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Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

Advocatus Diaboli A digital version of the "Doomsday Machine" (194 comments)

Do the morons in NSA seriously believe that the USA is the only country with the technology to build a Digital Doomsday Machine? Has anyone of them watched Dr. Strangelove? Having said that, the level of hubris they are displaying seems about right.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

Advocatus Diaboli Have you tried Dreamhost? (148 comments)

I have found dreamhost.com to be particularly level-headed when dealing with DMCA-based bullshit. And yes, my opinion is based on a series of experiences with DMCA-trolls.

about a month and a half ago
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Report: Apple To Unveil "Smart Home" System

Advocatus Diaboli What could go wrong? (174 comments)

The road to hell is paved with good intentions and dreams of financial gains. Aren't they betting that such a system (or its components) cannot be hacked?

about 3 months ago
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Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

Advocatus Diaboli Re:Warning Shot (148 comments)

Actually, most of their high value missiles use inertial navigation- just like those of every other country. Nobody trusts navigation satellites for anything more important than short and medium range cruise missiles.

about 5 months ago
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Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

Advocatus Diaboli Re:Warning Shot (148 comments)

Wishful thinking. Playing around with Russia in 2014 is very different from doing so with Iraq in 1991. You would have to be insane to do that and believe that they would not respond in kind or worse. More likely to the result of an internal update.

about 5 months ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

Advocatus Diaboli The real puzzle (382 comments)

Evidently the aircraft had enough power to run the pinging transmitter for over 4 hours after the transponder went dead (or was turned off). This implies that the aircraft also had enough power and structural integrity for at least some of its communication systems to work. But the experienced pilots did not make even one distress call or issue a single distress code. Why not? What prevented them from doing it?

about 5 months ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

Advocatus Diaboli The plane was pinging hours after it disappeared (382 comments)

A satellite transmitter on the plane was active for about five hours, indicating the plane was operational after its transponder shut down less than an hour after takeoff, said three U.S. government officials. The 777 can cruise at 500 miles (805 kilometers) an hour or more, meaning it may have flown for as far as 2,500 miles beyond its last point of contact if it was intact and had enough fuel. Link (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-13/missing-malaysian-jet-said-to-have-flown-with-beacon-off.html)

about 5 months ago
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Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

Advocatus Diaboli Is Win 8.1 that bad? (392 comments)

Given the history of MS trying to squeeze every last cent out of their captive audience, a free version of Win 8.1 (even one bundled with bing') sounds like desperation.

about 6 months ago
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Wikileaks Aiding Snowden - Chinese Social Media Divided - Relations Strained

Advocatus Diaboli Re:hope it was worth it (629 comments)

Women prefer dangerous guys over milquetoast ones.

about a year ago
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Wikileaks Aiding Snowden - Chinese Social Media Divided - Relations Strained

Advocatus Diaboli Anti-Citizen One (629 comments)

I would like to point out that Edward Snowden not only has a physical resemblance to the' Gordon Freeman' character in the Half-Life Game Series, but has effectively become 'Anti-Citizen One'- in real life.

about a year ago
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Scientists Themselves Play Large Role In Bad Reporting

Advocatus Diaboli The system selects for CONmen and Shysters (114 comments)

I remember writing a post about this phenomena about a year ago. The short version of the story is that over the last 30-40 years, universities and research institutes have increasingly recruited "scientist" with strong tendencies towards showmanship, fraud, lying and bullshitting. This change is largely due to changing nature of incentives as well as methods of evaluation and promotion in these institutions. Peer reviewed research and grants are probably the biggest culprit. Here is the link: http://dissention.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/why-all-publicised-breakthroughs-are-lies/

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Lost Decade

Advocatus Diaboli Corporations ARE the Modern Version of Fiefdoms (407 comments)

That is because Corporations are the Modern Version of Fiefdoms (http://bit.ly/MSfvml) with a fatal obsession for "Metrics and Productivity" (http://bit.ly/tB6o8I) both which can be easily gamed. Furthermore their supposed focus on shareholder value makes them susceptible to short-termism (http://bit.ly/McEkgs) as the reward system is rather dystopic (http://bit.ly/LYEke4).

about 2 years ago
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World's Most Powerful x86 Supercomputer Boots Up in Germany

Advocatus Diaboli The Super Computer Race is a Sad Scam (151 comments)

What are these machines being used for anyway? What have we achieved so far? How far has simulation of complex natural systems been helpful in understanding them? Can we make better predictions using faster computers or more refined algorithms? So far, computer simulations have not helped us understand or find dark matter- if something like that even exists. Our ability to predict the weather is still shit, and our climate models require “correction” factors to even approach observed values. Our ability to model protein folding and bio-molecular interactions is still pretty pathetic. This state of affairs has persisted in the face of colossal increases in available computational power. So what is going on? Why haven’t the computer gods delivered? Why would throwing more computational power at a problem solve it if previous attempts to do so have proved futile? http://dissention.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/the-super-computer-race-is-a-sad-scam/

about 2 years ago
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Spooky: How NSA's Surveillance Algorithms See Into Your Life

Advocatus Diaboli Delusions of capability (211 comments)

Their biggest problem is not fixable and is linked to what type of communication ultimately destroys a fraudulent society. Hint: It is the mundane stuff. http://dissention.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/spying-and-surveillance-is-rapidly-becoming-worthless/ and it also does not help that intelligence agencies are run by status hungry human beings. http://dissention.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/universal-organizational-flaws-in-intelligence-agencies-1/

about 2 years ago
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Have We Reached Maximum Sustainable Population Size?

Advocatus Diaboli How does he know that? (1070 comments)

This scumbags is only one of the many who routinely put out such predictions based on "models". Ask yourself- When have people like him been right? If not why not? and why do they continue to make these predictions?

more than 3 years ago

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NSA/GCHQ: The HACIENDA Program for Internet Colonization

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  5 days ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "Since the early days of TCP, port scanning has been used by computer saboteurs to locate vulnerable systems. In a new set of top secret documents seen by Heise, it is revealed that in 2009, the British spy agency GCHQ made port scans a "standard tool" to be applied against entire nations. Twenty-seven countries are listed as targets of the HACIENDA program in the presentation, which comes with a promotional offer: readers desiring to do reconnaissance against another country need simply send an e-mail."
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NSA BIOS Backdoor a.k.a. God Mode Malware Part 1: DEITYBOUNCE

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  5 days ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "This article is the first part of a series on NSA BIOS backdoor internals. Before we begin, I’d like to point out why these malwares are classified as “god mode.” First, most of the malware uses an internal (NSA) codename in the realms of “gods,” such as DEITYBOUNCE, GODSURGE, etc. Second, these malwares have capabilities similar to “god mode” cheats in video games, which make the player using it close to being invincible. This is the case with this type of malware because it is very hard to detect and remove, even with the most sophisticated anti-malware tools, during its possible deployment timeframe."
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NSA Tried To Delete Court Transcript In Lawsuit Over Deleting Evidence

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about two weeks ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "The National Security Agency secretly tried to delete part of a public court transcript after believing one of its lawyers may have accidentally revealed classified information in a court case over alleged illegal surveillance. Following a recent hearing in the ongoing Jewel v. NSA case, in which the Electronic Frontier Foundation is challenging NSA’s ability to surveil foreign citizen’s U.S.-based email and social media accounts, the government informed U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White it believed one of its attorneys mistakenly revealed classified information. The government then requested that the select portion of the hearing’s public transcript be secretly deleted without alerting the public to the alteration. According to the EFF, the open courtroom case — which has been steadily picking up media coverage following NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s bulk surveillance revelations — was “widely covered by the press” and “even on the local TV news on two stations.”"
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Leaked docs show spyware used to snoop on US computers

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about two weeks ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "Software created by the controversial UK-based Gamma Group International was used to spy on computers that appear to be located in the United States, the UK, Germany, Russia, Iran, and Bahrain, according to a leaked trove of documents analyzed by ProPublica. It's not clear whether the surveillance was conducted by governments or private entities. Customer e-mail addresses in the collection appeared to belong to a German surveillance company, an independent consultant in Dubai, the Bosnian and Hungarian Intelligence services, a Dutch law enforcement officer, and the Qatari government."
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Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about two weeks ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "Nearly half of the people on the U.S. government’s widely shared database of terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept. Of the 680,000 people caught up in the government’s Terrorist Screening Database—a watchlist of “known or suspected terrorists” that is shared with local law enforcement agencies, private contractors, and foreign governments—more than 40 percent are described by the government as having “no recognized terrorist group affiliation.” That category—280,000 people—dwarfs the number of watchlisted people suspected of ties to al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah combined."
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The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users with Malware with Drive-by Downloads

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about two weeks ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "For the last two years, the FBI has been quietly experimenting with drive-by hacks as a solution to one of law enforcement’s knottiest Internet problems: how to identify and prosecute users of criminal websites hiding behind the powerful Tor anonymity system. The approach has borne fruit—over a dozen alleged users of Tor-based child porn sites are now headed for trial as a result. But it’s also engendering controversy, with charges that the Justice Department has glossed over the bulk-hacking technique when describing it to judges, while concealing its use from defendants."
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The NSA's New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about a month ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "The National Security Agency last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world’s most repressive and abusive government agencies. An April 2013 top secret memo provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden details the agency’s plans “to provide direct analytic and technical support” to the Saudis on “internal security” matters. The Saudi Ministry of Interior—referred to in the document as MOI— has been condemned for years as one of the most brutal human rights violators in the world. In 2013, the U.S. State Department reported that “Ministry of Interior officials sometimes subjected prisoners and detainees to torture and other physical abuse,” specifically mentioning a 2011 episode in which MOI agents allegedly “poured an antiseptic cleaning liquid down [the] throat” of one human rights activist. The report also notes the MOI’s use of invasive surveillance targeted at political and religious dissidents."
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about a month ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept. ...The heart of the document revolves around the rules for placing individuals on a watchlist. “All executive departments and agencies,” the document says, are responsible for collecting and sharing information on terrorist suspects with the National Counterterrorism Center. It sets a low standard—”reasonable suspicion“—for placing names on the watchlists, and offers a multitude of vague, confusing, or contradictory instructions for gauging it. In the chapter on “Minimum Substantive Derogatory Criteria”—even the title is hard to digest—the key sentence on reasonable suspicion offers little clarity..."
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Photoshopping of adult porn nets man 10-year child-porn conviction

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about a month ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "A federal appeals court upheld Thursday the child pornography conviction and accompanying 10-year prison term handed to a Nebraska man who superimposed the image of an underaged girl's face onto a picture of two adults having sex. The 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected (PDF) claims from 28-year-old Jeffrey Anderson that his actions were protected by the First Amendment. Anderson sent the doctored image to his 11-year-old half-sister via Facebook, resulting in the charge of distributing child pornography. Anderson had superimposed the half sister's face onto the photo, the court said."
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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about a month ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, “amplif[y]” sanctioned messages on YouTube, and censor video content judged to be “extremist.” The capabilities, detailed in documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, even include an old standby for pre-adolescent prank callers everywhere: A way to connect two unsuspecting phone users together in a call. The tools were created by GCHQ’s Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG), and constitute some of the most startling methods of propaganda and internet deception contained within the Snowden archive. Previously disclosed documents have detailed JTRIG’s use of “fake victim blog posts,” “false flag operations,” “honey traps” and psychological manipulation to target online activists, monitor visitors to WikiLeaks, and spy on YouTube and Facebook users."
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Obama administration says the world's servers are ours

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about a month ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes ""Global governments, the tech sector, and scholars are closely following a legal flap in which the US Justice Department claims that Microsoft must hand over e-mail stored in Dublin, Ireland. In essence, President Barack Obama's administration claims that any company with operations in the United States must comply with valid warrants for data, even if the content is stored overseas. It's a position Microsoft and companies like Apple say is wrong, arguing that the enforcement of US law stops at the border. A magistrate judge has already sided with the government's position, ruling in April that "the basic principle that an entity lawfully obligated to produce information must do so regardless of the location of that information." Microsoft appealed to a federal judge, and the case is set to be heard on July 31.""
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies."
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Facebook Experiments Had Few Limits

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes ""Thousands of Facebook Inc. users received an unsettling message two years ago: They were being locked out of the social network because Facebook believed they were robots or using fake names. To get back in, the users had to prove they were real. In fact, Facebook knew most of the users were legitimate. The message was a test designed to help improve Facebook's antifraud measures. In the end, no users lost access permanently. The experiment was the work of Facebook's Data Science team, a group of about three dozen researchers with unique access to one of the world's richest data troves: the movements, musings and emotions of Facebook's 1.3 billion users"

and there is more..

"Until recently, the Data Science group operated with few boundaries, according to a former member of the team and outside researchers. At a university, researchers likely would have been required to obtain consent from participants in such a study. But Facebook relied on users' agreement to its Terms of Service, which at the time said data could be used to improve Facebook's products. Those terms now say that user data may be used for research. "There's no review process, per se," said Andrew Ledvina, a Facebook data scientist from February 2012 to July 2013. "Anyone on that team could run a test," Mr. Ledvina said. "They're always trying to alter peoples' behavior." He recalled a minor experiment in which he and a product manager ran a test without telling anyone else at the company. Tests were run so often, he said, that some data scientists worried that the same users, who were anonymous, might be used in more than one experiment, tainting the results.""

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Core gamers uncomfortable with change, says Peter Moore

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes ""Core" gamers are uncomfortable with change and don't like embracing new business models, according to EA's Peter Moore. The publisher's COO told GamesIndustry that EA is excited about the future health of the industry, but conceded that some traditional gamers will take longer to convince that new innovations will be beneficial."
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U.S. justices limit police right to search cell phones

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about 2 months ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "The court said on a 9-0 vote that the right of police to search an arrested suspect at the scene without a warrant does not extend in most circumstances to data held on a cell phone.

Here is a link to the actual judgement. (http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/13-132_8l9c.pdf)"

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NSA Spook-Turned-Twitter-Pundit Goes Dark After Dick Pic Surfaces

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about 2 months ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "A well-known conservative pundit and secrecy expert who once worked as an NSA officer has deleted all of his social media accounts after screenshots leaked this weekend that appeared to show him sending sexy messages and a shot of his soft penis to a Twitter follower who was not his wife. John Schindler is a professor at the Naval War College who has written conservative analyses on global security for Politico and Foreign Policy while scrapping with leftists and libertarians online. A former naval officer who worked as a counterterrorism operative at the NSA for more than a decade, Schindler has long defended that agency's secret surveillance efforts while attacking information activists like Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and Glenn Greenwald."
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Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops to Deceive Judges

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about a month ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "Police in Florida have, at the request of the U.S. Marshals Service, been deliberately deceiving judges and defendants about their use of a controversial surveillance tool to track suspects, according to newly obtained emails. At the request of the Marshals Service, the officers using so-called stingrays have been routinely telling judges, in applications for warrants, that they obtained knowledge of a suspect’s location from a “confidential source” rather than disclosing that the information was gleaned using a stingray."
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How Secret Partners Expand NSA's Surveillance Dragnet

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about 2 months ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "It has already been widely reported that the NSA works closely with eavesdropping agencies in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia as part of the so-called Five Eyes surveillance alliance. But the latest Snowden documents show that a number of other countries, described by the NSA as “third-party partners,” are playing an increasingly important role – by secretly allowing the NSA to install surveillance equipment on their fiber-optic cables. The NSA documents state that under RAMPART-A, foreign partners “provide access to cables and host U.S. equipment.” This allows the agency to covertly tap into “congestion points around the world” where it says it can intercept the content of phone calls, faxes, e-mails, internet chats, data from virtual private networks, and calls made using Voice over IP software like Skype."
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Was 'Watch Dogs' for PC Handicapped on Purpose?

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about 2 months ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "Many PC gamers were disappointed that Ubisoft's latest AAA game Watch_Dogs did not look as nice as when displayed at E3 in 2012. But this week a modder discovered that code to improve the game on PC is still buried within the released game, and can be turned back on without difficulty or performance hits. Ubisoft has yet to answer whether (or why) their PC release was deliberately handicapped."
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How Nest Is Using Data From Its Army of 'Smart' Smoke Alarms

Advocatus Diaboli Advocatus Diaboli writes  |  about 2 months ago

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "Consider that each Protect is packed full of sensors, some of which are capable of much more than they're doing right now: What could go wrong?

"From heat and light sensors to motion sensors and ultrasonic wave sensors.This simple little device could scrape an incredible amount of data about your life if Nest asked it to: From when you get home, to when you go to bed, to your daily routine, to when you cook dinner. Now imagine how a device like that would interlock with another that you keep on your wrist, like the forthcoming Android Wear. Together, they would create a seamless mesh of connectivity where every detail of what you do and where you go is recorded into a living, breathing algorithm based on your life.""

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