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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

currently_awake Re:No. (554 comments)

The problem with encryption is the key exchange. End to end encrypted communications is trivial once you figure out that part.

about a week ago
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Feds Operated Yet Another Secret Metadata Database Until 2013

currently_awake Re:Sad State of Affairs (102 comments)

Stop passing laws the people don't support. It makes otherwise law abiding citizens lose respect for the law.

about a week ago
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Feds Operated Yet Another Secret Metadata Database Until 2013

currently_awake Re:suppose we wanted to do something about it. Goa (102 comments)

We need to split the NSA into offensive and defensive sections, and hand off the offensive block to the CIA. It won't stop the spying but at least we won't get cracked by North Korea hackers. Baby steps, take this a bit at a time.

about a week ago
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Feds Operated Yet Another Secret Metadata Database Until 2013

currently_awake Re:BRB! (102 comments)

Unless you live next door to Issis, your own government IS your greatest threat.

about a week ago
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Feds Operated Yet Another Secret Metadata Database Until 2013

currently_awake Re:Another one? (102 comments)

It's "only" meta-data because that's all they have admitted to. Given the resources (and secret rooms at telco switches) it's likely they record the call itself.

about a week ago
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What Africa Really Needs To Fight Ebola

currently_awake Re:The RIver of Myths (83 comments)

You are assuming the question is how to best help these people, instead of how to best exploit them.

about a week ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

currently_awake Re:Technically (554 comments)

Using torture doesn't mean you live in a barbaric state, it means you live in a stupid one. Western countries stopped using torture because it's provably unreliable, and rational people don't want to base their national defence on unreliable intelligence.

about a week ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

currently_awake Re:Communication has never been secure (554 comments)

The ranting is about needing the court order part, not the ability of the police to tap your phone.

about a week ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

currently_awake Re:I would rather see 1000 terrorists go free... (554 comments)

Corrupt police kill more Americans than Terrorists do. So giving them more tools to track and attack you increases the risks to you and your family.

about a week ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

currently_awake Re:Just be glad (554 comments)

Given how unbelievably rare terrorists are, clearly they want these powers to spy on you.

about a week ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

currently_awake Re:This was done so Republicans can criticize it.. (308 comments)

Those cars/boats/dollars siezed might have crossed state lines, therefore the interstate commerce clause applies. And siezing a house affects interstate housing prices, so it counts too. (this is pretty much the reasoning behind federal drug law).

about a week ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

currently_awake Re:Waiting for Republicans to come in and defend t (308 comments)

If you don't change the law to block this theft then it will keep coming back. What happens if (when) the man who replaces Holder changes the rules back? The burden of proof in civil forfiture should be on the police, just as in criminal law.

about a week ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

currently_awake Re:Then we need plausable means to deny the key (329 comments)

And this is why the police use a keylogger. And if this actually caught on they would use it as an excuse to crack your computer remotely.

about two weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

currently_awake Re:Yeah, but dig a little deeper... (490 comments)

In most of the Middle East there is no political freedom. You can't be a politician unless you work for the current government. So they take on the clothes/speach of a devout holy man and do their politics in Gods name. In western nations holy men are expected to refrain from politics, and so we see these men as radical clerics instead of politicians.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

currently_awake Re:Seriously? GOOD NEWS? (255 comments)

It's a bidding war. They are shaking the money tree and finding out who cares the most (dollars) about net neutrality.

about two weeks ago
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Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

currently_awake Re:Another blaming of the victims (Striesand Effec (512 comments)

No, we need to "Edit" the religion, and stamp out the practices we find incompatible with our culture. Just as was done with Christianity (stoning adulterers and witches, killing homosexuals etc)

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

currently_awake Re:The devil is in the details... (303 comments)

Could you set up your own Stingray in a rich neighbourhood and then publish lists of who people call? It's just meta-data, from a public place, right? So fair game to anyone, without needing a warrant.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

currently_awake Re:I don't think it's recording calls (303 comments)

If they don't decrypt the call, then they can't tell who you call. For a stingray to get meta-data from cell phones it must be able to recover your voice call. A stingray connects to your phone, decrypts everything (including voice), then passes everything on to a real cell phone tower for delivery. It's entirely up to the maker (or the police) what data they take.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

currently_awake Re:Someone please aware me: (303 comments)

What about text messages? You can text people in public without anyone else being able to read your texts.

about three weeks ago

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