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a reply to a comment on the Instant Answer Idea Computer capacity unities converter 4 years and 1 month ago
Thank you for the response. This is one of the particularities that make bridging computer science and the double-e fields of practice difficult. Electronics people tend to use the engineering prefixes (lowercase k for kilo, uppercase K for Kelvin units, lowercase m for meter, uppercase M for mega) while in the information technology world - kB and KiB are used interchangeably without much concern for misuse.
a comment on the General Rambling Secure web browsing suggestion - icon to denote link to https 4 years and 1 month ago
I strongly advocate the use of secure web connections. HTTP Secure (https://) uses SSL certificates to "verify" the identity of the server, and AES encryption to cryptographically secure the connection from prying eyes. I therefore would like to submit a suggestion for a feature that would allow to identify secure search results, like the padlock in the address/omnibar.

My suggestion is to inform the searching party that the link they are clicking on is secure - simply by changing the mouseover address that appears.

Regular hit hover text: "ebay.ca/searchterm" (which is the current form)
Secure hit hover text: "(https) ebay.ca/searchterm"

Perhaps even "(secure) ebay.ca/searchterm"

Or the latter could identify a site whose certificate is also EV2 (strongest verification of server identity). (https) could be used to denote cryptographically sound links while (secure) could be used for banking institutions and such sites who have verified their identities with an EV2 certificate.

Anyhow, it would be nice to have a way to know the website is secured before clicking the link. :)
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Searching for netbank.com.au shows a high ranked phishing site for Commonwealth Bank 4 years and 1 month ago
It appears to me that most of these results seem somewhat questionable in one way or another. I think this deserves a bump and some extra attention.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling DuckDuckGo browser? I think it would be best - you'd be up there with firefox and Tor :D 4 years and 1 month ago
Tor actually prevents man-in-the-middle attacks by encrypting (and obfuscating) and connection between yourself and the exit node. From there on, the communication is plaintext until it reaches its destination, unless you use SSL/TLS. Connections that do not exit the Tor network are end to end encryption (ie - .onion URLs). The only potential point of attack for a MITM is when one uses Tor to browse the clearweb with plain HTTP. Anyone who taps your line between the exit node and destination can intercept communications. Your ISP, however, would not know where you went or what you did - although they could discover that you use Tor if you do not use a relay.

I suspect even a DDG branded browser could not solve this problem - the only way to make sure your communications are end to end encrypted is with HTTPS.
a comment on the Instant Answer Idea Computer capacity unities converter 4 years and 1 month ago
There is a distinction to be made. "Kilo", "Mega", "Giga" are metric prefixes that mean 10^3, 10^6 and 10^9. However; a "KiB" (kibibyte) or "MiB" (mebibyte) are indeed multiples of 1024 as they are binary prefixes.

Kilo = 10^3 = 1 000 bytes
Mega = 10^6 = 1 000 000 bytes

Kibi = 2^10 = 1024 bytes
Mebi = 2^20 = 1 048 576 bytes

The metric prefixes are widely used in engineering professions, and as such they coincide with the engineering notation that we use. Sadly, marketing from storage companies (notably - hard disk manufacturers) has led the mass population to believe that a kilobyte is actually 1024 bytes.

Arguably, saying "kibi" and "mebi" is less attractive than "kilo" and "mega", but the distinction still exists - metric prefixes are expressed in powers of ten while binary prefixes are expressed in powers of two.

Therefore, DuckDuckGo is returning the correct value. :)
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