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They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

assemblerex Re:They checked without a warrant (206 comments)

EULA does not and never will override legal, law of the land.

I can put slavery in a EULA, that doesn't make it legal.

I can put invasion of your privacy, that doesn't make it legal either.

This is a matter for the courts. A company documents does not make law.

about 10 months ago

They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

assemblerex They checked without a warrant (206 comments)

Does ownership of the network override the laws of the country the network is in?

If they had opened physical mail, this would be a criminal charge. But because it's digital, somehow ownership of the service exempts them from having to obey any kind of privacy laws.

Dangerous and shows why you should not trust anything online.

about 10 months ago

Fake PGP Keys For Crypto Developers Found

assemblerex The dilemma is the very design of a certificate (110 comments)

If you have any cert authority in the U.S. they already been compromised and can be muted with a security letter. Unless you run whatever future certt out of a military type environment, you will be infiltrated with keyboard bugs, monitor bugs, cable taps, etc.

Why do you think the Russians went back to typewriters? Anything electronic can be snooped, the level of compromise so great that it is nearly impossible to protect against attacks.

So what can you do? Set up multiple checks across the globe, out of control. If there is discrepancy, then consider yourself compromised or a target.

The fact that the PGP fakes have shown up means that there have been man in the middle attacks.

Your personal router has a back door? Probably if it is commercially sold.

Your internet provider has been backdoored? Most likely, or is easily done with a device brought in the front door with a security letter.

Your local internet backbone has an intercept? Definitely

You can be served faked certs and ip addresses, fake windows updates? Proven

Commercial routers have back door? Proven, the very fabric of the internet is polluted.

You have to containerize your internet now via VPN, and those keys can be secured in the U.S. with a security letter. With quantum computing, it can be broken.

about 10 months ago

Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

assemblerex Re: What does this have to do with tech news? (878 comments)

Slashdot has gotten so soft, so much like reddit and other useless sites. It pains me to see the decline after so many years. Food is relevant to nerds, so why not cooking news? Best way to arrange you star wars underwear? All these new useless users make me sick.

about 10 months ago

Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter

assemblerex The benefit if this is flac rips from the source (413 comments)

Yes, you can have FLAC files of songs, but the benefit of this is FLAC rips from the MASTERS.

I am surprised the studios will allow this as it means you'd never need to buy another version
of the music again, you would have a 99.9% as good version of the master.

FLAC rips from vinyl come close, but FLAC rips from the analog master tape? It's worth rebuying
all the music again as you will have without a doubt the best version possible short of a time
machine to the studio during recording time.

about 10 months ago

Jim Weirich, Creator of Rake, Has Passed Away

assemblerex Condolences (109 comments)

Someone who gives so selflessly will be missed.

about a year ago

Chinese Moon Rover Says an Early Goodnight

assemblerex 3 month warranty! (284 comments)

Limited warranty, 90 days.

about a year ago

Image Lifted From Twitter Leads to $1.2M Payout For Haitian Photog

assemblerex Re:Sweet sweet copyright justice (242 comments)

The Hurt Locker made a profit as intended,but Voltage Pictures and are suing because they feel they are making less money than entitled. The guy in Haiti made no money at all, they just stole his images. So big business wanting every drop of blood versus a man who just wants a piece of the pie is an entirely different situation entirely. Public domain is saying you made enough money , now it belongs to everyone. This idea and public domain is under assault by companies like Voltage Pictures that want to make money forever.

about a year ago

Image Lifted From Twitter Leads to $1.2M Payout For Haitian Photog

assemblerex Sweet sweet copyright justice (242 comments)

Big business "borrows" images all the time. Nice to see they have to pay the working man (photographer) for once.

about a year ago

Dell's New Sputnik 3 Mates Touchscreen With Ubuntu

assemblerex Relevant because Dell went private (166 comments)

It's interesting that a company that pretty much vowed to only be wintel is branching out.
I am guessing microsoft upsetting people with surface has thawed large companies to alternatives.

about a year ago

Lenovo CEO Shares $3 Million Bonus With Workers

assemblerex A little goes a long way for productivity (169 comments)

The workers feel appreciated and will be diligent.

You don't happen upon good employee morale and company stewardship.

It has to be grown. Quality and waste will decrease. When employees feel zero empathy for the company or it's future, a fall is sure to follow.

about a year ago

Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years

assemblerex Twisted "Justice" (491 comments)

William Calley, the officer in charge of the My Lai massacre (murder of 304 civilians) server 3 1/2 years house arrest.

Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years, and must server 1/3 to get parole which they will of course deny him.

President Obama authorized the killing of Americans without trial, something illegal under the very rules of the U.S. (constitution)

One of those Americans killed was a 16 YEAR OLD BOY who was murdered by his own government, without trial.

The United States no longer pretends to be the land of the free, it now openly favors corporations (Apple given presidential override of import ban), rich individuals and political cronies.

Today is a very sad day. The truth is the enemy, justice inconvenient, and money/power the one true ruler of this country.

about a year and a half ago

The Next Frontier of Consumer Exploitation By Corporations

assemblerex In store tracking (166 comments)

If you have a phone, as you walk around a shopping center or store will are being tracked.

If you linger in the baby aisle, expect to get baby ads and coupons without asking for them. You might even find out your teenage daughter is pregnant from coupons you get.

Very intrusive: Get served ads to your phone and all devices based on store browsing and the kind of stores. You have no choice to opt out.
Medium intrusive: Get asked if you would like coupons for what they think you like. Ads on devices or apps that are ad supported are targeted.
Low level: You get coupons on your receipt based on your walking pattern and habits. (this already happens)

Future exploitation, the terrifying final form.
Location based A.I. scans your physical body for any and all brand name clothing. Tied into the parking lot cameras, it logs your car and plate number. Using sets of data (The estimated outfit cost, car value, car color psychological assessment, insurance carrier) it evaluates your income bracket and psychological profile.
A.I. scans all store records for purchases that match what you are wearing. If the purchases is detected to have not been made at the store, coupons and ads targeted at those articles are sent (You too can get Feragamo shoes here).
Each time you stop, the time and location and nearby goods are noted. Any regular walking patterns are logged. If you walk the same pattern every time, the lcd screens change to ads targeting you along your route.
As you approach merchandise displays, eye tracker record what items you look at and what in the adverts your eyes followed.
As follows: 15seconds female cleavage, 5seconds product, 1second dog.

Unregulated ,the future of consumer exploitation is terrifying.

about a year and a half ago

Google To Encrypt Cloud Storage Data By Default

assemblerex Useless security without direct control of the box (217 comments)

What they will do is snoop your connection for when you input the password. Https connection? They will have the cert keys already.

You might as well be using open to send the password.

Unless you are uploading locally encrypted files to the cloud (for convenience I suppose) and never sharing keys except in person you should be fine.

Until they kick your door in that is.

about a year and a half ago

Incredible Footage Shows a Perseid Meteor Exploding

assemblerex Amateur vs Professional Astronomer (34 comments)

I always find it funny that they make someone's achievement seem less than great by calling them an amateur.

about a year and a half ago

US, Germany To Enter No-Spying Agreement

assemblerex US and Germany enter (209 comments)

Spy on everyone else agreement.

about a year and a half ago

Mozilla Launches Persona Identity Bridge For Gmail

assemblerex WIth all the NSA intrusion why would I use this? (114 comments)

With the assault on privacy and human rights, why would I ever want to have my credentials
across a multitude of sites?

Then new trend will be towards obfuscation, not sharing.

about a year and a half ago

SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

assemblerex Once more government protecting big business (510 comments)

Meanwhile the world evolves and the dinosaurs think that by roaring louder they will divert the extinction that is free economy.

about a year and a half ago

Sad Day In FarmVille: Facebook's New Game Developer Program

assemblerex Two dead men arguing with each other (52 comments)

Both Zynga and Facebook are doomed and clueless.

Social media is not multi generational. Sites become unfashionable.

Already young kids shun facebook and it's only a matter of time before facebook morphs into a 50's and over dating site.

The problem with getting unpopular is huge swaths of users are effectively dead ends for active users, so just like myspace you can message 50 people and get 2 replies.

Any social media site should be seen as having a maturity point, and a falloff to where it must morph into something else, like a dating site for whatever generation still uses it.

about a year and a half ago



Homeland security seizes tournament streaming gear

assemblerex assemblerex writes  |  more than 2 years ago

assemblerex (1275164) writes "Team Sp00ky was streaming a game tournament in Canada and had their laptop, phone and cameras seized (with no stated reason) while crossing the border from Canada to the U.S. Is anyone with a laptop and camera setup of professional quality safe from DHS seizure?"
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Ebay censoring user searches?

assemblerex assemblerex writes  |  more than 6 years ago

assemblerex writes "I have an automated search I run every day to find items for my
video game collection on Ebay.

One of these items is a Dreamcast VMU cloner that was released
a few years back. I've yet to find one on Ebay.

However, in my forum someone started a discussion of backing up VMU
saves and posted a link to one!

I decided to do some testing and to my surprise found that the item
would not surface using a keyword (backup) found in the very item description.

Simply put, Ebay has certain search words nullified in certain categories.

I don't know how many words, or what areas, but if proven this makes it harder to
find legitimate items on Ebay. For certain sellers this guarantees a bidder black hole.






Has anyone run into similar problems?"


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