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+ - Why Not Replace SSL Certificates With PGP Keys? 9

Submitted by vik
vik (17857) writes "The whole SSL process has been infiltrated by the NSA, GCSB and other n'er-do-wells. If governments want a man-in-the-middle certificate they simply issue a secret gagging order to the CA to make them issue one. Consequently "certified" SSL certificates can no longer be trusted. Ironically self-issued certificates are more secure, but not easily verified.

However, PGP/GPG keys can be trusted and independently verified. They are as secure as we can get for now. Why not replace the broken SSL CA system with GPG/PGP encryption keys? Make the NSA-infiltrated stuff obsolete, and rely on a real-world web of trust?"

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 3, Interesting) 429

by stinky wizzleteats (#37598488) Attached to: As a target for malware, my main computer is ...
Since forever. And one more thing. While we're on the subject of trolls, why do modern trolls utterly suck? In the 90's, trolling was high art. Slashdot trolls in particular were geniuses in the craft, weaving perfectly proportioned delicately scented masterpieces of intellectual turds and dropping them in perfectly chosen locations. Now, trolling has degenerated to the point that the word itself is misused to mean anyone who post something anyone doesn't like. Any random idiot can now be considered a troll. It's a fucking travesty. Trolling is NOT just annoying. It's careful, deliberate artwork. What happened to it?

Comment: Re:Ubuntu + VMWare Player (Score 1) 622

by dkh2 (#36681308) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Easiest Linux Distro For a Newbie

Actually, DOS is a variant of CP/M. Gary Kildall at Digital Research wouldn't take the meeting with IBM to provide an OS for their new personal computer idea so they ended up going back to Gates' and Allen's then fledgling MicroSoft to get the job done.The rest is the history of the many levels of Hell.

Comment: Just grow a pair and hire a pilot! (Score 1) 66

by dkh2 (#36553032) Attached to: Microsoft's Virtual Skywriting Patent App Features the Real Thing

Seriously. If you're point is to get the picture to ask some geek hag to marry you because you've grown beyond virtual girl and want a real one then hire the stinking sky writing pilot to spell out "@SkankyGurl, will you marry me?" - so the whole bay area can see it, take a picture of it and post it to the internets.

Comment: I'd do it in a hearbeat- (Score 1) 176

by purduephotog (#36493236) Attached to: Amazon Tests a Home-Delivery Service For Groceries

Heck, I'd even do it if I had to drive to a local spot and pick them up. Why? Because I'm sick and tired of having to goto one local store (Wegmans) with their idea of sale prices - 2 for $5....

Let me order or queue what I need during the week and I'll decide when to go get it. No lists, no coupons.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.