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Comment: Is a temporal self-destruct key possible? (Score 1) 348

by yayoubetcha (#47418551) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Like the series "Lost" where somebody had to push a button now and then to prevent a catastrophe, is there a crypto-equivalent?

Let's say I have the pass-phrase '"fat-guy-from-lost". But if I don't enter it every 42 hours, the data will be permanently scrambled (or /dev/zero'd); thus my valid key would no longer work?

Does this tech exist?

Comment: Free incoming text and talk in many countries (Score 1) 110

by yayoubetcha (#47368759) Attached to: FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

I travel abroad occasionally, and every country I have been to in Europe, the Middle East, etc., has free incoming text and talk. The Countries demand that carriers do that because who can control who contacts you?

Damn, if only we (U.S.) had a Government agency that could be in control of such things here.... Nah, we don't need something like that.

Comment: Unconnected Linux PC (Score 1) 248

by yayoubetcha (#47173845) Attached to: In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

As an experiment, I have done GnuGPG communications where I only did encryption and decryption on an stand-alone PC with an old version of Linux. I transferred the encrypted text to/from an SD card with "dd" (and validated).

It is a tedious process, but it is probably the best one can have "secure" electronic communications. But for those (not me) on the 'silk road"....

Comment: Too much "Tuco" at 1360x768! ... "BLONDIE!!!!!" (Score 2) 207

by yayoubetcha (#47131053) Attached to: 4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

I have a "old" 2006 SONY 40 inch TV which maxes out at 1360x768. I watched an 1080p version of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" recently, which, of course, is scaled down to meet my max resolution.

The picture detail is very detailed. Frankly, "The Ugly" is much more detailed than I care to see.

Comment: Gov: Stop Spending $ tapping and logging secretly (Score 1) 145

by yayoubetcha (#47092767) Attached to: The Internet Is Now Part of the Crime Scene

When somebody posts to social media, and particularly when the police interviewed a subject, perhaps "subscribe" to their "channels"? When another posting is made with explicit threats, prevention should be much easier.

So, stop wasting time attempting to decipher secret messages and codes, and collecting meta data, when terrorism is spelled out so blatantly.

God! Please tell me I'm not living in a computer simulation designed by a "Terry Gilliam" like person!

Comment: 1 paid app: Backcountry Navigator app $9.99 (Score 3, Interesting) 240

by yayoubetcha (#46707777) Attached to: How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

This is the only app I have purchased. It allows me to have maps with my GPS with no cell coverage. They have a bunch of in-app purchases of premium maps, but the free ones seem to do everything I need.

This is a very useful app in that it really turns your smartphone into a backcountry GPS like Garmin.

Paid for it once, and it installs on my $25 VirginMobile LG Optimus 5 - which I have never activated as a cell-phone. It really is a $25 GPS with a WIFI Browser, Camera, etc.; It also is installed at no extra fee on my Moto G, and Nexus 7.

Comment: Best Episodes explore "consequences", the worst .. (Score 1) 512

by yayoubetcha (#46615243) Attached to: Why <em>Darmok</em> Is a Good <em>Star Trek: TNG</em> Episode

The worst feature Troi, The Doctor, The Kid, Jordi's love life, and where "magic" is involved.

There is an episode in the last season where Jordi and Ro get "cloaked" by a Romulan device and they can pass through walls and tables, but for some reason cannot drop through the floor... wtf?? Here's a couple more:

They breath the same air and can speak to each other, but rest of the crew cannot hear them? WTF?
Jordi pigs out on food at the end of the episode because he hasn't eaten for two days, but they both remained hydrated somehow for that time?

Ultimately, the episodes that are good, are the ones that explore "consequence": Family, Inner Light, Preemptive Strike. Tapestry, Yesterday's Enterprise, etc.

My wife and I watch about 10 minutes of STTNG some late evenings, every few weeks, to help bore us to sleep .. it works! Better than Aunt Audele's warm milk.

Comment: Chromebooks/Boxes is Google's Linux Initiative (Score 1) 103

by yayoubetcha (#46476123) Attached to: Tested: Asus Chromebox Based On Haswell Core i3

Google has been experiencing great market attention to it's Chromebooks. They had the best selling laptop on Amazon this past Christmas. Why?

1) People are buying them as "safe" easy to maintain platforms for performing "browser" based tasks without the (much) threat of OS attacks.
2) I bought one for my Mom who only uses a browser. She loves it. And there are fewer worries about "infections" of malware and the sort.
3) Google KNOWS many of us buy these cheap laptops (Acer's $199 c720 - very nice for the $$) and others for use with Linux. They encourage it. Some of the instructions on how to put Linux onto it come directly from Google.

Why does Google encourage us Linux-heads to buy their cheap box and put Linux on it? It helps them create credibility in the market by selling more Chromebooks. I'd wager to bet that their Chromebook sales would be at least half (remember 44.7% of stats are made up) if not for us Linux-geeks.

Computer manufacturers don't like Linux in general. They cannot simply download and install Ubuntu and slap a "for sale" sticker on it and go. Nope. There is software engineering from the BIOS (EFI), ACPI, and validation and verification. All very costly aspects. My speculation is that El Goog is tied-in closely to the computer OEM's SW-eng design loop taking up slack with V&V too.

One day, when Google has achieved OS Dark Overload status, they may remove the Linux capability. Until then it's win-win.

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