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Comment: Re:Corporations are not people (Score 3, Insightful) 139

Executives make decisions.
Lock the bastards up.

Most likely one of the conditions of the settlement is that the executives are not prosecuted for their transgressions.

And the executives will have the fine paid from the corporate funds... business as usual.

Comment: Re:Weird! (Score 4, Insightful) 470

by MathFox (#44519471) Attached to: Silent Circle Follows Lavabit By Closing Encrypted E-mail Service

The customers of the company I work for do not like it when their blueprints are publicly available. Would you like to have your code and documentation searched by gmail to show ads? (What information do these ads leak to the company that pays for it?)
And any "alien" Amazon, Microsoft, Yahoo or Google cloud data is up for collection by the NSA. Sounds like a good reason to encrypt at least some of your mail.

Comment: Do I see a hole in the DRM? (Score 3, Interesting) 290

by MathFox (#42870547) Attached to: W3C Declares DRM In-Scope For HTML
Nothing in the "Encrypted Media Extension" specs prevents or forbids proxying of both the key and the encrypted media stream to an external "decryption and caching" service. And all of the usual "how do we prevent the plaintext from leaking from the user's machine" questions are still in full force. It is unlikely that the W3C will get "effective protection".

Comment: I recall MxStream (Score 3, Interesting) 445

by MathFox (#42603583) Attached to: UK ISP PlusNet Testing Carrier-Grade NAT Instead of IPv6
KPN tried "carrier grade" IP4-NAT in the Netherlands a decade ago... Unfortunately the router software was too buggy and made the routers trash and crash. And how can the customers of the ISP run servers on their computers? NAT has implications for the peer-to-peer nature of the Internet.

Comment: Re:The real threat is close to home (Score 1) 505

by MathFox (#35258978) Attached to: Police Chief Teaches Parents To Keylog Kids
I agree that the biggest danger is close to home, family and friends of the family. And while there are "predators" on the net they are far less dangerous than the predators the child may meet in real life. Children are pretty safe with the online equivalent of "don't go with the stranger offering you candy."

What are some good rules of the thumb:

  • Don't talk to people you are not comfortable with.
  • Don't tell where you live. "Near Big City" is good enough for someone until you trust him/her.
  • Be careful with what you show on your webcam.

If you following the advice the Internet is a good place to experiment with political and sexual discussion, pregnancies and STDs come from meeting IRL.

Comment: Re:Typical slashdot crap (Score 1) 449

by MathFox (#33978118) Attached to: Bicycle Thief Barred From Using Encryption
While I don't mind putting some restrictions on someone while (s)he's on probation; the laundry list of conditions sounded like something typed in a decade (or more) ago with some conditions added over time. It is so convenient to have a standard list, without regard for the probatee or his crime!

It is good to have relevant restrictions as conditions for porbation (no alcohol for people convicted of intoxication related crimes), but I don't see any good in a total restriction of computer use for a petty thief (unless he brokers on ebay).

Comment: Re:I installed the latest OO, definitely not a thr (Score 2, Informative) 467

by MathFox (#30592554) Attached to: Is a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So
I have a program that generates CSV output, for import into a spreadsheet. Open Office Calc creates the sheet I expect (slowly but correct). However, Excel sees it fit to mess op the data; it arbitrarily breaks long lines mid-field, creating a mess that requires more time to clean up than waiting for OOo to import correctly.

N.B. OOo suffices for most of my business correspondence; I prefer (La)TeX/LyX for the more scientific documents.

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