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Comment: Re:CAPTCHA (Score 1) 157

Common knowledge questions or basic math word problems off the top of my head. How many gov web sites need to allow psudo-anonymous comments?

Computer not great as solving the classic:
Johnny has a dozen apples, he eats one. Johnny has 10 class mates he is friends with 6 of them. He gives an apple to every classmate does he have any left for his teacher?

Comment: Gov site that requires plugins is broken (Score 1) 157

If a government site needs more than elinks to access it's broken. WTF could they possibly need a plugin for? Auth nope that is baseline. Forms again been here forever.

We need a deaf blind QA tester core if they can not easily use the site it's broken.

Comment: Re:Regarding the state law about municipal provide (Score 1) 536

That is not a solution, municipal fiber is the fix for the last mile. Comcast could use is as well as anybody else that cares to, either colocating gear in the muni co or just running a fiber trunk. CWDM is cheap, simple, and requires no active (powered) components at the muni level. Macsec and similar can keep the muni from tapping into the traffic. The only thing they need to do over the fiber is keep track of what colors are in use for a given run so they can assign unused ones.

From a homeowner perspective one fiber gets them everything.

Business get the same plus intown point to points for less than the cost of a couple phone lines.

The muni gets a network to connect itself with (I know many that pay absurd amounts for DS3 etc). If the muni chooses to put a L2 network in they could resell that to small providers etc etc, while giving lifeline internet access and a universal service (think the town services, schools, library's state and federal level gov probably expand it via a review process to medical facilities serving the area etc etc. Muni's are also in it for the long haul so the cost of buried fiber can be justified with it's less frequent outage and more aesthetically pleasing nature.

Other cable/internet/phone providers could come in and compete as the build out costs to the muni CO are pretty trivial.

As this grows providers will bridge muni co to muni co, the muni's may well cross connect to the towns bordering them.

Comment: Re:Radio Time sync? (Score 1) 166

There are many broadcasts with time embedded into them. They are not exactly secure as authenticating the time is far harder than receiving it.

For IoT really you have two times the local time that needs to be taken of faith to be right (served from a local trusted source) this is your clock display etc etc etc, it keeps the complexity and recently ever changing timezone bits out of IoT devices. You then have a unix clock few IoT devices should need this level of accuracy or complexity, when they do they should always use a local reference as IoT devices should not expect nor require they have any internet access to function NTP seems to fit this role well. I'm not sure NTP levels of time accuracy and complexity will be needed for many IoT objects alarm systems about all that comes to mind.

Comment: Re:System worked, then? (Score 2) 163

by silas_moeckel (#49224141) Attached to: On the Dangers and Potential Abuses of DNA Familial Searching

The system did not work, the warrant should have never been issued it was a fishing expedition wrapped up in "science". To start the used a commercial DNA database aka someplace that sucker innocents into submitting DNA samples ( for genealogical purposes with promises of anonymity and control. The first warrant broke that anonymity and led to the guys father even though they knew he was not a suspect. They then got a warrant to forcibly sample the son with the extra info of apparently he had friends on facebook near the crime and directed horror flicks.

So the first person they invaded the privacy of, they knew had no connection to the crime and based on a commercial database that was created under false pretenses. They then forced a person to submit DNA (that will stay in the system forever). This was all fishing with no evidence.

If this is left to stand sooner or later the police will be able to match everybodys DNA as sequencing is becoming the norm. Companies like Quest Diag etc will put some clause 13 pages into a form you have to sign to get a lab test done saying it's ok for them to sell your sequence anonymously. Then a partial match is grounds enough to get a warrant to break that anonymity without giving the persona a chance to fight it.

Sure the genie is out of the bottle our DNA is becoming easier to sequence and we know more and more by looking at that sequence. This has important medical benefits. Would you be ok with the police being able to search everybody's medical records looking for a white male with a cleft palate since they had a suspect with that medical condition. We need to keep the bar far higher for the police to access medical records.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.