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Comment: Re:Duffs Device is clever - its not elegant (Score 1) 373

by carnivore302 (#46582913) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

I don't think that's what he meant. I think he says that anybody who manages to add complexity to something simple and straightforward (a project that would only take a week to do) by adding "beautiful" layers that provide abstractions for the sake of abstraction, should be shot. Personally, I would happily set fire to the remains after the firing squad had its turn.

Comment: Re:reduce the amount (Score 1) 983

by carnivore302 (#46467313) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

the friend can surely find 90% of his lost stuff, but it will take him a lot of time to download it again. Also, if he's like me, he can't remember half of what he had.

Then there's his wife who's screaming at him about the loss of the "home videos" (no honey, they're really gone, they're not at somebody else's computer now)

Yeah, I guess the price of an extra 20TB raid array doesn't seem so high now anymore...

Comment: Re:EXPLICITLY ask them NOT to send the private key (Score 1) 399

by carnivore302 (#44535019) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?

They way you put it the relation will be quickly over. From the way the question was put, both parties have something to gain if these documents are sent over, but the OP the most. He doesn't want to push his wish for security up to the point where the deal is blown off. Pick your battles carefully, that kind of stuff.

As others have pointed out, once the documents are decrypted, there's no telling what happens to them. There's nobody stopping them from sending a copy directly to the NSA for convenience. But in this case, he trusts the organization to do the right thing. Then a once-off practical security measure is simplest: encrypt the document with a password, tell the password in a separate conversation. Once he gets to the point where he has to send another document every day, something like pgp might be in order. But by that time he is talking to other people besides the secretary and it will be a lot easier.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.