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Comment: Re:I want my free encryption (Score 1) 243

by agurk (#37009700) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does SSL Validation Matter?

Say you want to check your mail at https://mail.google.com/ - if you do not know if you talk to the entity owning real google.com, then you risk talking to a man in the middle attacker - which may snatch your password pretending to be mail.google.com. So with encryption without identity you end up talking encrypted to anyone wanting to pretend they are mail.google.com.

Or do you have a solution for preventing man in the middle attacks?

Comment: Re:I want my free encryption (Score 2) 243

by agurk (#37009430) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does SSL Validation Matter?

I want my free encryption because I don't trust some 3rd party to tell me whether I should trust the web site that I am visiting. Encryption and identity should never have been tied together in the first place. It's unfortunate that this business method has succeeded as long as it has.

I dont see how you can separate encryption and identity - if you do not know who you are talking to then encryption has no value?

Lets say a man in the middle says - Im your bank, please talk encrypted with me. Then the man in the middle just repeat what you say to your bank until you are logged in.

The download certificate on first meet might provide some security, but would make it difficult to do business with unknown entities.

Comment: Re:If the legal code is too confusing (Score 4, Insightful) 334

by agurk (#29625501) Attached to: Legal Code In a Version Control System?

If programming languages was written in plain words we wouldn't need programmers, but the secret order of computer programmers refuse to do it that way - simple programming is not possible they claim. What they really are afraid of is the fact that normal humans (non programmers) could just diff the text to look for bugs and even make their own software.

PS! A lot of the people here at slashdot.org are members of this secret order so they will probably mod me down and try to shut me up - BUT justice will prevail.

Comment: Re:e-Ink? (Score 1) 78

by agurk (#28144759) Attached to: OLPC Spinoff Pixel Qi Merges E-ink With LCD

You could have e-Ink technology behind the lcd tech. When you turn off the lcd layer you would reveal the e-ink screen.

e-Ink particles layer -> LIGHT -> lcd layer

or if you had semitransparent particles:

BACKLIGHT -> e-Ink particles layer -> lcd layer

I really cannot see what technology is used from those blurry pictures.

It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Futurama Movie Set for November 27th->

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kevin_conaway writes "TV Squad informs us that the new Futurama movie will be available on November 27th. The show will return as a full-length high-def film sold on DVD. It will be followed by three additional films, and each film will be divided into four episodes each to be aired on Comedy Central. So, that's 4 DVD movies or 16 new episodes depending on how you look at it."
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+ - Opera CTO hits back at Microsoft's standards push

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Michael writes "Opera CTO Håkon Wium Lie hit back today at Microsoft's push to fast track Office Open XML into an ISO standard in a blistering article on CNET. He also took a swipe at Open Document Format: "I'm no fan of either specification. Both are basically memory dumps with angle brackets around them. If forced to choose one, I'd pick the 700-page specification (ODF) over the 6,000-page specification (OOXML). But I think there is a better way.". The better way being the existing universally understood standards of HTML and CSS. Putting this to the test, Håkon has published a book using HTML and CSS."

"Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit!" -- Looney Tunes, "What's Opera Doc?" (1957, Chuck Jones)

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