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Comment A few obvious corrections (Score 1) 49

First, DES is 56 bit (near enough 60). Triple DES as per first mode (the authorised standard) is 168 bits. The article fails to distinguish, implying the authors are just a little bit naff. 3DES seems to be quite safe, as long as not used in DES emulation mode. And who the hell emulates a mode that was broken in the 80s?

Second, Blowfish was replaced by TwoFish, ThreeFish and Speck. Skein, an entrant to the DES3 challenge, makes use of ThreeFish.

Third, the Wikipedia page states it has been known for a long time that weak keys are bad. This particular attack, though, is a birthday attack. You can find all the ciphers vulnerable or free that you should be using. Anything not on the list is something you are solely responsible for.


In other words, this information is about as useful as telling up that Model T Fords weren't good at cornering at highway speeds. Below are some links, I can't be buggered to HTML-ify them.


I do not trust most encryption software these days, but that's because programmers these days are sloppy and arrogant.

Comment What are Americans smoking? (Score 3, Insightful) 528

Just how blatantly obviously criminal does Hi-liar-y have to get before enough of the brainwashed American masses finally start to figure it out and she becomes unelectable?
I mean at some point even her levels of dirty money can't pay off the obviously corrupt US legal system to keep her out of jail any longer right?

Comment Re:Really (Score 1) 528

Vote for who you like most, even if they have no chance of winning.

The whole reason we're in this shit in the first place is because most Americans repeatedly vote "tactically" for the least worst mainstream option, rather than who they think would actually be the best.
Its a chicken and egg thing.

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