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Comment Re:Stateful Encryption Solutions (Score 1) 86

No they aren't, as I've explained at length in other posts.

Yes they are.

The only thing asymmetric buys you, in terms of hassle for the end user, is the ability to not to have to worry about a transferring around a (fairly small) master keyfile or passphrase.

It allows anyone to encipher messages without any possession of secret information.

It allows anyone to verify source and integrity of information without any possession of secret information.

It allows this to occur in a completely untethered, unlimited and untraceable manner.

Nothing you offer does that when you remove the shell game of punting of responsibility and convenient ignoring of underlying reality.

We know a quantum RSA break is simply a matter of time.

We know nothing of the sort. There is ZERO evidence in existence to support this assumption. NONE.

We don't know what tech advances will suddenly appear in the future, but we do know that if any country had a breakthrough there would be a very strong incentive to invest billions into it, even if they just got a few years' work out of it

The problem with this logic is that it doesn't say anything. It doesn't mean anything. It isn't falsifiable. I can say "we don't know" to justify any course of action I damn well please. Support your position with actual objective evidence. Saying "we don't know" is the same as saying nothing at all.

And even it never happens, for whatever reason, asymmetric computing has always had many more question marks hanging over it. We can't be sure there won't be a new class of weak RSA keys discovered tomorrow, but we can be fairly confident that a powerful (i.e. much faster than brute force) zero-known plaintext attack for AES is not going to pop up tomorrow.

Your opinions are your opinions. Do what you want. I'm not abandoning the devil that has been around longer than I have been alive out of unspecified unsubstantiated non-quantified fears for a provably inferior solution. You are perfectly free to make a different calculation.

Comment Re:Stateful Encryption Solutions (Score 1) 86

Could we please get to work on getting everything on the web compatible with a stateful encryption scheme (out of band preshared keys and signing schemes that aren't entirely reliant on any form[1] of asymmetric cryptography) now ?

Asymmetric schemes are as a practical matter absolutely necessary.

Instead of waiting 10-20 years and then suddenly finding out, oh crap, some government has finally has built a quantum computer powerful enough to crack RSA/ECC?

Are you sure it isn't 3-4 years or 15-73 years or perhaps 153 to 739 years? If your going to ask others you have no control over to "get to work" on something you kind of have to provide compelling evidence to support your position if you expect anyone to pay attention to you or spend their time on it.

Comment Re:DNA testing is inherently racist (Score 2) 228

DNA testing is inherently racist, as genetic traits are heritable and are associated with your ethnic/genetic background.

Genetic variability between any two individuals of the very same tribe dwarfs ethnicity. This is why judging individuals on a genetic basis by their tribe/race is illogical and also why your argument doesn't hold up.

I would agree for different reasons allowing this is a bad idea. Chance of these schemes ever being deemed socially acceptable in my estimation is 0... Probably also quite useless given people in many ways that matter are more or less products of their environments rather than genetics.

Comment Re:Economic malthusianism (Score 1) 901

People have been spouting this prophecy for more than 300 years, and its never come true.

I've always hated these arguments because they hide behind default historically safe assumptions are not merit based. The history of this and mechanisms are very much useful and worth understanding. Yet there was never a time in those 300 years when dead labor was able to close the loop by taking over the work of living labor and do it better than humans. This most certainly will cease to be the case well into the next 300 years.

Currently NONE of the above is in play nor will it be anytime soon. First world job loss is currently a function of increasingly friction free capital movement enabled by technology, trade deals and telepresence coupled with corporations chasing cheap labor to the ends of the earth. It isn't about machines "taking over"... but this isn't forever.

Despite incredible technological advancement, more people are employed now than in any point in history.

Imagine that... more people are also alive now than in any point in history.

Some people mightl lose out in the short term, but in the long term, the number of jobs only grows.

No. Availability of reserve labor has always been market driven.

Bottom line .. eventually when dead labor is smarter/cheaper/faster/better than humans the reserve labor force is ultimately screwed.

Comment Providing aid and comfort to Hitler (Score 1) 636

While all of us believe in the ideas of free speech

Everyone says this... few actually mean it.

and open platforms, we draw a line here. We agree that people shouldnâ(TM)t be fired for their political views, but
this isnâ(TM)t a disagreement on tax policy, this is advocating hatred and violence

Giving more power to someone whose ascension and behavior strike fear into so many people is unacceptable

Roughly half the voting country will be advocating hatred, violence and giving power to Trump when they go to the polls and vote Trump in the next few weeks including roughly 3 million who gave him money.

Doesn't that blow your mind? How do you sleep at night knowing close to half the country is a basket of ***ist ***phobe advocates of hatred and violence?

How can you not be constantly "triggered" knowing half the country actively supports Trump by voting for and advocating for him? You must be "terrified" beyond words. It must make you physically ill. How can you "feel safe"?

Comment Re:Déjà vu (Score 1) 51

Insightful from Carmack. There's been a history of failed attempts in technology to "game change" focusing on the single human sense of vision.
More recently it was 3D TV's and movie theatres which, in hindsight, enjoyed what Carmack describes as "coasting on novelty".

There have been a number of attempts at 3D shopping, 3D meeting spaces, 3D websites over the years and they all failed in my opinion because like video calling they were just gimmicks that were unable to offer any usable value. VR Facebook I assume will meet a similar fate. If people wanted to interact with each other in a space that (is)looks real they have the option of doing that already.

I think VR itself is different. It isn't 3DTV .. I see the sentiment everywhere by what I assume are people who mostly have never tried VR or only used some cardboard contraption with plastic lens and word VR scribbled on side in magic marker.

The difference between VR and 3DTV is fundamentally with VR you are transported to another place and sort of believe you are there. With 3DTV you are just looking at a screen - a 3D screen with things that pop out and have depth yet still just a screen.

Software currently sucks, displays have a long way to go yet in terms of at least experiences and games VR isn't just another gimmick with no or marginal value. It isn't an incremental improvement like Color TV, HDTV or 3D TV... In my opinion it is a "game changer" tons of fun and frankly amazing. Until you try VR (smartphones don't count) you won't understand.

Nobody watches 3DTV and says "holy shit" the effect is marginally neat and then you forget about it... everyone who has tried our VR gear is like OMFG and wants one for themselves.

Comment Re:Mobile VR is best VR (Score 1) 51

Mobile games fit the VR model much better than traditional PC or Console based games.

The only thing that makes a mobile game a mobile game is touch screen rather than controller interface.

Mobile games are short, gimmicky and disposable. The UI is already stripped down to a minimum, they're meant to be played for short periods, good for a giggle, and then you move on.

Not interested in wasting time with low quality.

As much fun as it is to physically stand up and crouch down in a VR cover-based-shooter, it's significantly less responsive than just pressing a button. Did I stand up high enough? Too high? I'm tall, and now it won't register me crouching. Same with reloading, walking, talking, or anything else you might do in a game. Pressing a button is much easier and more reliable than trying to hump my PS/Vive/Wii-motes on something to simulate an action.

Head and controllers are tracked in 6DOF. Not vomit inducing 3DOF currently dominating smartphones. The system knows exactly what your position is in space. If your taking cover you would be able to see for yourself whether your crouched down enough. If you sit on the floor in RL your sitting on the floor in VR. You input physical height for calibration when setting up the VR display and center when starting software to set references.

Vive/Touch controllers are tracked in the same way as HMD. Controller movement is tracked in 3 space with physical buttons.

"Traditional" games are also meant to be played for longer periods, which can be anything from nausea inducing to downright painful in VR, as you must strap 2+ pounds of plastic, glass, and wires to your face.

Everyone is different. Find it easy to forget it on. PC VR is lighter, higher quality, less vomit inducing and more comfortable than mobile. Most nausea comes from 3DOF limitations of smartphones.

Comment Smartphone VR = too early to market (Score 1) 51

Smartphone GPUs are not powerful enough and not power efficient enough to drive a VR display at acceptable quality for mass appeal period. All low level "tricks" and hardware hacking in the world are not going to do much to change this basic equation.

Nor do I see where there is sufficient R&D budgets to push technology hard enough to make it happen in the near term just for the sake of VR.

Comment Re:As long as they're still allowed to use data... (Score 3) 149

I am not sure I agree. If the data says that $minority group is more violent then $non-minority, it may be statically true for a given set of statistics but we all (should) know that correlation is not causation and it may be that $minority group on average lives in a more dangerous place. Higher insurance rates for $minority group members would be racist, but charging higher rates for people (with out regard to race) living in a dangerous place would not be racist.

Causation is irrelevant in terms of insurance. The only thing that matters is accurately modeling risk. An algorithm doesn't have to know the reasons why kids are more likely to smash up their parents cars. It is only relevant that kids smash up their parents cars.

Comment Judging individuals based on group attributes (Score 3) 149

The problem Google is describing isn't limited to a subset of arbitrary tribal factors society deems to be off limits.

Entire reason for existence of these systems is making prejudiced decisions about individuals based on statistical evidence.

You can spend all day filtering out things that will get you sued or attract bad press but this doesn't address core fact these systems are intended to make prejudiced judgments about individuals based on statistical experience and evidence.

Being prejudiced can be practically helpful in some contexts but don't pretend that isn't what your doing, don't confuse it for fairness and don't bother making up a bunch of mystical bullshit about how your dataset or programmers are biased. Prejudice is the raison d'etre of these systems. It is what they are designed to do.

Comment Re:Meanwhile (Score 1) 121

If you want someone to blame, blame the fucking EU with their damned RoHS directives. If electronic solder still had LEAD in it, like God intended, we wouldn't have BGA parts breaking-free from their PCBs at the slightest provocation. Metallurgy has developed over centuries, but with a stroke of a pen, the chemists were sent back to the drawing board to find a substitute for that which has no substitute.

God intended kids in poor countries who end up mining first world disposable e-trash to get lead poisoning.

And before you say "But no one else has this problem", do a little Googling. You'll find LOTS of similar problems with HTC, LG, Samsung, etc. It's a RoHS thing; but none of those other phones (unless they catch on fire a lot) make for Clickbait on Slashdot like the iPhone does. But the stories are there. But do your own research, Hater

Problems and solutions associated with removing lead are well studied and widely implemented. If your still making EXCUSES for vendors who failed to adapt and get the memo some dozen years after the fact that's on you. Customers don't care about lame excuses they care about outcomes.

There is no excuse for unsafe or failure prone products by any vendor.

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