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Comment: Using source from OpenSSH ... (Score 1, Troll) 221

by Alain Williams (#49825899) Attached to: Microsoft To Support SSH In Windows and Contribute To OpenSSH

In which case they will have to release the code that corresponds to binaries - would be useful for checking that there is not some little tweaks to help the NSA -- but if they have already put those into the system DLLs (eg for encryption) we would not really know. Maybe I am too cynical but I am very suspicious of what they did to skype.

Comment: Can you trust it ? (Score 0) 371

by Alain Williams (#49675775) Attached to: Firefox 38 Arrives With DRM Required To Watch Netflix

To make this work you take your open source Firefox and download the Adobe Content Decryption Module (CDM) - a closed source ''black box''. Who knows what is in there, maybe Adobe took some dollars from the NSA and put some spyware in there -- you can't tell because the channel to download the video is encrypted. Maybe they have also taken some rubles and inserted some code from the FSB (KGB successor) and maybe from elsewhere ?

Who knows ? I don't -- it is closed source.

Comment: Re:Here we go again (Score 5, Interesting) 152

by Alain Williams (#49627895) Attached to: Canadian Town Outlaws Online Insults To Police and Officials

Mod parent up

One right that should be absolute is to criticise a politician for their public actions. We elect them and if we don't like what they do we must be able to say so in clear terms. This includes saying that if think they are being stupid or duplicitous.

As regards personal insults: they should have the same protections and rights of redress for ad hominem attacks as the rest of us have - no more, no less.

Comment: Verison did not lie ... (Score 1) 170

it was the sales droid who lied - it is him who should be castigated for lieing - presumably to earn a few extra $ commission or bonus. All those who were conned into paying for something that they did not need should be able to seek compensation from the sales droid - the fine NOT to be paid by Verison. The droid's manager and managers all the way up should have to pay in proportion to their take home pay.

Unless there are consequences it will happen again. Not much different from the bankers who caused the rest of us so much pain and, by & large, have escaped personal penalties.

Comment: So: what is their agenda here ? (Score 5, Interesting) 56

1) Tell us that it is not effective; thus we need not worry about loss of privacy; thus we might we well let them continue ?

2) It is not effective because they have not got enough money for XXX; so: please Mr congress critter - vote them some more money

3) It is not effective; you need not worry about encrypting your communications; hopefully enough idiots will believe that!

Pick one of the above or come out with more suggestions.

Comment: First light == last light (Score 1) 133

by Alain Williams (#49499433) Attached to: The Origin of the First Light In the Universe

From the penultimate paragraph:

When the last star in the Universe flickers out, those photons—long since shifted into the radio and having diluted to be less than one-per-cubic-kilometer—will still be there in just as great an abundance as they were trillions and quadrillions of years prior.

and that is all that there will be left --- according to current theories at any rate!

Comment: I completely agree (Score 5, Insightful) 87

by Alain Williams (#49384379) Attached to: UK IP Chief Wants ISPs To Police Piracy Proactively


  • * the post office should also check every parcel
  • * the train company to check that no passenger is a crook travelling to do a robbery
  • * bakeries that no one buying buns is going to put poison in them and so kill old ladies
  • * clothing shops that no one buying a mac is a flasher

The word will be a safer place if everyone checked that their customers were innocent!

Comment: Re:Type "bush hid the facts" into Notepad. (Score 1) 119

I agree completely. There is no reason that a program cannot read UTF-8 and store as UTF-32 internally. There is a trade-off between time and memory. Note that UTF-16 is also a variable length encoding scheme so you still need to start at the start of string to find the nth character.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.