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Comment If ads didn't misbehave.... (Score 4, Insightful) 539

If they didn't interrupt,
block my view,
stop my train of thought,
jump my page up and down and around...,
give me viruses,
eat up precious bytes that *I* must pay for with their video and audio...

If they did what they do in newspapers. Stay in little, quiet, static sized blocks, doing nothing but waiting for me to click if I'm interested, there would be no adblockers, nor need for any.

The online advertising industry has brought this on themselves. They have nobody but themselves to blame.

Comment Correct as far as it goes. (Score 1) 237

This is a consideration for students and other people involved in learning a new language or skill set. In that case, yes, it makes sense to make the student work somewhat harder (within reason) to figure it out

On the other hand, in a business context, you're not trying to develop understanding; you're trying to accomplish a specific task as quickly, easily and cheaply as possible. In that case, intuitive presentation of the problem is desirable and fostering development of deep understanding may be neither necessary nor cost effective.

Comment Obfuscation plus some other shuffling... (Score 1) 164

will make any such strategy useless in short order. Source code translators and syntax standardization tools might be another approach.

Anyway, it's a big yawn, however, some enterprising con artists will sell this to clueless government bureaucrats for big bucks. Bureaucrat will get his bonus. Con artist company will get their money. Win, win. It won't work, of course, but when has that ever mattered in the government world?

Comment TIL: Technically illiterate politicians dangerous! (Score 1) 556

Legislation like this puts us on the road to dictatorship. Perhaps Ms. Feinstein should join up with Mr. Trump.

Aside from this, it's just not possible. A few agreed upon phrases in plain text (e.g. "The chocolates are ready to be opened on the plane) and no encryption is necessary at all.

Blaming encryption is just more flailing about by willfully ignorant political hacks who are unwilling or unable to actually think through a real world problem.

Comment TIL: The FBI learned how to increase system noise (Score 2) 93

The result of this strategy, of course, is a small population of ever more skilled people who can hide illegal activities via encryption, message splitting, or other methods, while making the noise (i.e. banal, legal activity) more voluminous, easy to get, expensive to process, and meaningless.

Comment Thorium has been the answer for a long time... (Score 1) 366

Instead, of course, we're giving welfare to fusion research, which is going nowhere instead of funding and developing a proven technology we had working in the 60s.

Is it a perfect solution? No. It's just simpler, cheaper, safer and more sustainable than any other power engineering solution out there if your goal is to continue to run a global industrial society at its current scale.

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