Gabriel Mirea

Managing Partner and Co-Owner, DDNet
Bucharest, Romania

About Gabriel

Languages

English, Romanian

Areas of Expertise

Security, IPTV, product development

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Gabriel Mirea
Posted over 1 year ago
Maz Jobrani: A Saudi, an Indian and an Iranian walk into a Qatari bar ...
I agree with you that one should not be too hasty in generalization but you missed the point here. What you probably meant to say is "Female circumcision and child marriage are harmful practices that you hope to eradicate but that doesn't make every single muslim EVIL" (since not all muslims practice this, it is a true statement). However, it's my opinion (shared by many others, including muslims) that these two practices are EVIL in themselves and hence everyone practicing them is evil...
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Gabriel Mirea
Posted about 3 years ago
Mikko Hypponen: Fighting viruses, defending the net
Mikko, first off congrats on the presentation. I am a security consultant and I often do presentations so I can appreciate the effort that went into your presentation. Trying to explain difficult concepts to a diverse crowd can be very hard yet this was perfect. I would, however, have to disagree with you on your conclusion. We do not _need_ a more controlled Internet. It would definitely not work and any attempt to create such a "task force" would fail miserably. Thankfully the forefathers of the Internet designed it in such a way that it is impossible. Obviously you are aware that any kind of censorship will fail, any type of control will be circumvented. With the rise of P2P DNS services trying to block domain names will become futile. Imposing IP block bans would by no means disable a well crafted botnet and so on. No matter how much money, hours and effort one would bring into this, there will be ten if not a hundred times more effort and time brought in by the bad guys, as long as they have a way to *monetyze* this. I think this is the key. Cut them off from the profits! Find the payment gateways used by large-scale scammers and shut them down. Force major e-tailers to implement better security. Take e-banking as an example. I'd bet that if Amazon would start using physical token-based authentication in addition to on-line u&p we'd be far better and lesser and lesser crooks would invest in harvesting cc's for a profit. Sure, we won't be able to fully eradicate the phenomena, but it would be a start. Cut them from their processors, cut them from big retailers and then the bulk of attacks will stop. We'd still have to deal with crackers, dosers, script kiddies and what not, but at least we could limit their motivation and their available funds. We have so many sectors where we need tons of money in security (infrastructure, corporate, gov institutions) that we need not spend time, money and effort on controlling something that was designed to be like this.
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Gabriel Mirea
Posted over 3 years ago
Mike Matas: A next-generation digital book
I agree with you on the pleasure of reading and imagining stuff as you read, but think about reading something that you wish to learn. Think about a history book. Sure, you can read ten pages of details about a battle but at the same time you could watch an animation and understand all the details at a glance. This technology is not for every kind of book, but it can certainly make the difference on some of them!
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Gabriel Mirea
Posted over 3 years ago
Paul Root Wolpe: It's time to question bio-engineering
I have a feeling we're talking about different things here. I'm talking about the research at J. Craig Venter Institute where they've created artificial cells that replicate. You can read more about this here: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/05/scientists-create-first-self-replicating-synthetic-life/
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Gabriel Mirea
Posted over 3 years ago
Paul Root Wolpe: It's time to question bio-engineering
Ryan, it's not at all a blatantly false statement. It's quite accurate IMHO. So far we've been able to experiment with selective breeding. Now, with the discoveries that have been made we can _design_ something from zero, rather than taking a + b and evaluating the result and repeating the process.
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Gabriel Mirea
Posted about 4 years ago
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Inside a school for suicide bombers
Simon, that's a bit of a one sided view there, don't you think? You talk like you've found the root of all problems - the US and their army. But you forget that "occupation" and "territorial conflicts" were present in the world even before the (rather young country named) USA was formed. The Qur'an was written in a time of war. Many of the writings and teachings have helped the rulers of that time to conquer new territories. How can you put all that on something that's only happening in the last 10-20 years? I think "foreign occupation" could be tracked back as early as the first two human clans met and didn't want to share the same hunting ground. I think you need to dig deeper if you want to find the true reason behind the current conflicts. I agree that it's not rocket science, but it's not easy either.
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Gabriel Mirea
Posted about 4 years ago
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Inside a school for suicide bombers
Yasser, I see were you're going with this, and you are certainly right that we'll not see any of this stuff on ted anywhere soon. However, there is a key point to be made. There is a direct correlation between an event and the support that the event gets. You've cited a lot of bad things that happen(ed) in the West, however there isn't currently a single Christian that would agree with the pedofile cases in the church. Alas, there are no americans that agree with killing innocent people. On the other side, the support and encouragement for these so called martyrs is huge in the Islamic world, and this is bad in my opinion. I've yet to study in depth the Islam, but I've heard from a lot of people that it is a religion of peace. It would be nice if more people started acting peacefully and openly condemn the suicide attacks. Do you think that will happen before we have the first TED talk about pedofile priests? I think not... And it's sad for all of us, I guess.
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Gabriel Mirea
Posted over 4 years ago
Craig Venter: Watch me unveil "synthetic life"
"What if it should mutate into a disease and kill everything?" Well, then evolution would have taken its course, obviously. There's nothing stopping this from happening in nature. A certain bug can be affected by a certain chemical component and evolve into the next mass killer. Nature has found a way to balance this for billions of years, if you respect it as you state, have faith in the fact that it will do so with us being here as well. Besides, the pros are definitely outweighing the cons here. The true scientists are going to be able to do faster and more evolved research. Of course it could be dangerous in the hands of the wrong people, but so does an AK47 and that doesn't seem to bother anyone.
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Gabriel Mirea
Posted over 4 years ago
Craig Venter: Watch me unveil "synthetic life"
What is it with you people trying to tip-toe around a story and offer screwed-up figures like it's science. Who on Earth came up with the "statistic" that you are quoting? Can you do 2'nd grade math? If you actually believe that everyday there are 5 million people dying, then each year 1.8 Billion people die. Are you serious?