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US Government To Study Bitcoin As Possible Terrorist Threat

elucido You have it right (210 comments)

They are investigating how Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies can be abused. Isn't that exactly what they should be investigating?

Bitcoin is not illegal, they aren't banning or criminalizing it. Terrorist finance doesn't benefit any of us.

about 4 months ago

US Government To Study Bitcoin As Possible Terrorist Threat

elucido If the government is doing nothing else (210 comments)

This is what they are paid ot do. They should study stuff like this and find ways to prevent terrorism.

There are always going to be users of anything good whether it be Bitcoin or the Internet, who will try to exploit or abuse the tool.

There are cults and terrorists out there. There are sex traffickers out there. These sorts of tools may empower them so what is wrong with studying that?

I'm sure other governments are studying how to use Bitcoin for cyberwarfare or for state sponsored terrorism so of course the United States should be looking at how to defend itself.

about 4 months ago

US Government To Study Bitcoin As Possible Terrorist Threat

elucido Cryptocurrencies are a potential terrorist threat (210 comments)

So I agree that the US government along with many others should be studying exactly this sorta thing.

Studying it is better than banning it. They have a certain mission and their job is to deal with warfare. The rest of us don't have to be concerned with war and terrorism 24/7.

But let's not pretend like there wont someday be a gang of terrorists who try to use Bitcoin because that is bound to happen someday. The better it is studied the more likely terrorism can be stopped.

about 4 months ago

On the Practicalities of Counterfeit-Proof Physical Bitcoins

elucido Re:Why do dictactorships have hyperinflation? (121 comments)

Bitcoin is already divisible so there are more Bitcoins than dollars. Mining will cause more to generate far into the future so what are you talking about?

about 7 months ago

Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

elucido Re:How Many More NSA Employees? (227 comments)

The NSA puts too much trust in it's employees obviously.

about 7 months ago

Bitcoin Protocol Vulnerability Could Lead To a Collapse

elucido It's true and that pool is BTC Guild (256 comments)

Well it could be BTC Guild anyway.

All it would do is result in a new proof of work for Bitcoin which is probably a good thing anyway.
The real question is whether or not it will effect Mastercoin?

about 10 months ago

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

elucido Re:Slip the backdoor into a precompiled GCC instea (576 comments)

Seems we need reminding of this classic by Ken Thompson.

Slip a backdoor into a RHEL 6.x (or any other major Linux distribution) version of GCC and make it do two major things:
1. Slip a backdoor into any Linux kernel it compiles.
2. Replicate itself in any version of GCC it compiles.

Choose some entry point which changes very rarely so the chances of incompatibility with new code is small.

This would probably keep RHEL with any kernel version tainted for generations of releases without very little chance of being spotted, because there are no changes in the distributed source code of either project

Or bugs in the random number generator.

about a year ago

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

elucido Re:Some people ... (576 comments)

... can't tell the difference between humour and reality.

Torvalds said no while nodding his head yes is a JOKE people, not a fucking admission. Please, save the tinfoil paranoia for Reddit, and keep the serious tech discussions here.

Obviously it's a joke. It's not like anyone would admit something like that.

about a year ago

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

elucido Re:Would probably be found (576 comments)

It's unlikely that such a backdoor, should it exist, would be coded so obviously, since the source is published. Instead, it would more likely be in the form of a subtle buffer overflow that results in previlige escalation or such, such that when found, it could simply be labeled as a bug rather than an backdoor... plausible deniability.


about a year ago

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

elucido Not necessarily (576 comments)

it depends on how it's coded. It's possible to code it in such a way that it's impossible to find by anyone but the person coding it. You gotta trust your programmer as much as you trust your doctor.

about a year ago

Syrian Gov't Agrees To Russian Chem-Weapon Turnover Plan

elucido Re:Sounds promising (362 comments)

The US uses chemical weapons too. I don't see the big deal. We pepper sovereign nations with depleted uranium and bomb people with white phospher. I'd say that qualifies under the definition of chemical weapons. If not, then certainly under other horrifying definitions.

In any case, when comparing other humanitarian causes to that of Syria, the ones in Africa are far worse and simply go ignored. I am doubly amazed. I am amazed that the US government can offer the causes they do with a straight face and I am amazed that people seriously buy into it.

When the US uses chemical weapons on you, then its a big deal?

1 year,6 days

Bitcoin Kiosks Coming To 5 Canadian Cities

elucido And Slashdot still does not accept Bitcoins. (121 comments)

Until we can donate with Bitcoins how serious should we take all these pro Bitcoin articles if the site itself doesn't trust the technology?

1 year,8 days

US Mounted 231 Offensive Cyber-operations In 2011, Runs Worldwide Botnet

elucido Re:Now, for the other angle, is this treason? (367 comments)

Treason is a very useful concept that has a very specific definition and applicability.

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.

The quintessential US traitor, Benedict Arnold delivered troop strength and locations to the enemy during an actual war. I'd say that is a pretty clear example of treason.

If you use that example to draw your line, nothing Snowden has released to date gets anywhere near it. You could perhaps make a case for espionage, but this doesn't look like treason at all. If Snowden went to Afghanistan and started telling the enemy where US troops were, that would cross your line. Treason involves actually waging war against the US or conspiring with the enemy of the US. Exposing state secrets (of dubious legality, or that are simply embarrassing) is pretty hard to construe as "levying War against [the United States]," and only in the most vague and meaningless way, "adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."


I said that you were implying that he committed treason because your post reads as though you feel he's crossed that line long ago and you're wondering what it will take for his dim-witted supporters to finally reach that conclusion. It seems like "asking a question" in the way that talk radio guy (whose name I can't remember for the life of me right now) "only asks questions".

I'm no Snowden Supporter, but I do appreciate having this dirty laundry aired so that we can finally start making real steps toward having a less abusive government. If we make telling the US citizens what their government is doing treason, then it will take longer than decades for us to leash this beast.

I'm not implying anything by asking the question. Asking the question allows me to find out where everyone draws the line and where everyone is at. We all draw the line at a difference place. I never said Snowden was guilty of treason but some people think he is. I would say for certain he's guilty of espionage, and he looks like he's passing information to the Russians and Chinese because why else would he place himself in those countries?

That is my opinion. If what he did results in an end to the abuse of NSA power then I will admit that he was right to take the actions he decided to take. I'm skeptical that what he did will end the abuses of power because he hasn't really exposed anything clearly abusive or illegal. The best thing that can come from this is perhaps a deeper congressional and senate investigation which finds actual abuses and then greater oversight on the NSA and on all intelligence agencies around the world.

I will let the outcomes decide whether or not his actions were justified. To me it's not just about the NSA either, it's about all abusive intelligence agencies. They all seem to be allowed to abuse their power over citizens with complete impunity. At this time based on the current outcome I'm very skeptical of Snowdens motives, and he has released a lot of classified information which appears politically motivated which had nothing to do with abuses or crimes.

So at this moment I don't view his actions as justified and cannot consider myself a Snowden supporter. I'm not in a position to know what options he had working for the NSA to report abuses or crimes. It could have been a situation where he had no one to report it to, but even if that were the case he could have released it to congress and senate instead of the media, unless we are to believe that the NSA controls the congress and senate too?

My current conclusion on Snowden is that he's motivated by ideology and politics. It is unclear to me that any abuses have been uncovered and ended or that any civil liberties or rights have been protected by his actions. I don't understand what he is actually accomplishing, but it does not match up with what he claimed he was trying to accomplish to the public. Also he claims he planned it all out, deliberately deciding to work for the NSA just to do what he did, which to me does not seem to be the typical behavior of a whistleblower.

I don't typically believe in the idea that there are heros out there who will go out of their way to do stuff. I'm not someone who looks up to other people in that way. I do believe that under certian conditions any reasonable person will exhibit certain patterns of behavior. The real question is what is it about intelligence agencies that prevents a whistleblower from triggering an internal investigation? Why does it have to always be given to the media or to foreign nations and how does it falling into the hands of foreign nations benefit me as a citizen?

How does it benefit me if some foreign government official knows the NSA is capable of spying on them?

1 year,9 days

Amazon Hiring More Than a 100 Who Can Get Top Secret Clearances

elucido Re: Who cares about the polygraph? (213 comments)

I've seen federal contractors job postings for some positions that say, "Security Clearance Required, no experience necessary" with a giant starting salary because they really don't want to pay for clearances.

Yeah but that is for desperate out of work people who happen to have a clearance. In this economy there will always be people who are desperate for work.

1 year,9 days

Amazon Hiring More Than a 100 Who Can Get Top Secret Clearances

elucido Re:Buying a 'private cloud' from someone else (213 comments)

This is what happens when there's a culture of not paying enough for your own techs, and paying really well to external contractors---usually on a term basis, so nobody has to live with the screw up beyond the life of the project.

Exactly. No one wants to be in bed with the government, it's just project by project and contract by contract because anything else would be too expensive. They don't have enough money to develop everything in house.

1 year,10 days

Amazon Hiring More Than a 100 Who Can Get Top Secret Clearances

elucido Re:Buying a 'private cloud' from someone else (213 comments)

Government does not have the money or expertise to do it themselves.

Does not have the money? Are you daft? The US Government controls the supply of the world's reserve currency. You know, the stuff that everyone on the planet wants. If they want to create more money to pay for something they can simply promise the Fed that they will pay them back and the Fed will credit their bank account with however much they want to spend. For now at least, there's hardly a bank on Earth that wouldn't accept electronic wire from the Fed or through a US bank that will for payment or transfer.

What I mean is no one wants to be a government employee. People will accept contracting out to them but no one wants to be them.

So they have to hire contractors because it's the cheapest way. If they had to hire people they'd have to pay a lot more than if they pay a contractor and develop everything in house.

1 year,10 days



You can now pay your bills and travel with Bitcoins

elucido elucido writes  |  about a year ago

elucido (870205) writes "BillPayForCoins allows people to completely break free from fiat currencies and pay their bills . TravelforBitcoins allows you to travel via Bitcoins. Will these sites really make a difference to the market cap?"
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Zimbabwe adopts Bitcoin as national currency

elucido elucido writes  |  about a year ago

elucido (870205) writes "According to CNN iReport Zimbabwe and possibly other nations will be forming a Union to adopt Bitcoin as the national currency. What could this mean for Bitcoin and/or developing nations?"
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Graphene supercapacitors make batteries obsolete

elucido elucido writes  |  about a year and a half ago

elucido (870205) writes "This new technology offers cheap and easy to mass produce graphene supercapaitors which can charge a laptop in seconds rather than minutes and a car in minutes rather than hours. No more batteries!"
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Police using predictive analysis to prevent crimes before they happen

elucido elucido writes  |  more than 2 years ago

elucido (870205) writes "According to Rawstory: "A growing number of law enforcement agencies, in the US and elsewhere, have been adopting software tools with predictive analytics, based on algorithms that aim to predict crimes before they happen.""
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Can a Satellite read your thoughts? Physics Revealed

elucido elucido writes  |  more than 2 years ago

elucido (870205) writes "This is an investigation as to whether or not it is possible for a Satellite to read our thoughts. If it is possible when are we going to update our thoroughly antiquated laws to reflect this?"
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Evidence that cable leak put lives at risk

elucido elucido writes  |  more than 3 years ago

elucido (870205) writes ""3. (S) The Baku businessman is a UK-educated engineer from a
prominent Pre-Revolution Isfahan family, and formerly owned a
large factory in Iran. He is a former national fencing
champion of Iran. former President of the Iran Fencing
Association, and Vice-President of an Azerbaijan sports
association. He has been based in Baku for more than ten
years, working primarily as a sub-contractor to BP and the
Cape Industrial Services company. While his oil services
company includes an insulation division that may be in
competition with INSULTEC, source has provided "inside"
information on many other Iranian issues (including
comprehensive data on the status of new Iranian oil refinery
construction) that does not relate to his private interests
in any way.

4. (S) Note: A quick google check revealed several companies
with the name INSULTEC in the title — these may or not be
affiliated. Based on the information provided by source
(currently in Iran, where he frequently travels), one
possible candidate could be "INSULTEC Chitral Ltd." End

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Do we have free speech?

elucido elucido writes  |  more than 4 years ago

elucido (870205) writes "An editorial titled "EDITORIAL
A Bruise on the First Amendment" discusses the supreme court decision which says it is illegal to give advice or assistance. Quote:"The case arose after an American human rights group, the Humanitarian Law Project, challenged the law prohibiting “material support” to terror groups, which was defined in the 2001 Patriot Act to include “expert advice or assistance.” The law project wanted to provide advice to two terrorist groups on how to peacefully resolve their disputes and work with the United Nations. " The Supreme Court voted to uphold the ban on providing advice or assistance to designated terrorist groups. This means it may be a crime to communicate at all with any known terrorist group as any communication can be interpreted as advice or may be interpreted as assistance.

I interpret the Supreme Court ruling 6-3 in favor of upholding the advice and assistance (material support) section of the Patriot Act as evidence that we do not have "free speech." What we can say is governed by law."

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Owner Free File System,

elucido elucido writes  |  more than 6 years ago

elucido (870205) writes "

Taken from site: "OFF, or the Owner-Free Filesystem is a distributed filesystem in which everything is stored in reference to randomized data blocks, as opposed to a 1:1 copy of the original data being inserted. The creators of the Owner-Free Filesystem have coined a new term to define the network: A brightnet. Nobody shares any copyrighted files, and therefore nobody needs to hide away.

OFF provides a platform through which data can be stored (publicly or otherwise) in a discreet, distributed manner. The system allows for personal privacy because data (blocks) being transferred from peer to peer does not bear any relation to the original data. Incidentally, no data passing through the network can be considered copyrighted because the means by which it is represented is truly random."

Is this the beginning of the P2P arms race?"

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