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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

ewibble Re:Government doesn't have records (287 comments)

It really depends on how much "safer" autonomous cars are doesn't it. The current problem with software is that when it fails it fails usually catastrophically, what do you do when you fail, stop that could be dangerous, keep going dangerous too. People don't usually fail as completely as software they make lots of small mistakes but usually do a good enough job.

the road toll is 14.9 per 100,000 per year that is quite low considering how much people drive, you would need a lot of testing, in real life scenarios to convince me that automated car was safer. And each release would need that level of testing. Yes you may get one driver who is bad kill a few people but a bad software release could kill much more.

I am not saying automated cars aren't safer, just that just because they are automated doesn't automatically make them so.

about two weeks ago
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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

ewibble Re:problem (121 comments)

The Government already has *all* the power, should it wish to exercise it.

Not true it does have a lot, but only to the point that people don't rebel against it. The trick is to make the people happy enough so they don't rebel while getting as much power as possible. Monitoring everyone greatly increases this power since you can squash dissidents (opponents to your power) much sooner, you can do this by labeling them the boogie man of the time, (currently terrorist) and imprison then for as long as you like without trial, or just assassinate them of course.

The scarey thing is, I think they will do it believing that they are doing for the common good. Your beliefs are obviously right, and your opponents are wrong, they wouldn't be your beliefs if you didn't consider your beliefs right. You wouldn't want someone in power that you think would do the wrong thing, would you?

about two weeks ago
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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

ewibble Re: USB Device Recommendation (121 comments)

It actually could, well much more than the current system, given a couple things.

1. The hardware does a challenge response, that way the private key is never given to untrusted hardware software system. Ok the untrusted system could log in once but only once.
2. The USB key doesn't allow the firmware to be reprogramed (https://srlabs.de/badusb/).
3. There is no other way than physically pressing the USB key to activate the challenge response each time.
4. Do not allow a session to remain open indefinitely especially if the same dongle is used to log in form somewhere else.

I have been saying for years that this mechanism would be great for credit cards, and a password replacement, of course you could still have passwords but with this mechanism would be fine for me without them.

You could log in to any site with this, if the system used private/public key encryption simply give the site your public key, and use it to log by encrypting the challenge with your private key. Now if you ever use a password on a website you may as well consider it compromised.

You could have multiple USB keys, if you wanted. You could even allow them to change the private key as long there was a physical block on writing the key, a switch or something.

about two weeks ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

ewibble Re:Much as I despise trolls (489 comments)

Agreed, In real life you don't go to jail for 2 year for being rude what makes the internet so special.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

ewibble Re:(Re:The Children!) Why? I'm not a pedophile! (284 comments)

Of course its right to use technical means to stop the government accessing your files. It always has been like that, you could always write you documents in code, or hide them and you where under no obligation to reveal the code or location, you have the right to remain silent.

The government has the ability to watch us more than it ever has in history, but it will never be enough.

I think it is less about allowing encryption on cell phones as opposed to having it on by default. Most people will not bother (mainly because they don't understand how easy it is to monitor someone) so it is an indicator to look further if your phone is encrypted, once everyone has encryption turned on it will no longer be an indicator.

Really its the spy agencies own fault they overstepped their bounds, by issuing secret warrants to companies and monitoring everyone, now they get the backlash.

When something you had is taken away it feels much worse than if you never had it in the first place.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

ewibble Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

So the goal is to encourage people to consume as much as they can. That sounds totally reasonable.

Everybody can be x months away from abject poverty, if they loose their jobs.

Of course I would pay my wife, and she would pay me, problem solved.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

ewibble Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

No that is the poor pretending to be rich you don't get rich by spending more than you earn.

Yes the rich buy stuff on credit, but it is as an investment, if the cost of borrowing is less than what you expect to get in return, then it is prudent to borrow. Also if it turns out you fail other people bare the burden on you loss. Bankruptcy is not that bad ask Mr Trump.

The poor tend to by on credit not backed by anything, because they have no choice and end up paying higher interest and being able to buy less in the long run.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

ewibble Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Although the rich buy more expensive items, the percentage of there total income they spend is much less. If you can barely survive you are spending 100% of your income. Where if you can save you are not consuming so you are not being taxed. A regressive tax is one that taxes a higher percentage of poor persons income than a rich person, not a higher absolute value (http://www.investopedia.com/terms/r/regressivetax.asp)

Not taxing food is a start at addressing this but there are other essentials that the poor must buy in order function, housing, transport, clothing. A consumption tax should be only taxing unnecessary consumption. Think of it this way you need a certain level "consumption" just to go to work, so really it is an investment for making more money. What percentage of your income do you pay in rent? What percentage of rich persons income do they pay? probably 0% since they will own the property, ok they have to pay maintenance and stuff, but it is probably much smaller as a percentage of their income.

Also there are luxury foods why shouldn't they be taxed?

This system would probably be far too complex to maintain, and the rich are the ones that can afford the accountants in order to avoid the taxes anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

ewibble Re: For those who said "No need to panic" (421 comments)

Afraid, weary same thing, the reason we have fear is because we need it, we evolved to need and we still need it. Kids don't usually jump of high thing because they are afraid.

If this case if we underestimate the danger, it will be too late, you are right we will not be able to run an hide from this. So a little bit of overreaction is better than a little bit of under reaction.

So be afraid, be slightly afraid.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

ewibble Re: For those who said "No need to panic" (421 comments)

Being afraid accomplishes lots, it motivates us, it is stops us doing stupid things,
but too much, of pretty much anything including fear can be a bad thing too, it can do the opposite, paralyze us, make us do stupid things.

Maybe if the nurse was a little more afraid she would have followed procedures better. (don't know what went wrong so I am only guessing).

Maybe if we are afraid we have tested this first patient at the border instead of taking his word for it.

Maybe it will stop the US spending billions on fighting terrorism which truly is an insignificant problem, and has very little potential to become bigger. And start focusing more on this which is small but has the potential to become massive.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

ewibble Re:Quarantine? (475 comments)

Isn't sweat, a bodily fluid? or is ebola not passed on by that one?

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

ewibble Re:Oh good (907 comments)

Where I live a car is not an essential item, it maybe in some places, but people still buy cars that the cannot afford here. Without one you will probably end up healthier anyway. It costs a lot of money to maintain. This may be different in places without public transport.

If you cannot afford to buy a car for cash you probably cannot afford to pay double or triple that price in interest to borrow the money to buy that car. If you borrow to buy the car you are effectively paying a higher price for the car, so if you are broke do you really want to throw your money away? It is a bad decision.

If you actually need a car, and I mean NEED, for example for work, not just really really want because would be more convenient, that logic would change of course but you should still get the cheapest possible car. Be careful you don't convince yourself you need the car, when you really don't, if you try hard enough you can come up reason to justify any purchase. I need a TV to keep up with current events, I need a smart phone, keep up my emails, ... people survived thousands of years without any of these things and you probably can too.

I drive a 1994 Toyota, works fine doesn't break down often. I don't actually need the car.

about a month ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

ewibble Re:No, It Won't (326 comments)

There are countries that are socialist, (e.g. Nordic countries) compared to the US and doing quite well, better based on quality of life measures.

Don't get me wrong capitalism as severed the world well, it has increase its production capability nicely, but times have changed, we have reached a point where we are now not struggling to survive, on the contrary our excesses are now killing us, we are now simply consuming for the sake of consuming, there is no reason our economic system shouldn't change to meet our current needs.

The world is not black and white, and not even shades of gray. There is no need either one or the other, you can be in between, their may also be other alternatives, we can throw in the mix as well. If we limit our thinking to Capitalism vs Communism we limit the possible solutions we can come up with.

about a month and a half ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

ewibble Re:No, It Won't (326 comments)

If third world countries become richer the should have less children, so 2 birds with one obese stone.

about a month and a half ago
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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

ewibble Re:Is this technically impossible - no. (191 comments)

So if you loose your phone, or it getsbroken you loose all your iMessages? I am not sure you might be right but doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of the cloud.
Tim Cook Says:

Apple previously said that even it can't access iMessage and FaceTime communications, stating that such messages and calls are not held in an "identifiable form."

saying they are not held in "identifiable form." means they are held. therefore they are idenfiable since the apple user can identify them, since apple has the knowledge to identify them.

about a month and a half ago
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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

ewibble Re:Is this technically impossible - no. (191 comments)

He also may be using weasel words, he may be stating there is no application that currently exists that allows a staff member read your emails. Not that one cannot be written, rather simply.

This maybe true, but the intent of the statement is still to deceive.

about a month and a half ago
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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

ewibble Re:Is this technically impossible - no. (191 comments)

The questions are this:
1. If you get a new phone can you access your emails with that phone?
2. Can you reset your password?

If 1 is true clearly there is nothing on your phone that is needed access your emails.
If 2 is true and they use your password to encrypt your data:
They clearly can decrypt it without you providing the old password, and re-encrypt it.
else they decrypt it with some key stored on their sever so they can clearly decrypt it.
else don't encrypt it at all.

So either Tim Cook's technical knowledge is lacking or he is lying.

Disclaimer:
I don't have an iphone or use icloud, so I don't know for sure but I assume the answer to both questions is yes

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

ewibble Re:This may be the way to escape from Comcast (418 comments)

You make it sound like they work out what a reasonable profit is and then charge you for it in one way or another.

They will charge you as much as they can get away with, and give you as cheap and crappy service as they can without effecting there bottom line. Maintance of their equipment is not an advertised cost, they are not really competing on this, they will charge as much as they can. Any extra money goes right into the CEOs and shareholders pockets.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

ewibble Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

They don't have to be, although simply taking a picture of a card and being able to make purchases through an actual terminal is actually quite scary.

Credit card should always do a challenge response even over the internet, that is "plug" the credit card into the device, make the transaction.

An even simpler solution would be for the bank to txt/inform your cell phone as soon as possible that a credit card transaction has been made.

Frankly the only computer I am happy for my credit card details to be stored on is the banks, basically because I have no other choice, well actually they only need the public key as well.

about 2 months ago

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Hard line over child abuse in New Zealand

ewibble ewibble writes  |  about a year ago

ewibble (1655195) writes "There proposed law changes under which you can be banned from association with children on suspicion:

Under proposed new law changes revealed today, judges would also have the power to ban suspected child abusers from being around children for up to 10 years without being convicted of a crime, and to limit the ability of abusive parents to be involved in their children's lives.

Under the proposal, qualifying offences could include suspected sexual violation, incest, sexual grooming, indecent assault and murder.

What is suspected sexual violation?"
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