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Comment: Re:NameCheap (Score 1) 295

by _merlin (#49281415) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?

Haha very funny. Just one problem: none of my spam actually has anything to do with that. Most of it has something to do with HARP, energy independence, diabetes, saving on mortgages and losing weight. I assume these are things Americans worry about.

Seriously though, I will be doing business in China and need Chinese domain names. I honestly don't know who a reputable .cn registrar is. Hosting isn't a problem.

Comment: Re:So easy to find (Score 1) 132

by _merlin (#49280149) Attached to: Researchers Find Same RSA Encryption Key Used 28,000 Times

It makes you vulnerable to MITM attacks, since when you connect to your camera, you can't be sure it's actually yours and not just another device with the same well-known certificate/key.

It means that if you use a key exchange mechanism that encrypts the session keys with the server key then someone who's extracted the private key from one of these can decrypt communications with any of the cameras using the same certificate/key.

If you use a key exchange mechanism with forward secrecy, extracting the private key wouldn't allow Eve to decrypt all your communications.

Comment: Re:I wonder why... (Score 4, Insightful) 193

by _merlin (#49135313) Attached to: Uber Offers Free Rides To Koreans, Hopes They Won't Report Illegal Drivers

Cities don't license plumbers, painter, interior decorators, electricians, doctors, lawyers, nannies, or nurses. Even though these people need much more training.

In Australia, plumbers, electricians, doctors, nannies and nurses all need to be licensed. You're talking out your arse or you live in the wild west.

Comment: Re:Here's what happened (Score 1) 153

by _merlin (#49115093) Attached to: Is Sega the Next Atari?

And you know why there was no good third-party content? Because the console was hard to squeeze maximum performance out of, but Sega didn't give anyone development libraries for it - just gave you a book of specs and left you to work it out. They went in the complete opposite direction with the Dreamcast - they gave you great libraries and almost no specs, so it was more like, here's the API, ignore what's behind it. You can't really say they were incapable of learning.

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 677

by _merlin (#49044867) Attached to: Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says "Not Harmful"

The clean C++ way to deal with that is to use RAII and have little helper objects that are there just for their destructors. It lets you return from any point in a function (or exit via an exception) and still have all your cleanup done. Of course it obfuscates flow even more than goto.

Comment: Re: Google's biggest problem is IH (Score 1) 88

by _merlin (#49022981) Attached to: Google Chrome Will Adopt HTTP/2 In the Coming Weeks, Drop SPDY Support

But who's prepared to pay more (even just in terms of ad impressions) just so they can see their cat pictures? No-one's arguing that security isn't essential for your bank or whatever, but all this "free" shit actually costs money to deliver, and encryption would make it cost more.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982

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