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Comment Re: Sure you can. (Score 1) 492

There is no car, there are Escorts and Fusions and Cavaliers and all sorts of versions of cars; way too confusing for your average customer.

And yet we buy them, because they all basically do the same thing.

Its really quite astounding to me that people think the unified iPhone / Windows approach to computing is better than the everyone-pick-what-suits-you method like vehicles, houses, etc.

Comment Re: Homegrown (Score 1) 111

QFT ... that's all.

And I'm not just talking about creating new ciphers. Even when I go to them with novel requirements that seem to demand some sort of new construction using existing algorithms and techniques, the very first thing they do is go to the literature to see what has been done, how long it's been in use, how widely it's been reviewed and analyzed, etc. The less knowledgeable (like me, frankly, though I'm getting better) tend to start by cooking up some new scheme. Real experts avoid that if at all possible, and if they have to do something new they look really hard at how they can prove its security by reducing it to known constructions.

I reiterate: No one who knows what they're doing creates new crypto for production work.

Comment Re: Waiting for the killer app ... (Score 1) 390

The vast majority of IPv6 addresses being assigned aren't routable anyway -- do you really think those random local addresses you gave on your LAN at home can be globally routed from anywhere? Sure, if you get an assignment from your ISP, but do you really want your home alarm system, clock radio and fridge globally routable in the first place?

Machines have less problems. I'd like to be a machine. -- Andy Warhol