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Comment: Re:Is Snowden being tried? (Score 1) 261

by Marillion (#46268495) Attached to: Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment From Heathrow Border Agent
Perhaps there are deals being worked out. These deals could be between Snowden and the US. Perhaps a deal with some other country. Perhaps a deal with a book publisher. Until a deal is reached, these deals should be private. Lastly, we should be very worried if no one is trying to make a deal because it signals that everyone has an entrenched and unyielding position.

Comment: Re:As an ex-trucker let be first to say... (Score 1) 135

by Marillion (#46183457) Attached to: Why Robot Trucks Could Be Headed To Afghanistan (And Everywhere Else)
My wife is a UPS driver and for a long time I felt that trucking was one field that couldn't be off shored. Stuff has to keep moving.

Then one day I started to think about Google Car and I realized that the "killer app" for Google Car isn't as a car, it's as a truck. I agree it won't happen overnight, but it will happen. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are almost 800,000 big rig truck drivers at $40,000/yr in the US. (2012 data) Another 40,000 drive delivery trucks. Politics are the only thing that will save it. It's too large a cohort of workers. I look at the the NAFTA provisions for Mexican drivers to operate in the US that haven't been implemented as evidence that Congress will discourage their adoption. Also, what congressman wants to be on record of approving "Big Scary Robot Trucks" that accidentally drove over the Smith Family minivan killing both parents and Baby Smith too.


Comment: Re:I grew up in Atlanta... (Score 1) 723

by Marillion (#46111243) Attached to: Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost
That's been my observation too. Having spent winters as far south as Cincinnati and as far north as Ottawa, Canada I completely agree. When snow is cold and stays cold, it's very similar to sand. Plowing is unnecessary. Chemical de-icing (salt or other) actually makes it more hazardous. I also have to say that no one handles snow as well as Montréal. They have giant snow throwers attached to tractors and pump it into dump trucks and cart it off to snow disposal sites.

Comment: Re:SSH? (Score 4, Insightful) 607

by Marillion (#44771035) Attached to: NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption
My suspicion is that they can monitor the AES key negotiation during SSL handshake. I've heard enough experts say they still trust AES. But if you as a government agency can compel a company to disclose their private RSA/DSA key then snooping SSL is easy. SSL uses the RSA/DSA public to encrypt the session symmetric encryption key. If you know the RSA/DSA private key, then you can easily decrypt that session key and then snoop the communication.

Comment: Re:Free speech (Score 1) 432

by Marillion (#44651591) Attached to: Canadian Hotel Sues Guest For $95K Over Bad Review, Bed Bugs
Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees freedom of expression. What is not permissible is libel. If I went around saying I went to Joe's Restaurant and was a fly in my soup when there wasn't, the owners of Joe's Restaurant has every right to defend their character.

Comment: Re:Self signed? (Score 1) 276

Once the computationally expensive public/private key exchange is done, the rest of the SSL session uses fast conventional encryption. Fast conventional encryption requires that both ends know the same secret conventional key. The real weakness in SSL / TLS is in RSA key exchange. The certificate public key is used to securely share the conventional key. Anyone with the private key can derive the conventional cipher key and decode the data either in real time or a stored wiretap years after it was collected. TLSv1.1 and TLSv1.2 support forms of key exchange than don't use the server private key and aren't vulnerable to this.

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