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Comment: Re:The Web of trust only works (Score 3, Interesting) 133

by blippo (#49330517) Attached to: Chinese CA Issues Certificates To Impersonate Google

It's a bit of a scam from the beginning. I remember almost 20 years ago I asked where the safety was in that we had to shell up a relatively large sum of money to some unknown company on the other side of the world, so that they could "verify" our identity (how exactly?) - just because they had bought (?) a place in Netscape's or Internet Explorer's root CA list.

Since there are so many certificate authorities it's safe to assume that too many are compromised by- or under the influence of- criminal organisations or non-democratic and/or corrupt governments. (Ignoring the just-for-lulz hackers, I'm not that worried about them.)

I really wished PGP/GPG-style trust chain model worked in real life, but it's a hassle even for techies.

One idea would be to utilize the existing social networks + phones for something, but I doubt it would be possible to build something that is idiot-proof enough.
(Especially since a lot of people seems to have no idea who some of their contacts actually are...)

It could potentially solve email too though.

Comment: Re:Sounds reasonable (Score 1) 243

by blippo (#48434567) Attached to: Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

Aftermatch: Nothing.

The other informed in leading roles, including other ministers indicated that this was vetted by the ministry of foreign affairs and ultimately the minister.

Coincidentally and very unfortunate, she had been murdered by a madman when the story broke, and I think that took the edge out of any public or criminal investigation.

I think a lot of people hid behind this unfortunate event - she was definitely informed, but since the gentlemen in question where allegedly two very dangerous terrorist suspects, it's hard to tell how the details where presented. The swedish ambassador made some effort to ensure a due legal process in Egypt, but I think in retrospect, everyone can agree that it's was a naïve approach.

Comment: Re:Sexism (Score 4, Interesting) 253

by blippo (#48151505) Attached to: Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

No, this is sexism against women.

First - freezing the eggs is simple, but getting them is not. It's not risk-free, and not at all a non-event. If you do not believe me, stab yourself in the balls with knitting needles 20 times after giving yourself a hormone injection every day for a few weeks.

Second. Signalling that healthy women should consider infertility treatment is just absurd. If they work so much now so they don't have time to find someone, is this really the solution to the correct problem?

Helping women (and men) with fertility problems is noble and good (maybe - it's also very hard to adopt children.) But pitched like this, it's just sick.

Comment: Re:Application sandboxing (Score 1) 577

by blippo (#48043187) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Is that it? I have needed to reinstall my phones, consistently after a few month although I haven't installed any new apps, etc.
It usually goes to a point where it takes 5-6 seconds for the phone to respond when answering a call - after the last reset,
the performance deteriorated rather soon again. Very annoying.

Comment: Re: that depends (Score 1) 511

by blippo (#47746247) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

I don't think the language itself is bad - there is not much bloat left in java8. The bloat is coming from code coventions and jee. And perhaps some retarded APIs - most of the core APIs are rather nice. Maybe low level programming is a bit awkward but doable, and i suppose you need C and assembly for AAA game engines.

There are a lot of architecture astronauts and other complicators using Java, that's for certain.

The JVM is rather fast once it's started, but that takes a while.

Comment: Re:Dead as a profit source for Symantec, well, ... (Score 2) 331

by blippo (#47687945) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Since the industry managed to turn against the users and trust only the media industry, the "trusted computing" solution is not a viable option.

Othervise, it would have been nice to allow only certain binaries or software developers/publishers to run. It would also be nice to sign the binaries
and not allow changes.

Since the user seems to be the least trusted element, and that it seems that I have to blindly trust 200+ root certificate signers when using the web,
there is no use in pretending that there exist any computer security at all. Anyone that is motivated enough will be able to run an executable on your machine.

Comment: Re:ATO - GoA 4 (Score 1) 84

by blippo (#47588701) Attached to: Driverless Buses Ruled Out For London, For Now

It's a trillion times easier than driving a car.

The existing train protection systems have a map of the track with speed limits, acceleration and braking gradients, and what not.
Moving the trains automatically is "solved" with a huge amount of engineering, but it's hardly AI. You still need a pair of eyes to monitor everything.

The "fuzzy" problems that probably need some kind of AI includes:
  - Detecting obstacles on the track ( not that important, nothing is supposed to be near the tracks anyway.)
- Operating the doors in a safe manner. (hard)
- Detecting derailment and other fault conditions. (hard) ... and probably a thousand other tasks that is done by a human. Reacting to fault conditions for instance (very hard)

Comment: Re: People pay for music? (Score 1) 364

by blippo (#47258741) Attached to: Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

Well...what would actually happen years and years before the level of AI that is required for prime directives, is that a slight error in the *very detailed* map used for navigation - in combination with an unexpected external factor, will cause a car to happily run over half a school class without even noticing.

And it will be so far from human reasoning and performance that self driving cars will be banned.

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.