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Comment: Re:I wonder why... (Score 1) 182

That is because every municipality went through the time when there was no taxi regulations. There was rampant fare kiting, discrimination, lack of coverage, lack of insurance, poor customer service, bad drivers, poorly repaired vehicles, etc

Here in the USA, we still have all of that, except fare kiting.

Comment: Re:Said this 14 years ago. We need to replace E-Ma (Score 1) 268

by drinkypoo (#49126921) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

How getting bent out of shape over a simple and common mispelling exposes you as little more than a jackass that cant parse slightly malformed inputs.

You have to be spectacularly stupid to believe that someone can't parse malformed inputs when they provided the correct substitution. But I knew that about you.

Putting the keys on the webmail server allows the NSA to send that central point of contact a single national security letter demanding those keys,

And isn't required for encrypting webmail. Don't be such an idiot.

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 580

by drinkypoo (#49126595) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

The republicans gave up too easily. Look how long and drawn out their battle against Obamacare was. In comparison, this measure seems to have been abandoned without much fight. I can't help but wonder why.

Because nobody cares by comparison. Everyone cares about health care. Not everyone even understands net neutrality. The part of government that you perceive is about 99% theater.

Comment: Re:Blame email clients (Score 2) 268

by drinkypoo (#49126373) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

The first mistake made by email clients is they added support for a broken-by-design protocol called S/MIME which used asymmetric encryption through the entire message and was thus cripplingly slow.

Slow? Who gives a shit? We're talking about email. I have never noticed the time it takes to encrypt anything, actually. Not even a little bit. The only time I've never noticed being taken by encryption was during key generation.

You're right about how PGP/GPG didn't do enough for integration. That is sad.

Comment: Re:Said this 14 years ago. We need to replace E-Ma (Score 1) 268

by drinkypoo (#49126359) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

webmail is ideologically incompatible with the very notion of secure communication that using encryption embodies.

Not really.

To whit--

No. That's one whit, or to wit.

Don't use words you don't understand. It helps. It really helps.

A webmail service holds not only the inbox itself, but also holds the contact list, and the presentation code.

The government already knows where you send your mail. They know where packets go over the internet. That's why they have taps at all the backbone providers, specifically so they can do that sort of thing.

Comment: Re:Another bad omen for privacy and security (Score 0) 268

by drinkypoo (#49126343) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

That's why all those ways to recover your account exist, they're not necessary per se and you don't have to answer the security questions seriously. But when you have fucked up big and the answer is just gibberish you're pretty screwed. That's why people answer those with actual facts.

You fuck up big when you answer those with actual facts, because anyone who has done their research on you can now compromise your account. I gave my bank all bogus invented passwords as answers to questions like "what is your favorite fruit" ... well, of course, it's the fruit of the rGHS%&45 tree! And if I lose my backup passwords file (stored someplace probably more secure than my bank) then I just go to the bank and have them reset my account.

Optimization hinders evolution.