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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

Midnight_Falcon Re:Waiting for Republicans to come in and defend t (311 comments)

Can you support your claims about the French "6th Republic" with any sources citing movements for creating a new constitution or dissolving the French state in favor of a new republic? Really, the DeGaulle Constitution is a staple of comparative politics and is the foundation of much of what Samuel Huntington terms the "Third Wave of Democratization."

about two weeks ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

Midnight_Falcon Re:Waiting for Republicans to come in and defend t (311 comments)

The subject as to whether the U.S. is a democracy has also been beaten to death in every university in the nation, however, it tends to be more of a bar conversation than a serious conversation in political theory.

Sure, U.S. democracy became more democratic over the time, starting with the expansion of the franchise to non-land owning males under Andrew Jackson. However, to say it was never a "democracy" is really a semantic question where you redefine democracy to be "direct democracy;" or have to include institutions which are uncommonly present in the world's democracies.

This redefinition of democracy really falls apart when you look at literature using democracy in a scientific sense, e.g. Democratic Peace Theory, "the closest thing we have to a law in political science."

about two weeks ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

Midnight_Falcon Re:Waiting for Republicans to come in and defend t (311 comments)

Your sentiment has already been beaten to death in pretty much every collegiate Comparative Politics class in the USA. Of course, we can blame folks like Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, Bush/Cheney for expanding the powers of the presidency; but really the system in and of itself is flawed.

There is a school of thought in comparative politics called "American Exceptionalism" -- in this case, meaning that the U.S. Constitution is exceptional in that it only works in the US -- other places that have tried using the American model, with the strong executive; end up devolving into dictatorships. See Dahl, Robert Polyarchy .

Believe it or not, is it actually the 5th Republic French Constitution (the DeGaulle constitution) that has proven the most successful in bringing democracy to democratizing nations.

Reforms like proportional representation, abolishment of the electoral college, and institutions to do away with the two-party system have been long in coming to the American political system to keep it in line with the modern conception of democracy. Instead, it keeps slipping into this vaguely democratic polyarchy.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Says They Have VPNs In a 'Vulcan Death Grip'

Midnight_Falcon Re:What IP address ranges are in the US? (234 comments)

Good luck with that. You can block all IPs assigned to ARIN in the US, but thanks to IP address shortages, you'll find many of those sites with ARIN-allocated IPs are actually located geographically in Europe...and some APNIC IPs are located in the US...etc etc

about a month ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

Midnight_Falcon Re:They said that about cell phones (386 comments)

Limit of 20 years in the United States -- notably, Chinese patents are issued for 13 years (apparently, 13 is a "Lucky number" in Chinese culture). Patents are usually filed with WIPO with priority dates (meaning, date the clock started ticking) dating to the original patent application in the U.S. (or the provisional patent application). This gives them 7 years of a headstart to legally, under Chinese law, start making knockoffs and selling them in states where either the patent hasn't been registered through WIPO, or within China.

about a month ago
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Kim Dotcom's Mega Again Announces Encrypted Browser-Based Chat Service

Midnight_Falcon crypto.cat? (40 comments)

How is this different/superior than crypto.cat for web-based ease? Of course, Pidgin/Adium with OTR is already available and likely superior, and can run on top of almost any existing IM infrastructure.

about a month ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Midnight_Falcon Including Slashdot? (396 comments)

I find it more than ironic that this article was posted on Slashdot, which in 2014..still doesn't support SSL. It'll even redirect HTTPS to plaintext HTTP!

about a month ago
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Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case

Midnight_Falcon Judge Bennett issues a Concurring Opinion (152 comments)

...and no one cares. I think we should however appeal to some sort of internet tribunal as to whether wasting so much space on this, on such a high traffic website like Slashdot, warrants a sentence of an electronic gag device.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Midnight_Falcon Re:Subaru Impreza (195 comments)

Hadn't heard about this, but my model is a 2010 (I got it new in 2010), and has had zero problems at 40k miles. Still haven't had to even get a brake job done. Worst I've had to do is plug a couple tires -- but really can't blame the car for placing nails in the road :)

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Midnight_Falcon Subaru Impreza (195 comments)

I'm biased here because I drive one, but, Subarus are known for being "lego cars." They are ridiculously easy to take apart and put parts in, everything is setup very logically, and parts are interchangeable within a few years of the model. Also, there's a huge community at NASIOC that will give you lots of information and people to ask about whatever you'd like to do.

So far, I have (previously having no experience doing work on cars):
Installed Pioneer head unit w/ DVD player + ebrake bypass (no I do not watch DVDs while driving, it's just easier to bypass than connect the ebrake :) )
Replaced speakers with SEAS Lotus
Replaced battery with an optima yellowtop for the soundsystem (stock 90A alternator works great though)
Installed subwoofer in custom enclosure (easy to find custom fiberglass for these cars)
Installed remote starter
Disabled the blasted beeping when a passenger doesn't put on their seatbelt

I'm sure you could do a lot more with one of these, but that's just what I've been able to do in a year or two of playing around with it. I am no longer at all intimidated by opening my car up and doing work on it, if you can put together a PC and do legos, you can work on a Subaru.

about 2 months ago
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Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate

Midnight_Falcon The bike riding is less than impressive.. (136 comments)

If you'e seen videos of him doing the supposed "riding bike down the street," he only gets a handful of meters, slowly, and it is a very painstaking bike ride. They even edit his video to show the more successful parts. I looked into this after seeing his TED talk -- while echolocation seemed pretty neat, it definitely seems like his foundation is exaggerating its efficacy. It definitely does something, his bike riding is awkward at best but I think it's talked up in an effort to encourage others to learn it as well.

about 2 months ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Midnight_Falcon Re:Finally.. (130 comments)

I'm pretty sure I'm not the "asshole" here...in that, well, you chime in on a conversation just to call someone an expletive, or insult them..without even bothering to google OTP first. Notice in all my posts in my post history I don't resort to name calling like you have done here -- it's a clear sign logic has failed, and all you have is nonsense rhetoric and insult to offer.

about 3 months ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Midnight_Falcon Re:Finally.. (130 comments)

Clearly I should've spelt out OTP to avoid confusion in this context..except, yes, I do PCI compliance audits for a living, and this acronym seems very second-nature at this point. However though, I wasn't the one confusing OTP..it was the readers applying their own cognitive bias to apply the "one time pad" meaning here, even though the context clearly pointed away from that.

about 3 months ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Midnight_Falcon Re:Finally.. (130 comments)

Sure they do. It's actually common in security parlance. When was the last time you made it to a security convention?

Here's an example in commercial marketing:

https://www.yubico.com/product...

about 3 months ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Midnight_Falcon Re:Finally.. (130 comments)

I'm not confusing anything, One time password is the proper name for the technology.

about 3 months ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Midnight_Falcon Re:Finally.. (130 comments)

What am I saying? I think I have some idea.

I've done plenty of PCI compliance audits, CISA certified, yadda yadda.. so you would hope I have some insight here.

What do you know about crpytography? For example, if AMEX cards had a smart card in them that also had a OTP functionality -- like YubiKey, meaning a public key, an OTP (one time password, not pad), and a counter -- they could be made much more secure.

How so, you ask?

  • Merchant validation service would validate based on OTP, this could be API-based with only AMEX etc storing shared secrets with the OTP devices
  • Replay attacks prevented by counter -- so old OTPs could not work if re-used
  • May require information on magnetic strip + RFID/NFC/OTP device, thus ensuring the card is present
  • POS systems could be compromised and since the OTP/counter changes, compromise of PAN data stored at endpoints would be far less valuable

This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the many advantages such a system would have on making fraud a lot more difficult, and thus less profitable/worthwhile.

about 3 months ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Midnight_Falcon Re:Finally.. (130 comments)

If you're going to troll at least you give the benefit of the doubt on acronyms. OTP = One Time Password ...NOT one time pad.

Here's a reference so you can avoid further confusion and undeserved insult: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...

about 3 months ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Midnight_Falcon Finally.. (130 comments)

With OTP and related two-factor authentication technology becoming so widely available, one would have hoped that credit cards would implement some type of solution either using OTPs instead of cards, or augmenting them with OTPs. Millions of dollars in fraud prevention, "credit monitoring" and other such services would be saved by simply using solid cryptographic systems for the payment networks.

PCI compliance would probably be a lot less of a headache as well...

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

Midnight_Falcon Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

FYI SCUSA is not the acronym for Supreme Court -- it's generally given as SCOTUS. In italian, "Scusa" is feminie for "Excuse me."

about 3 months ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Midnight_Falcon Re:News for Nerds? (764 comments)

The problem is the context these terms are used in. Perhaps it is a result of living with so many attacks, but the various transgendered people I meet seem to have one thing in common: being very defensive. They throw around the word "cisgendered" almost like a racist epithet, .e.g. "Who cares what that stupid cismale thinks." -- which, because they're a minority group, seems to be tolerated. But it is not much better than saying something most people would agree as offensive, like, "Who cares what what stupid Jew thinks?"

I have been in many situations where it seemed like the transgendered person was trying to trap people into saying something they consider offensive, using the wrong pronoun or what not, just so they can act out. This has made many, including me, grow tired of the constantly changing politically correct vocabulary associated with these people -- as well as the over-the-top dramatic defensive attitudes.

about 3 months ago

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U.S. Cedes Control of DNS to ICANN

Midnight_Falcon Midnight_Falcon writes  |  about 10 months ago

Midnight_Falcon (2432802) writes "Sixteen years after Jon Postel's famed attempt to bring the DNS system under IANA control, the U.S has agreed to cede control of the root DNS servers of the internet to ICANN. With NSA spying (some of which utilizing the U.S's privileged access to the internet system) a hot button issue, this may indicate a step in the right direction for internationalizing the internet."
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