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Comment Re:Foundamental flaw of the CA infrastructure (Score 1) 250

The protection against man-in-the-middle attack is relevant only in a handful of cases. With home Internet access, MitM can more or less only be performed by network operators, who have a lot to lose if they are caught playing these games. It is more of an issue with public access, but still rather minor.

You don't really know how SSL/TLS works do you?

Comment Re:"Labor Shortage" (Score 1) 477

There is no shortage of people with an CS degree. But there is certainly a shortage of people that can actually write good code for non-trivial tasks. Proper CS is hard, you need to know tons of things about very different topics from algorithms and maths, to hardware details and interfaces. In addition problem solving and abstract thinking skills are required. Only a small fraction of people is able to do that and even if people have the talent, but are only into CS for the money, they will likely never learn enough.

And you believe that H1B IT workers brought in from India will satisfy this requirement? If so your experiences must have been vastly different from mine.

Comment Re:Is there a precedent for this? (Score 1) 215

What would happen if there was suspected related papers to a case in a safe? Would the safe company have to open it, or was it left to the police to deal with? Or a safety deposit box - do banks have to comply? There's probably some precedent for this out there, would be interesting to see what it is..

LEOs are left to deal with the issue. The thing is that with the devices you mentioned, it's physically possible to deal with them if the accused chooses to not provide the combination for example. In the case of smartphones they can be made so that it is impractical to unencrypt the data.

Comment Re:BBS (Score 2) 181

Yep. You got a 5.25" 360K floppy and punched an extra notch in the disk cover so you could flip it over and use the other side. 360 +360 = 720.

I remember calling them "flippies". Apparently both sides of the disk were coated with media. Even had a tool I had made that was like a hole punch but the punch was square and it had a frame to automatically position it correctly on the disk. I wonder where that is now?

Comment Patent? (Score 3, Insightful) 117

"We're forging new ground with this project, where a positive outcome is not commercialization, but instead a clear set of instructions that can be addressed to the general public. It's a completely new way of thinking about battery research, and it could bypass the barriers holding back innovation in grid scale energy storage," Pint said.

So far, batteries have remained outside of this culture, but I believe we will see the day when residents will disconnect from the grid and produce their own batteries. That's the scale where battery technology began, and I think we will return there," Pint said.

I think Pint is a bit self deluded if he thinks the university isn't going to patent the hell out of any possible development from this and wring every copper they can in licensing fees. In addition, I really can't see most people building their own batteries of sufficient storage capacity to power a home during peak usage time. Maybe an "Almost Ready to Charge(ARC)" kit that you would just have to add electrolyte to before using.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 234

Yes I have. It is 100% secure. I have audited the code. So how do you know Lastpass is secure? I await your response.

Did you build the version that you are using from the source that you audited, or are you trusting that what you installed has anything to do with the source that you saw?

Comment Cabs Were Even Worse (Score 1) 476

Uber and Lyft emphasized that they do not tolerate discrimination and their belief that ride-sharing apps make transportation more equitable and available than taxis.

That was borne out when researchers had students hail cabs in downtown Seattle. The first available taxi stopped 60% of the time for a white student but less than 20% of the time for black students. The white students never had more than four taxis pass them before one stopped. African-American students saw six or seven cabs pass them in 20% of cases.


Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 63

There are many bitcoin atms that accept bitcoin and spit out cash. 827 of them so far.

That is not true. There are 827 ATMs listed on the site, but many of them only sell bitcoins. Far fewer of them will buy bitcoins and give you cash. The reason is that when the ATM owner buys coins from you he assumes the risk that the transaction will not be confirmed and he will be out the money. When the ATM owner takes your money and gives you bitcoins you are the only one taking a risk. I glanced at their list of ATMs near me and looks like 1 in 4 or less will buy your bitcoins.

The other thing about selling your coins at an "ATM" is that it isn't going to be a 1 minute process. When you sell coins, the ATM owner is assuming some risk that you will not double spend them and/or that they are legitimately yours. This means that you will have to wait for confirmation of the transfer. The confirmation of the transfer is the inclusion of your transaction in a confirmed block on the blockchain. Blocks are confirmed at approximately 10 minute intervals, so you are likely to have to wait at least 10 minutes and that is only for a single confirmation block. For any significant amounts of money, the recommended length of confirmed blocks for a transaction is 6. This means that it may take up to an hour before you actually get the cash! Don't plan on doing this on the way to the airport.

Comment Re:Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 1) 425

On, and all your police would be be effectively disarmed too. Unless of course you think police (who commit more crimes off-duty than conceal carriers) are more responsible than "civilians".

You know that LEO will get themselves exempt from having to use these weapons, right? Which is funny really because if you want to convince me that the technology is effective, require LEOs to use it and keep using it for 10 years or so. Go ahead, I'll be waiting.

Comment Re:updates? (Score 1) 310

I usually hunt down the latest map packs ISO each year and any firmware updates and load them in.

This is the part that is probably illegal in many countries. It is an option but it's pretty easy for a dealership to check and automatically flag if you bring your car in for service.

Comment Re:Fem Nav (Score 1) 310

Before I started navigating on the phone, my nav interface was my wife screaming at me.

I believe they are referred to as the nagigator. If it'll make you feel more comfortable I can put you in touch with a company that will record your wife's voice so that all of your audio cues will be in your wife's voice.

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