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Comment Re:Phishing is good (Score 1) 250

If by succeeding, you mean completely failing to have any significant role in online commerce, and not being a significant source of information beyond currently trending events, then sure. Call me when there's something equivalent to Wikipedia that's built into Facebook without linking out into the Internet as a whole, or something equivalent to Amazon, or something equivalent to airline and hotel reservation websites, or....

So no, Facebook is not succeeding as a replacement for the Internetâ"only for the very narrow slice of the Internet that was previously dominated by MySpace.

Comment Re:Phishing is good (Score 1) 250

If by succeeding, you mean completely failing to have any significant role in online commerce, and not being a significant source of information beyond currently trending events, then sure. Call me when there's something equivalent to Wikipedia that's built into Facebook without linking out into the Internet as a whole, or something equivalent to Amazon, or something equivalent to airline and hotel reservation websites, or....

So no, Facebook is not succeeding as a replacement for the Internet—only for the very narrow slice of the Internet that was previously dominated by MySpace.

Comment Re:Phishing is good (Score 1) 250

If by succeeding, you mean completely failing to have any significant role in online commerce, and not being a significant source of information beyond currently trending events, then sure. Call me when there's something equivalent to Wikipedia that's built into Facebook without linking out into the Internet as a whole, or something equivalent to Amazon, or something equivalent to airline and hotel reservation websites, or....

So no, Facebook is not succeeding as a replacement for the Internet—only for the very narrow slice of the Internet that was previously dominated by MySpace.

Comment Re:Never saw that coming (Score 1) 250

It's not always a home ISP that's doing subtle MITM modification. It might be someone malicious in the same coffee shop as you.

Assuming DNSSec gets deployed as it should, someone in the same coffee shop will be able to passively snoop, but won't realistically be able to be in the middle of the communication unless the infrastructure is badly broken. After all, two hops over Wi-Fi should always realistically have higher latency than one hop plus a DHCP response. The biggest weakness is UDP-based DNS. For that matter, you could disable UDP-based DNS today, and you'd pretty much kill any hope of MiTM attacks by anybody other than your ISP. Arguably, you probably should.

Or it might be a government agency using the Fullscreen API to spoof the chrome of the entire desktop environment.

At that point, your endpoint is untrusted, so the communication is untrusted, period. There is no security mechanism that can have any real benefit if you cannot trust the browser itself or the operating system under it.

Comment Re:i cant believe what im seeing. (Score 1) 95

my one wish before I die --assuming I can merge-- is to see the second sign for the exit to interstate 10. Could this app be the miracle ive prayed for between prayers for the sweet release of death? I sure hope so.

Fear not, my friend, for I have heard tales of a land beyond the jam—a mythical place called the O.C.—where giant mice and princesses roam the streets and the terrors of Hollyweird are but a distant memory. But to get there, you must turn left now, for your current path leads only to drowning after you drive off into the ocean at Huntingdon Beach. Beware the Tides of March.

Comment Re:Shows the arbitrariness of style books (Score 1) 237

Singluar they has been used at least since Shakespeare's day.

Yes. And since Shakespeare's day, pedants who fail to realize that English is not a prescriptive language, for example in the manner certain French insist upon imposing upon other French, will denigrate writers who are far better than they are (as well as everyone else) by citing rules made from whole cloth, usually in an attempt to structure English like Latin. This appears to make them feel superior.

Someone you've never heard of will, almost without fail, stake their self-professed expertise and declare that the authors, dictionaries, and other sources cited in those Wikipedia footnotes and the underlying primary research are simply wrong.

Comment Re:Never saw that coming (Score 1) 250

Without TLS, how do you ensure that a man in the middle isn't altering the information that you retrieve from said "Informational websites with no credentials"?

You don't, but it almost never matters. MiTM attacks tend to be harder than passive sniffing, and there are very few reasons why any ISP in its right mind would do so. They're far more likely to do blocking, or redirect a streaming site to their own streaming site, or other absurdity that's easy to spot.

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