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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

Aethedor Re:Obligatory reminder that an alternative exists (96 comments)

I've done some statistics analysis on the output of PolarSSL's random generator. Looks good to me. Some while ago, they improved the random generator (now using AES). How long ago did you have problems with PolarSSL's random generator? If it was a long time ago, perhaps look at its current generator. Maybe your issue has been solved.

about a week ago
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Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

Aethedor Fear (174 comments)

And that's how politicians work. Doing everything to avoid being held responsible when a terrorist strikes. And apparently, judges work the same way. Someone I know works very closely with several Dutch ministers and he confirms that decisions are often based on emotion, not on logic and common sense. It is exactly THIS what makes terrorist strikes so dangerous.

about two weeks ago
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PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

Aethedor Re:Not the same use cases (245 comments)

Symfony, Drupal, Wordpress, nah. They all forgot to include the most important thing in the base: security. Specially Wordpress, look at its spaghetti code and than look at the Banshee PHP framework. If you understand what that framework does for security, you'll never dare to run Wordpress or the other junk frameworks again.

about three weeks ago
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HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In

Aethedor By Google, for Google (161 comments)

SPDY is a protocol by Google, for Google. Unless you are doing more or less the same as Google does, SPDY is not very relevant for you. Having multiple HTTP requests via a single connection via multiplexing is only relevant if all website content is located at one and the same server. This is not the case for many websites on the internet. Images, specially for advertisements, are often located at a different webserver. I've read about real live scenario's where SPDY only gave up to 4% speed increase. And for rich websites we already got something called websockets. I've done a lot of experimenting with smart caching, both static and CGI content. Specially with caching CGI output, you can reach a speed increase that no new protocol can ever achieve.

IETF only took SPDY as a base for HTTP/2.0 because they failed to do the job themselves. I personally don't have much faith in HTTP/2.0. Not that I think it will cripple the internet, but it will not bring an improvement to the internet that will be worth all the effort of implementing this new protocol.

about three weeks ago
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'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

Aethedor Re:Word of the America people (163 comments)

America always wants to force democracy to the rest of the world, so it should not complain about the downsides.

about a month ago
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'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

Aethedor Word of the America people (163 comments)

responsible for "obligations owed to the American people"

If that's his charge, I say let the American people speak out a verdict instead of a jury or judge.

about a month ago
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Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport

Aethedor Re:Real terrorist threat level (91 comments)

Tell me how. You say it's easy, but I say it's only easy if we allow it. Yes, you can give me a 911 kind of story, but those are easy to prevent (close the cockpit door in thise case).

about a month ago
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Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport

Aethedor Re:Real terrorist threat level (91 comments)

Bingo! Image you were a terrorist, angry and filled with hate. What would you do? Hijack an airplane, place a bomb in a crowded train station or empty a gun in a supermarket? I'm sure it won't be the airplane hijacking, because that's just too much trouble. To see what threat level a country really has, don't look at the typical place the government is focusing on. Be creative, think like a terrorist and look for the weak spots. You'll find that from a technical point of few, it's very easy to commit a terrorist attack.

What makes it hard to do: find an idiot willing to sacrifice their own life for it. Yes, the middle east seems to be full of them. But you should know most people in terrorist organisations only joined them because them wanted to belong somewhere. No one wants to be alone. When family members joined the group, telling you all sorts of (false) stories about how great it is and how bad the other side is, it's hard not to go along. But that doesn't automatically make them people we should fear. Going with the flow is easier than doing something on your own. Fighting along side your fellows is easier than going to a foreign country on your own to commit a terrorist attack. Because that means you have to make decisions of your own, making up your own mind about it all instead of blindly following some leader.

Yes, I'm sure there will still be a few people actually traveling to another country and actually commit a terrorist attack. But how much damage can one person do? If he's successful he'll maybe kill ten people. How much of a threat is that? In the days after, more people are killed but other means but we don't speak of them. We're all used to those threats, they're part of our life. What makes a terrorist attack threatening, is that it's new to most people and we allow the media to blow it up to huge proportions. We believe every bit of fear the media spreads and we want them to spread fear, because that feels like the most natural response.

The best way to deal with the terrorist threat is to realize that it's very small and to accept that it's there. For most people count, you'll never ever see a terrorist in your whole life and they certainly won't get you killed. And for those few unlucky people who get killed by a terrorist, be lucky that you weren't killed by something as stupid as crashing your own car into a tree.

about a month ago
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Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport

Aethedor Re:You'd think they'd have learned (91 comments)

Yes, they did. They learned that that was just an incident, that it is impossible to guarantee 100% security, that even if 100% security was possible it would make flying very unpleasant, that you should not give in to terrorist threats and that driving a car is far more dangerous than flying and everybody accepts the risk of traveling by car. The last 25 years proof that they are right.

about a month ago
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Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport

Aethedor Real terrorist threat level (91 comments)

Given the fact that security at airports is not very good and nothing really bad has happened in the last decade, what does this tell us about the real terrorist threat level in Europe?

Don't let yourself get scared by politicians who rule by using fear. Learn from the hard facts!

about a month ago
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The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

Aethedor Re:Yes (238 comments)

Caching: You can cache Facebook's images, stylesheets and Javascripts just fine.
Proxying: Not just fine. You need a man-in-the-middle proxy for that and its root certificate installed on every client. Otherwise, it's just routing, not proxying.
Firewalling: Firewalling based on hostname / port, yes. Firewalling based on bad content (malware), no.
Parental control: Same as firewalling. And blocking this kind of content is not only done by IP address, but often also by words in the hostname. This cannot be done when you can't read the hostname in the HTTP request.

about 2 months ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

Aethedor Re:Not resigning from Debian (550 comments)

RemainAfterExit=yes

about 2 months ago
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European Parliament Considers Sharing Passenger Information By Default

Aethedor Re:Fear (58 comments)

I agree with most of what you've said. However, I don't think it's lust for power, it's lust for money. Yes, the weapons industry was threatened by the Cold War ending and America needed a new enemy to keep that industry running. The terrorists became that new enemy. However, it's a relative small amount of people to whom this cause applies. The rest of us simply repeat and believe their call: fear the terrorists!

about 3 months ago
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European Parliament Considers Sharing Passenger Information By Default

Aethedor Re:Fear (58 comments)

Personally, I believe mainstream media are partly to blame with their 24/7 "breaking now" mentality.

Of course, people started to become numb for that. Remember, the media's job is not to bring the news, but to sell the news. Keep that in mind when reading / listening to the news.

about 3 months ago
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European Parliament Considers Sharing Passenger Information By Default

Aethedor Re:Fear (58 comments)

Politics is mostly to blame for that. Even here in the Netherlands we have awareness campaigns like 'Netherlands against Terrorism'. We don't have any significant terrorist threat in the Netherlands. None of us has ever seen a terrorist and will most likely never do. So, the only thing that campaign does is put fear in our minds.

about 3 months ago
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European Parliament Considers Sharing Passenger Information By Default

Aethedor Re:Fear (58 comments)

I agree. But I also believe that if someone took the time and specially the courage the tell the people the truth, he/she would get even more votes. But to do so, that person first needs the proper understanding of this matter. And that's where the problem starts.

about 3 months ago
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European Parliament Considers Sharing Passenger Information By Default

Aethedor Fear (58 comments)

And the reason for this all: fear. Fear for terrorists, fear for being held responsible, fear for the unknown. We live in a world in which we no longer accept any kind of risk. No matter how low that risk. Well, at least risks we are aware of. We fear terrorists, we fear ebola, we fear being robbed in the streets while at the same time we smoke, eat unhealthy food, practice dangerous sports and get in the car. Every day we do things that are more dangerous than the things we fear most.

Yes, terrorists should be stopped, but not at all cost. And there is no way to make 100% sure no terrorist will ever hit us. So, stop pretending we can! Stop wasting our time, money and privacy to give us false security! And if a terrorists hits us and kills 20 people, is say: that's bad but it isn't the end of the world. Life goes on. In the same time more people are killed for other reasons and we don't even hear about them!

Look at Boston. Despite all the anti-terrorist measures in America, it was still possible to do this kind of attack. And what happened to Boston? Nothing, they moved on. And that's how it should be done. Yes, it's easy for me to say because I haven't lost any family or friends in that attack. But that is the right way to look at it for politicians. Respond to it with logic and common sense and not with fear and emotion. Because that only makes it worse!

about 3 months ago
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OpenBSD 5.6 Released

Aethedor Re:Thank you! (125 comments)

Penguins are simply parasites living on property no one wants anyway.

Than how can a penguin be a parasite?

about 2 months ago

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