"These databases are so clean and consistent Mummy."
"That's because I use FairySQL."
6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
The NK government can take the position that they are a corporate entity and that their citizens are operating under full control of the goverment/corporation. Hence, they are not distributing the software, they are compelling their citizens/employees to use it as part of their 'duties'. In that situation, you don't need to make source code available.
"Quisquater's clearly not a 'civilian' , ..."
He's a professor, specialising in some branch of mathematics. He doesn't work for any governement or army (I assume), so how is he not a civilian? Are you saying that because the nature of his work is so important to the security of the internet, then he is a 'viable target' for the security services?
You've obviously never driven on UK motorways in the rush hour. It's nose to tail at 85mph in the outside lane and not much slower in the middle lane. Amazingly, it all works fine until the police interfere by driving around in marked cars or putting their flashing blue lights on.
I buy things and stuff. I've never seen the things I buy advertised on Google. (Having said that, I use AdBlock and don't pay attention to webverts.) Are you saying that the majority of people won't buy anything they need/want unless it's advertised on Google?
Is it impossible to write software that isn't full of security holes? I am getting that impression. In the ten years that I had XP installed on my laptop, it was a regular series of 'important security updates', until it ran like a three-legged dog in treacle. Can anybody ever get it right?
"Free education (that results in useful output), ..."
So, no encouragement of artistic 'tendencies', no debating classes or teaching of methods of logical thought and argument. Certainly no history lessons or any depth in geography, beyond that needed to shuffle along to the multinational owned factory in the morning.
"Trying to achieve fairness is ill founded. How do you even measure fairness anyway?"
If you keep them ignorant, they won't have a chance of even thinking about it.
Why do Target (and others, I assume) have to store the card details on their system at all. I thought that the CC transaction was authorised by the CC issuer company, via the POS link, and then given a unique ID that pointed to a record in the CC company servers. After that, the retailer has no need to keep a record of the customer CC number, just the authority ID in case of future queries/refunds/etc.
Would it be possible (or desirable) for someone like Google/Amazon to donate some of their massive cloudy server resources for OpenBSD to use? They probably need live/real servers for performance testing but they might be able to do lots of other things in the 'cloud'.
"The only waste products are hydrogen and water, ...."
The hydrogen could be fed into a hydrogen fuel cell I suppose. What happens to all the carbon in the maltodextrin? The linked reference mentions the 'complete oxidation of maltodextrin', hence some carbon dioxide would be formed.
How much energy would be expended in the extraction, isolation and delivery of the maltodextrin feedstock and the preparation of the catalysts? What would be the financial and energy costs of maintaining the battery? etc ....
"Should a user's address be found in the collection, they'll be told to scan their systems for malware, ...."
Will you get a follow up e-mail from a German government approved anti-malware vendor? My question is cynical because I'm a UK citizen and know how slimy my government is. Is the German government clean and wholesome?
Am I right in thinking that using a Virtual Machine will give you full protection from any e-mail or website sourced malware? I'm assuming you don't do anything silly like exporting downloads and attachments to another computer or the host computer area. If all you do is read the e-mail or print it out, you should be fine.
At the end of the day, you just delete the VM then clone a fresh one from the 'pristine' one that is never actually used. (I've been playing with Virtual Box and am having ideas.)
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