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Comment: Re:Yes, just like that. (Score 1) 148

by petes_PoV (#47971755) Attached to: Outlining Thin Linux
Exactly right. Whenever I post on Linux related topics I see responses like this that are both arrogant and foul-mouthed - where neither position is necessary, nor adds credibility to the poster (or to the subject they are writing about).

The other thing these individuals seem to do is drag MS into the subject - as if they are still fighting their own little wars over some 1990's idealogical differences. But they never put forward any actual rational arguments or facts to back up their bile: just hate posts.

So sad.

Comment: Re:Also... (Score 1) 227

by BronsCon (#47971685) Attached to: Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave
A bottle? Maybe, if the bottle is aluminum or steel. If it's glass or plastic, you're up a creek, though. Given enough time, you're up a creek with a can, as well, as the can will absorb the energy and heat itself, so, while you may not heat the contents of the can directly, they will absorb heat from the can itself.

Maybe your school's microwave was broken.

Comment: Re: More great insightful summaries from /. - not! (Score 1) 75

by jd (#47970913) Attached to: Researchers Propose a Revocable Identity-Based Encryption Scheme

I've used the site longer and reserve the right to use Doctor Who references where I'm suspicious of technical details, especially as relate to timing vulnerabilities. This is allowed, as per The Hacker's Dictionary. Bonus points for finding the Doctor Who references included.

Comment: Re: Cursory reading (Score 1) 75

by jd (#47970887) Attached to: Researchers Propose a Revocable Identity-Based Encryption Scheme

That was pretty much my interpretation as well. Which would be great for ad-hoc encrypted tunnels - the source and destination can have keys that are valid only until the tunnel's authentication expires (typically hourly) and where the encryption is based on the identity the other side is known by. Ad-hoc tunnels need to generate keys quickly and efficiently, but also don't need to be super-secure. In fact, they can't be.

If RIBE isn't useful in ad-hoc, then you'd end up having to ask when it would be useful.

Anything that depends on a third party, including PGP/GPG with keyservers, is vulnerable to some form of compromise, SSL/TLS certificates all have a third party signer and Kerberos depends on all kinds of behind-the-scenes work being secure. However, although they're imperfect, they're considered adequate for what they do. Well, except for SSL, perhaps.

RIBE presumably therefore also has a niche where it's good. Rapid key turnover is what's wanted for conversation-based protocols with timeouts. That makes RIBE sound promissing for IPSec ad-hoc and SSL, as it makes store and crunch by attackers less likely to work. But is that the right niche?

Comment: Re:Africa (Score 1) 323

by Rakarra (#47969837) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Ebola is fast and lethal, and that's one of the reasons why it's tougher for it to spread than, say, the Spanish Flu was. Ebola's a super-scary disease, but it's not contagious until you exhibit Ebola-like symptoms, as opposed to a cold or the flu where you can spread the disease while being in the symptomatic period (I was told, though I don't know if this is just hearsay, that the common cold is MORE virulent before the sneezing/coughing period, though I'm not sure how that would be the case).

Comment: Re:Pretty Much Sums it Up (Score 1) 640

by Rakarra (#47969495) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

News for ya, in America, everyone's opinion is worth something and is ultimately expressed through the ballot box.

Your ignorance is not equivalent to someone else's expertise. "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled."

Science doesn't get to say "Do this, for I have obtained a 95% confidence level!"

Sure they can, and people are of course, free to listen to them, or free not to.

The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives. -- Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project