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Submission + - Why Richard Stallman Should Be The Next Microsoft CEO 1

theodp writes: On Wednesday, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg struck back at critics who have charged tech companies with doing too little to fight off NSA surveillance. While Yahoo, Facebook, and other tech firms are pushing for the right to be allowed to publish the number of requests they receive from the spy agency, none of the CEOs appear to be man-or-woman-enough to up the ante beyond a Mother-May-I protest. Well, Bunky, that's where the soon-to-be-Ballmer-less Microsoft — and Richard Stallman — come into the picture. Much like Ralph Nader was with the auto industry, Stallman has shown he's unlikely to ask for permission or forgiveness when it comes to matters of the software freedom and privacy heart, even if it's not in his financial best interest. So, why not make RMS iMicrosoft-CEO-for-a-Day, just long enough to spill the beans on the Fed snooping in his own indomitable way? The Microsoft Board could fire his butt immediately after the revelations, and Stephen Elop could take over the reins and not have to go through the charade of making a principled stand for Microsoft in the NSA mess. Aside from possible treason charges, it's win-win!

Submission + - Snowden Nominated for Freedom of Thought Prize (en.rian.ru)

DigitalKhaos23 writes: "Snowden is a candidate for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named after Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, which honors people or organizations for their work in the defense of human rights and freedom of thought." says the article. adding “Edward Snowden risked his life to confirm what we had long suspected regarding mass online surveillance, a major scandal of our times. He revealed details of violations of EU data protection law and fundamental rights.”

Comment Free market giveth, collectivist gov't taketh away (Score -1) 226

Ferrari is obviously awesome, the company understands what many people want in a car. Of-course few people can afford a car from a company that understands this, but then there is the government, which is actively against everything people actually want and the government has the power to destroy what the free market does to satisfy customer demand.

My point is: the roads. Ferrari needs to invest into building private roads around the world and it should lobby and ensure that gov't cops are NOT allowed on those roads and that people on those roads CAN in fact exercise their own will and do in their lives as they see fit rather than some collectivist mob version of totalitarian oppression control...

Comment Re:Necessity, no, but... (Score -1) 356

Right, you don't need 'Rock Star' developers.
You also don't need 'Rock Star' sales people.
You don't need 'Rock Star' management.
You don't need 'Rock Star' marketing.
You don't need 'Rock Star' janitors.

You can live without any of that and actually be a profitable venture, but how are you going to improve, what is going to be a good motivator to try and achieve more, how will the company distinguish itself among all the rest?

An interesting study would be to compare long term survivability of companies with and without 'Rock Star' in the ranks and management.

Comment Re:(Video) Content? (Score 1) 418

Sorry, Dice, I do not come here for multimedia. But I will come and bitch about it in the comments (wasting resources is my revenge).

Hmm. A couple of hundred bytes for your message and overhead, perhaps?

Post another ten *billion* messages like that and you'll have wasted an entire $110 (US) hard drive! If you can't manage that, remember at least that every message you type wastes a millionth of a cent's worth of storage. Please show *some* mercy and leave them a bit for coke and hookers, though.

Comment Re:Are there any new HDTVs with minimal input lag? (Score 1) 418

It shouldn't be a special "gaming mode" to begin with; it should be an intrinsic feature of the display.

If- and I mean if- the extra features which cause the lag are a noticeable improvement for normal (i.e. non-interactive) viewing, then there's no reason why the minimalist gaming mode should be forced on users in such situations.

Comment Re:my newer that 4y works perfectly well (Score 1) 418

It made me wonder if we've been invaded by Digg Patriots or something.

Doubt it; Digg has been a has-been since its failed redesign alienated users a few years back. Any rats have long departed that now-sunk ship. No great loss, it *very* quickly devolved, becoming an illustration of how the smug Web 2.0 "wisdom of crowds" mantra in practice resulted in a partisan and manipulable mob mentality.

Comment Re:Ditto. (Score 1) 418

I am still using my 19.5" Sharp CRT from January 1996. It still works as of last night. I will replace it when it dies/starts having problems.

As I sit here typing this, my 14" Sony Trinitron from August 1993 (i.e. just turned 20) is on behind me. It's never *once* been fixed or maintained, yet still gives an almost good-as-new picture. Best £200 I ever spent (almost £350 in today's money and still worth it).

Comment Re: hmmm (Score 2) 366

You will find that the majority of decision makers around the world, whether in buisiness or government, will not care as much about this in the long run as you do.

In other words, what you say should be true in book form but will not be true in practice. Many people/governments will not even bother looking to see who is behind what, they will be looking to see if it is an industry accepted standard and our personal concerns will rarely change those. If it could, we wouldn't see wireless at half these businesses.

Submission + - Are the NIST standard elliptic curves back-doored? 2

IamTheRealMike writes: In the wake of Bruce Schneier's statements that he no longer trusts the constants selected for elliptic curve cryptography, people have started trying to reproduce the process that led to those constants being selected ... and found it cannot be done. As background, the most basic standard elliptic curves used for digital signatures and other cryptography are called the SEC random curves (SEC is "Standards for Efficient Cryptography"), a good example being secp256r1. The random numbers in these curve parameters were supposed to be selected via a "verifiably random" process (output of SHA1 on some seed), which is a reasonable way to obtain a nothing up my sleeve number if the input to the hash function is trustworthy, like a small counter or the digits of PI. Unfortunately it turns out the actual inputs used were opaque 256 bit numbers, chosen ad-hoc with no justifications provided. Worse, the curve parameters for SEC were generated by head of elliptic curve research at the NSA — opening the possibility that they were found via a brute force search for a publicly unknown class of weak curves. Although no attack against the selected values are currently known, it's common practice to never use unexplainable magic numbers in cryptography standards, especially when those numbers are being chosen by intelligence agencies. Now that the world received strong confirmation that the much more obscure and less widely used standard Dual_EC_DRBG was in fact an NSA undercover operation, NIST re-opened the confirmed-bad standards for public comment. Unless NIST/the NSA can explain why the random curve seed values are trustworthy, it might be time to re-evaluate all NIST based elliptic curve crypto in general.

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