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Paul Vixie
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i guess i'd rather know than not, but still, this has got old.

Checking for packages with security vulnerabilities:
Database fetched: Thu Jul 7 03:19:02 UTC 2016
apache24-2.4.20_1
python27-2.7.11_3
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right, i did start a security company. the technical team, of whom i am at best an honorary member, has chosen Go. my reading tells me that there is no way to write anything like gets() in Go, so, i'm good.

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yo, tesla friends. pass the word.
An article in BBC News today gives us, among other things, the following bullet points: The Model S's Autopilot feature, marketed as assistance for drivers, allows the car to keep in lane, adjust its
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As a fellow stick driver, I think your observation that it's a more mindful way of driving is an interesting one - I'm regularly appalled at the growing state of selfish inattention most other drivers exhibit.

As for self-driving cars, I think fully autonomous one are likely to be much safer overall, when they get to be a mature technology. I agree that human/robot hybrid cars present uncharted dangers though, the hard part is that they are seen as a path for technology maturation towards fully autonomous, when they may in fact be a path into a ditch.

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thank you, thank you, and thank you again, cloud2butt browser add-on. seen on my g+ feed just now:

"The Evolution of Seamlessly Integrated Work Environments in my Butt | RingCentral Blog"
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this article bears re-reading. or reading, if you havn't yet.

<< C is good for two things: being beautiful and creating catastrophic 0days in memory management. >>

https://medium.com/message/everything-is-broken-81e5f33a24e1
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is there anything the USG can or should do about IoT deployment across the world economy? don't tell me... tell them:
As part of the Commerce Department's Digital Economy Agenda, NTIA is initiating an inquiry regarding the Internet of Things (IoT) to review the current technological and policy landscape. NTIA seeks broad input from all interested stakeholders — including the private industry, researchers, ...
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<< We've seen several companies achieve ambitious growth plans, yet still find it challenging to raise follow-on capital due to concerns about high burn and the fundamental unit economics of the business. >>

perhaps because driving margins toward zero in order to outlast your competitors is a sucker's game, where the sucker is whatever company you sell out to?
Limited partners letter from the fourth quarter of 2015.
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There were several takeover offers from other companies for us in the past. Most of them were startups. The most stupid of them tried to lure us into the takeover by boasting about their high cash burn rate (not "growth", not "new users", not "strategy"). They did not even make the next six months ;-).

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this is really quite cool. i played "spot the bug" for each error message, and mostly lost until i read the explanatory text. BIND9 deserves to be checked by this tool.

http://www.viva64.com/en/b/0377/
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i think C will peak at age 50, like fortran and cobol did.
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i can think of ways to hasten the Descent of Man (back to a pre-industrial era) which would be as effective as V2V, but unlike V2V, i don't know how to get other people to pay for those. and they would take longer. so, V2V it shall be.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/samabuelsamid/2016/07/01/first-tesla-autopilot-fatality-demonstrates-why-lidar-and-v2v-probably-will-be-necessary/
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+Christopher Morrow pki isn't the solution here. to believe a V2V message whose content is operationally relevant (having to do with kinetic cooperation, for example) you have to know that the whole supply chain that produced the message is poison-free.

no government will allow a poison-free supply chain to operate its citizen's vehicles. if you have not read the National Security Act recently i suggest re-reading it now.

open source vs. closed source would be a distraction. neither model fits this use case. there is no way to certify the other vehicle, and there can be no way to certify the other vehicle, because every such way would gore cattle that are even more sacred than life/safety.

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<<The number of people whose job it is to make software secure can practically fit in a large bar, and I’ve watched them drink. It’s not comforting. It isn’t a matter of if you get owned, only a matter of when.>>

i re-read this about three times a year. so should you (all).

https://medium.com/message/everything-is-broken-81e5f33a24e1
Once upon a time, a friend of mine accidentally took over thousands of computers. He had found a vulnerability in a piece of software and…
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I just wish more of the right people re-read this 3 times a year.

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sometimes i crack myself up.

<< Sadly, there isn't a lot of money to be made telling people what to avoid, and it's hard to build a resume by listing all the things you refused to do because they would not have been prudent. >>

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yo, peeps. protecting consumer privacy online is a good idea, but this FCC NPRM (16-39) is an explosively bad way to go about it. i'd thank you all to consider responding, even if to only the first thing you see that annoys you, and not to all 100+ pages.
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<<A recent Mega Millions lottery had 1-in-175,711,536 odds of winning. To put those chances in perspective, that’s about the number of seconds in six years. So it’s like knowing a hedgehog will sneeze once and only once in the next six years and putting your hard-earned money down on one particular second—say, the 36th second of 2:52am on March 19th, 2017—and only winning if the one sneeze happens exactly at that second. Don’t buy a Mega Millions ticket.>>
 
Great explanation of Graham's Number...head explodes.
Graham's number is so big, we need a whole new set of tools to even discuss it.
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It's a tax on people who are bad at math. Your odds of finding the winning lottery ticket are affectively no worse than the odds of buying one. So when the jackpot gets big, just look down.
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