Helvetica san serif" font and drops back to the default serif font. d'oh)

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.