Re: How to eliminate drug lords
Fine, then, leave the existential threat there to destroy you...
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Fine, then, leave the existential threat there to destroy you...
Because the country may not be on friendly terms with you. Meaning you're between a rock and a hard place. Going after him's bad enough, but you can't leave him there, either.
"If you think you've found a criminal, get a warrant."
And if the criminal is operating in a country that won't respect your extradition request?
"All you armchair security experts are aware there are protocols for blinding traffic analysis, right?"
And there are ways to beat the blinders, too. You don't need traffic analysis when you pwn one of the endpoints.
"That assumption is still too strong, since many compilers operate on input beyond the source, and the toolchain required to build an executable often involves more than just a compiler. Compilers and other build tools may embed timestamps, for example. They may need to embed references to libraries and other data that's outside both the compiler's control and the application source corpus."
Timestamps can be matched up, and the experiment assumes no external libraries (self-contained source) and considers any assemblers, linkers, etc. to be part of the self-contained suite. gcc IIRC is self-contained in this regard.
"The whole thing seems to be dependent on an unjustified (and demonstrably incorrect) assumption: that two functionally equivalent programs produced from the same source by two different compilers will (always?) have bit for bit identical executable code."
They get around this by making the two different compilers compile a third one. No matter the result, as long as the third compiler acts deterministically, then when you compile the third compiler using the results of your first two compiles (both of which should be functioning identically since both were built from the same source), then the end result should be two identical compilers. If not, either (a) the third compiler is nondeterministic, or (b) one or both of the first two were tainted.
Maybe not ROT13 but perhaps something just a touch more difficult like an unpatterned substitution cypher (ROT13 is patterned). I once had fun playing with a cypher based on a #, and X, and a dot. If Big Sis is a bit smarter, perhaps something a bit more elaborate to mask spaces and punctuation.
"Set the wayback machine to the 1980s and see how X.400 looks as a concept. An email setup designed from the ground up to support authentication, anti-tamper, encryption, and so on. Even been proven to work, on battlefields and the like."
Also as I recall proven to be a right mess. It's just plain too complex, as anyone who's had to untangle a misdelivered X.400 message can attest. You need a secure solution, yes, but it has to be a SIMPLE secure solution. Otherwise, you run into the wrong end of the secure-vs.-easy to use scale. In order for something to actually be practical, it has to be in the MIDDLE of the scale: BOTH secure AND easy to use--otherwise people either end-run around the encryption or it'll be full of holes.
"The prosecution have to prove on the balance of probabilities that you have not handed over the keys..."
The argument is that TrueCrypt has deniable encryption. And the plods are well aware of TrueCrypt's ability to house a hidden volume. Which means, unless the outer volume is full (which prevents the creation of a hidden volume), you could be hiding something and you're lying (which is what anyone with something to hide would do). There's your balance of probabilities right there.
"Also, the penalty isn't life imprisonment, but that's a side issue."
It's an "infinite loop" punishment. Each time you refuse, you get thrown in jail and the encrypted volume is still there, unopened, meaning the moment you get out they can just ask you again, ad infinitum.
I'm curious about VeraCrypt, but the fact it's hosted on CodePlex, a Microsoft site (and using a Microsoft-based license), raises a cautious eyebrow. Why here and not, say, SourceForge?
I'm currently trying DickCryptor on and off. It specializes in whole-volume encryption, but it's not as well-rounded. I may give VeraCrypt a test spin.
That may be true in Britan, but people in America are protected by the Fifth Amendment, where one has the right to remain silent and not self-incriminate. Even if compelled to speak by subpoena, one may simply answer, "I plea the Fifth." Not even Congress could get around that answer, not even during the famous Red Scare.
"Not sure how well a cold disk will respond after a few years on the shelf."
Compared to flash, I hear it stores better. Meanwhile, tape is only economical these days for enterprises. For the consumer market, it's pretty much hard drives or bust for the time being. To that end, I double-provision with a one-year rotation and use parity archives within for the occasional bit rot.
I think the term you're looking for is "meme". The term has ascended beyond its clinical definition, much as "xerox" and (as mentioned above) "drive" have become memes. Who cares if they're not exactly right? They still evoke an appropriate image, just as the icon of a floppy disk still evokes the image of saving, so we're gonna use it regardless.
I think that's a "just in case" maneuver, in case there is a need for an essential Windows-only software that's not WINE-friendly.
Guess you've never heard of "captive markets" before.
They're complaining that they're not getting as much as they figure they can get. It's like expecting a box of donuts to have the baker's dozen of 13 but only getting 12. It doesn't matter that they're setting records because they want to break those records even higher. Piracy to them is a controllable cost so they're going to work on it regardless of the return.
"I remember he was pretty adamant in stating that content never traveled over a network."
As I understand it, it IS an option (for locations with high-speed data connections), but the preferred method is by external hard drives. I recall the keys can also be sent by a USB dongle. Still makes me wonder if they've been careful about potential exploit entry points via USB and so on.
Hubris? Is that related to Pride? I can't think it to be Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Wrath, and Sloth (as I know the other six).
Worse than that. They've threatened to bankrupt Sony Pictures, if not Sony International, turning this into an existential threat. Sounds to me like they're still holding some "nuke": like private signing keys or perhaps evidence of serious criminal activity.
"It often appears that ISP has segued from Service Provider to Service Preventer in many locations."
But then again, if it wasn't Verizon (with its exclusivity contracts), it would likely have been no one, as no ISP is willing to wire out to The Middle of Nowhere™ without assurances.
What if ISPs responded to a Title II declaration by raising prices across the board and blame it on increased administrative costs? Sounds like a lose-lose to me since changing ISPs isn't an option for most Americans.
Proprietary SoCs with patented hardware wrapped in NDAs happened.
Ever heard of EMP? South Dakota is the center of the US geographically.
"The only way to stand up to a bully is hit him as hard as you can in the mush. You might get some bruises, but keep it up and he'll go away eventually."
Except when it backfires, he and his gang beat you into the hospital and rear-door you while they're at it and then escape prosecution because the leader's dad is the mayor and they know secrets that can topple several members of city council.
"Come ON! There is no likelihood of this threat being acted upon, the resources necessary to carry out the threat make it impossible, even for "a rogue state"."
Three guys with fertilizer, diesel, and a rent-a-truck demolished a major building in Oklahoma City 20 years ago, without any state backing. A bunch of guys turned airliners into fuel bombs in 2001. The Target and Home Depot hacks and now Sony Pictures (perhaps even the mother company). Who are we to prove what's possible and what's not in today's society?
Not thinking so much the US (though if they did, think a high-altitude blast over South Dakota--just ONE EMP's bound to be murder). But what about Seoul? That alone could be enough to seriously destabilize the region, would be pretty easy for them to pull off (Seoul's within artillery range of the DMZ), and recall Kim Jong Un isn't exactly what one would call the rational sort.
And if the criminals are backed by a rogue state and know where you and your family live and have threatened to blow up your house while you sleep? That's the level of the threat being posed right now: it's getting personal.
Also, don't forget that the Norks carry what's considered the ultimate trump card. Even if they don't turn nukes on America, there's always Seoul to worry about. A target that close they don't need to shoot a missile; it can just be smuggled in Sum of All Fears-style.
Thing is, at least the Soviets were reasonably rational and wouldn't have fired the nukes unless actually threatened. That's why Mutual Assured Destruction worked with them.
With the Norks...you're not so sure. Kim Jong Un may well consider World War III preferable to the movie being released. What do you do against a madman with no regard for life and his finger pressed on a Dead Man's Switch?
1. it'd be a bit hard to read from so far away (JOKE!).
2. Most fuel gauges get vague at low fuel levels because the means of measurement can only go so low before it bottoms out (SERIOUS). Consider your car's fuel gauge.
Probably confusing the leap year with the leap second, which is applied to UTC (whose second is not based on rotation) to re-synchronize it with GMT (which is a solar time). Leap seconds are because the earth's rotation is slowing down oh so slowly and this is our way to keep our reckonings stable for the time being.
IOW, I don't think a leap second is going to help correct a Venusian reckoning that's off by that much.
"The standard is worthless and meaningless, as long as the companies are allowed to simply purchase insurance to cover their negligence and eventual breaches."
But don't the insurance companies get theirs back at the retailers by hiking their rates after a breach? I know that's how it's done in the auto insurance industry and other insurance industries: the higher your risk profile, the higher your rates.
It's your 25 years that's the problem. Technology is moving SO rapidly that the means to retrieve that 25-year-old data may disappear well before then. Consider this. 20 years ago the 1.4MM floppy was standard issue. Now you know any computers that pack one? Same with Travan tape drives.
IOW, trying to actually keep a storage medium viable for a quarter century is a crap shoot. So the general recommendation is to rotate the backups every few years as technology advances. As of right now, tape has the edge when it comes to cold storage, with spinning rust edging out current flash technology and optical discs for second (leaving it the most viable option for consumer backups at this time).
If you find an inexpensive means to store data by the terabyte and can survive, say, five years in storage, I'd love to hear about it.
THIS time, though, spinning rust is itself up against the magnetic limit. 3D flash actually has a genuine physical advantage this time: it stacks MUCH better than spinning rust.
I believe that was made for laptops with built-in cameras that provide a fixed reference point. I'm also not sure it was ever actually released to the public.
We also have to recognize that textual translation and speech translation are two entirely different beasts. With text translation, positioning and emphasizing formats need to be understood.. Whereas with speech, inflections and other auditory cues (ex. pauses) need to be understood. IOW, what you learn in textual translation probably wouldn't translate well to speech translation and vice versa.
What I'm curious about is how well the system handles homophonic phrases. For example, are you telling someone to "Regognize speech" or "Wreck a nice beach"?
"Someone well-versed in their Bible or with a grab-bag of stock Christian Apologist counter-points would bring up that most cherished passage in John about 'casting the first stone'."
I've always been curious about that passage, considering what if someone just-baptized had come along at precisely that instant. Part of the ritual of baptism is the forgiveness of past sins. So if he'd been there, he'd be without sin at the time, creating a loophole that would've allowed the execution to proceed anyway. Sort of like the total innocent who wasn't afraid to reveal the Emperor's New Clothes.
"Er, yes it is. Whether or not Christians choose to adhere strictly to the old testament, it doesn't say stuff like "optionally you may, if you so wish, stone someone to death". It deals in absolutes. The fact that the new Testament lurches in the opposite direction, advocating forgiveness and some measure of tolerance doesn't change that fact."
Especially, according to Matthew, Jesus specifically noted that the old laws as laid down in Leviticus and so on still apply:
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke or a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law (the Old Testament) until everything is accomplished." - Matthew 5:17-18
And the punishments laid down by the Torah were quite specific and explicit, so that supports the idea that the Bible, by its own admission, is brutal and misogynist at the very least.
"Concrete production emits a great deal of CO2. Have you seen a nuclear reactor? They take a decade to build and cost billions. All that emits CO2."
And how much concrete is needed in a modern baseload coal or oil plant? Here's a thought--what about the dams needed for water storage or hydro power?
"Or just network power in from somewhere the sun is still shining."
If they're willing to part with the power they get at that time. But that would require getting the world's nations to cooperate. Pardon me if I place my bets on a curling match in the seventh circle occurring first.
"If the profit is in the line itself, as it should be, then they will continue putting lines in the ground."
But what if it was like that then but not now? IOW, what if it's no longer practical to invest in infrastructure. Think running out to the sticks: it's essential from a moral and systemic point of view, but from an economic point of view, it's a money sink because the population density's too low. Why do you think so many small towns had to agree to monopolies just to get wired? Because the telecoms companies would accept no less, and the alternative was going without, which is increasingly becoming a deal-breaker for getting people to move in.
The companies will just yell, "SOCIALISM!" and threaten Congress unless they restrict the FCC. Then they'll raise bills several times the actual cost and say it's all the FCC's fault.
But many of the ISPs are actually or are subsidiaries of publicly-traded companies. Meaning they have the investors to please, and definition or no definition, the investors don't like risk; it's their money on the chopping block, after all. If the risk is too high, they'll bail: sell their stocks and go to some other company. In this environment, there's a limit to the level of risk you can try, and since we've had a number of high-profile busts lately, that tolerance is going down not up.
"If the corporations are against it, I'm for it."
But what if the battle is drawn like this: between a corrupt government and corrupt corporations?
Now you have an Evil vs. Evil decision with not way out through a third option. Which evil do you pick?
"Splitting hairs here, but I always thought FUD was fear, uncertainty and disinformation."
They were right the first time. It's doubt. All three are mental states.
I suspect celebrity reservations are planned out well in advance, meaning when the moment comes, the junior staff are off for the day so are blind to what happens. Meanwhile, the senior staff is savvy enough and trustworthy enough to stay mum.
"If the google were sincere about fighting the problem, then they would go after the spammers' business models."
How specifically can you attack a business model that is profitable at a one-to-BILLION ratio? And has a moving target with known anti-West havens to hide in? Not to mention innocent computer users caught in botnets? Frankly, I don't know how you can squelch spammers without squelching the Internet itself. It's sort of like critical speech. You can't squelch critical speech without squelching speech itself.
"If a new HDCP standard emerged with the ability to, say, flash upload a unique key pair between source and sink, then you could pair the graphics card of a PC to a specific monitor and any interloper on the HDMI line would see not a lot at all."
Unless, of course, the monitor has to be replaced due to a hardware failure. Then you need to have a way to renegotiate the key exchange when the new monitor comes in. Then, the spy can imitate that and act as a Man in the Middle.
Tiny HDDs use a thin and flat interface ribbon. I think it electrically matches PATA but requires an adapter to let a PC see it. I had this problem salvaging footage from a broken HDD video camera.
BTW, while 128GB Compact Flash cards do exist, they're pretty expensive (about $250+ expensive) and reserved for professional applications. Plus you gotta make room for the adapter.
"We can't really do that any more - is this because the new assumption is that we don't own music, but rent it over those ever present 6G mobile networks..."
It's a touch early, but flash is catching up. 128GB SDXC cards are now available, with 256GB in the works. The iPod classic topped out at 160GB (I have one of these), so it's becoming a case of an alternative being able to take up the slack pretty soon.
Apple's supposed to be releasing the 6th Generation iPod Touch soon. Odds are passing fair the top end will sport 128GB, putting it level with the 120GB Classic and not far behind the 160GB. The eventual 256GB model in a year or two will surpass them both finally.