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+ - One week of OpenSSL cleanup ->

Submitted by CrAlt
CrAlt (3208) writes "After the news of heartbleed broke early last week, the OpenBSD team dove in and started axing it up into shape. Leading this effort are Ted Unangst (tedu@) and Miod Vallat (miod@), who are head-to-head on a pure commit count basis with both having around 50 commits in this part of the tree in the week since Ted's first commit in this area. They are followed closely by Joel Sing (jsing@) who is systematically going through every nook and cranny and applying some basic KNF. Next in line are Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) and Bob Beck (beck@) who've been both doing a lot of cleanup, ripping out weird layers of abstraction for standard system or library calls.

Then Jonathan Grey (jsg@) and Reyk Flöter (reyk@) come next, followed by a group of late starters. Also, an honorable mention for Christian Weisgerber (naddy@), who has been fixing issues in ports related to this work.

All combined, there've been over 250 commits cleaning up OpenSSL. In one week. Some of these are simple or small changes, while other commits carry more weight. Of course, occasionally mistakes get made but these are also quickly fixed again, but the general direction is clear: move the tree forward towards a better, more readable, less buggy crypto library.

Check them out at http://anoncvs.estpak.ee/cgi-b..."

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Comment: Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (Score 1) 332

by sjames (#46798247) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

So if all those horrible practices have been in play for so long, where's the zombie cow plague? Really, where is it?

I did n't form my opinion from some industry spokeman. I formed it based on my knowledge of BSE and e-coli. For instance, knowing BSE cannot be transmitted in grain. For knowing that e-coli dies under the conditions wort is made under (if it didn't it would spoil the beer, so you bet the brewers are sticklers for that). Even from the knowledge that slaughter houses and animal feed companies may own trucks exposed to bovine neural tissue, rancher's trucks are not. so let the problem rest on the shoulders of those who might actually have that problem.

From your rantings, I have a fair certainty you have NO IDEA WHTSOEVER what the risks are either way. For instance, your apparent belief that grain could transmit a prion disease unless dried. Based on the rest of your post veering into terrorism and CIA torture, I'm going to guess you are at least one toke over the line this evening.

Comment: Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (Score 1) 332

by sjames (#46798049) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

That's just the problem. For things that are clearly under their purview, they are lax and even passive (as long as those they regulate at least pay them lip service and get the forms filled in on time). They only seem to have the energy and money for things that expand their domain. Beyond that, they don't really seem all that concerned about the outcome.

Comment: Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (Score 2) 332

by sjames (#46798011) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

I am in favor of sensible regulation. This one isn't sensible, so I oppose it.

It's amazing though. Express any support for any sort of law or regulation, even the law against murder and suddenly some think you want to decide how many times they can inhale in an hour. I have no idea why.

Comment: Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (Score 1) 332

by sjames (#46798001) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

But if you don't have a proper procedure in place, there's nothing stop a container that *did* contain beef byproducts to be reused to carry the grain waste as cow feed.

Too bad the regulation is all about processing the grain before it gets picked up and says nothing about how it's handled once it is picked up. I'm pretty sure no brewer is using beef byproducts in their wort. So let the regulation read that the grain may not come into contact with a container that hauled beef byproducts. BAM, done, because nobody does that anyway. No need to spend millions.

I suppose there's the risk they might unwisely decide to pack it into a cannon and shoot it in the general direction of their ranch too (even though nobody's tried that yet), shall we consult BATF? And the state department, you never know, they might find a way to violate the nuclear arms treaties.

In other words, I'm complaining about this because it has never been a problem AND there is no plausible mechanism where it becomes a problem.

On the other hand, I very much agree that mold should not be growing on 'sterile' equipment meant to package medicine to be injected into the spine. I have a hard time imagining that not to be a problem. The mechanism where it causes a problem is obvious (lo and behold, it is a problem). It's been a regulation for quite a while, they're just too busy dreaming of how to expand their domain to actually enforce the regulations that actually make sense.

Comment: Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (Score 1) 332

by sjames (#46797307) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Grain products cannot carry mad cow. That comes from feeding beef byproducts to cows. You won't find e-coli there either, if there had been any, it would be killed in the process of making the wort.

As for the fungal issue, that actually was a problem and it killed hundreds, you apparently know about it, yet you deny it was an issue?!?

So perhaps they should focus on something that is PROVEN to be a problem rather than something that has never been over several decades. They were free to inspect the compounding pharmacies at any time, they just didn't do it. NECC was already in violation of existing law, there was no need for ex post facto anything to punish them, just enforcement of existing law.

Comment: Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (Score 1) 332

by sjames (#46797253) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

*I* am? *MY* guy?

Obama was better than Romney mostly because if I'm on the road to hell, I'd like to go slowly. Unfortunately, he hasn't managed to accomplish what he was supposed to, but it's still better than if Romney had achieved what he was supposed to.

But as a whole, the Democrats are more a moderate right than they are left, and both parties are too high on the authoritarian axis for my tastes (and the R's BTW are more authoritarian than the Ds, just about different things).

In some cases, we need less regulation, in others more. Most of all we need better and more sensible regulation that wasn't bought by the regulated.

Feel free to queue up the DOD and NSA for curbing. DOJ and FBI just need paddling.

Comment: Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (Score 5, Informative) 332

by sjames (#46796197) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

What contamination? The grain is heated to 170F long enough to kill anything harmful in it. There has never been a case of this causing a single problem anywhere. Even the FDA admits it doesn't know of any incident that would have been prevented by this proposal. It's like mandatory testing for antimatter contamination in coffee. It never happens.

Perhaps the FDA should focus it's resources on things that have been a problem like fungal contamination in drugs.

Comment: Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (Score 2) 332

by sjames (#46795841) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Funny thing. I am very much to the left of where we are today, but I oppose the FDA implementing this proposal. The FDA in general needs to be curbed. They have made a pattern of expanding regulation without showing cause while at the same time neglecting and failing at their core mission.

+ - The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper 1

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Joel Werner writes in Slate that when Citicorp Center was built in 1977 it was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world but no one figured out until after it was built that although the chief structural engineer, William LeMessurier, had properly accounted for perpendicular winds, the building was particularly vulnerable to quartering winds — in part due to cost-saving changes made to the original plan by the contractor. "According to LeMessurier, in 1978 an undergraduate architecture student contacted him with a bold claim about LeMessurier’s building: that Citicorp Center could blow over in the wind," writes Werner. "LeMessurier realized that a major storm could cause a blackout and render the tuned mass damper inoperable. Without the tuned mass damper, LeMessurier calculated that a storm powerful enough to take out the building hit New York every 16 years." In other words, for every year Citicorp Center was standing, there was about a 1-in-16 chance that it would collapse.

LeMessurier and his team worked with Citicorp to coordinate emergency repairs. With the help of the NYPD, they worked out an evacuation plan spanning a 10-block radius. They had 2,500 Red Cross volunteers on standby, and three different weather services employed 24/7 to keep an eye on potential windstorms. Work began immediately, and continued around the clock for three months. Welders worked all night and quit at daybreak, just as the building occupants returned to work. But all of this happened in secret, even as Hurricane Ella, the strongest hurricane on record in Canadian waters, was racing up the eastern seaboard. The hurricane became stationary for about 24 hours, and later turned to the northeast away from the coast. Hurricane Ella never made landfall. And so the public—including the building’s occupants—were never notified.

Until his death in 2007, LeMessurier talked about the summer of 1978 to his classes at Harvard. The tale, as he told it, is by turns painful, self-deprecating, and self-dramatizing--an engineer who did the right thing. But it also speaks to the larger question of how professional people should behave. "You have a social obligation," LeMessurier reminded his students. "In return for getting a license and being regarded with respect, you're supposed to be self-sacrificing and look beyond the interests of yourself and your client to society as a whole.""

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