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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Marillion Re:Folks.... (185 comments)

For example: Hong Kong Post Root; DoD Root CA 2; Federal Common Policy CA; Staat der Nederlanden Root CA - Any of these CA can mint a certificate for ANY website.

Keep in mind that any sufficiently powerful nation is better served sending lawyers rather than hackers. Step One: All it takes is to send a court ordered warrant with gag-order to get the private key for "Go Daddy Root Certificate Authority - G2". Step Two: Mint certificates

We should do two things. 1) Browsers should also start displaying the root CA. If I go to Google and I know it's Google because "Autoridad de Certificacion Raiz del Estado Venezolano" says so, I'd be suspicious. 2) Fix the all or nothing problem. Somehow limit the domain scope of a CA. "Google Internet Authority G2" mints certificates for Google.Com. What's to keep them from minting one for MyBank.com?

5 days ago
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Hackers Demand Automakers Get Serious About Security

Marillion Re:Shouldn't be necessary, but NOT NEEDED (120 comments)

I'd worry about people hacking my car about the same time as I'd worry about people cutting my brake lines.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

Marillion Re:Breach (116 comments)

This technique works for data drives not boot drives: 100% full disk encryption. When you decommission the drive, decommission the encryption key. This technique also works with wear leveling SSD drives that might not always properly erase if you attempt to wipe the data.

about 2 months ago
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OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

Marillion Re:Will it run on my WRT54G? (71 comments)

I'm running the same hardware. It's solid. Love it.

about 3 months ago
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Overeager Compilers Can Open Security Holes In Your Code

Marillion Re:old news from decades ago (199 comments)

Right. The other part of the issue is why didn't anyone write a test to verify that the buffer overflow detection code actually detects when you overflow buffers?

about 3 months ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Marillion Re:Backup? (396 comments)

I'm a fan of computing par2 repair blocks at a 15%. Every so often run a par2verify.

about 4 months ago
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After a Long wait, GNU Screen Gets Refreshed

Marillion Re:most useful? (77 comments)

This is what I use.
alias tm='tmux att || tmux'

about 5 months ago
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TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

Marillion Re:IPX (149 comments)

That and if Novell had implemented a network ID registration entity. Many Novell installations used network ID 00:00:00:01 because that's what was in the manual. This made them unconnectable for all intents and purposes.

about 6 months ago
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Goodyear's New State-of-the-Art Airship Makes Its First Flight

Marillion Re:Kirov Reporting (66 comments)

Thanks for the Command and Conquer reference. It made my day.

about 6 months ago
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US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

Marillion Re:Fourth Amendment (186 comments)

One word: Contractors.

about 7 months ago
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Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment From Heathrow Border Agent

Marillion Re:Is Snowden being tried? (261 comments)

Perhaps there are deals being worked out. These deals could be between Snowden and the US. Perhaps a deal with some other country. Perhaps a deal with a book publisher. Until a deal is reached, these deals should be private. Lastly, we should be very worried if no one is trying to make a deal because it signals that everyone has an entrenched and unyielding position.

about 7 months ago
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Why Robot Trucks Could Be Headed To Afghanistan (And Everywhere Else)

Marillion Re:As an ex-trucker let be first to say... (135 comments)

My wife is a UPS driver and for a long time I felt that trucking was one field that couldn't be off shored. Stuff has to keep moving.

Then one day I started to think about Google Car and I realized that the "killer app" for Google Car isn't as a car, it's as a truck. I agree it won't happen overnight, but it will happen. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are almost 800,000 big rig truck drivers at $40,000/yr in the US. (2012 data) Another 40,000 drive delivery trucks. Politics are the only thing that will save it. It's too large a cohort of workers. I look at the the NAFTA provisions for Mexican drivers to operate in the US that haven't been implemented as evidence that Congress will discourage their adoption. Also, what congressman wants to be on record of approving "Big Scary Robot Trucks" that accidentally drove over the Smith Family minivan killing both parents and Baby Smith too.

Stats: http://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag...

about 8 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

Marillion Re:I grew up in Atlanta... (723 comments)

That's been my observation too. Having spent winters as far south as Cincinnati and as far north as Ottawa, Canada I completely agree. When snow is cold and stays cold, it's very similar to sand. Plowing is unnecessary. Chemical de-icing (salt or other) actually makes it more hazardous. I also have to say that no one handles snow as well as Montréal. They have giant snow throwers attached to tractors and pump it into dump trucks and cart it off to snow disposal sites.

about 8 months ago
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Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

Marillion Re:So what happens to the hydrogen? That's usable. (375 comments)

You're thinking of fission. There is no evidence this device uses fission. They compare it to gills of a fish which extract oxygen and nitrogen from the dissolved gasses in the water.

about 8 months ago
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NYC's 250,000 Street Lights To Be Replaced With LEDs By 2017

Marillion Re:I wish they'd do it here. (372 comments)

In 2005, the Commonwealth of Kentucky replaced all 77,000 traffic lights in the entire state with LEDs over the course of about a month. Citation

about a year ago
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What Are the Genuinely Useful Ideas In Programming?

Marillion Re:Uncontroversial? (598 comments)

The GUI is not useful. Well, okay, it has its moments. I've seen too many programmers go from mouse to keyboard so often and so frequently that they can skip the gym from the cardio workout it provides.

about a year ago
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OpenZFS Project Launches, Uniting ZFS Developers

Marillion Re:What's the difference? (297 comments)

The feature I'm waiting for is the v30 feature for filesystem encryption. Full disk encryption is the current fad, but selective encryption just seems cleaner. I see no point of encrypting operating system files only to unencrypt them every time you boot.

1 year,14 days
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NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

Marillion Re:SSH? (607 comments)

Exactly. Although simple resources like SSL Labs has very easy guides.

1 year,25 days
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NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

Marillion Re:SSH? (607 comments)

My suspicion is that they can monitor the AES key negotiation during SSL handshake. I've heard enough experts say they still trust AES. But if you as a government agency can compel a company to disclose their private RSA/DSA key then snooping SSL is easy. SSL uses the RSA/DSA public to encrypt the session symmetric encryption key. If you know the RSA/DSA private key, then you can easily decrypt that session key and then snoop the communication.

1 year,26 days
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The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated

Marillion Re:Build a wall (555 comments)

If by DHS (which didn't exist then) you mean the State Department, ...

about a year ago

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Judge orders man to apologize to wife on Facebook

Marillion Marillion writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Marillion writes "Photographer Mark Byron was so bothered by his pending divorce and child visitation issues that he blasted his soon-to-be ex-wife on his personal Facebook page. That touched off a battle that resulted in a Hamilton County judge ordering Byron jailed for his Facebook rant – and to post on his page an apology to his wife and all of his Facebook friends, something free speech experts found troubling."
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