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White House Releases Trusted Internet ID Plan

cinderblock Re:From TFA: "entirely voluntary" (229 comments)

I trust the government more than competing private corporations... And worse case scenario, the government has the law, and the power to physically enforce it, and could even call attacks on the system acts of terrorism. (again, worst case...)

more than 3 years ago

White House Releases Trusted Internet ID Plan

cinderblock Re:From TFA: "entirely voluntary" (229 comments)

Exactly. Except secure.

Instead of farming the job out to private corporations, a government agency should be in charge of it. One with a large web presence. They maintain you public key and force you to update keys regularly. (Opt-in of course, if you want the benefits of the secure online identity). There would also be physical locations, maybe just extend the DMV's job (I know, shoot me) or some other agency that is already in the business of authenticating people that would serve as the human fallback that the masses need to fix any security issues.

Private corporations could try to step into the personal key managing business. We just can't trust private industry to keep the people's interest's at heart. That is what the government is (supposed to be) for. And regulation of the private industry that would handle this would just be a slow and wasteful alternative.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Is Down

cinderblock Re: Facebook Is Down (448 comments)

I'm sure productivity went DOWN, since everyone kept trying to refresh/reload..."Maybe THIS time it will work?!"

That's what I did... :-/

more than 3 years ago

Apple Blocking iPhone Security Software

cinderblock Re:Nothing to see here folks (148 comments)

Granted, you can jailbreak an iPhone and install whatever you want, but I shouldn't have to hack a phone just so I can use whatever program I want on it. Being held to Apple's decision on what I can or can't use on there is a deal breaker for me.

Apple controls the available software for (among other reasons) their image. If they let people develop security software, people would start to not trust Apple as much, hurting their image and thus sales. They also intentionally keep everything "simple" for their average/target user. Apple's products and philosophy appeal to people that don't understand computers as well as the /. crowd. That being said, if you know how, you can still customize it, but it usually takes getting your hands dirty. I might not have bought an iPhone if I couldn't jailbreak it.

more than 4 years ago

Colliding Particles Can Make Black Holes After All

cinderblock Re:What's your definition of possible (269 comments)

Dude, it's right there. Of course, now we don't know how fast it's going.

Unless we don't know it's mass. Then we could know how fast it's going. :-D

more than 4 years ago

Colliding Particles Can Make Black Holes After All

cinderblock Re:Yes (269 comments)

c) don't panic

d) bring a towel

more than 4 years ago

Apple's Grand Central Dispatch Ported To FreeBSD

cinderblock Re:No. Really? (205 comments)

You obviously know sarcasm when you see it... :-P

more than 4 years ago

Massive Phishing Campaign Hits Multiple Email Services

cinderblock Re:Wow! (183 comments)

Seriously... I'm sure there are other people here who would knowingly go to the phishing page and deliberately enter garbage just to screw with the dicks who are trying to scam accounts.

I do this.

The biggest annoyance with entering bad data is actually Firefox . It makes me click through the phishing warnings before posting my bogus info.

I also usually leave them a message in the bogus data.

PS. How did you guys guess my password!? "lafaroleratropezoooooooooooooo" was picked because I couldn't even remember it!

more than 4 years ago

Beautiful Security

cinderblock Re:Thinking outside the box (81 comments)

This is why I always think outside the dodecahedron. :-p

Now that you have seen the trick, you can use it everywhere too!

more than 5 years ago

Social Security Numbers Can Be Guessed

cinderblock Re:good thing (268 comments)

The final digit reduces the possibilities by roughly 90%.

By definition, each digit reduces the possibilities by exactly 90%.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Discloses Windows 7 Pricing

cinderblock Re:The answer is... (821 comments)

Ultimately it all comes down to choice. If you really want/have to use Windows, then pay for it and shut up.

Yeah, if I wanted it I'd pay for it but since I only need it, I'll steal it.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Licensing a "Disaster" For XP Shops

cinderblock Re:The whole thing is silly (567 comments)

Selling to you is just a sideline to Microsoft's real business.

No, that's how they get people hooked so they demand to use it in a business environment where the costs can be very high.

MS makes most of their money from things like support that you pay through the nose for. Businesses want to pay people to take care of such things because they have been conditioned to believe that it isn't cost effective to do it in house.

MS has literally conditioned people (like my boss) to be scared of Linux and open source.

more than 5 years ago

DRM Group Set To Phase Out "Analog Hole"

cinderblock Re:DRM (417 comments)

Telling someone you want to take away a group of peoples rights always sounds bad and closes the discussion before it's begun.

Until you pass Prop 8.

more than 5 years ago

Security Flaw Hits VAserv; Head of LxLabs Found Hanged

cinderblock Re:Narrow escape (413 comments)

The vast majority of the problems came from replacing files that LxLabs's software would access with elevated privileges with symlinks to target files like /etc/shadow. One combination of these tricks even led to full root shell access. Who needs an SQL injection attack... except to access an account so you don't even need to be a paid user.

more than 5 years ago

Scientists Create RNA From Primordial Soup

cinderblock Re:Ignoratio Elenchi (369 comments)

I'm not holding my breath though.

What about the flood?

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Users Warned Over Filename Security Risk

cinderblock Re:How can this be? (613 comments)

Or if you're lazy like me, it's just "cmd"

more than 5 years ago

Hobbits' Brains Shrank Due To Remote Home

cinderblock Re:Evolution Determines Intelligence (190 comments)

Look at Japan. It has a tiny fraction of the natural resources of Africa. Yet, the Japanese people created the 2nd-richest nation on the planet.

My history may be way off but:

Didn't the Japanese move there recently (evolutionary timescale) from the mainland? There wouldn't be enough time for evolution to make an equivalent difference. Modern (same timescale) cultures can offset a lack in resources easily. After overcoming that hurdle, a small land mass can be a blessing for a country's development. One example is how much better their connectivity is because they don't need to span a country the size of the US.

Are both ends of the spectrum the best for a country's development? US = huge = tons of resources, japan = small = needs less resources. (I realize that there might be a lower limit to this, making this not work for tiny countries. There are also other factors that have led to Japan's success)

more than 5 years ago

Cablevision To Offer 101 Mbps Down, No Caps

cinderblock Re:Starting to pack my things... (375 comments)

Now I need to find a town [...] to move to...

Anywhere in Japan.

more than 5 years ago

Researchers Make Paper Speakers For LCD TVs

cinderblock Re:Dear lord, this is horrible... (83 comments)

Just try walking in the mall as all 100,000 posters located in random locations start talking all at once

There are laws to keep this from happening. It is already very easy to add a small speaker to posters to do this kind of thing. (Remember the Big Mouth Billy Bass) People would throw a fit and get such things taken down if they ever got to be so annoying... quit over-reacting people.

more than 5 years ago


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