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I told you guys what happens if you don't nail 20C into it's fucking casket.  I told you.

This is the 21C, like 20C but more shitty and we call it a "Reboot"

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: You knew this was coming.
« on: April 16, 2014, 03:24:00 pm »
They won't fucking let up, will they?

Religious fanatics typically don't.

There's a really nasty provision in there.

Section 308? Edit: No I think I misread that.

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Yay, Alty!


Is Roger finally going to be joining the Kult of Macintosh?

Damn skippy.  I am never, ever again buying ANYTHING made by HP or Microsoft.

I am typing this on an 8-year-old Mac Mini that cost $500 and still basically does what I need it to do, despite the fact that the hardware is so old I can't upgrade any of the software.

I bought a brand-new touch-screen notebook, thinking it would be great, but Windows 8 so I almost never use it, unless I'm backed into some kind of corner. It's slow and horrible and difficult to use.

Yeah, I'm thinking a Mac.

What are you using the machine for? You may regret moving to the mac if you've never used one routinely before. A mac is fine for home browsing but you play the occasional game don't you? I've been using a mac for home use for the last decade but when this laptop dies I'll be moving back to windows or linux.

Windows 8 is a no go but windows 7 is still an excellent OS

I play Civ V, but honestly, I could live without it (and have more time).  If I can look at PDFs and use a word processor and the interbutts, I have what I need.

Then you should be ok. Word for mac isn't the nicest. It's own alternative Pages is better but if all you are looking for is writing text and not worrying too much about formatting etc then pretty much anything will do.

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Yay, Alty!


Is Roger finally going to be joining the Kult of Macintosh?

Damn skippy.  I am never, ever again buying ANYTHING made by HP or Microsoft.

I am typing this on an 8-year-old Mac Mini that cost $500 and still basically does what I need it to do, despite the fact that the hardware is so old I can't upgrade any of the software.

I bought a brand-new touch-screen notebook, thinking it would be great, but Windows 8 so I almost never use it, unless I'm backed into some kind of corner. It's slow and horrible and difficult to use.

Yeah, I'm thinking a Mac.

What are you using the machine for? You may regret moving to the mac if you've never used one routinely before. A mac is fine for home browsing but you play the occasional game don't you? I've been using a mac for home use for the last decade but when this laptop dies I'll be moving back to windows or linux.

Windows 8 is a no go but windows 7 is still an excellent OS

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It may be paranoia, by when I read about things like this, I have to wonder if the flaw was in fact deliberately designed.

If it was, they got in early, it looks like the bug existed from the start: https://github.com/openssl/openssl/commit/4817504d069b4c5082161b02a22116ad75f822b1

Will be interesting as we think through the implications of this to figure out how people will resolve issues with embedded systems that rely on openssl.

I thought it was only introduced two years ago?

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Hell yeah, it's a good thing. It also appears Google left Yahoo out to dry a bit, pointedly informing a few tech giants a week or so  before they went public but leaving Yahoo off the mailing list. Don't be evil but, y'know, fuck Yahoo :lulz:

Yeah I saw that, they changed their certs on 02/04, but yahoo and Microsoft didn't.

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Hypothetically speaking, if the NSA were to have introduced the bug to allow themselves access, it is probable that they did not release the knowledge of it into the wild, either one of companies that have been bent over the barrel like yahoo, google, etc released it to get rid of another hook that is in their system from the NSA, or far more likely it was discovered in the wild by some random IT guy and made public knowledge.

Either way, if it leads to changes in the SSL standard it could lead to a far more secure web, not just in terms of snooping busybody governments but from all manner of threat.

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this is lunatic speculation with no basis in reality at all.
See pre Snowden this was a reasonable thing to say. It's not any more, we have allegations that the NSA deliberately weakened certain encryption standards.

We've known for a while that they have had access to the sites private keys but it was assumed they were requested/demanded. It seems reasonable to speculate that they had alternative means of extracting them in light of this bug.

I'm still stumbling on the "Why tell people then?" side though. Most articles seem to indicate it's relatively easy to exploit, once/if you know about it. What's the benefit in making that easier for many unless you've got a secondary system already in place that's more effective?

A more relevant question at this point may be "What ISN'T compromised?" I'm leaning more towards the idea of any kind of security basically being a nice self delusion.

Well there is that, if it is so easy to exploit then so would everyone.

Here's from Snowden a few weeks ago on that exact topic: "They're building in backdoors that not only the NSA can exploit, but anyone else who has time and money to research and find it can then use to let themselves in to the world's communications. And this is really dangerous, because if we lose a single standard, if we lose the trust of something like SSL, which was specifically targeted by the Bullrun program, we will live a less safe world overall."

And it's specific impact on intellectual property, fingering the Chinese as also being able to exploit such a system

"So by reducing the security of our communications, they're not only putting the world at risk, they're putting America at risk in a fundamental way, because intellectual property is the basis, the foundation of our economy, and if we put that at risk through weak security, we're going to be paying for it for years"

https://www.ted.com/talks/edward_snowden_here_s_how_we_take_back_the_internet/transcript#t-72841

It is safe to say that any system is never fully secured especially over long periods of time.

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this is lunatic speculation with no basis in reality at all.
See pre Snowden this was a reasonable thing to say. It's not any more, we have allegations that the NSA deliberately weakened certain encryption standards.

We've known for a while that they have had access to the sites private keys but it was assumed they were requested/demanded. It seems reasonable to speculate that they had alternative means of extracting them in light of this bug.

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My contribution to this thread is the post which made me realize that there are some very very diseased branches in the greater social justice dialog.


http://goatinahat.tumblr.com/post/45265637509/behaxrant-weshallcalloutcalloutstuck-a-boy

Goat In a Hat is an awful person who happens to be a Discordian and in addition is a bad human being. Even reddit agrees.

here's a screenshot:




so, this 9 year old boy was outnumbered by a group of older asian kids and bullied to the point of suicide... and he was the one with the power?

and you want people who sympathize with him to "cry more white tears"? :vom:

It makes perfect sense if you boil that child down to a statistic. This goes a little beyond social justice or tumblr. It looks goat in the hat has bought wholesale probably the worst part of the narrative and dogma sold by The CON. His entrenched disregard for human life for less important issues undermines any issue he could address. His mind is literally toxic.

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The BDSM crowd had this covered decades ago.

Which makes sense, the BDSM crowd have always been more open minded and accepting of people then these bozo's.

As such there has always been that overlap with the the LGBT communities. It's quite funny that people who wear nasty rubber/leather suits who like to insert, shock or hit parts of their bodies with hammers have helped bridge peoples far more than any social justice warriors ever will.

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All these labels and descriptors to box ourselves in. Why can't we all just be Transhuman?

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Bring and Brag / Re: WEIRDOVERSE
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:27:44 am »
Fucking hell that sounds head wrecking.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Icons of Hate
« on: April 08, 2014, 02:46:10 pm »

  Controlling the excess of brutality in crime comic books has nothing to do with censorship. Protecting children is not censorship.

This sounds really familiar.

Yeah, I thought that was a really equivocal point too. At what point does providing age appropriate material degenerate into over-protecting children and censoring materials willy-nilly?

Just as the consequences of dropping an atomic bomb on Japan gave rise to Anime, Wetham's comic code gave rise to the silver age of comics. Something he must never be forgiven for.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Icons of Hate
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:14:17 pm »
First up, Fred Wertham:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fredric_Wertham

This man single-handedly killed an entire art form, to the point where it had nothing to say for 50 years.

Though no longer a thing the comics code is still having it's wretched effect on the comics industry, even in the mindset of comic book readers. They expect certain content from their shitty superhero books and are horrified by anything outside of that.

It's a fossil, a warped sense of morality that doesn't make the least bit of sense.

In the first issue of the new catwoman series she has sex with someone she is attracted to. There is an upper torso no nudity shot but that didn't stop parents from complaining in stores or online about the damage it could do their children reading it.

In issue one of Batman which came out the same month it shows the joker graphically having his face removed with a box cutter and of course no one complained about.

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