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Comment Re:To be clear (Score 1) 63

I looked at some of the source code, and the bash commands they execute, and it looks like you have to be on the local (class C) lan in order to attack at least the Linksys beast (the 192.168.blah.blah sure looks like you can't get there from the WAN side), ...

The javascript running in your browser has access from the LAN side. I have personally compromised my own home router by running Javascript on my public website as a proof of concept.

Comment Re:Surprise (Score 1) 173

Debian/Ubuntu/etc users could easily install the 'redshift' package: http://jonls.dk/redshift/

If it helps, my config file at ~/.config/redshift.conf is:

; Global settings

; The location provider and adjustment method settings
; are in their own sections.

(Also, I'm disappointed to see "f.lux is patent pending" at the bottom of their page.)

On Android, I have added a "Night Mode" button. I think this is only possible with Cyanogenmod, and it's an on-off change, rather than the gradual change done with f.lux or redshift.

Thank you, I did not know that one could create a config file for redshift. I've been starting with a shell script for my day/night parameters. Tell me, is a positive longitude east or west? I assume that positive latitude is north.

Comment Re:Have they studied physics? (Score 1) 438

And where does the payload land on the 1-in-100 launches that the orbital insertion motor fails?

Pretty much the same place as the payload on a current launch if its insertion motor fails. Were you under the impression rocket-based launches don't use insertion motors?

Not quite. Current launch technology (read: rockets) are powered through much of the atmospheric flight. MECO occurs outside the atmosphere, and the craft's flight path takes it over uninhabited areas for the thousand KM until it is outside the atmosphere. Therefore, at no point is the vehicle on a trajectory such that if it looses power, it will intersect the Earth in an inhabited area. The balistic tragectory of the 'Slingatron', however, does bisect the Earth at roughly (due to atmospheric drag) the same place where it was launched from. Also, one needs to take into account the possibility that the payload will leave the muzzle at lower than expected velocity. Thus, an entire great circle of the Earth, several tens or hundreds of kilometers wide, potentially falls within the craft range.

The insertion motor isn't necessarily a single-purpose item; for example, the Shuttle used the same motors for insertion that it used for the rest of its on-orbit maneuvers...but one way or another, you either insert or you come back down.

Yes, I am aware of the functions of the OMS. And I believe that there was an abort mode for failure of the OMS, though it was not an OTA.

Comment Re:Have they studied physics? (Score 1) 438

TFA points out that it will have to have an orbital insertion motor on board.

And where does the payload land on the 1-in-100 launches that the orbital insertion motor fails? At what speed, with how much kinetic energy, does it hit?

Note that current space vehicles, even man-rated ones, have about a 1-in-80 failure rate.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 2) 241

Or a PS/2 connector that the user tried to force in by twisting motion instead of just looking at the end to determine which way to put it.

I once watched in horror as a Post Office clerk did that to her keyboard (nice Cherry switches it looked like) while I was in line. She was forcing and twisting for a good ten seconds before I snapped and stopped her. The pins looked like my daughter's braided hair. I was able to straigten them out by sliding a mechanical pencil without the lead over each pin and carefully bend it back to place.

Comment Re:Forgetting the 'where' clause (Score 1) 641

Running an SQL update statement without a where clause and seeing '47,982 rows updated'.......bonechilling

I've done this. Now I talk to the interpreter like this:
where ^a delete from table ^e name='bill';

Now my biggest fear is getting the ln and tar order of arguments correct, lest some huge directory get replaced with an empty tarball or going-nowhere link.

Comment Re:Who guards the guards? (Score 1) 407

Then the only question remaining is whether we should trust you.

Maybe you can, maybe your can't, but there is nobody that you can trust _more_ than Eric Paris. If the NSA has gotten Eric's compliance, then there is no where else for you to turn: not to Microsoft, not to Apple, and not to any of the BSDs.

Comment Re:Real threat or open question? (Score 1) 407

Hi Eric! As much has I appreciate your competence and your attention to detail, is it not possible (or even plausible) that insidious code such as that found in The Underhanded C Contest might have been passed in under your nose?

Of course, it is reasonable to assume that the SE Linux code would be especially vetted for backdoors, and thus other areas of the kernel might make for less-eyes-looking-for-issues cover for a backdoor. But considering how much code goes into the kernel, is it not possible that some innocuous-looking code may have gotten through?

Of course, if SELinux or any other component is compromised (or the hardware), then it is safe to assume that _no_ operating environment is any better off.

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