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Comment: Re:Abuse of power (Score 1) 324

by The-Ixian (#49594903) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web

This is done ALL THE TIME by too many entities to even count. The only time this is potentially bad is when it is done in self interest. This is clearly not the case here.
In this case, the encryption is not about asserting identity, it is about encrypting the data stream from point-to-point. This solves a lot of issues that currently plague the Internet as a whole while, at the same time, introducing new problems which will need to be worked out.
I believe this is a move in the right direction and can only help people be more secure, not less.

Comment: Re:Wait a minute... (Score 1) 324

by The-Ixian (#49594703) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web

This is really a separate issue though.
I am sure that most governments have at least once CA in their pocket these days.
And, really, no matter what system is in place, governments will always have wire-level access and all kinds of backdoor agreements with manufacturers.
This move is not intended to curb government surveillance though (although it does add at least one more barrier to the process).
The first step toward a more secure system is to get rid of the insecure parts.
Anyway, I am pretty sure the HTTP 2.0 standard is going to be secure by default so this is just getting ahead of the ball.

Comment: Cart before the horse? (Score 1) 55

by The-Ixian (#49571465) Attached to: Researchers Mount Cyberattacks Against Surgery Robot

Great that they are thinking about security on the device long before they are implemented... but, I would think that it would be way more important to think about the connection these things are communicating over first...
Seems to me that battlefield and rural areas would have the least reliable network connection possible. I would think that the bar would need to be raised in this area before SURGERY could be accomplished.

Comment: Re:Disgusting. (Score 1) 686

by The-Ixian (#49538709) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

I am with you.
I really feel that by making drugs illegal and taboo we make it

  1. 1. Difficult for people to talk about it and thereby make the cycle harder to break and
  2. 2. More appealing to rebellious youth who want to buck the system.

These points alone play a big part in setting some people on to a dark path.

Logic doesn't apply to the real world. -- Marvin Minsky