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Comment Re:AES (Score 1) 43

I thought the whole point of asymmetric keys is that you can send the "encode" key in band and keep the secret "decode" key yourself.

Yes, but assymetric encryption is slow, because you need about 5 - 10 times the key size to get the same level of security, and the algorithms are more complex. So in practice you only use it to encrypt a symmetric key, which you will use for the rest of the session.

Comment Re:Those jobs aren't coming back in 10 years (Score 1) 56

No need to just suspect. There must be a very good reason why licensed taxi drivers can not just lower their prices to compete (and not just in places like NY where they pay ridiculous amounts for their medallion). Most budding Uber drivers will only consider immediate costs when calculating whether they can make a profit from the job. The cost of wear and tear and rapid depreciation of their vehicle is not factoring into their calculations.

Comment Re:Too secure for insecure? (Score 1) 511

The problem with this argument is the FBI's report does not say it was only a sentence or two. It says there were thousands of classified emails, some of which were entire classified documents, markings and all.

No, it didn't. At least Comey's summary says nothing of the sort.

"Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were âoeup-classifiedâ to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent."


"With respect to the thousands of e-mails we found that were not among those produced to State, agencies have concluded that three of those were classified at the time they were sent or received, one at the Secret level and two at the Confidential level. There were no additional Top Secret e-mails found. Finally, none of those we found have since been âoeup-classified.â


"Separately, it is important to say something about the marking of classified information. Only a very small number of the e-mails containing classified information bore markings indicating the presence of classified information."

So flat out, unless you are in possession of a different report that indicates Comey made up the summary in whole cloth, you're being dishonest in your claims.

An insightful read:

Comment Re:Too secure for insecure? (Score 1) 511

There are "little people" currently in prison for negligent handling of classified. Right now. Actually in prison.

There are also several that aren't. Administrative punishments are common, depending on the material in question, and the circumstances. In some cases, absolutely nothing was done.

For example, all of the people who accessed the early Wikileaks stuff and those people who accessed the Guardian articles that contained the Snowden material. There was an entire PR campaign directed at Executive Branch Agencies reminding people that "until officially declassified, just because it is published in public doesn't mean you can read it".

I personally contacted DHS regarding multiple "classified spills" surrounding the Wikileaks material being accessed on non-Classified systems and sent around in e-mail. Their answer? "Delete it and remind people not to do that. No, you don't have to destroy you entire MS Exchange storage array."

Under your criteria, hundreds of people would have been put in jail. They weren't and some of that Snowden stuff was SCI/Code word.

The Wikileaks stuff in 2010 was Bradley Manning's leak of, mostly, diplomatic cables -- exactly the type of stuff Clinton was dealing with -- except Clinton's was indirect reference (e-mail about) not full cables. In other words, de minimis.

According to your gross misunderstanding of our classification system, what crime did Petraeus commit? He had a clearance, and his girlfriend had a clearance. If "had a clearance" is good enough to excuse Clinton, then why was it not good enough to excuse Patraeus?

You're baiting him. You know the difference, which is Patraeus committed a conscious, direct act in knowingly and intentionally giving classified material to a person who was not authorized to have it. Clearance or not, she didn't have the necessary "need to know".

He also explicitly and directly lied to the FBI investigators by flat out denying he did it. Hillary has been very indirect and there is no indication she every did ANYTHING remotely similar to Patraeus.

There is a significant difference between "here is my notebook loaded with TS/SCI material that you shouldn't see" and, to the FBI, "never happened"; and "received or sent e-mail that may have contained a sentence or two copy-pasted from (95%) Confidential material".

Comment Re:This is the wrong answer (Score 1) 172

If they can get away with paying 75%, why wouldn't they? My wife negotiated reduced hours after our first child was born, and found that she was doing about the same amount of work, as she had more energy for work overall and felt social pressure to demonstrate that she wasn't a slacker for working part time. The company got a good deal out of, as no doubt will Amazon with this experiment. Probably they'll see the good results and roll this out to everybody, at which point the social pressure aspect will go away and their results will become less dramatic (though probably still overall positive). One concern I have is on the 75% benefits. Does this mean fewer holidays, partial healthcare coverage, a pension plan that won't quite cut it?

Comment Re:Sour Grapes (Score 1) 78

Spotify has already gone well down the path of making themselves irrelevant. They used to offer an ad-supported free service, which for my occasional usage was OK (no worse than local radio at least), but last time I opened their app, I couldn't find anything at all that was accessible without a premium subscription, including the very same BBC podcasts that are available for free through plenty of other apps.

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