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Comment: Oh, (Score 4, Insightful) 169

by waspleg (#48941869) Attached to: Mathematicians Uncomfortable With Ties To NSA, But Not Pulling Back

You mean like the elliptic curve cryptography that they backdoored and then pressured the NIST in to backing so that millions of people's data was both available to them and also potentially at risk to any 3rd party to find out about it? The one that's specifically mentioned in the article?

"But the agency appears to have created its own back door into encrypted communications. The computer industry, both in the
United States and abroad, routinely adoptssecurity standards approved by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). But in 2006, NIST put its seal of approval on one pseudorandom number generatorâ"the Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator, or DUAL_EC_DRBGâ"that was flawed. The potential for a flaw was first identified in 2007 by Microsoft computer security experts. But it received little attention until internal NSA memos made public by Snowden revealed that NSA was the sole author of the flawed algorithm and that the
agency worked hard behind the scenes to make sure it was adopted by NIST. "

Yes, beneficial to society indeed...

Comment: Sounds more like... (Score 1) 123

by waspleg (#48940279) Attached to: Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

Now that we know how YOU do things we can steal what we want from the code giving ourselves a boost, and hand off the code to our military cyber warfare equivalent and figure out how to fuck your banks/stock market/whatever else we can get in to. Sounds like we'll be selling the rope to get hung by to me.

Comment: This is cool (Score 1) 160

by waspleg (#48602009) Attached to: How Identifiable Are You On the Web?


Are you unique?
Yes! (You can be tracked!)

47.07 % of observed browsers are Firefox, as yours.

3.74 % of observed browsers are Firefox 31.0, as yours.

19.73 % of observed browsers run Linux, as yours.

62.02 % of observed browsers have set "en"as their primary language, as yours.

15.47 % of observed browsers have UTC-5 as their timezone, as yours.

You have the only browser out of 26601 with this fingerprint.

Okay. Now what? Also 26601 "browsers" doesn't sound like a lot when you're talking about potential billions. Not a big sample. But what do you do now? I have my browser set to remember nothing, so you can't really track cookies across sites well or whatever.

Comment: What? (Score 0) 319

by waspleg (#48434379) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

what-everyone-says-they-want-but-nobody-actually-wants dept. ??

No. Fuck their extortion. Adblock EDGE (the non-corporate-sellout fork of Adblock Plus) is more than enough thanks. If/when that stops working I'll use hosts (laziness makes the plug-in easier).

Fuck ads always and forever. This bullshit is worse than facecrook, "Hey, I have this great idea that will get people to PAY for us to track them!"

Don't be evil; indeed.

By the way if anyone here is in advertising or marketing ⦠kill yourself.

No, no, no itâ(TM)s just a little thought. Iâ(TM)m just trying to plant seeds. Maybe one day, theyâ(TM)ll take root - I donâ(TM)t know. You try, you do what you can.
Kill yourself.

Seriously though, if you are, do.

Aaah, no really, thereâ(TM)s no rationalization for what you do and you are Satanâ(TM)s little helpers.
Okay - kill yourself - seriously.
You are the ruiner of all things good, seriously.
No this is not a joke, youâ(TM)re going, âoethereâ(TM)s going to be a joke coming,â thereâ(TM)s no fucking joke coming.
You are Satanâ(TM)s spawn filling the world with bile and garbage.
You are fucked and you are fucking us.
Kill yourself.
Itâ(TM)s the only way to save your fucking soul, kill yourself.

Planting seeds.

- Bill Hicks on marketing

Comment: Was impressed until.. (Score 4, Insightful) 144

by waspleg (#48404695) Attached to: What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

"The rules prohibited ISPs from interfering with internet traffic, except as a last resort, and urged them to instead combat network congestion with âoeeconomic measuresâ such as new investment or usage limits.

Those limits have resulted in relatively low monthly caps for Canadians, but the rules have kept neutrality violations to a minimum."

If given the choice between investing in infrastructure and usage limits what do you think American ISPs would do?

Also, all the speed in the world doesn't do much good with low caps.

Comment: I don't get the hate. (Score 2, Insightful) 246

by waspleg (#48402887) Attached to: Big Talk About Small Samples

I don't read his long articles, generally speaking, but he has been an advocate against censorship and I respect that much.

No one makes anyone read the articles, and without even checking, I'd guess you can configure /. not to even show them.

The Haselton hate reminds me of the Jon Katz days, which is kind of amusing ;)

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981