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Comment Re:Looking for the exit (Score 2) 44

A Google login, whether you get it via gmail or "G Suite", ties into all of the Android apps and keeps search history and integrates it into other Google products, and runs synchronization of most app data so they can see a great deal of what you do on the phone. About the worst that you can do is turn on device management. It will take about two days to turn off and during that time it will do its very best to force your email users to put their devices under your control. After that you apparently even have control over booting of the device. It's enough to make me want to support another open phone. Mozilla just gave up the ghost on that.

Comment Utter nonsense (Score 2) 270

While individuals under communism were extremely resourceful with the limited tools and materials they had on hand, they were inherently and perpetually limited due to central economic planning that failed to take into account individuality and limited access to real capital for research and development.



As my Romanian friends who escaped Ceacescu's regime always say: the reason communism doesn't work is because all people don't want to be equal to everyone else.

Comment Re: meh (Score 1) 457

Military meals are designed with attention to the morale factor. Even the modern MRE is designed to help the soldier feel human in unfavorable surroundings. Apollo 10 was the first to officially test real bread. Gemini Astronauts smuggled aboard a kosher corned beef sandwich but it was stale and thus had too many crumbs which went airborne. By Apollo 10 it was discovered that nitrogen-flushed bread would stay fresh for 10 days. I'll have to try that.

Comment Re: meh (Score 1) 457

but what are the chances of finding a good vintage of scotch to go with all of this breaded goodness they are going to be having up there?

Alcohol is definitely going to space. Ballantine's zero-gravity glass is made in cooperation with something called the Open Space Agency, which also has a design for an automated Dobsonian telescope. Ardbeg is going to space. And a vacuum still is an old science-fiction trope.

Comment Re:Everybody should be prepared to die. (Score 4, Funny) 457

Out of several tens of billions of humans, only a fraction have not yet died, and of those who died, only a small percent of disputed cases indicate recovery.

On the contrary, I have never died before and rumors that I would do so are spread by fact-checkers of the liberal press and corrupt global warming scientists.

Comment Some Artistic License (Score 1) 457

I like the part in the SpaceX video where the rocket lands, and the door opens on magnificent desolation. This is artistic license. Obviously the material for a habitat would precede the arrival of people.

But yes, a first-try planetary colony won't necessarily work. Getting there is dangerous, and once you're there being able to continue to provide the population with air, water, food, shelter, and energy is going to have significant risks of lethal failures.

Comment Re:Just don't buy HP (Score 1) 249

I'm coming at you from an HP laptop I bought this year and have been happy with. But I bought a printer this year and after hearing that they are acting like such bastards about it I am very glad I didn't buy HP.

I bought a Brother double sided laser printer for $80 or $90 dollars off of Amazon. It also functions as a scanner, and third party cartridges for it from Amazon cost about $10-$15 and have worked great so far. I have been extremely happy with it. The double sided printing has been very helpful for some of my kids' school projects this year, and my wife and I had some paperwork we needed to scan earlier this year. The software for the thing is a little bit jerky (it asked if I want it to check for updates, and when it does it "helpfully" tells me about other software I might want), but that's nowhere near as bad as what HP is apparently doing with their printers.

Comment Re:Not enough (Score 1) 111

You're 100% right. Anything but the death penalty for a CA after thorough independent investigation send the message that this behavior will be tolerated in some fashion. That should never ever be the case with a CA in particular, or the viability of web commerce and trusted information exchange would be at substantial risk.

We have enough security problems with clients, data breaches and end user stupidity to have to deal with this.

Comment Expensive & hard to coordinate (Score 1) 111

The certificate business is big money. It's possible some companies may be able to purchase certs from multiple vendors but it adds up very quickly, and coordinating activities like expiration dates have to be aligned among the vendors which is tricky with multiple large contracts. Only the biggest companies will be able to do this, leaving the rest to single and/or smaller CAs.

Yet does that really make an entity's presence on the public Internet inherently more trustworthy? If I was to get certs from Verisign, Thawte and Let's Encrypt, that's not saying much since Let's Encrypt does DV and not EV certs. If you have a breach of one CA but not the other, who do you trust and why? What does that result even mean? Best two out of three or three of five? It's not entirely out of the realm of possibility that smaller CAs could be simultaneously compromised, which is why the larger companies mostly go to that company based in Northern Virginia that has been rock solid if nothing else.

I think smaller lesser-known entities like these Chinese CAs will be perpetually more risky to obtain certs from. It's just what it is. As you go up the chain the certs get progressively more expensive but more trusted as well. As long as there is a commercial interest in selling certs, I don't think the current situation will change. It's just another warning just like Diginotar and others have demonstrated and Mozilla is IMO being overly lenient and perpetuating the problems currently supporting the "list of trusted CAs in the browser" model.

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