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Comment: Re:The scam unravels (Score 1) 92

by DarkHelmet433 (#46707787) Attached to: MtGox's "Transaction Malleability" Claim Dismissed By Researchers

Yes. This.

Most likely, they screwed up and lost their private keys. ie: Plain old incompetence.

The code that was leaked to pastebin made it look like they were storing these in something like instances on Amazon EC2. If it turned out they were storing it on ephemeral storage rather than EBS, I don't know if I'd laugh or cry. But it would be an explanation if it were true. Again tough, that would come back to incompetence.

Comment: Re:Irony not lost on me (Score 2) 191

by DarkHelmet433 (#45252757) Attached to: GCC 4.9 To See Significant Upgrades In 2014

No Apple is pushing CLANG for exactly the reason that they want to use BSD license in a take not give fashion...how hackable is it; Xcode(SDK) will only work on Mac OS X.

GPL didn't stop Xcode existing when it operated around gcc. Xcode will always be an OS X thing, it has nothing to do with the back end compiler license.

Yes, they get a lot of mileage out of tightly coupling Xcode with llvm - eg: they don't have to write the same level of context sensitive language support for editing when you can do constant incremental compiling and inspect the state of the compiler's trees.

BTW; Apple use LLVM for far more than just Xcode. They used it in the display subsystem to run-time optimize code to the actual machine's display configuration.

Being GPLv3 is a bonus for Apple, but it's about more than that. Competition is a good thing.

Comment: Mine is "NSA_PRISM" (Score 1) 458

by DarkHelmet433 (#44651617) Attached to: My SSID Is...

It had a captive "guest portal" thingy on its own vlan it with a NSA/DHS style logo and "PRISM Data collection and monitoring node" and no other comments. It was under an outside roof overhang with a high power Unifi UAP-LR. It has line of sight from the hillside to a lot of houses. Associating from a long way away seems to be problematic but you can hear the beacons.

I'm a bit worried that certain people won't find it particularly funny so I tend not to leave it operating for long.

My cell phone is called NSA_PRISM too so I can tether with it for a laugh.

Comment: Re:What's wrong with GCC? (Score 3, Interesting) 711

by DarkHelmet433 (#39987031) Attached to: FreeBSD 10 To Use Clang Compiler, Deprecate GCC

Well.. GPLv3 specifically. FreeBSD is stuck on GCC-4.2, the last GPLv2 gcc compiler. It's getting quite dated now. It's a switch from gcc-4.2.2+ hacks/patches to clang instead of a GPLv3'd gcc-4.6 or later.

"Stuck"? FreeBSD gets a foot in the door of companies where GPL (and GPLv3 in particular) is something they'd prefer not to deal with. Being able to use a modern GPL-free OS as a foundation of a product is a convenient option to have. And being GPLv3-free can be even more compelling.

User Journal

Journal: in which i am a noob all over again 17

Journal by CleverNickName

I haven't posted a journal here in almost three years, because I couldn't find the button to start a new entry. ...yeah, it turns out that it's at the bottom of the page.

So... hi, Slashdot. I used to be really active here, but now I mostly lurk and read. I've missed you.

Education

Quantum Physics For Everybody 145

Posted by kdawson
from the this-time-without-the-math dept.
fiziko writes in with a self-described "blatant self-promotion" of a worthwhile service for those wishing to go beyond Khan Academy physics: namely Bureau 42's Summer School. "As those who subscribe to the 'Sci-Fi News' slashbox may know, Bureau 42 has launched its first Summer School. This year we're doing a nine-part series (every Monday in July and August) taking readers from high school physics to graduate level physics, with no particular mathematical background required. Follow the link for part 1."

Comment: Re:Wash your hands! (Score 1) 374

by CleverNickName (#29392669) Attached to: Swine Flu Outbreak At PAX

This is good advice, and gives me an opportunity to speak to the community at large: some of us who go to cons and are in a position to shake tons of hands politely decline. It's not because we're being dicks, it's because we know it's a good way to substantially decrease our chances of catching and spreading any germs.

Comment: Oh, cruel irony (Score 2, Interesting) 374

by CleverNickName (#29392641) Attached to: Swine Flu Outbreak At PAX

I played the PAX Pandemic game, where the Enforcers handed out stickers to attendees that read [Carrier] [Infected] or [Immune] (There was also a [Patient Zero].

I got the [Immune] sticker, and by the time I got home on Monday, it was clear that I had the flu. I've had a fever between 100 and 104 all week that finally broke last night, but I'm going to the doctor today because I think whatever I had settled into my lungs. I'll tell him about the H1N1 outbreak and get tested if he wants to run the test, but at this point I think it's safe to assume that I was [Immune] to the Pig Plague, but definitely [Infected] with the damn PAX pox.

Even though it's been a week of misery, it was entirely worth it, and I don't regret going to PAX for a single second.

Comment: John Scalzi on why it won't work (Score 1) 370

by CleverNickName (#21961464) Attached to: Sony's Idea of DRM-Free Music
John Scalzi wrote a hilarious exchange on his blog the sums up perfectly why this idea is made of fail:

Sony BMG spokesperson: We're pleased to announce we are the final major music corporation to release electronic tracks without that pesky DRM! All you have to do is leave your house, go to a selected retail outlet, buy a special card there, go back to your house, scratch off the back of the card to find a code, go to our special MusicPass Web site, enter said code, and download one the 37 titles we have available, from Celine Dion to the Backstreet Boys!

Kid #1: Or, in the time it takes me to jump through all those hoops, I could just download all 37 of those albums off of Pirate Bay.

Kid #2: Or, I could just scratch off the back at the store, record the pin number, go home and download the album through a Tor connection, so you can't trace my IP number.

Kid #1: Also, what's with this first slate of artists? Celine Dion? Backstreet Boys? Kenny Chesney? Barry Manilow? Are you high?
There's much more, but I didn't want to jack his entire post.

Comment: Re:beyond md5 (Score 3, Informative) 182

by DarkHelmet433 (#21743214) Attached to: SquirrelMail Repository Poisoned
Yes. The article is vague, and the title on /. is worse - implies the source repository. It seems people have been easily mislead as a result. Always read the actual article, not a 2nd or 3rd hand summary.

From there:

"The code modifications did not made it into our source control, just the final package. We are currently investigating older packages to see if they were also compromised. "

Google

+ - The Google Phone is a Reality.

Submitted by
MrCrassic
MrCrassic writes "It appears that Google is initiating talks with well-known PDA/smartphone manufacturer HTC to make the Google phone a reality. With impressive tech specs and an already impressive concept underway , could Google be the next company to make a mark in the wireless device industry? From the main article:

However, a recent report by CrunchGear states that its own sources at mobile handset provider HTC have tipped the site off to multiple gPhone handsets being prepped for launch in the first quarter of 2008 and that the handsets will be coming out of Taiwan. There will supposedly be over 20 different handsets to choose from — some with GPS — and they will carry special versions of Google Maps, Google Calendar, Gmail, and VoIP-enabled Google Talk. Speaking of software, Google is rumored to be developing its own operating system for the gPhone. According to reports by Engadget, the OS has been in development since 2005 after Google's acquisition of a mobile software company called Android. The Android team has since developed a Linux-based mobile OS while at Google — a detail that is corroborated by the CrunchGear report — which of course comes with tight Google integration. Both sites appear to agree that their sources indicate Google isn't currently looking to develop the hardware... for now.
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Sci-Fi

Simon Pegg to Play Scotty 233

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the take-ship-go-to-mum's-kill-phil-sorry dept.
In response to yesterday's casting news about Chris Pine possibly taking the captain's chair for the new Star Trek movie, apparently Simon Pegg will be playing the role of Scotty. Simon Pegg is known for his role as Shaun in Shaun of the Dead and more recently for his leading role in Hot Fuzz. "Pegg joins Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Anton Yelchin as Chekov, John Cho as Sulu and Zachary Quinto as Spock in the film which reportedly, and logically, 'chronicles the early days of the Enterprise crew.' Leonard Nimoy will also put in an appearance, while Eric Bana signed up this week as the movie's villain, Nero."

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