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Comment Re:The Cloud (Score 1) 446 446

The government already has all that, they don't need to break into DropBox or OneDrive to read that stuff.

True, and the government is not my main concern with putting sensitive data, albeit encrypted, in the cloud. My main concern is that someday, the encryption might be broken. Once that happens any script kiddie with the right tools can to get to the data, and there's no sure way to remove it from the cloud.

Comment Re:The Cloud (Score 2) 446 446

you will be at no risk of hackers or anyone else gaining access that way

I disagree. Encryption algorithms are constantly being tested and broken, and there is great incentive for that to continue. From the NSA and other governmental entities deliberately weakening the tools we use to encrypt, to as-yet undiscovered flaws, nobody can say with 100% certainty that current encryption technology will forever be secure.

And that's the biggest problem with the cloud. Once a single copy has been posted, you no longer have a sure way to delete every copy in existence.

Comment Re:Or they'll just implement censorship. (Score 1) 308 308

That is essentially what all ISPs want when they say they want to sell "fast lanes" on the internet. It's censorship. I'm just saying, give them what they want and then hold them criminally liable for anything illegal that gets through: pirated material, objectionable content, etc. No filter is perfect, and when the execs start landing in prison they'll change their tune soon enough.

Comment We can end this nonsense today. (Score 4, Interesting) 308 308

Seems to me that if ISPs want to selectively favor content, they should be held responsible for *any* content passing through their systems. Start throwing their execs in prison for distributing whatever illegal material passes through, and watch how fast they scramble to be classified as common carriers.

Comment Re:Only if you can't get addresses (Score 4, Interesting) 574 574

For the hosting providers then fun really starts when you can't get a public IPv4 for your new webserver, that'll be fun. There's no NAT workaround for that, some european hosting providers are already feeling the crunch in their IPv4 blocks, you can only host so many servers. So what can you do? Jack up the prices ofcourse, isn't the free market wonderful!

This. This is why IPv4 will stick around for decades to come. There is too much profit potential in it, and IPv6 costs too much money to implement.

Comment Pearson (Score 4, Interesting) 663 663

Is this the same Pearson that designs and administers tests for IT and other professional certifications? If so, it would explain a lot. The ones I've taken seem to be designed not to test your skills in the subject matter, so much as to test your capacity to parse bad English and to solve trick questions. It's horrifying to think that we are subjecting first graders to this crap.

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis

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