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Submission + - Silk Road 2.0 Blames Hack For Massive Bitcoin Theft (forbes.com) 2

Sparrowvsrevolution writes: The reincarnated drug site Silk Road 2.0 announced Thursday that it's been hacked by sellers on the site who used a bug in Bitcoin known as "transaction malleability," the same one plaguing Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox and others. At least $2.6 million worth of bitcoins have been stolen, according to an estimate based on analyzing the Bitcoin blockchain by Nicholas Weaver of the International Computer Science Institute.

Silk Road's users and others in the Bitcoin community, however, are crying foul. As in the case of Mt. Gox's shutdown, they point out that transaction malleability has been a known issue since 2011, and shouldn't allow the theft of bitcoins. A more likely theory is that Silk Road's administrators have pocketed the funds and used the transaction malleability bug as a convenience scapegoat.

Comment Re:crossing fingers. (Score 5, Insightful) 106

As much as bloggers try to claim otherwise, publishing online has generally been a rather poor substitute for peer review and generally allows for a lot of really bad science to get wide attention.

What randoms unidentified bloggers think about publishing has no bearing whatsoever on what scientists think about scientific publishing. Publishing online does not necessitate that peer review be dispensed with. I've not ever met an academic, be it in the sciences or elsewhere, who ever argued that print peer-reviewed publications should be replaced by online publications that are not peer reviewed.

You're attacking a strawman.

Comment Re:Thank goodness (Score 1) 999

First, it is opposed by more people than favor it

"Opposed" is a weasel word. There are more people who are unhappy with the ACA than people who are happy with it. However, a substantial portion of those people are unhappy with it because it is a half-baked compromise that does not really fixes the problems of the health care system; that is, it does not go far enough in reforming the system. Unhappiness with the ACA does not entail approval of the Republican bullshit.

Comment Re:Very informative piece of info at the bottom (Score 1, Insightful) 246

A very interesting piece of info is at the bottom of TFA:

since readers were allowed to make comments without registering their names, the identity of the authors would have been extremely difficult to establish. Making Delfi legally responsible for the comments was therefore practical, said the court. It was also reasonable, because the news portal received commercial benefit from comments being made.

(Bold added by me.)

Thanks for bringing this up. Their rationale for holding Delfi responsible is the same damn rationale that cheerleaders for the police state everywhere bring up, every single time. Doing the right thing would have been too hard. See, if they actually had done the right thing, they would have had to actually spend substantial effort at unmasking who actually posted anonymously. So they decided to just peg the act on a convenient actor.

Comment Re:No, no it doesn't. (Score 3, Insightful) 325

Are we going to be throwing meatspace postal workers into jail when they read the text next to the address on a postcard? That would be insane and unrealistic expectation of privacy, wouldn't it?

The comparison is not apposite. What Google does is akin to postal workers scanning postcards and storing them in a database which is used to profile people so as to push services on them. You can be certain that if postal workers did this, then there would be an outcry.

That's not just my opinion, it's the opinion of everyone who knows anything about email.

I've been an email postmaster since the early 90s. Your opinion is not by any means representative of "the opinion of everyone who knows anything about email." The issue is not storing the emails but the damn data mining that Google performs on them. I've never data-mined the emails stored on my server, nor have the postmasters that I've had the pleasure to work with. As a matter of fact, we take measures to avoid accidentally looking at people's emails. That they are not encrypted does not make it okay to snoop. It's called having a sense of ethics.

And we (me and the postmasters I've worked with) all think what Google is doing is shit.

Comment Re: not surprising (Score 2) 280

I share the same policy. I bought one and only one Acer in my life. It was the first Acer I bought and is the last. Early on it would not sleep under Linux so I took at look at the BIOS. That thing was so sloppily coded! The batteries that Acer shipped with the laptop also had a manufacturing flaw that caused them to fail prematurely. Batteries degrade over time progressively but these would one day perform at 90% original specs and the next day perform the best brick impression. I owned two Acer-approved batteries for this laptop and both failed in exactly the same way. I also bought an ultra-cheap third-party battery that did not show this problem.

Comment Re:Doesn't work that way (Score 4, Insightful) 175

Except, with torrenting, you're distributing without authorization.

Torrenting does not amount to "distributing without authorization." Here's a motion picture that was distributed through torrenting by its author from the get go:


When I torrented it, I did not distribute it without authorization! And I'd expect posters on this site to know that Linux distros are distributed by torrenting, again, with authorization.

I know that the RIAA, MPAA and their ilk want everybody and their brother to believe that torrent == illegal but we should not swallow their bullshit.

Comment Re:GPL "Infection" (Score 1) 224

It's people like this poster who promote the whole "infectious" GPL crap that Microsoft et al have been capitalising.

[...] If you use GPL code, you have to publish that code. If you make changes to it, you need to publish those changes as well.

You take to task another poster's understanding of the GPL and yet you do not seem to understand it yourself. Anybody who uses Ubuntu (to take just one example) is using GPLed code. They don't have to publish anything. As far as changes go, you are not required to release your changes unless you decide to release binaries derived from your changes.

Comment Re:A great win for FreeBSD (Score 1) 457

In general, people that use BSD contribute patches back because it is in their best financial interest to do so. Not because the license says they must, but because they want to. This generally leads to better quality patches too, in my experience.

Let me pick out the problematic statement in what you say here: "Not because the license says they must [contribute patches], but because they want to." The text in bracket is warranted by the context in which you've written this sentence. You're talking about some license which say people must contribute patches. Which license is this exactly? Not the GPL for sure, and I don't know of any other license which says that people modifying the software must contribute patches. At most, they require releasing the source code. Releasing source code is not the same as releasing a patch.

You've errected a strawman.

Comment Re:As usual, rubbish article (Score 1) 417

Your analysis is appreciated but, let's consider the following. I'm sure I have at least one old hard drive somewhere that I have effectively written off but I have not trashed for which I don't remember the encryption key nor have any record of the key.

Okay, so it *is* my hard disk but I cannot decrypt it. What then?

Comment Re:re Online Dating is Out! (Score 3, Insightful) 313

While the first couple you mention may indeed be sleeping in separate rooms because of a bad marriage, their sleeping arrangement is the sole evidence presented to us that the marriage is bad. There are many reasons for sleeping in separate rooms, sleeping disorders in particular, none of which are an indication regarding the quality of the marriage.

Other than that, I agree.

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