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Can't say enough how wrong this is.
'I have concern about a PlayStation that my grandchildren might use.'
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Maybe the right approach is to point out that laws like these would have a negative impact on the American tech industry (but still not make it significantly harder for hypothetical terrorists to encrypt their communications).
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Interesting video in how Facebook is rewarding uploaders and making video creators unhappy.
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Iv'e said it before. The TPP is fiercely anti-citizenry, pro corporate oligarchy.
 
"From a consumer rights perspective, the EFF is correct on that assessment. If you support digital rights, this agreement represents a direct assault. It strips away many protections consumers have been given and implements laws that are extremely anti-consumer. Moreover, it’s extremely difficult to see how this is a trade agreement because there’s very little about this chapter that has to do with international trade. Instead, it seems to be more of a method to import undesirable laws from an international body, circumventing the standard methods of lawmaking (namely governmental representatives of the people writing the laws). At this point, making the argument that the TPP is simply about international trade after all of this is a position that is so difficult to maintain, it borders on extreme delusion. This agreement is about lawmaking. Everything above is either mostly about lawmaking, or is exclusively about lawmaking. The laws being proposed here is about serving corporate interests behind closed doors – a departure of what democracy is all about."
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.. and guess what, but the terms in there support the people doing the TV stuff, so, of course, it likely won't be.
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So, I'm reading the news about European Net Neutrality legislation (and specifically, about how the EU is likely to mess it up), and I can't help but think about  the fact that there are technical alternatives that enforce fairness.

.. and then this makes me sad, because fairness can solve the problem, but we're instead promoting unfairness.
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Strong crypto is good for freedom of speech.
 
Policy.Byte: Governments Weakening Encryption

Some governments want to weaken encryption. Support strong security at savecrypto.org and learn more: https://goo.gl/nNpncw
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This (the hacking of John Brenner's email) is certainly a crime even if it didn't include classified information.

The irony, however, that this likely occurred because of a lack of encryption (a position which John Brennan publicly supports) is not lost on me.

Strong encryption would likely have prevented this.
WikiLeaks on Wednesday published personal information of CIA Director John Brennan after a brazen hack attack of the top spy's personal email account.
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Based on the information so far, I don't think strong encryption of either the transport or the data as stored would have done anything much.  The reports say that the attackers leveraged the ability to fool Verizon into giving certain account details to them into having the email provider reset the account and give them the credentials.  From that point on, they were accessing the account with legitimate credentials from the point of view of the email service provider.

For encryption to help here, either the transport connection initiation would have needed to be limited to those presenting a set of client certificates not available to the attacker or the data at rest would have had to be encrypted with a passphrase/certificate unknown to the service provider.  The first is very unusual, because the convenience of maintaining access to email from multiple clients counterbalances the security gain for most users (It may be present on government systems Brennan also had, I don't know).  The second is also rare, partly for search/sort reasons and partly because the loss of the passphrase is unrecoverable by the provider.

There's no question that the security practices here are abysmal.  But encryption don't fix stupid.
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Just wanted to say:

Screw you George Lucas.

I'm especially annoyed that I can't show my kids the Star Wars that I saw when I was a kid.

You know, actually, (*&@ you, George.
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Yep, just download the originals. 
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Congrats to SpaceX and team!
The California-based private spaceflight company has secured its first astronaut-taxi order under its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with NASA, agency officials announced Friday (Nov. 20).
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Wow, that is a really dumb mistake, and it is affecting public policy. Bleh.
 
This is one of those news items that hasn't gotten nearly enough coverage -- because it's the sort of thing that makes professionals go OH YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME.

What happened? Back in 2005, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (a branch of the DOJ) did a study on recidivism, and found out that the rate is tremendously high: 68% of state prisoners end up back behind bars within three years of release. Once a criminal, always a criminal, they concluded -- and people have been shaping policy to match.

But a team read through it carefully, and it turns out that the BJS made a basic, bonehead, mistake in their statistical analysis. They thought they were measuring whether people who go to prison will reoffend; what they actually measured was that most people in prison, on any given day, are repeat offenders.

Which makes sense, because repeat offenders spend a lot more time in prison than one-time offenders. 

These are not the same thing. At all. It turns out that if you do the analysis right, only 30% or so of prisoners will ever re-offend, and only 11% will do so multiple times. In fact, this "once a criminal, always a criminal" rule appears to be completely false -- unless, that is, you structure policies so that anyone with a criminal conviction is treated like a permanent criminal, and so not allowed to (say) get virtually any job other than "criminal." In which case, you will in fact end up with lots of criminals.

In the post linked below, +Andreas Schou gives some of the explanation of what went wrong in the study. You can read more at the linked Slate article (http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2015/10/why_do_so_many_prisoners_end_up_back_in_prison_a_new_study_says_maybe_they.html), and even more with the paper that actually found the mistake. (http://cad.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/09/26/0011128714549655.abstract)

The most important lesson in all of this is that it's easy to make bonehead mistakes in statistics. If the statistics matter -- if you're going to use them to prescribe drugs or set public policy or something like that -- it's very important to have people check your work, repeatedly, and ask the right questions. The most important question is "have you actually measured what you think you measured," because there are all sorts of ways to screw that up. 

There's also a great new book on that subject: Alex Reinhart's Statistics Done Wrong. (http://www.statisticsdonewrong.com/) Please, if you do statistics in your daily life, read it. 
Oh. Delightful. It turns out we used cohort samples to determine the recidivism rate. Which means that we're overestimating the rate of recidivism by a… - Andreas Schou - Google+
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Scary:
The DOJ argues that Apple owns the software, and so Apple must be able to change the software to comply with a warrant to search/decrypt someone's phone. In other words, because you don't own the software, the government gets to put its fingers wherever it wants, whenever it wants (and later we'd likely find it did so without warrants.. again).

There are three outcomes here:
1) Turns out that we 'own' the software sold with the phone, regardless of whatever licensing terms (unlikely)
2) Apple fights and wins, and the world keeps turning
3) The DOJ wins, and everybody gets to flush privacy rights down the toilet for anything they don't "own", which would include anything GPL'd, by definition (though finding "the owner" for that would be... challenging..).
The DOJ wants access to your phone even if it's locked.
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Maybe. That was option #3 up there, but the problem is that open source stuff is still licensed stuff. If the government can declare someone an owner of a particular bit of code, then they can compel that owner to make the change because the end-user doesn't "own" the resulting software.

In other words, the same trick.
If there is auditing of who did what (e.g. such as we have in branch/commit histories today), this would be easy to accomplish.

Scary.
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..."the distribution of the HTTP/2 traffic in percentage to the total HTTPS traffic currently delivered by KeyCDN. As you can see it has already passed the 50% mark."

Now that is fast!
KeyCDN now fully supports HTTP/2. We thought we would share with you some HTTP/2 statistics so you can see the distribution across our global network.
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