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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

someSnarkyBastard Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

The PATRIOT Act is not an amendment, it is an Act of Congress. This Act has been challenged in court and restricted to a degree but it still by and large considered constitutional by the court (at least in the narrow sense that no other court cases involving the PATRIOT Act have been accepted and adjudicated by the Court). Whether or not it should be constitutional is another matter entirely.

about two weeks ago

Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

someSnarkyBastard Re:Unnecessary (528 comments)

Okay, I'll grant you, science has gotten it wrong many times...however, you will note that we have newer, more accurate theories supplanting old ones when the evidence does not square with the theory. This is healthy and good, it is growth. The thing to take away from this is that science discarded those incorrect theories when we found that evidence did not support them. That is the reason why science has progressed. Denying new information that conflicts with pre-established worldviews on the other hand is stagnation, no growth is possible without change.

about three weeks ago

Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

someSnarkyBastard Re:The stupid is strong with these people... (528 comments)

Yep, and for roughly the same reasons. An ignorant populace is far easier to manage and control from the top. Look at North Korea for a live example of this. With no external facts or even a method to determine if a particular "fact" is grounded in reality, you can insert whatever you like and ignorant people will swallow it wholesale simply because they literally do not know any better. (an aside, the latin root for the word science was scientia, knowledge, very telling in this context)

TL;DR - Orwell said it best, control the present and you control the past; control the past and you control the future. The most effective way to do that is through control of information

about three weeks ago

Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

someSnarkyBastard Re:This is good! (528 comments)

What specifically are people demanding a naturalist explanation of and why is it unreasonable? Where would a naturalistic explanation not fit and why?

about three weeks ago

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

someSnarkyBastard Re:Dumbest argument ever (531 comments)

I'd say it's more along the lines of Snow Crash or Shadow Run back story. All that's missing is the CIA throwing out an IPO...

about three weeks ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

someSnarkyBastard Re:A complex, fragile, unmanageable TURD (826 comments)

PC-BSD would probably be your best bet for a desktop BSD. It's got the same newbie-friendly vibe that you see with *buntu but is pure FreeBSD under the hood.

about three weeks ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

someSnarkyBastard Re:Fork SystemD (826 comments)

Fork bomb it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure...

about three weeks ago

Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

someSnarkyBastard Re:They don't go away (457 comments)

I think the GP was referring to the Westboro Baptist Church, which could be considered a "cult" instead of a "church" depending on who you asked.

about a month ago

Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

someSnarkyBastard Re:Recording Apps (368 comments)

Total Recall in my case, it's a freemium app, $10 to unlock full features though.

about a month ago

Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

someSnarkyBastard Re:First post (266 comments)

You did not address the point parent was trying to make. just because there are court systems worse than our does not excuse the failings within our own system.

I believe the name of your logical fallacy here would be tu quoque.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

someSnarkyBastard Re:In the clear? SRSLY? (353 comments)

Files generally are not encrypted on a one-off basis, instead they are saved within an encrypted "container". This encrypted contain could contain other arbitrary files and will likely use a unique seed value to start encryption, both of which will ensure that you will not be able to find a reproducible file hash for bad images. What you are describing is basically a known-ciphertext attack and is well understood within encryption.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

someSnarkyBastard Re:IRS (116 comments)

...when it suits their purpose.

Note the fine distinction made there.

about a month and a half ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 8 months ago

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 9 months ago

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 9 months ago



Ask Slashdot: Can We Still Trust FIPS?

someSnarkyBastard someSnarkyBastard writes  |  1 year,7 days

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?"

Parted Magic Silently Goes Commercial

someSnarkyBastard someSnarkyBastard writes  |  1 year,28 days

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?"

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

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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