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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

tapspace Re:I got a fool proof method (278 comments)

ONLY TWICE!? I apply ROT-13 no less than 20 times, 30 for e-banking passwords.

about two weeks ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

tapspace Re:So when will the taxi drivers start protesting? (583 comments)

These this will naturally become shuttles and taxi services almost immediately. Given the protests of Uber and Lyft, what will the outcry be for these?

Well, given that the protests against those companies are mostly policy-rooted and not technology-rooted, at this point it is almost impossible to tell. Are you suggesting that these shuttles and taxis will defy existing laws and fail to get licenses? Then, I would assume that the outcry will be the same. If these hypotehtical taxis get licensed, probably none.

about 2 months ago
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Phil Zimmermann's 'Spy-Proof' Mobile Phone In Demand

tapspace Re:Spy-Proof; Not Court-Proof (107 comments)

Someone should enshrine that in some sort of high code of law upon which all other laws will be based in some sort of new democratic society...

about 2 months ago
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Apple Can Extract Texts, Photos, Contacts From Locked iPhones

tapspace Re:alt: guys who built iphone know how it works. (202 comments)

Every iOS device has a dedicated AES 256-bit crypto engine built in that is used to encrypt all data on the device at all times. In addition, the iOS Cryptographic Modules have been granted FIPS 140-2 compliance by the U.S. federal government on devices running iOS 6.

Emphasis mine. Sounds like doublespeak to me.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Can Extract Texts, Photos, Contacts From Locked iPhones

tapspace Re:alt: guys who built iphone know how it works. (202 comments)

https://support.apple.com/kb/h...

If passcode-protected whole phone encryption is enabled, no one should be able to access that without the key. I guess they know how it works more than I do. They've even redefined encryption. It's "encrypted" just like everything else these days. I guess it's still technically encrypted even if everyone has a key.

about 3 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Receives IEEE Computer Pioneer Award

tapspace Re:Git can be seen as his more important contribut (141 comments)

I guess that's a reasonable response. It fits in with the notion that SVN stores much more information in the actual repository. In practice, there are a few issues, however.

In a controlled (read: corporate) environment, the architect or lead or integration person may feel ownership over the repository, and, therefore, resist the excess creation of personal branches. In any environment, it can create a lot of clutter in the repo which leads to cognitive noise. Branches will be merged back in, potentially leaving a messier looking history. With the stash/shelve feature, when the code is finally committed, it ends up looking more like a linear development line. This, again, reduces cognitive noise.

I think having special "stash branches" in an SVN-like repo is an intriguing idea.

about 3 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Receives IEEE Computer Pioneer Award

tapspace Re:Git can be seen as his more important contribut (141 comments)

You're not alone. Git is great, but has a terrible interface. I know many respectable and intelligent software engineers who find the interface difficult. It goes beyond RTFM. OTOH, SVN has an amazing interface. Very well thought out. I think SVN would be just as great as git if not better if it added in some of Git's features.

What's cool about git?

  • Distributed and offline operation. Repositories are local and can be "synced" to one another when online. There can be a central repo with which everyone syncs, or syncs can happen between individuals' workstations. It's hard to describe to a someone who's never used distributed version control exactly why this is great beyond the offline part of it.
  • The stash/shelve feature is sorely missing from SVN. Ever performed an updated with uncommitted changes? It sucks. If you stash beforehand, it drastically reduces the possibility that you lose any work, as you can systematically revert to the previous working state. This is a 100% client side solution, so could be added to SVN without breaking any compatibility.
  • Staging. All files are manually chosen for commit before a commit. In the most basic form, tracked and modified files are not automatically committed). Staging is actually a little more useful than that, but I don't know if I can describe well enough how. Again, totally client side operation.
  • Auto-merging excellence. Git does makes a lot more merging automatic by using more history in the merge process. This can be done by subversion, but is somewhat of a divergence from how Subversion has historically treated changes. Most people agree that the git way is smarter, and should probably influence SVN's future direction IMO. Git's merge strategy would be implementable completely in a client. SVN saves more information in the repo than git.
  • Rebasing. This is essentially a combination of stashing and merging. When changes are made to an older version of the code, a developer needs to pull in the new software and then merge in his or her changes again. Rebasing does this automatically (essentially using stash before the update and the excellent git merge algorithm to reapply those changes to the updated code).

In conclusion, Git is great, but you're not crazy for finding the interface insurmountable.

about 3 months ago
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Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

tapspace Re:Wear the tin foil hat (303 comments)

There is no way to stop this that I can think of

Poison the well. A browser plugin could be created that identifies trackers and just shovels so much false information that it is practically very difficult to identify what the user actually did verses what was false.

about 4 months ago
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Should Patients Have the Option To Not Know Their DNA?

tapspace Re:yeeehaw (157 comments)

Shit. I totally whiffed on DEA!

about 4 months ago
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Should Patients Have the Option To Not Know Their DNA?

tapspace Re:yeeehaw (157 comments)

Heh. With the pace we're on, whether or not you have access to your DNA information and whether or not it's in your medical history, it will be in a database with essentially unfettered access by the NSA, FBI, TSA, ATF, CIA and probably the local police should their buddy the 5 term, hard-on-crime judge agree.

about 4 months ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

tapspace Re:April Fools! (162 comments)

To counter your terminology argument, often in technology, backwards compatible is preferable to a redesign. Git redesigned the version control interface and that seems unnecessary. Only the most stubborn git users would say git has a better interface than subversion, which has an excellent one.

If subversion took the git lessons and added them in, it would be so much better than git ever could be. The stellar parts of git could be added into subversion more cleanly than vice versa.

To make me never think of git again, subversion needs:

  • * distributed and offline operation (duh)
  • * the stash/shelve feature (and might as well add in auto-stashing when an update is performed on a repo with changes)
  • * staging for all commits (no auto-staging of known files anymore)
  • * the auto-merging excellence of git

For git to be better than subversion with those features, it needs a complete redesign.

about 4 months ago
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Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

tapspace Sell your soul (207 comments)

People sold their soul and got nothing in exchange. I'd rather have been the martyr than the inquisitor, and that's saying a lot.

about 4 months ago
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MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

tapspace Re:Glasshole (70 comments)

The idea that they will just very likely not be "mine" at all is kinda discouraging, though.

That should be completely revolting to you.

about 4 months ago
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Kim Dotcom Launches Political Party In New Zealand

tapspace Re:Nazi? Maybe not. (133 comments)

This smacks of moral relativism. You could take the same scenario, and if it were the type of person (ethical or not) who CNN would interview, it's completely ethical. By the same token, something completely ethical (kinda) like starting a political party will look like an evil thing when coming from a guy who society deems "bad." It's unfortunate no one things for themselves anymore... or maybe it's not.

about 4 months ago
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Silicon Valley Anti-Poaching Cartel Went Beyond a Few Tech Firms

tapspace Re: is it illegal? (137 comments)

Eric Schmidt is in my top 10 worst people alive. When I say this, people treat me like I am a complete nutjob. I don't think the average Joe (even the average technically savvy Joe) really understands the power he wields from drone policy to dragnet surveillance. The man is a true facist at his very heart, and an enemy of every free man and woman.

about 4 months ago
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MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet

tapspace Re:Like Politics (227 comments)

For old times sake: mod parent up.

about 4 months ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

tapspace Re:heartburn in the industry? (367 comments)

I work in embedded, and ever since I've known of Wind River I've hated the name, because when I first saw it in a vendor database it was one word, and I thought it looked too much like Win Driver. You chose Win Driver over Wind River.

about 4 months ago
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Cisco Offers $300,000 Prize For Internet of Things Security Apps

tapspace Re:SOOO simple (62 comments)

Embedded and security are my things. I do automotive, so I am used to an industry that will happily incur half a million dollars of engineering cost to save ten cents in per part cost. The thing is, an ASIC is expensive. A microcontroller is cheap. Unfortunately, an ASIC does, by definition one thing and a micro does everything. If you get "root" on the micro, you can run whatever software you want. The people that make these decisions mostly care about per part cost, regardless of security implications. So, restricting it to an ASIC is a really clean engineering solution that your boss will (possibly, rightly) shoot down. And, he's probably under pressure to put this thing (fridge) on the internet. EVERYBODY'S DOING IT! And the customer doesn't give two shits about security principles. It's a real mess we've got cooking...

about 5 months ago
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Is the West Building Its Own Iron Curtain?

tapspace Re:For everyone who said "what do you have to hide (337 comments)

Spot on. I just lost my modpoints, or I wouldn't be commenting, I'd be promoting.

Like all rational policy, there needs to be some sort of risk/reward analysis objectively performed on the "security" aparatus in the West. For 100 years of claiming superiority as the "first" world, we seem to be throwing the baby out with the bathwater at an alarming rate seemingly in reaction to the various growing pains in the "second" (and, in some cases, "third") world. What happened to our example? Even more frighteningly, what WILL happen? The massive security aparatus of the West (and, obviously, the US first and foremost) represents an enormous risk to future security of the freeman. And, it counters an absolutely miniscule risk in comparison. This is no sensible policy. I pray to God (literally) that this is reversible.

about 6 months ago

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