Maybe there was a monolith invovled ...
sure I saw a documentary about it ....
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Or did I miss a chunk somewhere.
Was it a case of "why not ?" or are there specific reasons for choosing cotton over any other plant ?
Either way, this seems another marmite science story. For myself it's fascinating. But there's a lot of people going "what's the point ?". Which (as always) rather misses the point of "science".
If you're using a webmail service, you've already conceded defeat.
Here's how it goes.
1) Plaintext message generated on a machine that has to be treated as clean.
2) On same machine, message is encrypted to whatever ludicrous degree is needed. PGP on steroids,4096-bit encryption, whatever takes your fancy.
3) (optional) for added security the plaintext message is deleted and the disk scrambled
4) encrypted payload is emailed to recipient.
Obviously after that the message security is in the lap of the recipient, so for spook-proof communication they need to be as paranoid as you.
If you are REALLY worried, have a step (0) where you handwrite your message and scan it to an image file which you hide inside another image file before encrypting.
If I can rig that up, surely governments can ?
This very website ran a fascinating fact-laden article by an economist arguing the opposite: that monopolies promote innovation on the basis that if an incumbent monopoly becomes moribund, it will no longer be top dog tech-wise.
The decline of Microsoft suggests there might be something in that. After all, going back 15 years, they had a de facto monopoly on desktops. Nowadays ... well not a desktop in this house runs MS.
See also the naive attempt by China to strangle the "rare-earth" metal market. All it did was encourage new deposits to be found, and made already known ones worth mining (again, in some cases).
everyone who needs one has one. Even Apple. And if the best you can do in 5 years is shave another hairsbreadth off the thickness, mess around with a "notch" (now there's an artificial "debate" if ever there were one) and remove the headphone socket, I'd expect a 2018 iPhone to be cheaper than a 2013 one.
On a related note, and I don't know (and care slightly less) where the blame lies, but the fact that a significant UK government service cannot be delivered via the iPhone (thus excluding quite a few high net worth types and requiring them to buy Android) is also something I can't see the late Jobs being overly impressed with. There's a fine line between mysterious and inscrutable and downright arrogance .....
... because it would render them liable to provide the service paid for on a contractual basis.
And one thing the legals systems of the world have been honed to do over the years, is regulate contract law.
It's one thing to offer a "premium" service which a few mugs will cough for (LinkedIn - if anyone does ???). But *every* *single* *user* ????? Imagine the sueballs then ?
I will point out you were starting from a below zero point - and even now she's still in the negative.
Sorry, the comment about "queue-jumping" alone was enough for me - the other 15 years of her "career" are just icing on the cake. She's a nasty misogynistic, racist, lying xenophobe.
that the "expert" is somehow able to fly through all the layers of corporate recruitment to land *THE* job which they need (to further the plot).
If they are, then the hiring company deserves all it gets for ignoring HR practices and hiring someone on a nod and a wink.
how about we give them exactly what they want.
I musty have Petabytes stashed on various defunct HDDs - so they can start with that.
Plus all those useless 256Mb USB keys you got given at conferences, or on training courses.
Then they can have all of my DVD backups - going back to 2002.
Plus a drawerful of not-used-for-years mobile phones (most of which the PIN code has long been forgotten on).
That's before we get to anything paper.
I reckon my house alone would take them a few thousand man hours to find the square root of fuck al. Longer if they want to play RIPA-blink and see if a court thinks not remembering a 10 year PIN is good enough reason to not comply.
If a few thousand people did that, it might stop them once and for all. Especially if the accompanying news reportage noted that if there was anything of value in the freely surrendered data and THEY MISSED IT with an atrocity ensuing ....
The problem is, if you want to use an @hotmail.com email address (I've had mine since 1997 - it's email@example.com, not firstname.lastname@example.org) then you're still using the MS servers to send/receive mail. And they are "broken" if you try to use PGP or it's variants.
Luckily LastPass makes it easy to search through all logins using that, so one wet weekend I can get around to replacing them with my own domain. I could even write it up as a case study in moving away from Outlook and charge consultancy ....
An awful lot of these "vulnerabilities" have arisen because protocols were pushed outside their intended audience. And like in the real world, people continue using the "not for commercial use" products until they break, we're seeing the same with protocols.
The bottom line is when the internet was developed, the idea of man+dog accessing it was only (bad) science fiction. Added to which encryption tech was primitive and inefficient.
If you burrow into any original protocol, you'll inevitably find vulnerabilities.
The real task is making the next generation backward compatible. And that, my friends, is where the next generation of vulnerabilities will come.
my Mint 18.3 system chugs along, not having needed any zero-day patches since ... well since never ?
Not saying Linux is perfect, or FOSS is better than proprietary ... and at least all these MS bugs keep someone in a job. But you have to wonder.
I think the worst bug Linux has faced, that affected me has been the SSH flaws. And they were patched pretty quickly, and didn't trash my system.
I missed 10, but my previous company insisted that the only devices they'd support were Windows "for security", and I actually thought they were quite good.
Nothing could be worse that the chaos that is ****ing Android. Not only do various system settings jump around in between updates (or worse, just vanish) ... you have to deal with an internet of dickwads who insist on telling you that it works on their combination of handset, operator, and version of Android.
If you've only known Android, you've got a fairly low bar to vault. But if you've used other - decent OSes - then you just have to wince every few minutes.
The problem is as people get older, they'll find bigger screens easier - if not essential - to use.
My wife has MS, and fucked vision and tactile sense. She's pretty much what a Samsung user will be like in 10, 15 years.
So manufactures *either* ignore them, and wait for the revenues of mobile to drop as the monied pensioners are driven off, OR they start to think what is going to be needed for an older user base.
Zuck couldn't give a shit. And Zuck isn't afraid to show the world he doesn't give a shit.
Surely it's a lot better than the faux deference folk are expected to show in these circuses ?
Anyway, I can't see the UK being a key market for Facebook the way things are going. They're much more interested in all the UK businesses quietly moving to Dublin.
Whenever you experience problems with accounts that "won't work" it's worth checking to see if you've got some form of 2FA enabled. I certainly know Google have some shitty code which 2FA "breaks" by refusing to acknowledge a valid login if 2FA is enable on an account.
Turn it off, try logging in again, do what you have to do, then re-enable.
Not many people know this. Or if they do, they're keeping it secret.
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