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Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 532

So, you choose to remain optimistic because a fiction book you read once described something similar? I hate to break it to you but the tooth fairy, santa clause and reaction-less drives do not exist. The sobering reality of humanity is that our fleshy bodies are stuck in this solar system until our species ceases to exist.

Comment Re:pointless stupidity (Score 1) 83

Think about what we've all learned from the Snowden leaks. We now know the federal government will stoop to utterly insane levels of paranoia to spread their reach. I would not put it past them to do something like send Microsoft an NSL which forces them to include a DiskFiltration feature in all OS disk drivers just in case they ever encounter a difficult air-gapped target.

Comment Re:Quantum-safe encryption? (Score 1) 217

Yes. Categorically symmetric key crypto (the type that is used to secure system drives) is not vulnerable to quantum computer attacks like public key crypto is (the type used in stuff like HTTPS). In the post quantum world, most of the commonly used public-key algorithms will have to be thrown out. The situation is not without hope though. There are many algorithms up to the job.

On the other hand, creating NSA-proof algorithms is a bit trickier. I think this is possible as long as you don't let the NSA on your standards committee and let them dictate curious details like they did with the Dual_EC_DRBG elliptic curve algorithm.

Comment Cool article... (Score 5, Insightful) 136

...other than the fact that it's one-sided bullshit.

One of the reasons Uber, Lyft and all the other "ride sharing" app companies get so much flack because they are breaking the law. The taxi industry is regulated for very good reasons (one being safety) and all the "ride sharing" app companies blatantly ignore them. This, in turn, infuriates the traditional taxi industry that follows regulations and sees them as unfair competition.

The other reasons for the controversy revolves around some pretty awful labor exploitation but that's a whole nother story.

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