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Comment: Everything has a cost (Score 1) 696

First off, bummer dude. Good luck with the time you have left.

The only big lesson I ever instilled in my daughter, and I think it stuck, is that everything in life that you want has a cost. It may not be money - in lots of cases it isn't (my daughter's Field Hockey championships and ROTC scholarship for instance) - but there is a cost to everything. Figure out what the cost is, and if you want whatever it is enough to pay that cost - do that, and life is simple.

The other I got from someone else - at some point EVERYONE becomes an orphan. When you can understand and accept that, you at least know you are not alone in your loss - sooner or later everyone has it.

Good luck - god bless

Comment: Re:Useless (Score 1) 75

by BranMan (#49076335) Attached to: Canada's Next-Generation Military Smart Gun Unveiled

I'm neither, so take this with a boulder of salt.
The difference between Soldiers and Marines is that the Soldier generally has a lot more support, and operated in larger numbers.

When the Army goes in, there is generally close air support, artillery support, logistics support, MPs, lots of infrastructure, lots of hardware, Engineer support, etc..

When Marines go in, they generally have a whole lot less, if any, of any of that (No implied slight to the Navy intended). Hence the credo "Every Marine is a rifleman" because it more often comes down to that when the stuff hits the fan (as compared to the Army). So each Marine has to be a lot more of a BAMF - sometimes that's all they have to work with.

Does that help?

Comment: Re:So how are they (Score 1) 109

by BranMan (#48869669) Attached to: <em>Star Trek Continues</em> Kickstarter 2.0

If you ever find a way to download them, please post here and let me know. Us old-timers don't trust this new-fangled intarweb too much - I'd much rather download them, burn them to a DVD and both have a copy forever (everything on the WWW is temporary) and easily pull it out to watch it big-screen.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 562

by BranMan (#48850927) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Key exchange IS the problem - it relies on trust, partially, and obscure mathematics, partially. The keys are used for both parties, by using parts of the others' keys (i.e. the Public half of a Public/Private key pair) to generate the same Secret key. Then that Secret key is used to encode and decrypt messages.

It is not fundamentally secure. The correct way to do it is to physically travel to the other party and exchange Secret keys directly - and use 4096 bit to boot. With keys that long it *is* mathematically unable to be cracked using brute-force methods. Ever.

Comment: Re:Precious Snowflake (Score 1) 323

by BranMan (#48656253) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

Well said sir, well said.

I have only one daughter, and we raised her about how you were raised, and she has turned out very well indeed.

I also have a sister-in-law that is unfortunately headed down the road of your sister, though maybe not for all the same reasons. It is very sad - we still try to get through to her, but the outlook is bleak.

Stick to your guns with your children when you have them. We did, and it does work.

One tip I can give though: The guiding principal I tried to instill is that everything has a cost - it may not be to you, it may not be money (success at sports takes other things than money - time, effort, patience, determination), but there is a cost to everything. Is what you want worth the cost? If so, by all means, go for it, pay the cost and achieve it. But you aren't getting anything for free - that's the real world.

Comment: Re:5th Admendment? (Score 1) 446

by BranMan (#48518405) Attached to: 18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

Unfortunately you are using the wrong test of a new law - you should never ask "is it being used responsibly here?", but ALWAYS ask "CAN it be used irresponsibly, anywhere?"

If the answer to the second question is yes, it's a bad law. And must be opposed. Because sure as the sun will rise, someone will eventually do just that.

The official procedures of Congress allowed for deadlocking the government permanently - basically sabotaging it from within. That was pointed out decades ago. "Oh, but we'd never do THAT" was always the response. Until a few years ago some members of Congress used it that way. With exactly those results.

Don't look at the specific application being applied today - look to how it can be twisted in the future.

Comment: Re:Naive optimism in headline (Score 1) 91

by BranMan (#48313807) Attached to: Photon Pair Coupled in Glass Fiber

What is wrong with all you people? Stop using the Internet for exchanging keys! Make a 2048 bit or so secret key, go and physically hand it to the person you want to communicate with, then encrypt to your hearts content - basking in the certainty that your communications is not being intercepted by said agencies.

If 2048 does not seem strong enough, use more. At some point it becomes impossible to brute force crack it.

Key exchange is the bane of security - STOP USING IT. Do NOT depend on it for anything important.

No problem is insoluble in all conceivable circumstances.