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Comment: Re:What's the next project? (Score 1) 45 45

But that is the case with any security project. You cannot keep the stupid from doing stupid things and they're the weakest link. Only by removing THEM do you remove the threats to any security system.

If your private keys are compromised, would you keep using them? Some in this world think it would be acceptable simply because the cost of replacement ($25-150 for a new certificate). Eventually the PHB's take over a perfectly working project and cause it to be declared insecure.

Comment: Re:Safari, Web API's and iOS (Score 1) 303 303

My experience is these newfangled API's perform poorly across the board.

For example, LocalStorage was great, it's fast, it's easy but is hamstrung by it's limits. IndexedDB is another beast entirely with severe performance and implementation issues and total non-resemblance of what an actual database interface should be.

Comment: Re:Why safari doesn't work for me (Score 1) 303 303

I find Firefox to be slow and bloated. Using 500MB of RAM for 2-3 tabs is ridiculous. Perhaps the plugins are the reason but Safari + AdBlock + Click2Plugin is very, very responsive.

Sites breaking is that site's issue, not a Safari issue and avoiding the site or fixing the site is usually the correct response. You can probably replicate the same issue on Chrome and other WebKit browsers.

I like Safari's developer functions, Mozilla even copied them (poorly). For instance Safari allows you to see what actually happens on any site you just visited. Mozilla changes the way 304's and similar caches work in dev mode causing issues to disappear in dev mode.

Comment: Re:What's the next project? (Score 1) 45 45

Some Engima messages have thus far been undecrypted. Enigma was an awesome encryption tool and in theory (especially at the time) unhackable. The issue came in, as most/all encryption systems are vulnerable to the famous PEBKAC. A device was stolen/recovered by the allies allowing for the discovery of it's mechanism which was based around a one-time-pad rotating ciphers every so often (it would be similar to getting your hands on the source code of the algorithm of more modern encryptions and the rotating key was a frequently changing 'private key'). Later on, code books were stolen/recovered as well which were not/improperly destructed (similar to getting your hands on the set of private keys). Substantiating those compromises were the fact that some officers used the same key over and over opening the door to linguistic analysis. Later on, versions of Enigma machines had rotators removed in order to cut costs.

The problems wasn't with the tool but with the PHB's in charge (much like current encryption systems).

Comment: Re: Atomospheric toxins. (Score 2) 234 234

Sure 16 cm of borosilicate glass could do the job of holding back 1300 PSI but where is the air conditioner going to dump the heat? And people will go outside through a "lock" in a "suit" to do what on plains of hardened lava? That's a weird kind of hot loving robot's job, exploring the surface of venus.

Comment: Speed is indeed important (Score 1) 6 6

Not everyone has a brand-new computer; The manuscript of the book I'm about to publish is in Open Office Word, about 400 pages and full of large images, and autosave is a real pain because it takes minutes to save the file.

Like another commenter said, I wouldn't make it the most important thing, overall efficiency is. But software speed is important to anyone with an older computer, especially a Windows computer, because the computer slows as the registry grows, and the registry never gets smaller, only bigger.

Any programming language is at its best before it is implemented and used.