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Comment Re:"End war"? (Score 1) 143

Where are you getting all this nonsense? There are plenty of women walking around with generous posteriors that are also quite round, and a good cross section of those ladies are also pretty toned. Where are you getting the idea that such women can't be independently minded professionals who look damn good in a business suit? Man, you guys really do need to get out more. Maybe you're only looking at college girls or something.

Comment Re:Pay Scales (Score 2) 149

Worse, he was a USMC Lieutenant Colonel.

I will note for the record that I draw a heavy line between Manning and Snowden. The former I would like to see executed, the latter I'd like to have a beer with. Anyone interested in the civil liberties of US citizens would understand the fundamental distinction between the two named persons.

Comment Re:Pay Scales (Score 1) 149

Hi, former Navy guy here. Unfortunately, the US military hasn't executed anyone since 1961, although plenty of service members have committed capital offenses since then. I say this as someone who is a staunch opponent of capital punishment in the civilian sector, but has no patience or forgiveness for those convicted of espionage or treason while wearing a uniform.

Comment Re:Pay Scales (Score 4, Informative) 149

You're completely out of your depth here, as you apparently aren't aware of the numerous and nasty cases of service members walking around with TS clearances who got into financial trouble and decided it was somehow a good idea to attempt to sell classified materials to foreign powers to make up for their losses.

I'm speaking as someone who served, and someone who was in service when a particular submariner was caught doing exactly what I just described. He's far from alone in his transgressions, and such offenses have occurred on both the enlisted and commissioned sides.

Stop talking about things you have no experience with.

Comment Re: Why do we trust SSL? (Score 1) 233

I'm not interested about my ego -- I'm an AC, remember?

I find that many ACs tend to be more interested in their egos than signed-in users, especially the ACs that habitually check for replies to their anonymous posts.

I still think that self-signed certificates are an excellent way of getting encryption, packet integrity, /and/ verifying that it is still the same server. I cannot find anything in your posts that would refute that fact or why it would be misinformation.

You must have missed the bits about the absolute importance of determining who you're talking to the first time you make a connection.

(Your assumption seems to be that the attackers already control the infrastructure during the initial connection. My tinfoil hat is not /that/ tight. Besides, how would a "real" someone-else-vouched-for-me certificate help at that point?)

You seem to be placing an inordinate amount of trust in network operators, trust which is sorely misplaced, as I've seen firsthand. You've also handily demonstrated an utter and complete lack of understanding of how PKI encryption operates.

I certainly don't disagree with out-of-band cert verification and would try to offer a method to do that. Running an own CA would be a step up but mostly useful for larger projects only (Debian does it) -- hardly so for a hypothetical forum with only a single access point.

If you think only large projects run their own CAs, you're smoking some strong stuff. Every single employer I've worked for operated a CA for both internal and external purposes. I happen to operate three for various purposes. Be sure to inform your forum members that you don't shit two shits about their privacy.

Comment Re:Try taking Blowfish to a manager. Hahahahahahah (Score 1) 169

I probably shouldn't be replying to a troll, but what the hell, this one is just too hard to pass up. Thousands of companies around the world, including many of your favorite Fortune 500s, use Perl for tasks ranging from mission critical systems programming, to application integration, to enterprise reporting and sure, web applications. You must be living a pretty sheltered life; if you truly work in an enterprise environment, have you bothered taking a look at what powers your company recently? Hint: there's an awful lot of Perl (and Python, too) driving it, probably in places you don't even know exist in your infrastructure.

Son, I've been doing this professionally for fifteen years. Have a nice day!

Comment Re:Try taking Blowfish to a manager. Hahahahahahah (Score 1) 169

Unless you know what you're doing and have a very good reason to use the modules under the Crypt namespace directly, you should generally be using Crypt::CBC with them, at least for most common purposes.

The actual Blowfish cryptography core of Crypt::Blowfish is written in C. You can verify this by downloading the tarball and looking at the source. There is a pure Perl version available as well, but it's slower.

The cores of Crypt::DES, Crypt::Rijndael, etc are also written in C.

Comment Re:$44,400 fine -- That'll teach 'em! (Score 4, Insightful) 195

If investors actually pay any attention at all to this news, the price will go up. IBM has essentially proven to its shareholders that they can once again go up against the federal government in cases like this and come out paying virtually nothing in fines, while not being required to take any meaningful action as far as policy revision goes. That's called "enhancing shareholder confidence."

You probably shouldn't have sold those shares.

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