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Australian Law Enforcement Pushes Against Encryption, Advocates Data Retention

FuzzNugget Re:Reason to use end-to-end encryption (82 comments)

Two words: network effect.

I tried switching over my family to an XMPP setup. I installed an XMPP daemon on a home server and made it as easy as I could to get everyone going.

"Why do I have to do this?"
"What's wrong with Skype?"
"This program doesn't look exactly the same, I'm lost!"
"Oh, you're so paranoid!"
"If this is so secure, what's this certificate warning about?"
"Why, are you doing something illegal?"

Sigh... technology can't fix stupid. Until it "just works", nothing is going to change.

In their defense, Jitsi (the only client with OTR and ZRTP, as far as I know) is pretty buggy.

6 hours ago

ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

FuzzNugget Re:About time! (263 comments)

Yeah, just what we need: another excuse for carriers to rape our wallets.


Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

FuzzNugget Re:im not even sure where to start with this. (336 comments)

There are plenty of women who do not want children.

If you could be so kind, sir, as to point me in the right direction, I would be eternally grateful.

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

FuzzNugget dd-wrt works for me (104 comments)

I set hard limits, ran speedtest.net, seems to work. No idea how bulletproof it is.

about a week ago

GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

FuzzNugget GoPro makes dubious claim... (320 comments)

...in yet another marketing stunt.

about a week ago

Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

FuzzNugget Solves one problem, introduces worse ones (139 comments)

So, someone, other than the owner, will be able to remotely disable and wipe a smartphone? Yeah, that can't possibly go wrong.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

FuzzNugget National Geographic (285 comments)

Excellent, sometimes stunning, photography. Thought-provoking, impartial and balanced writing that prompts you to ask questions instead of telling you what to think.

about a week ago

How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

FuzzNugget It makes it even safer (582 comments)

Without the ability for anyone, not just a limited subset of employees, to access and modify the source code, the bug may have never been found. At best, it would have been found later and taken longer to fix.

about a week ago

First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

FuzzNugget A triumph for FOSS (171 comments)

This is why open source is so important.

about two weeks ago

Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

FuzzNugget "Toxins" (588 comments)

This is a word, when spoken by anyone other than a respected and trustworthy medical professional or scientist, should put your bullshit meter on high alert.

They throw this word around like a catch-all, as if it trumps any argument. Hell, it even *sounds* ominous. It evokes mental imagery of a skull and crossbones and attempts to sway you into someone's camp by suppressing the logical and critical thinking portions of your mind.

What are these supposed toxins? They're toxins, duh! Toxins are dangerous! Are you stupid? You don't want people to think your stupid do you?

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

FuzzNugget Re:Web development and tech support (737 comments)


Cmon now, it's not nice to swear at people.

Colorblind doesn't mean I can't see colors. There are many different types of colorblindness. Me, I have difficulty distinguishing between certain particular colors and seeing a few. I've become pretty adept with RGB, which is how I identify the subtle differences.

about two weeks ago

Amazon Reportedly Launching Smartphone This Year

FuzzNugget Try as hard as you want, Amazon (38 comments)

You're still always gonna be the Walmart of the internet.

about two weeks ago

Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

FuzzNugget Better alternative system (325 comments)

I know I've read about other countries that do this, and it makes a lot of sense: assess speeding fines according to the driver's income.

The information is readily available via the federal tax agency. People of lesser means are not fined up to what can be several months of income (in some places) and it actually has an effect on wealthy offenders. Rich buggers with Ferraris and Lambos will pay tens of thousands, creating a similar effect on funding without the corruption (or, at least, less)

But that's waaaay too sensible for North America. No, we like our good 'old boy, corrupted crony system.

about two weeks ago

Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

FuzzNugget Precursor (152 comments)

"Let's give web browsers direct access to hardware!", they said, "it'll be great!"

about two weeks ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

FuzzNugget Re:Let it die (510 comments)

I was seeing myself having to agree with her as to the validity of "Deaf Culture" to maintain peace in the house.

To her, it was always peaceful.

about two weeks ago

Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

FuzzNugget Grandfathering existing free accounts or not? (242 comments)

I have a free account from years and years ago. It still works as long as I visit a URL that they email once a month (of course, they deliberately make the URL unclickable, while there are other clickable URLs within the *same* email... seriously, guys, offer free or don't offer it, but don't be a dick about it)

What TFA doesn't make clear is whether they are ending the grandfathering of existing free accounts or ending the offering of new free accounts (something I thought they already did a few years ago). The wording they've used is ambiguous.

about two weeks ago



European Parliament Legislates Net Neutrality, Bans Roaming Charges

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about three weeks ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "Sure to be the envy of North Americans tired of weakly-regulated telecom monopolies, the European Parliament has passed landmark legislation banning roaming fees and mandating network neutrality, emphasizing "[...] the principle according to which all internet traffic is treated equally, without discrimination, restriction or interference, independently of its sender, recipient, type, content, device, service or application.""
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How the Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee: with a Dash of DRM

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about 1 month ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "Apparently seeking to lock competitors out of the burgeoning single-serve coffee market, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, maker of the popular Keurig coffee machines, is jumping on the DRM bandwagon. GMCR's CEO confirmed this in a statement, heaping piles of marketing doublespeak about providing "game-changing functionality and performance" by using "interactive technology" to "ensure quality". The obvious goal, of course, is to prevent "unlicensed" third parties from selling compatible refills and reusable pods. Want to bet on quickly the DRM will be subverted? Loser buys coffee."
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Canadian Court Sets Numerous Limits in Copyright Troll Case

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about 2 months ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "Law professor Michael Geist summarizes a recent ruling by a Canadian federal court that will allow Voltage Pictures to proceed against regional ISP TekSavvy, but established a series of conditions that prevents the plaintiffs from simply sending out threatening letters en masse:

1. Any "demand letters" sent out must be reviewed and approved by the case management judge.

2. Letters must include a copy of the court order and clearly state, in bold text, that no court ruling has established liability for payment or damages by the recipient.

3. TekSavvy may only disclose subscribers' names and addresses.

4. Voltage Pictures must pay Teksavvy's legal costs before the release of subscriber details.

5. Any further action brought against subscribers must be case managed.

6. Subscriber information must be kept confidential and not disclosed to the general public, the media or anyone not directly relevant to the case.

With these limitations, the court makes it clear that they take individuals' privacy seriously and intend to discourage such scare tactics employed by copyright trolls."

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Stop Trying To "Innovate" Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about 3 months ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "Ars Technica brings the hammer down on the increasing absurdities plaguing laptop keyboards, from the frustrating to the downright asinine "adaptive keyboard" of the new Lenovo X1 Carbon. When will laptop manufacturers finally perform a much needed cranialrectalectomy instead of needlessly reinventing the wheel with every new generation?"
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Australian Teen Reports SQL Injection Vulnerability, Gets Arrested

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about 3 months ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "Wired brings us the latest in security researcher witch hunts: "Joshua Rogers, a 16-year-old in the state of Victoria, found a basic security hole that allowed him to access a database containing sensitive information for about 600,000 public transport users who made purchases through the Metlink web site run by the Transport Department. It was the primary site for information about train, tram and bus timetables. The database contained the full names, addresses, home and mobile phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and a nine-digit extract of credit card numbers used at the site, according to The Age newspaper in Melbourne. Rogers says he contacted the site after Christmas to report the vulnerability but never got a response. After waiting two weeks, he contacted the newspaper to report the problem. When The Age called the Transportation Department for comment, it reported Rogers to the police.""
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Memo to Parents and Society: Teen Social Media "Addiction" is Your Fault

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about 4 months ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "Wired presents a this damning perspective on so-called social media addiction...

If kids can’t socialize, who should parents blame? Simple: They should blame themselves. This is the argument advanced in It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, by Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd. Boyd ... has spent a decade interviewing hundreds of teens about their online lives. What she has found, over and over, is that teenagers would love to socialize face-to-face with their friends. But adult society won’t let them. “Teens aren’t addicted to social media. They’re addicted to each other,” Boyd says. “They’re not allowed to hang out the way you and I did, so they’ve moved it online.

It’s true. As a teenager in the early ’80s I could roam pretty widely with my friends, as long as we were back by dark. Over the next three decades, the media began delivering a metronomic diet of horrifying but rare child-abduction stories, and parents shortened the leash on their kids. Politicians warned of incipient waves of youth wilding and superpredators (neither of which emerged). Municipalities crafted anti-loitering laws and curfews to keep young people from congregating alone. New neighborhoods had fewer public spaces. Crime rates plummeted, but moral panic soared. Meanwhile, increased competition to get into college meant well-off parents began heavily scheduling their kids’ after-school lives.


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Unintended Consequences: iPhone Fingerprint ID may Subvert 5th Amendment

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about 7 months ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "Wired points out how the iPhone's fingerprint authentication brings to light a disconcerting technicality in the right against self incrimination that you might not have considered: "Because the constitutional protection of the Fifth Amendment, which guarantees that “no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself,” may not apply when it comes to biometric-based fingerprints (things that reflect who we are) as opposed to memory-based passwords and PINs (things we need to know and remember)."

Given that the contents of your personal electronic devices are a collective product of your private thoughts and personal memories, shouldn't that right, by extension, apply regardless of the authentication system?"

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Miranda's Lawyers Respond to British Government Regarding Detainment

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about 8 months ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "David Miranda, as we know, was recently detained at Heathrow Airport under extremely dubious circumstances. He has quickly retained a legal firm to send a stern letter to the British Government, demanding the destruction of data collected and the expedient return of items seized. The letter also called them on serious procedural errors, rights deprevations and unlawful excerise of power."
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Obama's Privacy Reform Panel Will Report to... the NSA

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about 8 months ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "No, you didn't just stumble upon The Onion by mistake. Ars Technica reports that Obama's "reform" panel will report directly to James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence who arguably lied to congress about whether the NSA conducted dragnet surveillance of Americans' communications. But is anyone really surprised?"
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Rise of the Warrior Cop: How America's Police Forces Became Militarized

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about 9 months ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "An awakening piece in the Wall Street Journal paints a grim picture of how America's police departments went from community officers walking the beat to full-on, militarized SWAT opterations breaking down the doors of non-violent offenders.

From the article: "In the 1970s, there were just a few hundred [raids] a year; by the early 1980s, there were some 3,000 a year. In 2005, there were approximately 50,000 raids." It goes on to detail examples of agressive, SWAT-style raids on non-violent offenders and how many have ended in unecessary deaths.

Last year, after a Utah man's home was raided for having 16 small mairijuana plants, nearly 300 bullets in total were fired (most of them by the police) in the ensuing gunfight, the homeowner believing he was a victim of a home invasion by criminals. The US miltary veteran later hanged himself in his jail cell while the prosecution sought the death sentence for the murder of one officer he believed to be an criminal assailant. In 2006, a man in Virgina was shot and killed after an undercover detective overheard the man discussing bets on college football games with buddies in a bar. The 38-year-old optomitrist had no criminal record and no history of violence.

The reports range from incredulous to outrageous; from the raid on the Gibson guitar factory for violation of conservational law, to the infiltration of a bar where underage youth were believed to be drinking, to the Tibeten monks were apprehended by police in full SWAT gear for overstaying their visas on a peace mission. Then there's the one about the woman who was subject to a raid for failing to pay her student loan bills.

It's a small wonder why few respect police anymore. SWAT-style raids aren't just for defense against similarly-armed criminals anymore, it's now a standard ops intimidation tactic. How much bloodshed will it take for America to realize such a disproportionate response is unwarranted and disasterous?"

Got Malware? Get a Hammer!

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about 9 months ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "After the Economic Development Administration (EDA) was alerted by the DHS to a possible malware infection, they took extraordinary measures. Fearing a targeted attack by a nation-state, they shut down their entire IT operations, isolating their network from the outside world, disabling their email services and leaving their regional offices high and dry, unable to access the centrally-stored databases.

A security contractor ultimately declared the systems largely clean, finding only six computers infected with untargeted, garden-variety malware and easily repaired by reimaging. But that wasn't enough for the EDA: taking gross incompetence to a whole new level, they proceeded to physically destroy $170,500 worth of equipment, including uninfected systems, printers, cameras, keyboards and mice.

After the destruction was halted — only because they ran out of money to continue smashing up perfectly good hardware — they had racked up a total of $2.3 million in service costs, temporary infrastructure acquisitions and equipment destruction."

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Big Changes Coming to Canada's Wireless Landscape

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about a year ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "The CRTC has unveiled a code of conduct that brings many positive changes for Canadian wireless customers, most notably:
  • Carriers must provide the option to unlock a cell phone after 3 months for subsidized phones within the contract period, or immediately if the device was purchased outright.
  • Contracts are now capped at two years, and cancellation fees are limited to the amount of the subsidy.
  • Carriers can no longer charge outrageous data overage and international roaming charges. Without explicit consent from the a customer, such charges are capped at $50 and $100 per month, respectively.

The full text of the Wireless Code is available on the CRTC's website."
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Raspberry Pi in Spaaaace!

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about a year ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "Using a Raspberry Pi Model A along with a so-called "Raspberry Eye" camera add-on, high altitude balloon hobbyist Dave Akkerman created what may just be the coolest implementation yet: a Raspberry Pi at the edge of space!

What's even better, he also attached a radio device to track its progress and transmit live images that he and fellow balloonists could download during its flight.

The whole thing was put together inside a nifty foam replica of the Pi's logo, which served as a container for the apparatus. Full details and photos are available at the link."

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Canadian Man Pleads Guilty in Celebrity Hacking, Harrassment Case

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about a year ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "A 25-year-old man from Abbotsford, British Columbia has plead guilty to several charges involving the unauthorized access to a computer and phone belonging to singer Carly Rae Jepsen, who also hails from BC.

It's alleged that after obtaining nude photos from the singer's computer and phone, he attempted to sell them to media outlets. The allegations also include releasing a fake sex tape claming to be of the celebrity. As a result, he was charged with a number of offenses, from unauthorized use of computer to (oddly) fraudulently obtaining telecommunications services, mischief to data, identity fraud and possession of stolen property.

It will be interesting to watch this unfold and see how Canada's laws on computer-based crimes compare to those of the US, particularly the notorious Computer Fraud and Abuse Act."

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The Canadian Government's War on Science

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about a year ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "A contributor at ScienceBlogs.com has compiled and published a shockingly long list of systematic attacks on scientific research committed by the Canadian government since the conservatives came to power in 2006.

This antiscientific scourge includes muzzling scientists, shutting down research centres, industry deregulation and repurposing the National Research Council to align with business interests instead of doing real science. It will be another two years before Canadians have the chance to go to the polls, but how much more damage will be done in the mean time?"

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Feds Drop Two of Three Charges Against "Hacker" Gambler

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about a year ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "According to Wired, the two CFAA charges that were laid against the man who exploited a software bug on a video poker machine have been officially dismissed.

Says Wired: "[U.S. District Judge Miranda] Du had asked prosecutors to defend their use of the federal anti-hacking law by Wednesday, in light of a recent 9th Circuit ruling that reigned in the scope of the CFAA. The dismissal leaves John Kane, 54, and Andre Nestor, 41, facing a single remaining charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud"

Kane's lawyer agreed, stating, "The case never should have been filed under the CFAA, it should have been just a straight wire fraud case. And I’m not sure its even a wire fraud. I guess we’ll find out when we go to trial.”"

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Canada Rushes "Anti-Terrorism Bill" Through House of Commons

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  about a year ago

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "After Canada's anti-terrorism provisions were "sunsetted" five years after their ammendment in 2001, Bill S-7, which seeks to reinstate them, was hastily passed through the House of Commons in a landslide 183-93 vote.

It includes extremely creepy provisions such as "preventative detention", where suspects can be detained, questioned and threatened with up to 12 months imprisonment if they fail to comply with arbitrary probational conditions — all without charge. In another, "investigative hearing", anyone suspected of having knowledge of terrorist activity can be threatened with the same penalty for refusing to supply information.

It's obvious that this is in direct response to the recent attack in Boston and, closer to home, the thwarted attempt on VIA Rail and it all begs the question: why does anyone think it's necessary?

The successful halting of the VIA Rail attempt was the result of vigilant Canadians and respectul carraige of RCMP duties without violating anyone's rights. Furthermore, if we accept the premise that "terrorists hate our freedom", why are we letting them win by dissolving those very freedoms?"

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Netflix to go HTML5, but not without DRM

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  1 year,8 days

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "In a recent blog post, Netflix details their plans to transition from Silverlight to HTML5, but with one caveat: HTML5 needs to include a built-in DRM scheme. With the W3C's proposed Encrypted Media Extensions, this may come to frition. But what would we sacrificing in openness and the web as we know it? How will developers of open source browsers like Firefox respond to this?"

Photographer Arrested for Publishing Photo of Graffiti

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  1 year,19 days

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "CBC reports that 20-year-old Montreal student Jennifer Pawluck was arrested for publishing a photo of graffiti depicting a high ranking police commander with a bullet hole in his head.

The details surrounding the arrest are sketchy: though she is accused of criminal harassment, there is nothing to indicate that the publication was anything more than artistic expression and no charges have actually been filed. When interviewed, the response from Montreal Police was unsurprisingly vague, claiming that there were "circumstances surrounding the publication of the image" that they "can't reveal". I wonder why..."

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How Mobile Devices Kill Your Creativity

FuzzNugget FuzzNugget writes  |  1 year,26 days

FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "ReadWrite has posted a thought-provoking piece on how mobile devices killing our boredom may also be killing our creativity...

"Numerous studies and much accepted wisdom suggest that time spent doing nothing, being bored, is beneficial for sparking and sustaining creativity. With our iPhone in hand — or any smartphone, really — our minds, always engaged, always fixed on that tiny screen, may simply never get bored. And our creativity suffers."

Ironically, you'll probably be reading this on a smartphone."

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