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Comment: Re:which one? (Score 1) 167

by sshir (#49497367) Attached to: Scientists Close To Solving the Mystery of Where Dogs Came From
Simple - wolves are useful even in untamed form for defense: put one on a chain (well, rope) to growl at everybody approaching. Then allow captive ones to breed because capture is labor intensive. Then ask your kids who are playing with pups which one to keep (cute, friendly and cuddly of course) . ...and BAM! You've got a dog!

Comment: Re:beware of tangents (Score 1) 110

by sshir (#49472229) Attached to: First 26 Pages of Neal Stephenson's New Novel "Seveneves" Online
And that's the problem - they _were_ fun in Cryptonomicon. But not because of being tangents but because of being wonderfully geeky. Alas, Neal decided that the fun of side stories are side stories themselves - not their content. As a result - his later books can be cut to 1/3 and be a much better read.

Comment: Doable (Score 2) 324

by sshir (#49157963) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?
Actually, writing a verification firmware is possible (assuming, that it was written after attacking code was written and writer was not NSLed)
Simply because attack code doesn't know what output verification code must produce. It either must execute new code (will be busted) or not (will be busted). Putting a full blown interpreter (or some trap mechanism on flash access) will screw timing - again it will be busted.

Comment: it's hard to find trustworthy reviewers these days (Score 1) 120

by sshir (#48943651) Attached to: Wi-Fi Issues Continue For OS X Users Despite Updates
I think Apple's unwillingness to admit their bugs, dishonest reviewers and apple's fanboys happily squashing all discontent on message boards etc. combined creating a situation when people simply refuse to upgrade/patch their apple gear.

I mean look, when I first upgraded my perfectly nice iPad Air to iOS 8, it's Wi-Fi become practically unusable (had to reconnect every 5 minutes). Rendering iPad useless for several weeks. And it's not like I didn't check online reviews beforehand... None of them (sellouts!) mentioned this shit. Only _after_ I knew what's wrong with the update I was able to find those huge message board threads full of pissed-off users wenting.

Now, with the new update for iOS 8 I'm sitting this one out. Or at least waiting until other people upgraded and google got the message indexed so I can find it...

Comment: Re:Won't work (Score 1) 426

by sshir (#48796273) Attached to: Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show
Interesting. But (I'm not an expert though) it might be that one cannot mothball those things for very long - you pump it or you lose it.

Additionally, even if it does not work for already producing assets, it as sure as hell will clamp down on new investments. And, maybe, that is just good enough of an outcome.

"In the face of entropy and nothingness, you kind of have to pretend it's not there if you want to keep writing good code." -- Karl Lehenbauer

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