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Comment "AI" vs Strong AI (Score 4, Insightful) 227

The AI we have today is not capable of the kind of malice that people seem to be afraid of with all of these FUD stories, and will not be any time soon if ever. Even if we add some AI to things like drones which can kill people it is only the malice/incompetence of the developer that causes the destruction that results. If an engineer built a bridge woefully inadequately, either on purpose or because he is incompetent, and it falls down and kills a bunch of people would you blame the bridge or the engineer? We are not even remotely close to the Terminator level strong AI, and it's still a big open question whether such a thing is even possible at all.

Comment Nothing new (Score 5, Insightful) 275

Half the web developers out there can't even prevent simple cross site scripting let alone the dozens of other common threats that exist in web development. As with adding any other new development feature, it's just giving people who don't know any better more ammunition to shoot themselves in the foot with. There needs to be more focus on educating developers on security instead of trying to cram every new buzzword tech they can into their application.

Comment Re:It's a good start, but... (Score 3, Insightful) 176

Shockwave hasn't been used much for a quite a while, unless you are referring to flash (but hopefully html video will kill that eventuall). Javascript on the other hand is going to be around for quite a while, what we are more likely to see will be things like signed javascript or some other security mechanism like that added to it.

Comment Can't be dodged by the lay man (Score 1) 173

Taking a quick look at the JavaScript they use there doesn't appear to be anything particularly unusual going on such as browser fingerprinting, or even as encompassing as evercookie which can be easily defeated using built in browser options. The only thing that seems different about it is that it attempts to use more storage techniques than other tracking services, browser local storage , e-tag tracking, and ie userdata storage in addition to the common browser and flash cookies. To say that it "can't be dodged", while possibly true for the average user, doesn't hold for anyone who knows how to configure their browser for greater privacy.

Comment Just give your kids a famous name (Score 3, Insightful) 706

I have the same name as a Canadian hockey player, though unintentionally, and virtually every result for my name on Google is for him. If your name is common enough and you practice information control over yourself you can almost completely avoid being in Google's system. The real problem is that youths are willing to give out vast amounts of personal information, partially because they don't realize the value of such information and partially because they are stupid kids.

Comment Re:I'll hold out (Score 1) 232

Are you sure you aren't confusing symmetric and asymmetric crypto keys? I don't think 128 bit has ever been considered unbreakable for asymmetric keys, 1024-2048 has been the standard for asymmetric since I have known about it. For symmetric, 128 bit is still considered secure and is still the standard for AES, although many applications are moving to 256 bit.

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