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Comment Re:Flooding (Score 1) 364

Wonderful idea, you and a few thousand buddies are all going to crapflood the NSA. The NSA, an organization that is arguably the best in the world at sorting noise from signal. Check your ego at the door and realize your an amateur pretending to play in the big leagues.

Wow, I don't know how many NSA cocks you've sucked, but I'm sure they're appreciative.

Comment Scenario (Score 1) 768

I read through several but not all of the qualifiers, so not sure if this strictly meets the request but it's what comes to mind:

Alice has an encrypted hard drive that contains evidence that just before meeting her husband, she briefly had a fling with his best friend, which her husband has never known about, and which Alice happens to know he would leave her for (judgements about whether it would be rational or warranted for her husband to do so are irrelevant to Alice; she knows that this would be the outcome, and desperately does not want it).

Alice is accused of some crime, and suspicion that her hard drive may have evidence incriminating her comes up. Alice in reality has not committed the crime (not sure if this aspect even matters).

The fifth amendment seems a very good thing in such a case.

Comment Re:If the 5th protected him before, it still does. (Score 1) 802

First they came for the child rapists and I said nothing because everyone would think I was one, too.

Paraphrasing a related quote I recently happened across: "The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that you spend most of your time defending scoundrels, because it's against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression is best stopped early."

Comment Re:Here's his best defense.. (Score 1) 802

From what I'm reading, if the judge doesn't believe him, he'd just find him in contempt of court and detain him until he remembers.

Remedy for this: enact a practice of having various hard encrypted hard drives around your house that are encrypted with passwords you don't know (i.e. were loooong randomly generated strings you copy/pasted and forgot), and document your practice of creating/keeping such drives. That your purpose is to have plausible deniability if asked for a password to a given drive may be offputting, but the plausible deniability part is now, well, highly undeniable.

Comment Re:Here's his best defense.. (Score 1) 802

Second, since the drives are now known to be his because the FBI encrypted a drive, refusing to decrypt would now be taken as evidence that he's got something to hide, basically an admission of guilt.

Ah, the old "if you've done nothing wrong, you have no legitimate objection to a complete invasion of your privacy" argument.

Comment Re:This is why I hate Android (Score 1) 137

Kind of funny, isn't it... Windows malware? Blame Microsoft. Android malware? Blame the user.

If you're trying to point out hypocrisy, you miss. The WIndows OS code is so full of security holes it's pathetic... and yes, that is squarely Microsoft's fault. Android/linux is much much better, and when we're talking about malware that specifically must be cert-installed by a user, yes, the user is most definitely complicit. Get off your high horse.

Comment Re:No more Gotcha! patent suits (Score 1) 116

"The purpose was" is now irrelevant. The patent law now serves the interests of those who own the government just as they wish it to be.

Stating the purpose is hugely relevant in terms of educating many who do not know. You're correct to state that that patent law is currently abused in ways directly contrary to the motivations of its creators. You're very incorrect to imply that educating people about this travesty is meaningless.

Comment Re:Honest question... (Score 1) 331

All it takes is you wearing some kind of odd underwear or ... hell, whatever. Freak accidents happen. You slip, try to steady yourself with the table, knock it over, trip the cupboard with all the cake... you get the idea. How long 'til it's a meme?

I feel like the above pretty much captures the essence of the Harlem Shake video phenomenon.

Comment Re:How do admins keep salts secure? (Score 2) 80

The salt's actual job is not to prevent a hacker from breaking that user's password, but to prevent the hacker from being able to break all the passwords at once.

That may be *part* of a salt's usefulness. Another possibly bigger part is to prevent rainbow table attacks, i.e. making it so a cracker can't just take a precomputed list of hashes of common passwords and match them to what's in the database.

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