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Comment: Re:The Future is Surreal (Score 3, Insightful) 182

by Zak3056 (#48629047) Attached to: At 40, a person is ...

A few years ago I looked at the numbers and realized I've been officially a woman for the majority of
my life. OK, yeah, I'm one of those. One of those who is very good with Linux kernels, MySQL, VoIP, and
various other technologies. Deal with it. I'm me, I like being me, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

You're 53 years old, posting as AC, and feel the need to announce that you're a transsexual and dare anyone to have a problem with you? FWIW, I don't think it's the world that has a problem with you--it seems like you have a problem with the world.

Comment: Re:what an embrace means. (Score 3, Insightful) 216

by Zak3056 (#48621789) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

Back in the day, Microsoft viewed open source and Linux as a threat and did its best to retaliate with FUD and patent threats.

then in 2013 Microsoft suffered a loss of more than US$32 billion

MS had an after-tax income of over 21 billion dollars in 2013. No idea where you're coming up with a $32B loss. Ballmer was a horrible CEO, but the biggest problem was that MS continued to make money--LOTS of money--while he was destroying the company's value, which made him look absolutely great on paper.

Comment: Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (Score 1) 281

No but if you got a government request for your keys you'd know about it.

The government "request" would come in form of customised malware and you'd never even know you got hacked.

If google gets such a request you wouldn't know you were compromised.

You aren't gonna know, no matter what.

It isn't like they are sending l33t hackers to break in and get the data.

Schmidt isn't an idiot, despite how the press like to portray him via selective quoting (note that TFA does not provide much context for this quote). When he says Google is the safest place to put your data, he's probably comparing Google to other companies that provide similar services, not some hypothetical fully self hosted system - bearing in mind self hosting of email is rapidly going the way of the dodo even in business situations (it died for home email a long time ago).

Given that Yahoo still have not fully deployed SSL everywhere let alone encrypted their internal datacenter links, and if Microsoft have a similar effort they aren't talking about it, there's some evidence that he might be right. After all, if you get a government warrant for your data you're just as stuck as Google is: not much you can do about it. On the other hand, you are unlikely to secure your infrastructure as well as Google does.

Comment: Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (Score 1) 281

But Google makes money from targeted advertising

Google makes significant sums of dough from paying corporate customers who use Google Apps. These clients can switch off advertising if they like. These are also the places where some of the most sensitive data is stored.

So Google have both the financial means and incentive to solve the end to end crypto problem for such clients. The difficulty is not financial. It's technological. Matching even just the feature set of Gmail with end to end crypto is insanely hard, and that's before you hit the "everything is a web app" problem.

Comment: Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (Score 2) 281

The point of forward secrecy is there are no such keys to seize. The "master keys" are only used for identification, not encryption. So whilst a gov could theoretically seize Google's keys, this does not help them decrypt wire traffic. They'd have to do a large MITM attack, and to get everything? They'd have to decrypt and forward ALL Google's traffic. Not feasible.

Good use of applied cryptography means that realistically the only way for a government to get data out of it means requesting it specifically from the providers. In places where the warrant system has been vapourised (which certainly includes the USA and UK), this might not seem like much, but it does help prevent fishing expeditions.

Comment: Re:Zoning laws are tyranny (Score 1) 594

by Zak3056 (#48604799) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Zoning laws prevent you from doing what you want with your property... They are evil and, obviously, a magnet for graft and other corruption.

Houston, for example, is not any worse without them...

That actually answers something I was wondering about the other day. My company was looking at a facility in Houston and it's in a brand new industrial park that is literally across the street from some of multi-million dollar homes I was amazed that the homeowners didn't manage to kill the project, and now I understand why they couldn't.

FWIW, I think zoning is like any other form of government intervention: a necessary evil. Some is absolutely required, a little more is ok, and it's only when those in power have an axe to grind, or engage in mission creep that the problems start. I'd honestly hate to live somewhere without at least rudimentary zoning, lest someone come along and build a sewage treatment next door, or put in heavy industry across the street from your $5M house like the example above.

Comment: Re:Fnord! (Score 1) 173

by SharpFang (#48588523) Attached to: 3D Printer?

Acetone isn't really *that* nasty. It certainly beats acids, or substances that create strongly poisonous fumes. You'd have to try hard to get anything more serious than a migraine from acetone fumes poisoning, and while it's certainly not good for your skin, washing your hands after finishing the work is good enough - no need to panic if a drop lands on your skin. Sure you should keep the container tightly closed and you need to watch out with fire, but it's really hardly worse than gasoline when you work with it.

Yes, the difference between size of detail you want to retain and size of the 'ribbing' you want to smooth out should be large - if you want to smooth a tiny figurine that won't be too helpful. If the object is a cast for a large silicone piece though, the loss of detail will be insignificant. (and if it's gravity that smooths it out, you're already too far and destroying the piece. It's surface tension that should do the work.)

Comment: There is a point when vaccines kill more... (Score 1) 1050

by SharpFang (#48586181) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

There is a point when vaccines kill more than the diseases they prevent.

Say, there's a 1:10,000 chance you die from vaccine against disease X, and 1:20,000 chance you contract and die from disease X.

The pleb reaction is an outcry "BAN THE VACCINE".

What they fail to realize is that the chance of death from disease X is so low is only thanks to the prevalence of the vaccine. The disease can't spread, and the chance of contracting it or medication failing is minimal because great most of the population is immune - the disease can't find many viable hosts.

Shortly after you ban the vaccine, number of deaths from disease X will spike, far overshadowing the number of deaths from the vaccine. It won't be 1 in 20,000 or 10,000 but 1 in 100 or so! But that's something ignorant people don't realize. They pick up the numbers "as of now" and claim the medicine is worse than whatever it cures.

I wonder if money would talk. Unvaccinated people simply taxed for extra health insurance for those whom they endanger.

Comment: Re:Choices. (Score 1) 416

by SharpFang (#48579739) Attached to: MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

I want nothing to do with them or him now

That's your choice, your freedom and your right. Nothing wrong with that, and I'm okay with it.

But if you forcefully remove that choice, that freedom and that right from others - forcing them to follow your choice by making the lectures unavailable - that's where you are overstepping your freedoms and treading on mine, and I'm absolutely not okay with it.

If you don't want to watch his lectures, just don't watch them. Don't force them off the face of the net.

Comment: Re:Just wondering... (Score 1) 416

by SharpFang (#48579695) Attached to: MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

It's unreliable as is all genetic/breeding/inheritance research by Nazis, due to heavy political agenda heavily biasing the results.

OTOH research on malnutrition and hypothermia has been a solid basis of much of contemporary research. And rocket science. USA would have never won the race to the Moon without nazi rocket science.

So, had the guy been conducting gender studies, yes, this would invalidate their believability. But physics courses?

Wishing without work is like fishing without bait. -- Frank Tyger