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Comment Re:Open source projects are some of the worst. (Score 1) 299

"You may be joking, but the reality is that open source projects often have some of the worst management around"

I find that hard to believe. I mean, just because open source programmers are overrepresented by the socially maladjusted loners with chips on their shoulders demographic, you think that translates to bad management?

Comment Re:No, They are Not Bullshit (Score 1) 498

Two problems.

First, system designers tend to be clueless about security needs of their own system.I want my bank to require strong passwords. I don't need some discussion forum about, I don't know, aquarium cleaning or salt shaker collecting to need a 10 digit password with numbers, letters, and punctuation marks. It's annoying.

Second, human beings aren't digital storage units. The harder the password to unlock, the more likely we are to either use the same password everywhere, significantly reducing the strength, or to forget what it is. There has to be a balance between ease of use and security, and overly strong passwords disrupt that balance.

Comment "CIA has tools to bypass the encryption mechanisms (Score 1) 447

Not exactly. If the CIA (or anyone) hacks the phone, they can install keyloggers, which can grab data before it gets encrypted. They can also install screen readers that can see incoming messages after they've been decrypted.

In other words, if they can look over your shoulder, you're not secure.

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