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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

eheldreth Re:Another day, another hole... (236 comments)

I put together an atom based (Jetway Board) PFSense firewall with four 1gig ports and wifi for under $400. It's fan less cpu and low power usage makes it an ideal replacement for the e2000 I had before. In addition to the firewall it's running snort updated daily. If power is your only concern it may not make sense to upgrade your hardware but if you want something quieter and not much larger than a consumer router then you should look into them. Don't let the realtek NICS on the cheaper boards scare you PFSense 2.1 can handle them just fine and I have yet to find any performance issues.

about 3 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

eheldreth Re:Based on what study (226 comments)

It's a nice straw-man but my point wasn't about the nature of driving as a privilege in modern America but the pervasive attitude that pushes such legislation. We see it all over the place from trying to regulate nicotine vaporizers under the same exact laws as cigarettes to il thought out attempts at various gun bans. From drug laws to NYC's recent dive into soda sizes. It all comes from a sense that people shouldn't be trusted to make there own decisions. That "they" know better than you. More and more this idea is taking root in America and that is a far more dangerous thing than somebody having a more convenient display for there vehicle controls and GPS. My problem is with the reasoning behind the legislation not with the fact it may exist. If after appropriate study we find that they present such a significant threat to public safety we must control there use then so be it but preemptively banning things because "it feels like we should do something" is simply a sign of poorly developed reasoning skills.

about 5 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

eheldreth Re:Based on what study (226 comments)

That is exactly the opposite of the "right question"! In a free country the government must always defend any limitation of personal freedom. You should never have to justify it's free exercise. Anything else is not a freedom it's a privilege. If Glass, HUD's and similar emerging tech are dangerous or dangerous in certain use profiles it is the duty of the Government to prove so with scientific fact and not emotional hyperbole before enacting laws limiting your freedom. Beyond that it very well may be that GPS usage in a Glass type device is safer than a dash or window mounted GPS. It may also be that speed, gas, rpm and other vital info can be more safely delivered in that format. These sort of reactionary knee jerk laws only server to stifle innovation and the adoption of tech that could solve real, practical problems.

about 5 months ago
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US Working To Kill UN Privacy Resolutions

eheldreth Re:Close but not quite (197 comments)

I agree with most of what you said. I also agree with requiring English as a core language, however not for exclusionary reasons. The US is a melting pot of cultures who come to our shores for a variety of different reasons. A core common language is an important glue in tying all of those cultures into a cohesive and some what unified society. Split language nations have shown time and time again a tendency toward eventual civil war because the different parts of the nation do not consider themselves one. I'm not saying people should be made to suffer unduly but a little social pressure to encourage English adoptions among new immigrants is a good thing.

about 8 months ago
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Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries

eheldreth Re:Sexually transmitted political power? (730 comments)

For an interesting alternative look at hereditary positions read "The Philosopher In Arms". The nation at the heart of the book believes that to be a good leader one must be raised to it. Taught the responsibility and weight of it from birth. Every member of the family is raised to the position and it typically falls to the child (male or female) of the current leader. To server how ever they still must face a national election every few years and could be removed by either an election or act of congress. The Yeoli's take fear of a dictator to near paranoid levels. They force there leader to be drowned to near death every 3 years to prove he is willing to die for his people and the sitting Demarch can own no personal wealth. The Demarch and his family live in a home maintained by the nation. The position of national political leader and national military leader can either fall to one person or two depending on the leaning of the semanakraseye in question. The stories are well worth reading.

about 8 months ago
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UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

eheldreth Re: Russian Times to the rescue (431 comments)

During the cold war left/right politics was largely replaced by the us/them capitalist/communist simplified politics of the time. Even today most people in the us have no idea what left/right real means. Modern US politics is largely a continuation of the cold war without Russia. The Democrat party is more or less a moderately socialist right leaning party while the Republican party is a heavily corporatist right leaning party. The citizens involved early on in the Tea Party could have been considered far more left wing than the Democrats. They acted mainly on a belief in less government control over our day to day lives. The Tea Party as it exist today is just a way for Republicans to capitalize on that sentiment and farther marginalize other third parties. There are left wing groups of varying degrees. The Libertarian party is center left socially with an unfortunately strong affinity for "Free Market". The Green party is probably is probably as left as a major third party in the US gets but their environmental policies often border on the extreme. The irony is the founding fathers of our country would likely be considered left wing radical terrorist by today's standards.

about 9 months ago
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Google Speeding Up New Encryption Project After Latest Snowden Leaks

eheldreth Plausible but unlikely (248 comments)

As I stated in another post Google has a vested economic interest in restoring public faith to their cloud offerings. To do this they would need to eliminate any access they may have to the unencrypted data. In a perfect world Google would take something like gpgp and add there own key server and integration and automation with Google's services. This would likely be limited to chat and email given that A.)Google makes a lot of money off of adsense and B.) It would be difficult to implement an interactive web site for which the content was unreadable by the servers producing it.

about a year ago
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Google Speeding Up New Encryption Project After Latest Snowden Leaks

eheldreth Re:Not impenetrable to Google (248 comments)

I think you assume too much. First the companies implemented in this mess stand to lose a lot of costumers, yes domestically, but more so overseas. If for no other reason than basic economics Google has a vested interest in restoring public faith. As shown by the current state of affairs the only way they can achieve this is to eliminate there own access to the data. So yes from Google's perspective it would make perfect sense to implement a strong end to end encryption process that was client side and had no access from Google's servers. Now how that would play into adsense and that sort of thing I don't know. Of course you always have the possibility of NSA interference in the basic encryption methods to render them less impenetrable but in the end I don't know how we can either prevent or detect such tampering under the gag orders these companies are forced to live with.

about a year ago
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Time For X-No-Wiretap HTTP Header?

eheldreth Re:USA citizens safe, not care rest of world?? (202 comments)

For people in the US they are two very different questions. Domestic spying in this regard is a violation of the citizenries constitutional rights. Foreign intelligence is a separate legal issue though with obviously connected mechanics. Most people int the US would feel it is wrong to spy on the citizens of an allied nation but this is a matter of priorities. Foreign policy can never be fixed so long as internal policy is so uncontrolled. In this case it is likely either the NSA will be scaled back resulting in less capacity for intelligence gathering in general or we will lose any pretext of being a free and functional democratic republic.

about a year ago
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Paper: Evolution Favors Cooperation Over Selfishness

eheldreth All human behaviour is inhearintly selfish. (245 comments)

It seems they have forgotten that evolution doesn't favor anything instead specific traits are favored in environments in which they are useful. In human behavior selfishness is partially a byproduct of the survival instinct. In times of plenty it's easy for most of us to push aside our survival instincts and work together to form larger more cooperative communities. It is to our benefit that such communities prosper so that we may live in greater security within the buffer they provide. The more scarce resources become the more pressing our survival instincts are and the more large communities begin to crumble. When you get to the family unit the biological drive to procreate and insure the offspring's survival will moderate the survival instincts allowing parents and other close relatives to sacrifice there own survival. No one, know matter how selfless is going to watch their loved ones starve so everyone can have an equal share of the communities resources. Which brings me back to my primary point. All human behavior is at is base inherently, though not always consciously selfish.

about a year ago
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US Senators: NSA Lies In Fact Sheets

eheldreth Re:Congress upset someone is lying to them? (295 comments)

That's a touchy question and in a grey area because as I understand the law I could own and build the mechanics and electronics of a suite case nuke legally but I could not own or attempt to obtain a sufficient quantity of fissionable material to detonate it and would require a license to own explosives of sufficient quality and yield. Of course those laws have as much to do with environmental and public health concerns as the actual military use of the material itself. I could if I wished and had sufficient funding build an ICBM in my garage. I could not launch it without government approval. I could own a Jet fighter (assuming someone would sell it to me) and if sufficiently licensed even fly it. There are companies that specialize in putting you through mock dog fights with lasers now. I could not currently own most of the weapons for it seeing as they are fully automatic and covered under the NFA of 1934. Questions of nukes aside I consider the NFA highly and unquestionably unconstitutional.

about a year ago
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US Senators: NSA Lies In Fact Sheets

eheldreth Re:Congress upset someone is lying to them? (295 comments)

You are conflating cause and effect. Yes you can be held accountable for getting people injured by yelling fire in a crowded room just as you can be arrested for murder. The government does not have the right to make you wear a gag before you enter the room just encase you get the urge to do so. This is one of the most common mistake made by middle ground gun law sympathizers. You can under the constitution make it illegal for me to shoot you with out due cause (Yell fire!) but you can not deny me the right to be armed (gag me before I enter the room).

about a year ago
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Defense Distributed Has 3D-Printed an Entire Gun

eheldreth Re:The answer to the question (712 comments)

f you had ever actually read the case law instead of quoting some talking point you would know the following. Since the first case to touch on the subject in 1886 the Supreme Court has never questioned the individual right. But please carry on.

1. Presser v. Illinois, 116 U.S. 252 Year 1886 - Supports individual right.

"We think it clear that there are no sections under consideration, which only forbid bodies of men to associate together as military organizations, or to drill or parade with arms in cities and towns unless authorized by law, do not infringe the right of the people to keep and bear arms."

2. United States v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174 Year 1939 - Supports individual right. In the absence of evidence since miller was dead and his lawyer a no show the court could not overturn the ruling. Also of interest they used military applicability as a test for 2nd amendment protection meaning ar-15's and ak-47's would be a protected weapon.

"In the absence of any evidence tending to show that possession or use of a 'shotgun having a barrel of less than eighteen inches in length' at this time has some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia, we cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear such an instrument. Certainly it is not within judicial notice that this weapon is any part of the ordinary military equipment or that its use could contribute to the common defense... The signification attributed to the term Militia appears from the debates in the Convention, the history and legislation of Colonies and States, and the writings of approved commentators. These show plainly enough that the Militia comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense. 'A body of citizens enrolled for military discipline.' And further, that ordinarily when called for service these men were expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time."'

about a year ago
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Obama Administration Threatens CISPA Veto, EFF Urges Action

eheldreth Re:Why, America? Damn. (106 comments)

Ha, true. In reality they are but one party still tries to sale itself as being for the people.

about a year ago
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Obama Administration Threatens CISPA Veto, EFF Urges Action

eheldreth Re:Why, America? Damn. (106 comments)

Traditionally the political spectrum runs from Left (Anarchy) to Right (Authoritarian). What we have in this country is a mainstream Right leaning party with socialist tenancies and a mainstream Right leaning party with capitalist (or Corporatocracy) leanings. In recent years it has become popular to view political leanings on a two dimensional grid with Left/Right representing the X axis and Socialist/Corporatist representing the Y. Allowing for this both parties are fairly far to the right of the spectrum and one simply leans north on the Y while the other trends south. I used to consider my self a Conservative but after studying some of the actual definitions of political beliefs and looking at the real world interpretation of such I have found I actually have a fairly strong Left leaning and come in fairly well centered on the Y axis. Try this site http://www.politicalcompass.org/analysis2 to get a better understanding (Note this site actually puts the economic leanings on the X axis).

about a year ago
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Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 Due In 2015

eheldreth Re:How about a re-boot of Episodes I through III? (816 comments)

You know what the funniest thing about Coruscant is? What? It's the little differences. I mean they got the same sh** over there that they got here, but it's just, just there it's a little different. Example. Alright, well you can walk into a movie theater and buy a beer. And, I don't mean just like a paper cup, I'm talking about a glass of beer. And, in Galactic City, you can buy a beer in McDonald's. You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Galactic City? They don't call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese? No, man, they got the metric system, they don't know what the fu** a Quarter Pounder is. What do they call it? They call it a Royal with Cheese.

about a year and a half ago
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Favorite U.S. Political Party

eheldreth I don't get it (503 comments)

Besides my general dislike of modern organized political parties why do people insist on calling the Democratic party "left". I'm not certain the American people would know what to do with a truly leftist party. What we have are two largely corporate controlled right wing parties which divide them selves across constantly shifting imaginary lines with little regard to the original platform once they are elected. How many times can a person go through this cycle of "If you vote for them the world will end so vote for me I can fix it" before they wise up to the fact that they are being played. Neither party has a vested interest in fixing our current issues because it's those very issues that get them re-elected and distract us from the damage they do get around to doing.

about a year ago
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What's Next For Superhero Movies?

eheldreth Re:Webcomics (396 comments)

Yep, it would make a great movie(s). And it vould shmell goot too.

about 2 years ago
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Tensions Over Hormuz Raise Ugly Possibilities For War

eheldreth Re:Gee, maybe U.S. shouldn't try to steal oil (969 comments)

In the case of the British Empire it wasn't a "screw up". They purposely divided nations to create hostility. This served to keep locals busy fighting each other and allowed the British to come in as peace makers. Your right thought in that a lot of our current issues in the middle east can be traced to tis policy.

more than 2 years ago

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