"I have this feeling man, 'cause you know, it's just a handful of people who run everything, you know … that's true, it's provable. It's not … I'm not a fucking conspiracy nut, it's provable. A handful, a very small elite, run and own these corporations, which include the mainstream media. I have this feeling that whoever is elected president, like Clinton was, no matter what you promise on the campaign trail – blah, blah, blah – when you win, you go into this smoke-filled room with the twelve industrialist capitalist scum-fucks who got you in there. And you're in this smoky room, and this little film screen comes down … and a big guy with a cigar goes, "Roll the film." And it's a shot of the Kennedy assassination from an angle you've never seen before … that looks suspiciously like it's from the grassy knoll. And then the screen goes up and the lights come up, and they go to the new president, "Any questions?" "Er, just what my agenda is." "First we bomb Baghdad." "You got it …" "
Only six people in the entire Galaxy understood the principle on which the Galaxy was governed, and they knew that once Zaphod Beeblebrox had announced his intention to run as President it was more or less a fait accompli: he was the ideal Presidency fodder ... The President ... is very much a figurehead - he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it.
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Please don't make statements like this. The article you linked explains that an ECC-based random number generator designed / championed by the NSA appears to have a backdoor. That means that, if you use that random number generator, someone at the NSA might be able to guess the random numbers you picked (or, at least, might have a better chance at guessing them).
That is certainly a reason not to use that particular random number generator, but it doesn't appear that Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) is entirely broken; just that this particular RNG might be.
(I vaguely remember hearing about some ECC news coming out of the recent Defcon, but I haven't chased it up yet. However, the link you posted seems to be information from 2007.)"
No, ECC was invented independently at IBM and the University of Washington. That article is talking about a random number generator based on elliptic curves, which nobody actually uses because it's slow and blatantly backdoored. ECC is currently believed to be extremely secure, and there's no need to discourage people from using it by scaremongering.
empath: “Understandable, he has been disappointing. However, we should move on and accept what he is, which isn't all bad, and better than Romney.
Overseeing the implementation of an out of control surveillance state is pretty bad, though I'm sure that Romney, McCain, or Hillary would have done the same thing.”
Has anyone tried SecureGmail? Is it any good?
It's Chrome & Gmail only, but...
I'm just an ordinary person. But I really know, after all my research and some serious thinking things through, that I can't stay online personally without losing my humanness, now that I know that ensuring privacy online is impossible.
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