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Comment Re:Google, Money, Mouth (Score 1) 248

For high paranoia while avoiding having to cast runes as a source of randomness, deploy airgaps - type your plaintext message on a disposable device, which you never connect to any network or removable storage. Ideally run it from read-only storage, so that your message only ever touches volatile memory. Run the encryption and copy out the encrypted version (ideally by hand, or maybe by print+OCR if that's impractical)

Afterwards, ensure that any trace of the message is gone by repeatedly overwriting the contents of memory. For maximum paranoia you ensure that the memory isn't readably by running it throuhg a woodchipper, collecting the fragments, and sealing it all in epoxy which you then encase in concrete and drop into either a deep unmarked hole in the middle of nowhere, the depths of the ocean, or the mouth an active volcano... or launch into the Sun if you've got the budget.

Throughout, be vigilant for side channels - maybe the image you installed on your airgapped computer was compromised, and it's finding some creative way to communicate with the mothership. Maybe it's modulating CPU usage to make the temperature of your room fluctuate (detectable via IR), or maybe the noise your fingers make on the keyboard can be picked up as subtle vibrations that a sensitive laser pointed at the window can detect.

And of course, to be safe against goons with a $5 wrench, you also need to have forgotten the message and the key yourself. I recommend either wiping it from memory with a pint or two of lab ethanol, or extending the concept of a one-time pad to the human brain, by lobotomising yourself after sending.

Comment Re: Google, Money, Mouth (Score 1) 248

The integrity of the mathematical basis for cryptography is one of the few things we likely can trust. Assuming it's been reviewed thoroughly by benign and competent experts, an open-source implementation of that theory should also be okay to trust. Further assuming that it's been compiled faithfully, by an uncompromised compiler, you can probably trust the binaries to match the source that implements that cryptography.

The part where the NSA/government mostly seem to be able to work their way in, is at the point of key distribution - certificate authorities and major service providers handing over their keys and allowing access. Not by breaking the crypto (which promises that your message will only be readable with the right key) but by subverting it's implementation.

Comment Re:No, reality. (Score 1) 42

Either that or coincidentally this was just about the time when effective computer vision techniques (frame decompression->frame stabilization->multi-gaussian/edge/optical flow->motion map recognizer->Useful meta data) could run at decent framerates without very large and expensive hardware.

No, the vision systems used were much dumber than that. The vision system in the winning Stanford car really answered only one question - is the distant part of the road, beyond LIDAR range, like the near part of the road, where a full 3D profile was available from the LIDAR units? If so, and the near part of the road looked flat and safe, the vehicle could speed up and out-drive its LIDAR range. In difficult areas, almost all vehicles relied on LIDAR data.

Comment Re:Ooooh, pointy jabs at OSs (Score 1) 226

but each studio requires a small army of linux gurus to patch and modify the OS and kernel just to keep the OS from constantly falling over.

But isn't this because the installations are largely custom? Different studios seem to run different toolchains, have their 'special sauce' application that somebody wrote and, of course, have to deal with hundreds of different hardware configurations and even more wetware configurations. It's not like everyone is just installing Creative Suite (as much as Adobe would like that to happen) and letting it go at that.

Comment Re:Basic Statistics Deception (Score 4, Insightful) 400

Carbon taxes will do nothing in the face of exponential population growth. When it starts getting too expensive, the politicians will begin handing out "exemptions", you know, for the really poor, for the children, etc. And at the end of the day you'll be back to square one, only worse since you will not have addressed the real problem. If there were only 1 billion people in the world we would not even be having the discussion of whether or not our lifestyle impacts the environment significantly. Keep adding more people and it takes less effort for any individual to cause lasting harm. At one point merely existing, without actually consuming or being reckless, will cause harm. And then we're all fucked. But people are blind, blind blind. And they keep shitting out babies like it was their god-appointed duty or something. Oh wait...

Comment Re:already have electronic token currency (Score 1) 121

There is no one who can freeze your account. There is no one who can set limits on your account. There is no one who can control who you can send money to. There is no one who can turn up the mint rate and destabilize the market.

If only that were true. Ask the users with thousands of dollars stuck in Mt. Gox, or worse, one of the "exchange" or "online wallet" companies that went bust. Sure, you can ship Bitcoins around, but there are serious liquidity problems doing anything with them.

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