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New Snowden Docs Show GCHQ Paid Telcos For Cable Taps

currently_awake Re:Why is encryption not standard? (89 comments)

The problem with encryption is the keys. The person you call/email has to have the same encryption key or they can't hear/read your communications. The current solution is to have the cell company or isp handle the encryption for you. Meaning they have the keys and can listen/read everything, and they can pass those keys to the government just as easily. So you need end to end encryption or the NSA gets everything anyway- only then you have to securely hand the keys to everyone you want to phone/email.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

currently_awake Re: Storage (509 comments)

The power grid is only under strain during peak use. The rest of the time it's got power to burn. If everyone charges their electric car at night there won't be any trouble.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

currently_awake Re:Aerial or underground ? (509 comments)

No, it's redundancy. A well designed power grid has multiple redundant feeder lines to run power to the major distribution points. But that costs extra, so a cash strapped (or cheap) utility will eliminate that to save money. And that means any time a line goes down you get a blackout until that line or transformer is replaced.

2 days ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

currently_awake Re:Police legal authority (164 comments)

If the police have in their possession the full telephone meta-data for all phone calls, then we should be able to get that with an access to information request. Since it's not part of an ongoing police investigation and there are no privacy considerations in meta-data.

5 days ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

currently_awake Police legal authority (164 comments)

In the absence of a judicial order/warrant a police officer should have the same rights as any ordinary citizen, except when they see a crime being committed. If police can operate a stingray then anyone should be able to do so. If police can demand (and get) telephone records without cause then so should everyone else.

5 days ago
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Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

currently_awake Re:Helium shortage (116 comments)

A hot air balloon would not last 100 days, it would run out of fuel to heat the air before that. Pumping air in/out of the balloon is a standard way that airships change buoyancy, by having a smaller balloon inside the bigger one that you fill with normal air to reduce the volume of the helium (and that increases the density, thereby reducing lift).

about a week ago
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

currently_awake Re:Not all spooks are bad (110 comments)

It's a matter of what the government can force your phone provider to hand over without a warrant. Given that the president of the USA is NOT a judge, I don't think he should be able to issue search warrants (NSA Letters).

about a week ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

currently_awake Re:A maket-based solution... (157 comments)

The use of anti-biotics on farm animals causes the spread of drug resistant disease. The same is happening here with the government's abuse of spying. They are making a perfect incubator to develop countermeasures to spying.

about a week ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

currently_awake Re:It's all bullshit (157 comments)

Then start your own party. The American dream, that anyone could aspire to be president of the USA.

about a week ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

currently_awake Biggest lie in politics (157 comments)

In American politics 'everyone' says voting for a third party is throwing your vote away. And just about everyone believes this lie. When you vote third party the democrats and republicans look for ways to take those 'lost' votes. And that means they borrow policies from the third parties. So even though the little guy will never form the government he's still influencing the nation. A vote for a third party is a vote for change.

about a week ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

currently_awake Re:"very telling" indeed (157 comments)

In a cyberwar those who know what they are doing and those that control the network have a huge advantage over those who don't. Trying to get the government to work by "voting with your dollars" will likely result in the corporations lying to you while they continue to submit to government demands in secret.

about a week ago
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Intel Planning Thumb-Sized PCs For Next Year

currently_awake Re:Probably not the same thing at all... (101 comments)

If Intel and Google want high bandwidth and net neutrality they should just build their own national internet with those features. And add crypto hubs at each users end so all data traffic is encrypted. Intel makes the hardware and Google siphons up the data for advertising, win-win.

about a week ago
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Amnesty International Releases Tool To Combat Government Spyware

currently_awake Re:Sure way to make the government block their sit (95 comments)

I would think the NSA's response would be to MITM the internet connection and have it download NSA spyware when you think you are loading the spyware detector. Blocking the download just draws attention to them, it won't actually block those who want the software from getting it elsewhere.

about a week ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

currently_awake Re:cheaper perhaps (150 comments)

Or you could put your cable under the road, like everyone else. Given that the government owns most roads that means a single point of negotiation for the whole job.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

currently_awake Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

you are assuming that they pay for irrigation water. In the third world most crops are not irrigated, they depend on rain. Western crops generally require herbicides and pesticides to get those huge crops, so they have to buy that as well as the seeds. There is no shortage of food in the third world, it's a shortage of money to pay for the food that's the problem. Many of these poor people make their living by selling food. This is why selling massively subsidized western food is killing the Africans.

about two weeks ago
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Tor Project Mulls How Feds Took Down Hidden Websites

currently_awake Re:DDOS + Poison Pill (135 comments)

Follow the packets. You send a packet to a hidden service and follow it home. If you can monitor all traffic going into and out of a tor node you can figure out which one is yours and follow it to the next node. Repeat process until you have the server. The only way to stop this attack is to have data channels between nodes that are saturated with doubly encrypted data such that it's impossible to tell what data is yours.

about two weeks ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

currently_awake Re: There can be no defense AGAINST this. (184 comments)

They can link your burner phone to you by using the meta-data to map your movements and comparing to historical records of where you went (how many people spend nights at your house and days at your work?). We can assume they are recording all phone calls, not just meta-data.

about three weeks ago
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EFF Hints At Lawsuit Against Verizon For Its Stealth Cookies

currently_awake Re:Copyright? (81 comments)

http headers are not art, they are generic templates devoid of artistic content. Your email, however, is most certainly copyrighted and the NSA owes you royalties for their duplication.

about three weeks ago
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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

currently_awake Re:Not enough (250 comments)

The rich opting out of public education (and taking their money with them) is a primary cause of the failure of the US education system. Education spending should be per capita not a fraction of city budget.

about a month ago
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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

currently_awake Re:Not enough (250 comments)

Why would you lower standards if you think people are illiterate? Enforce the standards and fail the illiterate.

about a month ago

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