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Comment: Re:It's required (Score 1) 155

by Cramer (#48614587) Attached to: Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

It's always technically possible. The question then is did you serve the order to the ones who actually can decrypt it. Verizon is in the middle, so they can provide the raw traffic, but as they aren't the one doing the crypto, they're done as soon as the traffic is available. It's the software maker (and by extension Verizon as they're pushing it) who has that technical ability and thus requirement to hand over any keys.

(Yes, a system using ephemeral public/private keys known only to the phone and used only for a single call would be a very difficult system to tap.)

Comment: Re:Depends... (Score 1) 155

by Cramer (#48614503) Attached to: Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

While CALEA doesn't explicitly include data services, any ISP (telco, whatever) does have to provide a tap when presented an order to do so. It's nowhere near the regimented and streamlined process -- and protocol -- spelled out in CALEA. ('tho they'd like it to be.)

If it's really end-to-end -- meaning the two phones are doing the crypto, then all that's passing through the telco (any telco) network is gibberish. What makes it decryptable from a capture is the company that made the software providing that ability.

The BS "market it to the gubment" is entirely that: Bull Shit. The US Government has very detailed, lengthly, and thorough processes for approving any cryptographic technologies. The fact that it's an "app" all but certainly bins it. The fact that a 3rd party (verizon, the authors, china...) can intercept and decode the traffic disqualifies it immediately.

Comment: Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (Score 1) 589

by Cramer (#48605521) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Yes, but only when buses start carrying thousands of people. A bus carrying 30-40 people makes almost no dent in the thousands of cars involved in LA traffic. And it's part of that traffic. The only real solution is a metro that carries large numbers of people at higher speeds along dedicated pathways at low enough prices that no one even thinks about paying it. (the problem becomes a) where are you going to get the space to build it, and b) who's going to pay for it.)

Comment: Re:Move to a gated community (Score 1) 589

by Cramer (#48605287) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

No. No. They. Won't. Just look at NC... "I"-540 south of I-40 is a toll road ("T-540"), and there's almost no one ever on it. Going north (clockwise) there's no traffic until you cross I40, and then it's a f'ing wall of traffic. Going south, I540 is packed all the way around the city... until you pass I40 and then there's almost zero traffic.

Comment: Re:Move to a gated community (Score 1) 589

by Cramer (#48605231) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Right. Because freeway lanes are cheap and easy to build, and cause no problems during their construction. Plus, where the hell are they supposed to get the space for these lanes? Time Lord science? Many of the freeways in CA are in the air already, so "just pave more lanes" isn't remotely possible. (re-painting (smaller) lanes is a very bad idea!)

Making them a toll-road (making not a "free way" anymore), will actually *reduce* the number of drivers willing to drive on it, thus pushing the crowd to roads even less capable of handling it.

Comment: Re:Short sighted (Score 1) 228

by Cramer (#48605047) Attached to: Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

(and here I am getting drawn into a nazi arguement)

Without the pressure from the west from the "yanks", the Russians would've had a significantly more difficult road to Berlin. Despite Hitler's "failure" in 1941, the Russians were still not in Berlin *years* later, barely making headway, and in fact loosing some valuable territories, up to D-Day. Even after the Normandy invasion, it still took almost a year to get to Berlin. In the end, without US involvement and the allied western invasions (including north africa), things would've been very different for Russia -- facing Germany on one side and Japan on the other, almost entirely on their own. Kursk was the beginning of the end, but not because Hitler *lost*, but because he withdrew his forces -- he gave up, focusing on the increasing threats in the west. (no invasion of Sicily, Kursk might've ended in his favor -- 'tho I doubt it with Stalin being the embodiment of Zapp Brannigan)

Comment: Re:Not really missing vinyl (Score 1) 431

by Cramer (#48604479) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Two points is a "saw-tooth" wave. You cannot get a true sine wave out of a DAC, no matter how many trillions of samples you take as there are still a fixed number of values (12bit, 16bit, etc.) to measure the signal. Yes, you can add external, ANALOG, circuitry to smooth out the transitions, but digitally, the sampling artifacts will always be there. (btw, saw-tooth to sine is a simple conversion)

(And since 99% of digital music these days is destructively compressed, that's only making it worse.)

Comment: Re:Required -- Except When It Isn't (Score 1) 57

by Cramer (#48586669) Attached to: BGP Hijacking Continues, Despite the Ability To Prevent It

It's an ARIN requirement when using ARIN's RPKI services.

The base issue with all this "route hijacking" has fuck all to do with RPKI. It's a simple matter of ISPs being a bunch of lazy asses who cannot be bothered to filter what gets announced to them. Sure, that becomes more work the larger you are, but that's the price of doing this kind of business!

Comment: Re:YES !! (Score 1) 238

by Cramer (#48585923) Attached to: Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

If you're going to compare ClearCase to git and mercurial, it's flaming obvious you don't know the first god damn thing about CC. Slow? Stop using it like it's CVS (snapshots and/or across "T1" wan links from all over the place) Check your network and the PoS computer(s) acting as your servers. Pain to use? No more so than any other tool. If you bothered to learn to use it, it's no more complicated than anything else.

And every software house in the universe needs a dedicated admin to manage their build and source systems. Developers are hands down the worst idiots EVER at "configuration management", build scripts, and code organization.

The sooner all the animals are extinct, the sooner we'll find their money. - Ed Bluestone