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Comment: Uh yeah, no (Score 1) 82

by MikeRT (#48175865) Attached to: NSA CTO Patrick Dowd Moonlighting For Private Security Firm

Of all of the things to be pissed about in DC, this isn't one of them IMO. This isn't the revolving door between regulator and the regulated industry. This is just some high level guy in government moonlighting in a mostly unrelated industry to make some coin on the side. This should be no more offensive to most than a GS14 or GS15 technical staffer taking out a contract with a big corporation on the side to make some extra bucks.

One thing the people crucifying Alexander and his company seem to forget is that if he's actually parlaying his background at the NSA into making the banks better at security, then that's a net gain for the American people. Be pissed all you want about what he did in the past, but the fact is for all we know he's also advising his clients on how to become more "NSA-proof" on the down low. I would be very surprised if he a bank offered him a lot of lucre to make them harder for intelligence services to breach that he'd suddenly turn that down and go squealing to Fort Meade now that his paycheck comes from the private sector.

Comment: Adultery is not private and consent is irrelevant (Score 1) 304

by MikeRT (#48157549) Attached to: Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

Marriage is the state's business and most people strongly believe that. If they didn't, they'd support the abolition of all of the legal rules pertaining to it including presumptive paternity, alimony and child support. Marriage also forms the basis of most families since the history of recorded civilization which means marriage is the vehicle by which society is regenerated. To say there is no state interest there is laughable. What you do to your marriage may typically be of minimal interest to the state or none, but a serious breach like adultery is not.

But even setting that aside, you have no right to "give consent" to someone other than your spouse. You swore away that right once you got married. No, you don't "own your spouse" but you and your spouse pledged mutual fidelity in a politically and legally important, state-sanctioned relationship. Don't like that? That's cool, just live as an unmarried couple.

Comment: And people are surprised why? (Score 4, Interesting) 304

by MikeRT (#48152159) Attached to: Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

This was perfectly predictable when those who said "adultery is a private, consensual matter" won the argument and adultery effectively became a dead letter crime and tort. If adultery were reasonably enforced on those with licensed marriages, it would create a much greater argument for regulating these apps.

See funny thing is most people don't regard marriage as something where good behavior is strictly optional. When you take away recourse to the courts on the worse forms of betrayal in a state-recognized relationship, people are bound to take private action.

Comment: Won't help (Score 1) 314

I've heard that the people who are scared the most about the SnapChat "hack" aren't the sexters, but financial industry people who thought it would be a great way to do backroom deals outside the prying eyes of regulators. They use perfectly legal and innocuous transfers to move money, buy assets, etc. The real meaning is held elsewhere.

You know what it's a lot like? How the drug trade uses code language, bank transfers, etc. In other words, these methods are effectively useless at making strategic victories against criminal activity.

At the national level, the police should be expected to operate strategically, not tactically. Take child exploitation. As an American, I don't want the FBI busting some high school sophomore who took a topless pic in her school's locker room, I want them investigating multinational conspiracies to exploit children. What's the point of even having such a high level agency if it often acts at the same level as a municipal police force?

Leave the crooks who use big bills to hide deals to the locals.

Comment: Does not have to be exclusive to be christian (Score 2) 446

by tempmpi (#48130521) Attached to: Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

Too bad basic literacy isn't part of your religion. The original poster specifically called marriage a "Christian tradition."

It certainly is a Christian tradition, but it is clearly not a exclusively Christian tradition. Just like "Honour your father and mother" is clearly a Christian value, it clearly is not a value that is exclusive to Christianity.

Comment: It never ceases to amaze me (Score 0) 367

by MikeRT (#48130259) Attached to: PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

How the same type of people who froth at the mouth because someone wants to "legislate morality" they believe an ancient religion taught them is based in the will of a deity will seek to shame or impose on people the most meaningless "morality" based purely on their own asinine opinion (that doesn't even have the pretext of being a high power's will or rationally transcendental).

Comment: And you know what came a few years before that? (Score 2) 236

by MikeRT (#48102519) Attached to: Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

During the Regan administration that changed

Because it took about a decade for the effect of going off the gold-exchange system wherein the dollar was at least pegged to a fixed unit of gold to really start hitting home. Then the printing presses started and suddenly inflation started to kick into high gear, especially 2000, onward. Since the early 1970s, the US dollar has been getting systematically hammered by federal policy and is it a surprise when eventually wage inflation can no longer match the inflation inflicted by federal policy?

But I suspect you are really a Keynsian who wants to believe in magic multipliers, animal spirits and all that horse shit.

And as I said, inflation is not the only culprit. In tandem with inflationary policies, we've incentivized the exploitation of arbitrage on multiple fronts, labor being one of the biggest. There's also the fact that this country continues to absorb immigrants despite the fact that all net job creation for about the last 15 years has gone to immigrants.

Of course, even if we aggressively clamped down on arbitrage and deported most immigrants who aren't particularly valuable (ie O1 candidates), our inflationary policies would still be raping the lower class and middle class. You can add half to a full trillion dollars a year to the money supply and wonder why an increasingly swamped money supply is buying less and less even domestically.

It will never end until it comes crashing down because the current system allows both the rich to prosper (they have the best access to the newly issued debt-currency from the Fed and get the labor benies) and it's also increasingly how we fund the welfare-warfare state.

Comment: It's not technology that's the problem (Score 5, Interesting) 236

by MikeRT (#48101989) Attached to: Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

In the 80s Computers and automation were suppose to free us for a 20 hour work week. Now we're pushing 50-60 hour work weeks because the only thing it's done is increase competition for the few jobs left. Productivity America's up something like 80% but real wages are way don. I'm not quite ready to become a Luddite yet but I'd like to see some of this increased productivity show up in my pay. But law of supply and demand says the more work I can get down the less it's worth.

It's inflation. Based on a simple inflation calculator I found on DuckDuckGo (, a $100k salary in 1980 would be the equivalent of making about $288,655.34 in 2014. Technology didn't cause the purchasing power of a dollar to collapse nearly 66% over the last 34 years. Federal reserve and congressional policy are the direct culprits. You don't have to be "anti-government" to pin much of this squarely on the federal government and Federal Reserve.

Between inflationary policies and allowing nearly unrestricted (even incentivizing by tax law) exploitation of arbitrage, we've see various government policies annihilate all of the savings and benies that technology would have brought to our economy. Now add on top of that the fact that we have a policy of heavy immigration which, when seen through the lens of the law of supply and demand, is essentially another assault on domestic wages (hint: adding millions of immigrants increases the domestic labor pool, which means that yes kids, wage competition will only increase).

Instead of Socialism, I would suggest reading up on Distributism. It is essentially Capitalism reforged through Catholic social teaching, so among many things it is free market-centric, but strongly pro-labor and pro entrepreneur.

Comment: All well and good (Score 5, Insightful) 61

by MikeRT (#48097227) Attached to: AT&T To Repay $80 Million In Shady Phone Bill Charges

But at some point, an attorney general is going to have to have to call a spade and spade and actually file criminal charges against actual officials for the pattern that keeps emerging at the telecoms and cable companies. Notoriety for agreeing to pay $X for Y and then finding $X steadily increasing or Y getting padded is not an oversight. It's a pattern of fraud. People need to go to prison for that. The shareholders will thank the states after a few years if the states clean house in these companies and thus hopefully put an end to that rotten culture. It's a liability.

Comment: Maxwell instead of Keppler (Score 2) 29

how about 870M being BETTER in almost EVERY single parameter than 970M?

The 970M is based on Maxwell instead of the Kepler architecture of 870M. It is going to be a lot faster than the 870M despite having a lower number of shaders and a lower clock speed.

There are several reasons for this. In Maxwell memory access is more effective: There is a improved framebuffer compression that increases effective bandwidth by around 25%. L2 cache is now 2 MB instead of 768 KB in 870M. The next and likely more important change are more efficient gpu cores. 970M has 10 SMM cores with 128 Shaders each while 870M has 7 SMX cores with 192 Shaders each. Despite 50% less shaders per core each SMM is ~90% as fast as a SMX. NVidia did many microarchitectural enhancements such as improved instruction scheduling and shorter pipelines.

GTX970 is a about as fast as GTX780 Ti despite having 40% less shaders, 50% less memory bandwidth and only 26% higher clock.

+ - Details of iOS and Android Device Encryption

Submitted by swillden
swillden (191260) writes "There's been a lot of discussion of what, exactly, is meant by the Apple announcement about iOS8 device encryption, and the subsequent announcement by Google that Android L will enable encryption by default. Two security researchers tackled these questions in blog posts:

Matthew Green tackled iOS encryption, concluding that at bottom the change really boils down to applying the existing iOS encryption methods to more data. He also reviews the iOS approach, which uses Apple's "Secure Enclave" chip as the basis for the encryption and guesses at how it is that Apple can say it's unable to decrypt the devices. He concludes, with some clarification from a commenter, that Apple really can't (unless you use a weak password which can be brute-forced, and even then it's hard).

Nikolay Elenkov looks into the preview release of Android "L". He finds that not only has Google turned encryption on by default, but appears to have incorporated hardware-based security as well, to make it impossible (or at least much more difficult) to perform brute force password searches off-device."

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