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Comment: Re:The most obvious problem with this approach (Score 1) 97

by utkonos (#46314467) Attached to: Naming All Lifeforms On Earth With Hash Functions
There may be cases where a single "species" of bacteria has a varying rate of horizontal transfer based on its host species. It may have more exposure to a different species of bacteria that it is able to trade genes with because that other species is exclusive to one of the two hosts rather than both. In cases like these, you could name each by its code. I think the ultimate goal is to make clear naming distinctions that reflect actual differences in populations of organisms.

Comment: Biology and Computer Science Two Way Street (Score 5, Insightful) 97

by utkonos (#46313451) Attached to: Naming All Lifeforms On Earth With Hash Functions
Last month, at ShmooCon a talk was given about spatial analysis of malware samples. The technique is borrowed directly from bioinformatics. This is a great example of techniques from Biology being used effectively in the IT security realm.

I hope that the researcher involved in naming organisms based on hash algorithms chooses context triggered piecewise hashes (CTPH) AKA fuzzy hashing or a similarity hash algorithm rather than an algorithm like SHA512. Google's simhash or at least the ideas of this type of algorithm would lend itself much better to the naming of organisms.

FYI: a FOSS implementation of fussy hashing is called ssdeep. The project site is here. This is an implementation that is widely used in open source malware analysis tools like Cuckoo Sandbox.

Comment: Parkinson's Law coming to a fat pipe near you (Score 1) 338

by utkonos (#46065083) Attached to: Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like
Data expands to fill the space available. It doesn't matter what the super fast super large digital thing is this year, at some point it will feel slow and old. Remember 10Mbit ethernet? That was TEN times as fast as 1Mbit!!!!!! It GIFs loaded instantly from your fileserver compared to waiting for them to load on dialup.

Comment: VirtualBox? (Score 5, Interesting) 223

by utkonos (#45948351) Attached to: James Gosling Grades Oracle's Handling of Sun's Tech
Where is the grade for VirtualBox. As opposed to the others on the list, I would give them an A+ for their stewardship of VirtualBox so far. They have released regular updates and bugfixes. I have run into zero problems running Linux, FreeBSD, and Windows in VMs. The UI has gradually improved. The project is still open source, and they actually provide binaries for every major OS.

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