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Comment Given up (Score 3, Insightful) 216

I have given up on GPG. It is a great program and in principle it is all you need. Until you have tried setting it up for your parents, spouse or friends.

It cannot and will not work. It is too complicated. The best solution I have come up with is using tutanota (others exists as well) . It is not perfect, but now must of my family use encryption without really realising it:)

Comment Re:pretending that back doors dont exist (Score 3, Insightful) 183

Spot on!

Apple i perfectly capable of cracking your device. They are not fighting for privacy. They are fightning for the appearance of privacy because it is good for business.

It seems to me that either they follow the legal requests (which they are) or they get their shit together and create a phone that is actually secure.

Comment Re:Only one responsible party (Score 1, Insightful) 486

Contributing. Sure. To that list I would add just about every civilized country (including my own) for not recognizing and acting on the threat of radical islamic terrorism. It is a disgrace. We should have stomped out these rats long ago - it would have helped if the reasonable muslim countries and communities had been a bit less accomodating of their own religious nutcases.

Comment It is the economy (Score 2) 250

I do not know you financial situation at all. But my wife and I were in a similar situation a couple of years ago. And it basically boils down to two things:

1) You are parents. That means sometimes doing things you do not particularly like to make sure that your kids will have a reasonably stable upbringing - aka you can pay for stuff.

2) Regardless of what you do, it is easier to get the next job if you are employed.

No matter how you end up dealing with your situation, remember your wife. Help her, listen to her and be there. In a year or two you will have moved on, and this will just be another story to annoy your kids with.

Best of luck!

Comment Re:Paper trail (Score 1) 193

I do not know:) Perhaps, if you somehow could create a trusted and platform to run it on, educate the voters enough to both verify their vote and the election process itself (the blockchain and the platform). None of which is trivial, but I guess it is not impossible

The point remains however: What have you gained apart introducing a lot of complexity?

Comment Re:Paper trail (Score 3, Insightful) 193

No good reason. Except perhaps that a perfectly implemented system (if such a thing is possible, so far none has been devised) would be faster.

Apart from that, the paper version is:

Extremely hard to rig on a large scale,
Well tested

And most important of all: Easy to understand and audit by a layperson.

Many slashdot readers are well versed in CS and we do not trust these systems. How then can we expect the public to have any faith in these systems?

If the many CS guys out there really want to help, they should think out algorithms for sorting that are efficient, precise and can be done by humans - preferably with some error correction built in. It will not make anyone rich, but it may just keep a bit of faith in elections

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