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British Teen Jailed Over Encryption Password

xant Truecrypt (1155 comments)

Use TrueCrypt. Use Hidden Volumes. Any questions?

He can give them the password to the one that has his hardcore porn in it, and keep the password to the hidden volume that has his ILLEGAL hardcore porn, because nobody can prove it's there, and the courts aren't really smart enough to consider the possibility anyway.

Note: I categorically do not use TrueCrypt, or hidden volumes.

more than 4 years ago

The Real Truth About Oracle's 'New' Kernel

xant Re:What Oracle meant to say.... (177 comments)

God, I wish. Someone should push Ellison down some stairs and find out.

more than 4 years ago

Hole In Linux Kernel Provides Root Rights

xant FFS, this is slashdot (274 comments)

Don't fucking explain to me what "root" means. That's just insulting.

more than 4 years ago

High Fructose Corn Syrup To Get a Makeover

xant Blah, blah, more HFCS hyperbole (646 comments)

Jesus, I hate the HFCS debate. Look, HFCS is bad. You know why?

Because it's fucking sugar. Sugar makes you fat, no matter where it's from. If you use more, it makes you more fat.

HFCS is an economic problem, not a chemical problem. People like things that are sweet, and HFCS is a very cheap way to make things sweet. Take away the HFCS, and you'll just get a more expensive product with the same amount of sugar, or a product that isn't as tasty.

If you want people to get less fat, try putting less sugar, of any kind, into your products. First you'll have to get them to agree to buy those products, which don't taste as good. GLWT.

more than 4 years ago

Legal Threat Demands Techdirt Shut Down

xant Re:Jeff Morris (346 comments)

He allegedly fucks goats. I have no proof of this, but he hasn't denied it.

I am, of course, talking about Jeffrey Morris, the individual suing TechDirt from the UK.

more than 3 years ago

WebKit Gives Konqueror a Speed Boost (Past Firefox)

xant Re:So the real question is (199 comments)

I wouldn't have bothered with KHTML, even if WebKit being Ellison'd was not only possible but imminent.

The alternate to WebKit is WebKit, forked.

more than 4 years ago

The End of Forgetting

xant They don't exist (329 comments)

They are just good at hiding it. But they're not even that good. Take, for example, the current fashion of outing conservative, anti-gay Republicans as gay. These people aren't puritans, they're just self-loathing, and it's gotten damn easy to catch them at being hypocrites.. so easy that it's become a cliche that if you sound like a conservative white male, you're probably cruising me.

This applies to all kinds of sins. Human frailty and ego being what they are, you will find plenty of examples of the public teetotaler who gets drunk at home and beats his wife, the anti-drug mom who's hopelessly addicted to Oxy, the pro-censorship nut who's into rape porn, and so on. And technology being what it is, their private sins will soon become part of their permanent record, too. The people they hurt will out them to get revenge or force them to get treatment. It only takes one uploaded video to make your private sin public for eternity.

Worry less about what puritans will do and more about how to forgive your loved ones when you find out what they're really like.

more than 4 years ago

Google Goes On Offensive vs. JavaScript Attacks

xant Insightful? Really? (108 comments)

Google doesn't want to execute JS in emails, and never did. Nobody should (nor does) allow JS in email afaik. The problem is the JS is executing *anyway*, despite Google's filters. They found a crack in the filtering and are exploiting it; not because *gmail* executes javascript but because *your browser* does.

Such an option would make email more vulnerable, not less, since some people would set it to "execute", when everyone should be "don't execute".

more than 4 years ago

'Robin Sage' Social Hoax Duped Military, Security Pros

xant Re:Only link that matters (191 comments)

> For that, you have to start thinking whether or not you met this persona casually at a party or something once, or if you know them from a class or something.

No, you don't. They're called Facebook friends. The only people in my list are people who are really my friends (or close relatives). Even if I know exactly who they are, I don't accept friend requests from anyone I don't have a strong personal relationship with.

And I know who all of those people are. No hard thinking required.

more than 4 years ago

Grigory Perelman Turns Down $1M Millennium Prize

xant Re:Millennium, not Millenium. (226 comments)

You win an Internet. Just one, but it's a nice one.

more than 4 years ago

4th of July to me mostly means ...

xant Missing option (489 comments)

Something slightly unlike any of the other options.

more than 4 years ago

Foxconn May Close Factories In China

xant You're missing the point (476 comments)

He wants to cut the suicide payments.

No, wait, he already did that by fiat. Why is he doing this again?

more than 4 years ago

Second Inquiry Exonerates Climatic Research Unit

xant Re:Scientific rigor in debates about scientific ri (764 comments)

You are right, but so what? If this study were completely wrong, it wouldn't invalidate the mountains of other evidence for global warming. Science exists so that it doesn't matter whether someone agrees with you or not; go to the evidence.

more than 4 years ago

SEC Proposes Wall Street Transparency Via Python

xant Re:hmm (278 comments)

Good question, but the answer is that it does matter. I'm actually a huge fan of Python, but I can indeed see a big advantage in having some element of provability in the language chosen, and I do have some concerns about my favorite language being used for this. Python is a pragmatic, readable language but it isn't a great one for provability.

To address your insightful point: You don't have to trust the compiler. The SEC wants source code to be given. Since you can run the source code on any correct compiler, including one you yourself just wrote, and expect to get the same result, there's no way to exploit it through that.

The unraised point is that you can, in fact, exploit the program code this way. Given innocuous code that in certain situations--some of which may be intentional on the part of the author of the code, some of which may not be--you can get surprising and highly lucrative corner cases. A clever coder can create these intentionally; a bad one can do it unintentionally, and either way it can be hard to spot.

I think the answer to the latter issue is "unit tests". A third party can write tests for a bunch of inputs, run it through your code and make sure your code produces the expected outputs. Discover bugs and backdoors this way, and report them to the code author or SEC, whichever is appropriate.

more than 4 years ago

Google Reported Ready To Leave China April 10

xant Re:What does it mean to "leave"? (176 comments)

Sure. As soon as they do that, they'll be blocked. Google is "in" China because Google is physically in China, where:

  1. They are given special access to get through the Great Firewall, and
  2. China can prosecute Google employees if Google doesn't comply with local laws

Google physically shutting down offices means China no longer has leverage over actual human beings working there. So they'll use the only other leverage they have: the Firewall. Expect google.cn to be accessible everywhere but in .cn.

more than 4 years ago

Ubisoft's Authentication Servers Go Down

xant The plan comes to fruition (634 comments)

At this point, only the pirates can play the game. They just need to make a list of everyone still playing, and start sending out some local law enforcement. Once all the pirates are in jail, they can disable all DRM everywhere forever. Hooray Ubisoft for making DRM unnecessary!

more than 4 years ago

Google Asks US For WTO Block On China Censorship

xant Re:Google V China (115 comments)

Who cares about the motivations? "Altruistic" behavior always has motivations, they're just more complex motivations than for "selfish" behavior. Let Google take credit for what they're doing, they're doing the right thing today.

more than 4 years ago


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