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Verizon and AT&T Join the 'Transparency Report' Club

conspirator57 Re:What about Room 641A? (37 comments)

embrace, extend, extinguish

about 7 months ago
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CBS 60 Minutes: NSA Speaks Out On Snowden, Spying

conspirator57 Re:Puff piece (504 comments)

Well, I figure since Keith Alexander already had a replica of the starship Enterprise bridge made, that he was having a holodeck made in Utah. That takes a serious amount of texture storage...

about 7 months ago
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CBS 60 Minutes: NSA Speaks Out On Snowden, Spying

conspirator57 Re:Cables are dangerous (504 comments)

Make sure to buy a Monster Cat6 cable next time. Clearly their superior marketing... I mean production values will mean that your cable will be incapable of inflicting harm on anyone. Except bad guys. Yeah, that's it.

about 7 months ago
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How a MacBook Camera Can Spy Without Lighting Up

conspirator57 Re:It's pretty simple (371 comments)

Is your lens cover opaque over the whole band your camera can sense?

about 7 months ago
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How a MacBook Camera Can Spy Without Lighting Up

conspirator57 Re:It's pretty simple (371 comments)

1. Most cameras in laptops are USB peripherals, sourced from an OEM.
2. Even if that were done, look up LED persistence of vision, Then ask how long the camera needs to be on to take a picture versus how long it takes before humans notice the LED is lit. Hwo knows, it might be possible to grab a pic before the LED is bouncing photons at all. As a result, it's not as simple as hooking it to Vdd, you'd have to build a capacitor network in that will not allow the camera to turn on until the LED is lit and then won't allow the LED to go out until it's noticeable to the user.
3. Do you think the OEM even thought about privacy? Might wanna rethink that.
4. It's far simpler to put a shutter on the camera (but what about IR?) and/or put a HW switch on the USB Vdd to the camera.

about 7 months ago
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CBS 60 Minutes: NSA Speaks Out On Snowden, Spying

conspirator57 Re:Lie-fest from the NSA (504 comments)

Moreover, It's not like he hasn't had the observable precedent of what the government did to vocal dissenters using the "process," namely to maliciously prosecute them and strip them of their retirement even when prosecution fails for the obvious reason that there was no evidence. Thomas Drake is a prime example of that.

about 7 months ago
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In an arcade with only the following games ...

conspirator57 Re:Where is Pac-Man? (283 comments)

seriously. and where is Galaga. What self-respecting arcade doesn't have Galaga?

about 9 months ago
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Feds Confiscate Investigative Reporter's Confidential Files During Raid

conspirator57 Re:So, what's with the right wing echo chamber? (622 comments)

Sadly, the paper the reporter worked for has now run a piece about the raid and their intentions to pursue a civil case against the government. So it looks like the tin foil hat brigade is right again. Been happening a lot this year. Perhaps TIME will make the conspiracy theorist the Person of the Year this year.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/25/armed-agents-seize-records-reporter-washington-tim/

Enjoy.

about 9 months ago
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WIPO Panel Says Ron Paul Guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

conspirator57 Re:For free? (303 comments)

i think he would have been wildly more successful at doing things like ending the wars, closing Guantanamo, not assassinating minor US citizens in countries we aren't at war with, and restoring the rule of law than our current administration. And that would have been more than enough to accomplish as president given how dismal Obama *actually is* in power. But hey, it sure is fun to mock people who don't have power for what they might or might not do.

about a year ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

conspirator57 Re:Maybe... (1121 comments)

why not? the people @ atheist shoes obviously believe in soles.

about a year ago
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Texas Bills Would Bar Warrantless Snooping On Phone Location

conspirator57 Re:The elusive... (277 comments)

the last constitutional amendment was a long while ago. the currently tolerated status quo is one where opinion polls determine our rights and the executive branch has far more power than a plain reading of the constitution would infer. Some parts are ignored and undermined (most of the bill of rights, just ask a defense attorney about your 4th ammendment rights erosions.) Others are aggrandized, most notably the supremacy clause and article 2. Also, Obama is continuing and extending all the policies you labeled totalitarian, so how's that HOPE and CHANGE working out for you?

about a year ago
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Texas Bills Would Bar Warrantless Snooping On Phone Location

conspirator57 Re:Dammit, Texas! (277 comments)

most of the best regulations of industries, including the medical industry are ones requiring information and product labeling... and most of those regulations are pushed by the political left. What's your beef with it in this one corner of one industry?

about a year ago
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Texas Bills Would Bar Warrantless Snooping On Phone Location

conspirator57 Re:Dammit, Texas! (277 comments)

i'm pretty sure life *ends* when the child learns to speak.

Q. What's a 4 year old?
A. A 2 year old with a mouth.

about a year ago
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Texas Bills Would Bar Warrantless Snooping On Phone Location

conspirator57 Re:Dammit, Texas! (277 comments)

you mean like California and its 3 strikes law?

about a year ago
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Texas Bills Would Bar Warrantless Snooping On Phone Location

conspirator57 Re:Dammit, Texas! (277 comments)

That always works sometimes!

about a year ago
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Email Trails Show Bankers Behaving Badly

conspirator57 Re:Get a rope! (251 comments)

Wake me up when there's a successful criminal prosecution. Bernie Madoff doesn't count: he targeted the wealthy.

about a year and a half ago
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How EVE Online Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle

conspirator57 Re:3000 players you say? (398 comments)

and with this many divorces in flight... time dilation might make it 10 years.

about a year and a half ago
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How EVE Online Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle

conspirator57 Re:3000 players you say? (398 comments)

EVE IS REAL!

EVE is the other woman. I swear she's *cough* i mean IT'S just a game...

about a year and a half ago
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Students Calculate What Hyperspace Travel Would Actually Look Like

conspirator57 Re:what would you see going at warp? (234 comments)

When you rupture the field, and spill back into being causally connected with the universe at the remote reference frame, a shitton of energy and radiation will blast out.

Is this a metric or imperial shitton?

about a year and a half ago

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ACLU loses largest donor

conspirator57 conspirator57 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

conspirator57 (1123519) writes "For those of you who are big fans of civil liberties, e.g. supporters of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) eff.org, it may come as a downer to know that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) aclu.org has lost it's single largest donor to the financial crisis and burgeoning depression. This person was responsible for about 25% of ACLU's annual budget. Please support them as you are able.

Full story from Glenn Greenwald:
http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2009/12/10/aclu/index.html"
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Aral sea lost to geoengineering

conspirator57 conspirator57 writes  |  about 5 years ago

conspirator57 (1123519) writes "From http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog, a libertarian blog

Will a Planned Economy Save the Environment? Progressives insist that only the state can protect us from things such as climate change. The historical record shows that, to the contrary, the state is one of the worst things to happen to the natural environment. Here's a devastating example of central planning ignoring what is not seen until it is too late.

(TFA is at: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/07/aralsea/)"

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Ruling by Secret US Court Allegedly Reduces Spying

conspirator57 conspirator57 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

conspirator57 (1123519) writes "TFA http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la- na-spying2aug02,0,5813563.story?coll=la-home-cente r states that the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (a court that no citizen can establish standing to appear before) has ruled against Executive requests for so-called "basket warrants" as violating the 4th amendment to the Constitution, namely that such warrants do not meet the clearly expressed criteria in the second half of the amendment. To accomplish this they must have looked startlingly like British general warrants which were the original motivation for the 4th amendment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrant_(law) for more.

TFA is very sympathetic to the Executive branch, going on to depict ways in which we're all less safe because of this ruling. Personally, I feel safer with more rulings like this one. Just wish the process were a bit more transparent.

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.""
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Private Firm Provides End Run on Airport Security

conspirator57 conspirator57 writes  |  about 7 years ago

conspirator57 (1123519) writes "Apparently the "pre-cleared" passenger program will also be administered by franchise companies... Is there any way this can be good?

https://secure.flyclear.com/index.html

Or, Cronyism in Five Easy Steps...

1. Wait for disturbing, alarming event.
2. Spin such event to make unreasonable, ineffective security measures appear reasonable and effective.
3. Wait for public dissatisfaction to reach the soft ball stage. (~235 degrees on your candy thermometer)
4. Allow company formed by your friends to "save the day" by providing a service the government is much better equipped to do.
5. Wash, rinse, repeat. (if you can do this with air or water, you are a god among machine politicians.)

https://secure.flyclear.com/index.html"

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