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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

Lost Race Re:also (171 comments)

Snowden basically walked out of the NSA with all their secrets; who's to say a few dozen or hundred other contractors didn't do the same thing before him? Everything the NSA knew or had access to before 2013 was most likely available in blackhat circles through clandestine leaks.

Any backdoors in TrueCrypt would be a security disaster, and the NSA has already proven itself willing and able to put backdoors in highly trusted security software. It's also proven itself incapable of keeping secrets.

Worrying about NSA-planted vulnerabilities is not the same thing as worrying about a direct attack from the NSA itself.

2 days ago

NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

Lost Race Re:WTF? (277 comments)

If every monkey just sits there typing 123456 over and over, they will only ever crack half the users' passwords.

about two weeks ago

China Cracks Down On Bitcoin, Cuts Off Exchanges' Bank Access

Lost Race Sink or swim moment (100 comments)

Well, this is it -- an early test of whether Bitcoin can stand on its own as an underground currency. The crutch of traditional currency exchange has been kicked out from under it. Will the bitcoins currently in China be abandoned? smuggled out? or actually used as money like Satoshi intended?

about two weeks ago

China Cracks Down On Bitcoin, Cuts Off Exchanges' Bank Access

Lost Race Re:As they should... (100 comments)

There are some randomizing anonymizer services which take money from lots of people and return it randomly so nobody knows exactly which amount came from which source....

So... sort of a money laundromat?

about two weeks ago

Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

Lost Race Re:is that really better than earth based? (330 comments)

I guess by the time we're ready to build this thing, every available spot on Earth will already be covered with solar panels.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Lost Race Re:Why? (2219 comments)

Your inability to imagine a reason for browsing without javascript does not mean that there is no such reason.

If Slashdot ever starts requiring javascript, I'm out forever. FWIW.

Using "Classic" "Nested" view with no javascript. Works fine on all browsers and devices. Please keep it as an option.

about 2 months ago

DOJ Announces New Methods For Reporting National Security Requests

Lost Race Re:Can't say "none" (117 comments)

Does this mean it's technically illegal for anyone in America to say, "I have received no National Security Letters today"? I feel a T-shirt design coming on....

about 3 months ago

Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

Lost Race Re: One and the same (441 comments)

IMHO the best reason to vote for a minor party candidate is to send a message to the major parties: If you move in the direction of this minor party, you might get my vote next time.

about 3 months ago

Ukrainian Protesters Receive Mass Text Message Ordering Them To Disperse

Lost Race Re:Remember how the NSA is worse than the Stasi? (233 comments)

You mean, just because I executed a query against my database, the database doesn't actually store anything until I query it?

That's exactly how quantum computers work!

about 3 months ago

Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Lost Race Easily solved (937 comments)

The problem of liability is relatively easy to solve. Define a set of operational standards, then limit liability by statute as long as those standards are met. Update and refine the standards as we gain experience.

A few unfortunate people will be killed by programming errors and deficient standards, but far more lives will be saved by getting the deadly menace of human drivers off the road.

about 3 months ago

The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Lost Race Re:he's a Conservative Republican (341 comments)

In the case of General Petraus, he damn well needed to be questioned, disrespectfully even, because of this whole mess: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petraeus_scandal

Why is that whole mess supposed to be interesting to anybody besides the people directly involved? I never understand why cheating spouse celebrity "scandals" are such a big deal.

about 3 months ago

CES: Laser Headlights Edge Closer To Real-World Highways

Lost Race Re: Stronger headlights (295 comments)

Lane doesn't matter. Drivers in the eastern US get uneasy if they see a gap in traffic. They just aren't comfortable unless they're tailgating. And they won't pass unless they can see someone else up ahead to tailgate.

about 3 months ago

Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

Lost Race Re:But seriously speaking ... (465 comments)

Taco Cowboy's experience allegedly happened on 2011-04-11 at 16:07 SGT. The big quake happened on 2011-03-11 at 14:46 JST, which is 13:46 SGT. So neither the date nor the time of the story checks out. If his memory of those particular details is so sketchy, then all his other memories of the experience are suspect -- perhaps whatever caused the hallucinations also disrupted his time sense, or perhaps the entire memory is false. (I'm not suggesting that the story is fictitious, just that it's based on an unreliable memory.)

Even ignoring the date/time errors in the story, we don't really see any evidence of spooky premonition. There had been a magnitude 7.2 quake two days earlier, which probably had a lot of people thinking randomly about earthquakes just before the big one hit.

about 3 months ago

4 Tips For Your New Laptop

Lost Race Re:Suggestions and options. (310 comments)

Every year or so I make a forensic copy of my Windows machine's HDD and use F-prot to scan it on an air-gapped clean scratch system. It always comes up clean. It is possible to use Windows without any active AV and still not get infected. It'll be a sad day if ever universal active antivirus becomes mandatory as suggested by GP.

about 3 months ago

Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?

Lost Race Re:As an organiser of events. (469 comments)

Humans aren't designed to have full recall

Humans aren't designed at all. Our bodies are a hodge-podge of randomly accumulated survival traits, all very sub-optimal for much of modern civilized life. That's why we have machines and other technology to help us.

Maybe the next experimental technology will lead to mass psychotic breakdown, or maybe we'll adapt and it will become another routine part of our unnatural lives.

about 4 months ago

IPTV Providers To Pay Same Regulatory Fees As Cable Companies

Lost Race Re:Dear FCC (97 comments)

The Internet is ... outside your jurisdiction.


about 7 months ago

TV Programmers Seek the Elusive Dog Market

Lost Race Re:wealth brings stupidity (199 comments)

It says we're not all complete bigots. Some of us might really transcend brute nature, red in tooth and claw.

about 9 months ago

Microsoft's Cooperation With NSA Either Voluntary, Or Reveals New Legal Tactic

Lost Race Re:Missed an option. (193 comments)

Look what happened to the one major telco that refused "voluntary" compliance with the previous administration's warrantless wiretap "requests": relentless investigation, indictment, and conviction of the CEO for the kind of subtle and complicated financial irregularities that no doubt every rich person engages in at some point. The message is clear: Comply "voluntarily" and get a free pass to do business as usual; otherwise we will bring down the full weight of the federal government and crush you.

about 9 months ago

Dropbox Wants To Replace Your Hard Disk

Lost Race Re:Enough with the cloud crap already!! (445 comments)

With regards to security: Either you trust the input device or you don't. Assuming you trust it, ...

Why would you trust a public terminal, with unknown hardware behind the screen, running unknown firmware with unknown custom mods? Just because it says "Security Certified by ${TRUSTED_VENDOR}" doesn't mean that's actually true.

Even if everything behind the screen is legit, there could still be a recording filter in front of the touch screen. This isn't some implausibly far-fetched theoretical concept -- it's a well-known attack commonly used on ATMs.

about 9 months ago


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