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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

mark_reh Re:Laptop hard drives (250 comments)

If you store the data encrypted and something happens to you, the files are worthless to someone else, maybe a family member, who might enjoy/benefit from their availability. Have you put the encryption key in your will / living will, or already given it to people close to you so they will be able to access your stuff when you're gone or incapacitated? Or are the files only for your own eyes?

3 days ago
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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

mark_reh Compatibility with what? (174 comments)

hijackers, malware, viruses, NSA eavesdropping...

4 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

mark_reh Yes, but only the intelligent ones (663 comments)

who don't deny science.

The rest can consult a homeopath when they get sick.

about a week ago
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New Collaborative Project Wants to Systematize Complex Problem Solving Online

mark_reh As far as I can tell, our biggest problems are (42 comments)

political in nature. Science denial, a willingness to kill in the name of religion, etc. Can it address that type of problem?

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

mark_reh Re:I'm surprised we aren't hearing more from the b (562 comments)

You've never heard of the citizen's united supreme court decision? Corporations are people and money is free speech. Corporations can give as much as they want to any politician or party they choose.

Spying and security problems at corporations are directly related. If data was kept encrypted until it is used, including the data I voluntarily give corporations, they'd have fewer hackers stealing credit card data type security breaches and it would be harder for industrial espionage to take place. It would also be harder for governments, foreign and domestic, to intercept communications.

The problem now is that no one can trust any encryption because you can't be sure the NSA hasn't already put back doors into it. If someone comes along and claims they have encryption that the NSA can't bust, how are they going to prove it?

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

mark_reh I'm surprised we aren't hearing more from the big (562 comments)

corporations that control the government. They are the ones paying real money to prevent and remedy security breaches. It seems it would be in their best interests to have strong encryption to prevent a lot of expensive problems, yet they seem unusually quiet on the subject.

The terrorists will always find a way to communicate in secret. Eliminating secure encryption will simply raise the cost of secure communication for them. Meanwhile the rest of us will be left with our asses showing.

about two weeks ago
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Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

mark_reh Thank God! I was beginning to think (174 comments)

the US had a near monopoly on stupid public officials.

about two weeks ago
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Virgin Galactic To Launch 2,400 Comm. Satellites To Offer Ubiquitous Broadband

mark_reh It's Iridium all over again. (123 comments)

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Official: Supporting Backdoored Random Number Generator Was "Regrettable"

mark_reh I don't get it. (106 comments)

Why not use a real random number generator (such as avalanche noise in a semiconductor junction) to generate a key instead of a pseudorandom number generated by software that can be back-doored?

about two weeks ago
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Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools

mark_reh And which college (154 comments)

did the cavemen go to?

Comparing college students to cavemen and drawing conclusions about language seems a little silly. College students don't do anything but communicate. Cavemen did everything- they hunted/gathered/raised food, made tools, entertained themselves. How do we know language didn't develop because of the desire for entertainment? Maybe they got bored sitting around a fire grunting. maybe they wanted to hear some jokes.

about two weeks ago
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The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff

mark_reh Re:Risk management? (177 comments)

You apparently have not been reading the news in the last couple years.

There is no such thing as privacy, anywhere. All computer and phone communications are being vacuumed up and can eventually be used to justify doing anything they want to you, from stealing your girl to having you assassinated.

Don't be a fool!

about two weeks ago
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The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff

mark_reh Risk management? (177 comments)

I think a lot of company communication retention policies are based on risk management. They are afraid to delete anything in case they get sued. Depending on the industry they may be required to retain data by law.

It seems this can work equally in their favor or against them.

I have worked for a lot of big companies and realized from day one of email that there is literally zero privacy. Once you hit the send button you have no idea who is going to read what you wrote. I have always refrained from putting anything in a company email (or in a personal email accessed via company networks) that could come back and bite me in the ass. No jokes, no comments about coworkers, the boss, or management in general, no comments about the futility of the project I'm assigned to, etc. Keep it strictly business. Likewise for telephone conversations where one or both ends are in the company phone network. Likewise for web browsing and searches.

Anyone who thinks any form of communication at their place of employment is private is an idiot. Always assume every word said, written, or typed will be heard/read by someone who was not intended to be part of the communication, either now or in the future.

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

mark_reh Re:Assholes, indeed - NRA doesn't like them. (573 comments)

The bible, used by many as a guide to run their lives, including many soldiers and gun nutz, says "thou shalt not kill", but none of those people have any compunctions about violating THAT principle, so what is a Constitution, the words of men, compared to the Bible, the word of God? If people who profess to be Christian can't live by the most basic rules in their own holy book, why would anyone expect any of them to actually follow the Constitution? There's conflict in every action a soldier takes. Soldiers are trained to ignore the internal conflicts and follow orders.

When a soldier is ordered to do a job, maybe kill some people, they do it in spite of their belief in the Bible as the word of God because if they don't they may be imprisoned or suffer other harsh consequences. If a soldier will kill people under orders, what makes you think they'd hesitate to take away someone's guns when ordered to do so? They will face the same consequences for disobeying orders in either case. It's no different than a gun nut saying in one breath that he "supports the troops" and in the next saying he's going to shoot any soldiers who come to take away his guns.

People pick and choose conflicting beliefs and act on whichever provide the least discomfort all the time. In this case, the Constitution is a convenient banner, a way of justifying the gun nutz' blood lust in as patriotic a way as possible, thereby allowing them to take comfort in knowing their fellow "patriots" support them. Soldiers aren't supreme court justices. They follow orders or suffer severe penalties for not doing so. Your fantasies about citizen-soldiers are nothing more than dreams. If the federal government ever decided to take away your guns, they won't have any problem getting soldiers to do it, and you'll be massively outgunned.

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

mark_reh Re:Assholes, indeed - NRA doesn't like them. (573 comments)

jet planes and flame throwers and guided fucking missles and grenades

The armed forces are currently composed of your brothers, sisters, uncles, cousins, and friends. These people still have some compunction to not shoot at American citzens.

Yeah I know, they're all heroes for going to fight for the oil companies in Iraq and Afghanistan, and you're proud to put that yellow ribbon on your pickup declaring how you support the troops. Funny you mention that they are your brothers, sisters, cousins, etc., because they are the same people the gun nutz (you?) say they are going to shoot if they try to take away their (your?) guns. What happened to all that respect and support? Where is THEIR (your?) compunction not to shoot American citizens who are just doing their jobs?

about three weeks ago
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Who's Responsible When Your Semi-Autonomous Shopping Bot Purchases Drugs Online?

mark_reh They ran the bot on the dark net, of course (182 comments)

they are responsible legally. If they didn't want to have legal problems they should have pointed it at Amazon.com or Walmart. Just because they are "artists" doesn't make it art, and doesn't absolve them of legal responsibility. Maybe they were too stupid to anticipate illegal purchases. They are still responsible.

If they had made a gun that randomly shoots moving objects in front of it expecting to shoot birds and squirrels, but it ends up shooting people, would they be legally responsible? Is it art?

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

mark_reh I'm not worried about it. (840 comments)

When the poo hits the fan and "civilization" collapses, they'll be good feed stock (as in dinner) for those of us who know how to actually do things.

about a month ago
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Bitcoin Gets Its First TV Ads

mark_reh Re:Secure? (127 comments)

And the guy who was running silk road didn't have his bitcoins seized and auctioned?
And bitcoin is immune to manipulation of its value against other currencies?

Never underestimate the power of denial!

If something has value, someone has/will figure out a way to steal it or manipulate it, and governments will figure out how to seize it.
There, by reverse logic, I just proved that bitcoin has value.
Happy?

about a month ago
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Bitcoin Gets Its First TV Ads

mark_reh Secure? (127 comments)

Bitcoin is secure?
Bill Clinton said it best: "That depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is..."

about a month ago
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NASA Makes 3-D Printed Wrench Model Available

mark_reh I printed it. (99 comments)

It was not really a useful wrench. It was a publicity gimmick. 3 in-lbs is finger tight. You don't need a wrench for that.

The design was poor- torque applied to the socket would apply shearing force to the square post on the wrench and tear the layers apart. There was a single pawl engaging the ratchet wheel which means that tiny little bit of plastic had all the force applied to it. Also, the ratchet only turned in one direction- tightening a nut but not loosening. After a relatively few turns, the pawl started to slip and the wrench became even more useless. The pawl was difficult to print because of the tiny print area on the printer's bed. There wasn't much helping it stick to the bed. I had to restart the print a few times before I got it to stick.

A smarter way to make a wrench would have been to have multiple pawls engaging the ratchet wheel to reduce force applied to any one of them, and there should have been a square hole in the ratchet wheel and a second, square cross section part to fit in the hole printed laying on its side. You would put the square peg into the hole and it would be long enough to allow a socket to be put on either side of the wrench- one side for tightening and the other for loosening a nut.

NASA really needs to have contests for this sort of thing. They'd get even more publicity with that.

about a month ago

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Linux replacement for Playon Media server

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mark_reh (2015546) writes "I am tired of dealing with Windows and want to go 100% linux. There is one app that I have yet to find a linux replacement for- Playon media server. Is there a roughly equivalent Linux program that makes streaming web content as easily accessible from the TV?

PS3 media server is nice for streaming from my HDD but doesn't have the easy web content accessibility that Playon has."

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Ask Slashdot: moving out but need to keep up with

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mark_reh writes "I am forced to move to another state where I can work. My wife and son will be staying put. I need to go over my son's homework with him every night. Is there a decent tool that allows collaborative screen sharing accompanied by voice/video? His computer will be running Win 7 and mine will be on whatever is required, preferably linux."
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How are photos controlled on the internet?

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mark_reh (2015546) writes "When you search for images via Google Images you see a bunch of pictures, but how is the availability of images controlled? For example, where are all the swimsuit pics of Sarah Palin when she was in beauty contests? How does the Palin organization or any other celebrity, or anyone else for that matter, manage to control availability of images on the web? If such control is possible, how do sex videos of celebrities manage to fall outside that control, or do they?"

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For the love of God, will someone tell me why

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

men who drive pickup trucks insist on backing them into parking spaces? What is the point?
The bigger the pickup, the more likely it will be backed into a parking space.
If it has a trailer hitch, it will be backed up so the hitch hangs over a sidewalk, just waiting to knee-cap someone walking by.

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