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Comment I'm not sure this is a good idea (Score 1) 187

I'm torn on the idea of having one particular crypto implementation having first class citizen status in the language. It should help adoption and alleviate deployment headaches, but if that library turns out to have problems or just becomes obsolete it's even more of a hassle to work around it. Crypto algorithms are unusual in computer science in that they come with use-by dates. Most algorithms are timeless, but crypto changes constantly. What are the odds that in 5 years this becomes "that thing you shouldn't use but everybody uses it anyway because it's the default and its built in"?

Comment How is this supposed to work? (Score 0) 382

Busses drive all day long every day. When are they supposed to recharge the batteries? At night? Are they going to lug around enough battery to keep a big heavy bus running all day long on its stop and go route? Even with regenerative breaking that's a huge ask for current and near term foreseeable battery technology.

I can't see cities jumping on the idea of busses that have to come back to the depot to be swapped out every 4 hours. It's also not clear to me how a vehicle carrying literally tons of high capacity batteries will be cheaper than a diesel/CNG vehicle of similar design.

Comment Re:24 years without 'unplanned' shutdowns (Score 1) 137

While I've never worked directly with Stratus boxes, my understanding is that the machines have redundant and hot-swappable everything, so it's possible to completely replace half of the box while the other half is serving normally, and then switch it over and do the same on the other half. No unplanned outage might well mean that it never stopped doing whatever it is that the server is tasked with, even when parts of it had to be replaced or upgraded. Even the OS all the way down to the kernel can be upgraded without so much as a stall in application service.

But I also heard that they pay for that capability by being ridiculously expensive and slow.

Comment Re:Big names are big targets (Score 2) 116

NO *corporate* entity has EVER had ANY success WHATSOEVER in bringing down any service or p2p sharing that is run well and entirely within those networks. They are completely immune to DMCA, criminal or civil attacks.

No offense, but you are smoking crack. Onion sites get brought down all of the time. The Freedomhosting raid killed like 3/4 of the links on the Hidden Wiki. There are probably more FBI honeypots on TOR than there are "legitimate" kiddie porn sites, and they've had a pretty good run unmasking the users. Even the Silk Road got taken down and the owner thrown in jail. Keeping your site completely anonymous is incredibly difficult, almost as difficult as keeping it running at all on TOR it seems.

Comment Big names are big targets (Score 5, Insightful) 116

This shouldn't really be a surprise. Once you're big enough you have a giant target painted on your back both from the rightsholders and from people with an axe to grind. In the past there was always a steady churn of sites, and I fully expect that to keep happening as the well known sites are attacked and brought down and the vacuum appears again for startups to fill until they themselves get too big.

Comment Re:I've become way too paranoid (Score 1) 274

Frankly if a badguy has gone to the trouble to snail mail you they could have gotten your SSN way easier and faster with a bit of detective work. The fact that the site asked for you SSN so it can do credit monitoring makes sense too. I'd rate the chance that it was a phishing operation pretty low. If the site started asking you for your gmail passwords or bank logins that would be a red flag, but just the SSN isn't outside of what you would expect.

And if you were feeling extra paranoid you could call your bank and ask if they contracted out with that company for their 1 year of mostly useless credit monitoring. There probably isn't much your bank can do about a recording system on a number they don't own that doesn't even attempt to mimic their system. All phone numbers are just a few digits off from many other phone numbers. What are they going to do, buy up huge swaths of numbers just in case someone does something that almost never happens in real life? It's not even that great of an attack anymore since most people have cell phones that can hold millions of addresses and don't need to manually type numbers for common services anymore.

Comment Re:k.i.s.s. (Score 1) 143

It seems like a design flaw to me since it happened on both shafts. That said, the whole point of a shakedown cruise is to find problems like this so they can be fixed before the ship it put into service. The headline could have read "Shakedown cruise finds problems, Navy promises to fix them."

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