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Comment Re:I won't be all that surprised... (Score 1) 77

People have been attacking SHA-1 since 2005.
No need for any conspiracy since people were warned about potential weaknesses in SHA-1 for a decade.

It's also important to point out that this is a free-start collision, where the attacker gets to choose the initial values, something that isn't possible with full SHA-1. This makes the attack much, much easier than an attack on full SHA-1. It took nearly a decade to go from the first free-start collision on MD5 to an actual attack, and MD5 was a much weaker function than SHA-1. Their estimate of "end of the year" may be a bit optimistic.

Comment Re:Loaded title. (Score 3, Interesting) 165

after having uninstalled and hidden their updates related to Win 10 they actually unhid them and had those "optional" updates checked so that if I didn't do the research they would be re-installed again.

They've also yet again pushed out the Win10 nagware update, KB 3035583, and marked it Important to it's automatically (re-)installed even if you got rid of it the previous times they've forced it on you. This was within the last day or two, so check your PC to see whether it's been re-infected recently.

Comment Re:It's not an error (Score 1) 102

I wonder if the CIA ever did something like this... had a spy change the measurement on some engineering specs just slightly, make them waste a ton of money.

In that case someone should tell the CIA to stop messing with US defence programs (F35, Zumwalt, SBX, GMD, etc). The mess they've made there makes a Russian hangar pale into insignificance.

Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 1) 407

if there's anything that describes the US military brass, it's "relentlessly competent"?

This goes back to (at least) WWII, where there was a saying among the ground troops that "When the Germans flew over, the British ducked. When the British flew over, the Germans ducked. When the Americans flew over, everyone ducked".

There's a - possibly apocryphal - story of Patton nominating some USAF pilots for the Iron Cross after being strafed by them three times in one day. Less apocryphal is that more US troops, including the highest-ranking casualty in the war, a Lt.General, were killed by USAF pilots than Luftwaffe pilots during D-Day (Operation Cobra, in which US ground troops fired at their own planes in frustration).

Saliva causes cancer, but only if swallowed in small amounts over a long period of time. -- George Carlin