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Comment: There goal is at odds with yours. (Score 1) 99

by waspleg (#49137371) Attached to: Intel To Rebrand Atom Chips Along Lines of Core Processors

They make more money on confusion. Most people don't know WTF they're buying anyway so they can more easily fleece someone in to overpaying for a sub-par processor which will be blamed on the manufacturer's name on the cover not theirs.

People just buy shiny (Apple/Alienware/"Ultrabooks",etc), cheap (Chromebook/Netbook), or at a certain price point without a clue until it doesn't do something they want and then they will blame everything but themselves. I see this shit every day; most consumers are ignorant and think computers are appliances.

Comment: Make videos if you must (Score 2) 667

but make sure you have a (preferably handwritten) transcript for her too. Who knows if your videos (or their formats) will survive while a bank lock box and some hand written notes on carefully selected paper will likely weather time better.

As for the rest, tell her what YOU think is important for her to know. You can't ask us for that - and I somehow doubt that will have much to do with your education nor station in life.

Comment: Oh, (Score 4, Insightful) 181

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) 127

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.

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