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Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

crtreece Re:Using it against the government (137 comments)

If you have an Android phone, you can already do this with XtraSec.

Via txt message you can disable the phone, wipe the phone and/or SD card, trigger the camera, turn on/off mobile data, and more.

2 days ago

Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

crtreece Re:What a joke (195 comments)

If you don't want to worry about what the comcast firmware might be up to, you could also use a third party modem from Motorola, Cisco, Netgear, or some others. Comcast has a site that lists compatible modems, based on your service type, and what level of level of testing they did with those modems.

I paid more than $21 for my motorola modem. But 9 months later I've recouped that cost and don't have to worry about what shenanegins Comcast might be playing with the firmware. I know that doesn't do any thing to stop their traffic shaping/throttling and deep packet inspection, but that what pointing the internal routers at a VPN is for.

about two weeks ago

How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

crtreece Re:My speed is fine, fix the latency (142 comments)

It takes time to decrypt those packets, figure out if they are going to netflix, piratebay, etc; decide how much delay and replacement advertising to introduce; and implement the decision.

about two weeks ago

Social Media Becomes the New Front In Mexico's Drug War

crtreece Re:Wise criminals stay in the shadows... (120 comments)

how far the Cartels will push the government before they just decide to cut the military loose

Using some of their giant stream of incoming cash to bribe top govt and military officials means the cartel leaders don't have to worry about this. I expect they just consider bribes as one of the costs of doing business.

about two weeks ago

Researchers Find Problems With Rules of Bitcoin

crtreece Re:I must not be getting this.. (301 comments)

using some algorithm I'm currently unfamiliar with so will not bother to explain in detail but the point is it exists, take a share of the transaction they facilitated as a "transaction fee"

The sender in the transaction specifies the transaction fee. The wiki has more info.

"the person attempting to make a transaction can include any fee or none at all in the transaction. On the other hand, nobody mining new bitcoins necessarily needs to accept the transactions and include them in the new block being created. The transaction fee is therefore an incentive on the part of the bitcoin user to make sure that a particular transaction will get included into the next block which is generated. It is envisioned that over time the cumulative effect of collecting transaction fees will allow somebody creating new blocks to "earn" more bitcoins than will be mined from new bitcoins created by the new block itself. This is also an incentive to keep trying to create new blocks even if the value of the newly created block from the mining activity is zero in the far future. "

about three weeks ago

Year In Communications: NSA Revelations Overshadow Communications Breakthroughs

crtreece Re:They have dedicated a special page for them (61 comments)

you see that more oppression almost inevitably follows this type of surveillance.

Does that make it a little more clear for you?

about 4 months ago

NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

crtreece Re:NSA failed to halt subprime lending, though. (698 comments)

We stood idly by while Saddam expended huge quantities of chemical weapons.

Personally that may be true. On a bigger scale, we (the United States) provided helped them deploy the chemical weapons.

Our governments (US and UK) knew very well what Saddam had, and what Saddam was capable of.

We certainly should have known what Saddam had and was capable of. First, we helped put the Ba'ath party in to power. During the Iran / Iraq war, we helped them financially and with intelligence information. Then, we sold the precursors of chemical weapons to them and provided reconnaissance intelligence that was used in their deployment. Why else would Donald Rumsfeld be smiling as he shook Saddams hand in 1983?

You will note, I hope, that I've said nothing in Saddam Hussein's defense. I have ONLY pointed out how dishonest our own governments are.

And here is more evidence supporting that supposition.

about 4 months ago

Surge In Litecoin Mining Leads To Graphics Card Shortage

crtreece Re:An Honest Question (213 comments)

ever-increasing value of a bitcoin

This can also be seen as the ever-decreasing value of the USD. The Federal Reserve has been been buying $80+billion in Treasury Bonds every month since the third round of Quantitative Easing started in September 2012. Lets see if they follow through on the tapering program this time.

about 4 months ago

This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America

crtreece Re: It's official (276 comments)

what happens when, say, Google, comes along with their own digital currency and offers lower (or even no) transaction fees?

Outside transaction fees, let look at some of the advantages bitcoin has over this theoretical googlecoin.

  • Chargebacks. I expect any googlecoin is going to work more like paypal than bitcoin. If transactions are not reversible, why is a vendor going to accept googlecoin over bitcoin? They can already accept credit cards or paypal, which have this feature.
  • Distributed accounting. Is google going to run the entire accounting system? Why should I trust them any more than the Federal Reserve to not inflate their currency? If the accounting system was truely distributed, why would I participate without compensation?
  • What happens when google or one of their friends don't like your politics or actions? See wikileaks and how Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and other payment processors stopped processing payments to them.
  • Do you think you are going to be using googlecoin without providing government issued ID? We already know they are giving your personal data to the US government and cannot tell you about it. Transaction data for googlecoin will be going right along with your email, IM, and text messages.

about 4 months ago

Xbox One Released

crtreece Re:Where was this caution with Wii U? (310 comments)

they keep rehashing the same games over and over again

And this doesn't happen with Sony and MS platforms? I'm sure we'll see new incarnations of Madden, Battlefield, Halo, Call of Duty, Gears of War, Need for Speed, Forza, etc soon enough

about 5 months ago

Bitcoin Hits $400 Ahead of Senate Hearing On Virtual Currency

crtreece Re:Anonynimity (276 comments)

the coin went from user A to Silk Road and then to a bunch of random wallets and back out to user B, and user C who was the person who sold the item got a different one

Except that Silk Road, or any other user, can create an effectively infinite number of addresses to send and receive the coins. A user doesn't have to give their SSN, drivers license, and proof of residency to get a new address. Knowing how many coins are at any given address is indeed part of the bitcoin protocol. Knowing who controls the keys for that address is not part of the protocol, and it requires additional work to find the data NOT in the blockchain to understand.

So User A sends coins to a unique address at SR, where it gets thrown in the pool, sliced, diced, and chopped, and reconstituted, then goes out from another unique address to User B.

Granted, if you capture a wallet, you now know a group of address and CAN backtrack through the blockchain to understand who some of the players were in previous transactions. Is bitcoin anonymous? No. Does it allow a user to make it difficult to keep track of what they are doing, and with whom? Yes. Does some three-letter agency have a tool that tries to map those associations, I'd bet a bitcoin on yes.

about 5 months ago

Bitcoin Hits $400 Ahead of Senate Hearing On Virtual Currency

crtreece Re:Anonynimity (276 comments)

This is what makes money laundering possible...BitCoin is not like this

It can be. Services exist that allow you to put your bitcoins in, have them mixed repeatedly with other users bitcoins, and get back different bitcoins. Silk Road had this feature built in, the user didn't have to ask for or configure it.

what IP address owned that wallet at the time

What is the IP address of a piece of paper?

about 5 months ago

Linus Torvalds Admits He's Been Asked To Insert Backdoor Into Linux

crtreece Re:if Linux was asked, the MS were asked (576 comments)

I've bounced back and forth between various flavors of Linux and Free BSD for the last 15 years. I'm now looking at moving to Open BSD.

All the ranting of Theo de Raadt doesn't seem so paranoid anymore.

about 7 months ago

Obama Admin Says It Won't Fight Looser Marijuana Laws, With Conditions

crtreece Re:The emperor has no clothes (526 comments)

I see what you did there.

about 8 months ago

Why Weather Control Conspiracy Theories Are Scientifically Ludicrous

crtreece Re:US Patent No. 4,686,605 (251 comments)

11 years later, the USAF published Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025. In the executive summary, they state:

Technology advancements in five major areas are necessary for an integrated weather-modification capability: (1) advanced nonlinear modeling techniques, (2) computational capability, (3) information gathering and transmission, (4) a global sensor array, and (5) weather intervention techniques. Some intervention tools exist today and others may be developed and refined in the future.

I would suggest that significant advancements have been made in all of those areas.

I am not a meteorologist, but it seems like the ability to significantly alter any particular weather event could come from the ability to selectively heat a specified area of the atmosphere. That seems right in line with the claims in the patent.

about 8 months ago

Web Apps: the Future of the Internet, Or Forever a Second-Class Citizen?

crtreece couldn't figure out how to vote (205 comments)

So I'll post a comment instead, Forever a Second-Class Citizen?

Seriously, to add some content to my snark. Until internet speeds reach parity with access to local resources, web apps will always be second class compared to a similar application running locally.

about 8 months ago

Meet Focal, the New Camera App For CyanogenMod

crtreece Re:i like cyanogenmod..but... (40 comments)

You should have returned Cyanogenmod to the place of purchase and demanded a 100% refund due to in not including the functionality it claimed to include.

about 9 months ago


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