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Scientists Say Organic Food May Not Be Healthier For You

whitesea Re:The FU? (497 comments)

If they are organic, then this is probably precisely what they are sprinkled with. After all it's an organic fertilizer :-).

about a year and a half ago

Scientists Say Organic Food May Not Be Healthier For You

whitesea Re:Healthy or Nutritious? (497 comments)

Actually, the study looks at both issues, and says that in fact organics do contain less pesticide residue. However, for some reason what's actually said in newspaper reports that link to the study is that "organics are no different." So don't blame Stanford for this—blame the reporters. If you ever thought the news was unbiased, this ought to give you some food for thought...

Yes, but would this food for thought be organic, pesticide-covered or genetically engineered?

about a year and a half ago

Google To Start Punishing Pirate Sites In Search Results

whitesea This is a catastrophy (294 comments)

Now I will have trouble finding Youtube! They have so many complaints about pirated material. Help! ;-)

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

whitesea Re:Stanislaw Lem (1130 comments)

Lem is a master of satire. I love his Ijon Tichy stories. Some of his stories are purely funny, some are philosophical and some you will enjoy if you have appropriate scientific background. I used one of his stories to teach college students about strange qualities of countability. In the USA he is probably under-appreciated judging by the fact that I have not seen a single book by him in all the libraries where Azimov, Adams and Heinlein have been amply represented.

about a year and a half ago

IP Lawfirm Sues Typosquatting Security Researcher

whitesea Re:He's No Security Researcher (101 comments)

Please, mod the parent up. There is so much speculation in this thread; we can all benefit from actual facts of this story.

about 2 years ago

Grad Student Wins Alan Alda's Flame Challenge

whitesea Wrong Flame (161 comments)

Finally! Now I can explain to my bosses what the Flame virus means! 11-year old is exactly the level of understanding we need.

RTFA and cry. This is the wrong flame!

First, everybody knows it's there. Then, it has been there for millennia. Finally, nobody is afraid of it.

What a disappointment.

about 2 years ago

Is Australia's CSIRO a Patent Troll?

whitesea Re:The article is propaganda the submiter is troll (175 comments)

You don't understand. The submitter hit on a genius formula to get published on Slashdot. 1. Make up a bogus definition. 2. Use this definition to make an outrageous statement. 3. Profit!

about 2 years ago

How Hackers Listened Their Way Around Google's Recaptcha

whitesea Weakest Link (101 comments)

They wisely chose the weakest link to attack.

about 2 years ago

Researchers Can Generate RSA SecurID Random Numbers Flawlessly

whitesea Re:Isn't this old news? (98 comments)

The algorithm everybody is talking about is the old algorithm used in SecureID tokens before the vendor producing them bought RSA. When Security Dynamics bought RSA, they took their name as the name of the whole company, because it was such a venerated brand. After the old algorithm for the token could no longer be used, because everybody and their brother could easily generate the "unpredictable" SecureID values, they switched to AES-based approach, which has not been broken so far. RSA algorithm is a public key encryption/signature algorithm, which should be properly implemented, otherwise there exist many ways to break a raw or improper implementation. Hope this clears up confusion brought by the fact that RSA means so many different things these days.

about 2 years ago

Researchers Can Generate RSA SecurID Random Numbers Flawlessly

whitesea Re:Isn't this old news? (98 comments)

This is such old news, that RSA changed the algorithm after the original proprietary algorithm had been broken. The demonstration you saw no longer works.

about 2 years ago

Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Gives Up U.S. Citizenship Before IPO

whitesea Re:Unfair taxes ! (911 comments)

This statement is factually wrong. The Boston Tea Party was not a result of more taxes, it was a result of less taxes.

British tea was taxed. That allowed American contrabandists to sell their contraband tea cheaper. When the tax on British tea was rescinded, it was economically harmful to their American competitors.

Hence, Tea Party.

about 2 years ago

Is Google the New Microsoft?

whitesea Re:Let's just say (492 comments)

Google supports innovation by giving one day a week to its employees to work on a project they come up with. A lot of new products were created this way. My favorite: Google News. I am sure Slashdotters can name quite a few of their own favorites. Not all of those projects become full fledged successful products, but this is natural when you try new things.
A mandatory Slashdot car analogy: calling Google non-innovative is like calling a Porsche a horse.

about 2 years ago

Will Write Code, Won't Sign NDA

whitesea Re:true (438 comments)

I agree. The significant thing is that in the absence of a patent, the NDA is usually the only real legal recourse the victim has. The United States, for example, has no federal law on trade secret protection, and it would be much more difficult to prove trade secret violations if there was no NDA.

Economic Espionage Act of 1996 says otherwise.

about 2 years ago

Double-Helix Model of DNA Paper Published 59 Years Ago

whitesea Re:Rosalind Franklin (112 comments)

While it was clearly her data that they used, I've never heard any source state that she had already solved the problem of the exact structure of DNA. She probably realized that the crystal indicated a helical structure, but I don't think she knew exactly what it looked like or how it worked. So yeah, she deserved more credit then she received at the time, but I think it's possible to swing too far in the other direction, taking credit away from the guys who worked out much of the annoying details of the problem.

There were other groups that were close to this discovery. Without Rosalind, one of those groups could be the first to figure it out and publish. Then nobody would have remembered Watson and Crick. They owe her their fame as first to the pole and for a long time they claimed she was totally irrelevant to their discovery.

about 2 years ago

Facebook Wedding Photos Result In Polygamy Arrest In Michigan

whitesea Re:illegal why? (267 comments)

And polygamy is illegal why, exactly? (assuming that all involved are ok with it)

Oh yes, because it's written in that holy book from an ancient goat-herders culture that we somehow think still applies to live in a world that is so radically different.

No it is not. Two words: Leah and Rachel.

about 3 years ago

Facebook Wedding Photos Result In Polygamy Arrest In Michigan

whitesea Re:messed it up (267 comments)

No, it's multiple mother-in-laws.

Not necessarily. If you marry sisters, you may have just one mother-in-law. And if your wives are orphans, you may have zero mothers-in-law. It pays to learn about your fiancees' ancestry before getting married.

about 3 years ago

41% of Facebook Users Willing To Divulge Personal Info

whitesea Re:Was it real (157 comments)

According to my Facebook information, I am 97 years old. Luckily, my employer did not check it out when making me an offer.

more than 3 years ago

Polynomial Time Code For 3-SAT Released, P==NP

whitesea Re:I'll be first to say WTF (700 comments)

I don't know how you got moderated Informative; there are so many mistakes. Only RSA relies on the difficulty of factoring; ElGamal does not. It relies on discrete logarithm. Factoring is not NP-hard (neither is discrete log). Polynomial algorithm can still be sufficiently slow to be infeasible, e.g. n^100 is slow enough.

Yes, cryptography assumes that decryption is hard to do, but enough ciphers have been broken, so that we should take any unproven assumptions with a good helping of NaCl. Even if something is claimed to be provably secure, you should always check what was proven: resistance to what kind of attack is now guaranteed and under what assumptions. It's quite possible to break a provably secure cipher using a different kind of attack. For example, one-time pad is provably secure, if you never reuse it. If you reuse OTP, then your cipher can be broken (it actually happened). Also, without additional protection you may be able to change encrypted text even without being able to read it.

Please, check the statements that you post as facts.

more than 3 years ago

How Much Math Do We Really Need?

whitesea Re:Language (1153 comments)

The languages we know affect what thoughts we can think. While it is very zen to say that words hide meaning, empirical evidence seems to indicate that we cannot conceive of ideas that we do not have language to express. .

I conceive of such ideas all the time. I would share them with you, but I do not have language to express them ;-).

more than 3 years ago

Firefox Extension Makes Social-Network ID Spoofing Trivial

whitesea WPA2 will work better against this hack (185 comments)

What is the problem? Protect your WiFi connection with WPA2 and this hack does not work. All around me almost any network is protected and these are regular folks, not some security gurus. Yes, their information may be stolen further down the wire, but this is not new. While I am all for SSL protection, this particular hack can be fought off by individual users. Even more, while HTTPS has to protect each individual site you go to, WPA2 creates a secure wireless tunnel that protects all your communications. Move along, nothing to see here :-).

more than 3 years ago



Real and fictional MITM attacks

whitesea whitesea writes  |  more than 2 years ago

whitesea (1811570) writes "I recently read "The Loves Of Alonzo Fitz Clarence And Rosannah Ethelton", because a Slashdot reader claimed it described a Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) attack. I discovered that the commenter made a common mistake: mixed up an impersonation and a MITM attack.
I started thinking, "What MITM attacks do I know in fiction or in history?" It turns out that most attacks I could think of were actually impersonation attacks, when Alice thought she was talking to Bob, but in reality, she was talking to Ike. In history, probably the Mary Queen of Scots is the best example, where Elisabeth I was not only reading letters going in both directions, but also made at least one alteration. In literature, I can only think of "The Tale of Tsar Saltan", by the famous Russian poet Pushkin.
There, when the queen sent good news to the king about the birth of a wonderful heir, her envious sisters kidnapped the original messenger and replaced him with another one, who brought the king fake, very upsetting, news. When the king decided to postpone his decision until coming back home, the evil women got the messenger drunk and replaced a reasonable message from the king by one that required execution of his wife and a child. (See details here: http://www.englishforkids.ru/Pushkin2.shtml).

Do you know any other cases of full-fledged MITM attacks, either in fiction or history?

If your examples are not in English, please try to find and post a translation.

I wonder if we can get even 10 examples, that are not just simple impersonation?"

Fair use wins this round

whitesea whitesea writes  |  about 3 years ago

whitesea (1811570) writes "Finally! A judge who actually understands where the copyright comes from. This judge in the Nevada federal district court based his decision on whether use of the copyright by a notorious copyright Righthaven follows the intention of Constitution Article 8. Article 8 lists the powers of Congress and, in particular, states"The Congress shall have Power ...
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."
The judge concluded that the Righthaven's use of copyright does nothing to encourage and protect creativity and, actually, has a chilling effect. Then, taking into account the way the non-profit used the article and other circumstances, the judge concluded that in this case the fair use exception did apply and found for the non-profit. We need more such judges, with a brain and capable of reading and understanding classical texts. Go read the detals at https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/03/fair-use-win-righthaven-case and enjoy your day."

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