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Comment: Nitrogen asphyxiation, if you must execute (Score 5, Interesting) 483

by MrKevvy (#47076415) Attached to: Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

- It's completely painless and humane; one's physiology doesn't notice the lack of oxygen so the person just goes to sleep and then dies. People who were revived from asphyxia like this reported they had no idea until they woke up

- It's practically free of charge as nitrogen is 80% of our atmosphere; there will never be a shortage of it

- Because it's universally available and free worldwide it can't be banned or restricted

- It's much safer (ie nitrogen leaks are harmless assuming the area is ventilated.)

Comment: Why is the industry still using pseudo-randoms? (Score 4, Insightful) 183

by MrKevvy (#44575645) Attached to: Google Admits Bitcoin Thieves Exploited Android Crypto PRNG Flaw

True random numbers are as simple as a reversed Zener diode connected to an A/D converter... quantum tunneling across the diode creates truly random signal, equivalent to thermal noise.

So why isn't every CPU nowadays equipped with this, so that the RND function is done in hardware?

Comment: The same Huawei the U.S. calls a security threat.. (Score 4, Informative) 148

by MrKevvy (#44390581) Attached to: Chinese Firm Huawei In Control of UK Net Filters

... as they are basically a ministry of the Chinese government.

U.S. lawmakers seek to block China Huawei, ZTE U.S. inroads

"Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, at a press conference to release the report, said companies that had used Huawei equipment had reported "numerous allegations" of unexpected behavior, including routers supposedly sending large data packs to China late at night."

Comment: Microsoft Security Essentials (Score 3, Insightful) 294

by MrKevvy (#44295721) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Light-Footprint Antivirus For Windows XP?

Yes, I know... it failed certification. But often what is used in certification is proof-of-concept or old and very rare samples that may not be "in the wild". It deliberately doesn't detect them to have a lighter footprint and be easier on resources. I use it on 1 GHz machines with 512MB of RAM with no noticeable slowdown. It doesn't miss the stuff that you're actually going to be at risk of getting infected with, in my experience.

You didn't state the OS you were asking about, but IIRC Avast is Windows-only. MSE may fit your requirements.

Comment: Re:sigh (Score 5, Informative) 620

by MrKevvy (#42535029) Attached to: Man Charged With HIPAA Violations For Video Taping Police

SCOTUS doesn't need to make a ruling upholding a constitutional right, as the constitution already does.

The Justice Department affirmed this strongly when they sent a letter to the Baltimore PD which asserted that it is a first amendment right to record, and a violation of the fourth and fourteenth amendments to access and/or destroy such recordings without due process and/or a warrant.

This made national headlines and so it's assured every police department in the U.S. is well aware of this.

The victim should be contacting the DOJ and ACLU in short order.

Comment: Re:unsecured wifi? (Score 1) 248

by MrKevvy (#41493939) Attached to: Nebraska Sheriff Wardriving, Sending Letters About Unsecured Wi-Fi

Only if you use a weak password. There's no known attacks against WPA other than dictionary and brute-force which will work on anything. It allows a 63-character password, so for all practical purposes a 63-character WPA password of random mixed-case letters, numbers and punctuation is unbreakable (currently.)

WEP, of course, is cryptographically weak and crackable

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