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Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Unless you've spent $300 on a GPU... (210 comments)

Really? Games published by Ubi (Watch Dogs) and EA (Titanfall) didn't live up to their hype?

I am Jack's total lack of surprise.

about 3 months ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

L4t3r4lu5 Re:"What to do before selling or giving away your. (231 comments)

Well no, it doesn't. You've contradicted yourself. What iOS does is delete the encryption key, as you stated, which renders the data inaccessible without recovering the key. The data is still entirely intact; Just really, really hard to recover :)

about 3 months ago
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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Will local rights holders sue? (153 comments)

What's betting rights holders go nuclear and mandate NZ IP block blacklisting or they'll pull their content from the streaming services?

about 4 months ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

My snark detector needs retuning.

about 4 months ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

Certainly there are so vanishingly few legitimate reasons a persons phone would be discharged...

Certainly there are far fewer reasons a person would want to go to the USA anymore. Or, rather, people value their dignity more than US culture; That you continue to have a tourism industry is beyond belief. Further, with Germany setting the standard for tearing US businesses out of their public infrastructure I'd be surprised if the US continues be a player in international business for much longer.

Anyway, to answer your question about why my phone would be discharged, it's because I'm forced to wait for three hours in the damn departure lounge because getting through security takes an age. I pass the time by browsing the internet, listening to music, watching streaming video... On my phone.

about 4 months ago
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New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Just think of what you can do with this! (122 comments)

I have my pi running a Tor relay 24/7 (not an exit node; I'm not suicidal).

Because fuck the NSA.

about 4 months ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Sad, sad times... (333 comments)

Perchance, does your gastric repository conceal a recently masticated pulp of wood fibers, previously incarnated as a tome of alphabetised antonyms and synonyms?

about 4 months ago
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Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

L4t3r4lu5 Re:I smell a rat. (115 comments)

Your "burn safe" is vulnerable to denial of service. Say you lose the key, or the keypad is damaged; How do you get your documents? What if someone just hits it with a hammer until the system is activated, just to piss you off?

about 4 months ago
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Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

L4t3r4lu5 Re:I smell a rat. (115 comments)

This only applies for the US, where anything they say "... can be used against them..." Sworn testimony, or evidence given under caution or arrest, in the UK for example, can be used by both prosecution and defense.

Still, you're definitely supposed to talk to a legal representative prior to talking to Police in any jurisdiction.

about 4 months ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Email Insecure (346 comments)

Email could be secure, but PGP is still too complex for the average user. Key pair generation and storage within AD / Exchange during account creation might help with this in the enterprise, but there needs to be an easy key management scheme for the SME as well. You'd think it would be baked in by now. Public key sharing could be as easy as automatically attaching a small XML formatted file when emailing a new contact, parsed seamlessly by the recipients email server / client.

Someone with programming knowledge get on it.

about 4 months ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Very bad car analogy (255 comments)

You're absolutely right.

Now, if we were talking about wearing a balaclava while driving...

about 4 months ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Parents are all guilty (255 comments)

By allowing that jackass tailgating you to pass, you are an accomplice to his speeding.

Pick up that can.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Non-compete agreements are BS. (272 comments)

This will likely end in their favour; You have no contract, you can be fired at will.

Then again, I hear that there's parts of the US where this can happen anyway. Boggles the mind...

about 4 months ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

L4t3r4lu5 Re:The problem with traffic engineers... (579 comments)

Not having five highways intersecting at one point would also solve the problem.

Check out Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham, UK for a nightmare of a road design if you're not a local, and that's two "highways" (motorways) and two major roads (A-road). I can't imagine what your five highway junction looks like.

about 4 months ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

L4t3r4lu5 Re:OR (579 comments)

Without even reading the article I can grok that this is about vehicle-vehicle collisions increasing, by the fact that vehicle-pedestrian collisions are excluded by being the reason for the safety system in the first place.

This is almost certainly about cars charging out into intersections to "beat the timer" and losing control, or cars stopping safely when they should, only to be rear-ended by some knob who looks at the timer and thinks the guy in front will try and the race the lights.

about 4 months ago
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Ars Takes an Early Look At the Privacy-Centric Blackphone

L4t3r4lu5 Re:I say XPrivacy (67 comments)

As an alternative, both Cyanogenmod and ParanoidAndroid ROMs contain permissions managers. There are more than likely others, but those are two I've used.

Unless there's some fundamental changes to the OS that isn't included in the press reporting, I'm not really seeing anything that great about Blackphone other than the bundled services. My Nexus 4 has exactly the same protections: Baked-in permission control, including system apps, and VPN connectivity to my home / third party VPN service, or Tor network browsing. Kismet SWM is available on the Play Store store for free. Silent Circle services require a subscription, but available on any Android device.

Have I missed anything? I just don't see anything remarkable about "PrivOS".

about 4 months ago
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KeyStore Vulnerability Affects 86% of Android Devices

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Serious? (71 comments)

The purpose of the Nexus line of devices is twofold:

1) You get the stock Android experience, not some third-party vendor bastardisation with bundled crapware
2) You can root and flash them in moments, there is no locking in place to prevent it

Making use of 2) above will allow you to run Android 4.4.3 on your Nexus One

Yes, it's sucky that Google abandon their devices like all other hardware manufacturers, but Google isn't a hardware company. Google produce Android so they can use it as an advertising and user profiling platform. The hardware is just a delivery mechanism.

about 4 months ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

L4t3r4lu5 Re:No sovereign immunity (534 comments)

harge 'em with breaking and entering, assault and battery, and conspiracy to do those things. Guys, are you sure you're not with the government?

Massachusetts has a pretty strong Castle doctrine

I'm not saying you should shoot Police officers, lawfully executing a warrant. I'm just pointing out that these guys don't seem to want to be considered Police officers.

about 4 months ago
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MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

L4t3r4lu5 Re:We keep getting closer to a dystopia (135 comments)

You're responsible for what other people do on your router.

That's why my ISP's router is nothing but a passthrough device for my own router, which in turn routes all traffic through a VPN out of the country. It's none of your fucking business what I do with the connection, just like as a Common Carrier it's none of my ISP's business. If you want to search my shit, get a warrant. Not wanting you logging at what I choose to read or watch online is not "reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing".

about 4 months ago

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Military given go-ahead to detain US terrorist sus

L4t3r4lu5 L4t3r4lu5 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) writes "I'm not sure why I've not seen anything like this on /. yet.

From TFA:
"Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay.

Human rights groups accused the president of deserting his principles and disregarding the long-established principle that the military is not used in domestic policing. The legislation has also been strongly criticised by libertarians on the right angered at the stripping of individual rights for the duration of "a war that appears to have no end".

The law, contained in the defence authorisation bill that funds the US military, effectively extends the battlefield in the "war on terror" to the US and applies the established principle that combatants in any war are subject to military detention.

The legislation's supporters in Congress say it simply codifies existing practice, such as the indefinite detention of alleged terrorists at Guantánamo Bay. But the law's critics describe it as a draconian piece of legislation that extends the reach of detention without trial to include US citizens arrested in their own country.""

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UK Police Drop BT-Phorm Investigation

L4t3r4lu5 L4t3r4lu5 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

L4t3r4lu5 writes "City of London Police have decided not to formally investigate BT and Phorm for their allegedly illegal secret ISP-level adware trials, arguing that there was implied consent from customers and it would be a waste of public money.

The matter will not be investigated by the City of London Police as it has been decided that no Criminal Offence has been committed. One of the main reasons for this decision is the lack of Criminal Intent on behalf of BT and Phorm Inc in relation to the tests. It is also believed that there would have been a level of implied consent from BT's customers in relation to the tests, as the aim was to enhance their products.

Who decides where there is implied consent? What about informed consent? Where does this notion of "... lack of Criminal Intent..." come from? Can I use that as a defense in the future?"

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