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Comment: Re:Actual Israeli - Iron Dome Works (Score 1) 454

by BACbKA (#47509865) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures
Yep. I guess when I look outside following the secondary explosion sound and see the contrails coming from Gaza terminating with a nice cloud where it exploded it is actually a hologram supplemented with hi-fi sound special effects produced by our physicist friends from MIT. It's really safer now than in 2012 (less Iron Dome protection) or 2006 which was even worse, despite the Gaza arsenal having increased. My heart goes out to the innocent victims on both sides. OMG, another siren going off right now...

Comment: Re:Bring boss facts and a tech recommendation, don (Score 1) 310

answer "that's a business decision that's up to you, but FROM A SECURITY PERSPECTIVE ..."

I don't know what the OP's particular situation is wrt business perspective --- could it be that the bosses actually are looking at a tradeoff "ship now with internally known security problems, or try to fix them and not ship at all, and fail as a business"? If this is the case, one should probably think how to gradually integrate better security in long-term. Certainly, if there is a criminal negligence going on, then the "ship with known problems" is not an option! It is very easy to over-hype security, but remember that, in the end, it's all down to business bottom line. If you have a supermarket chain with some casual shoplifting happening, sometimes you want to invest $$$ not into more security guards and anti-theft tech that frustrates the customers, but into everything else --- maybe opening a couple of more locations --- and in the end turning more profit from the same investment.

Comment: how is this different from, say, kdewallet? (Score 1) 482

by BACbKA (#44500159) Attached to: Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy
How is this "you can get a cleartext password in a couple of clicks" is different from, say, kdewallet? With physical access to unlocked wallet you can also ask it to display the cleartext password. This actually helped me once when I forgot my sf password having relied on kdewallet for a while and then I had to retype it on another box.

Comment: Re:Privacy concerns now outweigh terrorism in poll (Score 1) 358

by BACbKA (#44455247) Attached to: NSA Director Defends Surveillance To Unsympathetic Black Hat Crowd
Unfortunately, not using gmail doesn't mean gmail won't spy on you -- thanks to your helpful correspondents who use gmail themselves, or send a CC to a gmail address. Same with the social networks -- even if you vehemently ignore all the invites, all those helpful enthusiasts that use the networks' spam-invite feature also betray your social graph to whoever mines it.

Comment: a quote from Ross Andersen (Score 4, Interesting) 393

Yep. And, regarding your "even if they do not decrypt it", I can't help quoting one of my favourite books on security: "The main problem facing the worldâ(TM)s signals intelligence agencies is traffic selection â" how to filter out interesting nuggets from the mass of international phone, fax, email and other traffic. A terrorist who helpfully encrypts his important traffic does this part of the policeâ(TM)s job for them. If the encryption algorithm used is breakable, or if the end systems can be hacked, then the net result is worse than if the traffic had been sent in clear." (See http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/Papers/SEv2-c09.pdf p31)

Comment: hear, hear! (Score 1) 716

by BACbKA (#43784231) Attached to: Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds
And if it didn't exercise maximum diligence in minimizing the taxes, the shareholders would get back at the financial officers responsible and find them liable in breach of the shareholders' trust. Regardless of whether the current system is broken or not, sounds like the big corporations are doing the one and only thing available to them.

Comment: Re:they messed up the ligatures (Score 1) 300

by BACbKA (#43394927) Attached to: Extended TeX: Past, Present, and Future
Yep. Obviously, a bug in whatever TeX->HTML chain they used. Unfortunately, there is a long-standing problem with TeX that there is no 100% compatibile PS/PDF/HTML back-end suite on any distro that works flawlessly with a real-life mix of complex figures, bibliographies, LTR/RTL layouts, with hyperref and other complex packages thrown in... so one needs either to tweak what's enabled for each backend, or dumb down the document that works on one but not the other.

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