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COMMENT 1d ago

The only thing I know of in production is chacha12 in Android for FDE, and only in low-end phones.

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COMMENT 1d ago

My very layman assumption that i'm making is that there should always be excessive margins of safety specifically to protect from the unknown, especially if they aren't computationally costly in the grand scheme of things. For this reason alone i'm more inclined to lean into something like Google using chacha12 for FDE in low-end android phones, vs reducing rounds to just above the best-known-at-present attacks.

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COMMENT 1d ago

My best advice is to avoid joining a gang.

But if you wanted a serious response, we need to put long-term solutions in place like spreading out low income housing, investing heavily in the south side to provide opportunities, etc. Those things have been demonstrated to actually work. We could also take reasonable steps to further modernize policing to get our violent crime clearance rate up. On that front, things have been improving https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-chicago-police-2020-clearance-rates-20201215-2evyuaybxbcvxex7s4wlvrx62q-story.html

Multiple studies have shown that while harsher punishments do not deter crime, the perception that you have a high risk of getting caught does. The clearance rate going up from 29% to 45-55% is a step in the right direction.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Except these particular cases are about a corrupt cop with 50+ potential falsified murder convictions. It doesn't really matter who is in the seat in these cases, it doesn't make sense to prosecute cases where the evidence and testimony can be easily thrown away. These cases are unwinnable because of the bad cop.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Ahh i had forgotten the title. Thanks!

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COMMENT 1d ago

I know and work with JP on a regular basis and respect his work totally, and I still don't think the justification is there to call chacha8 "safe enough". haha

It's a tough sell to say that things are well understood enough that a breakthrough will never occur where chacha20 is still safe and chacha8 is not.

I would also call Bernsteins recent paper about how biasing a quantum cryptography competition would look controversial. ( I can't find it at a glance, did he delete it? )

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COMMENT 1d ago

Well that, and the number of vaccinated has been steadily increasing since february.

It is still good information considering all of the confounding variables. It definitely shows that unvaccinated people are the vast majority of serious cases.

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COMMENT 1d ago

There is a very nice graphic at the bottom with the 7-day moving average since feb 2021.

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COMMENT 1d ago

The state of Virginia has started publishing stats separated by vaccination status.

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-data-insights/covid-19-cases-by-vaccination-status/

The hospitalization numbers and death numbers are staggeringly different.

At the time of writing:

2451 deaths among unvaccinated.

37 deaths among vaccinated.

6999 unvaccinated hospitalized

114 vaccinated hospitalized

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COMMENT 4d ago

For Asus routers, flashing to Merlin updates OpenVPN which enables hardware acceleration. Newer routers get large speed gains. As others have said, Wireguard will be faster.

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COMMENT 6d ago

That and the fact that being a criminal makes you virtually unemployable regardless of if you're rehabilitated or not.

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COMMENT 9d ago

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41577-020-00436-4

I'm aware of some viruses like Epstein-barr where some antibodies last for life (even in that case IgM goes away but IgG persists), but many viruses do not trigger long term antibody production. Is that fair to say?

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COMMENT 9d ago

thx

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COMMENT 9d ago

building better would just solve somebody else's problem

Like, you know, the ecosphere.

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COMMENT 9d ago

The new thing in the US is to build your house out of the same crappy materials, but then glue a thin sheet of fake bricks or stone to the front to look nicer. The construction term is "veneer stone" or "veneer bricks".

It's kind of a metaphor for our whole economy.

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COMMENT 9d ago

It's also a German bridge. The house just toppled over it intact.

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COMMENT 9d ago

The tests from summer last year showed a sharp drop off in antibodies after a couple of months

Isn't that normal? It is my understanding that your body doesn't just keep antibodies around all the time. T and B cells "remember" the pathogen and respond with antibodies when a new infection is detected. (Very layman understanding, please chime in with a better explanation if you know more.)

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COMMENT 9d ago

Many people misunderstand vaccines to be a magic wand where you can no longer get infected at all.

It's more nuanced than that. You still get exposed by inhaling the virus, it still often gets a foothold and replicates for a very mild infection. The difference is that your body recognizes it and fights it off immediately, rather than taking days to weeks to learn and respond to the pathogen.

This means that your exposure is often completely asymptomatic, because the infection never gets bad enough to notice. Additionally, you never build up enough of the virus to shed, which means it prevents you from transmitting the virus to others.

On the UK + Delta situation, the vaccine is slightly less effective, but even so, very few people are getting sick enough to be hospitalized. This will usually be people who have immune disorders, are on some sort of immunosuppressant like various steroids, or they somehow get exposed to an enormous viral load (think unprotected worker in a covid ward of a hospital or similar).

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COMMENT 9d ago

While I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment, this story is particularly troubling for people living in states that aren't as well resourced as the big power centers of the world.

This shows that cyberweapons are effectively being sold to regimes that no one should trust to act ethically, and those cyberweapons are unsurprisingly being used against civilians to crush dissent.

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COMMENT 10d ago

I feel like crystal meth or pretty much any painkiller or anti-inflammation drug would also make old mice run further... That doesn't seem to be a very rigorous or definitive result.

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COMMENT 16d ago

Actually quite a bit. Privacy focused services have less sources of monetization, and thus less money to throw at ISPs for preferred traffic. This means that snooping services have a significant advantage over private ones.

Also, net neutrality aside there are some direct privacy and transparency changes regarding ISPs collecting data.

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COMMENT 17d ago

Yes, $25 transaction fees will fix the problem.

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COMMENT 20d ago

It varies hugely with location as you've said.

The Andersonville Jewel often has leather chicken tenders and mushy potato wedges.

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COMMENT 20d ago

The part that I find problematic is if you encounter a one-off video about something, it will recommend similar things to death for weeks on end.

If Ben Shapiro says something stupid and I watch a video of it for context to see if it was really as stupid as everyone says it is, then I dislike it after watching, I still get all caps Y'all Qaeda videos in my feed for the next few weeks.

It is easy to see how misinformation is a recruiting tool with this model.

I understand that YouTube will do the same thing if I watch a cute animal video, but there has to be things that can be done. I think a good idea is one like Twitter is doing. They don't censor content that doesn't violate the rules, but if someone with no qualifications talks about COVID-19, there's a warning that "this person has no qualifications". If someone who is an authority speaks about COVID-19, the warning becomes affirmation. "Doctor Whoever has a PhD in Immunology from Johns Hopkins."

Just the small banner that says "you probably shouldn't listen to this idiot" vs "this person is an expert in the field mentioned here" would go miles.