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Comment: Nice for a Dicionary (Score 1) 201

by Dr. Evil (#48669033) Attached to: The World Is Not Falling Apart

"Conservatives are hesitant to change things, so they don't screw things up."

Your description would paint Bush as a liberal. What with his pet project to fix Iraq, bailouts for failed corporate ventures, trying to sovle all the problems in the world through big government military, spying and toruture programs, expansion of American powers in the bedroom, and bolstering the profiteers of a nearly wiped out American milddle class.

Liberals like Bush should mind their business, focus on domestic affairs like the failures of healthcare. Conservatives like Obama, with strong focus on small government, reduction in military, long term thinking for healthcare, prudent fiscal policy and expansion of jobs and the economy once again kickstart a broken economy, and lead the U.S. to record job creation and growth.

You just need to look at the DJIA to see who's got the right numbers.

Comment: Re:Also affects Linux - patch now! (Score 4, Informative) 112

by Dr. Evil (#48661013) Attached to: Apple Pushes First Automated OS X Security Update

UDP is stateless.

Given the list of ntp servers is generally known based on your OS type, and the ephermal port range is somewhat limited, it doesn't take a lot to guess the sourceip:sorceport->destip:destport combination which would allow you to spoof a packet which will traverse your firewall. UDP packets are cheap so you can send a lot of them over time and wait until you observe an indicator of compromise.

e.g., 1.rhel.pool.ntp.org:123->victim:[32768-61000]

You can't do this for web browsers because TCP is stateful.

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 1) 435

by Dr. Evil (#48624511) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

First, the government already seized that land. Any claims to that land by returned exiles will probably be met with the same attitude as claims by Canadians to lands that their Loyalist ancestors lost after the US Revolution.

Second, the land is probably now reserved for use by higher level Party members; they won't be moving.

Ah, but this is all up for negotiation as the U.S. holds the embargo, and many of the former landowners are powerful American political families. The land wasn't ceded to war, it was Cuban land before and Cuban land after.

It's just the cynic in me. The good news I guess is that Obama doesn't have to worry about re-election, so he can make political decisions which aren't in his self-interest.

Comment: Horrible Analogies (Score 1) 388

by Dr. Evil (#48542067) Attached to: Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

It's hard to think of analogies which reflect the danger, the reputational damage and the material gain of this kind of betrayal. Murder doesn't have the element of reputational damage and material gain.

I mean, you signed a contract with the U.S., you were vetted, they did background checks, you had history together and built a battleship together, then you sold the schematics of that battleship.

If we're using human analogies, this is like selling the diary, identity information and naked photos of your overaccomplished olympian niece... and providing some genetic material to clone her.

There's no way to entrap somebody with that kind of betrayal. Regardless of money, they should actively protect and defend her from this kind of abuse. Out of a sense of decency and loyalty, protecting it even with their own life.

But really, analogies suck.

Comment: Re:Journalism Mantra: "If it bleeds, it leads" (Score 1) 409

by Dr. Evil (#48515317) Attached to: Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Mostly agreed, but for some exceptions.... sports and finance are reported with obsessive detail, completeness and accuracy, sometimes when the story is good, sometimes when the story is bad. It's not quite limited to simple facts either, but packed with speculation and editorialization, predictions and rebuttals. Compare the coverage of sports and finance with the weather and traffic. You don't have a circle of pundits discussing the forecast, but they will discuss the sports score or the movement of AAPL.

Outside of those topics, it seems to be that people want to hear about failure and disaster. Even when reading about celebrities.

Comment: Re:FUCK SAKE! It was NEVER anonymous (Score 1) 115

by Dr. Evil (#48475669) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

Not sure what the point is. The article is about money laundering, and describes how it's easier to launder digital currencies and how they're controversial because of this.

Bitcoin is at best pseudonymous, each wallet is a pseudonym with a very carefully documented and very public ledger. When the bitcoins are converted to or from hard currency, a trail of that transaction is likely recorded.

Comment: Re:SSL? (Score 1) 92

by Dr. Evil (#48453183) Attached to: Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

That's an excellent article, thanks.

The fix would require specific changes to the implementation and "...there's a high risk that this would also cause compatibility problems." IMHO, it would be highly misleading to call it an implementation problem that an unforseen encryption weakness could be mitigated with changes to the implementation.

I offer the above to be XKCD1318 compliant.

Comment: Re:SSL? (Score 1) 92

by Dr. Evil (#48452387) Attached to: Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

POODLE is not an implementation problem. It's a protocol problem.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA14-290A

"There is currently no fix for the vulnerability SSL 3.0 itself, as the issue is fundamental to the protocol"

It's an implementation problem if you're speaking abstractly about the application of crypto. But we're talking about "SSL", a protocol.

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