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Comment Re:Will Use Neither (Score 1) 88

Bingo. Zero knowledge encrypted storage service providers of pretty much any stripe all suffer from the same flaw:

You are trusting them to provide you the software you are entering your decryption keys into when its time to decrypt anything.

How do you that software doesn't send them the keys? You don't.
Even if it doesn't, today, and they send you an udpate, how do you know the update doesn't send them the keys? You don't.

And if you are using a web based service... they don't even have to send you a client update; you get the latest 'client' pushed from the website automatically every time you login. Did you audit all that javascript to make sure it wasn't sending your key up? Did you compare the javascript served to you today to the javascript you audited yesterday?

It fundamentally requires that you trust them not to steal your keys, and that you continue to trust them each time you visit their site / or update the client.

Your best solution to achieve real security is to use one provider for storage (doesn't really matter who...dropbox or google or use the NSA directly if you like), and do the encryption and key management yourself; ideally using audited open source code.

Nothing is perfect, even this. And I could go on and on about how to further mitigate risks to your client side solution. But its a lot better than simply trusting your storage provider.

Comment Re: ...uhh (Score 1) 184

So when you show some alien that you know a constant, you also have to show them that you actually intend to show it to them.

No. All you have to do is show intentional order. Numbers do that well before they take on roles as constants. receiving 1,2,3,4,5,6... would wake up any of our scientists. In any base.

Until we can determine that we're hearing something intentional -- which a certain (fairly minimal) amount of order is sufficient to do -- how good at math and physics some aliens are isn't much of an issue.

Although, of course, if 11110011011001 (11 1 100 1 101 1001) was resolvable on some SETI person's printout or display, I'm pretty sure the top of their heads would blow right off. :)

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Comment They're all Special Butterflies, you see (Score 1) 185

Because everyone got an A+

Yes. Perhaps they should first concentrate on students achieving at least a reasonable standard of reading comprehension, writing (and I know I'm going out on a limb here) grammar and spelling competence.

Instead of passing students through like shit in a goose regardless of performance.

Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 0) 185

Someone has to set the educational standards for the entire country. ..and you're willing to leave that up to the whims of politicians?

We can't have 50 states marching to a different drummer, especially when we have a political culture that values ignorance over intelligence.

I think it's hilarious that you believe central authority is a remedy to this problem.


Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 2) 185

I remember the push back in the late '70s and early '80s when the educrats were tossing around the term "computer literacy" to try to scare the politicians into giving them more money. A lot of kids who didn't give a shit about coding were forced to waste time writing BASIC programs to shit out multiplication tables and biorhythms.

Rahm Emmanuel should STFU about things he doesn't know shit about. Shame on anyone in Chicago who ever voted for that asshole.


Comment Re:Well (Score 1, Redundant) 169

No, wait. Is this one of those "evolving language" things where "editor", which used to mean "person who corrects prose" is now the word for "person who screws up prose?"

This could all be my fault.

Although I should point out that in the current social mindset, "my fault" actually means "their fault" or "your fault" or at a minimum, "someone else's fault."

Comment Well (Score 4, Funny) 169

as an attempt to reduce the differences between Linux distributions in an effort significant effort

My effort significant effort is effectively effortless. It's the effort effect at work. So there.

"editors" -- I don't think that word means what the slashdot "editors" think it means.

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".