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    Yesterday, 04:11 PM
    What are you talking about? Virginia is a free open carry, and shall-issue concealed state. Anyone over 18 can have a rifle and anyone over 21 a handgun. Link me a reference to gun violence in Charlottesville. I have not heard of a single incident. And with our media, that practically guarantees there was none. In extremely heated protests that had violence. If anything, that proves that despite the endless fear mongering, people who have guns aren't crazy people who go on killing sprees. Or shoot indiscriminately when their lives aren't in mortal danger. Me, personally, I'd like to have a gun if I needed one. Maybe your insecurity comes from the fact you couldn't be trusted with a gun in a crowd of angry people throwing piss and other unknown objects at you.
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    07-30-2017, 01:07 AM
    Hey - wanted to clarify a point regarding email encryption. There is a reason why encrypting email is such an elusive concept. It's because the infrastructure doesn't really exist. To my knowledge, pretty much all encryption today uses PKI (public key infrastructure), which uses asymmetric encryption (requiring two keys). One key is public which can be given out to everyone. The public key must exist, and must be used for the encryption. That public key has a corresponding private key (which must be kept private) as it's used for decryption. If not everyone is onboard (and they aren't), then you can't encrypt email effectively, because not everyone has their own public & private keys with them. I'm skeptical that you sent to addresses that were set up to receive encrypted emails .. so they would have had to have been plain text. Anyways, takeaways: 1) Yes, by default, email is not a secure method of communication. It's like sending a postcard through USPS. That will usually traverse the internet in general, hitting any number of handlers along the way. 2) Email encryption is a big pain in the neck because of required infrastructure and configuration. I don't even know all that much about it because it just doesn't seem worth it. 3) The best analogy I have for "PKI" encryption is like sending someone a lockbox, but keeping the key yourself. Someone can get/use the lockbox (encryption) perfectly fine, they put their object in it and close it (lock it). They have to send it back to you, and only you can open it because you keep the key.
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