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Comment: Re:misleading headline (Score 1) 117

by Tom (#49183031) Attached to: Schneier: Either Everyone Is Cyber-secure Or No One Is

Those two missions aren't mutually exclusive. Defend yourself at home and go on offense abroad.

It works for bombs and tanks, but not for computer networks and communications. It might have even worked in the time of telegraphs and snail mail letters. But for encryption, it doesn't work. A cipher is either weak, or strong. You can compromise a foreign postal system without affecting the security of your own, but you can't secretly build a backdoor into an encryption algorithm that works only for you.

Simply asserting that something is mutually contradictory because it sounds good to use words like 'cognitive dissonance' isn't any kind of argument.

Now you're trying to reverse the chain of causality just to make a cute finishing sentence. :-)

Comment: Re:Anybody actually looking? (Score 1) 139

by drinkypoo (#49182363) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

Is the threat of FPMITA prison the only thing that keeps you from tax fraud? From theft? From murder?

Yes, no, and no, in order.

With proper representation, taxation would not be so odious. But the will of the people is being soundly ignored at every possible turn...

Comment: Re: and you never will find the money (Score 1) 139

by drinkypoo (#49182347) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

You don't want to be oppressed? Ever try living in a place with no government or weak government?

What I actually want is weak central government. I don't know that we need less government (well, in certain areas we certainly do, like military) but what we certainly need is less centralization. Pare the feds back to handling disputes and actually defending the country, making treaties.

I also want representative democracy, and for the people to ratify bills directly. If that makes it harder to pass laws, OK. We have too many already. Let's get rid of some before we make more.

I'm more likely to get my unicorn.

Comment: Re:and you never will find the money (Score 1) 139

by drinkypoo (#49181401) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

all this episode boils down to is some economically clueless fanboys needed to learn the hard way what the rest of us already know: that a currency backed by a government is obviously better than "free" alternatives

Sure, theoretically. But is the currency you're getting worth the currency you're getting? And are you actually getting equal protection?

Comment: Re:Anybody actually looking? (Score 1) 139

by drinkypoo (#49181377) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

If there's missing millions then there's missing fraction-of-millions in taxes. So there's a motivation to go looking for it right there. And then, also, once it's in their hot little hands they can always decide to keep it. Even if all they do is sit on it for a while and then eventually cough it up, it can make them money.

Somebody has a huge fat wallet that they're going to tumble over the months and eventually cash out and unless they screw something up there's not much chance of being caught.

No rush.

Comment: Re:Daily Treadmill (Score 2) 124

by drinkypoo (#49179559) Attached to: Treadmill Performance Predicts Mortality

Double selection bias. People who are good at walking will tend to continue to do it for fun into older age. Meanwhile, while you're hiking, you tend to meet people who hike. Walking is of course great exercise, however. I have asthma and I'm a bit heavy but I'm a good walker, I can walk all day as long as the way isn't too steep.

Comment: misleading headline (Score 5, Insightful) 117

by Tom (#49178995) Attached to: Schneier: Either Everyone Is Cyber-secure Or No One Is

What's with the clickbait headlines? By itself, the headline is total BS. The actual statement made, however, is spot on. The hole in your security doesn't care who exploits it. There's no "good guy" flag in IP headers (though I'm sure some April 1st RFC will soon introduce it).

What worries me most is that we could win this fight, if it weren't for our own governments deciding to betray us. There are vastly more people interested in secure communication and other people not being able to spy on or subvert our computers and mobile devices than there are people interested in compromised communications and systems (basically only criminals and some deluded, criminal-if-the-laws-were-right elements of governments).

There is just one problem to Bruce's argument: The largest and most powerful spy agency in the world disagrees with his fundamental assumption. We often forget that the NSA has two missions, and they are exactly the two things that Bruce argues cannot co-exist: To secure the computing infrastructure of the US against foreign espionage, and to provide espionage on foreign communication.
The NSA believes, and/or is tasked with exactly these two things that Bruce says (and I agree) are mutually exclusive. No surprise they've gone rogue, their very mission statement is a recipe for a mental breakdown through cognitive dissonance.

Comment: Re:"Clean power foes"? (Score 3, Informative) 208

Dunald Trump has been trying to prevent Scotland from building an offshore wind farm because he says they would ruin the view from a golf course he's building on a protected area of sand dunes. Trump also thinks that wind farms cause something called Wind Turbine Syndrome.

Comment: depends ? (Score 1) 236

by Tom (#49178645) Attached to: Study: Refactoring Doesn't Improve Code Quality

Doesn't it depend a lot on what you refactor, when and how?

I have 3 year old code that I would like to refactor because I've since switched framework (from CodeIgniter to Symfony 2) and it would bring it in line with all my other projects, allowing me more easy code-reuse and not maintaining two frameworks both on servers and in my mind. But it's largely a convenience factor and I would agree that it will probably not improve code quality very much.

But I also have 12+ year old code written in plain PHP with my own simple database abstraction layer. I'm quite certain that refactoring that would do a world of good.

Comment: Re:Cheaper method (Score 1) 121

by sg_oneill (#49178565) Attached to: Physicists Gear Up To Catch a Gravitational Wave

If you're a climate scientist who says there's no Anthropogenic Climate Change, there are lots of Fossil Fuel groups that will shower you with money - much like Tobacco companies would to any Scientists that said Smoking doesn't cause Cancer.

And predictably its often the very same "scientists" who where tobacco "experts" in the 80s saying that tobacco is harmless who now are "atmospheric scientists" claiming that CO2 violates physics and doesn't heat up when exposed to infrared light.

Information is the inverse of entropy.