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Comment Re:Doesn't sound so bad (Score 1) 510

You know, all of the use cases you describe can be supported by ticking the 'encrypt' checkbox that Windows NT has had since version 4

Except that:

a) Windows encryption is known to be flawed, and using a known-bad encrpytion system for this sort of thing probably counts as negligence.
b) Windows encrpytion has back doors, and... see above.
c) Anyone implementing encrpytion at the flick of a switch without properly planning for it will very likely regret it when it comes to file recovery, backup use, etc.

Comment TFA got a very important detail wrong (Score 4, Informative) 510

If you have personally identifiable information (PII) about a Massachusetts resident, such as a first and last name, then you have to encrypt that data on the wire and as it’s persisted.

Incorrect. The author either did not do any research at all, or got the definition of PII horribly wrong as far as this law is concerned. The directive that sets the standard based on the law states:

Personal information, a Massachusetts resident's first name and last name or first initial and last name in combination with any one or more of the following data elements that relate to such resident: (a) Social Security number; (b) driver's license number or state-issued identification card number; or (c) financial account number, or credit or debit card number, with or without any required security code, access code, personal identification number or password, that would permit access to a resident’s financial account; provided, however, that “Personal information” shall not include information that is lawfully obtained from publicly available information, or from federal, state or local government records lawfully made available to the general public.

It is abundantly clear that a person's first and last name alone does not constitute PII, SSN, financial account number or some other not so public information is also required.

Comment Racksmith (Score 1) 113

Its still in its early days but you might wanna have a look at http://racksmith.net/. Its aiming help you map multiple datacenters spread over a campus. (servers, patches, cables....) I'm working on it with a group I knew at uni & we're looking to make a stable release within 1 month. Theres an online demo (which is the latest build) and also a screencast of out old alpha release. http://racksmith.net/demo/

Comment Re:-1 False Assumption (Score 1) 976

Alberta is a province with laws similar to California. If you get into the intersection on yellow, you can proceed.

1. Left turns. Lots of times two cars will proceed part way into the intersection on green. When the light goes yellow, they wait another 2 seconds for the last car to clear, then they proceed. Usually both are still in the intersection on red.

2. Winter driving. Lots of times you can be 50 meters from an intersection, moving at 40 km/hr, have the light go yellow, and you cannot stop before the intersection or before the light goes red. Most people don't try very hard. The converse is true for the cross traffic. They spin and slide trying to get started.

The combination of the two effects is such that most lights now don't go green for several seconds after the otehr way has gone red. This allows time to clear the intersection.

Comment Re:Get rid of "private" domain registrations first (Score 1) 100

You obviously didn't read the link - it lists STATES that ban masks, not cities.

You obviously didn't read the link. Few states are listed as having anti-mask laws, fewer still support your general claim of "you don't have a right to wear a mask":

California - Illegal to wear a mask for the purposes of disguising yourself during the commission of a crime or evading capture by the police.

DC, Florida - Illegal to wear a mask for the purposes of intimidation/threats, depriving others of their legal rights, or avoiding identification while committing a crime.

New York - Illegal to hang around masked in a public place with a group of people similarly masked

North Carolina, Virgina, West Virginia - Congratulations, these have a broad enough scope to superficially support your claim...provided none of the listed exemptions apply. You also have to ignore the fact that these are essentially blue-laws targeted at the KKK and their like, enforcement of which against someone just going about his business while masked is laughably unlikely to happen in the first place, much less survive a Constitutional challenge.

Even that aside, all it shows is that there are three states currently violating your right to wear a mask in public, not that you don't have the right to begin with. You absolutely do have that right. It harms nobody, and other people are not entitled to see your face.

Comment Re:Cold war is over! (Score 1) 526

You misunderstand the new policy.

He doesn't. The new policy still includes MAD.

North Korea's status as a suspected rejection of our nuclear proliferation policy stands, and still qualifies for a nuke response as soon as we can prove they have the technology.

North Korea already probably detonated a nuclear weapon (or at least tried to make it look so). There was an explosion (somewhere around 800 tons of TNT equivalent) along with radiation consistent with an underground nuclear "fizzle". How much proof do we really need?

They might get one free bite, but that's it. Same goes for Iran.

If they're anything like the established nuclear powers, they'll get plenty of free bites. I don't recall anyone sanctioning Pakistan or India for their nuclear programs, for example.

Comment Re:Wow, this is pretty clever (Score 1) 252

Depends what else the system is doing, surely. Having several clients connected to a server, you want to free up the processor as much as possible for servery duties, any savings you make go to those when running full pelt, or convert to energy savings when you're not.

What does that have to do with anything? AES-NI enables AES implementations to encrypt and decrypt much faster than any network and storage system I've ever used can provide data. Parallelizing AES-NI would save energy only in the case when running multiple cores at partial load is more efficient than running just one core at near-full load (which could be the case if all cores run at the same clock speed), and would be faster only if your I/O systems are already faster than a single core can encrypt/decrypt with AES-NI.

Comment Re:Location without GPS (Score 1) 750

GPS doesn't require the cell phone network, but on the iPhone OS devices, the GPS receiver is integrated into the GSM chipset. Only devices with 3G therefore have one, but GPS works even if the cell network is unavailable.

Comment Re:If I could do it, I would! (Score 1) 658

Corporate CEOs are no friends of the free market...

Of course they're not. They wouldn't exist in an actual free market. Corporations themselves exist as the result of government interference in the free market, by way of laws that allow corporations to exist, to have legal rights that permit them to make transactions in the market, and to limit the liability of the owners. Corporate CEOs who lobby the government are simply trying to tweak the government's distortion of the regulated market even further in their favor.

Comment Re:Well, Yes (Score 1) 532

There are groups who assemble the more realistic numbers, and they really aren't pretty.

Actually, BLS releases this data too:


"U-6 Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force"

18% in January.

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