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Comment Re:All too true (Score 1) 233

It's not even clear if some of the stuff he says is a bug. For example, his aligned memory allocation example takes 100ns longer than it "should" when calling an Intel specific function. It's not at all clear what the Intel function does differently, if anything... Seems to be part of one of their frameworks that makes cross-platform aligned memory allocation easier.

It may not be comparing like-for-like. I have a feeling Microsoft will respond to his bug report with little enthusiasm.

Comment Re:No, no, no, NO, NO! (Score 1) 124

Reddit probably want to disassociate themselves with anonymous forums like 4chan by making identity part of the site. People are less likely to cause problems for Reddit if they are invested in their accounts rather than treating them as throwaway.

I think Reddit has realized that in order to survive it can't be as hands-off as it wants to be, and history shows that it tends to screw up when trying to encourage good behaviour.

Comment Re:Chome remained unhackable? (Score 4, Interesting) 136

Why couldn't they also claim the bug bounty? Google has a non-public submission process, so just submit your report a few days before the event to claim the bug bounty and then use it in the competition. Google aren't going to patch it in that time frame, and besides the version to be used is announced in advance.

Comment Re:Bugs du jour (Score 4, Interesting) 136

Chrome is mostly C, and it's the only one that didn't get hacked. Relying on type-safe languages doesn't seem to be as important as designing your app to be secure from the ground up.

Chrome is actually a pretty impressive bit of engineering. It's extremely secure, but also extremely fast. It takes unchecked, often malicious data as an input and safely and quickly displays it. There is even a high performance scripting language built in. Apparently this is quite a hard thing to do as well, since everyone else keeps failing at it.

Comment Re:John Deere has too many non farmers (Score 1) 445

John Deere seems to have gained too much control over the market and started to abuse the customers who don't have much choice. I guess other manufacturer's tractors are less attractive for some reason... Maybe they don't have a good dealer network or something.

Otherwise the customers would just buy Kubota or Iseki or some European brand, rather than go to the effort of hacking.

Submission + - Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware (vice.com)

AmiMoJo writes: To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America's heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that's cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums. Tractor hacking is growing increasingly popular because John Deere and other manufacturers have made it impossible to perform "unauthorized" repair on farm equipment, which farmers see as an attack on their sovereignty and quite possibly an existential threat to their livelihood if their tractor breaks at an inopportune time. "When crunch time comes and we break down, chances are we don't have time to wait for a dealership employee to show up and fix it," Danny Kluthe, a hog farmer in Nebraska, told his state legislature earlier this month. "Most all the new equipment [requires] a download [to fix]."

Submission + - Fathers 'afraid to ask for flexible working' (bbc.co.uk)

AmiMoJo writes: Dads who want to be more involved in the care of their children fear that asking for more flexible hours might damage their careers. Such requests can even lead to employers questioning their workers' commitment. Research suggests 44% of dads have lied about family-related responsibilities. The UK government forecasts that between only 2% and 8% of eligible fathers will take up Shared Parental Leave.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 244

These days they attack the line at the security check in the airport, so your paranoia is actually making you less safe by making that line even longer.

You are many thousands, if not millions of times more likely to be murdered by your fellow Americans on the way to the airport than by terrorists. You worry about things that almost never happen... In fact, do you even know the last time someone had a viable plan to suicide bomb an aircraft? They prefer to put the bomb in the hold, and then not get on the aircraft themselves.

Comment Re:First Amendment a Common Strawman (Score 1) 195

You only offer another straw man argument. Outside of the dark web, can you name a single site or organization that really allows absolute, unrestricted free speech with zero censorship?

Even 8chan doesn't go that far. Voat certainly doesn't. Is there a single example, or are we talking entirely hypothetically here?

In practice some limits are necessary for all sites. The limits set are usually based on what the site wants its content to be, and what it needs to do to keep revenue flowing in (ads, users etc.) Trying to ignore this and make it about pure, context-free freedom of speech is meaningless because such a site can't exist in the real world.

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