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Cracking Atlanta Subway's Poorly-Encrypted RFID Smart Cards Is a Breeze

booyabazooka Re:Does it really need to be secure? (139 comments)

Marta sucks. If you're using Atlanta's public transit, it's probably because you can't afford a car. To a minimum-wage earner, it's not hard to imagine that $5 a day is worth cheating.

about 9 months ago

Amazon Censorship Expands

booyabazooka "people will wake up to the fact that ..." (764 comments)

I doubt it, because they're catering to the majority. Most will never notice that some incest-related books are missing from Amazon. A lot of the people who do find out about the ban will probably approve of it. Very few will make any connection whatsoever to the fundamental nature of digital restrictions management systems.

more than 3 years ago

Should Wikipedia Just Accept Ads Already?

booyabazooka Re:I used to donate. (608 comments)

I don't know what you're talking about, because I've never seen anyone use "resources" as a rationale for deleting an article. Either you've got something wrong, you're trolling, or more likely, you've just talked with a few dumb Wikipedians. Deletionism is generally about keeping article quality high. If a subject isn't "notable" enough to have sufficient secondary sources of information about it, you end up with no way to verify disputes. The idea is that no article at all is better than an article that has no systematic way of ever becoming factually correct.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Taking Down Erotica, Removing From Kindles

booyabazooka Re:Look out! The Bible is next... (641 comments)

Is isn't legal to distribute The Bible anyway, is it? It incites prejudicial action based on gender, beliefs, and sexual orientation, so I'm pretty sure it's hate speech.

more than 3 years ago

Fourth Amendment Protects Hosted E-mail

booyabazooka Re:What does this really mean? (236 comments)

Just a guess, but I'd wager that you agreed to let Comcast comply with any law enforcement requests when you signed their contract.

more than 3 years ago

US Trials Off Track Over Juror Internet Misconduct

booyabazooka Re:Bonus (405 comments)

Does that happen? The only time I've been called to serve, I sat in a courthouse with 100+ other responsible citizens for about 4 hours, and then we were all sent home. How the hell can you go for weeks without finding a jury?

more than 3 years ago

A Nude Awakening — the TSA and Privacy

booyabazooka Re:Benjamin Franklin quote (728 comments)

How does a sentence copied out of TFA end up +5 insightful?

more than 3 years ago

House Passes TV Commercial Volume Bill

booyabazooka Re:'Free Market'? What on Earth? (408 comments)

In that case, it's just the consumer who's getting screwed over by this legislation, then.

more than 3 years ago

House Passes TV Commercial Volume Bill

booyabazooka Re:'Free Market'? What on Earth? (408 comments)

If commercials were a product then your 'free market' quip might have some meaning but when they're pretty much being shoved down your throat by the idea and design of marketing, your selection choice is instantly removed. ... Government regulation was the only way to combat this.

My approach was to switch to Netflix, no government regulation necessary. Seems to me that if anyone is still paying to watch tv with loud commercials, it's because it's worth it to them.

more than 3 years ago

Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

booyabazooka Re:Why do we keep talking about her? (1425 comments)

The same reason they keep airing professional wrestling. We know they're actors. People watch it anyway. Media is all entertainment.

more than 3 years ago

Wikileaks DDoS Attacker Arrested, Equipment Seized

booyabazooka Re:Summary Fail (429 comments)

Maybe because he wasn't actually arrested... Isn't this the Twitter account in question?!/th3j35t3r

  • - TANGO DOWN - for attempting to endanger the lives of our troops, 'other assets' & foreign relations #wikileaks #fail
  • th3j35t3r For sake IMPOSTER >> (@th3j3st3r ( I plead you to STFU and vanish.'He knows not what he does.' Heed me now.
  • << PS FOR the record I have not been lifted, and do not require any finances or donations - dont be sucked in by @th3j3st3r <<< imposter.OUT
  • << requires no cash. I will not have blood of a money-grabbin opportunist (@th3j35tsr) on my hands. Consider urself dusted. (thankyou).
  • <<< really wanted to TANGO DOWN - The raid story = fabricated by the imposter (@th3j3st3r - to facilitate him capitalizing on the name, or to draw me out.
  • <<< the real Jester thanks all with common sense and the ability to research, while at the same time never begging for money. (EVER). OUT.

more than 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Under Denial of Service Attack

booyabazooka What is this supposed to accomplish? (870 comments)

I'm assuming that this DoS can't continue indefinitely, so whatever is being covered up will be revealed as soon as the attack ends, right?

more than 3 years ago

US Government Seizes Torrent Search Engine Domain

booyabazooka Re: (305 comments)

Awesome. Imagine if real-life justice worked like this. The cops discover that you're selling drugs from your home. They decide that arresting you would be too much hassle, so instead they just pull the numbers off of your mailbox. No one can find you anymore, problem solved!

more than 3 years ago

Wikileaks Vows Release '7x the Size' of Iraq Leak

booyabazooka Re:Donating (491 comments)

If I were paranoid, and I am, I wouldn't believe that the USPS would let an envelope leave the United States with that address on it.

more than 3 years ago

Senate Panel Approves Website Shut-Down Bill

booyabazooka Just web sites? (390 comments)

So other Internet stuff like FTP is still safe?

more than 3 years ago

Proposed ADA Requirements May Affect Public Internet Use

booyabazooka Re:Fine with me (420 comments)

Well, as a GWT developer, I don't write much of any HTML or CSS. I do my best to keep most of those details abstracted away from me. But I know most of it isn't HTML at all, but is done by editing DOM objects. So I don't really know if I'm using anything "as it was intended to be used".

Every browser that you add support for adds cost, and the less mainstream, the worse it is. Hell, just supporting all of the IE versions is a huge pain in the ass. You really think it's cheap to cater to screen readers?

more than 3 years ago

Americans Less Healthy, But Outlive Brits

booyabazooka Re:Well, duh (521 comments)

I'm pretty sure that's a matter of preference. I've tried some of what France considers good cheese, and it is absolutely repulsive.

more than 3 years ago

Why 'Cyber Crime' Should Just Be Called 'Crime'

booyabazooka Re:As soon as they ... (368 comments)

Personally I'm not much interested in someone's motivations for committing a crime

So you don't care if someone's motivation for killing is self-defense?

Is that a crime?

more than 3 years ago

Is the ISS Really Worth $100 Billion?

booyabazooka Re:Look at it this way (503 comments)

Yeah, when you have absolutely no qualms about being trillions of dollars in public debt, there really is no such thing as a dichotomy when it comes to spending.

more than 3 years ago



booyabazooka booyabazooka writes  |  more than 7 years ago

booyabazooka writes "The FBI has shown that it can remotely modify firmware on some mobile phones to use them as bugs even when the devices appear to be turned off. From the article: "Authorities won't reveal how they did this. But a countersurveillance expert said Nextel, Motorola Razr and Samsung 900 series cellphones can be reprogrammed over the air, using methods meant for delivering upgrades and maintenance." Combined with loose wiretapping legislation, it seems like we can be listened to... pretty much any place, any time."


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