* Posts by frobnicate

74 posts • joined 30 Apr 2010

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Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out

frobnicate

"three years of being unable to arrange a meeting"

Ah, so Golgafrincham's B Ark and its ablution-happy captain did land softly.

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It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!

frobnicate

"hand crafted with love, dedication and high ideals..."

... of killing humans in a battlefield as efficiently as only good engineering can do.

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Parity: The bug that put $169m of Ethereum on ice? Yeah, it was on the todo list for months

frobnicate
Facepalm

"Ethereum prices are currently $330 per coin...

... and have risen slightly since the Parity snafu."

This community *does* deserve everything that happens to them. Reminds one of the immortal passage from Mackay's Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions:

"But the most absurd and preposterous of all, and which shewed, more completely than any other, the utter madness of the people, was one started by an unknown adventurer, entitled "A company for carrying on an undertaking of great advantage, but nobody to know what it is." Were not the fact stated by scores of credible witnesses, it would be impossible to believe that any person could have been duped by such a project. Next morning, at nine o'clock, this great man opened an office in Cornhill. Crowds of people beset his door, and when he shut up at three o'clock, he was thus, in five hours, the winner of 2000l. He was philosopher enough to be contented with his venture, and set off the same evening for the Continent. He was never heard of again"

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

frobnicate
Mushroom

"that Russia funded Facebook and Twitter"

Here is a real bomb: Russia, on the direct orders of Putin, funded all recent US governments by buying US Treasury bonds to the tune of 100B! And China... oh hell, we are doomed.

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'The Queen' is showing Geneva how to be polite on public transport

frobnicate

"the horde just stand there staring at you expecting you to vanish in a puff of smoke"

Have you tried to err... speak to them, to inform about your plans to alight?

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Robot granted Saudi citizenship has more rights than Saudi women

frobnicate

The same robot.

One wonders what this even means. No firmware upgrades so far?

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'Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russian spies using AV tool to harvest NSA exploits'

frobnicate
Trollface

So, did Israeli intelligence find a Russian-improved version of Stuxnet there?

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What is the cyber equivalent of 'use of force'? When do we send in the tanks?

frobnicate
WTF?

"The United States needs to define a new set of international rules"

Just read this sentence slowly and carefully. No reason to read any further, it only gets worse.

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Linux kernel hardeners Grsecurity sue open source's Bruce Perens

frobnicate

Only righteous is protected.

"No court of law has ever established that a statement implying a false assertion of fact is constitutionally protected speech".

And I naïvely thought that shouting "Goldbach's conjecture is false!" in a crowded theatre is perfectly legal.

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Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'

frobnicate

Re: As I've said before ...

@bazza,

Rust safety features (as well as similar features of other languages) are mostly irrelevant in the context of kernel development. They rely on the underlying model of fully separated protected address spaces. And kernel's task is to *implement* this model, so it cannot rely on this model. The bugs in the Redox where not some kind of wild pointer dereferences or use-after-free-s (these are eliminated by the language), they were perfectly legitimate memory accesses, but they still caused crashes, because the memory locations in question happen to contain page tables or DMA setup structures, etc. That is, those were not typical "segfault" kind or errors, they were logical errors, from which Rust protects no better than C. (And yes, such errors can stay dormant for years.)

I spent (<counts with fingers...>) about 10 years doing kernel programming for multiple operating systems and I can say that chasing pointer errors definitely wasn't anywhere close to the top problems.

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frobnicate

Re: As I've said before ...

The amazing progress of Redox OS includes re-writing the kernel from scratch, because existing virtual memory sub-system caused multiple memory corruptions and crashes in user land (https://www.redox-os.org/news/this-summer-in-redox-15/) that developers couldn't fix. So much for "safe" languages.

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Snopes.com asks for bailout amid dispute over who runs the site and collects ad dollars

frobnicate
Angel

"in danger of shuttering”

So they plan to pour concrete (facts) over each other?

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

frobnicate
Linux

Last time

Last time Linus sounded a faint praise (of BitKeeper), git was born. Step very carefully, Mr. Poettering.

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'Trash-80' escapes the dustbin of history with new TRS-80 emulator

frobnicate

"one line" games?

Didn't know TRS-80 had APL.

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Ex-FBI man spills on why hackers are winning the security game

frobnicate

"disabuse ourselves of the notion puncture the comfortable thought bubble"

This is what happens when one is too preoccupied with purpling one's prose to do editing.

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Crims shut off Ukraine power in wide-ranging anniversary hacks

frobnicate
Trollface

Re: How sure this is not hype

Once you learn that diesel fuel that runs the Ukrainian army is mostly supplied by the very same foreign power, which that army is purportedly fighting, you will start understanding how things work there.

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App proves Rowhammer can be exploited to root Android phones – and there's little Google can do to fully kill it

frobnicate

ECC is entirely irrelevant in this case

because with Bithammer one can flip correction bits as well. This all has been tried already.

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Trump vs. Clinton III - TPP looks dead, RussiaLeaks confirmed

frobnicate

the civilian ones are saying it's Russia

The civilian agencies got access to the presumed secret evidence that the government used to place the blame? Or they just happily echo-chambering each other, 17 or more times?

The only bit of concrete technical information I was able to find in all the reports was that the source IP was in Russia. Yeah, the chain of VPNs used for attack had last hop from Moscow, so what?

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Democralypse Now? US election first battle in new age of cyberwarfare

frobnicate

"delivered selectively, out-of-order. and out-of-context..."

You mean, how the way media *always* does it (due to the fundamental limitations on the format)?

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Blighty's telly, radio watchdog Ofcom does a swear

frobnicate

So "Fenian" is an insult now?

Bloody English imperialists will do anything to keep noble people of Ireland enslaved.

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Alleged buggy software wrongly flunks wannabe lawyers from bar exam. What happened next won't shock you

frobnicate
Trollface

It would be a nice turn

if in the course of the trial it were found that they didn't pass the bar after all.

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Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

frobnicate
Angel

Does it start with

/* XXX fix this hack in the next release. -- Gnaeus. */ ?

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

frobnicate

"leaving Britain to fight alone as the only remaining power against the axis powers."

Ever heard of the Eastern front, where Axes kept 9/10 of their manpower?

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Judge torpedoes 'Tor pedo' torpedo evidence

frobnicate

"The FBI had seized the system in February 2015 and ran it for a few weeks"

This, given strict liability (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strict_liability) for the subject in question, means that the FBI officers committed a felony, right? Their intentions doesn't matter.

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Future civilisations won't know how the universe formed

frobnicate
Trollface

All this

according to our theories about formation of the Universe, based on evidence that we collect from within our event horizon. So we are perhaps as clueless about real evolution and age of the Universe (relative to the older races) as inhabitants of these yet to be created planes are relative to us.

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BBC bypasses Linux kernel to make streaming videos flow

frobnicate
Devil

With any luck...

they will re-dicover RDMA (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_direct_memory_access) just 15 years late.

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

frobnicate
WTF?

"... are never, ever written down..."

So, they are passed down the generations orally, like the Homeric cycle? That would explain a lot in the otherwise hilarious history of British intelligence.

Won't even mention the CIA part. After all, the Cone of Silence turned out to be real.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

frobnicate

Re: "right to freedom of expression"

> At the risk of being a pedant, a government cannot grant rights.

I find it hard to believe people still subscribe to this 18 century nonsense about "natural rights" (which was a politically charged agitation piece in the first place) ignoring all the overwhelming historical evidence to the contrary. Systems of rights and responsibilities are always created by authority, from the earliest theocratic villages in Mesopotamia to the European parliaments, created by the kings to curb nobles.

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

frobnicate

In the mean time, rouble regained 30% against dollar, raising from 67 to 52. The prophesies of doom continued unabated on both sides.

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Hacker-hunters finger 'Keyser Soze' of Russian underground card sales

frobnicate
Facepalm

Re: All this stuff emphasises...

They guy is Ukrainian, lives and operates in the Ukraine. But wait, he knowns Russian, hence the mafia state is clearly behind him.

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Work in the tech industry? The Ukraine WAR is coming to YOU

frobnicate
Facepalm

Please remind me what

> where the countries annexed by a EU or NATO member during the last 30 years?

This is exactly the point: NATO bombs remote nations from the Bronze Age back to the Stone Age *without* providing the inhabitants with health care and pension system, not to say about allowing them to freely move into invaders' own countries.

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

frobnicate
Trollface

It's nice to see

that this generation of sci-fi authors continues to read simpler of S. Lem's texts. Watts, for example, producing novel after novel based on "Fiasco".

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Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy

frobnicate
Meh

It's only logical...

... after decades of using smileys and laugh tracks on TV to identify "humour".

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Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

frobnicate
Childcatcher

the software they're running was compiled from the source code

If building and comparing binaries is beyond their capabilities, the West is safe.

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

frobnicate

Mandatory KAL007 reference

Here is a more relevant reference for you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siberia_Airlines_Flight_1812 .

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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Thumb Up

"books about pneumatic blondes"

This must be a reference to Huxley. Brave New World is certainly at least as relevant as 1984, but alas, lacks the cheap thrill of terror.

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Traditional RAID is outdated and dying on its feet

frobnicate
Headmaster

Re: Eh?

> You are quite right, you can't rebuild a 4TB single disk in minutes. It's utterly impossible.

It is entirely possible and reasonable. There are 2 ingredients here:

0. Parity declustering. In a parity declustered array, e.g., 8+2 RAID6 can be used to stripe data across a large number of drives, say, 100 (rather than 10, as in standard RAID). This means, that only a small fraction (10% in this example) of each drive has to be read during rebuild. See Holland's thesis (http://www.pdl.cmu.edu/PDL-FTP/Declustering/Thesis.pdf) for details.

1. Distributed spare. By allocating spare space on each device, a fraction of *total* array bandwidth can be used for rebuild. That is, the wider is the array, the faster is the rebuild.

The funny thing is that this technology is 20 years old.

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

frobnicate

Re: It is rather sad

I beg to differ. Fundamental Hellenistic heritage are not natural sciences, but humanities. And this was preserved through the entire history of the Roman empire and bootstrapped Renaissance. Homer and Plato were studied and commented all they way down (vide http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemistus_Pletho). And there was no need for Italian cities to re-establish trade: it was never broken. In fact up to 12 century, Naples, Amalfi, etc. were *part* of the empire, formally, politically and economically. Funny enough, Naples was even a staunch supporter of iconoclasm (if I still know my Gibbon).

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frobnicate

It is rather sad

that people persist in this silly anachronistic nonsense started by the 18th century propaganda, which chose Byzantium as a strawmen monarchy. There was no need to keep the "knowledge": up until 1453, the continuous tradition of Hellenistic education and scholarship was maintained in the Roman empire and its capital---Constantinople. There was almost at all times cultural exchange between the empire and Western Europe (sometimes, alas, in the form of Crusades).

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French drug dealers regretfully announce 'temporary closure'

frobnicate
Trollface

Re: Allô ?

But "parking" is already French: it stems from ye Old French "parc", so it just returned back home. Actually, about 75% of the modern English vocabulary is of Romance origin.

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Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

frobnicate

The wrath of Vril-ya!

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

frobnicate

> Turing's work is widely held to have shortened World War II...

How is that? Did they share decoded info with their Soviets allies, who did most of the fighting?

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That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it

frobnicate

ARM is being pushed in the HPC space too: http://www.montblanc-project.eu/ And mainly for exactly the same reason: energy consumption. Megawatt per petaflop is too high.

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

frobnicate

Re: The historical accident of little-endian

Historically, numerals in almost all languages are little-endians from "thirteen" (3+10) to "five and twenty". Operations, like addition, are performed from least to most significant digits and the new digits are added at the most-significant side. It is unnatural to do this right-to-left in the otherwise left-to-write oriented writing system. Because of this, *one* often finds oneself in a pain of printing a column of numbers right-adjusted (the only reasonable way to do this, so that scale is immediately visible).

Compare this with another ridiculous right-to-left vestige: the mathematical notation for function composition: f(g(x)), so cumbersome that mathematicians composing functions a lot (e.g., in category theory) adopt notation from programmers and write "g;f". But that at least we can blame on bad vodka Euler had. Fibonacci and his ilk who gave us big-endian numBerals have no excuse.

PS: the argument about "starting with the biggest quantity" makes no sense, because Arabs, who invented the thing, read from right to left and hence start with the least significant digit. Which put no hindrance on Arabian mathematics.

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Signing out of a broken Britain: The final Quatermass serial

frobnicate
Facepalm

Re: WotW a Western

Not to say that the War of the Worlds (1898) predates any Western by a comfortable margin and features no good guys.

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STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

frobnicate
Trollface

> The irony is, Nero was actually a quite reasonable guy

Yes, go tell this to Seneca and others. Oh wait... you cannot.

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French snooping as deep as PRISM: Le Monde

frobnicate
Meh

Re: It's okay, they're French...

It's not Google, it's "Big Five": LLNL, LALN, LNNL, ORNL, ANL. Why do you think they need *exaflop/exabyte* systems?

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HPC server sales spike: Buyers get chops around juicy cheap flops

frobnicate
Pint

"I" seems to stay

for "Intel" in "ISC13".

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Brit spooks bugged Edward VIII's phones, records reveal

frobnicate
Headmaster

Nokia^WWodka --- connecting people

So it's "England" and "duty of an Englishman". Good that rumours about so-called "[Kingdom of] Great Britain" are only rumours.

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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

frobnicate

Re: Mixed lessons from history?

> and maybe some Soviets

And a lot of British---Mig's were equipped with Rolls-Royce Nenes at the time (which Sir Stafford Cripps was all too happy to provide together with licences).

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