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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / BitShares Login - New cryptographically secure non-3rd party login system on: December 25, 2014, 12:13:49 AM
Everyone is familiar with sites that let you login with Google accounts, Facebook, Twitter, etc. That OAuth stuff.

This takes it to a new level where you can login without a 3rd party.


There's a lot of cool stuff in there, but I'll only paste one nifty snippet:

The other property it is important to highlight is a unique characteristic of the ECDSA signature verification algorithm. In most asymmetric cryptosystems, a function V(K, S, T) takes the public key, signature, and signed text as parameters and returns a simple true/false value indicating whether the signature is valid or not. This is the behavior of RSA, for example. In ECDSA, however, a verification function takes only two parameters, S and T, and returns K. The signature is valid if the returned K matches the signer’s public key. This is a significant difference, as both the client and server in the above Login protocol use signatures to recover the other party’s public key, which they then look up on the blockchain to determine the other party’s identity. In other words, the signature verification is not used to determine if the signature is valid, but to determine the identity of the other party.

Ok, 2:

Thus, given the semantic security of ECDSA and ECDH, the worst attack a malicious party with full control over the communication medium could leverage is denial of service.

And there's a Simple Machines Forum plugin!


tl;dr - A login system where YOU control your information, and not a 3rd party like Facebook.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Slur you're going to hate it. on: December 24, 2014, 10:47:15 PM
And the cryptoanarchists come out Wikileaks style with a decentralised information marketplace...


you're going to hate it.

Introducing Slur
Slur is an open source, decentralized and anonymous marketplace for the selling of secret information in exchange for bitcoin. Slur is written in C and operates over the Tor network with bitcoin transactions through libbitcoin. Both buyers and sellers are fully anonymous and there are no restrictions on the data that is auctioned. There is no charge to buy or sell on the Slur marketplace except in the case of a dispute, where a token sum is paid to volunteers.


The types of information we expect to see on the Slur marketplace ;

  •   Trade secrets.
  •   Designs for every type of consumer product.
  •   The source code for proprietary operating systems and high end CAD software.
  •   Zero day exploits. For the market defined value rather than a price determined by the corporations under the guise of a bounty with the veiled threat of legal action should the researcher choose to sell elsewhere.
  •   The details of backdoors covertly installed inside industrial and consumer hardware and software.
  •   Stolen databases. Corporations will no longer be able to get away with an apology when they fail to secure their customers confidential data. They will have to pay the market value to suppress it.
  •   Proof of tax evasion from disgruntled or underpaid employees. Both the IRS and the public have an interest in that information and the corporations will have to bid to suppress it - a very quantifiable and predictable payoff for the seller.
  •   Military intelligence relevant to real-time conflicts.
  •   Aerospace and defense designs.
  •   Evidence relevant to ongoing trials.
  •   Unflattering celebrity photos and videos.
  •   The complete databases of social media sites like facebook.
  •   Proof of government corruption. Close to an election.

More at the link.

Get your popcorn. Leaks are about to get very real.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy Holidays! on: December 24, 2014, 10:44:17 PM
Happy Holidays everybody

^ That. Grin  Thmbsup
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 24, 2014, 09:19:13 AM
This is from one of those Youtube channels that I really enjoy. (See~! They're not all about aliens! tongue )

This short video ends in a nifty little quote that I think some may find entertaining, especially if you've actually watched the video and not skipped to the end.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhDc0dW3XBA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhDc0dW3XBA</a>

130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 23, 2014, 08:05:24 PM

They missed bundegi! I had to hold my nose for years for fear that I'd throw up whenever I smelled it. It took a decade or so to kind of get used to it.

The only thing that should be illegal is making things illegal. tongue
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 23, 2014, 01:22:12 AM
Dog Supreme Court Debates Human Sacrifice #puppyjustice #realanimalsfakepaws

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh4_JL5nitk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh4_JL5nitk</a>

There are a lot more out there.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For better security, maybe it's time to abandon e-mail? on: December 22, 2014, 09:24:17 AM
Probably the only thing I've seen out there remotely close to being secure and of similar functionality to email is in fact bitcoin, which allows you to attach a text message to a transaction that is encrypted as it is carried by the blockchain and is only viewable by the intended recipient.

But people are already worried about blockchain bloat, if you attached email's traffic volume to the blockchain the storage requirements would increase exponentially.

e.g. Bitmessage. smiley

It's a start. Y'know... eating an elephant and all? NOM~! NOM~! tongue

133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tool to facilitate transcribing speech on: December 22, 2014, 12:03:58 AM
Since you've asked, my own software. (Link is in my sig.)

I've used it many times for transcribing videos, interviews, etc.

The main things that help are:

  • Full and zoomed waveforms to "see" where you are
  • Slowing down the speech
  • Setting loop points
  • Configurable "skip" lengths to quickly navigate
  • Keyboard shortcuts to toggle looping on/off, etc.

On some systems .NET 4.0 Full Profile is required (not the client profile). (This is due to how MS changed where some functions are.)

There's a 15 day trial as well.

134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: December 21, 2014, 05:55:19 PM
I have to disagree with their refusal to comply on the grounds that it already leaked. This becomes a means of defeating freedom of information requests.

To exploit this, they accidentally on purpose leak a fake version of the document that is either censored or contains a different message than the actual message being requested.

Compliance should be required anyway as per the law, and since it already apparently leaked they should have no problems in doing so because people already know what it should say.

Yup. It goes to chain of custody being an issue.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 21, 2014, 05:52:26 PM

Grin  Thmbsup

At least we can have fun disagreeing!  Cool

And it was aliens! tongue
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For better security, maybe it's time to abandon e-mail? on: December 21, 2014, 05:26:54 PM
Yes. Email is broken. It was always broken. It was designed with small networks in mind, and not what we have now.

I used to rant about email being broken for many years, then gave up. But it's nice to see that some people are noticing just how broken it is.

Only something entirely new will work.

For something interesting to look at, check out Bitmessage.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 19, 2014, 11:40:30 PM
[NSFW] Video & Pics: Gabi Grecko walks around Melbourne CBD buck naked.

138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 18, 2014, 07:41:08 AM
Speaking of carrots ..  tongue (see attachment in previous post)

Oh cripes... That's even funnier~! Grin

Have you heard "Disgustipated"? It totally fits that!
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 18, 2014, 07:39:28 AM
If you get off on math, physics, chemistry, electricity, magnetics, acoustics, sound, frequency, and music, you have to see this.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3oItpVa9fs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3oItpVa9fs</a>

I already posted this in the music video thread, but it's just way toooooo interesting to not post here.

Like, FFS... Where can you see someone actually use a FARADAY SUIT?!?!

Faraday suit? Tesla coils? That's just awesome beyond awesome!  Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup

Standing waves. And standing waves of flames!

It's damn hard to beat that for coolness!

Be sure to follow up and check out the "how we did it" videos. They give more insight, like how video frame rates relate to what you see.


140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 18, 2014, 07:21:54 AM
Speaking of breakfast   ohmy (see attachment in previous post)

Hahah! That reminds me of "Disgustipated" by Tool.

"These are the cries of the carrots!"
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 18, 2014, 07:13:36 AM
Coming December 21st, 2014!

"Spare Change" Teaser Trailer

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CBVUS7_3ag" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CBVUS7_3ag</a>

142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 18, 2014, 07:09:48 AM
What do mathematicians eat for breakfast?

Not odd numbers!!


143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 18, 2014, 06:24:36 AM
Laserhacker.com - one of the better alternative power project websites I've ever visited. I'm in the process of gathering materials to try out the crystal power cell project detailed here - and thinking of adapting the supercapacitor boost pack project for a friend's powerboat.

Check it out. It's time well spent.

Dammit 40! I've got clients bum-rushing me with projects, and hard pressed for time, and then you post that and POOF~! There goes my time! tongue

I watched all the vids there, and did even more research... and dammit... I'll have to spend more time in January! tongue

I've been following John Hutchison for a few years, and this is an extension on what he's been doing. It's bloody darn cool stuff!

What I really want is a commercial version of all this stuff... I don't care if I have to build it myself or buy it - I just want to NOT rely on grid electricity.

FWIW - I've spent far too many weeks looking into all manner of these things. Solar, geothermal, crystal, wind, tide, magnetic, etc. etc. etc. My current train of thought is that the plasma cosmologists/physicists are on the right track. We live in an electric universe, and not a material one -- the material universe is just an illusion.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 18, 2014, 05:23:59 AM
The frist 2 are NSFW, but very fun! smiley

Putin on Bitcoin

From that link, this video by (Famous Amos) Mr. iPad Chain:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAfOCqgS8gs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAfOCqgS8gs</a>

And his first bitcoin, someone tipped him! AN ENTIRE BITCOIN!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pUItLZO-eQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pUItLZO-eQ</a>

145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 17, 2014, 08:17:20 AM
@Ren - I think enough people want it to work right now that the single biggest threat is some people in the Bitcoin community doing something completely jive to torpedo it. I remember the heady early days of the libertarian party when everybody thought this was finally the big break with the past we'd all been waiting for. Surprise! Surprise!

All it takes is one or two jerks to poison the well. I already see that happening over in the FOSS world where the stakes are perhaps even higher.

I don't know if the sudden reduction in serious governmental push-back is a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe those that would see Bitcoin gone are banking on the "fall from grace" so many new social movements too regularly suffer. If so, the odds are certainly in their favor.

Good luck Bitcoin. smiley

Dammit... I'm into my second bottle (750 ml) of ginger ale here that I brewed with Lalvin EC-1118...

But you raise really good points, and I'll be damned if I'll let a bit of intoxication fart with a response~! Grin  drinksmiley

I'm not going to address any libertarian stuff though. I like this thread in the Living Room. Wink (I do sympathise with libertarians though.)

But dammit, I just can't resist this!


Glenn Beck put out a post:

Who is your pick for Person of the Year? Post your pick in the comments. We'll reveal the winner tomorrow.

I know a lot of people here will hate Glenn Beck... but here's the kicker... People are SCREAMING for Larken Rose!!!

If Glenn interviews Larken, Larken will tear Glenn a new asshole. In his forehead. With a voluntaryist chainsaw. Big "V" shape there. Insert more explicit imagery here.

If you hate Glenn Beck, you'll want to see that interview, if it happens. (I kind of doubt it will though as Glenn isn't in Larken's league -- few are.)

But I think you're wrong about the comparison there. A few jerks can't spoil Bitcoin because it's decentralised, and at any time the miners can tell the Bitcoin development team to go f**k themselves.

It would take a LOT of assholes~! Grin

There's a balance in Bitcoin that doesn't exist in other systems. You can create any code you want for Bitcoin and run it. But that doesn't mean that anyone else will do the same. One or two assholes can't poison the pie here. It takes a massive number of assholes to do it.

@SeraphimLabs should chime in. He's up on the topic, and can probably offer a different perspective.

On a personal note, I was talking with my sister on video chat tonight. She was recanting the friggin' nightmares she had to go through simply to pay for her airplane ticket to get here for Christmas.

Hint: NONE of her problems would be problems with Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is just a better way to pay people. If you've not used it, you won't understand just how much easier it is.

Bitcoin allows ANYONE to accept payments from ANYONE from ANYWHERE. This is some majorly badass wicked cool stuff! You just CANNOT do that through traditional payment systems.
146  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Why do YouTube views freeze at 301? (Just computing history) on: December 17, 2014, 07:39:25 AM
For those that have noticed how YouTube view counts freeze at 301, you'll likely enjoy this as a fun little tour through some obscure Internet history.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIkhgagvrjI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIkhgagvrjI</a>

tl;dw - They have to scrutinise video counts, and decided on a threshold to do it. i.e. 300. However, the code was:

Formatted for Generic Code with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. if (viewcount <= 300) { viewcount++; }
  2. else {...

So, 301 got counted.

It has nothing to do with number types or data size limits or anything like that.

147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 17, 2014, 06:45:37 AM
Here's one for those that love math, numbers, and computing. Or the ADHD OCDs out there. Grin

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXjlR2OK1kM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXjlR2OK1kM</a>

tl;dr - The leading number in any distribution of sets of numbers with many orders of magnitude skews towards 1 and slopes down to 9 at the lowest. And the rule works for any base (10, 2, 16, 8, 60, etc.).

That's pretty damn cool to know. I'd never thought about it, but it makes perfect sense.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 17, 2014, 05:43:48 AM
This is a great little story at the Internet Archive:


My boss (Brewster Kahle), who runs the Internet Archive (archive.org, Wayback) just sent this to employees. I figure it had interest in the bitcoin world that we have someone matching bitcoin contributions to give end-of-year bonuses, which means all the employees are getting on the bitcoin wagon. I asked for permission to reprint the letter, which is below (minus a bitcoin how-to he included at the bottom).

Archive Staff,

To both thank the staff of the Internet Archive for a solid year of building towards Universal Access to All Knowledge, and to support Bitcoin by keeping bitcoins in circulation, the Internet Archive will gift bitcoins at the end of this year to participating Internet Archive employees. The bitcoins for this program are donated by an anonymous donor that is matching the December bitcoin donations from our supporters.

The Bitcoins donated via https://archive.org/donate/bitcoin.php by our supporters will go to servers and other infrastructure, but a generous match is specifically to support end-of-year gifts of bitcoins to employees that are likely to spend the bitcoin in interesting ways. We also hope that this match will encourage more people to donate Bitcoin to the Internet Archive.

To do this, we will divide the number of Bitcoins donated in December among the full time Internet Archive employees that get their own bitcoin wallets (like an account), and will try to use the bitcoins.

Currently, people have donated about 11BTC to the Internet Archive since our fundraising started, which, at current price and if every staff member participated, it would be about $25. This is likely to be higher as more donations come in and not everyone will participate. We will cap this at $1k per employee if things go too far one way or another.

What can you do with your year-end Bitcoin gift? (see below for links) * Buy Sushi: I do almost every week on Clement Street-- really great. * Buy Cupcakes, buy groceries on Haight Street * Buy things at online stores * Donate to the Internet Archive, EFF, Wikipedia, etc. * Exchange for cash * Tip other people via twitter and reddit (I used changetip.com to do this via twitter, which is fun)

Who can help you figure out bitcoin? There is an internal group skype chat "bitcoin players" that has been helpful. June can add you if you would like.

Jacques can also help in explaining the program. Please bear with him/us, since I just sprang this on him on Friday.

149  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: OS News on The Devaluing Effect of the Application Store Model on: December 17, 2014, 01:58:45 AM
At least someone out there has noticed. It's about time.

I do a lot of work in this area, and have little good to say about it.  mad

150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Every Episode Of Every 'Star Trek' Series Ever, Ranked on: December 16, 2014, 05:17:21 PM
I really like Star Trek, but not enough to put together a competent list like that.

That being said, gotta love #6! smiley
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