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OpenBSD coders decided to fix OpenSSL by tearing out cruft and dangerous/insecure options. This is their commit log in Tumblr format.

Sample: Your operating system memory allocation functions are your friend. If they are not please fix your operating system. Replace mem.c with an API-compatible wrapper that just calls the system functions and does not allow a one word modification of a variable in a running shared library to turn on memory debug functions that expose things that should not be seen.
 
Sweet Bob Dobbs, this is funny. It reads like the mumbling of an angry programmer inheriting someones code. 

http://opensslrampage.org/
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In 2011, hundreds of drug cases were dismissed after several police officers were accused of mishandling evidence. That year, Justice Gustin L. Reichbach of the State Supreme Court in Brooklyn condemned a widespread culture of lying and corruption in the department's drug enforcement units. "I thought I was not naive," he said when announcing a guilty verdict involving a police detective who had planted crack cocaine on a pair of suspects. "But even this court was shocked, not only by the seeming pervasive scope of misconduct but even more distressingly by the seeming casualness by which such conduct is employed."
 
The incentive is clear: Cops should lie.
The evidence is clear: Cops are lying.
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In the new story of the arrow of time, it is the loss of information through quantum entanglement, rather than a subjective lack of human knowledge, that drives a cup of coffee into equilibrium with the surrounding room. The room eventually equilibrates with the outside environment, and the environment drifts even more slowly toward equilibrium with the rest of the universe. The giants of 19th century thermodynamics viewed this process as a gradual dispersal of energy that increases the overall entropy, or disorder, of the universe. Today, Lloyd, Popescu and others in their field see the arrow of time differently. In their view, information becomes increasingly diffuse, but it never disappears completely. So, they assert, although entropy increases locally, the overall entropy of the universe stays constant at zero.
 
To the bafflement of generations of physicists, the arrow of time does not seem to follow from the underlying laws of physics, which work the same going forward in time as in reverse. By those laws, it seemed that if someone knew the paths of all the particles in the universe and flipped them around, energy would accumulate rather than disperse: Tepid coffee would spontaneously heat up, buildings would rise from their rubble and sunlight would slink back into the sun.
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First Google said they were working on 10Gb residential service. Now a company says they have a WiFi chipset for routers to match. Interesting times for the coming decade.
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You finance and investment mavens out there, here's a major puzzler.  Goldman-Sachs is abandoning HFT (high frequency trading).  It is also dropping the NYSE and its profitable "dark pool" trading operation.  Clearly they know something you and I don't know! (Duh?)

Read up.  Any theories?
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-08/triple-whammy-shocker-goldman-shutting-down-sigma-x
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Glow-in-the-dark roads make debut in Netherlands

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Again, freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences. 
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Incredibly important initiative: open source seeds, to counter the predations of companies like Monsanto.
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This is great advice, and it applies to commercial projects as well. Issue triage and backlog management are hard to do well.
 
Great article on getting started in Open Source -- http://goo.gl/lNIfRo -- Can't say I have actively used it but it sure can't hurt :).
I do a lot of work on open source, but my most valuable contributions haven’t been code. Writing a patch is the easiest part of open source. The truly hard stuff is all of the rest: bug trackers, mailing lists, documentation, and other... | Steve Klabnik | “The most violent element in society is ignorance.” - Emma Goldman
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Well, that would certainly explain everything -- both the ongoing NATO/EU interest and the intense Russian aggression.
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