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F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data

bolt_the_dhampir Re:Your phone is not a trusted device (164 comments)

Cameras share downsides of mobile devices (small, can be lost or stolen) and none of the upsides (No lock screens or encrypted file systems) ... where even long since deleted pictures can be recovered easily years after the fact

True, except it's a lot more convenient to zero the storage of a camera than to wipe your phone's SD card, and while people tend to carry pictures around on their phones for years, I've never met anyone doing that with their actual cameras.

I also agree Cyanogenmod is great. Too bad it doesn't support my phone well yet :(

about a month ago

F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data

bolt_the_dhampir That's not a solution (164 comments)

Using a dumb phone is not a solution. Everything a dumb phone does, by which I mean mainly messaging and phone calls, can be monitored anyway, as well as the location of the phone, by triangulation. All this means is that you lose features with implied privacy issues by going from a smart to a dumb phone, but are left with the remaining features that also have privacy issues.

about a month ago

F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data

bolt_the_dhampir Your phone is not a trusted device (164 comments)

It's as simple as that. It doesn't matter if you turn on mobile data as long as that is under the control of the phone's operating system, and it doesn't matter if you pay attention to your cell phone bill, as traffic to and from specific government servers is likely exempt from the monthly traffic calculations just as the provider's own servers are likely to be. It doesn't matter if you monitor your wireless network, since questionable transmissions are likely to only go through mobile data, as that's harder to monitor.

While you may be able to test this with your own base station, the phone might also detect that it's not on an official network and therefore not do anything, but that's probably taking it a bit far.

While you could switch to a "dumb" phone, those are of course also trackable, and your conversations and messages can still be monitored, so I don't see any real gain there.

Myself, I carry a phone with me all the time, but I simply do not treat it as a secure device. If you want to take private pictures with your girlfriend, for instance, your phone is not the camera you want to use. End of story.

about a month and a half ago

German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up

bolt_the_dhampir So he gets to keep the clothed ones? (334 comments)

Who is this neutral party that's been tasked to go through all their private photos and figure out which ones are acceptable? Is this up to a single individual? A committee? The two of them in company of a mediator?

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Encrypted Cloud Storage Provider?

bolt_the_dhampir Re:Focus on your local encryption method first (200 comments)

Parent needs voting up. With EncFS, you can even use the reverse function, in case you like your local files unencrypted for some reason, to get an encrypted "view" of the files and sync that. You can mount a remote Windows machine's drive, for instance, get an encrypted view of said drive and sync that to the cloud. Also, check out Jottacloud if you have a Windows machine available. I don't think their "unlimited storage" deal can be beaten.

about a year ago

GPUs Keep Getting Faster, But Your Eyes Can't Tell

bolt_the_dhampir Re:Err, wha? (291 comments)

My 27" is 2560x1440, and there's plenty more where that came from. Samsung SA850T

about a year ago

Gartner Buzzword Tracker Says "Cloud Computing" Still on Hype Wave

bolt_the_dhampir Re:Words Mean Something (84 comments)

Don't forget the various subsets of "cloud computing".
If you have a "personal cloud", you actually do, at least least in part, control the computers. From the definition I got from Microsoft Norway, it pretty much just means your server room uses virtual machines in a dynamic way with lots of automation.

more than 2 years ago

IT Support Pro Tells Why He Hates Live Chat

bolt_the_dhampir It's for experienced users (228 comments)

Every time someone new pops by #yourfavoritedistro on, they have to learn how to pose a question on IRC.

This includes figuring out what is relevant, what is not relevant, when to include a pastebin link with logs, config files and such, the exact command the user is typing, the expected output, the actual output and often also an explanation of the higher goal in case a whole different approach could be suggested.

New users also have issues with using needless abbreviations line "u" and "plz" and use the enter key as punctuation, making it very hard to follow their broken up sentences in crowded channels. Once you stop doing that and put your entire question in one message, don't make assumptions, paste your command and output exactly, the amount of help you can get from friendly voulenteers is nothing short of astonishing.

I know, it's a lot, but you get used to it, and it's great!

more than 2 years ago

Sally Ride Takes Her Final Flight

bolt_the_dhampir Re:Safe trip? (251 comments)

To say something is "inexplicable", you first have to prove it is so. Otherwise I am very uncomfortable with you calling it that. I am much more comfortable with "we haven't figured that one out yet" and am willing to live my life either not having that information, or helping to figure it out, depending on what the information is. Deciding on one's own that something is "inexplicable" is a pointless activity and is probably detrimental to progress.

more than 2 years ago

FBI To Shut Down DNSChanger Servers Monday -- But Should It Cut Off 300k PCs?

bolt_the_dhampir Re:Why not set up interstitial pages? (140 comments)

So how do you make a "You're infected with X" page people actually trust?

more than 2 years ago

Inexpensive Nanosheet Catalyst Splits Hydrogen From Water

bolt_the_dhampir Re:That's not where most of the cost comes from (141 comments)

Unlike the batteries however, it can be stored indefinitely without degrading, and be "charged" (tank filled) in a matter of seconds. Also it doesn't wear down (to anywhere near the same degree, anyway) when recharged.

more than 2 years ago

Man Convicted For Helping Thousands Steal Internet Access

bolt_the_dhampir Re:hrm (378 comments)

The. Car. Is. Not. Gone. If you have the technology to copy my car, leaving the original intact so I can still use it, feel absolutely free to do so.

more than 2 years ago

Universities Agree To Email Monitoring For Copyright Agency

bolt_the_dhampir Random Redirection NOW! (165 comments)

I really want to enroll there, make a little PHP script to redirect to a random link on either a newspaper, or the pirate bay (50% chance of each), and then distribute that link in an email. Wonder what they'd do with that. What about a site where if you aren't logged in, all links to its content redirect to copyrighted material? They aren't *really* going there, you just don't have access to where they actually go...

more than 2 years ago

Rare Earth Magnets Pose Threat To Children

bolt_the_dhampir Small parts? (284 comments)

I thought toys with small parts had warnings and age restrictions on them, magnets or not..?

more than 2 years ago

Checkpoint of the Future Coming Soon To Airports

bolt_the_dhampir Re:Are things that are easy to blow up still allow (373 comments)

Nothing more interesting than that it had to be checked in as "special luggage" I'm afraid. It traveled in a small cardboard box which came back to me on the luggage line along with my bag.

more than 3 years ago

Checkpoint of the Future Coming Soon To Airports

bolt_the_dhampir Are things that are easy to blow up still allowed? (373 comments)

Can I still bring a cell phone and a laptop battery, fully charged and with their power controllers removed? Can I still bring a carry-on bag with two 1 meter reinforced steel rods connecting the handle, without anyone wondering if it could be dismantled and the steel rods used as quite effective swords? And will they still take my pencil, so I can't bring one to take notes while I make the laptop battery explode? Will they still not allow my modded PSP because it's see-through and the sight of electronics scares the shit out of them?

more than 3 years ago

'Wi-Fi Illness' Spreads To Ontario Public Schools

bolt_the_dhampir They banned WiFi on a floor of my last workplace (663 comments)

The lady who made them do it was feeling a lot better, and didn't have headaches anymore, until she saw me surfing wirelessly using a router located on the floor below. Signal strength was still perfectly fine...

more than 4 years ago

Ed Roberts, Personal Computer Pioneer, 1941-2010

bolt_the_dhampir Handheld Altair (110 comments)

I'm still wondering when someone is going to make a "handheld" Altair, reproducing some of the looks and most of the functions (except for plugin cards) and selling it on ThinkGeek or somesuch for a reasonable price. I want to play around with an Altair, but I'm not going to get one of those huge replicas:

more than 4 years ago


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