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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

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Re: The real problem is C

"Hey, I would love to chuck C as well but Heartbleed could have happened in any language. RFC6520 says return the bytes and the code returns the bytes."

No. RFC6520 (written by one Robin Seggelmann!) says to reject all requests with invalid length fields.

A language with array bound checking would have done that automatically.

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Re: @Gene Cash

"clever grep scripts." is static code analysis.

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Re: Back to the basics, hurrah

And how much money have you given to the XFCE developpers?

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Re: Wow! That many people moved to KDE or XFCE?

Ah, you used to give money to the Gnome foundation and now you send it all to KDE?

No, you never gave a penny, so you not using their software has nothing to do with this story, but you just want to flap your mouth.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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Re: Rust would help, but there's a reason it's not used there

So, we use C because it's fast.

And it's fast because it has no bounds checking.

And we need bounds checking.

So we add it to our C code, except when we forget.

Isn't there some problem here?

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How Brit computer maker beat IBM's S/360 - and Soviet spies

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Re: 3.142

And, of course, the IBM S/360 was a part British design - a lot of the work on the smaller models was done at IBM Hursley, some people even claim that the first working S/360 was at Hursley:

"Endicott and Poughkeepsie were months later"

-- John Fairclough

IBM was sometimes described as the largest British computer company.

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Re: Plus ça change...

Well the 1900 had some disadvantages compared to the S/360:

1. It had a 6 bit byte, so you only got lowercase with a lot of faffing around (shift characters).

2. It had a 24 bit word, only 22 bits of which were available for addresses, so you couldn't address as much memory.

There were, however some major advantages:

The 1900 had limited virtual memory from day one - each program ran in its own address space, defined by a base and limit register. The S/360 ran all programs in the same address space (with protection against overwriting another programs memory). This made relocating programs on the fly impossible on a S/360, so having multiple programs in core was harder and needed fixed memory allocation.

IBM fixed that with the 360/67 and the 370 series which introduced real virtual memory.

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Re: English Electric Lightning

Well, the "land" part was optional.

In a real shooting war the Lightning would have nowhere to land on.

Take two Bears out with the missiles, one with the cannon and the last with the plane.

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ICT 1900

Before the S/360 announcement ICT was dawdling along, selling the ICT 1300 and wondering what new machine they were going to need somewhere around 1968, maybe something based on the FP6000, maybe something based on the machine RCA were planning to compete with the upcoming IBM 8000 range.

BLAM! 7/4/1964 - IBM announce the S/360.

ICT wake up, decide to drop cooperation with RCA (as RCA were redoing their machine as a 360 compatible and wouldn't be ready in time) and go all out on the FP6000.

ICT started development of 4 machines, the 1901, 1902 (new machines, much smaller than the FP6000), 1904 (more or less a FP6000) and 1906 (bigger than the FP6000). They announced the new range on 29/9/1964, demo'ed 2 working machines two weeks later, and delivered the first system to a customer in January 1965, *before* the first S/360 was delivered.

Tell that to the kids of today and they won't believe you.

"The initial 1900 range did not suffer from the many years of careful planning behind the IBM 360."

-- Virgilio Pasquali

(The EE System 4 was based on the RCA Spectra that ICT turned down - it was pretty good, but suffered from not being totaly compatible with S/360 - it was compatible at a user level, but couldn't rin the same operating systems.)

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: Odd timing

"KERNEL options are not supposed to be interpreted by ANY userspace application. Yet SYSTMD does."

Don't be ridiculous. Many programs look at /proc/cmdline

See "grep cmdline /etc/init.d/*" for some examples.

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Re: Odd timing

$ ls -l /dev/kmsg

crw-r--r-- 1 root root 1, 11 Mar 13 12:24 /dev/kmsg

Programs running as root can fuck your system up - what an amazing discovery. Better fix that right away.

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Re: coding

"My first language is English. In fact, my only language is English."

"I have no idea what "first-person pronoun" is"

There is some connection between these two sentences.

I was in school in the UK in the 60's and 70's and they never taught us the parts of speech, just some vague blather about verbs and nouns. Being unable to describe the construction of a sentence in ones own language makes it near fucking impossible to be gramatically correct in other languages.

Thank you, fucking British education system, crippling your clients just to make things "easier".

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India's GPS alternative launches second satellite

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More sour grapes

from a crappy little country that only ever managed to launch one satellite.

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

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E-mail encrypytion should be user->user

Not server to server.

Use S/MIME or PGP, who gives a fuck whether the server handles encryption, it's done in the client.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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Virtualisation

Came with the S/370, not the S/360, which didn't even have virtual memory.

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16 bit byte?

A typo for 6 bit? (E.G. ICT 1900)?

"The initial 1900 range did not suffer from the many years of careful planning behind the IBM 360."

-- Virgilio Pasquali

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New IPCC report: 8 ways climate change will throw world INTO PERIL

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Re: "The current trend is flat"

"HADCRUT4 Global says 2004 to 2014 was cooling."

No it doesn't. What it actualy says is: Trend: -0.021 ±0.216 °C/decade (2σ)

I.e. It has changed by something between +0.195 and -0.237degrees C/decade.

Because the period is so short we can't know what the actual change has been.

http://www.skepticalscience.com/trend.php

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

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Homeless?

Because:

aptitude install task-gnome-desktop

Is hard?

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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You forgot the Dutch.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Pretty amazing about never being 6ft away from pliers,
No so amazing to me - mine are in my pocket.

Fumble, fumble.... BUGGER! ... of the other pair of trousers.

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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

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Re: Benn's chaos

Nope, Stonehouse was never Minister for Technology, he was a Minister of State, working under Benn.

He was also a fraud, possible spy, and not a good chap.

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Re: And another triumph:

G36's and Glock 17's these days.

http://www.cnc.jobs/

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Re: Leyland, ICL, Post Office Telecom

ICL was never nationalised.

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Cellular desperation in France drives not one, but two SFR offers

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Musical chairs

"Bouygues is said to claim that because it already has a mobile network, there would be both integration costs and savings from combining the two networks."

You're behind the times.

Bouyges is proposing to sell it's existing network to Free. A crazy game of musical chairs, attempting to keep the competiion authorities sweet.

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'Polar vortex' or not, last month among the WARMEST Januaries EVER RECORDED

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Re: Sun

"the sun changing it's magnetic field".

What does that shit even mean?

Please show a trend in *any* solar parameter that has a correlation with the recent warming trend.

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Re: Doing the Warmist shuffle

Splendid, you move from Ad Hom to Strawman.

Which idiotic debating tactic will you use next I wonder.

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

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Re: @ Ken Hagen

If you read the original comment:

"He raped and murdered a teenage girl, kill her two friends and was sentenced to death. Then he got out and killed some more. "

So he *did* talk his way out of a death sentence.

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Re: He previously complained bitterly about the lack of hand lotion.

"I'm sure even the occasional norwegian has a pair of balls."

But they don't use them to think with.

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Re: Litigation

"In fact I'd round up hippies, convicted murderers, and climate change enthusiasts and throw them in the hopper alive - why waste bullets, or make a bolt gun dirty?"

Climate change enthusiasts? People who are working for climate change? Curry, Linden, Mcintyre, Watts, those guys?

I think you're a bit harsh.

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'No representation without taxation!' urges venerable tech VC

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Re: We get into problems when.....

... only a minority makes enough money to owe taxes.

If you want more people to pay income tax start by paying them a living wage, not the ludicrously low wages they get now, so low that employers teach their workers how to apply for food stamps.

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Re: Citizenship

"How many of you are old enough to "remember" who Authored this concept?"

Some idiot who had obviously never met a French Fonctionaire.

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Ow. Ignorance heaped on Idiocy.

The fool doesn't appear to know that Americans pay US income tax even if they live abroad.

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Greenland glacier QUADRUPLES speed, swells seas

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Re: Puzzled

"I can't comment for everyone, only myself, but the reasons i don't fully believe either side of this argument is that many of the studies have been proven to have been falsified."

What studies?

"Other studies have refused to release all data so that they can be verified and replicated. "

What studies?

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Re: Your move

"What I want is a scientific study giving unequivocal proof, approved by every other scientific body, with no caveats, no shady issues and no omissions."

Aint going to happen. And if it did it wouldn't be science.

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Re: I sea swelling

"Well according to the data over the last 15 years the correct response to your unequivocal statement is no."

No, it's "not much, maybe nothing".

1998-2013: trend 0.042 ±0.140 °C/decade (2σ) (hadcrut4)

"And rather more to the point no climate models predict this happening either."

Well, no. No climate model predicted this slowdown, because climate models can't predict weather (ENSO). They have predicted that such slowdowns can happen. When run with the observed ENSO forced they have correctly predicted current conditions.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Re: You're doing it wrong...

How did you fit that in 140 characters?

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

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"Another side note: whenever I have an anxiety dream I always seem to walk into a data hall with walls painted ICL orange. Some things run deep."

Orange.

ITYM "Hot Tango"

Personaly I was always an "Aztec Blue" fan.

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Google appeals against French data watchdog over privacy policy fine

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Re: Question time,

Being forced to put "Uh, about that 'do no evil' thing..." on their homepage.

Neither the fine or the lawyers fees worry them.

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Mozilla CTO Eich: If your browser isn't open source (ahem, ahem, IE, Chrome, Safari), DON'T TRUST IT

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Re: Open source is safe...

"And how do you know that open source compiler is safe as you have to compile it on something to start with."

Do what people did originaly - compile it with your brain.

(Demonstration that your brain hasn't been hacked by the NSA left as an exercise for the reader).

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Tizen: We have ignition! Smartmobes will come to fruition in spring - reports

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Re: Why?

"If Sailfish is going to be worth its developers' while, how much will that cost me in hard cash up front?"

http://shop.jolla.com/checkout/cart/

EUR 399

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Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

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Re: Well done to the British Antartic Survey

> I wonder if any model has delivered a 15 year plateau in temperature. Because if not then all models are conceptually flawed. If anyone does show the plateau its designers should shout it from the rooftops.

Huh? You missed Kosaka and Xie (2013, Nature, doi:10.1038/nature12534)?

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Re: CO2 is the dependent variable?

> 1. Each year, CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere are 3% lower in Aug/Sept/Oct than they are in Feb/Mar/Apr. This happens every year without fail. This means that, in the short term at least, seasonal temperature variations are causing changes in CO2 concentrations - not the other way round!

Is temperature the only thing that changes with the seasons?

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Re: Climate stuff

Neither of those Time covers is about global cooling - the first is about the oil price rises of the '70s and the second about the weather.

http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2013/06/04/the-1970s-ice-age-myth-and-time-magazine-covers-by-david-kirtley/

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Re: *cough*

Interesting observations from someone who seems like they should know what they're talking about.

Then you add:

> Incidentally, Arctic Ice is at record levels. Polar Bears are running rampant up there.

Which simply isn't true, unless your idea of "record levels" is "since 2009".

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US BACKDOORED our satellites, claim UAE

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Re: Components...

> Frankly, I'd pick the Brits rather than 'my own' (US).

That choice is unavailable. GCHQ is a bought and paid for subsidiary of the NSA. Anything the Brits know the Yanks know.

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Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths

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Re: one small problem : "both halves of the debate"

> Earth's weather is solar driven, period. One can only hope the the GW fanatics manage to engineer themselves into a Solar Temple/Raelian reverie.

This is just ignorant. Show me a correlation between *any* solar parameter and average temperatures.

Of course the energy comes from the sun. But how much energy stays in the system is not due to the sun.

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Flame

But, bizzarely, every estimate of future emissions has been to *low* not too high.

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WTF?

Re: one small problem : "both halves of the debate"

Why should those of us who have a clue waste our time explaining your bizzaro world fantasies?

"Growing winter ice field"?

What the fuck does that even mean?

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Cheap 3D printer works with steel

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Re: solar power will be the limiting factor on what humans can do in the long run

"Todays nuclear reactors have outputs that reach the MW range"

For values of "Mega" that are more like "Giga".

Most power reactors being built today are in the 1.7GWe (EPR) to 1.1GWe (AP1000) range.

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Twitter mobs attack wrong celebrity Ian Watkins after child abuse case

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Twitter IQ test

"Twitter should require an IQ test to be completed before an account can be opened "

But then no accounts would ever be opened.

Maybe that is what you intended, if so, well done.

Edit: Hah, the AC above said it better than me.

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