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Comment: Re:track record (Score 2) 275

by Carewolf (#48938127) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

As a European, I agree. To the military I say: buy the best on the market, with a proven track record, with a slight bias for buying local.

Slight? It has to be either local, maintainable local, spare-parts generally available or from an ally so close that if you ever break up you are pretty much fucked anyway.

Comment: Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 94

by Carewolf (#48924511) Attached to: Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

Lots of horses? I don't think so. Truly exceptional turncoats like that are once or twice in a generation.

Snowden is wanted as a fugitive from justice. He has refuge in Russia. That's about all there is to it, your theatre aside.

Yes, we call it political refugees. People who flee and are granted amnesty because they would be prosecuted if they returned to the totalitarian hellhole from where they fled.

Comment: Re:Let's get this straight (Score 1) 145

by Carewolf (#48924211) Attached to: How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

While technically easy, it's legally not so. The phone company must put through those calls, even if they know this are robocalls and the customer doesn't like robocalls. The customer however is free to install blockers on their phone, or to have their calls rerouted through a third party which helps them filtering the calls.

If the phone contracts says you are not allowed to do robocalls or local laws does not allowed they are legally allowed to block them. Also they are legally allowed to track who calls who, because they need that for billing.

Comment: Re:Censorship should not be tolerated. (Score 1) 226

by Carewolf (#48924135) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

This analogy might work better if instead of hushing you would tape the child's mouth shut.

As the parent or guardian, what you say do define what children are allowed to do and say, children have only limited freedom because they only have limited responsibility, the one responsible for them holds the rest of their freedoms. So yes, telling your child to shut up is a form of censorship, but so is a lot of things philosophically speaking. The point is not to see things black and white, because that will reveal you as narrowminded.

Comment: Re:iPad is a luxury? (Score 2) 292

by Carewolf (#48924057) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

A $700 smart phone is, too. Here in .us, a lot of the price is buried in your 2-year contract, so people see it as a $200 smart phone.

Calling it a phone is also a misnomer. It's a small computer that also makes phone calls. If all you want to do is make phone calls, buy a dumbphone. Having a moderately powerful, always connected computer in my pocket is nice--but admittedly, it's still a luxury.

$200/month phone.. Oh you get one for free every two years, assuming you pay us $2400.. Yeah..

Comment: Re:Car Analogy (Score 1) 113

by Carewolf (#48914433) Attached to: NVIDIA GTX 970 Specifications Corrected, Memory Pools Explained

Both of you suck at car analogies.

Let's say Nissan makes an engine. V6, 3.8L. They advertize it as being 250HP, promote it mainly by putting it in racecars and winning races, and a whole lot of other technical specs get handed out to reviewers to gush over, but nobody really reads them except nerds.

They then make a variant engine. Same V6, but they cut the stroke down so it's only 3.0L. They advertize it as being 200HP, promote it with some more racecars that don't win the overall race but are best in their class, and again they hand out a small book worth of technical specs, this one with a minor error in the air flow rates on page 394. Somebody forgot to edit the numbers from the 3.8L engine, so even though the actual airflow is more than enough for the smaller engine, the numbers originally given look bigger.

Except memory for whatever reason is what most laymen measure graphicscard performance on. So it i s not an obscure little number. This is claiming the engine is 3.8L and forgetting to say that it a 3.8L that has been cut to only use 3.0L and therefore perform as a 3.0L.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance 282

Posted by Soulskill
from the hopeful-but-doubtful dept.
An anonymous reader writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a detailed, global strategy for ridding ourselves of mass surveillance. They stress that this must be an international effort — while citizens of many countries can vote against politicians who support surveillance, there are also many countries where the citizens have to resort to other methods. The central part of the EFF's plan is: encryption, encryption, encryption. They say we need to build new secure communications tools, pressure existing tech companies to make their products secure against everyone, and get ordinary internet-goers to recognize that encryption is a fundamental part of communication in the surveillance age.

They also advocate fighting for transparency and against overreach on a national level. "[T]he more people worldwide understand the threat and the more they understand how to protect themselves—and just as importantly, what they should expect in the way of support from companies and governments—the more we can agitate for the changes we need online to fend off the dragnet collection of data." The EFF references a document created to apply the principles of human rights to communications surveillance, which they say are "our way of making sure that the global norm for human rights in the context of communication surveillance isn't the warped viewpoint of NSA and its four closest allies, but that of 50 years of human rights standards showing mass surveillance to be unnecessary and disproportionate."

Comment: Re:Obligatory reminder that an alternative exists (Score 1) 96

by Carewolf (#48902903) Attached to: OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

That's at least three sorts of nonsense:

The OS has no magic either, or are you saying that it's random seeds all the way down?



Yes. There is for thing dedicated random number hardware and there is hardware that can produce partially random data, such as network cards and radios, but the latter are only really good when combined with eachother and with a random number tracker, which is something the OS can do.

Comment: Re:libressl-2.1.3 (Score 1) 96

by Carewolf (#48902895) Attached to: OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

Care to provide any actual statistics for that claim, or are you just one of those annoying morons with a habit of being FUDsy against anything with "Gnu" in the name?

No, I prefer GPL when other choices are equal. GnuTLS has just never had a very good reputation, and even from the most optimistic point of view, it has always been secondary to OpenSSL just by having fewer users and fewer developers. I would be great if it was better, but it has had some unfortunately design choice and a long string of serious vulnerabilities. Just look it up.

Comment: Re:Obligatory reminder that an alternative exists (Score 1) 96

by Carewolf (#48897585) Attached to: OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

No matter what the security problem, it's always the random numbers, or lack thereof that is the problem.

(checks apt-get before making a fool of himself) ... Why the hell hasn't somebody made libRNG?

p.s. Seriously, how hard could it be to split out the RNG code of openssl or libressl and make it the gold standard? Yeah, I know it's generally unproductive to ask such rhetorical questions. Yes, I'm a coder that could do it (never looked at openssl code, but I'm sure I've dealt with worse, so I know it's possible), but I have no desire to become the owner of such a project, so I won't even bother to look at the effort required. Nor will you, probably. I have plenty of other things occupying my time. Maybe in another 20 years, if I'm retired by then...

Because on a unix system you just read from /dev/random anyway. Random seeds is an operating system responsibility, you can not make good random numbers without a little good random seed.

Comment: Re:libressl-2.1.3 (Score 2) 96

by Carewolf (#48897579) Attached to: OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

OpenSSL remains the only portable SSL library that can be used by both open source and commercial developers alike. Which is really a shame, because OpenSSL sucks. All the bad things the libressl people have said about OpenSSL are absolutely true.

We have GnuTLS which is only one year younger than OpenSSL, has a nicer API, is portable to Windows, has a better track record with regard to binary compatibility, a better build system, and can be used by commercial software (it’s LGPLv2.1). Comparison of features with other SSL libraries.

It also has a much worse track record in security, which is why no one uses it as the a primary SSL library and only as a library for operating on certificates.

Comment: Re:Performance Mouse MX (Score 1) 429

by Carewolf (#48897427) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Can't recommend enough the Performance Mouse MX enough.

While it does have the middle button integrated into the scroll wheel, once used to it you will find it completely intuitive. I middle click hundreds of times a day and only found it difficult during the first two weeks of owning the mouse. 5 years later I still prefer the Performance MX over anything else.

To middle click I typically shift my index finger over a centimeter or two. My hands are slightly above average size and ergonomically the PerfMX is perfect for me.

Logitech Anywhere MX is similar except it actually has a separate button for the middle mouse button. The wheel click is changed to be the free-wheeling lock which makes much more sense.

Also, free wheeling for the win.

Star Wars Prequels

Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts 420

Posted by Soulskill
from the not-enough-anthropomorphic-animals dept.
ageoffri writes: When Star Wars fans learned that George Lucas was making the prequels, most were filled with excitement and anticipation. When Episodes 1-3 were actually released, many found them unsatisfying, and became disillusioned with Lucas's writing. Now, it appears Disney felt the same way. Though they bought Lucasfilm and began production on Episode 7, they weren't interested in using the scripts Lucas had already worked on. In an interview, he said, "The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn't really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it's not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens]." After what happened with the prequels, that may be for the best — but others may worry about Episode 7's plot being entirely in the hands of Disney and JJ Abrams.

From Sharp minds come... pointed heads. -- Bryan Sparrowhawk