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Comment Re:Because that would be unimaginable CENSORSHIP? (Score 4, Insightful) 832

I don't see how you can be "pro" rights for some and "anti" rights for others.

Of course we're dealing with extremes - Trump and ISIS.

So, you'd be ok with the Chinese government ordering twitter to shutdown accounts of democracy protestors? After all, they're not in our country. Or heck, Venezuela doing the same?

That's an extremely selfish position to take - that you have more rights just because you're here (which you played nearly no role in save for luck of the draw) while others shouldn't have rights because they happened to be born elsewhere.

Comment Re: How is this in any way surprising? (Score 1) 37

Weaknesses are found constantly.

AES is great now, because it's been focused on and studied by the best cryptographers on the planet, yes. But nothings to say a shortcoming won't or can't be found in the future. How likely is that? Who knows. But never say never.

DES was the Gov't's go-to for encryption for years and years. It ended up needing to be replaced not because of a key length that suddenly made it more vulnerable to brute force attacks (that could have been remedied), but because cryptanalysis had found methods of attack against it that were more efficient than brute force attacks.

Comment Re:How is this in any way surprising? (Score 1) 37

For now. Algorithms that seemed great at one point eventually become broken or successfully analyzed.

DES stood up for a while, but computing resources overwhelmed it.

MD5 was great until people learned it was flawed.

same thing is happening now for SHA-1.

True, the later two are for hashing rather than encrypting, but something that seems utterly unbreakable today could be economically broken tomorrow, if an unthought of technique is discovered.

That's not defeatism, it's just being clear that everything *eventually* has shortcomings. No use trying to pretend otherwise!

Comment Re: Because that would be unimaginable CENSORSHIP? (Score 1) 832

What about the GOP's designated "Free Speech Zones" at rally's, which effectively put people who had an opposing opinion out of earshot of everyone else?

You really can't point fingers at one side only. Both sides have done more than their fair share of censoring. Is one OK and the other not?

Comment How is this a threat? (Score 1) 160

By that, I mean, what's the difference between asking for money in order to not send your actual browsing history to your friends, or asking for money in order to not send a made up (and far more incriminating) browsing history to friends?

Seems like the writers could have skipped that step and still done just fine.

Comment Not that difficult. (Score 1) 317

Im old. Not too old, but older.

Back when I was in grade school, we took computer classes, it was mandatory. We learned how disk drives worked (floppies!), how to do basic programming in, well, BASIC and LOGO. A year or two later we were introduced to Pascal.

Not everyone in my class turned into computer pros. Heck, I'm not even a programmer. But I'd like to think that having that basic grasp made me a lot more comfortable using computers all that time ago, and such things would be great to instill in kids today. Even if they're not all destined to be programmers, they'll have a basic concept of how things work.

Especially these days, computers are so much more advanced and appified, no one seems to have a basic clue how they work or what to expect. I'm constantly shocked at how inept many non-CS college grads are, and I have to think if we all learned just the basics at a young age, we'd all be better off for it.

Well, maybe not help desk employees...

Comment Re:I thought (Score 1) 197

Maybe more websites need to enforce strong password rules on their users. I know that plenty of sites either read the password entered or check the hash and reject it if it doesn't meet certain criteria. Ideally, end users would come up with secure passwords on their own, but since they can't, administrators need to do some prodding.

Comment laziness (Score 1) 313

The submitter can be bothered to capture some data and submit a link to such to slashdot for commentary, comparing apple's actions to Microsofts (but not Ubuntu's, but that's a different story), but can't be bothered to summarize the data at the very least, even better would be to actually write an article explaining what they found. I'm not going to spend hours clicking through git to find out what the submitter is complaining about, and i doubt that most anyone commenting on this article will have done so either.

Comment Re: It's the OS, Stupid (Score 1) 252

"So ultimately OS X is the only desktop UNIX out there. If OS X runs it, then it works on Unix. If it doesn't work on Linux or BSD, then the OS X should be considered the correct behavior. Keep in mind that POSIX does not define any GUI behavior."

I'd change that around...

If it works on Unix, then it will work on OS X. But just because something works on OS X does not mean that it'll work on any other Unix... you know, Cocoa libraries, Aqua UI, etc

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