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Comment: Re:So how are they (Score 1) 106

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) 559

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.

Comment: Re:$1.1 Trillion over 54 years... (Score 1) 540

by BranMan (#47889479) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Hi Dave,
    Whew. Thanks for the reply. Have to take this one at a time - there is just too much. I'm afraid you have lived much too sheltered a life.

Freedom of Religion - is very special, and it is not everywhere by any stretch of the imagination. Common across the world? Wow. Um... No. Iraq is falling apart due to a lack of this - people are killing each other over there in Sunni vs. Shiite violence. They are two sects of the Muslim religion, and everyone in Iraq thinks of themselves as Sunni or Shiite - not Iraqi. It is tearing them apart - to the brink of genocide. Look into it - please. The news media does a poor job of it.

Also look into the persecution of Muslim immigrants in France - they were rioting because they were not allowed to get jobs - by the government. Look into the IRA - Catholic vs. Protestant in Ireland. Killing each other with bombs and machine guns just for being of the 'wrong' religion. Look into the background of the Puritans having to leave England in the 1600s (yes it was a long time ago) - can you even conceive of the level of DESPERATION of a religious group to leave everything they own and have ever known to embark on ships to reach a new land they have never seen to maybe, god willing, survive the journey, just to have a chance to live in peace and practice their religion? I know I can't.

I use the examples above as France, England, Ireland seem very very close to what America is like. There are hundreds more examples all through history. I don't know - Crusades anyone?

Freedom of Religion is very rare - rarer than it seems growing up in the US. Not unique to the US, but rare. Unique may be that we actually codified it into Law - the very Constitution itself.

And no, I don't think American culture is this list of things - I think it is built on these things, like the foundation to a building. It is these basic things that helps make us different in the world, and allows us to do all the awesome things we do.

The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland"; but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.