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#andres,
What do you want me to argue about ?

#vegetarianism or the rejection of flat to the non-veg person or about the so-called alleged intolerance ?

My comments were based on the original post and your subsequent replies.

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One reason why oppressive anti-anonymitarian governments might want to prop up Web-of-Trust models such as PGP's: a Web of Trust can't (yet?) reliably and safely span the border between the Two Internets, thus keeping the Dark Netizens isolated from the Light ones — or alternatively, fairly easy to track down along the public (!) WoT metadata.
 
Interesting thoughts by +Steven Bellovin on why Facebook is supporting PGP encrypted email. "Facebook just announced [ https://www.facebook.com/notes/protect-the-graph/securing-email-communications-from-facebook/1611941762379302 ] support for PGP, an encrypted email standard, for email from them to you. It's an interesting move on many levels, albeit one that raises some interesting questions. The answers, and Facebook's possible follow-on moves, are even more interesting.
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The [...] most interesting question is why they opted for PGP instead of S/MIME. While there are lots of differences in message formats and the like, the most important is how the certificates are signed and hence what the trust model is. It's a subtle question but utterly vital—and if Facebook does the right things here, it will be a very big boost to efforts to deploy encrypted email far more widely.
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This, then, is a possible future. Facebook could become a de facto CA, for PGP and/or S/MIME. It could sign certificates linked to Facebook accounts. It could make those certificates easily available. It could develop software&mdail;apps, desktop or laptop programs, what have you—that go to Facebook to obtains other people's keys. The usability issues I outlined earlier would remain, but when it comes to certificate handling Facebook has advantages that no one else has ever had. If this is the path they choose to go down, we could see a very large bump in the use of encrypted email."
Facebook and PGP. 2 June 2015. Facebook just announced support for PGP, an encrypted email standard, for email from them to you. It's an interesting move on many levels, albeit one that raises some interesting questions. The answers, and Facebook's possible follow-on moves, are even more ...
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+Jonathan Landrum: Actually, current ciphers can easily surpass the Moore's law.  Some algorithms are vulnerable to introduction of the quantum computers within the next ten years or so, though.

But the hardest problems in modern cryptology are social, not technical.
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A good explanation why carbon fiber is a big deal for costruction... and getting bigger
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The data in Apple's centres is so dirty that they have to use bleach to keep things sanitary.
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If you liked FOOF, the Satan's kimchi that reacts with everything, you might have been pondering whether it even reacts with noble gases that are known for not reacting with anything.  The answer, it would seem, is yes.
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+Luis Bruno: I kind of expected that article to be common knowledge.  It doesn't touch gassy nobles, though.
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Wow. That's worse than bad. Words fail.
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If, twenty or thirty years ago, you complained how unrealistic it was that space battles in SciFi movies had sound effects, you forgot to take into account the military's needs to add synthetic sound to otherwise silent gunshots.  And, where do the neo-gunmen go for their SFX needs?  SciFi movies, of course!

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Apparently, military lasers will need sound effects. From the article:

"The weapon's laser beam is silent and invisible, and not all targets explode as they are destroyed, so an automated battle can be over before operators have noticed anything. 'The engagements happen quickly, and unless you're staring at a screen 24–7 you'll never see them,' Blount says. 'So we've built sound in for whenever we fire the laser. We plan on taking advantage of lots of Star Trek and Star Wars sound bites.'"
Long a staple of science fiction, laser weapons are edging closer to the battlefield — thanks to optical fibres.
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Earth, but on a whole different wavelength.
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This part is interesting. Remember: "the dose makes the poison", or in this case, the perfume/poo smell...};-) "The final group, the nitrogen-containing compounds, are unusual in that for some of them, their smell is actually different at different concentrations. Indole and the appropriately-named skatole are both found in human excrement, and contribute animalistic, faecal odours. However, at very low concentrations, both have pleasant, floral odours, and are even found in some flowers, and used in perfumes."
Today's post marks a slight detour for the aroma chemistry series. So far, we've look mainly at pleasant aromas, but today we turn to a major malodour: that of toilets, and, more specifically, human waste. It might seem like something of a childish subject, but there are some interesting chemical compounds present in the materials
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#InstantKarma :

For example, Pakistan attempted to block YouTube and instead blackholed YouTube, causing both a massive YouTube outage and a massive Pakistan outage:
When the Pakistani company attempted to carry out the government’s order, it made a mistake in configuring its BGP messages to the rest of the Internet. The result was that most of YouTube’s worldwide traffic was sent to Pakistan. The crush of data overwhelmed the servers there and disrupted YouTube for two hours.

In return for Pakistan trying to censor Youtube, the latter automagically DDoS:ed the former.
 
I don't trust the network. You shouldn't trust the network. There are a host (har) of reasons why, but BGP is right up there.

For example, Pakistan attempted to block YouTube and instead blackholed YouTube, causing both a massive YouTube outage and a massive Pakistan outage:
When the Pakistani company attempted to carry out the government’s order, it made a mistake in configuring its BGP messages to the rest of the Internet. The result was that most of YouTube’s worldwide traffic was sent to Pakistan. The crush of data overwhelmed the servers there and disrupted YouTube for two hours.

That was just incompetent, but other players are not just disrupting the net but increasingly using BGP attacks to slurp out data:
An unknown hacker managed to take control of traffic destined for more than a dozen Internet companies, including Amazon and Alibaba, in a series of brief hijackings between February and May 2014. The goal was to steal the online currency bitcoin. By the time the hack was discovered, $83,000 worth of bitcoins had disappeared — mysteriously snatched from the hijacked Internet traffic — according to a report by Dell SecureWorks.

The Chinese diversion of U.S. military traffic for 18 minutes in April 2010 is one of the most carefully studied incidents in the long history of BGP insecurity, but experts still debate whether it was intentional. It started when China Telecom, a government-owned telecommunications giant, sent out a BGP message claiming to provide the best routes to tens of thousands of networks worldwide, including 16,000 from the United States.

Even more attacks:
http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/security/warning-targeted-internet-misdirection-on-the-rise-3490033/
A key protocol created as a short-term solution in 1989 is designed to automatically trust users, a flaw that leaves the network ripe for attack.
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And now for some  #CreativeInsulting .

It seems that the president of Turkey has invited the leader of Turkey's opposition party to check whether any of the many seats in the many lavatories in his luxurious presidential palace is golden.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan invited Kemal Kiliçdaroğlu to the 1,150-room palace for the inspection on Monday after the leader of the secular Republican People’s party accused Erdoğan of spending taxpayers’ money on luxuries, including gold-plated toilet seats.

Funny, I'd have thought golden seat to be particularly un-luxurious to sit on, considering how well gold carries body heat.  Unless perhaps Mr Erdoğan lacks not just golden toilet seats but golden toilet seats with built-in heating?
President invites Kemal Kiliçdaroğlu to inspect lavatories in his palace after secular party leader accused him of spending public money on luxuries
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No need to serve those wasting time news like this one people..because he is nothing, but just a too great man which surely useless creatures will just envy to him ;)
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If you're looking at this profile, you're most likely trying to see whether I'm interesting enough to be circled.  Take a look at my posts, they're a more accurate overview of my interests than anything I could write here.  For example, I never knew I would get interested in what's now known as #nymwars (and its probable followup, #facewars).

In addition to the kind of things that I post about on G+, I dabble in retrocomputing.  I'm particularly interested in programming techniques in low-resource environments, from designing creative bit patterns to self-modifying code.  My first experience was with Z80 (actually, U880) and CP/M.  I'm quite fond of the m68k processor family.

I have done freelance work in various computing and statistics fields, from domain-specific languages to text clustering.  I've written a few web servers, including one to service a small country worth of people and one to run well inside an iPAQ.  Now I'm a novice priest studying the ways of the deity who knows almost everything and answers most prayers in under a second.

Being an atheist of Chaotic Neutral alignment, I generally prefer deities who don't take themselves too seriously, from the Great Coyote to the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

My political views, should you care about this short of thing, fall somewhere in the European spectrum.  I subscribe to the notion that Good Governance is a worthy human right.  I support individual freedoms but I'm cautious about generalising them to organisations whose power is closer to countries than individuals.  I disagree, sometimes loudly, with anti-tax fanatics.  I like to think I understand the major political and economic theories I don't accept.

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