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Comment: Re:There is no "law enforcement only" backdoor (Score 1) 152

by Opportunist (#48620947) Attached to: Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

The bigger the group of people who have access to resources that are to remain secret, the bigger the threat that the secret gets out. It just takes one link in the chain to break it, and only one to talk to render a key useless.

Or, in other ways, while breaking a key may be impossible, breaking a kneecap isn't.

Comment: Re:As with all space missions: (Score 3, Informative) 170

by MozeeToby (#48618613) Attached to: NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

Hi there. This is wrong. Just... incredibly wrong.

People had known the earth was round for hundreds if not thousands of years before Columbus. They had even done the math and experiments to figure out it's size (and gotten pretty close to being right about it). You can't actually navigate long distances on Earth without that knowledge. So what made Columbus special? He did the math wrong and thought the earth was 1/3 the size it actually is. That's also why he thought he was in the Indies in spite of having traveled a fraction the distance it actually would take.

The reason no one had ever tried to make the trip before wasn't that they thought they would fall off, it was that they thought they would run out of supplies and die. Which is exactly what would have happened to Columbus if there hadn't been a massive continent for him to run into.

Comment: Re:Fix (Score 1) 133

by Opportunist (#48618577) Attached to: Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

War? You mean, like, with weapons and shit?

Don't be silly. Today you don't go to a "hot" war with an enemy of similar strength, with a coequal opponent you go for an economic style of war. Literally so.

The goal is not to bomb them back into the stone age. Only to fleece them. I.e. pretty much what has been going on the past decade or so.

Welcome to the new war.

Comment: Re:Depends... (Score 1) 152

by Opportunist (#48618545) Attached to: Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

or the average contemporary game talking to its "always on" server, encrypted to avoid cracks. Or the average MMO communicating with its server, encrypted to make botting harder. Or maybe games isn't interesting enough, how about an encrypted VPN connection tunneling a Windows/XWindow session?

Voice is by no stretch the only real time dependent form of communication.

Comment: Long live capitalism! (Score 1) 294

by Opportunist (#48618507) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

If A breaks or gets broken, B will emerge to fill the void.

For reference, see content. When content for sale was broken past its usefulness by DRM, download pages popped up left and right where you could get it not only in better quality (no unskipable ads, no "always on" online connection for offline playing...), even the price was better!

Comment: Re:As with all space missions: (Score 1) 170

by MozeeToby (#48617249) Attached to: NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

mainly because the airship is a pretty damn big single point of failure

How so? I assume the envelope would be divided into separate cells and the pressures and temperatures involved mean that the actual pressure difference between inside and outside the envelope is basically nill. In other words, if something springs a leak you'll have quit a bit of time to get it repaired, your lifting gas will escape at the rate of diffusion.

they'll effectively be cooped up inside of the craft the same as if they're traversing open space.

Except the craft can be much, much more capable because the environment is much friendlier to human life than open space. Given enough power, you could even work towards pulling breathing (and lifting for that matter) gasses and water out of the atmosphere, not directly but by processing the CO2 and acids.

Comment: Re:Who cares what it means? Are people buying it? (Score 1) 152

by Opportunist (#48615127) Attached to: Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

Rather unlikely after this revelation.

People who don't care about a secure communication line won't buy it because they don't care about having a secure communication line.
People who do care about a secure communication line won't buy it because they do care about having a secure communication line.

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