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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

Phreakiture Re:So now that the UN said it, (261 comments)

In Soviet Russia, US Rants against YOU.

about a week ago
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Time Warner Cable Customers Beg Regulators To Block Sale To Comcast

Phreakiture Re:Here's what you do (80 comments)

Thank you for the fix. I know firsthand that there exist TW employees who are fighting to stop this. They have more reason than we as the customers do, because layoffs almost always follow mergers.

about three weeks ago
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Wireless Industry Lobbying Hard to Keep Net Neutrality Out

Phreakiture Re:Data caps (85 comments)

Unfortunately, that is true.

about three weeks ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

Phreakiture Re:Plus bonus.... (501 comments)

If it is big enough to contain a couple of kaiju, you could have a kaiju cage match.

about a month ago
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Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

Phreakiture Re: So how is that going to work (188 comments)

And I'll make it a point to start worrying about inconveniencing others when they start doing the same for me. After all, if folks would actually think about everyone around them that they're pissing off when they fire up that phone in ( insert any number of inappropriate places here ) then the rest of us wouldn't NEED a jammer now would we ?

I am sure that rationale will be a great consolation when one of your neighbours dies of a heart attack because his family couldn't call for an ambulance.

about a month ago
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Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

Phreakiture Re:So how is that going to work (188 comments)

I agree with Garble Snarky. Further, if there is coax involved, finding one antenna will enable you to follow the cable back to the device.

In all seriousness, though, FCC fines or not, and regardless what you think of the FCC, don't fuck with this stuff. If you prevent an emergency call from going through, someone could die. Just don't mess with comms.

about a month ago
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Wireless Industry Lobbying Hard to Keep Net Neutrality Out

Phreakiture Re:Data caps (85 comments)

Easy. With the exception of Verizon*, they can charge extra for things like tethering your phone. I'm sure there are other examples as well, but there's a starting point.

(* VZ got their hands slapped for charging extra for tethering. They got slapped because VZ is using some spectrum which, thanks to Google's playing in the auction, has a net neutrality string attached to it. The other three carriers are not bound by this provision)

about a month ago
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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

Phreakiture Re:Much simpler method (121 comments)

Sucks to be you.

about a month ago
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Huawei, Vodafone Test Out Hybrid System That Combines LTE and GSM

Phreakiture Re:Internet access for vehicle passengers (46 comments)

You're sorta wrong.

The password you use to get onto a WiFi network will keep the rabble out of that network but anyone who is let onto that network will be able to read any packet on that network, because the password is used as a symmetric crypto key.

In short, if you want to avoid using public wifi because it doesn't use a password, you're avoiding it for the wrong reason. That said, using a VPN or TOR can mitigate most of that risk.

about a month ago
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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

Phreakiture Re:Much simpler method (121 comments)

You will be disappointed to learn that the disablement of the speaker and mic are done in a fly-by-wire manner. I became aware of this firsthand when I discoverd that a bad audio driver was allowing the audio I was listening to to go both to my headphones and my speakers. I wasn't aware of it until a co-worker tapped me on the shoulder. Fixing the mixer settings caused the audio not to go to the speakers.

Further to that, BT is an even bigger fly-by-wire. With BT, you are essentially putting an additional sound card onto your machine, and choosing to use it (via software) instead of the built in one. The built-in one is still there, however, and still availble to any software that chooses to use it. There exists no mechanism through which BT presence can cause a not-software-overridable hard interrupt of audio to the speakers and from the mic.

I would advocate for there to be a switch installed on every laptop that, when flipped, interruptes, in a hardware-based, analogue manner, the connection of the speakers and mic to the sound hardware. Open the circuit in a way that no software can close it.

about a month and a half ago
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

Phreakiture Re:No. And there is a precedent. (297 comments)

Yeah, I kind of blew that one, didn't I? My bad.

about 2 months ago
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

Phreakiture Re:No. And there is a precedent. (297 comments)

Well, the 'fuck everyone else' view is needlessly polarizing. I was more trying to make the point that we should choose our allies with care. To expand on the example, I don't need Rush or Moore in my life, because they are both part of the same problem, but someone like Amy Goodman, who is unabashedly liberal, yet tries to get both sides of an issue represented on her show, is good; similarly, I believe that Dennis Prager, equally unabashedly conservative, is acting in generally good faith. Why? Both will hear an argument from the other side without shouting it down.

about 2 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

Phreakiture Re:danger will robinson (688 comments)

Your view is offensive and unfounded, and clearly you lack testicular fortitude, because you are hiding your identity. It is this manner of classism that will keep us, as a society, divided, thus enabling The Powers That Be to continue their conquest. Kindly extract you cranium from your rectum.

about 2 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

Phreakiture Re:Nope. (355 comments)

You can still get this almost completely basic thermostat and they last forever. If you install one today, it will still be working 40-60 years from now, barring someone beating it up.

about 2 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

Phreakiture Re:Nope. (355 comments)

"I wish there was a knob on the TV so you could turn up the intelligence. They got one marked 'brightness' but it don't work, does it?" http://standupcomedyportal.com/quotes/Gallagher

about 2 months ago
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

Phreakiture Re:No. And there is a precedent. (297 comments)

It matters not.

I am not going to be one who claims that left and right parties are the same, however, I will say that the points on which the fights are usually picked are not generally relevant.

I put it to you: left vs. right; liberal vs. conservative; Democrat vs. Republican: all of these dichotomies are put before us to keep our eyes off the ball. The most revolutionary thing we can do is build bridges, because doing so breaks the "divide" part of "divide and conquer."

Rush LImbaugh and Michael Moore both serve the same purpose, even if inadvertently. Get emotion out of it; THINK!!. Most importantly, ask yourself what each thing these assholes are doing does to or for you personally and reward only those who act in your best interest. Show the rest of them the door.

about 2 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

Phreakiture Re:Cool (564 comments)

It also sounds like a good way to "accidentally" eliminate some "uncomfortable" research.

about 2 months ago
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Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

Phreakiture Re:200 channels... (340 comments)

What privacy issues would be raised? This is a little vague...

If a system is switched, then it is necessarily true that some device upstream from your set-top box is aware of what channel you are watching. This information can be harvested and used to profile you.

The only thing that can combat the current business model is Congress/FCC. And neither of them have decided that this is important enough to tackle

Worse, the FCC chairman is a former cable lobbyist. What is currently going on with net neutrality points to the FCC not working in our best interests.

about 2 months ago

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