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  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    The conversation about bank security seems kind of bizarre to me honestly. Here, I'm going to pretend I'm a bank C-level type, and we'll design our new top-of-the-line security system right now. I start with: "All right team, we have...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Of course, but you're still missing the point that the problem is not with the socket per se, but with the nature of the promotion and the consequential effects. You're saying this as if Google has one unified strategy for...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    While I appreciate that Google is hardly a blameless, altruistic actor, your description of the situation really strikes me as... shall we just say, deeply flawed. It's just a quirk of history that "Referer:" headers exist at all, and arguably...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    All that https-everywhere and TLS Certificate pinning is all about (imo) protecting Ad revenue. Possibly less known fact: Big corporations also want to do dragnet ubiquitous surveillance, as intrusive as any police state, on their employees. Because TLS makes this...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    That, unfortunately, is not how TLS/SSL is being sold, and more importantly, that is not what the TLS/SSL proponents really care about. [post about peoples' motivations snipped] Or maybe they'd just prefer people to use the system as it's designed,...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    For everyone's amusement, I built the latest version of ELinks with ECMAScript support, poked random keys until I found the sub-menu to enable said support, and loaded this page on your blog. Sadly it threw JS errors on page open...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    In theory TLS/SSL conceals what you look at, in practice it conceals close to nothing. None of these criticisms of TLS really amount to a reason not to use it or trust its security, as far as it goes. To...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    I'm complaining about the Google-led PR/propaganda/blackmail campaign to plug HTTPS under the banner of "safety" in such a way as to make yer average user on the Clapham omnibus miss the important distinction between transport security and endpoint trustedness [...]...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Google's interest in misdirecting people to think that transport security is the be-all and end-all so they forget to consider the endpoints, but SSL does zip in terms of concealing what someone's looking at on this site from anyone snooping...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Regarding solar power satellites: That's not what I've been hearing all these years - it's significantly more power, and no, the losses on a focused beam aren't that great. I was being very simplistic about the power available, because the...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Finally, this being a blog of an SF author, after all... SPS, solar power satellites, cheaper than nuke plants, and no nuclear waste. Come on, given the price of a single nuclear plant, and compare it to putting up large...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    As for solars on roofs, I'm not sure what the break-even point of solar panels is ATM, but giving people the possibility to rent out roofs to some investors [...] I'm a little confused about what you were saying here,...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I submit that the questionable (read: abysmal) quality of the bitcoin code, as well as numerous ridiculous flaws in its design and implementation act as proof by counter-example of most of the Science Fiction plots involving godlike AIs, advanced aliens,...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    The simulation runs at a much less granular level of detail than we perceive, it's just that it has a sophisticated set of callbacks such that when we examine something closely the simulator ramps up the detail for that something...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I've been following this thread and some others and to be honest I can't really make heads or tails of what you're trying to say here. I've never read anyone talk about the Singularity as if it has something to...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    1- What happens to time and gravity - each and in total - when the quantum trousers of the cosmos split and our universe splits/buds off another branch? I'm not a physicist either, but... the above discussions notwithstanding, it's important...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I think it's not the numbers I think matter for this discussion, it's the development model. The IT industry has accepted that the anarcho-syndicalist commune (for want of a better term) that created and maintains Linux is equally important as...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Unless I have completely misunderstood it, it allows only data for which you have a page table entry but no read access to be read. There are two faults, Meltdown and Spectre. Meltdown is Intel-specific, and allows for reading from...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    What do more informed & expert opinions think of this supposed-or-actual pair of computer hard/software faults? Rather than discuss directly how the Meltdown and Spectre faults will affect you and so on, I think it's more fun to step back...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Still, if somehow I did manage to screw up and infect my computer, I have no idea how or where I would get "bitcoin" to pay the ransom? Don't worry -- organized crime operations are nothing without good customer service,...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Where we should be using them is for certification of the evidence chain in distribution of life-critical items. But why use a blockchain for this? The point isn't to crowd-source the certification so an unknown number of anonymous people attest...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Blockchain power consumption increases as your chain gets bigger. But if you're using blockchain simply as an authentication log for some database, you can end one chain and start up a new one, thereby forking it. Disagree. Primarily, blockchain power...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Or are we just going to have miner graveyards sitting beside dams all over the world? Sadly, the bulk of the mining these days seems to be done by special computer chips which can't really do anything except compute SHA-256....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I've seen the argument that the price of bitcoin goes up because there's only a limited supply of bitcoin, so it's a good investment despite having no underlying value [...] Hypothetically, if it was used as a currency like the...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Any discussion of bitcoin tends to devolve into technical aspects, which are less interesting than the social ones (i.e. that it's obviously a ponzi scheme). However, given that we're talking about it and not everyone here is a computer scientist...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    You might be a bit behind the times, there - ARM produces the ultimate "commodity hardware", and AIUI it's wired in at the hardware level (it certainly exercised some of the people I used to work with)... I think the...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    About the o/s: you can look up rings of protection in wikipedia, but basically, the way most operating systems work is ring 0 is the kernel, and ring 1 are device drivers. [....] This isn't so. The whole idea of...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    This whole discussion of computer languages and instruction set architectures is fun (though I think, often misguided). However, thinking about this from the point of view of the story, it seems to miss the real areas where borrowed tech matters....
  • Commented on Excuses
    I have a huge question about reusability. I think a lot of people have questions about Arianespace (and ULA's somewhat similar) reusability plan. Before really getting into the technical specifics, they both seem to be designed mostly to be afterthoughts...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    So one is the rotating tether. Rotovators are pretty fun to think about. One of the bits that may not be obvious is that you really don't need them to be zero energy / momentum: because they're in orbit before...
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