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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

someSnarkyBastard Re:Oy (534 comments)

I was thinking more along the lines of Snow Crash or Shadowrun actually; privatized police enforcement working for super-national sovereign mega-corporations.

about a month ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

someSnarkyBastard Re:You show me yours, I'll show you mine (649 comments)

null hypothesis --> there is no god or he/she/it/they do not interact with the observable universe in any meaningfully detectable way.
your hypothesis --> there is a god and he/she/it/they do interact with the observable universe in a repeatable detectable manner.

The null hypothesis is the default in science. Proving something is not due to random chance is how science works. That's why we have confidence limits, these limits may be very small but there is still always the chance that it the null hypothesis is correct. This caveat, that a scientific theory must always be falsifiable, is the core of the scientific method; the thought that whatever phenomena we are measuring could still be due to blind luck is why science works as well as it does because it means that we only accept something only after rigorous testing.

Also, as an aside, saying that life evolved from simpler organisms into more complex forms as opposed to fully formed ex nihilo does not automatically preclude the existence of a god. Deism is perfectly compatible with evolution for example.

about a month and a half ago
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New OpenSSL Man-in-the-Middle Flaw Affects All Clients

someSnarkyBastard Re:MITM needs to be designed around (217 comments)

Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange allows you to securely share a secret key over an insecure medium. Combining this with asymmetric cryptography to identify parties is how modern handshake protocols work.

The problem here how to trust Bob's asymmetric key really came from Bob and not Eve.

You are correct in that the ideal solution would be to talk to Bob over a different medium (like phone) and ask him if that is his key but there are ways to do this over the wire. As an example, several Linux distros sign their LiveCD images with cryptographic keys and post the keys' fingerprints on their web page. Can these be spoofed? Sure, hack the server hosting the files. That requires additional effort (and risk) though which would dissuade most cyber-criminals from attempting it.

Is this perfect security? No, but there is no such thing short of chucking whatever you want secured into a black hole.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Reports Record Revenue

someSnarkyBastard Re:Rumers..demise..exaggerated. (289 comments)

You have no idea what Microsoft's culture is like do you? Half of Microsoft's problems are related to it's culture, stack ranking (bottom 20% of workforce gets the boot) destroys morale and actively encourages sabotage and office politics ("I'm sure as hell not gonna be the poor SOB on the bottom of the stack, I'll arrange for Bob's project to go to custard and then HE'LL be the poor SOB on the bottom and out the door!")

Not to say Sony is any better, they are Evil incarnate, but your rosy view of Microsoft's culture, especially considering how infamously corrosive it is, makes me think you are a fanboi.

about 6 months ago
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App Detects Neo-Nazis Using Their Music

someSnarkyBastard Re:Protect your freedom of speech.. (392 comments)

Not necessarily the second group, Republicans certainly acknowledge the existence of the Tea Party but you can be damn sure they aren't gonna give them even a farcical version of "good healthcare" (not that they would take it)

about 8 months ago
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Anonymous Member Sentenced For Joining DDoS Attack For One Minute

someSnarkyBastard Re:And they wonder why... (562 comments)

...create civil disobedience and not get caught.

Then you are missing the point of civil disobedience. You are supposed to get caught, especially in places like the US where LEOs like to have a bit of theatricality in perp-walking someone out to the squad car. You want all the attention you can get, that's the point, you are calling attention to something you believe to be wrong.

about 8 months ago
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Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future

someSnarkyBastard Re:Oh nos, terrorists! (453 comments)

I dunno, he seems pretty surly to me...

about 8 months ago
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NSA Wants To Reveal Its Secrets To Prevent Snowden From Revealing Them First

someSnarkyBastard Re:Is Snowden any less than a patriot? (216 comments)

Considering that Obama had to publicly promise not to execute Snowden if he were to be extradited from Russia I really don't blame him for running. If he stayed in the US he would likely be a martyr by now.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Bruce Schneier Be Trusted?

someSnarkyBastard Re:Trust no one (330 comments)

OK lets say that in context your advice is sound and I now thoroughly understand the math behind modern crypto systems. How am I going to be sure the math is correctly implemented? Are you advocating that in addition to having a deep understanding of some fairly esoteric maths I now need to be an expert enough coder to judge the Underhanded C Contest as well? Because that is what you are asking and for 95% of folks on the net or event people here on /. that is asking the impossible.

about 9 months ago
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Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

someSnarkyBastard Re:As someone who runs an IT company (655 comments)

Bonus points for creating an expert system to play back various prerecorded messages as the sap on the phones works through a generic T-Tree until they have exhausted all options but to actually bug you. Double-plus bonus points if the expert phone system was designed by the BOFH.

about 9 months ago
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Why Does Windows Have Terrible Battery Life?

someSnarkyBastard Re:Easy one... (558 comments)

ProcMon ProcExp and ProcDump All go a long way toward tracking that sort of info down and are all free (as in beer) to boot.

about 9 months ago
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CryptoSeal Shuts Down Consumer VPN Service To Avoid Fighting NSA

someSnarkyBastard Re:Time to start (361 comments)

Because "our betters" use those money-saving services. Therefore they are A-OK with storing money offshore and will not prosecute such activities.

about 9 months ago
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CryptoSeal Shuts Down Consumer VPN Service To Avoid Fighting NSA

someSnarkyBastard Re:Time to start (361 comments)

SpiderOak would be a good one. It's cross-platform, FOSS-friendly, and has a rather impressive feature-set. I'm frankly surprised they aren't better known by now.

about 9 months ago
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The Cost of the US Government Shutdown To Science

someSnarkyBastard Re:Living paycheck to paycheck? (355 comments)

Not the Federal Government. The Federal Reserve is a private entity.

about 9 months ago
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NSA Hacked Email Account of Mexican President

someSnarkyBastard Re:First leaked email from Mexican president (242 comments)

Are you telling me that Mexicans are not enthralled by a corporate bottom-of-the-barrel parody of their cuisine? Shocking!

about 9 months ago
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USS Zumwalt — a Guided Missile Destroyer Running On Linux

someSnarkyBastard Re:And? (229 comments)

This is slashdot, not R'ing TFA is par for the course, not R'ing TFS gets you a gold star!

about 9 months ago
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Scientology's Fraud Conviction Upheld In France

someSnarkyBastard Re:Scientology might be a cult (321 comments)

When the cult incites or orders members to commit crimes then the cult is also criminally liable. These individuals did not act in a vacuum.

Read up on some of the shit that the CoS has pulled, Operation Snow White for starters...

about 9 months ago
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Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

someSnarkyBastard Re:I can now get arrested for NOT killing somebody (734 comments)

Are we going to blame the barista who got her order wrong, the thief who stole $20 dollars out of her purse, the washer-machine that ruined her favourite dress, or the boy who broke up with her (theoretical occurrences).

No, no, no, and no. I'll refute point by point:

The barista - without further information it is most reasonable to conclude that the barista did not have malicious intent, mistakes happen

The thief - obviously the thief has malicious intent in that they stole money but not intent to kill her as you made no mention of attempted homicide, they were after the money, not the girl

the washing machine - non-sentient appliances cannot be blamed for anything as they lack intent

the ex-boyfriend - unless he also joined in harassing her then no, again, lack of malicious intent

Now compare that to two girls repeatedly harassing, intimidating, and generally being little shits over an extended period of time with clearly demonstrated malicious intent ("Go drink bleach and die")

One of these things is not like the others...

about 9 months ago
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Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

someSnarkyBastard Re:And I blame my parents (734 comments)

The kid could run away? Really? Your solution for bullying is to have the kid strike out on their own into an even more hostile environment that will happily eat them alive? (And keep in mind the victim here is an adolescent girl...nope, no risk of even worse things happening to her once she's out of the house, no sir!)

Please tell me you do not have children of your own. I don't think I could come up with a worse solution if I had tried.

about 9 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Can We Still Trust FIPS?

someSnarkyBastard someSnarkyBastard writes  |  about a year ago

someSnarkyBastard (1521235) writes "It has already been widely reported that the NSA has subverted several major encryption standards but I have not seen any mention of how this affects the FIPS 140-2 standard. Can we still trust these cyphers? They have been cleared for use by the US Government for Top-Secret clearance documents; surely the government wouldn't backdoor itself right?...Right?"
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Parted Magic Silently Goes Commercial

someSnarkyBastard someSnarkyBastard writes  |  about a year ago

someSnarkyBastard (1521235) writes "Users of the popular disk management toolkit Parted Magic may have noticed a disturbing change of late on the sites download page: a "Buy Now" button. Users are now required to pay $4.99 USD to download a copy of the latest disk image. To add insult to injury, the site's link to Source Forge for old files is now monetized by AdFly banners. Parted Magic is comprised mostly of various OSS tools (ClamAV, Clonezilla, GParted, Firefox ,etc.) so is this legally in line with GPL?"
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Linux Laptop Suggestions

someSnarkyBastard someSnarkyBastard writes  |  more than 4 years ago

someSnarkyBastard (1521235) writes "I am a soon-to-be-graduating starving student and I am considering getting an upgrade for my aging laptop. I have been looking online and cannot seem to find what I am looking for though, so now I am turning to the collective wisdom of /.
What I am looking for:
Linux preloaded or No-OS
Core i5 CPU
11''-14'' display (preferably LED)
Full-functionality Libre drivers for all hardware
Bluetooth"
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How to get started in Information Security

someSnarkyBastard someSnarkyBastard writes  |  more than 5 years ago

someSnarkyBastard (1521235) writes "I'm a university student pursuing a BSc in CS as well as several industry certs; I currently have the CompTIA A+ and Network+ certs and I am now studying for the Security+ test during a summer internship for my university's networking dept. I would like to go into network security once I graduate next spring and would like to know what advice /. has to offer."

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