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Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

Rosco P. Coltrane It's just moving your trust to someone else (83 comments)

So this-or-that company promises you unbreakable encryption or that they won't poke their nose in your data. Do you trust them? I don't. All it takes is a little firm chit-chat from the national security agency of the country your data is hosted in, and your "safe" data isn't safe anymore.

If you really insist on putting files and shit in the cloud, encrypt it yourself before uploading it. Better yet, run your own server and provide yourself with your very own fucking cloud. Those who want real security aren't lazy and do the work themselves.

3 days ago
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Nintendo Power Glove Used To Create 'Robot Chicken'

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Power Glove was not helped by the Tyson shot (40 comments)

The best use I ever found for the Nintendo Power Glove was jerking off, as it felt like Vader giving me a handjob. Kind of like doing it after sitting on your hand for a while, but more high tech. And best of all, that activity didn't even require turning on the console.

about a week ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Capable, sure (329 comments)

It's clear that while not all muslims are terrorists, almost all terrorists seems to be muslims, how about a targeted approach. Normal people know that the problem at the moment is islam, why can't politicians see it.

By the same logic, not all humans are terrorists, but all terrorists seem to be human. How about targeting all humans for surveillance?

Oh wait, that's exactly what they wanna do...

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

Rosco P. Coltrane Again, this has nothing to do with terrorism (329 comments)

All 3 Charlie Hebdo terrorists were known extremists and were under surveillance. The French authorities simply dropped the ball and fucked up - for lack of resources or for negligence.

They could convincingly make a case for vastly increased means of putting known terrorists under 24/7 surveillance, but the Charlie Hebdo attacks are a really poor argument for enhanced decryption powers, because the FUCKING TERRORISTS HAD BEEN CLEARLY IDENTIFIED ALREADY!

Clearly this is yet another exploitation of people's fear-du-jour to bring the world closer to a panopticon society. Me, I'm more scared of the government than muslim terrorists. 1984 anyone?

about two weeks ago
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'Silk Road Reloaded' Launches On a Network More Secret Than Tor

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:i2p has been around for a while (155 comments)

Tor has something i2p doesn't: exit nodes (or outproxies, in i2p parlance). That's what keeps me on Tor, despite the fact that most exit nodes are probably ran by state surveillance agencies: I use it to throw Google and other nosy corporations off my tracks when I browse the regular internet, not to escape state surveillance or buy drugs. There's no escaping the latter anyway...

about two weeks ago
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'Silk Road Reloaded' Launches On a Network More Secret Than Tor

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Yeah, until just now (155 comments)

Oh come on: anyone with a passing interest in trying to get away from ubiquitous corporate and state tracking knows of i2p. It takes a minute of googling to find Tor first, and i2p second.

about two weeks ago
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Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

Rosco P. Coltrane May I remind you all (319 comments)

that the Charlie Hebdo terrorists were under surveillance by the French interior surveillance services. They were known, identified extremists and the police failed to prevent their attack.

What we're dealing with here is a police failure, not a surveillance failure.

The Charlie Hebdo events are the perfect excuse for the powers-that-be and the rich fucks of this world to inch a little closer to their wet dream of a 1984-style society for the rest of us - as if those who pay attention to the erosion of individual liberties didn't see it coming. It's disgusting...

about two weeks ago
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WikiLeaks Claims Employee's Google Mail, Metadata Seized By US Government

Rosco P. Coltrane And that is why you shouldn't use Gmail (53 comments)

Or any Google product: they're in bed with the very government who's very clearly turned rogue against the US population, and they'll sell you out on request.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Hack Reveals MPAA's Big '$80 Million' Settlement With Hotfile Was a Lie

Rosco P. Coltrane Well, duh (117 comments)

1/ MPAA / RIAA lie - news at 10
2/ PR statements are bullshit - news at 10

Where's the surprise here?

about a month ago
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The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Nobel? (288 comments)

This.

I was watching the news the other day. They were reporting that the UN was considering what to do about Kim Jong Un and his horrid regime's human rights violations, in the wake of the Sony cyber-attack.

The first thing that crossed my mind was: the only thing that prompted the UN to start worrying about the poor North Koreans is essentially a computer attack on some big corporation, and the damage it did to its bottom line. Before that, they really didn't give much of a shit, did they?

The UN was really crass, both with their response and with their timing, and if it doesn't show you with glaring clarity whose interests they really have at heart, nothing else will.

about a month ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:North Korea? (528 comments)

I think what happened most likely was, NK officials went to China, hired "internet baddies", and paid them to fuck Sony Pictures in the ass with their biggest internet broomstick.

No technical expertise or infrastructure needed.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

Rosco P. Coltrane That's the cloud for you (250 comments)

That's what happens when you reliquish control of your digital life for the sake of the superficial convenience of not having to maintain your own hardware and perform your own backups: when the third party you entrust your data to decides you can't have it anymore, all you can do is bitch and moan and ask politely to get back what's rightfully yours. But *you* don't decide: your comfortable and convenient digital jailer does.

At the end of the day, Apple customers only have themselves to blame for what Apple does to them. And the same goes for Google, Microsoft and all the others, when they decide to shaft their own userbase without warning.

about 2 months ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Is it true... (355 comments)

Scoring high on intelligence tests only proves you know how to answer intelligence tests. Everybody knows IQ scores are no indication of intelligence.

Also, IQ tests often favors those who have received a good education: for instance, if you ask a math question to someone who doesn't know math, they're bound to score low. Does that mean that person is stupid? No, it just means they don't have the means to answer the test.

And of course, conveniently, which section of the population chronically receives the worst levels education? People of color of course. It's a self-perpetuating myth...

But I'll grant you this: whites and blacks *are* different: the former produce less melanin than the latter. That's as much as you can say with 100% certainty about the two.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Forecast the Spread of Diseases Using Wikipedia

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:How? (61 comments)

I think the most important piece of news of this story is that Wikipedia is no better than Google or Facebook, and exploits/sells search data too.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Forecast the Spread of Diseases Using Wikipedia

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:How? (61 comments)

They made the assumption that if a disease is spreading somewhere, there people start looking for information about the disease on wikipedia

Imagine the potential: if a lot of search logs contain "EBOL-AAAARGH", they'll know a particularly fast-acting variant of the virus has emerged.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla Updates Firefox With Forget Button, DuckDuckGo Search, and Ads

Rosco P. Coltrane So, Moz has gone to the dark side. What about DDG? (327 comments)

Seems Mozilla has sold out. Which makes their choice of DuckDuckGo as default search engine interesting: have they sold out too?

The thing with DDG is, I'd be happy to believe their no-tracking pitch, but I can't quite understand how they're gonna make money out of a free search engine without it...

about 2 months ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

Rosco P. Coltrane The FBI hurts public safety (284 comments)

Choice #1: my smartphone isn't encrypted, the FBI "protects" my safety

Choice #2: my smartphone is encrypted, the FBI can't get to my data.

I choose #2 thank you very much.

about 3 months ago
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Factory IoT Saves Intel $9 Million

Rosco P. Coltrane The Internet of Things, aka (50 comments)

the next giant leap in ubiquitous mass surveillance.

I just can't wait for all the devices that surround me to snitch on me and report all my life habits to their corporate or state masters 24/7...

about 4 months ago
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CloudFlare Announces Free SSL Support For All Customers

Rosco P. Coltrane CloudFlare is a f.ing nightmare for anonymity (67 comments)

A surprising number of sites use CloudFlare. The trouble with CloudFlare is, if you want to stay anonymous on the internet using Tor, you're SOL, as they serve you captchas every 3 pages when they see a connection coming from a Tor exit node.

So essentially, if you're a Tor user, CloudFlare:

- Renders a sizeable portion of the internet unusuable for you
- Makes money on your back by making you solve captcha, and turning you into a human OCR.

CloudFlare and Google (which also serve captchas to Tor users, only fewer exit nodes are concerned) are quickly making Tor unusable, which must make the NSA wet their pants.

about 4 months ago
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Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

Rosco P. Coltrane MUNOBWCCBISFA (213 comments)

Making Up Names Of Bills With Cleverly Crafted Backronyms Is So Fucking Annoying.

about 4 months ago

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