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Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China's National Security

bagofbeans Re:noone trusts their cya legalese (134 comments)

Just curious, but have you ever actually read a 'chinese news media report'? I certainly haven't. I suspect your comment is merely your nationalistic prejudice rearing up defensively.

IMHO, it's western governments that publish spin (i.e. lie, or mislead, or obfuscate). The (ex-)communist countries simply don't allow anything to be published about politically controversial issues.

about a month ago

Phillip K. Dick's "Radio Free Albemuth" movie is now available on

bagofbeans Alanis Morissette... (1 comments)

...was in Dogma, so 'first starring role'??

about a month ago

Nominet Compromising UK WHOIS Privacy, Wants To See Gov't-Issued ID

bagofbeans Re:Seems Prudent (71 comments)

You're on the train to nowhere...

about 2 months ago

Google discriminates in favour of Asian employees - or what?

bagofbeans As far as African Americans are concerned... (2 comments)

...I've seen very, very few African Americans in the 4 semiconductor companies I've worked at in the SF Bay Area, and barely more at Freescale in AZ.

Another curiosity to me is the high proportion of Vietnamese American PEs and TEs.

about 3 months ago

Comcast turning Chicago homes into Xfinity hotspots...

bagofbeans Security (1 comments)

"They'll look like two separate networks and they'll act like two separate networks," Nagel said. "Any use on the public side doesn't impact the private side."

Translation: You may wish to opt out.

about 5 months ago

Have a Privacy-Invasion Wishlist? Peruse NSA's Top Secret Catalog

bagofbeans Re:Fedora Linux Question (259 comments)

With US based commercial software they can compel the vendor to hand over the code, as pretty much all of the major vendors have already done.

Citations for that claim?

about 8 months ago

Mark Zuckerberg Gives $990 Million To Charity

bagofbeans Assumptions (230 comments)

Actually most of the people were presuming MZ is evil and incapable of doing anything without personal gain, rather than most rich people.

Yes, that's unfair. However, since MZ controls FB with his >50% holding, he is personally responsible for the continual bait-and-switch privacy behaviors at FB which no-one can claim is nice. Note also that most of this pattern occurred before FB had a 'fiscal duty to its shareholders'.

So it's not unreasonable to ask for a higher level of evidence before believing that BG or MZ are behaving altruistically.

about 8 months ago

The Cloud: Convenient Until a Stranger Nukes Your Files

bagofbeans The worrying bit: (262 comments)

Thanks to some no doubt heroic digital forensics, they had managed to locate and restore all my missing folders.

Actually I suspect nothing is really deleted, just marked inaccessible to the owner but still available to the cloud company and any subpoena or court order.

Please encrypt your stuff yourself (not the cloud's encryption) before uploading.

about 10 months ago

Intel Rolls Out Raspberry Pi Competitor

bagofbeans Need Bay Trail to have advantages (214 comments)

TFA mentioned next gen will use Bay Trail core (Atom Z3770), which is available with AES-NI. Now that is suddenly very useful for servers, because the encryption is fast (but still passes through the processor).

about 10 months ago

Lockbox Aims To NSA-Proof the Cloud

bagofbeans No US-based cloud service can really fight the NSA (292 comments)

There's fighting without fighting, as the late Mr Lee would say.

The problem is "NSA agents will descend upon them, and provide a legal order requiring" something, as you say.

Make that ineffective. Host end doesn't hold any keys is easy. No make the client end that uploads open source AND externalise the key handling and algo choice from the client. A script into Truecrypt is a crude example of externalising.

Now, if the upload client suddenly starts wanting keys or anything else unecessary the user will be suspicious, and the knowledgeable can scrutinise the code.

about a year ago

Members of Parliament Demand Explanation For Detention of David Miranda

bagofbeans Re:System may be working? (321 comments)

It's actually a little more subtle than that:

Terrorism Act 2000 Schedule 7
2(1)An examining officer may question a person to whom this paragraph applies for the purpose of determining whether he appears to be a person falling within section 40(1)(b).

5A person who is questioned under paragraph 2 or 3 must
(a)give the examining officer any information in his possession which the officer requests;
(b)give the examining officer on request either a valid passport which includes a photograph or another document which establishes his identity;
(c)declare whether he has with him documents of a kind specified by the examining officer;
(d)give the examining officer on request any document which he has with him and which is of a kind specified by the officer.

Also, under the "Examining Officers under the Terrorism Act 2000 Code of Practice" Code-of-Practice-for-Examin1.pdf:

The examining officer should advise the detained person that, under paragraph 5 of Schedule 7 to the Act he/she has a duty to give the officer all the information in his/her possession which the officer requests in connection with his determining whether the person appears to be, or have been, concerned in the commission preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. The detained person should also be reminded that not complying with this duty is a criminal offence under paragraph 18(1) of Schedule 7 to the Act.

This means that one has to submit to full search of electronic stuff (decrypting where necessary), but questioning about stuff clearly irrelevant to terrorism need not be answered.

If Miranda was largely questioned about irrelevant stuff to use up the 9 hours, than that's something to take up with ECHR as abuse.

1 year,11 hours

Mozilla Labs Experiment Distills Your History Into Interests

bagofbeans Re:Will this work? (158 comments)

As something did change. Thanks to Justin Amash and others, we are now aware which 217 Representatives are ok with NSA violating the constitution, and which 205 Representatives are not.

1 year,24 days

Ask Slashdot: Is GNU/Linux Malware a Real Threat?

bagofbeans Re:Don't worry (252 comments)

Gosh, I thought we all used aptitude now...

about a year ago

Casting a Harsh Light On Chinese Solar Panels

bagofbeans Re:Yeah, not just that (149 comments)

I've come across quite a few self-described 'Principle Engineers' too. Perhaps they operate on a different moral level?

about a year ago

California Law Would Require Companies To Disclose All Consumer Data Collected

bagofbeans Re:Next step: identify the companies (119 comments)

I just requested a copy of my report from The Work Company (free, once a year - they do salary checks) and guess what... they have full details of every 2 week paycheck from my current job. Last two jobs: nothing. So even my own employer (or their payroll sub) is selling my info.

about a year ago

Backdoors Found In Bitlocker, FileVault and TrueCrypt?

bagofbeans If in doubt, check Elcomsoft... (1 comments)

See for what is forensically possible. Scarcely a backdoor for PGP and Truecrypt.

Now, there probably is a very secret backdoor to BL, but it has to be used in a way that the fact of the backdoor doesn't come out in a court case. So, espionage purposes, not criminal cases.
Truecrypt is open source - anyone found anything? Thought not.

about a year ago

Office 2013 sentenced to death by licensing

bagofbeans VirtualBox (3 comments)

Whaddabout installing it under VirtualBox? Portable then...

about a year and a half ago

Office 2013 sentenced to death by licensing

bagofbeans Re:Upgrade from 2010? (3 comments)

Agreed. Change for the sake of change...

about a year and a half ago


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