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Comment We already solved this problem (Score 1) 219

I thought the sectet ballot problem was the same thing as the "digital cash" problem or the "blind signature" problem, both of which are solved. It basically involves storing a hash or digital signature of the vote along with the vote. That way no one who does not have a voter ID can vote, and the voter can verify their vote was cast, but no one can determine how they voted. This was solved around 2000, and often discussed on Slashdot at the time.

Comment Re:Good work guys! (Score 1) 272

I spoke with someone who works for the NSA, about this very topic. It is kinda complicated. Suppose an employee develops an exploit for some OS. The IT department for their network isn't authorized to know that. The NSA probably doesn't have the source code to the OS anyway to patch it. In some cases, they can tell the IT people "Disable feature XYZ on your web server, and don't ask me why." That's a bit dicey already. But what about a buffer overflow or something like that? What if they find a hole in a commonly used cipher? They may not even be able to patch it. There is some level of communications between the groups, but it is quite difficult to do.

The general solution is airgaps, which we know don't work perfectly either.

Comment Re:Manhattan project also failed to keep its secre (Score 5, Insightful) 272

Imagine if the researchers of the Manhattan project not only discovered how to create a nuclear bomb, but also discovered a defense against nuclear weapons. Then, rather than telling anyone about the defense, they tried to keep it a secret so they alone could use the bomb. That would have been incredibly foolish! But we do not judge the Manhattan project this way, because they didn't actually have a defense against nuclear weapons.

Yet the NSA did. They found security bugs, created exploits for them, then refused to disclose the bugs to vendors so they could be fixed. This intentionally left their own country vulnerable to attack. The security community beseeched them to release this information, and warned them that others could find these exploits too and use them. But the NSA figured that nobody else was as smart as they were and so no one else could discover these exploits. They have been proven wrong.

And that is why we judge them somewhat differently.

Comment Driver compatibility issues (Score 1) 376

Don't upgrade if you have an intel HD Graphics chip: I have a HTPC that ran Windows 7 just fine, but Windows 10 could not play any video because they dropped support for the Intel HD Graphics Chip. While the OS does run, no video playback software would work. I even installed the drivers for Windows 7/8, but it still didn't work. I had to revert to 7.

Camera drivers: One of the two Windows 10 computers in my home can't talk to cameras that use PTP. (That's the file transfer protocol most cameras use. It's being replaced by MTP now, but a decade+ of PTP cameras still exist.)

3D printers, serial devices: The driver signing issues are going to be a big deal for people using 3D printers or any other USB-to-serial device.

Unrelated: Edge sucks. It's a tablet browser that is nearly useless on the desktop. Simple things like bookmarks and history are difficult to access without being able to "swipe" from the side.

Comment Don't use emoji if meaning is important (Score 1) 331

All the emoji have this problem. My wife and I were comparing the emoticons as they appear in different messaging apps on our phones. There are subtle differences in emoji art that made us interpret the messages differently. Is that emoji confused or frustrated? There's another grin with teeth showing that could mean "Super happy and proud" but a slight artistic change makes it look shiftier, meaning "whoops..ehhh...ummm... I did it anyway. Oh well!"

In the immortal words of the comic book guy: "There is no emoticon to express what I am feeling!"

Comment Ban sex offenders from visiting libraries (Score 3, Insightful) 246

Sex offenders who download the game legally could pinpoint hot spots where children congregate, like pokestops or gyms, and meet them in person.

Pokestops and gyms are at libraries, museums, playgrounds, community centers, churches, etc. Without Pokemon go, how would sex offenders find these places? I guess the mayor thinks it is okay for sex offenders to go to playgrounds, but not if they are playing Pokemon go. They have to use Google Maps to find them. Ohh wait: maybe Google Maps should hide playgrounds, museums, churches, and libraries from sex offenders! We only want sex offenders going to bars and strip joints!

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