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Comment: Re:lol, Rand sucking up to the dorks (Score 1) 206

You're a fucking moron. How does "access without authorization" warrant a 35 year sentence? Rapists and murderers get less than that. That's the whole problem here. Fuck you.

So does manslaughter -- usually a 25 year incarceration with possibility of parole

Comment: Re:We can learn from this (Score 1) 163

Seems to me like this is a pretty solid way to identify most of what's wrong with our political structure so that we can fix it.

Unfortunately it will probably just be used as a "how to" manual.

WHY IS IT that other countries have no problems as pronounced by the USA. Why is it only in the USA the 0.1 percent 1/10th of one percent can generate so much corrupted responses.

And what happened to the original For the people, by the people, related to justice for people. There is something rotten in the USA

Comment: Re:So basically he is acting like every other MD? (Score 1) 320

by lsatenstein (#49502167) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

they're jealous because they want to be successful snake oil salesmen?

so according to you, the only reason to oppose snake oil salesmen... is because you want to be one?

Some of the stuff he promotes is so horrific, that normal people will vomit on trying them, all at very low low hundreds of dollars.

Comment: Re: For work I use really bad passwords (Score 1) 136

by lsatenstein (#49496585) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics

Your first comment is close. Yes, a serious attacker has many better ways than cracking your password. In fact, I've given another speech on this a few months ago where I basically said that we should drop brute-force as a threat scenario from our password strength estimations, because any software that even allows a brute-force attack to be run is fundamentally broken and needs to be discarded.

Same for cracking hashes, btw. If your software does not properly salt and hash, it's broken. It's 2015, not 1995.

Your second comment is totally wrong and one of the reasons we have so many bad passwords. We tell normal human beings to use a different password for each of the 200 or so sites that they have an account on, many of which they use once a year. That's idiotic, and users are telling us we're insane by ignoring it.

I use 3 different passwords for 90% of the accounts I have. One for all the various forums, social sites and other crap that is of absolutely no importance to me and if it gets leaked and you use it to log in as me on one of them, you can post comments in my name - omg, the sky is falling. One is for sites that I have some stakes in, like accounts in online games and such, where you could do some damage in the sense of destroying something that took me time to create (delete my GW2 characters, I'd hate you for it, but no real damage has been done). And one I use for sites where you could do some damage that I could probably reverse, but it would take effort and might cause me real-world inconveniences, such as shopping sites where you could order something in my name and I'd have to go and cancel the order or send it back or whatever.
My PayPal and banking accounts have their own passwords, as do my user accounts, database accounts and such. But for 90% or so of accounts, you don't really need a seperate password (and using password managers ties you to them, which is why many people don't do it).

And I'm a security expert giving speeches at conferences about these topics. I'm just not a blind one-trick-pony who knows all about cryptography and nothing about anything else. If you begin to figure in psychology, HCI and other topics as diverse as design and linguistics, a lot of what's wrong with IT security begins to emerge more clearly.

I' m with you. I have a common password for 90% of my websites. I have only 1 credit card, one bank, and one bill payment account. All others I pay via direct visit to the bank or via cheque. For the 1 and 1 and 1, I have three reasonably long passwords.
By the way, my passwords are characters from utf-8. So that you know, € and ¥ are used for some of my pwds. Not sure you can enter the euro or yen symbol on the default US keyboard layout. My financial passwords exceed 10 characters in length and may include some characters from ±£€½¾çî and more. Hackers usually believe that only easily enteredd keyboard characters are required in the test alphabet.

Comment: Re:"Revolutionary!" (Score 1) 105

- every company ever, when announcing their new product

Then perhaps we need a new kind of universal programming language like htmlx, where the application runs like a browser, and controls compatible htmlx appliances. Lets not have every damned appliance having a different unique programming interface.

Comment: Re:Right up until... (Score 1) 212

A government body gets the whole key and then has it stolen from them and we're all left with our trousers down in a changing room made of glass.

No. If there is an EASY way to decrypt information, then that data is NOT SAFE and the encryption is useless.

I think that they should get the encryption algorithm, but the actual key, speak to the individual party, and to a judge that would authorize a search warrant.
Imagine that each subscriber gets to choose his encryption key, and a vigenere string to salt the encrypted result.

Comment: Re:Not in the fire (Score 1) 446

Just send your data out of the country, say to the north, where crime is low, and where houses and buildings are constructed with much stricter building codes related to fire, flooding and hurricanes. (Actually, can count on 1 hand the number of hurricanes to hit Canada in the past 5 years.

Comment: Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 1) 676

by lsatenstein (#49467481) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

Please don't vote for Hillary just because she is a woman. We can't continue the oligarchy that is the US government leadership.

I am an outsider, watching American partisan politics. The democrats are the best thing that has happened to America since Bill Clinton. You guys who are inside the box can't see how the Bush administration really destroyed the USA outside in the real world. You have a decent honest president in Obama, a man who cares.

The democrats will act as a check against one sided government. Hopefully the democrats can reverse some laws that allow billions of dollars to be given to candidates to bias results. And the gerrymandering by the Republicans to avoid the representation by population rules.

Yes, she will make a fantastic president.

Comment: Re:Marijuana's capacity to REVEAL TRUTH (Score 1) 291

Interesting that this part of the "social contract" only applies to bans and prohibitions in the minds of the right but they suddenly become very vocal on "self reliance" and "personal responsibilities" when it comes to funding for college educations for underprivileged students.

Whats the difference between beer and cannibus, if beer becomes illegal?

Comment: Re:masdf (Score 1) 297

That doesn't make him less dangerous.

What makes him dangerous is filling his head with dangerous thoughts. The vast majority, if not all, of the people whom the FBI have entrapped in the past are some of the more vulnerable members of society: people without a strong social support structure, part of a marginalised community, often poor, often unemployed, and so on.

It's a fundamental axiom of modern policing that the best way to stop crime is to stop people from becoming criminals in the first place. If someone is at risk of becoming a criminal, the best thing you can do is divert them away from that as early as possible. For the FBI to turn a non-criminal into a criminal is not just a failure, it's sociopathic.

What you say is not the American way. Why is it not? Well, the prison system has to expand, otherwise the law enforcement system would not be doing their jobs and there might be job cuts.

Unlike the Danish, which work to rehabilitate, the American system works to incarcerate.

Comment: Re:regulation? (Score 1) 245

by lsatenstein (#49454513) Attached to: 3D Printed Guns Might Lead To Law Changes In Australia

try uttering such common sense in the usa

why are so many americans such fucking morons when it comes to the simple undeniable truth: more easy guns = more senseless death, not protection

As a non-American I always assume it is connected with the mythology of the Wild West or Frontiersman type of rugged individualism, which to be fair is fairly recent history (in European terms). Personally, I prefer civilization, but the "one-man-and-his-gun against the world" idea clearly appeals to many modern US citizens, even if they're living in a city apartment block and working in IT.

Guns were allowed in order to kill the Indians whose land the whiteman was stealing.

Comment: Re:WTF, China has nukes already. (Score 1) 229

"Intel has been selling its Xeon chips to Chinese supercomputers for years, so the ban represents a..." pile of knee jerk ridiculous bullshit?

What it will do is get the Chinese to develop their own CPU chip. With what is known today, it wont take them that long to do. And if they hire away top Intel Engineers, that would development woul go even even faster. I bet that if the Chinese go that way, because computer chips are strategic, their design might be an 80 bit chip that runs at half the wattage of Intel designs. 80 bits vs 64 bits means a very huge address space, managed with basic addressing controller design.

Soon the world will be clamoring for these 80bit chips.

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