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Comment: Re: What did you expect? (Score 1) 197

by Archimonde (#48903125) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

And this got me thinking, how can they outlaw strong encryption anyway?

If I send you a file which contains random garbage, how is that different from a file/text encrypted? I don't think there is a way for them to prove that you were using encryption beyond reasonable doubt.

All of this trying to outlaw strong encryption completely pointless.

Comment: Re:Prepare for more (Score 1) 257

by Archimonde (#48827147) Attached to: Belgian Raid Kills 2, Said To Avert "Major Terrorist Attacks"

As far as I know, there aren't a lot of Catholics strapping bombs to themselves, and chanting, "In the name of the Father, the Son, and the holy Ghost, amen.", detonating it on the end of "amen".

Oh, but they would! if you are living in a very very poor country, with no law enforcement and no future, I'm certain that this would breed extremism and of violent sort probably. Whatever the dominant religion there is.

Trying to portray christianity or some US denominations as somehow peaceful is silly. Just because those religions are operating under a developed society where there is a rule of law (in broad sense), forces them to behave. They would go out of control if given the chance.

Comment: Re:Using NASA's dictionary (Score 1) 445

by Archimonde (#48287579) Attached to: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

Big Brass Ones are kind of required at this level.

I don't agree. It is just a matter of training. While I'm no spaceship captain I was in couple of quite tight spots where the probability of loss of life of my crewmembers and me was quite high. Shouting and panicking over the communications channel helps absolutely no on,e and I would be very much surprised if the Apollo 13 or some other Captain was screaming on the radio to Houston.

It is just drill, drill and drill more. You don't think much, everything is done almost by reflex. So you are crediting those those brave guys with a bit too much. I've even read somewhere that in tight situations a very small minority will panic, other will keep their wits about them.

Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 1) 907

by Archimonde (#48000633) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

So you get a discount on paying cash for the car?

I always thought this is normal but I went and bought a car with cash and was surprised that I couldn't get even a cent of discount or some upgrade package on it.

Asked why and the guy just shrugged and said that if I pay by monthly installments it doesn't make any difference to them because the bank pays the full price of the car to the dealer and then the payments are between you and the bank.

This is in Croatia though, dunno how it is in the rest of EU.

Comment: Re:I wish I'd known... (Score 1) 548

Same thing I told myself, but instead of law school I should have gone to maritime school. By my age now I could have been a staff captain on a cruise ship or even captain/master in few years time with no problem at all. And that means triple the salary and better benefits.

Instead, I'm looking at our deck officers on our ships who can barely tell the difference between port and starboard. For great majority of them, maritime school was the only one they could actually complete.

But what can you do, life is too short to look back.

Comment: Re:No, you don't need AV, even on Windows (Score 1) 331

by Archimonde (#47690333) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

I don't agree because it is so easy to get infected even with years of experience. Unless you run all your installs, exe's or whatever in VMs, you are open for attack. And if you do this, maybe it is easier to just have AV at the ready.

But leaving aside IT pros, an average user has nowhere near enough experience to diferentiante a lot of normal situations with suspicious situations, they click yes on everything etc. If you wish to train someone, that frankly can take months/years.

Another problem which a lot of people are missing is the difference between some "soft" malware, classic malware and/or viruses. I've seen more than a couple of computers with half of the screen taken by fucking toolbars/search bars, ad popups etc. Of course, those computers are unusable and everythign grinds to a halt. Even with AV programs saying that all is fine and dandy. So yeah, the user just went to install new java/adobe reader/whatever version, clicked next next next finish and got himself fucked in the process. Sometimes this "innocent" programs will confuse even the most experienced guys with installing shit you don't need but this installed claims that it needs it. Not everyone has 3 programs installed on their computers.

So my point is, nowadays, AV programs are more or less useless as they don't find a lot of malware (licensing or whatever). Yes, I still have it on my windows systems (MSE), but that is for just in case scenario and better to have it for that one time then get infected. But still, people get crap on their computers sideloaded all the time. You can blame the user as much as you want for this kind of infections, but this install X and youl'll get Y which will later download Z and R system has to get fixed somehow.

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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password 383

Posted by samzenpus
from the at-least-zero-characters-long dept.
jfruh writes Many security experts agree that our current authentication system, in which end users are forced to remember (or, more often, write down) a dizzying array of passwords is broken. DARPA, the U.S. Defense Department research arm that developed the Internet, is trying to work past the problem by eliminating passwords altogether, replacing them with biometric and other cues, using off-the-shelf technology available today.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie