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Ask Slashdot: Can Bruce Schneier Be Trusted?

moortak Re:Trust no one (330 comments)

I think it is great to question Schneier, for the same reason we do security audits. You need to examine your trust anchors from time to time. So for Schneier, we ask ourselves a simple question, is the advice sound? The idea that the math is sound, but the implementations are broken has been a constant refrain from everyone for decades. There would be no benefit to paying or threatening Schneier to make him say that, as it has been his refrain for ages. Tomorrow the people in the field with the skills to attack the math will do so, just as they were doing a year ago. The people with the skills to attack the implementations will do so like they did a year ago, but with a few more obvious targets. We'll all continue to harden our security the same way we have for ages, by assuming that there is a flaw and that it must be found.

about 9 months ago
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All of Nate Silver's State-Level Polling Predictions Proved True

moortak Re:Math (576 comments)

Damn right real men aren't afraid to order fruity drinks because they taste good, they are afraid because those things bring a nasty hang over with them.

about a year and a half ago
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The Web Is Not the Internet

moortak Re:ugh... (412 comments)

Perhaps they are too close to an open flame.

about 2 years ago
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History Will Revere Bill Gates and Forget Steve Jobs, Says Author

moortak Re:I disagree.. (679 comments)

Henry Bessemer revolutionized a bunch of industries. Andrew Carnegie was less revolutionary. Walk out in the street nearest you and ask which one people are familiar with.

more than 2 years ago
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BitTorrent Traffic Falls In the U.S.

moortak Re:P2P traffic is legal! (129 comments)

Even if a majority of p2p traffic is legitimate, some is copyright infringement. More legal sources for the content that would be pirated would lead to a decline in overall p2p.

about 2 years ago
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DHS Asked Gas Pipeline Firms To Let Attackers Lurk Inside Networks

moortak Re:And who were the attackers? (114 comments)

Police generally don't play along with attacks currently in progress, especially when it vastly increases the chance of greater harm.

more than 2 years ago
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Heartland Institute Learning To Troll On Billboards

moortak Re:Happens when you call people "deniers" (735 comments)

What word would you suggest in place of denial? Skeptic doesn't work, as you you don't actually react to the evidence.

more than 2 years ago
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DHS Asked Gas Pipeline Firms To Let Attackers Lurk Inside Networks

moortak Re:And who were the attackers? (114 comments)

The reason people are suspicious is that a group with a bad track record is encouraging something dangerous. Sure the Chinese, the Iranians, hell the Canadians are looking to access systems in the US, but that isn't a reason to trust DHS. What we know about this one incident is that DHS made a rather unorthodox request.

more than 2 years ago
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DHS Asked Gas Pipeline Firms To Let Attackers Lurk Inside Networks

moortak Re:And who were the attackers? (114 comments)

Yeah, but China and Iran aren't the ones saying to let the attackers hang out for a while.

more than 2 years ago
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Panetta Labels Climate Change a National Security Threat

moortak Re:War On Climate (397 comments)

Not enough for his consistently terrible civil rights record.

more than 2 years ago
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Russian City Ever Watchful Against Being Sucked Into Earth

moortak Re:We have the same problems in this country (110 comments)

Centralia is only the best known coal fire in the US. Some are not mine related, some like Laurel run PA are. Centralia is a mix. The fire was started at a landfill, but that landfill was located in an abandonded strip mine. The natural coal seam wouldn't have been near the surface had it not been for the mine.

more than 2 years ago
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Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign

moortak Re:News for Nerds? (577 comments)

Twenty years ago the Republican nominee was a Title X sponsor. One of his major campaign themes was no new taxes. You really need to pick a different time frame if you want Santorum to look like a viable candidate.

more than 2 years ago
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Next Kindle Expected To Have a Front-Lit Display

moortak Re:Not a huge concern (132 comments)

I often read while walking to work. For about half o the year there is plenty of light. The other half I would appreciate a built in light.

more than 2 years ago
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USGS Suggests Connection Between Seismic Activity and Fracking

moortak Re:The Lost Discoveries of Hydralic Fracturing (145 comments)

I doubt books from the 1940s or 70s have anything to say on whether a specific recent increase in earthquakes is fracking related. Sure we've known that it was related in other situations, but this one is a new incident worthy of study on its own.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Test Storage Media?

moortak Re:Why? (297 comments)

I seem to recall a Google study that said almost the opposite. It points to a small spike increase in death rates in the first few months, then a drop, followed by a continued climb. Their references also point to issues with specific types of drives, though I haven't read it and can't speak to the results. research.google.com/archive/disk_failures.pdf

more than 2 years ago
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Journalist Gets Blasted By the Pentagon's Pain Ray — Twice

moortak Re:Less Effective (357 comments)

It doesn't produce media footage that looks bad, just people running away. Tear gas canisters pop and leave a visible war zone like haze for the cameras.

more than 2 years ago
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Journalist Gets Blasted By the Pentagon's Pain Ray — Twice

moortak Re:Corner reflector (357 comments)

If you think you'll make it trial after one of the riot cops starts screaming in pain you are even more of an optimist than I am.

more than 2 years ago

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