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Comment Who cares about Clinton's domestic communications? (Score 2) 676

I don't really care what classified documents Hillary was emailing with other members of our own government. Yes, I realize that there is a massive risk that foreign governments could have intercepted them. I acknowledge that is a huge risk.

Hillary has repeated several times that all of her emails with the state department, etc are properly documented and could be subject to FOIA requests. This is technically correct, we could get copies of any emails sent to/from Hillary Clinton and other members of our government.

What really concerns me, that I see nobody talking about is: we have no clue and no record that we can trust that documents Hillary Clinton's communications with governments not our own. What were the communications with the head of the State Department was having with Russia, China, Iran, etc? I understand that a great many of these communications may be "classified" or otherwise sensitive and not something for general public consumption today. But we will *never* be able to FOIA such documents 25, 50 or 100 years from now. Our inability to re-construct the details of historical events in the future has been greatly damaged.

The simple fact that even our own president can't say "get me every damn email that Clinton has sent to Russia" should be worrying to everybody.

Comment Re:Pretend this was a US government outage (Score 1) 182

Because if I choose not to use google, AWS or even NASDAQ to perform the services offered the police don't show up at my house and compel it.

You may say Google and NASDAQ offer services that are difficult to impossible to find elsewhere. Yet there are alternative search engines, and there are ways to trade stock that do not involve NASDAQ. If these companies continue to mess up, their competitors will get more traction. If my government messes up, they still compel me to use their service. The difference while minor at incident #1 can be quite a difference by incident #n.

Comment Re:Testla is good... (Score 3, Interesting) 452

Actually, you're only half right. Tesla wanted to pump electricity into the ground, not the air.

Tesla thought electricity was a transverse wave (think: sound wave) not a sinusoidal wave (think: light). It's why his project didn't work.

Not to be too unfair, at the time it was hotly debated which kind of wave it was and nobody really knew for sure.

Comment Do you want to follow or lead? (Score 1) 656

I think it matters a bit on what you want to do. An awful lot of the "heavy lifting" math intensive stuff has been implemented in the form of shared libraries. Do you want to encrypt data? Knowing more of best practices around session and key management (which isn't a math laden topic) and that you need good entropy for key generation (something you can find implemented in a shared library). So, go find some shared libs with AES and prng (source of random data) and you're likely good.

Do you want to be the guy who makes what replaces AES? Learn to love math.

Really it comes down to: do you want to follow best practices or make them? The more you want to be on the end of making best practices vs gluing together bits and pieces the more really knowing math helps.

Comment The opportunity here (Score 1) 1163

Here's the political opportunity here: making the case for how we're all better off together.

Red states feel they can live on their own.
Blue states like to point out they tend to receive more fed dollars then they send.

Neither of those arguments are why we're better off together, and convinces the other side to try to work together.

Sign the petition. Make DC make the argument.

But ... they won't ... *sigh*

Comment Re:Live free or DIE (Score 2) 687

You know .. I find your reaction to #2 most interesting. Here in Iowa we do pay by the gallon, not much, but usage is metered. The poor do not go unwashed.

But, the metering by the gallon was very effective this summer. Nobody went unwashed, but a lot of lawns were brown.

Honestly, I was stunned when I learned this summer that large sections of California pay flat rate for water. No wonder you abuse/misuse it so much.

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Darth Vader Robs Long Island Bank 190

Apparently the destruction of the second Death Star has stretched the Galactic Empire's coffers so thin that Lord Vader himself is robbing banks. From the article: "Impotent Rebel Alliance security forces tell Newsday (paywall) that Vader marched into a Chase bank in Setauket around 11:30 a.m. today. Brandishing a completely unnecessary handgun — as he had the power to choke the oxygen out every teller's throat — the fallen Jedi demanded cash."
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New I/O Standard Bids To Replace Mini PCI Express 31

DeviceGuru writes "LinuxDevices reports that a group of companies today unveiled — and demonstrated products based on — a tiny new PCI Express expansion standard. Although it's somewhat larger than the PCI Express Mini Card, the tiny new 43mm x 65mm FeaturePak card's high density 230-pin edgecard connector provides twice the number of PCI Express and USB 2.0 channels to the host computer, plus 100 lines dedicated to general purpose I/O, of which 34 signal pairs are implemented with enhanced isolation for use in applications such as gigabit Ethernet or high-precision analog I/O. While FeaturePaks will certainly be used in all sorts of embedded devices (medical instruments, test equipment, etc.), the tiny cards could also be used for developing configurable consumer devices, for example to add an embedded firewall/router or security processor to laptop or notebook computers, or for modular functionality in TV set-top-boxes and Internet edge devices." The president of Diamond Systems, which invented the new card, said "Following the FeaturePak initiative's initial launch, we intend to turn the FeaturePak specification, trademark, and logo over to a suitable standards organization so it can become an industry-wide, open-architecture, embedded standard" (but to use the logo you have to join the organization).

Comment New feature for motherboard venders (Score 2, Interesting) 398

Full memory encryption. Set a chip on the memory buss, it encrypts/decrypts all the data as it passes between the CPU and RAM chips. At first this would be something like old MMUs before they were built into the CPU itself. They sit on the address bus and add/subtract offsets. This would sit on the data bus and do some simple crypto. Put a capacitor right next to it, first time the chip powers up it selects a random key, when the motherboard looses power the capacitor keeps the chip running long enough for it to overwrite the key that it was internally storing.

Then if they manage to break into your super secure datacenter, wheal in their tank of liquid nitrogen and pump your server full of it just so they can steal your RAM chips...it still doesn't get them anything.

(If you read the paper, they talk about how if you cool the chips with liquid nitrogen they keep their contents with power off and removed for 'several hours'...they argue that simply modifying the bios to zero at startup isn't sufficient as they may physically *remove* the ram chips before you have a chance to zero them)

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