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Comment: Re:First thoughts... (Score 1) 28

by penguinoid (#49515971) Attached to: New Dark Web Market Is Selling Zero-Day Exploits

Second, the site uses a multiple signature escrow system to assure an exploit is real. The presumption being the site is real and is not itself a means to pirate Bitcoin by them being put in escrow.

Any idea how that works? The only way I know of to produce partial keys has one person entirely in charge, which wouldn't work for an untrusted escrow service.

And unlike most Dark Web markets, it allows only so-called multisignature transactions. That means the bitcoins are held at an address jointly controlled by the buyer, the seller, and the market’s admins. For the money to be moved to the seller’s account, two out of three of those parties must sign off on the deal, giving the administrators the tie-breaking vote to resolve disputes.

Comment: Re:Good for her! (Score 1) 114

by DaHat (#49514787) Attached to: Astronaut Snaps Epic <em>Star Trek</em> Selfie In Space

Correct, the more time you spend with a given character/group the more opportunities you have to show them in a more favorable/humanizing light with examination of their motivations & history without explicitly trying to keep them looking evil & unbeatable the whole time.

"ZOMG the Dominion is going to conquer us! Wait... it's founders faced discrimination because of their form and decided to bring order to their part of the galaxy... maybe they aren't so bad?"

"Species 8472 is the greatest threat we've ever faced, how can we stop them? They are only fighting back against the Borg who struck first? Ok, I guess I can understand their anger"

Pick a race on Star Trek which has had more than a few episodes of backstory/examination and you see the same pattern.

Comment: Re:I hope he doesn't build wood frame. (Score 1) 447

by drinkypoo (#49513075) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires

If the house outlives its owner, it's done its job.

This mentality is why we can't have nice things — literally. We used to build things to last. They were so good and lasted so long that we would actually upgrade them. Now we build things to be as cheap as possible. They are so flimsy and disintegrate so quickly that we won't pay a dime more for them, either.

Now I'll grant you, it doesn't do you any good to build a home out of rough 2x6 when you site it on a flood plain, and many of our communities are in retarded locations. From that standpoint, it makes sense to build disposable homes. But in other countries, people are living in homes which have stood for hundreds of years, and they're not stick shit shacks. If they are timber structures, they're built in a way that we don't really build any more. We call it overbuilding, but that's arrogant nonsense.

Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 546

And if no one ever determines that the innocent person is innocent, then their life is completely wasted in prison, in my opinion.

New technology like DNA, deathbed confessions, evidence found or witness statements withdrawn years or decades later can show a ruling, no matter how correct it seemed at the time to be wrong and without there being any active investigation. Sure if I've been ensnared by unfortunate circumstances or framed I'd rather you find the truth straight away, but I'd rather be wrongfully imprisoned than wrongfully executed. As long as there's life there's hope that I'll be a free man again and you can't conclusively say it won't happen until I'm dead.

Sure, it almost certainly won't happen but proponents of the death sentence is using the likely outcome to justify the means. It's like basing a warrant on the assumption that you'll find something to justify the search. Yes you've lost the presumption of innocence, but when humans make decisions on worldly evidence and testimony there'll always be a smidgen of doubt left. Posthumously clearing a name might not matter much to the dead, but it matters to friends and family and helps prove the system isn't perfect. And though it can't get better it won't be perfect and we can't turn back time, but we can give the innocent every chance they can get. And that ought to be enough.

Comment: Re:And Microsoft 'saved' Apple... (Score 1) 106

It's news because it wasn't known before and it tells us a lot about Google that we've only had hints on before. It's also an interesting recap on the early days of Tesla. Tesla wouldn't be the first company that released (despite their best efforts, I'm not blaming them) overpriced underspec'd crap at the beginning that could have severely dented their future business, but it's often hard to remember that.

Remember the original iPhone? EDGE only? Required special SIM cards? Barely supported text messaging, and didn't support MMS messages at all? Didn't run third party apps at all? You don't? Nobody does? It's true!

Yet the iPhone survived all that and nobody remembers how awful the first version was. Turns out Tesla's original sedans were a similar story. I didn't know that. I thought they were always cutting edge.

Comment: Re:The first paragraph of TFA ... (Score 1) 69

by squiggleslash (#49510575) Attached to: Chrome 43 Should Help Batten Down HTTPS Sites

No that's what the summary says, but is not what Chrome is actually doing.

Spoiler for those not reading TFA: Chrome did do what the summary suggests in current/earlier versions (as do IE and Firefox), but will instead change "http" to "https" behind the scenes in future for internal links on a page fetched using HTTPS.

Is this a good idea? In my view, I'm going to be bold here and answer with a firm, unambigious, "perhaps"...

Comment: Re:Look at previous disasters (Score 1) 333

The most local radio stations in Santa Cruz are the university station which is weak and an AM station which is literally in the middle of a slough at sea level.

Now I live in Kelseyville, which has three radio stations I get clearly, but all of them are repeated and I wouldn't count on 'em.

Comment: Re:Tired of this from valve (Score 1) 208

Wait, you left this anonymous comment? Because that was really fucking douchey. I assumed, since it was an anonymous comment, that comment was a reply from the same person who left this comment.

Now yeah, I did fail to put the comment together correctly — I failed to include the anonymous comment that would have made it make sense — but you failed to log in for just one comment you made in the thread.

So everything you said was factual, but it was not clear, because it wasn't clear that you said all of it.

Comment: Re:Selling out feels awful (Score 2) 80

Only psychopaths think like this.

Nah, I bet you just realized that you value human life at less than $560 of your dollars to the life of one human being in a poor country.* But that makes you feel uncomfortable, so you prefer to drive that sort of thought out of your mind.

*According to a random study I found on the internet:

A 2006 study estimated the cost per DALY [year of healthy life] averted with the traditional EPI vaccines ranges from US$ 7 to US$ 438 The cost per death averted ranges from US$ 205 in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa to US$ 3,540 in Europe and Central Asia.

So if you choose the most cost-effective vaccine to save 80 years of life, you could spend $7*80 = $560.

Comment: Re:Selling out feels awful (Score 1, Redundant) 80

Not everyone has a price measured in dollars, i assure you. I may have a price, but i have yet to see a dollar amount that matches what im worth.

Almost everything has a price measured in dollars. Including human life.* I assume you simply haven't thought about it (or are trying to brag), since it is unlikely you'd be one of the few people who wouldn't "sell out" to save millions of lives.

*you can spend money to save a number of human lives, and may or may not choose to do so. This sets upper and lower bounds on how much you value human life.

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