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Comment Re:git was written when SHA-1 attacks were publish (Score 5, Insightful) 195

If you read Linus' whole statement, you will also find the part where he writes "yes, in git we also end up using the SHA1 when we use "real" cryptography for signing the resulting trees, so the hash does end up being part of a certain chain of trust. So we do take advantage of some of the actual security features of a good cryptographic hash, and so breaking SHA1 does have real downsides for us."

Regarding our use of SHA-3: We use crypographic hash-sums as keys to cached data items that are not permitted for everyone to request. Thus we need to make sure that the cache keys cannot be "guessed" (like from knowing a valid cache key for a similar data item).

Comment git was written when SHA-1 attacks were published (Score 3, Informative) 195

Both happened in 2005. And SHA-2 was published 4 years earlier. So yes, the sky is not falling, and git can be made secure, but it also wasn't really wise to use SHA-1 when git was implemented, first.

BTW: At the company I work for, we already replaced SHA-2 with SHA-3 for security reasons. Better safe than sorry.

Comment Re:How "indirect" was the use? Was SF just a proxy (Score 1) 123

Indeed, I have experienced the same with many other services.
You would not believe how creative both the writers of corporate service licences are in inventing reasons why there customers shall pay them more, and how creative the corporate users of such services are in inventing more or less plausible/legal ways to circumvent the license fees.
Just one example: Vendor writes into the license contract a higher monthly fee for "pushed" updates instead of "pulled" (requested) data. A company using that service asks me to implement a proxy service that will pull at an insanely high frequency on its input and provide real "push updates" on data changes on its output.

Comment Manufacturers intent: Collect/sell data/ads (Score 1) 142

Your statement, while true, totally fails to consider that the goal of making and selling such dolls is not to make children happy and to keep their privacy intact. These dolls are built to collect data, sell that data for profit, and deliver targeted advertisements to children.

Comment Re:Echo (Score 3, Interesting) 142

The theory about Echo and such is that those are not disguised eavesdropping devices.
Which, of course, is only partially true, as 99.99% of all adults will not have the slightest clue (or ability to verify) when Echo records something, and whether or not that recording goes to some remote 3rd-party.

Comment Re:seriously? (Score 1) 318

We need robots to take over the boring repetitive stuff of now so we can work on the jobs of the future.

The parallels to automation in the past might soon end: Could well be that robots are soon better then most humans at doing the creative, intelligent, innovative stuff, so the work left for humans to do in the future may be the awful kind of stuff for which expendable humans are less costly than expensive robots.

Comment Re:If you think those robots would help the elderl (Score 1) 318

Actual movie theatres and actual "telegraph"-hardware (as in: the wire/fiber infrastructure buried into the ground) are still way beyond what most people on earth can afford. What has become relatively cheap are non-material services that either make use of expensive infrastructure for a short periods or consist of "software" that can be copied without adding material anywhere.

Robots useful for taking care of elderlies need to be strong, sophisticated physical devices, and it is not quite settled that such will become cheap at any point in time.

Comment Re:If you think those robots would help the elderl (Score 1) 318

I haven't seen the expenses for healthcare decrease anywhere, regardless of technological advances.

Of course nobody can predict what will be in 50 or 100 years, but it is also quite possible that by then it might already have become commonplace to euthanize people who cannot cater for themselves anymore.

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