* Posts by ggalt

5 posts • joined 8 Aug 2013

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it


Stop Your Whingeing

We used to fly trans-Atlantic on 707s, and we LIKED it (along with the noise of those turbojet engines and the pervasive smell of jet fuel)!! Also, a 5-hour flight on a 737 or A320 is pretty much standard for crossing the US or flying to Hawaii.

Eggheads: Cities, don't woo rich Amazon with sweetheart HQ deals


I'd rather have Amazon's HQ2 than a sports team any day. Revenue from a sports team is only during a limited time of the year, unlike the employees at a company, and at ~50,000 heads, even the largest of tax breaks is likely to be recouped (as well as all of the other jobs that will come to support Amazon or simply to be close to them).

I will also note that these profs are all from cities that either didn't make the cut or are unlikely to win.

'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto


The advent of smartphones has made law enforcement lazy. Before they would have had to directly monitor subjects to learn what they were saying or searched physical locations (probably multiple physical locations) to unearth evidence.

Once we created smartphones, it became easy for law enforcement. Get the phone and you get it all. No need to scale telephone poles to install alligator clips on lines, no need to rifle through the grunge at some loser's apartment. It was clean, it was easy and life was good -- for law enforcement.

Now that encryption threatens to **RETURN US** to a time when law enforcement had to work for information, people such as Rosenstein are complaining like teenagers asked to clean the kitchen.

Smartphones are the information drug that law enforcement got hooked on, and they don't know how to go on living without it. Their brethren from half a century ago would be very disappointed in them.

'Peeping while you're sleeping' NSA parody T-shirt ban BACKFIRES


Re: Who really owns the seal?

The NSA is being a little disingenuous. The full text of the provision is:

Sec. 15. (a) No person may, except with the written permission

of the Director of the National Security Agency, knowingly use the

words 'National Security Agency', the initials 'NSA', the seal of

the National Security Agency, or any colorable imitation of such

words, initials, or seal in connection with any merchandise,

impersonation, solicitation, or commercial activity in a manner

reasonably calculated to convey the impression that such use is

approved, endorsed, or authorized by the National Security Agency.

The important part is at the end ". . . in a manner reasonably calculated to convey the impression that such use is approved, endorsed, or authorized by the National Security Agency." I can't imagine that anyone who sees "peeping while you're sleeping" would think the NSA authorized it.

'Hand of Thief' banking Trojan reaches for Linux – for only $2K


Re: So how does it get onto the system?

The hack of ProFTPd sounds like it compromised their servers, but it isn't clear that their signing keys were compromised. Since a package manager will check that the packages are properly signed (assuming you haven't done something stupid and turned off the check), it might have downloaded a bad image, but the signature would be off and so it wouldn't install it.

The real worry is a situation like Fedora had a few years back where their signing keys were compromised. THAT was a real problem. Fortunately the Fedora team handled it well with full disclosure.

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