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Comment: Re:Anyone can intercept SSH some of the time (Score 1) 106

by AmiMoJo (#48686043) Attached to: Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

This attack looks like something else though, judging by the numbers they are attacking. I speculate:

- They have fake certificates from trusted authorities for some major sites, and use MITM attacks to serve up fake pages with them. We know that GCHQ loves doing the latter, so it's a question of working out which certificate authorities have been compromised and deleting them. We can also potentially defend against this by using more certificate pinning and warnings which certificates change unexpectedly, as well as distributed certificate checks (to make sure the one you get is the same one everyone else gets).

- They capture a lot of encrypted data but don't decrypt all of it. They store the data and crack it later if it seems interesting. Much of the cracking probably relies on flaws in the implementation of the encryption - small RSA keys, bad PRNGs (we know that the NSA compromised at least a few of them) and the like. They seem to have massive amounts of computing power available too, which is hardly surprising given what we know of their budget and data centres (really supercomputing centres dedicated to violated your privacy and various laws).

Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 149

by Lumpy (#48685331) Attached to: Sony Accused of Pirating Music In "The Interview"

Not if they slapped the press all over with it. The best way to combat sony is to humiliate it in every media possible. get it out there that they STOLE her music and are making millions off of her hard work.

Under the DMCA Sony needs to pay her $22.7 Trillion dollars for her losses. Use SONY's own bullshit made up numbers, bankrupt the whole fucking company over it like they do to people that can't defend themselves.

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 276

by serviscope_minor (#48685291) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

Today, there's no reason to not drive drunk. The expected cost of driving drunk is less than the cost of a cab. So it's rational to drive drunk.

It's only rational if you (a) value the price of a cab more than the risk of injury and death and (b) are a colossal arsehole.

Comment: Re:What the fuck is this pretentious bullshit? (Score 1) 148

by AmiMoJo (#48685265) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Vinyl is better as it is compressed differently

Actually that happens to be exactly correct.

Vinyl records can't be quite as "loud" as CDs, because of the physical limitations of the movement stylus and the durability of the vinyl itself. Basically you can compress (in the sonic sense, making the music sound louder) music on CDs a lot more than you can on vinyl, so the vinyl release of an album can sometimes sound much better than the CD simply because it isn't over-compressed.

A few years later they release the "remastered" version, which is just the vinyl mix on CD, and it sounds great.

Comment: Re:why Facebook? (Score 1) 200

by AmiMoJo (#48685207) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

While I don't have a FB account, I understand why some people do. My friends used to communicate with text messages, and I was always in the loop. Then it all moved to Facebook, and fortunately they remember to invite me to things now but in the early days they either forgot or remembered right at the last moment.

I can see many people being basically obliged to be on FB just to keep up with their social circles. From there it's easy to get sucked in, and people start tagging you on photos etc. It sucks and demonstrates why we need to EU Right to be Forgotten as soon as possible, so we can purge ourselves from social media if they start to misbehave.

Comment: Re:Tried red, black, brown still not happy. (Score 1) 148

by AmiMoJo (#48685051) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

I had a similar experience to you. Mechanical keyboards feel nice, but laptop style scissor switch keys are faster and more accurate. I ended up with a Microsoft wireless model. Many of their keyboards have a "compact" layout that sucks, but they do a few that have proper spacing. They tend to have F-lock keys as well, which are not ideal, but they are hard to beat for feel and quality.

The other obvious choice is a Lenovo Thinkpad style keyboard. Their wireless models are insanely expensive though. These days I prefer wireless because it's just so handy to be able to throw the keyboard to one side when I need some desk space.

Comment: Re:Sly (Score 1) 396

by Rich0 (#48684657) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites gives free Class1 and is preinstalled in every modern browser

Great. And what does somebody do if they have a pre-heartbleed certificate from startssl? Last time I checked they charged to revoke a certificate, and as I understand it they won't let you issue a new certificate for a domain you already have one for. Thus, I imagine that MANY startssl sites are using potentially-compromised private keys.

Comment: Re:Get on my level (Score 1) 148

by hairyfeet (#48684421) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Got a buddy that works for the city with strict orders to bring me any clacky boards that pass through, be surprised how many businesses go to get a new PC and toss their clacky. Oh well, more for me ;-)

Ditto on the IBM, great boards, but don't knock the first Compaq and MSFT boards as they were also built like fricking tanks and took insane amounts of abuse. I tried using modern non claky keyboards at the shop...blech. Can't never tell when its registered a stroke or not,all the letters wore off in not time flat, the new boards just suck. So tomorrow I gotta drag out the desk and plug into the KVM this big old Compaq, so old its got the old style monster DIN plug but I got an adapter or five sitting in the desk drawer, much better than the new crap!

Comment: Re:There's no such thing as a free lunch (Score 2) 126

by hairyfeet (#48683721) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

Considering more than 80% of the "content" seems to be on the intellectual level of "How many inches has Kim Kardashian's ass grown today?" ask me how many fucks I would give if all this "content" were to dry up and blow away along with the malware ridden shitstains they call ads which I have to clean up after when they trash my beautiful creations....answer? ZERO, absolute zero fucks would I give.

The simple fact is you get rid of ads and POOF! Malware be gone, in fact I can't even remember the last malware infection I cleaned that didn't come from somebody that didn't know about adblocking. And wadda ya know I block the ads and tada! They only need to come for me for upgrades....ahhh, you smell that? That is the smell of smugness as I do my little part to help slowly strangle the rotten to the core industry known as Internet advertising. It smells like happiness and cookies!

Comment: Re:Culture and information matter. (Score 1) 255

by Jane Q. Public (#48682541) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea
A swing and a miss? More like knocking himself out with the follow-through.

Anybody who honestly thinks Libertarians are tools of the Right is too ignorant to be dangerous.

And anyone who thinks Ted Cruz is a Libertarian could probably learn a lot from a school of those trout.

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