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Comment: Re:get to work (Score 2) 303

by Troed (#49127403) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

If it's so easy to use that people will actually _use_ strong encryption (end2end - who cares if there are central servers passing on the encrypted data) then yes - why not?

I fully agree with Moxie - and I'm hoping to get a lot of people to move from Skype to Wire. It might only be end2end encrypted for voice calls - not the text/group chats - but it's a lot _better_ than the alternatives, with a UI that has a chance of getting wide adoption.

More of the world's communication will be secured. That's progress.

Comment: Re:get to work (Score 2) 303

by Troed (#49125957) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

Yes, I've used Redphone. No strange setup process needed for the calls to be secure. That's what we're discussing, right?

The first time you start up RedPhone, the app prompts you to register your phone number by tapping a button. And then you're done; that's it. RedPhone doesn't ask for passwords, logins, or even for users to create an account. The app is designed with privacy in mind, so it requires as little from you as it can.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/...

Comment: Re:Resource wars (Score 5, Informative) 279

by Troed (#49117989) Attached to: Intel Moving Forward With 10nm, Will Switch Away From Silicon For 7nm

Despite their name, rare earth elements (with the exception of the radioactive promethium) are relatively plentiful in Earth's crust, with cerium being the 25th most abundant element at 68 parts per million (similar to copper). However, because of their geochemical properties, rare earth elements are typically dispersed and not often found concentrated as rare earth minerals in economically exploitable ore deposits.[3] It was the very scarcity of these minerals (previously called "earths") that led to the term "rare earth".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

Comment: Re:Highlander III did it already... (Score 3, Funny) 421

by Troed (#49112989) Attached to: What If We Lost the Sky?

Nothing that mankind has control over is more likely to cause mass death than continuing to contribute to climate change

The most likely stable state the climate is going to end up in, compared to the interglacial we're in right now, is back into full glaciation.

There's no stable "hotter" state known (no matter the historical CO2 levels, which have been much much higher than we're projecting to ever reach) to science. The only question during an interglacial is whether the poles will be free of ice or not - and looking at the latest interglacial, the Eemian, we shouldn't be surprised if the arctic circle becomes ice free (still without any catastrophic effects whatsoever).

What do we need to do to get back into full glaciation?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Although - changing the albedo as proposed in the article might well bring us there sooner rather than later.

Caveat: This post reflects the current state of science accurately. Watch out for replies that don't.

Comment: Not the right way (Score 5, Insightful) 257

by jawtheshark (#49104551) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Parental Content Control For Free OSs?
The right way is to talk to your kids about these things. Give examples of scams, tell them there is porn, there is violence, and always, always if they feel unsure about something they should talk to you (Mostly for scams, I'm pretty sure they'll handle porn. Hell, even weird porn isn't as bad as seeing ISIS chop someones head off). Software protection is just a crutch, the real protection is education and vigilance.The right way is to talk to your kids about these things. Give examples of scams, tell them there is porn, there is violence, and always, always if they feel unsure about something they should talk to you (Mostly for scams, I'm pretty sure they'll handle porn. Hell, even weird porn isn't as bad as seeing ISIS chop someones head off). Software protection is just a crutch, the real protection is education and vigilance.

Using TSO is like kicking a dead whale down the beach. -- S.C. Johnson

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