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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

countach Re:Zone of lawlessness: The U.S. government (336 comments)

"if the majority of the collective wanted to blah blah blah, the US government would be beyond their abilities in making these laws."

Not really, because if they were determined enough the majority could push through a constitutional amendment to make it happen.

about an hour ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

countach Re:If it's accessing your X server, it's elevated (242 comments)

Oh, and if you think a dumb terminal solves it, firstly these days terminals are never dumb. Even dumb terminals (does anybody still actually buy them?) probably run something like Linux underneath.

And if you can find a truly dumb terminal and solve all those problems, then you can stick a little thumb drive sized linux server between the ethernet port of the terminal and the rest of the network. Then it can put up the fake login screen whenever it wants, and at other times just pass through the packets.

This could be solved by requiring the terminal to use encryption with the key securely input into the terminal, but who is actually using such a scheme? I doubt anybody is.

1 hour ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

countach Re:If it's accessing your X server, it's elevated (242 comments)

That's great, but if the terminal you're logging in with is compromised by the old fake login, then all your keystrokes into your super trusted proprietary app or browser session can be logged and then your passwords into THAT system are now compromised, not to mention screen grabbers which might have sucked down whatever secrets you were trying to keep. Your theory about supposedly "pushing security further into the system" is a mere placebo. There is nothing inherently more secure about a browser than about an operating system.

1 hour ago
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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

countach Dodgy record (176 comments)

Surely the record depends on the expressiveness of the instruction set of the chip you are programming for. With a suitably advanced chip I could implement chess in 1 byte. It would be an instruction that looks like this:

JMP CHESS.

and an instruction that implements chess.

yesterday
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

countach Re:Stupid (562 comments)

Exactly. If they ban encryption only the good guys will be spied on, and the bad guys will be unaffected.

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

countach Re:Nothing New And Not a Problem (562 comments)

"no communication using a 3rd party as an intermediary has ever been totally secure. "

Define totally secure. A one time pad is pretty much totally secure. And not going via a 3rd party is no guarantee that someone might be eaves dropping. So your comment isn't really very helpful.

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

countach Re:No. (562 comments)

Depends what the hypothetical law is. Most likely it would allow them to go after any company to allow spying when they want to. The problem for them is what happens about code and programs that don't go through some central server and therefore there is nobody to chase and take to court when people use it to send encrypted messages.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

countach Parents (783 comments)

I don't know if letting kids this age walk home is the right thing, but I respect the right of the parents to make that decision. The world over child services staff are self-righteous twerps, who give all the signs of knowing very little about the range of problems parents face, and know even less about helping, rather than punishing parents trying to do the right thing.

about two weeks ago
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Rust Programming Language Reaches 1.0 Alpha

countach Re: Self-defeating name (161 comments)

Most people try and avoid rust.

about two weeks ago
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Would Twitter Make President Obama 'Follow' the Tea Party If the Price Is Right?

countach Re:Following != agreeing (121 comments)

Yeah, he probably wouldn't say that, but nevertheless, he COULD say it, which makes Twitter's approach potentially misleading.

about a month ago
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Would Twitter Make President Obama 'Follow' the Tea Party If the Price Is Right?

countach Re:Following != agreeing (121 comments)

That's true I guess, but if the President made a public statement that "I don't even want to know about the junk policies of the tea party, I don't give them the time of day", then he is seen to be following them on twitter, then he would look like he is contradicting himself, which wouldn't be a good thing.

about a month ago
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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

countach Re:The right to be presumed innocent? (91 comments)

"The police can set up a road-block and demand that drivers provide a breath test and proof of their license at any time. Isn't that a presumption of guilt rather than innocence?"

Not really, it's just a requirement to be subject to testing. Like if there is a rule saying you have to take your car to the mechanic once a year to test the brakes and indicators, it's not presuming anything about you being guilty.

"The taxman can deliver an assessment that says you owe $xxxxx in taxes and you are presumed to be guilty unless you can prove you don't owe that much in tax."

Well, that's not a criminal issue. There is no presumption bias in civil matters.

"Here in NZ, Kim Dotcom (love him or hate him) has had his assets seized and was incarcerated at the US government's whim"

Last I checked he is not incarcerated, and most of those assets were seized by the US, not NZ, but I take your point.

about a month ago
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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

countach Re:Innovative sheepdips (91 comments)

Yeah, I think the Chinese already have found out about wi-fi.

about a month ago
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Grinch Vulnerability Could Put a Hole In Your Linux Stocking

countach Re:Uh Oh (118 comments)

Well pretty much all vulnerabilities can be solved by updating the web front end. But shellshock was pretty much as bad as it gets, because it was extremely widely deployed in web servers, and so simple to exploit that even your mother could do it. It doesn't get worse than that.

about a month ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

countach Re: Don't worry guys... (880 comments)

Perhaps it will stop happening here, but it will still happen in the middle east. It's not like the middle east is a peaceful place without the west butting in. The Muslims have still got plenty to do blowing each other up.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

countach Re:Lawyers not doing their homework (141 comments)

I would have thought if you were launching a class action suit where each potential litigant had only a tiny damage, that you would have hundreds of candidates up front. If you can only find 2 people, and each of them has coming to them.. oh what $50, and even they don't own the right iPod, how good was this suit?

about 2 months ago
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The Fastest Camera Ever Made Captures 100 Billion Frames Per Second

countach Re: faster-than-light propagation of non-informati (122 comments)

Other things can travel faster than light relative to each other, from your view point, but nothing can travel faster than light relative to you.

An obvious example, aim 2 torches at each other. From your viewpoint, the light approaches the light of the other torch at 2x light speed. There are many examples like that, and they don't break relativity.

about 2 months ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

countach Algorithm (602 comments)

I'm not sure what Britain has in mind, but I've long argued for a system like this. Say Apple does business in my country. Say they do 6% of their global business and revenue in my country. OK, then whatever profits Apple makes world wide throughout their empire throughout all associated companies, you've got to pay tax in my country on 6% of it.

If you want to argue that for whatever reason the product mix of sales in my country is lower margin than your global business because the product mix is different, ok fine, but the onus would be on you to demonstrate that, and the level of proof required would be high.

about 2 months ago
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MasterCard Rails Against Bitcoin's (Semi-)Anonymity

countach Re:Digital (111 comments)

True, although national currencies are unlikely to fail. Governments will tax their citizens in the local currency, so there is incentive for people to earn the local currency, which means there is incentive to work for the local currency. Only gross incompetence by a government can screw up this natural system. The basis for bitcoin having value however is much more tenuous.

about 2 months ago
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Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

countach Re:What's happening to Linux? (257 comments)

Well... there's no walled garden on the Mac side. Nevertheless I used to cringe at the thought of leaving Linux. Then I just got sick of dealing with all that crap of stuff breaking all the time, and I had better things to do than spend a whole night till 2am finding out why the latest update broke something. So I learned to stop worrying and love the Apple.

about 2 months ago

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iCloud security disasters.

countach countach writes  |  about a month and a half ago

countach (534280) writes "Apparently Apple's attempts to avoid more nude celebrity leaks has caused Apple to to change their security so that attempts to hack your account can cause you to lose your iTunes account despite you having your password and other trusted IOS devices to authenticate from. Apple's attempt to stop your entire digital life getting stolen is causing people to lose their entire digital life, and they seem to think this is an improvement. Wasn't two factor supposed to solve this? And why can't Apple recover according to their own policies?"

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