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Comment Well for once I don't feel ancient (Score 3, Interesting) 162

I've only been doing it for 21 years. :-)

The only thing that hasn't changed is..nothing.

I started out running a Dec Mini-Vax about the size of a washing machine, only much louder...(we still remember the blessed silence in our office/server 'room' the day it was finally turned off.) using (IIRC) kermit to connect to it from my desktop.

Cut my unix teeth on a HP/Apollo franken-unix thing: part SysV, part BSD.

All the machines I am sysadmin for now are Linux VM's, except my desktop systems...which all run OS, yeah, still using Unix.

Comment Well duh! (Score 2) 77

The music industry has a long and sordid history of ripping off the the main there's nothing to negotiate because the music publishers own the republishing rights.

Book publishers, contract to publish the book, in one format.

(The same negotiations often have to take place for paperback rights as well, so it's not like this is something new, and is, in the main simple boilerplate contracting with the author, author's agent, or estate) The renegotiations are hard because the publishers are greedy.

Of course all of your basic /. 'intellectual property is theft' technomarxists who never had to make their living off their own intellectual property couldn't be arsed to comprehend this...while musicians can sometimes eke out a living playing live (when they still own their own music, that is), there's not a lot of call for authors to read their books in front of adoring crowds night after night...

Comment Re:Open source? (Score 0) 215

A truly random one-time pad longer than your cipher text is not crackable other than brute-force. Use a code along with the OTP and it's uncrackable (because the crackers won't recognize the plaintext when they do decipher it.) Of course you need to distribute copies of your codebook and OTP, which is why they developed ciphers in the first place...the only trick is to develop a code that parses to plain boring text. "Aunt Martha sends her love; she made a wonderful cherry pie for the church potluck last week, everyone was raving about it!"

Comment Re:Sure except... (Score 1) 210

You DO understand that if your phone is in the physical possession of the bad guy, they can do anything they want?

It's not like this can be done remotely with some crappily cloned Tetris game off the App Store, like some Android exploits we've seen....

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato