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Comment: Re:A bit off topic (Score 1) 184

by koan (#49504489) Attached to: Joseph Goebbels' Estate Sues Publisher Over Diary Excerpt Royalties

"The war wasn’t only about abolishing fascism, but to conquer sales markets. We could have, if we had intended so, prevented this war from breaking out without doing one shot, but we didn’t want to."
- Winston Churchill to Truman (Fultun, USA March 1946)

"Germany’s unforgivable crime before WW2 was its attempt to loosen its economy out of the world trade system and to build up an independent exchange system from which the world-finance couldn’t profit anymore. ...We butchered the wrong pig."
-Winston Churchill (The Second World War - Bern, 1960)

Comment: Re:Encryption? (Score 1) 54

by Opportunist (#49504433) Attached to: Google To Propose QUIC As IETF Standard

The main difference I'd see is that it's much harder if not impossible to spoof an IP address in a TCP connection, considering that it takes a completed handshake before any meaningful traffic (read: lots of bits) can take place. I could for example see this making upstream filtering of DDoS attacks more difficult.

Comment: Re:A bit off topic (Score 1) 184

Then Germany and parts of Poland would now be a smoldering crater of a nuclear death zone with little chance to ever clean it up in this or any of the next generations.

By no later than 1944, the German Luftwaffe was in no position to conduct any offensive action anymore. The air superiority of the allied was total. Including Germany. So even if he had the bomb, he certainly would not have any means to deliver it anywhere beyond the areas that Germany still occupied.

Given his "strategy" (I'll use that term loosely here) of scorched earth, it's likely that he would have had it used to increase the destruction on the retreat, to decrease the useful materials the approaching allies could use (as he did) but also to create a zone of denial that they would either have to avoid (and thus lengthen the supply lines) or cross while accepting the losses (something the Soviets would probably even have done).

In short, Germany having the bomb after 1944 would maybe have lengthened the war (though this is unlikely due to the Allies having it in Summer 1945 and Berlin having actually been the original main target, Germany was just lucky that it surrendered before the bomb was ready for shipment). It would certainly have meant more suffering for Germany due to self inflicted nuclear destruction (Hitler himself considered the Germans "unworthy" at the end of the war because they have "proven to be the weaker people and not worthy of continued existence". Together with his fantasy of a "Götterdämmerung", an epic apocalypse that has to happen to "his" Germany if he himself fails, it's likely that he would have called for the destruction of large cities before they fall into enemy hands. What would have been interesting is to see how many people would actually have been fanatical enough to do it).

Comment: Re:Great idea! (Score 1) 37

by Opportunist (#49504013) Attached to: US Military To Recruit Civilian Cybersecurity Experts

The main problem is that the "spirit" of hacking is diametrically opposite of what the military is like. Not that that "spirit" mattered much anymore, but it's still why most people get into the area. They usually stay for the money, Which is another thing that works against the military...

So the military is neither attractive to new people who want to get into the field, nor to seasoned veterans who learned just what salaries they can ask for.

Plus, despite money, most "hackers" still have some kind of moral limitations. At least the people I know, and I dare say that, would not easily be convinced that it's ok to blow up some nuclear plant by messing with its computers from afar for the odd chance that some terrorists may be near while killing a few million as collateral damage. Given the international structure of the community, it's very likely you actually know someone in the country that's supposed to be attacked.

It's not so hard to lift yourself by your bootstraps once you're off the ground. -- Daniel B. Luten

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