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necroptosis  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Chocolate covered bacon-wrapped marshmallows

How appropriate to see this after reading the "Why it was easier to be skinny in the 1980's" article

Well if they get to use it and we don't then the public scrutiny part of the encryption becomes nullified, meaning that just another Chinese/Russian team to analyze their ciphertext would have a higher probability of breaking it.

Nobody would willingly do public analysis on the cryptography if it served no benefit to them and likely made them a candidate for getting arrested ("YOU BROKE OUR STATE SECRETS!!!!", it would probably be advertised by the media as "Professor hacks into the NSA" or something equally stupid, which wouldn't be accurate at all).

I reread the article and "making encryption illegal" is actually not what is being proposed here. It's so hard to keep track of all of these anti-encryption laws being proposed now since so many people are jumping in on the game and generally have no idea what they are talking about.

This particular law is about ending "end-to-end" encryption as mentioned Apple's iMessage and FaceTime information. Well, this has less ramifications on economics and wouldn't affect banking institutions (though companies would still be ticked off and move away from the UK just to restructure their entire network infrastructure and code), but it still has far more overreaching problems.

For instance, many companies use S/MIME for email communication for both signatures (to make sure the message came from where it says they came from) and encryption of the data itself for preventing corporate spies from stealing data or criminals stealing sensitive data being passed around. This is built into Microsoft Exchange, for instance, though only a small portion of Exchange services use this feature. Usually it's a large corporation that uses it for everyone or just for executives whose communication can affect the companies outcome. This is, however, end-to-end encryption that would be impossible for a government agency to come into and read the email if they had access to the servers (without scripting some weird "send me your key" feature which I guess is possible as well).

So this isn't making "link encryption" illegal such as TLS or VPN tunneling (which is what the FBI director wanted, he wanted a backdoor into TLS), which basically just encrypts the traffic from your computer to Google's servers and then on Google's servers it is unencrypted at some point and intercept-able. Skype, for instance, uses link-encryption and they can intercept your call information (and NSA's PRISM taps into this). If FaceTime is end-to-end encrypted, then PRISM-like spying cannot actually intercept your FaceTime calls. There are still ways to do it, it's just much harder (you have to break into the iPad/iPhone of one of the ends, which is potentially illegal for them to do under most circumstances (not all), and much harder to pull off since they have to bypass firewalls or inject code via some other means (browser exploits, app exploits, etc).

So what does this really accomplish? Not a whole lot, actually. It's bad for the consumer since their communication can be easier to intercept by criminals. Take for instance the Sony hack. Those criminals or nation-states or whomever it really was were so deep into Sony's network that they could have easily spied on people's communications on the PSN network since it was link-encryption based. Sony's email servers weren't using S/MIME or anything like it clearly, since their executive's emails got leaked.

Imagine the government saying "Sorry Sony, but your new method of protecting against hacks like the one you just experienced is now illegal, sorry." I mean that's basically something that would get Sony to lobby against the government to prevent a bill like this from happening, and also likely to have Sony say "screw you" to the US/UK and just leave (they are a Japanese based company, after all). They'd still sell PS4s and such, just not have any corporate offices in those countries.

So, even pushing back against end-to-end encryption would have major repercussions against your economy and legal system, and there are plenty of corporations that would prevent that from happening (never thought I would be happy that corporations were lobbying the government... but when the government is making this little sense then corporations are the only people who can do anything about it).

The other thing to note about this is that if you make link-encryption legal while making end-to-end encryption illegal, you haven't actually accomplished much in regards to technology. Both systems use the same encryption algorithms and methods, they just configure that encryption differently. So OpenSSL or Crypto++ or whatever will still be libraries that would be legal to use since they are required for usage in TLS, but you could easily use those libraries to do full end-to-end encryption, and terrorists and pedophiles will be able to use those algorithms just fine. It might be black-market software at that point but who cares to them, they are already committing heinous crimes, whats to stop them from breaking an encryption law that even university professors would be willing to break?

Anyway back to your question (and off the topic of link-encryption and this article since I derailed the conversation accidentally), encryption for government use only is not practical since basically you'd be handing criminals and non-criminals alike a big pile of your credit card information and passwords without them needing to try. Right now they have to bypass or break encryption (likely bypass) to get at that kind of information and if the company does the encryption correctly it would be near impossible to get at.

Also think about DRM mechanisms. The only way that these systems work is through encrypting their media content on the disk and having a system of decrypting it on individual players. This is the only actual way to perform this kind of protection. So, do you think media companies would be very happy to hear, "DRM is now illegal to produce"? Actually it conflicts with existing laws, so it's not even possible to pass a blanket no-encryption law. They could add a list of exceptions, though, which would just end up being completely silly and restrict the development of new technology.

veen  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Berlin real-time transit map

I love them too! You might also like this realtime Dutch railways map and the realtime world shipping map. Perhaps the coolest of all is this 3D London Underground visualization.

I feel like this time around is fast tracked version of what we've seen before. At least on my (American young-adult Facebook Feed) It's been ~24 hours now and we've gone from:

- Initial reaction of shock, world leaders make statements. We listened to NPR on our drive home thru rush hour traffic. The numbers were still at 35 confirmed...then 40 confirmed. 7 locations, then 7 shooters...etc.

- Shock echoed on social media, numbers go up and down and up again, most people sharing live threads from reputable news sources (BBC, NYTimes, Reuters) and sharing prayers. (When we got home (5pm PST)). Cue misinformation.

- Started getting notifications that people I know in Paris were safe. Turns out, a whole crew of flimies I went to school there were on location for a shoot. Luckily, all safe.

- "Remember that this is happening everywhere" ... "Beirut" ... "Pray for everyone not just Paris" ... and the first sign of what I take as "too cool for the standard 'my thoughts/prayers are with those in Paris' messages"

- Muslims begin preemptively posting "remember these people are Muslim. I pray for Paris." and images about the difference between a Muslim and a terrorist. (No one has taken responsibility yet and no one official has blamed ISIS yet. But it has begun)

- People begin changing profile pics to either: Eiffel tower drawing, pictures of them in Paris, or creative Paris/France related other things to show solidarity.

- Misinformation, recaps of the idiotic things politicians have said, "guns in the hands of victims would have prevented this." (This morning (3am PST)).

- Arguing about refugee crisis. Merkel makes statement.

- Analysis on idiotic things people said the previous day. Dems bash GOP, GOP bash Dems.

- Misinformation galore (Eiffle tower goes dark!) and personal stories come out, "my phone saved my life", "this american girl was one of the victims", more details emerge about the shooters and passports are found but who knows what is true or not at this point.

- Discussions about gun laws, information collection, security, blame game begins.

- Everyone changes their Facebook profile photos using Facebook's tool.

- Refugee argument ensues again. One of the gunmen (?) supposedly arrived via refugee routes. Predictions and analysis of Merkel's earlier statement.

- Preemptive predictions on tonights Dem debate. All we know for sure is it their talking points are being rehashed for Paris.

- Analysis on design of the now iconic things we're seeing on our feeds begins. Analysis on Facebooks Safety feature begins.

- Full blown confusion of blame, more details, videos, misinformation, grief, solidarity, "we should always be solidarity with everyone!", statements, more blame, more analysis, analysis on the analysis of the analysis.

- This upcoming week: Profile pics slowly return to normal, factually accurate details emerge but are quickly swamped by other news stories so only their politicized remnants remain. No one gets nuked, but those calling for nuking make it easy for you to cull your friends list.

- Next months: politics / war happens slowly and quietly, policies change, privacy invaded, security beefed up, everything returns to the new "normal".

I was at dinner with a few born again Christians that all suggested, under the guise of "not really though," that an "atomic bomb," is a potential solution.

My reply was this:


Confused faces.

"Who would Jesus nuke?"


ButterflyEffect  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Jabberwocky

I took Biochem last year and was shown this stirring rendition of Jabberwocky. To date it is one of the weirder things I have ever seen.

mk  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Things to do today - November 5th

    Pretend you are an alien and try to get a free soda from a fast food restaurant

This reminded me of a time that ecib and I showed up at a coney island around 2AM with just enough money to buy one hot dog.

ecib: Do you have, like a two-for-one deal on coney dogs?

girl behind counter: No.

ecib: Well, look, we have $2, I'm going to give it to you, and if we get two coney dogs for the price of one, that'd be cool.

girl behind counter: sigh... Order for two coney dogs.

yellowoftops  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: 3 Questions With @briandmyers

Good morning! This is Brian. It’s Tuesday morning, the 10th of November, 2015 and I’m about to read Steve’s questions and answer them.

First question: What are you working on?

At the moment I’m working on an F-POSS solution for a cab company in Australia.

Question Number 2:. What is a memorable discussion that you have had on Hubski? Who was it with and why has it stuck with you?

There are a few of those I think, but probably my favorite conversation on Hubski was the discussion we had about The Watchmen; the graphic novel not the movie. It was just really interesting, in depth, a lot of good comments. There have also been a lot of good comments about self-driving cars.

Go on to question 3. What is your message? Interesting question. I don’t think I really have a message other than, I don’t know, just off the top of my head: the secret to a happy life is keeping busy, having lots of things to do. I’m maybe a little bit too far in that extreme. I have lots of side hobbies and projects. And I have so many that I never have enough time to get anything done. But I’m a home brewer and a bee keeper. Never have enough time to spend on my boat. Just having a lot of things to do is a good way to go about your life.

That wasn’t very long, but maybe Steve can flesh it out and make something good out of it. Thank you all, Hubski, and I’ll talk to you later.

No, not a very good article at all. The reader is supposed to get all nervous and upset about mechanics who "may not even be able to read or speak English."

If one of these uneducated louts leaves a tray table unattached, "the arms that hold it could easily turn into spears." Spears on a Plane!

All anyone should care about is safety, right? When you express concern about effective inspections, you are really interested in safety, aren't you? Do you value inspections that do not improve safety? Are "inspections" worth anything on their own?

b_b says that safety is improving even as maintenance is going to uninspectable hinterlands instead of to $100/hour domestic workers. But there's one exception to the outsourcing trend: "American still does much of its most intensive maintenance in-house in the U.S." So is American Airlines safer?

The Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre says no. American Airlines was rated #38 in 2012, #42 in 2013, #41 in 2014, and #39 in 2015. United Airlines performed better (#30 in 2015), Delta even better (#26), and low-cost carriers Southwest (#24) and JetBlue (#9) did better still.

The number one airline for safety is Cathay Pacific. Perhaps speaking Chinese does not impair your ability to maintain aircraft after all. Two other top-ten airlines are based in Taiwan and China.

    A century ago, Upton Sinclair wrote his novel The Jungle to call attention to the plight of workers in the slaughterhouses, but what really got people upset was learning how unsafe their meat was. Safety is an issue here, too. The Federal Aviation Administration is supposed to be inspecting...

Do we have evidence for this belief that inspections = safety? JACDEC says that "There is a direct correlation between the safety of a airline and the competence and transparency of the controlling authorities." I suspect there is a correlation between national prosperity and both of these factors. Eyeballing the safety list suggests a close relationship between airline safety and GDP.

    The reality is that from now on it’s going to be up to the airlines to police themselves... Have you noticed that this sort of arrangement never works?

No, I haven't noticed that. Evidence, please?

Here's an anecdote about how the "inspection" strategy worked once:

Airline cuts corners and takes chances with safety.

• FAA sees problems but does not inform the public.

• FAA "bent over backwards to keep the carrier flying."

• FAA finally sends a memo saying the airline should be grounded.

• Memo gets "lost in the maze at FAA."

• Airline has an accident, killing 110 people.

• FAA administrator assures travellers that the airline is safe.

    Despite the findings from their own investigators, FAA officials have repeatedly backed up Jordan's assertions about ValuJet's safety and did so again Thursday. "We believe that the airline is safe, and it is safe," said FAA Administrator David Hinson.

Good thing this is not a country rife with corruption.

lil  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The great chain of being sure about things

Were you wearing a large outfit when you read it?

insomniasexx  ·  47 days ago  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: I asked.

So it's been almost 24 hours. I wanted, and somehow expected, a lazy, lovely, hungover day with my man. No one tells you these things. That was not happening.

It's been 24 hours of phone calls, questions, screeches, screams, details and so much more. We got it from my family and a few of my close friends around midnight last night. Then the 4am messages from East Coasters starting rolling in. I could hear brother's (amazing) girlfriend scream from 3,000 miles away. randomuser attempted to tell his mother yesterday but she wasn't answering the phone. So she found out via Facebook and immediately texted, "YOU GO AND GET ENGAGED BUT DON'T EVEN TELL YOUR OWN MOTHER?!" Whoops. We are never going to hear the end of that one.

Plus, it was technically still a work day today. And we were both battling a hangover. Luckily, the engagement is an AMAZING distraction from due dates. I missed at least 3 deadlines today and they're all stoked! Who knew?!

I haven't felt more loved in a long time. People I haven't talked to in forever came out to say hi, say congrats, and say lovely things. I got to catch up with people I haven't talked to in ages: high school friends, college friends, old teachers, family members, Hubski friends, friends of friends, ex-coworkers, current co-workers, people I didn't even realize I was (facebook) friends with. I am so grateful for Facebook today -- seriously. Like I just post one thing and the whole world knows.

As hectic as it's been today, I am so happy. My cheeks hurt from the non-stop smiles. Even though randomuser and I are groaning at our non-stop blooping, buzzing, and ringing phones, it's amazing to talk to everyone and hear everyone's well-wishes. We are so thankful to have so many awesome people that are a part of our life. And like......the fact that so many people get to share our joy and our love is pretty mind-boggling.

So, to everyone who commented here, messaged me, texted me, etc --- thank you! I love you all with all my heart, and I'm so happy that we have all found this amazing little corner of the internet and we have developed these terrific little internet relationships. "Feelings n stuff" (- _refugee_). "Oh yeah...feelings? Feelings are good." (-lil)

I remember when I was hearing every detail about b_b's wedding....and then the stories from mk's and thenewgreen's and forwardslash's (who did it right, BTW) I was like "I am never doing this. This sounds like hell. Never."

I guess never has arrived. It's amazing. And hellish. But it's amazing. But also....but also....I think the real hell is approaching. Very quickly.

Someone save me.

insomniasexx  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: I asked.x 4

Guys. Stop badging this post. Holy shit.

He mad!


Now I want to see a list of your favorite mixtapes of the year!