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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

wurp Re:Yes they did. (572 comments)

What do you mean by 'own the path'? For TLS to be broken, you need to own *both* a CA on the end-user's machine, *and* DNS.

People executing arbitrary code on their computers (or just in their browser) is a much bigger problem than someone installing a CA on their browser.

about 6 months ago

It's Not Memory Loss - Older Minds May Just Be Fuller of Information

wurp Re:Flawed model (206 comments)

While I agree with you in general, Richard Feynman scored in the 120s on IQ tests. I score in the 160s. I am nowhere near as smart in any practical sense as Feynman was.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

wurp The Harvard Classics (796 comments)

The Harvard Classics, originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and first published in 1909.[1]

Eliot had stated in speeches that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that could fit on a five-foot shelf. (Originally he had said a three-foot shelf.) The publisher P. F. Collier and Son saw an opportunity and challenged Eliot to make good on this statement by selecting an appropriate collection of works, and the Harvard Classics was the result.

All are in the public domain. Finding good compilations is hard, but I've done it for several of the 51 volumes.

In case you want to put in some legwork, I have some of them up here:

Here are the paths:
Calibre Library/Bibliobazaar/Harvard Classics 01B - John Woolman (138)
Calibre Library/Plato/Harvard Classics 02A Euthyphro; The Apol (48)
Calibre Library/Charles Darwin/Harvard Classics 04 (125)
Calibre Library/Eliot, Charles W. (Charles William), 183/Harvard Classics 04 (245)
Calibre Library/Eliot, Charles W. (Charles William), 183/Harvard Classics 06 (247)
Calibre Library/Charles Darwin/Harvard Classics 07 (244)
Calibre Library/Charles Darwin/Harvard Classics 07 (243)
Calibre Library/Virgil/Harvard Classics 13 - Aeneid (38)
Calibre Library/Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926/Harvard classics 33,34,__ (246)
Calibre Library/Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926/Harvard Classics 33,34,__ (248)
Calibre Library/Charles William Eliot/The Harvard Classics (188)
Calibre Library/Unknown/The Harvard classics The Apol (127)
Calibre Library/Unknown/The Harvard classics New Atla (126)

If not, wait a few weeks and I'll probably have them organized and more easily accessible here:

about 8 months ago

Schneier: The US Government Has Betrayed the Internet, We Need To Take It Back

wurp Re:What is Bruce Schneier's game? (397 comments)

You're talking about the Thompson hack, an extremely effective mechanism for subverting huge swaths of software:

The only way around it is to view the binary code and inspect it (either manually or automatically). Either way, the level of effort to detect it is immense, and either way you may still be subject to some further hack that shows you different binary data than what's actually executed.

I suppose in theory the hack could be in the hardware somewhere.

1 year,9 days

Graphene Aerogel Takes World's Lightest Material Crown

wurp 14 psi (198 comments)

You are also assuming that the outside air pressure wouldn't crush it down to a density that would make it sink.

I would be really surprised if you could just evacuate the stuff and make it float. Some day we'll use evacuated carbon nanostructures for lighter than air, but I don't think we're there yet.

about a year and a half ago

Jonathan Coulton Song Used By Glee Without Permission

wurp Re:Copyright protection (307 comments)

I'll look that up, thanks!

about a year and a half ago

Jonathan Coulton Song Used By Glee Without Permission

wurp Re:Copyright protection (307 comments)

There is no such legal entity as IP. I believe you're thinking of trademark, where infringement means someone is misrepresenting the trademark holder. Copyright is a totally different animal.

about a year and a half ago

Republican Staffer Khanna Axed Over Copyright Memo

wurp Re:Memo taken down. But there's a backup copy. (506 comments)

Excellent point; I had missed the "all revenue so far" on the last point.

So this is probably only 36 years of copyright. I think that's a travesty and will become more & more of one as technology changes our culture so much it's unrecognizable 36 years later, but it's less of a travesty.

about 2 years ago

Republican Staffer Khanna Axed Over Copyright Memo

wurp Re:Memo taken down. But there's a backup copy. (506 comments)

This is a shit proposal. (46 years copyright for the highest grossing properties, mostly overlapping with the content with the highest cultural impact).

That said, compared to what we have today, it is a shining example of truth & justice.

about 2 years ago

Other Solar Systems Could Be More Habitable Than Ours

wurp One-up (143 comments)

Why are we impressed with this?

A typical quasar looks about as bright from 33 light years away as the sun does from earth. A quasar's lifespan is from tens of millions to a few billion years.

That means in galaxies with a quasar, there is a shell 33 light years in radius, and a few light years in thickness, in which essentially every planet in every stellar system (as well as rogue planets and moons) is in the "habitable zone".

That seems way cooler to me than speculation about a few planets being in the habitable zone.

about 2 years ago

Spaun: a Large-Scale Functional Brain Model

wurp Re:My God... (101 comments)

The comment was about understanding life, synthetic biology, an end to the use of fossil fuels, and health.

The story has nothing to do with any of those.

The story is only (extremely) tangentially even related to uploading...

about 2 years ago

Spaun: a Large-Scale Functional Brain Model

wurp Re:My God... (101 comments)

WTF does this comment have to do with this story? Why is it +4 interesting?

about 2 years ago

Judge Accepts $22.5M Google Fine In Privacy Case

wurp Re:Sue Apple? (25 comments)

Oh, duh, settlement with the FTC. Thanks.

In that case, can we sue the FTC for incompetence?

about 2 years ago

Judge Accepts $22.5M Google Fine In Privacy Case

wurp Sue Apple? (25 comments)

If Apple's browser promises to stop tracking, and Google ignores the 'stop tracking' indicator, and Apple says "that's fine, just pay us some $$$"...

Does that mean we should have a class action lawsuit against Apple for false advertising? If they're claiming that setting this flag means don't track me, then they go ahead and make a settlement with Google that *allows them to keep the data they got tracking me*, aren't they advertising a false sense of security?

Of course, I'm also peeved against Google. I am hoping :
a) this was unintentional
b) Google will issue (has issued?) a statement that they will delete the data despite not being required to

about 2 years ago

Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

wurp Re:zero sum game (555 comments)

The proposal is that rich people invest in business, creating more new jobs and more value. Poor people spend their money on stuff.

I haven't seen any real support for the notion that investing in businesses based on what rich people think will succeed creates more jobs or a "bigger economic pie" than poor people giving more money to businesses that provide services & goods that the poor actually need.

Obviously, I don't buy it, but that's the supposed reason.

about 2 years ago

Google's Nexus 4, 7, 10 Strategy: Openness At All Costs

wurp Re:No LTE, less space than a nomad (359 comments)

I do carry an extra battery.

That said, you don't know me. And I don't know anyone else who carries an extra battery.

BTW, my phone is a Nexus One. And probably will remain so until it dies (which seems unlikely considering all the abuse it's survived so far) or until Google Glass comes out.

about 2 years ago

Kurzweil: The Cloud Will Expand Human Brain Capacity

wurp Re:With apologies to Michio Kaku (267 comments)

In fact, I see nothing in this whole thread that goes beyond ad hominem. Please provide arguments for or against the one on-topic notion for this story: "Ray Kurzweil predicts the cloud will ... help expand our brain capacity beyond its current limits."

This, to me, is a very sensible, even self-evident, statement. Right now I use Google's cloud of computer mapping services to navigate virtually anywhere I go. I use Google's cloud of search services to find the answer to virtually any question I may have, from the syntax for an API, to repairs for my car, to the lyrics to some song I like. Even in the last few years these capabilities have improved dramatically; I'm sure they will continue to do so.

You may not like the word "cloud", but it accurately describes computing systems with multiple redundant computers accessing multiple copies of information to provide speed and reliability.

Frankly, all the spastic reactions whenever Kurzweil's name is used make you guys look like the unbalanced ones, not him.

(Note that while I'm replying to the grandparent of this conversation, this is directed to the thread as a whole. This one comment is innocuous; the trend here is not.)

about 2 years ago

New Java Vulnerability Found Affecting Java 5, 6, and 7 SE

wurp Thank you! (121 comments)

Now I don't have to RTFA. IMO that simple statement "this only applies to running untrusted code in a JVM with a SecurityManager" is the most important thing to say about this exploit; sad it wasn't in the summary.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Ideas and Tools To Get Around the Great Firewall?

wurp Re:SSH (218 comments)

I run my ssh service on port 443 to get through more firewalls. I believe they could check traffic patterns to see that it isn't really https, but I'm not sure they do.

about 2 years ago


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