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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

foreverdisillusioned Re:Truecrypt was the hardest thing for the NSA (566 comments)

As bingoUV said, I was referring to hardware keyloggers (harder to install on a laptop, but not impossible), hardware network surveillance / MITM boxes, physical microphones or cameras planted in the room (not your webcam), etc. If you are somewhat delayed discovering evidence of a break-in, it won't be too late to take action as long as they haven't examined your hard drive a second time, but it would already be too late if the attacker leaves behind any physical devices that broadcast or phone home.

about 7 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

foreverdisillusioned Re:my 2p conspiracy theory (566 comments)

This is either a magnificent troll or the single most interesting thing I've thus far read this decade.

Dude, if you can say more, please go for it. Use public wifi (McDonald's, etc.) and if you're worried about lingual forensics use short, stubby sentences without any words an elementary school child couldn't grasp.

about 7 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

foreverdisillusioned Re:Truecrypt was the hardest thing for the NSA (566 comments)

Or just think of it this way: If they have physical access they can install keyloggers, MITM devices on your network, audio bugs and cameras, etc. Imaging your hard drive is comparatively minor--oh no, you you have evidence strongly suggesting the presence of a hidden container. Why on earth would you worry about that really, really minor annoyance instead of the potential for captured passwords or intercepted network traffic?

about 7 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

foreverdisillusioned Re:Truecrypt was the hardest thing for the NSA (566 comments)

Bios lock it to not boot from anything but the FDE bootloader, so they have to actually dismantle it to get a dump. I can think of a few ways to rig it so you know if it's been opened up or not. There's a bunch of other physical security measures you can take as well--hiding your laptop when not in use (maybe with a dummy lying around), surveillance cameras (they can disable them sure, but will they be able to quickly rig up a fake video feed that matches? Especially if you leave the TV on in the background or something.) Seriously, if you're actually worried people are sneaking into your damn house then, relative to *that* level of paranoia (justified or no), these measures are not that difficult to take.

about 7 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

foreverdisillusioned Re:Truecrypt was the hardest thing for the NSA (566 comments)

Just turn off your computer when you are not around. Problem solved. There's also something to be said for being able to boot your computer and hand it over for inspection if customs agents demand it (including customs agents of China, North Korea, etc.)

about 7 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

foreverdisillusioned Unanswered Questions (566 comments)

This is the strongest argument I've seen against NSL theories, but if it's true why did they do this in such a sensationalistic way? Why not gently explain the situation? Why the over the top site defacement and source code warnings? Why not release all of the source (not decrypt only) under the GPL so a fork could develop? Why the laughable non-sequitur reference to XP's EOL? And why did they recommend Bitlocker over, say, the excellent GPL that is DiskCryptor? Or mention this might be a good time to migrate to Linux?

about 7 months ago
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Schneier: The US Government Has Betrayed the Internet, We Need To Take It Back

foreverdisillusioned Re:Mesh internet / web of trust now! (397 comments)

And by non-RSA, I don't just mean elliptic curve. The encryption protocol needs to support stateful and nonstateful solutions. Symmetric-only with web of trust, asymmetric+symmetric (like we have now), changing-response symmetric signing as an alternative to asymmetric certs, even one time pads need to be supported. All of these have advantages and disadvantages. And it should never be obvious to an eavesdropper which is being used at any given time.

about a year ago
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Schneier: The US Government Has Betrayed the Internet, We Need To Take It Back

foreverdisillusioned Re:Mesh internet / web of trust now! (397 comments)

Junk traffic degrades performance for other people; optional variable latency improves it. That said, they could coexist.

about a year ago
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Schneier: The US Government Has Betrayed the Internet, We Need To Take It Back

foreverdisillusioned Mesh internet / web of trust now! (397 comments)

It's our only hope.

Also: mandatory encryption, support for non-RSA modes of key exchange, and (this is what Tor really lacks) extra latency on request.

about a year ago
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Ken Wallis Autogyro Pioneer Dies At 97

foreverdisillusioned Re:Autogyros (49 comments)

I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than myself will come along and correct you about autogyros being obsolete.

I'll get them started: they're simpler/cheaper and are arguably more reliable than helicopters in case of mechanical failure. Any lingering safety concerns are largely a result of pilots used to other craft not understanding the handling characteristics of autogyros. The only major disadvantages vs. helicopters are they can't hover (though they can fly much slower than airplanes) and they can't do a vertical takeoff without tip jets or some other sort of specialized launcher. Important features, sure, but not always worth the attendant disadvantages.

about a year ago
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Egyptian Authorities Detain French "Spy" Bird Found With Tracker

foreverdisillusioned But is that any excuse for unsourced assertions?? (110 comments)

"A previous rumor in 2010 blamed a series of shark attacks along Egypt's Mediterranean coast on an Israeli plot. It wasn't."

[Citation needed]

about a year ago
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Future Astronauts Must Deal With Toxic Chemicals In Martian Soil

foreverdisillusioned A more interesting question (117 comments)

It's not too hard to imagine a total extinction event. To my mind the interesting point here is that there is that Martian soil contains a known energy source. That's... spectecular. We already know there's plenty of oxygen tied up in the iron oxide in the soil, and now we know there's also energy for microbes. That's one step closer to terraforming. And hey, in the process they'll get rid of this pesky toxic stuff too, at least on the surface layers.

about a year and a half ago
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New Bill Would Declassify FISC Opinions

foreverdisillusioned a good start but... (130 comments)

We need something more fundamental. Like it never being against the law to disclose information on crimes committed by intelligence agencies, and enforcement of existing laws once those crimes come to light: for example, Keith Alexander needs to be arrested for perjury. Perhaps we could bring back private prosecutions... that would certainly go a long way towards ensuring public officials are not above the law.

This more holistic approach is necessary because the usual suspects (CIA, NSA) and the usual frameworks (FISC) only capture a tiny fraction of what the intelligence community actually engages in. Take the NRO ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Reconnaissance_Office ) for example. It has a comparable budget to the more well known agencies and they were even caught by the CIA to be squirrelling away extra money, presumably to finance black projects. They started in spy satellites but these days they appear to devote a significant portion of the resources towards hacking. They really put the NSA to shame when it comes to blackhat and grayhat activities, though good luck finding anyone to confirm that for you. Let's just say they appear to enjoy inspiring awe and fear in their employees, to the point where though I've met several people who worked for them I had to do a considerable amount of detective work and deduction to figure it out. And even then there was no explicit confirmation I was right, just a wry smile and a "I can neither confirm nor deny..."

And that's just an agency we know about. Like the NSA before it, the NRO used to be secret. And there remain still more secret intelligence agencies today, probably even more fearsome and powerful than the public ones. And if you think these guys go through FISC every time they feel the urge to skim through someone's inbox...

So, back to my original point: what we really need here is a mechanism to permit the discovery and prosecution of people who conceal crimes, both for the original crime and for the act of covering it up by claiming state secrets. Crimes like lying to congress under oath. Or spying on American citizens, without judicial oversight, in ways that would be illegal if a private citizen did it (which does not necessarily apply to PRISM but most certainly applies to other programs.)

about a year and a half ago
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Crowd-Funded Radio Beacon Will Message Aliens

foreverdisillusioned you joke, but... (196 comments)

This is at best a waste of money. I know he catches some flak for this, but Stephen Hawking has it right. There's no reason at all we should expect intelligent alien life forms to deal with us as respected equals, especially if they are considerably more advanced. At the same time, it would be too much to hope for them to ignore us. Our planet would be a treasure trove of scientific interest to them, and even practical interest in the same way rainforests are useful to biochemists or bacteria are useful to genetic engineers. The altruism argument ignores how very limited it is here on Earth. Forget intercultural conflict, how many people give/gave a shit enough about dead dolphins enough to boycott tuna? Or save the poor bonobos? Their intelligence is a lot closer to ours than ours would be to any life form advanced enough to travel the stars (unless they had some kind of taboo on both genetic and cybernetic enhancement.) Overall point being: altruism isn't a prerequisite for advanced spaceflight, but relentless pragmatism is.

Fortunately, what with the speed of light being what it is, this shouldn't be of any immediate concern.

Also, I think there's a recent 'obligatory' xkcd that's quite on-topic here if anyone wants to whore some karma. In the what if section.

about a year and a half ago
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USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

foreverdisillusioned Re:Is perjury a crime? (955 comments)

I would argue (quite unsuccessfully, I'm sure) that any wing of the military or intelligence community that takes takespayer dollars while actively lying about the activities it engages in to the powers that are supposed to oversee it is effectively attempting to subvert the democratically elected government through (and this is where their role as members of the military community comes into play) force and coercion. Which is treason. I agree with the spirit of your post in that we don't want the charge to be thrown around too lightly, but I think it fits cases like these a lot better than it fits someone who, say, did a radio show for the Nazis or al Qaeda. But, then, I view the idea of 'government' in a democracy as being considerably more than just the authoritarian whims of whoever is currently in office.

about a year and a half ago
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USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

foreverdisillusioned Is perjury a crime? (955 comments)

Snowden claims that one of the specific reasons why he chose to act is because the NSA was deliberately lying to congress. If that isn't a crime, it should be. IMO it should be considered treason, but the very least I think it is a clear-cut case of perjury.

Of course, the government will punish the real guilty parties here to the same extent that they punished the criminal activities Manning revealed...

about a year and a half ago
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Saudi Arabia Blocks Viber Messaging Service

foreverdisillusioned They can't tell you're using Tor (83 comments)

Not if you're using a bridge relay. A very powerful adversary could determine the existence of relays and flag you if you talk too much to them, but that's beyond the power of even a rather rich Middle Eastern country. https://www.torproject.org/docs/bridges

Now, they could try to ban https as a way of indirectly banning Tor but I don't think that will go over too well for security reasons.

about a year and a half ago
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Japan's Radiation Disaster Toll: None Dead, None Sick

foreverdisillusioned Re:it was sickening (319 comments)

Disposing so it can't be used to make nukes.

about a year and a half ago
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Japan's Radiation Disaster Toll: None Dead, None Sick

foreverdisillusioned Re:it was sickening (319 comments)

Yes, sensationalism is bad, but I think you may be taking me just a tiny bit out of context if you read that post to be pro-sensationalism. I chose those words merely to emphasize that it wasn't a matter of sensationalism, that there were plenty of captivating stories that they could have focused on instead of the relative non-issue of Fukushima.

about a year and a half ago

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Foes

foreverdisillusioned foreverdisillusioned writes  |  more than 9 years ago I'd just like to take this time to mention that 95% of those on my foe list are ID Creationists and have made an active and horribly illogical attempt to defend their beliefs. Many rely on disproven arguments or outright lies, and I believe that it is the duty of every person, religious or not, to actively reject this blatant attack on science and religion.

EDIT: Ok, since I've made this post I've added a lot more to my foe list, only a few of which were realted to ID. Generally, my foes are people who've:

1. Strongly defended the war on terror (and sacrifices we've made in the name of it, both monetary and our freedoms) even in the face of numbers showing that terrorism is a laughably insignificant problem for us, relatively speaking. It's such bullshit that the one-time loss of 2,500 lives is supposed to necessitate well over a trillion dollars in spending (including both wars) and incredible loss of our civil rights (most notably judicial oversight, due process, and privacy), and yet the 50,000+ each year to car accidents doesn't justify similar expenditures to make our roads safer, and the 1,500,000+ people who die from stroke or heart attack each year don't justify the loss of freedom of restaurants (espeically fast food) to sell extremely unhealthful food--I'm not saying I would support this kind of a reaction, but it would certainly be a trivial freedom to lose compared to privacy and due process, and the number of lives lost yearly is MANY orders of magnitude greater.

Some people then say "oh it's not about the lives; it's about the money. The WTC cost a lot to build!" which is bullshit. It doesn't compare to the healthcare costs and productivity lost from heart attack and stroke, and it's a drop in the bucket compared to what we spent on the war on terror. All other arguments are either delusional ("they hate our freedom! they'll stop at nothing until our cities are in ruin!") or basically amount to "well it's scary-er when another human being does it, therefore that justifies our EXTREME overreaction."

2. Spouted blatant anti-Linux/pro-MS BS. I don't have a problem with people who say that they prefer MS's software or that it does XYZ better than Linux or that Linux needs to work on XYZ, but a few have crossed the line. In particular, it irritates me when people refuse to acknowledge the extremely anti-competitive things Microsft has done and continues to do (and the fact that they were legally ruled a monopoly.)

3. Stated things tantamount to "I believe my own personal sexual morally should be forcefully imposed on the populace at large" including censorship, etc. Fuck you. If you don't like it, you don't have to watch TV or listen to the radio, or you can tune into only those stations that are committed to "family" programming. Neither you nor the FCC should have the right to enforce your highly disturbing "blood&guts=good, boobs=bad" morality on the rest of us.

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Bitchin'

foreverdisillusioned foreverdisillusioned writes  |  more than 9 years ago Ubuntu kicks righteous ass. That's all there is to it. I've been perfectly willing to try Linux for YEARS now, but since every single distro did NOT work out of the box (didn't detect important hardware or outright froze)--Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSe, Gentoo (installed by my friend who's a Linux fiend), and even Knoppix--I have been very reluctant. For me, a computer is a tool first, and something to tinker with second. Ubuntu works right out of the fucking box, and it works *well*, and I'm overjoyed that I'll never have to touch Windows again for anything other than hardcore gaming. Kudos to the crazy rich South African who made it possible. Not that the Debian team and Linus and RMS don't deserve credit, but us semi-geeks need a distro, too.

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Sigs

foreverdisillusioned foreverdisillusioned writes  |  more than 10 years ago I hate sigs. At the very least, there needs to be some sort of option to colorize them so my eye can easily skip over them.

...nonetheless, there is a rather amusing (to me, anyway) phrase that keeps popping into my head. It was something a good friend of mine said to me after I had just showed him Memento for the first time and I was trying to explain it to him--a task made difficult because the girls in the room had started an impromptu pillow fight. It sounds exactly like the sort of thing you'd find in a sig, so what the hell. My first sig.

It feels good to join the dark side.

Update: Well what do ya know, they added a little "--" that you can turn on and off. Handy.

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