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  •  no encryption is unbreakable (0+ / 0-)

    and while I cede the argument to you as technically correct I think the practicalities of it would be the status quo.

    Der Weg ist das Ziel

    by duhban on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 03:02:08 PM PDT

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    •  Erroneous & Irrelevant: How Very Efficient Of You (1+ / 0-)

      First, the error: unbreakable encryption exists, though it has practical limitations. The practicalities can be satisfied by substituting forms of encryption that are breakable in theory but not in practice (i.e. the cooling requirements for the system must accomodate "the sun blows up into a red giant about halfway through the calculations").

      Second, the missing of the point: the effect of routine encryption is to limit surveillance to specific suspects (as even high-strength encryption can be subverted by physically tapping the user's keyboard or screen... but it has to be done one target at a time, which is a major shift away from the status quo and toward the Constitution).

      On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

      by stevemb on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 03:29:43 PM PDT

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      •  between user error and the limitations (0+ / 0-)

        of truly currently unbreakable encoding techniques I stand by my statement that no encryption is unbreakable.

        hell even your 'example' admits that there are issues with it the biggest being that it needs a truly random generation. Do you even have half a clue how difficult that is to pull off in a computer? Especially in the scale we are talking about of millions of numbers?

        You also don't seem to understand that raw computing power is increasing at an exponential rate. Passwords that were 'unbreakable' 20 years ago can often be brute forced by an off the shelf desk top. You really think they stand a snowball's chance in hell against a concentrated hashing attempt?

        There is no system that can not be cracked it you are willing to put in the time, resources and energy. And if Europe wants to try and create a 'digital fortress' I wish them luck. Even though it remains mostly hypocritical on their part.

        Der Weg ist das Ziel

        by duhban on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 03:38:38 PM PDT

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