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Comment: Re:Lie. (Score 1) 191

by Qzukk (#47920415) Attached to: Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

I wonder if there would be a way with https to store an encrypted mail

Short answer: No.
Long answer: SSL makes use of a temporary session key that is calculated between the client and the server at the time of the connection. Once the connection is over that key is (ideally) destroyed. If the email was encrypted with my session key when I sent it to the server (and somehow not decrypted by the server at this point) your session key that you create when you connect to the server won't do the job.

This is what S/MIME is for. The email body (and optionally some headers) is encrypted with a session key which is encrypted with your public key (rather than the server's key). Then it is sent through regular email channels. You receive the email and decrypt the session key with your private key, and use it to decrypt the message.

Comment: Re:The Real Reason? (Score 2) 108

by Qzukk (#47858421) Attached to: Why Google Is Pushing For a Web Free of SHA-1

Except that it's honestly a shitty idea given the history of witness unreliability. The human mind is pretty shit at remembering a real human's face you've only seen once. Worse, an uncanny valley fake face is going to look like every other uncanny valley fake face, especially without additional visible features like hair or glasses (and even then the memory is likely to recall "wears glasses" not a specific style or color).

Also, the guy never explained what the hell the problem was that he wants the engineers to make a solution for, other than "it doesn't use this cool face-making library I wrote." Clearly we are all too stupid to see the value of having lawnmower man's face shown when we log into our banking website, if only we weren't engineers instead of PhDs.

Comment: Re:Not a slow lane, a fast lane (Score 2) 91

by Qzukk (#47807959) Attached to: Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

with the addition of a fast lane

So "they" say, but "they" have been promising infrastructure upgrades for years, even taking subsidies from the government for a fiber rollout that never delivered. This time it's different?

What everyone expects is the same thing that happened when they installed a toll lane on the freeway here. They didn't add any new lanes, instead they walled off the left lane, narrowed the remaining lanes to make room for the wall and new shoulder, then kept the toll lane speed limit the same. The only difference is that when I drive on the freeway *I* have to pay more to go the same speed I always had before, while the cablcos/telcos expect the *sites I visit* to pay up so that I can use the "fast" lane and get the same speeds I was paying for.

Comment: Re:I see 2 problems (Score 1) 83

by Qzukk (#47742901) Attached to: Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

it's very difficult for the algorithm to determine the difference

Again. They aren't false positives. You buy stuff like that. The system doesn't care who you buy it for, or why you buy it. If you bought it for others before, you're likely to do it again, and while you may have never wanted it in the first place, you clearly wanted to buy it, or you wouldn't have purchased it.

Except for the case where I bought something from a wishlist and had it shipped to the person who put it on the wishlist. Then

A) it should be trivial to determine that this is a gift
2) The appropriate response is to show me other things that person also wished for.

Personally, I think both of you are wrong.

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