Multiple hits for a TM search on "Whisper Systems", none of which turn up Moxie Marlinspike. Apparently it's both a renovation company in Seattle, a radio rental service (WTF?), a financial transaction system and many, many more dead ones.
Probably. I think it's much more likely for legislators to introduce mandatory in-country hosting rather than mandatory encryption on consumer facing services. Simply because mandatory in-country hosting is good for business where they get their votes.
You're right, whatever agency has their funding cut won't be spying anymore. That won't solve the underlying trust problem though. It's not the NSA that people don't trust, it's USA.
Yeah, because we trust them to abide by the law. This is a problem that words on paper won't be able to solve. You cannot ever prove that the NSA (or whichever agency) does not snoop, even if the law says they can't do it. They have been proven to snoop, the cat is out of the bag, end of story.
AC? Meet download.cnet.com. All the crap you could ever want, nicely bundled with more spyware than you care to imagine. If you're ever in the market for some free software, and dumb enough to use Google to find it, chances are you'll be presented with a forest of hits all directing you there.
Quality has nothing to do with it. These guys have made a business out of bundling mediocre with bad or downright malicious, and have put in a lot of effort to appear high enough on search engines to catch eyes. Malware authors don't need to produce anything useful at all.
Well, I've done the same damage to my own circle of friends. Funny though, it's never really been much of an issue with online shopping here (Denmark) since the banks were quite fast with a unified solution that just works, and to date has had no incidents from a security standpoint (same goes for chip+PIN, this was introduced a decade ago, and I've yet to hear about any leaked CCs around here).
But the damage lingers long after you've abandoned the gripe yourself, I can relate to that. My sister still calls me up to have the "which AV should I chose" discussion, even though I've told her I don't use AV anymore - I use sensible online conduct instead. She is still wary of Steam because I've raved, at length, about the horrors of their draconian DRM. I use Steam extensively now. The thing is though, that as much as we as nerds have griped to friends and relatives, there are probably an order of magnitude more people who have not heard it, don't care about it, or have simply forgotten about it again.
as backwards as Microsoft has gone with their UI, security wise I'd say you are no worse off than swiping your card at any POS terminal now
LOL. That's not really an endorsement though. Every American with a CC has had it leaked at least 3 times over (statistically), just within the preceding year alone. But I get your point.
You're going to collapse the space-time continuum talking like that.
What the mobile (or smartphone) boom should have shown every nerd on the face of the planet: nobody outside of
The non nerdy friends and colleagues I have all pretty much agree on what is important in a new phone: camera (especially camera vs. dim light conditions), app store inventory (games mostly), fb app, twitter app, instagram app. Who made the device is of very little concern.
Now, with a one OS to rule all platforms approach, they might even be able to add some of that Apple just-works magic to their portfolio, which is not to be scuffed at.
And I agree, MS is not old MS anymore. They've been forced to try and keep up rather than the old buy-and-extinguish strategy, at least in the mobile and touch device market, and I think it's been good for them.
Rejecting capitalism does not automatically make soviet style communism, or any derivative thereof, the only alternative left.
You mean like the government enacts the will of the people now? Oh the horror if all that were to stop.
They are just as good examples of religious followers as anyone else, who are you to say who has the correct interpretation?
They can have the best damn QA in the world, if the parameters of their work is set by bumbling idiots it'll result in Windows 8 regardless.
I tend to agree with this. Don't take away all the risks from these kids, they need to learn about the consequences of insecure passwords sometime. So their home page shows up in all pink, or all their notes have been translated to Ancient Egyptian - better now than when the stakes are higher. And they'll learn the lesson much better from personal experience.
What new laws are needed to arrest and convict a man that stabs a police officer? Even if its only attempted stabbing? Where is the hole that needs to be plugged with universal surveillance?