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Comment trust in digital world (Score 1) 350 350

A lot of the virtual world relies on ( somewhat hidden from end users ) layers of trust. We trust that some obscure agency is running the DNS root servers properly, we trust random SSL root certificates on our box preinstalls, we trust that a library called OpenSSL is reviewed by many smart people, we trust Amazon reviews, we trust a random package in NodeJS ir Debian repo to do what it claims etc.

In real world, trust is not a fixed, frozen in time notion, is never a binary true/false value. Moxie Marlinspike wrote in his proposal about replacing SSL PKi about the notion of "trust agility", but the issues are more complicated and apply in many other domains than just securing web traffic.

What are your thoughts on this? Does free software inherently bring something to the table here, or is it an orthogonal thing? Who should own the " root keys" to the internet?

Comment Re: Well, sure, but... (Score 3, Interesting) 293 293

I think we should just go back in time and ban breeding altogether, I mean before we domesticated dogs or so.
Because that's what breeding is, genetic modification, just slow. To be fair, being slow it also gives you a longer heads up if some apples go pear shaped.

Comment Re: More Republican corporate welfare (Score 1) 248 248

Resource constrained and unconstrained technology development will necessarily have different development paths.
Having less has a forcing function leading to more innovative solutions, but not always, and its a bit if a crap shoot. Having more leads to different optimums, see any car made in the 50ies. Beautiful, but not exactly fuel sippers. That said, with a few scarce resources with unique properties ( helium, PGMs, fissile elements ) its kinda obvious than having more is better.

Comment Re: Silicon Valley Isn't Wrestling with it (Score 2) 398 398

I run a dev team in SV and I absolutely wrestle with diversity issues every day. We try to maintain diversity of talent, skills, ideas, approaches, tech stacks, work hours and God know what else.

What we don't really care about is diversity of genitalia, skin colors or funny accents, as this doesn't contribute fuck all to what we want to get done.

Comment Re:Sounds like a perfect way to crash the economy (Score 2) 92 92

Huh ? Wall Street makes money from moving money. Every up and down move, the higher volume the more of it stays at WS.
The net result of this scam: some investors lost, some won, but traders made a commission. Twice, going up and going down.

Submission + - Privateer trumps Airbus in Electric Battle for Channel Crossing->

savuporo writes: Remember how Airbus blocked its tiny competitor Pipistrel from claiming the first English channel crossing in electric airplane ? As reported, A private owner has beaten Airbus in the race to fly the first electric aircraft across the English Channel. Hugues Duwal flew his electric Colomban Cri Cri E-Cristaline across the channel last night, beating the Airbus E-Fan by one day.
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Comment Re:title is wrong (Score 2) 485 485

Greeks are OK, apparently. This is what Wikipedia entry on Greece kinda leads with :

Greece is a democratic and developed country with an advanced high-income economy, a high quality of life and a very high standard of living. ...
Greece, which is one of the world's largest shipping powers, has the largest economy in the Balkans, where it is an important regional investor.

Comment Re:Exclusive native apps still exist (Score 1) 175 175

> Non-iphone users would try to use your website and be unable to. This will make your software look crappy.

BS. You can traverse any number of urls in your favorite browser that are not supposed to open for you, ever, because they are API endpoints, behind authentication wall, or any other reason. Nobody prevents me from deploying a customized http://thenewestiphonesonlytha... and just plain redirecting anyone and everyone whose user agent looks even slightly off. And if you got there by changing your user agent or using something like Links browser and cant render it, then thats kind of your problem.

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