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Comment: Re:So what will happen in practice? (Score 1) 687

by MulluskO (#30746896) Attached to: Google Hacked, May Pull Out of China

Having the private key and sniffing is (simetimes!) insufficient for breaking TLS. The concept is "perfect forward secrecy."

I wouldn't say that, "SSL isn't all that secure when someone has complete control over your traffic." An adversary with control over your trust store is a problem, particularly because all of the CAs in your trust store can issue certs for any domain.

Comment: It's a GUIDE (Score 2, Informative) 450

by MulluskO (#30179692) Attached to: Microsoft Denies It Built Backdoor Into Windows 7

"Working in partnership with Microsoft and elements of the Department of Defense, NSA leveraged our unique expertise and operational knowledge of system threats and vulnerabilities to enhance Microsoft's operating system security guide without constraining the user to perform their everyday tasks, whether those tasks are being performed in the public or private sector,"

DISA and the NSA produce guides.

They're patting one another on the back because they worked on the guide before Windows 7 was released.

Comment: Windows Steady State (Score 3, Informative) 695

by MulluskO (#28180045) Attached to: Keeping a PC Personal At School?

Here is a real answer:

This is software from Microsoft which helps prevent unpriveleged users from altering your computer in any way. Install this, enable the guest account, and switch users when people ask to borrow your machine. You'll need a password on your account, of course.


Smile! Urine Candid Camera! 370 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the let's-see-what-you-got dept.
Anon E. Muss writes "Just because you can put a camera somewhere doesn't mean you should. Apparently, the Department of Homeland Security doesn't grasp this concept. They've installed video cameras in urinals at Houston's Hobby Airport. At least they weren't sneaky about it — they posted a notice saying 'Automatic infrared flush sensors also provide video monitoring for security purposes.' (Insert bad joke about bashful bladder syndrome here)."

Comment: Re:Let's be civil and reasonable in disagreement. (Score 1) 140

by MulluskO (#26249229) Attached to: Cryptol, Language of Cryptography, Now Available To the Public

I don't think nutter is a particularly harsh term. Have you heard him sing?

Java is not a trap. Never was. Something like Java could have contributed to a world in which Linux on the desktop might have been more useful to more people. Java pre-installs on Windows fizzled because of legal issues, and on Linux fizzled because of unfounded fears.

Now the only de-facto universal platform is web+flash. Stallman will tell you that's a trap too.

Comment: Re:It's in the hands of the vendors (Score 1) 663

by MulluskO (#25265135) Attached to: Netbook Return Rates Much Higher For Linux Than Windows

You expect hardware vendors to make enormous usability investments -- enough to compete with Microsoft and Apple?

That's insane. Hardware companies are not going to be the ones that finally make a usable desktop Linux.

They would invest all that time and effort and then what would happen? Their competitor could use it for free because it's open source. Hardware vendors simply don't have the incentive to do this.


DARPA Fractionated Spacecraft Program Starts 59

Posted by Zonk
from the better-them-than-us dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Start buying Cold War nuclear shelters and piling up the canned food, because Boeing Advanced Systems has started System F6: 'DARPA's Future, Fast, Flexible, Fractionated, Free-Flying Spacecraft United by Information Exchange space technology program.' In other words: multiple, networked specialized spacecraft swarms that are intelligent enough to perform a single coordinated task together, like analyzing the crops or deciding to destroy humanity, Skynet-style. Actually, it could completely change satellites for the better, according to some experts."

US Senate Votes Immunity For Telecoms 623

Posted by kdawson
from the not-even-a-wrist-slap dept.
Ktistec Machine writes to let us know that the telecom companies are one step closer to getting off the hook for their illegal collusion with the US government. Today the US Senate passed, by a filibuster-proof majority of 67 to 31, a revised FISA bill that grants retroactive immunity to the telecommunications companies that helped the government illegally tap American network traffic. If passed by both houses and signed by the President, this would effectively put an end to the many lawsuits against these companies (about 40 have been filed). The House version of the bill does not presently contain an immunity provision. President Bush has said he will veto any such bill that reaches his desk without the grant of immunity. We've discussed the progress of the immunity provision repeatedly.

Internet Censorship's First Death Sentence? 475

Posted by Zonk
from the that's-a-bit-harsh-i-think dept.
mrogers writes "A journalism student in Afghanistan has been sentenced to death by a Sharia court for downloading and sharing a report criticizing the treatment of women in some Islamic countries. The student was accused of blasphemy and tried without representation. According to Reporters Without Borders, sixty people are currently in jail worldwide for criticizing governments online, fifty of them in China, but this may be the first time someone has been sentenced to death for using the internet. Internet censorship is on the rise worldwide, according to The OpenNet Initiative."

AIDS Drug Patent Revoked In US 357

Posted by kdawson
from the who-says dept.
eldavojohn writes "Doctors Without Borders is reporting that four patents for tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, a key AIDS/HIV drug, have been revoked on grounds of prior art. This is potentially good news for India & Brazil who need this drug to be cheap; if the US action leads to the patent being rejected in these countries, competition could drastically lower prices. But the ruling bad news for Gilead Sciences. The company has vowed to appeal. We discussed this drug before."

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