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Comment Re:Security expert? (Score 1) 300

I have a number of utility laptops that I use for random stuff. Most of them are not encrypted. They tend to be old laptops I got from work or other places, and saved from the bin. Never underestimate the usefulness of a laptop with an actual serial port. For some reason, USB serial dongles tend to be twitchy. A lot of them are too slow for full disk encryption. And honestly, don't care if even the NSA got their hands on them. I'd barely care if they were stolen.

Admittedly not everyone has a crate of obsolete laptops lying around.

Comment Re: Scanning (Score 1) 88

When the document is created / filed. Yes, you could create a fake document at that time, but if you're in a position to do that, then you're probably in a position to simply make the file disappear instead. Which you would actually have to do anyway to hide your fakery, or there would be both a real and fake version sitting in the files. (I am of course assuming any such tampering would be done by corrupt individuals or subsets of the agency, rather than being accepted policy agency-wide)

The signature would then protect against anyone silently tampering with the document between the time it was filed and its eventual release.

Comment Re: Scanning (Score 1) 88

You missed the timing - release the signatures *immediately*, while the documents are still classified. Then, when declassifying the documents, the veracity of the document can be confirmed. Assuming of course that the signature algorithm was sufficiently secure that the agency couldn't create false matches. Though even if they could, there would probably be some suspicious anomalies in the resulting document as it was tweaked to match the original signature.

Of course, if they created the frauds immediately you would be absolutely correct, but in that case there's little point in them keeping the records at all.

But assuming they created the original signatures in good faith, they would prevent undetected tampering between that moment and the eventual declassification. Even if there were redacted portions, at least individuals with clearance to view the originals would be able to verify they weren't tampered with.

As for the "Declassified" stamp, I'm sure some method could be found to include that in a "wrapper" around the original file, or as an easily reversed insertion.

Comment Re:Such a windbag (Score 1) 127

One solution - pay employees based on productivity rather than hours worked - if automation lets you create twice as much value in the same time, then there's a strong argument to be made that you should get paid twice as much rather than the executives and shareholders pocketing the difference. Or alternately, get paid the same amount for working half as long.

Go the second route and the American Dream becomes far more accessible to far more people. Of course that would require reversing the trend of the last many decades...

Comment Re: So, not really in Vegas... (Score 1) 79

Actually, the "click-thru" agreement you have to accept to activate the Tesla "almost-automatic" mode makes clear that you're expected to stay fully alert and ready to slam on the brakes despite the car being completely oblivious to an impending disaster. (i.e. it's like an airplane autopilot - barely enough good judgment to avoid driving off the road on its own)

And on this front I have to say I consider Musk an irresponsible asshole - human nature pretty much guarantees that almost no one will be able to maintain the state of sustained passive situational awareness necessary to safely operate a Tesla in autopilot mode, so making it available is willful reckless endangerment that allows him to accelerate his development of a fully autonomous system at the price of the lives lost in utterly predictable accidents.

Comment Re: So, not really in Vegas... (Score 1) 79

But what's in it for the driver? They're the person who has to foot the bill, and it seems unlikely that there will be a significant reduction in insurance rates since there's a relatively small percentage of scenarios where such a warning system will prevent accidents. It may even make things worse as drivers come to rely on the warning system rather than their own good judgment.

Plus there's going to be considerable lag between when the warning is issued and when the driver responds. At best, if the driver is constantly poised to slam on the brakes the instant they hear the warning, there will be 1/8th of a second or so of lag as the reaction signals propagate down their slow, slow nerves to activate the necessary muscles. In a more realistic case it's going to take another sizable fraction of a second, possibly even several seconds, for the driver to recognize the relatively unfamiliar sound, decide that they trust the car over their own senses, and decide exactly how to respond.

Comment Re:In this economy? (Score 3) 564

>For a machine that will likely have had no maintenance and many consumable parts?
In that case it's probably not in good condition - in which case I agree completely. There's no accounting for what collectors deem worthy of spending obscene amounts of money on. Heck, some idiot in Victorian England(?) supposedly traded an entire mansion for a handful of tulip bulbs.

Though I would also point out that anything still in good working condition after 25 years of use is probably one of the statistical outliers in the quality control spectrum and may well continue operating well indefinitely. Parts - that's a whole different issue, but a surprising number can be replaced without much effort from modern parts intended for other things, often with better performance.

Comment Re:Now this is just getting stupid (Score 1) 564

Not to mention that you could use the same basic cassette player in your home and your car - a phonograph capable of not scratching your records while driving around bumpy streets is considerably more sophisticated than the one in your living room.

Cassettes had their niche - and at the high end could even rival vinyl (though good luck finding most stuff on such high-end tapes), but in a world where a digital download that blows laserdiscs out of the water consumes maybe $0.01 worth of bandwidth and hard drive space, there doesn't seem to be a compelling case for them. At least not if the digital market delivered a fraction of the quality and convenience it so easily could.

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