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Comment Re: Nothing New ... (Score 1) 182

Because you'd be able to see that wildcard cert in the chain.

I don't think they are talking about issuing a certificate for *.com. What they are talking about is issuing a subordinate certificate authority that is signed by their root CA that is already trusted by modern browsers. That would mean that whoever has that certificate could do man-in-the-middle SSL decryption without people knowing it.

The details don't really matter that much. Eventually someone is going to notice that an inappropriate certificate chain is in use. You can't hide a step in the chain of signing. Once it's noticed it will be quite easy to work out the breadth of the betrayal of trust and the pressure to remove the top level cert from the default trusted list will be great.

Comment Re:In the U.S., why isn't this obsolete by now? (Score 1) 129

You're aware that the census is legally mandated in the Constitution, right?

Of all the unjustified responses that will compel me to slap someone upside the head repeatedly, "Because we've always done it this way" comes out on top every time.

The most powerful single-word question in the known universe is Why, which my example exemplifies.

There's a world of difference between "we've always done it this way" and "is legally mandated in the Constitution".

Comment Re:Sounds a lot like the "ACS"... (Score 1) 129

It looks like you guys can amend your constitution. Why not throw in a Bill of Rights?

It's too late now. Those in power can see how much trouble the US Bill of Rights causes for the US government. Why would they willingly give power back to the people? We have had various rights legislated but that's essentially worthless since the government is free to override it with subsequent legislation, e.g., the "Northern Territory National Emergency Response" was explicitly exempt from our "Racial Discrimination Act".

Comment Re: Nothing New ... (Score 1) 182

What makes you think verisign or one of the other CAs havent given them a universal wild card to do just that?

We're talking HTTPS here right? Because you'd be able to see that wildcard cert in the chain. It would only take one person to notice it and blow the whistle for Verisign to have some very tough explaining to do to avoid being booted from browsers' default trusted list.

Submission + - South Australia Refuses to Stop Using Unlicensed Medical Software (

jaa101 writes: The Australian state of South Australia is being sued for refusing to stop using CHIRON, MS-DOS-based software from the 90s that stores patient records. Their licence expired in March 2015 but they claim it would be risky to stop using it. The vendor, Working Systems, says SA Health has been the only user of CHIRON since 2008 when they declined to migrate to the successor product MasterCare ePAS.

Comment Not Health-Related (Score 1) 66

Samsung's project has nothing to do with health-related applications

What we really need is contact lenses or glasses that actively focus with the eye to restore range of focus for older people. Range of focus is an accurate indicator of how old you are, i.e., old people might be able to see up close or see the distance, but they can't do both. Glasses that could detect how the eye is focussing (probably with infra-red sensors) and then adapt to help would be a major advance.

Comment "10 nm Class" means 10nm to 19nm (Score 1) 43

Samsung say "10nm-class denotes a process technology node somewhere between 10 and 19 nanometers, while 20nm-class means a process technology node somewhere between 20 and 29 nanometers." They are carefully not saying exactly what scale technology is actually being used for this product and it could easily be 14nm or more.

Comment Re:Arguably WORSE colors (Score 1) 157

So you're complaining that the colour saturation is too great? Really? This is a major feature of AMOLED displays. You should be able to turn the saturation down in software. If you're looking at TVs in a retailer, of course the saturation, contrast and brightness will all be set off the charts so the sets stand out from the competition. Almost always they have a much more natural picture mode you can choose via the setup menu to see realistic results.

Comment Re:Removal of 'gay / lesbian' is controversial?? (Score 1) 197

It just says it's for "kids" with no definition about appropriate age ranges or its censorship standards that I could find. Depending on how you define "kids," some of them could easily be sexually aware. If they only intend it for use by the very young then removing all references to sexuality would seem uncontroversial but it would be better for Kiddle to give clearer guidelines about this.

Comment Re:Subsidy Trough (Score 2) 156

Not this shit again. I pay taxes on top of taxes. License fees, registration fees, gas tax, sales tax, income tax, excise tax, etc etc etc.

One thing these taxes pay for are the roads I use to get to work, and the parking I use to do my shopping. If I neither earn nor spend money then maybe we're in your idea of nirvana, but not mine.

The issue is, are the taxes fair. If the roads are paid for out of income tax then people who take the train to work are being ripped off. Alternatively, if fuel taxes, registration and licence fess and parking and traffic fines are paying for schools and hospitals then motorist are being ripped off. How this works varies widely around the world.

Comment Re:"Back in the space game"? (Score 1) 45

You might think that they were different markets, but in 2013, they stated that the SpaceShipTwo was capable of launching 100 satellites daily.

LauncherOne is what's doing the launching of satellites. It's an expedible two-stage launcher carried by SpaceShipTwo. At best, consider SpaceShipTwo its first stage but, unlike conventional first stages, it contributes only a very small percentage of the energy required to reach orbit.

The Concorde flew at supersonic speeds because it was more efficient for it to do so, but modern aircraft don't because advances in the old designs caused them to become more efficient.

No, Concorde flew very fast because it wanted to get passengers to their destination twice as fast as other airliners. Modern aircraft don't because, it turns out, not enough people are willing to pay the extra cost to travel supersonically, especially since sonic booms mean you're only allowed to do so over water.

Comment Re:Not doomed (Score 1) 159

I think you're correct. Mostly, Netflix doesn't geoblock by credit card address because they don't really want to win this battle. Also, having made this decision long ago, it's hard to change policy now without seriously annoying a high percentage of customers. While it is possible for people for obtain credit cards in other countries to work around such a block it's substantially harder than just buying a VPN service. The first sign that content providers are winning will be when selected new content is restricted by credit card address.

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