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Comment Re:What is metadata? (Score 1) 85

The problem is metadata is a description that only makes sense in context. One person's metadata is data to someone else.

Even with the the phone company. What cell you were connected to and when is metadata to the billing division. To them data is which customer, using what service, for how long. (roaming aside) What cells you were using are not important that is data about where the other data came from. To the groups that do network operations and capacity planning: They don't care about who mostly, that is data about where their data about where, what, and for how long came from.

Same thing if I am developing a filesystem, than what extents are used, where is content on the disk logically etc is the data, the content is just 'content'. As a user of a filesystem everything besides the content is metadata.

I don't think the legal system should be trying to declare what is or isn't metadata, certainly not for the sake of making some qualitative judgment about if its subject to constitutional protections. We should stick to the reasonable expectation of privacy test, that has been used in the past. If someone would reasonably expect the known dispositions of whatever data they are sending/producing/modifying would be private the government should need a warrant!

Comment Re:It might be good but it won't be MST3K (Score 2) 50

As for Felicia Day, I could care less. The only reason she has "nerd cred" is because she was on that awful Guild show.

First she created "that awful Guild show" which a lot of people thought was actually pretty non - awful at the time. I will admit to go back and watch it now it has not held up well but if you put it back in its context it was a pretty huge success. There had not been a lot of direct to youtube productions of scripted comedy/drama when she started that. "The Guild" whatever you feeling about it was among the early more complex productions (there certainly were others as well) that showed free/ad supported online shows could go beyond cat videos and porn. Have many things come along sense that are much better sure they have. We could say that a lot of early 17th century Novels were not all that great by latter literary standards either but they remain important because they paved the way for the format and the art.

I would also suggest that her 'nerd cred' comes as much from her roles on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and Eureka as anything else she has done. Maybe you missed them...

You don't have to like her but she is doing alright as a C-list celebrity.

Comment Re:no, without linefeeds it says PRI*HTTP/2.0SM (Score 1) 190

No computers do what they are programmed to do. I would count on the fact there are a lot of 'simplified' HTTP clients and servers out there that look for the string 'HTTP' and not much more. After all if you were implementing something that just needed to exchange a little information over the course of a handful of strait forward GETs or something and wanted to make it HTTP like enough to traverse firewalls be proxied if needed etc, a cut down HTTP implementation is/was a good way to go.

When it comes to something like that you don't care if its HTTP/1.0 or HTTP/1.1 the differences in the protocol won't impact your use case at all. Given how long HTTP/1.1 has been the standard a lot of stuff probably just assumes that.

Personally HTTP/2.0 being so radically different and binary to boot is probably a mistake. HTTP is Hyper TEXT transfer protocol, it makes sense that it is text. Future development of HTTP should have been more negotiable human readable text protocols not binary. Which is not to say the modern Internet application could not benefit from a binary protocol there are advantages. I just wish we could have called it WATP web application transport protocol, or something so it was clearly something radically different that won't work with existing proxies etc.

Comment Re:Our descent into the bowels of fascism and deca (Score 2) 437

You sue the executive because he could be liable for malfeasance ( failing to do their duty). If there is some law under which it could be shown he had some specific obligation.

You can imagine some sufficiently twisted expansionist interpretation of exist environmental regulation where that might be possible. Its hard on the other hand at least for me as a lay person see how you could make a claim against the legislative body, they have powers but they don't really have much of anything in the way of legally defined duties.

Personally I hope they win at least the first round. I don't agree with what their goals, I think Obama and his EPA have already grossly over stepped and acted in excess of their authority. On the other hand they are going to continue to imagine new executive powers and playing King until something like this comes along and shows them it can bite them in the ass.

If a law suit like this can go forward brought by the general public than plenty of other suites could too. I can't wait until Joe Sixpack is able to sue the president for not deporting illegals as required for example; or for failing to defend the Constitution of the United States because he fought a foreign conflict without a Congressional declaration of war...

Oh the possibilities to restore checks on executive power.

Comment Social Justice Warriros (Score 3, Interesting) 178

Remember kids its okay to dox someone if you are doing it for the right reasons.

I wonder how members of this group would react if people start posting their comments anonymous or otherwise without context.

I have no problem with what they are doing. I don't believe at all in any of this PC safe space bullshit. I just hope these folks realize that what they are doing is abusive in its own way. I don't challenge their right legally ( I have not idea what the rules are in their country) or morally to do this. They should understand though that its not likely to escalate rather than deescalate the discourse and its going to make their group and its members targets. The people they are calling out as trolls will probably respond by doing what trolls do, more trolling. As long as they understand by doing this that they have it coming and don't go crying to 'mommy government' best of luck to them.

Comment Re:Anonymity and modern convenience (Score 1) 99

Does any of that really work when massive facial recognition systems exist and cameras are everywhere.

As long as nobody takes an interest it you anonymity is possible. The moment a three letter or other LEO does take an interest they can probably track you and uniquely identify around town easily.

Comment Re:Obama: "What a powerful rebuke to ISIS..." (Score 1) 89

Except, there is little oil and little petrol processing facility in Syria. The valuable stuff is in Iraq. Which for political reasons we can't bomb. We have to maintain the face that the current Iraqi government is something besides Iran's puppet and that the Iranians are any less radical and dangerous than ISIS. Because Obama has a legacy to protect.

Then there is the problem of our "allies" like Turkey who buy that oil and fund ISIS. The Turks are not our friends. They have no real interest if eliminating ISIS, they like this conflict because its an excuse for them to kill a lot of Kurds and for a lot of Kurds to otherwise be killed by ISIS. The refugee issue does not concern them, its irritating but they know the US will lose interest eventual and which point they will just have those people killed or drive them back over the boarder. There is a reason they keep them in camps rather than be absorbed into a culturally similar enough place where they could probably successfully integrate.

Meanwhile again primarily because Obama has his nose out of joint not having gotten his way in Ukraine, we have to have some on going feud with Russia. Who actually does have a vested interest in seeing Islamic terror and ISIS dealt within, AND the good sense to realize that there are no good actors. These 'moderates' no longer exist in any kind of useful numbers there if they ever did. There isn't a good reason to pick one radical expansionist ideology over another. Its just a different kind of bad news. Assad actually IS the best of bad choices he is secular and by all accounts was pretty well content to be a big fish in his small pound. Much like Qaddafi was in Libya before we kicked that bees nest over. These people are nasty but containable. The Islamists are not! They seem moderate because the down and out groups are pragmatic they set achievable goals, those in turn sound reasonable to us but the truth is once their power grows so will their ambition. They won't be any less dangerous than ISIS.

Comment Re:Wait, they shipped the private key? (Score 1) 65

for example Lenovo did it so they could inject ads into web pages that were supposedly cryptographically protected from tampering

This makes no sense. Why do you need your private key to be located on the users' computer for that?

Why because you can't defeat the certificate checking logic of the local SSL stack. You need 'a' private key there for a trusted root CA so you can generate certificates on the fly other parts of the system will see as valid.

Browser tries -> You intercept it -> You go fetch the cert from the original destination ip -> you validate it or don't -> you generate a new cert based on the content of the one you got and sign it with the private key -> send the response to the browser ( which then validates the cert checking it against the local trusted root you installed).

That is it in a nutshell. There are some other details but basically that is how its done and that is why you need the local private key because without you could not generate signed certs.

Comment Re:Using Firefox Meantime (Score 1) 65

The latter, certutil works fine, but you have to build some custom fix packages to use it. Which can get complex if you have cases where those installations are not in the default locations.

ie. non local admin users can't install FF to its usual places so they install it to a directory inside their profile. Now you are playing find the Firefox / SeaMonkey install.

Comment Re:Using Firefox Meantime (Score 5, Informative) 65

You need to wait for the holiday to delete a certificate out of your trusted roots on your personal machine? Wow.

Secondly Firefox did not protect you from anything, the fact they don't share the system cert store did. Yeah it worked out this time to your favor but I honestly don't think Mozilla's failure to integrate with system certificate stores is a win in general. Its actually one of the biggest reasons I think about leaving my beloved SeaMonkey for something else.

For one thing you now have not one but 2 certificate stores you need to audit. That sucks! If a CA says they have been compromised I have to remember to fix it in 2 place instead of one. That isn't a security win. Many users don't probably even realize they don't use the system trusts, so if they get instructions to fix an issue by removing a CA they will likely fail to fix the Mozilla based browser.

Second in managed environments revoking a trust in Mozilla isn't easy to script out, that means Firefox and SeaMonkey installs likely just don't get fixed, again not a security win.

Frankly I think its rather a shame Mozilla does not provide at least the option to use the system trusteded roots.

Comment Re:Exactly (Score 2) 594

This is a very good point. Much of the mess that is the Middle East is because these despots manged to enrich themselves playing NATO against the USSR for decades. They knew perfectly well any attempt to sort them out would have been seen as an act of aggression by the other world power. That provided them with cover to run their little shit stands, and get all sorts of cool toys (fancy high tech weapons systems).

If we could get past or conflict narrative with Russia we could re-draw the boarders agree on some buffer / DMZ regions and go in and occupy these places. If we did it long enough we could wipeout the stain on human culture that exists there.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 0) 594

I would argue its time we roll back our policy of NATO expansion, and even consider ending NATO. When we faced an existential threat from another single nation state actor it made sense. NATO is now just a 'dangerous entanglement.' We would be wise to encourage the core members to eject some of the newly added peripheral members under threat of our own withdraw if they don't. These fights are not worth it and the expands NATO just threatens to draw us in.

The middle east is of rapidly decreasing value to us. EU only alliances would be better positioned to defend Western Europe geographically than we are. We don't need anyone else's help to defend our own territory if we simple concentrated or efforts on that.

The clothes have no emperor. -- C.A.R. Hoare, commenting on ADA.