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Comment: Re:Intel has worked with the NSA (Score 2, Insightful) 53

by Charliemopps (#47518021) Attached to: Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

If I actually cared about the Government breaking into my encrypted files I'd be using a One Time Pad. It might be cumbersome, and it might flag it as actually important info, but if I really didn't want someone to have the possibility of breaking it then only a encryption method that cannot be broken with any amount of processing power will do. However, I don't have any need to worry about some trivial thing like are they looking at me today. I don't have that kind of secret to hide.

You should always be worried about the government breaking into your encrypted files.
There is only 1 group in this country that can legally torture you and put you to death. Only one group that actually does that very thing on a daily basis.
Irrelevant of their current laws and practices, it's in your best interest to protect yourself from their prying eyes.
You've no idea what you're doing today that will be illegal tomorrow. Every device I own has some degree of encryption. Will that protect me if they target me directly? Probably not, but I certainly am not going to make it easy for them if it comes to that. Decent encryption isn't that hard, and just takes a few minutes of your time.

Comment: Bicycles and Jets (Score 5, Insightful) 91

by bill_mcgonigle (#47517995) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

If you want to bring three hundred people half way around the world, don't try to do it on your bicycle.

If you enjoy bicycling far more than piloting a jumbo jet, then you should be in bicycling, not commercial aviation.

What, you don't like jumbo jets and nobody wants to pay you to ride a bicycle? Maybe you should invent the hyperloop or manage a B&B instead.

Comment: Re:Or, and just hear me out... (Score 3, Insightful) 137

by Charliemopps (#47517295) Attached to: The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

Righteous anger isn't always as Righteous or helpful as you'd originally thought. That's why we have a constitution, bill of rights, etc... To protect us from the whims of an angry fickle public when short term popular opinion may not be in the best interest of the long term health of the country. Amending the constitution takes a long time for a reason. DHS and other 3 letter agencies can only use 9/11 to subjugate us for so long... eventually the fear will fade, and get replaced outrage. History will not be kind to those that built, supported and continued agencies like the DHS and the NSA.

Comment: Re:How thrilling... (Score 1) 43

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47517015) Attached to: Amazon Fire Phone Reviews: Solid But Overly Ambitious
The CPU and GPU are fine, reports on battery life seem to vary, with excellent results if you turn the 'dynamic perspectives' thing off and don't firefly much, tepid ones if you actually try to use those features; but the screen is genuinely disappointing for a phone in that price range, although the internal storage is better than usual.

There's nothing offensively wrong with it; but the price tag befits a device that is genuinely compelling in some way, which it isn't.

Comment: Re:How thrilling... (Score 1) 43

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47516921) Attached to: Amazon Fire Phone Reviews: Solid But Overly Ambitious
Unfortunately, while stock android is undeniably Google's little fiefdom, 'FireOS' is a pretty much point-for-point a replacement of hegemonic Google with hegemonic Amazon (somewhat more, arguably, given the 'silk' browser's extensive default reliance on server-side processing).

It is pretty stark how lousy de-googled Android is; but Amazon isn't really here to change the dynamic of effectively closed control of the platform, just who controls it. Getting models with a 'clean' AOSP firmware(typically excluding drivers; because it seems to be blobs all the way down on the mobile side) isn't hard; but using them is fairly grim.

Comment: Re:Great (Score 1) 140

by bill_mcgonigle (#47516457) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

I always wanted a backdoor in my browser.

I really did try searching for how this plugin retrieval works but must not have use the right search terms.

To stay license compliant *AND* safe, Mozilla should sign the modules as they become available, and Firefox should only download them if both Mozilla's and Cisco's signatures verify.

That being done, there's very little difference between Mozilla shipping the code to you as part of a Firefox update and having the browser fetch it afterwards.

But if Mozilla is _only_ trusting Cisco's signature, then, yeah, wow, holy cow, back a truck into it.

Links welcome.

Comment: Re:Security? In a crapp? (Score 1) 38

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47516325) Attached to: CNN iPhone App Sends iReporters' Passwords In the Clear

Did anyone *really* expect a crapp to have any sort of security whatsoever?

It's a trifle surprising given that the usual 'eh, let's just wrap our shit mobile website in a UIWebView and call it a day' school of 'app' development would likely have inherited SSL through sheer laziness, while whatever attempt at app development CNN attempted is apparently so dysfunctional as to be markedly worse than the state of website logins in general, and apparently so incoherent that the phone and tablet versions don't share login behavior...

That seems like the sort of thing that takes effort to screw up.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 502

The one complicating factor, though, is that discrete sound cards are being squeeze from both sides: With even integrated GPUs offering HDMI and displayport audio, and even all but the most spartan (usually super-cheap and/or strictly business oriented) onboard audio supporting S/PDIF, the option of an external DAC or receiver becomes much more attractive, especially if you already have one that you like or want to be able to use other audio sources with a relatively expensive piece of high quality audio gear.

The performance of the analog components of onboard audio is, indeed, going to be more 'endurable' than 'good'; but digital logic is crazy cheap and (mostly) either works or doesn't, and basic boring onboard audio often has less ghastly driver mess than the cards trying to 'value add'(Creative, specifically, being a ghastly offender).

It's not as though they are a ghastly scam or anything, if you want to be able to plug a nice pair of headphones straight into your PC rather than an outboard module that's totally understandable; but they do occupy a slightly precarious middle ground between mostly-competent onboard audio and the full array of audio gear that accepts digital input.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?