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Comment: Re:Prime Scalia - "Words no longer having meaning" (Score 1) 591 591

Unfortunately, Congress is ceding power to both the Executive and Legislative that can only weaken our rights and liberty. They are becoming less and less relevant.

I know, the Republic comes to a halt when Congress cedes power to the Legislative. Wait, what?!?! Mama always told me, it is better to remain silent and be thought....

Comment: Re:Decrypted? (Score 4, Insightful) 546 546

Or maybe the clinical stupidity of the US Government mandating backdoors in cryptography (either officially or covertly) has just been clearly illustrated. But then it would be absolutely impossible for anyone but friendly forces of the US Government to exploit such a thing, right?

Comment: Re: Bias (Score 2, Insightful) 266 266

It's called private property, and they have to know when the fracking is taking place so they can get before and after samples. Think much?

Rarely. It is on leased land, not private property (at least not the Industry's private property). Often Federal leases.

Comment: Re: I have two problems with this article. (Score 1) 287 287

That isn't really the type of cert expiry they are really referring to, but consider this: The mechanism you describe requires a certificate revocation list, which is just another way of doing the exact same thing - using a trusted 3rd party to ensure you all agree on the parameters used to determine if something is trustworthy or not. That's not an improvement, and in fact, it is far less tolerant to network interruptions (a network interruption could cause a client to trust a credential that it should. Using time, it doesn't matter if the network is interrupted within reason, you can still determine if the ticket is still valid).

Remember, this isn't about you tricking your own clock to trust a ticket provided to you. You could choose to do that all you want. Its about the other party choosing to trust you or not. And YOU don't get to roll back the clock on their infrastructure. If you could, you could open a security hole just as you have described, which perfectly illustrates why NTP/Time Synchronization is so important.

Comment: Re:I have two problems with this article. (Score 1) 287 287

I partially agree with the sentiment of point 1, but he does have fixed costs to consider. That 96K isn't just salary. Still, I'm not sure it constitutes being impoverished the way the article paints it

On point 2 however, I think you are way off base. That statement really glosses over what it means to have synchronized time and why it is necessary. Two computers agreeing on the time between each other is not sufficient to be considered synchronized from a security perspective. To be synchronized for security, those two computers must agree with an impartial third party. Without that you open the door to manipulation by a bad faith actor and all kinds of holes can be opened up.

I am sure there are many ways to mitigate that situation without the use of a third party time system, but those solutions are going to be much more complicated. And we know what happens when you increase the complexity.

Comment: Re:Simple methodology (Score 1) 347 347

Agile doesn't mean there is no plan.

To further that thought, agile isn't about not planning, it's about not being stuck with a crappy monolithic plan for an entire project. A plan that isn't crappy because of incompetence or negligence, but because the initial plan can't possibly account for the realities that every project encounters as it progresses (missed or changing requirements, technical failings of infrastructure that could not be predicted, change of business needs, etc).

Agile is intended to get you to stop trying to jam a square peg in a round hole. The alternative is to pound on that bitch 'till it's round. Which one is likely to result in a better engineered end product?

Comment: Re:No fuck off (Score 1) 468 468

Every time I see a cop doing something useless like sitting at the side of the road I want to see their budget cut. They do that crap instead of helping with real crimes. And don't say "but the traffic cops are the same cops that would be investigating crimes" because it's all under one budget.

Actually, sitting on the side of the road isn't doing nothing. Having a visible presence is the best means to ensure that people actually obey the speed limit. Knowing that a cop is parked at a particular place helps ensure that people won't drive recklessly in that area.

Sitting behind a billboard or hiding in a patch of trees in the center median trying to CATCH people in the midst of a revenue generating civil infraction rather than engaging in a behavior that might PREVENT dangerous activities, that is dereliction of duty.

Police departments ought to have a budget that is exponentially and inversely proportional to their ticket revenue. If they are writing that many tickets then they SUCK at deterrence.

Comment: Re:RFID/card scanner (Score 1) 127 127

What's the matter? Not looking forward to the calls to IT support to change your Biometric Password? Biometric authentication is generally a Very Bad Idea (tm), with a very narrow set of reasonable use cases. Typing a password being "a time-waster" does not, in my opinion, meet the criteria.

I'm with the parent here, use HID or something similar.

Comment: MTV News Vicky Pattison porn star celebrity.... (Score 1) 84 84

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Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules. Corollary: Following the rules will not get the job done.