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Comment: Tremendous Fail (Score 2) 161

by Lawrence_Bird (#48659955) Attached to: 'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

He has no standing. This is not a book written by Snowden so there is no "preapproval" requirement. The movie is a journalistic documentary. Is same complainant also suing WaPo, NYT, LAT, etc for releasing the same information and being paid?

I wonder, is he suing over the "We shot Bin Laden" movie? All of that was also classified.

Comment: electrons (Score 3, Interesting) 90

by Lawrence_Bird (#48555177) Attached to: Berkeley Lab Builds World Record Tabletop-Size Particle Accelerator

there has been much research in reducing the size of accelerators since ... forever. These guys are probably only reallly useful for e+/- collisions so it is highly stupid to compare it the LHC or even Tevatron - the appropriate comparison is something like SLC at SLAC. Where these will really find most use (if they can make the laser side practical) is in medicine.

Comment: Re: Real reason (Score 1) 84

by Lawrence_Bird (#48542227) Attached to: US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes

There are two elements here -

the more general: there is a good chance they can currently monitor your contact with your bank without the need to get a warrant for transactional information from the institution.

the less general: even if they are able to get transactional info, by using Tor you have made it difficult for them to determine your location.

Comment: Re:TFA Misunderstands the History (Score 2) 103

by Lawrence_Bird (#48542219) Attached to: Neglecting the Lessons of Cypherpunk History

A very good summary. Too many people view crypto as the "Daddy" in their privacy, protecting them from all manner of threats. There are many places where encryption efforts can be compromised, including improper implementation of even well written libraries.

But to argue, as some have, that it is worthless is wrong as well. It is the moat and wall around your castle. Sure there may be a day when the Mongolians overrun you but at least you have slowed them down by your efforts.

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