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Comment: Re:A quote (Score 1) 346

by TWX (#48927457) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'
They actually DID disband the army. The GP's post included two negatives that cancelled.

By disbanding the Iraqi Army they not only got rid of personnel that could have been used in the projects to rebuild the country, but they released tens of thousands of armed men with at least nominal training in the use of common weapons in the region. With no way to make a living or to feed their families, they resorted to either criminal enterprise, banding into factions with others based on religious lines for support, or to insurgency in order to fight against the occupying force.

If they'd kept them intact taken over control of them and continued to pay them, my guess is that a lot of these problems wouldn't have manifested so strongly. If the goal was to try to transition to a stable country under other leadership anyway.

Comment: Re:Lol? (Score 2) 136

by TWX (#48927251) Attached to: Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away
Heh. If it's effective in a clusterfuck of copy/paste, then it should be really effective when the bulk of the code is original...

Sounds like the solution is to use an entirely different language than the bulk of one's work is in, if one wants to anonymously write malicious or otherwise legally complicated code.

Comment: Re:So to cicumvent the screen locker... (Score 1) 275

by TWX (#48924817) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure
Well, one of the flaws in X11 is how one receives remote screens to your X-server, and if people allow localhost to send screens to the session, then if someone compromises a local unprivileged account they could set up a fake lock screen on an admin's session so that when the admin enters his password they get the text he typed.

I see how this could be a problem, but given that desktop Linux isn't all that widespread I see bigger problems in arenas that are much more pressing.

Comment: Uh, okay? (Score 2, Insightful) 275

by TWX (#48924727) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure
I certainly get the technical explanation. Given that I don't think Deskop Linux will EVER be mainstream, this seems like something we've lived with for an incredibly long time, and doesn't affect very many people or systems.

If someone wants to fix it, cool, but it's not really going to bother me very much if this behavior continues.

Comment: A quote (Score 5, Insightful) 346

by TWX (#48924187) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

Rumsfeld [said], "Stuff happens... and it's untidy and freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things. They're also free to live their lives and do wonderful things. And that's what's going to happen here."

This was in the context of the Iraq war, when the United States kicked over the anthill that was Saddam's government and suddenly all the factions started tearing each other and their civilization apart.

I do not normally agree with Donald Rumsfeld, and in the context of the Iraq war I definitely disagree with his decision to allow Iraq to destroy itself so thoroughly, but on the other hand if we're extending that freedom to people that we're actively in-confrontation with, then shouldn't we extend that freedom to ourselves?

Comment: Re:I prefer a tablet for some things to a smart ph (Score 1) 233

by TWX (#48924129) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One
I carry a Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga for work, and it's so useful that my wife bought one to be her next 5+ year portable computer.

We need the capabilities of a full-featured computer. I don't want a light machine, I want a full machine. I want to be able to type when I need to type without having to haul around disconnected third-party accessories that I may lose.

She wanted an e-book reader, a movie player, a word processor, a spreadsheet, and something that she could run Visio and ANSYS and Autocad on, so that she could telecommute. The only thing we wish that the Yoga had was a 4G WWAN interface.

To me most tablets are toys, not business machines. I want a business-capable machine.

Comment: Re:Implement locally? (Score 2) 130

by TWX (#48923373) Attached to: How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year
If someone is calling from a borrowed phone, then there's a timelimit on the use of that borrowed device. By the time one calls back, the person trying to reach you might not have access to the handset anymore.

Many payphones have no receive-call feature anymore, in part to prevent drug dealers from using them to semianonymously set up their final meeting points. Can't return their call even if you try.

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. - Edmund Burke