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Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

mitcheli Nothing good can come of this. (114 comments)

So, what do we think? Will the Chinese Government use this opportunity to provide valuable input to Apple on security vulnerabilities that they discover to help better secure Apple products? Or will they squirrel away the things they discover to their Intel agencies? My bet's on the latter.

2 days ago
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Washington DC's Public Library Will Teach People How To Avoid the NSA

mitcheli Re:How depressing... (81 comments)

So, fight or don't fight your your rights, I don't care. But keep your fucking hands off mine. The rest of us haven't consented to this horseshit by the NSA.

But that's the NSA's job. It's posted in their mission statement on their public website. And news flash. If you think that whatever country you're in isn't doing the same damn thing... Then you're delusional.

about a week ago
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Washington DC's Public Library Will Teach People How To Avoid the NSA

mitcheli Re:How depressing... (81 comments)

Getting around a surveillance state which has declared itself to be legal and legitimate ... well, guess what, demanding your rights now is subversive.

... declared itself to be legal ...

I love how we use this phrase as if to imply that the government has somehow changed the rules on it's own without the consent or will of the people. All of these changes stem from the Patriot Act that followed September 11th. Which was voted into law by the Representatives that we elected. How many people actually read the Patriot Act? How many people chose to attend the House and Senate sessions where the nuances of the act were debated? How many people actually wrote to their legislators in opposition of the act? How many people actually chose to vote against the law makers that made this legal? The US is not a surveillance state that declared itself legal. The US is a Republic that grants the authority to pass laws into the legislators that we elect. Those law makers represent us. If we're not happy with the work they're doing we can do a number of things, first and foremost we can kick them out of office, next, we can choose to run ourselves and work to change the system, and third, we can actively protest our grievances. If people don't like the way it works, then it's incumbent on them to work to change that system.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Access To NSA Surveillance Data Expands In Recent Years

mitcheli Re:FBI also does counter intelligence (52 comments)

The problem is when someone like Senator McCarthy comes along and decides that some group of people (Communists) are a threat to our society and need to be systematically monitored, imprisoned, etc... Question is, how will the protections by the Church commission come into play in this broadened surveillance scheme?

With the increasingly violent actions of some of the radical offshoots of Islam like ISIS and BOKO HARAM, how long do you think it will be before we have Senators asking for ISIS to be kept in check? And what if that look for ISIS extends to inside the US? Then what?

about two weeks ago
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US Central Command's Twitter Account Hacked, Filled With Pro-ISIS Messages

mitcheli And? (128 comments)

Seeing as how 15 year old school girls make a point to hack their boyfriends twitter feeds on a regular basis, I'd hardly say that the efforts of the cyber caliphate qualifies as "leet". And as for the threats of watching their backs, US military personnel have been involved in deployments overseas non-stop since 2001 and even before that. I think they know that already. Think I'd have to agree. It's embarrassing (kinda like getting caught with your zipper down) but ultimately, an annoyance and nothing more.

about two weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

mitcheli Free energy (319 comments)

So by shunting the extra energy causing global warming into the power grid, would it be possible to recapture some of the "global warming" into a green energy production thus lowering the "global warming" to previous levels and reducing CO2 output of traditional energy production methods?

about two weeks ago
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Lawmaker's Facebook Rant Threatens Media For "Unauthorized" Use of His Name

mitcheli Slashdot is going to be sued? (136 comments)

I mean after all, did Slashdot get his permission to use his name in print? ... Oh, wait, there's that whole little first amendment thing. Hope the EFF can step in to help remind the kind councilman...

about two weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

mitcheli Been my experience... (448 comments)

That when industries raise rates and lower service to unacceptable levels (Blockbuster) that someone will come along with a better, cheaper, and more convenient alternative (Redbox, Netflix) that will kill them. And in the end, the content makers will find a new, albeit, less lucrative alternative distribution model.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

mitcheli Re:Neil Degrasse Tyson: Keeping it real (299 comments)

Somehow I think the irony of your own statement will be lost on you.

Oh no, it wasn't lost. It was very intentional. If we don't dwell on race as a stumbling block impeding our success, we free ourselves to be successful. Tyson is a excellent example of that. I wouldn't doubt he's had to face racial issues in his rise to success, but he never shines light on that. He never dwells in the negative, instead he focuses on success. At least that's the public persona he presents. It makes him a good role model for other young African American youths to aspire to.

There will always be critics, regardless of race. Dr. Tyson probably deals with more than his fair share given his propensity to eschew religion on the side of science. But he doesn't let the critics get in his way, instead, he moves forward and ups the bar.

Of course, the same could be said about a 1990's Bill Cosby as well, so who knows, maybe I'll eat those words in the future. ;)

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

mitcheli Re:Anita Sarkeesian (299 comments)

Failed attempts, eh. The Friends line of LEGO is the best selling LEGO theme, and has been all year.

My point exactly, thank you. Lego spent millions studying what interests young girls and they developed that line in the hopes of expanding their target market into young girls. And it worked. But you wouldn't think so if you saw Anita's video on the topic.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

mitcheli Re:Anita Sarkeesian (299 comments)

Ouch. Mod parent up as insightful!

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

mitcheli Re:Neil Degrasse Tyson: Keeping it real (299 comments)

I'd echo this vote. I also like how Neil Degrasse Tyson has managed to essentially debuff race as an issue to be a giant in his field. His pursuit of science to leave behind the shortcomings of mankind in a bid to better understand the Universe in which we live is admirable. We watch riots over Ferguson, Mo while he's watching quasars and postulating the effects of gravity in environments unheard of on our planet. That's inspirational.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

mitcheli Re:Sarkeesian, really? (299 comments)

Sarkeesian was the first to really stand up to it in a very public way, did a lot to draw attention to the problem and documented it in detail. I think it's fair to say that we wouldn't have come this far without her.

No, she was the first woman to find a way to blow something that was really a non-issue into a world wide catastrophe while crying "poor me" all the way. She does this with every topic she covers. Often times the issues she raises (and video games are only one of dozens) she takes things that are often times seen as good and encouraging towards women (watch her segment on Legos some time) and she will spin that into the gender antichrist for women. She is nothing more than a "feminazi" with a political agenda and she'll seek public attention through shock jock styled reporting that is very often times devoid of fact.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

mitcheli Anita Sarkeesian (299 comments)

Before we go and mark Anita for sainthood, has anyone actually watched her videos? She literally pisses on virtually everything as being demeaning to women. If I had to go by the things she said, I would be convinced that there was a definite conspiracy to hold women down and subjugate them through companies failed attempts to incorporate girls toys (Legos), or to suck as a feminine heroine (Hunger Games) or any other medium to try and reach out to girls for inspiration. And I'd be damn convinced that the Founding Fathers of the US were a gang of men bent on male domination, why else would the Washington Monument be such a phallic symbol? Honestly, I think Anita suffers from some kind of gender-based delusion and has spent far to many years in "Women's Studies". My daughter played Lego's as a young girl and was more than willing to build a space ship right along side the boys. And you know what, I thought the flowers on the spaceship were pretty darn cute.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance

mitcheli Re:Tip of the iceberg (118 comments)

Did you miss the LOVEINT fiasco?

Given the date of that report, that might have been LOVEINT. If it was, then I'd say the press sorely over exaggerated.

about a month ago
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NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance

mitcheli Re:Tip of the iceberg (118 comments)

I don't know so much about the GCHQ, but the NSA's publicly stated mission is to "lead the U.S. Government in cryptology that encompasses both Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Information Assurance (IA) products and services, and enables Computer Network Operations (CNO) in order to gain a decision advantage for the Nation and our allies under all circumstances." Hence all the "REL FVEY" material in those reports. It may be the tip of the iceberg, and it likely is because many of the systems and techniques alluded to in those reports are classified. They're classified to prevent our adversaries (to include UK's adversaries) from knowing what can be done. And with all honesty, I'm really curious how much flack the NSA will receive now that Sony was put into the dark ages by one of the least connected countries in the world. The threat is real, and organizations like GCHQ and NSA are there to protect the rest of us from these people. We may not agree with the way they go about it, but they do take their jobs seriously. And as for the analyst who was spying on her spouse, she's damn lucky she got a slap on the wrist. She could have gotten much, much worse for that.

about a month ago
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MIT Unifies Web Development In Single, Speedy New Language

mitcheli Question? (194 comments)

Will this work with IE? Or will they release, i/Web a new API that is designed to write pages as self-contained programs by incorporating many of the most widely-used web technologies, freeing developers from working with each language individually in a very similar fashion as Ur/Web, but without the key API functions that would allow it to be compatible with any other browser. .... Not that this has ever happened before.

about a month ago
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South Korean Power Plants To Conduct Cyber-Attack Drills Following Hack

mitcheli Re:I would imagine.... (39 comments)

Sadly, you're probably right.

about a month ago
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South Korean Power Plants To Conduct Cyber-Attack Drills Following Hack

mitcheli I would imagine.... (39 comments)

that a lot of companies will be re-evaluating their security.

about a month ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

mitcheli It's clear that... (250 comments)

David Boies has not intention of upholding his oath as an officer of the court to uphold the Constitution of the United States, otherwise, he would never support the blanket suppression of Free Speech of the Press. Granted Sony has a right to protect their intellectual property and press should have an obligation not to publish trade secrets that have no public value other than to cause harm to Sony, but that's an ethical decision, not a legal one.

about a month ago

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No more Game of Thrones...

mitcheli mitcheli writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mitcheli (894743) writes "From the "It's-all-fun-and-games-until-lawyers-get-involved" dept.

Police in Sweden carried out a raid in Stockholm today, seizing servers, computers, and other equipment. At the same time The Pirate Bay and several other torrent-related sites disappeared offline. Although no official statement has been made, TF sources confirm action against TPB.
For many years The Pirate Bay has been sailing by the seat of its pants so any downtime is met with concern from its millions of users.

This morning, for the first time in months, The Pirate Bay disappeared offline. A number of concerned users emailed TF for information but at that point technical issues seemed the most likely culprit.

However, over in Sweden authorities have just confirmed that local police carried out a raid in Stockholm this morning as part of an operation to protect intellectual property."

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Sprint - beaten but not stirred.

mitcheli mitcheli writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mitcheli (894743) writes "From the get-busy-living-or-get-busy-dying department:

Sprint announced a Q2 loss of $1.6B dollars as 2 million subscribers left their service. While Sprint remains one of very few carriers to continue to allow unlimited data on their networks, the failure to reconcile two competing network technologies (iDEN Nextel and CDMA Sprint) combined with the lack of upgrades to their network and degrading service prompted a mass exodus of subscribers from their network. Of course the fact that during the iPhone 5 release, Sprint openly advertised that their iPhone would not be carrier locked, only to turn around and push out an OTA two months later that locked them probably didn't help much either."

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