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Google Buys Zync Cloud Graphics Rendering Service

mspohr Re:I don't understand this... (20 comments)

TFA said that Zync has rendering software. Google has computers. Perfect match.
Rendering software has many applications... try to think for a minute and I'm sure you'll come up with something.

2 days ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

mspohr Could have used this yesterday (255 comments)

Just yesterday, I was driving on I-80 in Reno. There was a lot of traffic backed up (Burning Man) at one exit that I didn't see and had to come to a screeching halt (fortunately stopped in time and they guy behind me was able to swerve into the next lane).
If I had had V2V, I theoretically would have had warning of the problems in time to avoid the panic stop.

2 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

mspohr Re:I like... (598 comments)

Case in point... Nixon's tapes. He recorded everything... except a 21 minute gap that "accidentally" got deleted. Nobody believed him. Cops who "lose" parts of recordings will be outed quickly.

2 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

mspohr Re:I like... (598 comments)

Communities which have adopted cop cameras have experienced a sharp drop in the number of complaints and the cost of settling complaints.
Your hypothetical is absurd.

2 days ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

mspohr Re:Not surprising (501 comments)

Some years ago I read an article about automatic control of airplanes which (somewhat facetiously) predicted that in the future airplanes would have one pilot and a dog. The dog's job would be to keep the pilot from touching the controls.
Humans are very erratic. Machines are predictable.

2 days ago
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News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

mspohr Re: Rupert Murdoch Streisand (131 comments)

The free market isn't free?

3 days ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

mspohr Re:Dangers of extrapolation (145 comments)

"Not necessarily and only after the fact. A hotel chain has a reputation to maintain and generally they are operating as ongoing concerns. AirBnB users (both guests and renters) are under no such long term pressures."

So... AirBnB renters are just in it for one rental? I find it hard to believe that a renter would only be interested in renting their place one time and not be concerned about renting it again the next week.

  "If someone is considering a long term stay, chances are they are going to look the place over in person before any money changes hands. Not so with a short term hotel-style stay where you will be in and out in a short amount of time."

So... the people who are renting out their housing and who are living in their housing aren't concerned about health and safety of the premises? They should be able to check out the health and safety of their premises for themselves and this would also protect their short term renters.

3 days ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

mspohr Re:Trying to create fire from smoke (190 comments)

This reminds me of a story told by some very old time IBM reps.
The Selectric typewriter was newly installed for an executive secretary. She complained that the keys were too hard to press. The full IBM support team came to investigate the complaint. They were originally flummoxed because there is no adjustment for key pressure on the typewriter. However, one of them had a brilliant idea. Inserting a screwdriver into the back of the typewriter, he turned it slowly one way then another while the secretary typed. Eventually she pronounced it "fixed".
Now that's customer service.

3 days ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

mspohr Re:Dangers of extrapolation (145 comments)

Wouldn't the Air BnB customer feedback system take care of hosts who were "bad actors"?
It seems the government is only concerned about the bad actors from the standpoint of violation of their tax and monopoly preservation regulations.
If a housing unit is safe for rental for the long term, it should be safe for short term guests so I doubt that there are any genuine safety concerns.

3 days ago
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News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

mspohr Re:Rupert Murdoch Streisand (131 comments)

"A free market is a market system in which the prices for goods and services are set freely by consent between sellers and consumers, in which the laws and forces of supply and demand are free from any intervention by a government, price-setting monopoly, or other authority. "

A couple of things here:
- meat inspection would be government interference in the market
- wouldn't paying for information cause interference in the free consent between sellers and consumers?
- buyers and sellers must each have free access to all information

3 days ago
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A New Homegrown OS For China Could Arrive By October

mspohr Re:i'm thinking yet another linux distro (93 comments)

Much better to have just one choice and force everyone to use it.
Easier to maintain.
Easier to patch.
Easier to harvest data.
Easier to write malware for.
Easier to infiltrate.
Easier to monitor.
For the users... not so great.

4 days ago
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Apple CarPlay Rollout Delayed By Some Carmakers

mspohr Re:Hey, great idea here, guys... (75 comments)

Most "modern" Android phones have USB host support and you an use a USB OTG plug for mass storage.

about a week ago
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Apple CarPlay Rollout Delayed By Some Carmakers

mspohr Re:Hey, great idea here, guys... (75 comments)

Or do like the Tesla does and install a 17" tablet that runs everything, uses Chrome browser, has a wireless connection and integrates with iPhone and Android.

about a week ago
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Apple CarPlay Rollout Delayed By Some Carmakers

mspohr Re:Oh Nos! (75 comments)

All of the new cars I have bought in the last 15 years came with outdated technology. At least the older ones were easier to hack. On On the newer ones , it's just an expensive brick.

about a week ago
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NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

mspohr Re:Larger Tor Isn't Necessarily Better (116 comments)

Most companies with half a brain have figured out how to block "comment spam".
(I'll give you one free clue: Blocking TOR has nothing to do with it.)

about a week ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

mspohr Re:Zooooom! (233 comments)

I think the US middle class has already "landed" in a spot where they can't earn a living wage. Now that the rest of the world has "caught up" with us living on subsistence wages, we might see some jobs returning to the US. Of course, that doesn't mean that wages will rise in the US but at least people will have an opportunity to get a job.

about a week ago
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Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

mspohr Re:What kind of fish? (180 comments)

The answer is always sharks with lasers.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

mspohr Re:Stockholm syndrome (331 comments)

I just don't understand why people keep using Windows... I understand the installed base problem but most Windows software has equivalents in other OSs and it's not that hard to learn a new OS.
I've been running Linux and Mac OS for about 10 years on various computers and never installed anti-virus and never worried about virus and never had a problem. I know these are not "perfect" but they are so much better than Windows that I just don't see why people don't switch.

about two weeks ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

mspohr Re:The question should be, what is causing delays? (142 comments)

I guess you didn't read the article (or the posts above) which said the delays are caused by manufacturers of structural components not delivering on time... or perhaps that doesn't fit into your ideological rant against "gummt regulation and the environmental weenies".

about two weeks ago

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Want to have a real impact on climate change? Then become a vegetarian.

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about three weeks ago

mspohr (589790) writes "A thought provoking article in today's Guardian makes the case that raising meat for human consumption is one of the most climate damaging human activities with studies showing that between 18% and 51% of climate change is due to human meat consumption.
"Raising animals to eat produces more greenhouse gasses (via methane and nitrous oxide) than all of the carbon dioxide excreted by automobiles, boats, planes and trains in the world combined. "
"Yes, quitting meat can reduce your carbon footprint significantly more than quitting driving.""

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New tools help neuroscientists analyze 'big data'

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about a month ago

mspohr (589790) writes ""New technologies for monitoring brain activity are generating unprecedented quantities of information. That data may hold new insights into how the brain works — but only if researchers can interpret it. To help make sense of the data, neuroscientists can now harness the power of distributed computing with Thunder, a library of tools developed at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus.
"Freeman chose to build on a new platform called Spark. Developed at the University of California, Berkeley's AMPLab, Spark is rapidly becoming a favored tool for large-scale computing across industry, Freeman says. Spark's capabilities for data caching eliminates the bottleneck of loading a complete data set for all but the initial step, making it well-suited for interactive, exploratory analysis, and for complex algorithms requiring repeated operations on the same data. And Spark's elegant and versatile application programming interfaces (APIs) help simplify development. Thunder uses the Python API, which Freeman hopes will make it particularly easy for others to adopt, given Python's increasing use in neuroscience and data science.
Researchers can find everything they need to begin using the open source library of tools at http://freeman-lab.github.io/t...
To make Spark suitable for analyzing a broad range of neuroscience data — information about connectivity and activity collected from different organisms and with different techniques — Freeman first developed standardized representations of data that were amenable to distributed computing. He then worked to express typical neuroscience workflows into the computational language of Spark.""

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Earth in the midst of sixth mass extinction - the "anthropocene defaunation"

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about a month ago

mspohr (589790) writes "A special issue of Science magazine devoted to Vanishing Fauna publishes a series of articles about the man-caused extinction of species and the implications for ecosystems and the climate.
"During the Pleistocene epoch, only tens of thousands of years ago, our planet supported large, spectacular animals. Mammoths, terror birds, giant tortoises, and saber-toothed cats, as well as many less familiar species such as giant ground sloths (some of which reached 7 meters in height) and glyptodonts (which resembled car-sized armadillos), roamed freely. Since then, however, the number and diversity of animal species on Earth have consistently and steadily declined. Today we are left with a relatively depauperate fauna, and we continue to lose animal species to extinction rapidly. Although some debate persists, most of the evidence suggests that humans were responsible for extinction of this Pleistocene fauna, and we continue to drive animal extinctions today through the destruction of wild lands, consumption of animals as a resource or a luxury, and persecution of species we see as threats or competitors. "
Unfortunately, most of the detail is behind a paywall but the summary should be enough for Slashdot readers."

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California pays Wisconsin farmer to burn methane

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about 3 months ago

mspohr (589790) writes "Can bottom-up cap and trade work?
California has funded a $3.2 million system to burn methane from dairy cows in Wisconsin.
It's all part of California's "cap and trade" effort to reduce climate change.
"California’s program is the latest incarnation of an increasingly popular — and much debated — mechanism that has emerged as one of the primary weapons against global warming. From China to Norway, Kazakhstan to the Northeastern United States, governments are requiring industries to buy permits allowing them to emit set levels of greenhouse gases. Under these plans, the allowable levels of pollution are steadily reduced and the cost of permits rises, creating an economic incentive for companies to cut emissions."
“We might be witnessing the birth of a new system, without quite realizing it,” said Glen P. Peters, a climate researcher at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo. “When you think of all these bottom-up initiatives around the world, maybe we are living through the transformation right now.”
"Experts who support cap and trade contend that a market mechanism can reach more deeply into the economy than any other approach, changing the behavior even of people and companies that might not necessarily care about global warming.""

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NSA "Knows the way you think"

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about 2 months ago

mspohr (589790) writes "“As you write a message, you know, an analyst at the NSA or any other service out there that’s using this kind of attack against people can actually see you write sentences and then backspace over your mistakes and then change the words and then kind of pause and — and — and think about what you wanted to say and then change it. And it’s this extraordinary intrusion not just into your communications, your finished messages but your actual drafting process, into the way you think.”

More information here:
http://www.nbcnews.com/feature..."

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3D Printed houses are a reality!

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about 4 months ago

mspohr (589790) writes "China’s Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering company has released new images and further details on its 3D printed houses. The ten houses were built entirely out of recycled materials, in less than 24 hours.
The monstrous 3D printer measures 32-meters long, by 10-meters wide, by 6.6-meters high and is fully capable of printing the 200 square meter houses, in Shanghai’s Qingpu district. It uses a mixture of construction and industrial waste to produce each house. The inexpensive materials used during the printing process and the lack of labor, means each house can be printed for under $5,000, an impressive achievement for a relatively new construction process."

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Bugs in SCADA software leaves 7,600 factories vulnerable

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about 5 months ago

mspohr (589790) writes "The BBC reports:
The discovery of bugs in software used to run oil rigs, refineries and power plants has prompted a global push to patch the widely used control system. The bugs were found by security researchers and, if exploited, could give attackers remote access to control systems for the installations.
The US Department of Homeland Security said an attacker with "low skill" would be able to exploit the bugs. About 7,600 plants around the world are using the vulnerable software.
"We went from zero to total compromise," said Juan Vazquez, a researcher at security firm Rapid7 who, with colleague Julian Diaz, found several holes in Yokogawa's Centum CS 3000 software which was first released to run on Windows 98 to monitor and control machinery in many large industrial installations.
The researchers also explored other SCADA software: "We ended up finding over 1,000 bugs in 100 days,""

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Reporting from the Web's Underbelly

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about 6 months ago

mspohr (589790) writes "The NY Times has an interesting article about Brian Krebs (Krebs on Security):
"In the last year, Eastern European cybercriminals have stolen Brian Krebs’s identity a half dozen times, brought down his website, included his name and some unpleasant epithets in their malware code, sent fecal matter and heroin to his doorstep, and called a SWAT team to his home just as his mother was arriving for dinner."
His reporting is definitely on the edge. "Mr. Krebs, 41, tries to write pieces that cannot be found elsewhere. His widely read cybersecurity blog, Krebs on Security, covers a particularly dark corner of the Internet: profit-seeking cybercriminals, many based in Eastern Europe, who make billions off pharmaceutical sales, malware, spam, frauds and heists like the recent ones that Mr. Krebs was first to uncover at Adobe, Target and Neiman Marcus."
The article concludes with this: "Mr. Joffe worries Mr. Krebs’s enemies could do far worse. “I don’t understand why he hasn’t moved to a new, undisclosed address,” he said. “But Brian needs a bodyguard.” (He does have a shotgun.)"

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Want to remotely control a car? $20 in parts.

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about 7 months ago

mspohr (589790) writes "From the The Register:
"Spanish hackers have been showing off their latest car-hacking creation; a circuit board using untraceable, off-the-shelf parts worth $20 that can give wireless access to the car's controls while it's on the road.
The device, which will be shown off at next month's Black Hat Asia hacking conference, uses the Controller Area Network (CAN) ports car manufacturers build into their engines for computer-system checks. Once assembled, the smartphone-sized device can be plugged in under some vehicles, or inside the bonnet of other models, and give the hackers remote access to control systems.
"A car is a mini network," security researcher Alberto Garcia Illera told Forbes. "And right now there's no security implemented.""

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Travel to Sochi for the Olympics, Get Hacked?

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about 7 months ago

mspohr (589790) writes "If you're headed to Sochi for the Winter Olympics, it might be best to stay off the grid.
The State Department has already warned travelers that they should have no expectation of privacy while in Russia. And now, NBC's Richard Engel has demonstrated just how easy it is to get hacked while at the games.
Engel, NBC's chief foreign correspondent, teamed with Kyle Wilhoit, a threat researcher with TrendMicro, to test how quickly devices could be compromised while in Russia.
According to Engel's report, the smartphone was attacked almost instantly... The PCs were also breached almost instantaneously from someone who appeared to be in Russia.
(Wilhoit said he will publish a more technical blog post on Friday that details exactly how the devices were compromised.)"

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Make your own Bitcoin!

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about 8 months ago

mspohr (589790) writes "Since the source code for Bitcoin is open source, we have seen several copies or enhancements of Bitcoin (Litecoin, Dogecoin or Coinye West, anyone?... There are about 70 listed on this site: http://coinmarketcap.com/ )
Now you, too, can have your own cryptocurrency! Thanks to Matt Corallo, a veteran bitcoin developer, you can easily create your own at this site: coingen.io
He has automated the process of modifying the source code to create custom currencies. Just enter in the name for your new currency, a logo image and set a few parameters (or accept the defaults) and for the grand sum of as little as 0.05 Bitcoin, you can have your own cryptocurrency in 30 minutes! Source code and some customizations are a bit extra.
Once you have your own "coin", you just need to convince people that it is worth something."

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Claims of virgin births in U.S. near 1 percent

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about 8 months ago

mspohr (589790) writes "Each year, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) publishes a set of interesting articles which are, while scientifically correct, do not meet the usual criteria for publication (untraditional papers).
This highlight of this year's edition is one which found that 0.8% of US females reported virgin births. That is, they reported that they had never had intercourse and that they had been pregnant. It should be noted that they did not claim immaculate conception, they just reported (on regular surveys) that they had been pregnant and (in a separate section of the survey) had never had intercourse.
"The authors of "Like a virgin (mother)" — whose prose is devoid of irony — say such scientifically impossible claims show researchers must use care in interpreting self-reported behavior. Fallible memory, beliefs and wishes can cause people to err in what they tell scientists."
These results are from a large, well regarded, longitudinal study of women in the USA.
Some insight into these findings:
"Of those who said they became pregnant as virgins, 31 percent also said they had signed chastity pledges; 15 percent of nonvirgins who became pregnant said they had signed such pledges, in which a girl vows not to have sex until she marries."
Also:
"The ostensibly chaste mothers were also less likely to know how to use condoms, according to the report. " (duh... this could be a big clue here!)
Finally the authors also report (again, without irony) that: "The researchers found that although the mothers in question were more likely to have boys than girls, and to be pregnant during the weeks leading up to Christmas, neither similarity to the Virgin Mary was statistically significant."
Merry Christmas to Jesus and all the gang."

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Pee Analyzer and RFID to stop drunk drivers

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about 9 months ago

mspohr (589790) writes "A Singapore nightclub has installed devices in their urinals which test for drunk patrons. When a patron is over the limit, the device identifies him by the RFID card in his pocket and tags the card. It also displays a warning above the urinal. When he goes to pick up his car, the warning is displayed and there is another opportunity to take a cab.
Apparently they don't prevent claiming the car but about 2/3 of patrons decide to take a cab.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2OdA7DUOAQ"

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David Miranda is Nobody's Errand-Boy

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about 9 months ago

mspohr (589790) writes ""When Glenn Greenwald’s 28-year-old Brazilian partner was detained in London this summer while transporting documents related to the bombshell Edward Snowden story, many assumed he was unfairly roped into a situation he didn’t understand. That couldn’t be further from the truth."
BuzzFeed has a lengthy interview with Miranda which gives lots of interesting details about Snowden in Hong Kong, Laura Poitras in Germany, his detention in the UK, and his life with Greenwald in Brazil.
Warning: This is a long article. If you don't have the time to read it, please don't comment tl;dr... just move on."

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Electrical Grid Is Called Vulnerable to Power Shutdown

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about 10 months ago

mspohr (589790) writes "An interesting article in the NY Times: "Two researchers discovered that they could freeze, or crash, the software that monitors a substation, thereby blinding control center operators from the power grid."
These two engineers wrote software to test for vulnerabilities in the control systems of electrical power grids which use a protocol called DNP3 to communicate with sub-stations. They first tested an open source implementation of the protocol and didn't find any problems. They were worried that their software test wasn't adequate so they started testing proprietary systems. The broke every single one of the 16 proprietary systems they tested initially and found a further 9 systems vulnerable in later testing. They were able to install malware and also found firewalls ineffective.
They reported this to the Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, I.C.S.-C.E.R.T. and didn't get much of a response.
Scary that our electrical grid is so vulnerable and there doesn't seem to be much urgency to get it fixed. A few patches have been issued but who knows if the systems have been updated?"

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Snowden Says He Took No Secret Files to Russia

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about 10 months ago

mspohr (589790) writes "Interesting interview with Edward Snowden in the NYTimes where he talks freely about his decision to start collecting documents. His experience in reporting problems and abuse convinced him he would be discredited. He also states he didn't take any of the documents to Russia and that the Chinese don't have them either. He turned them all over to the journalists. He also corrects last week's NYTimes story about the derogatory comment in his personnel file... it was due to him discovering and trying to report a vulnerability in the CIA's internal software. Interesting read."
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Cyclists' Time-Trial Dilemma Solved

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about a year ago

mspohr (589790) writes "The MIT Technology Review has given us a definitive answer to the age-old question: "On a closed track against a powerful head/tailwind, what racing strategy should a cyclist adopt?"
The problem is that aerodynamic drag, which is the predominant drag force, is not linear. After making a few simplifying assumptions, he comes up with a simple rule of thumb: "His rule of thumb is to ride at the target speed plus a quarter of the wind speed when you have a tailwind and to ride at your target speed minus half the wind speed when the wind is in your face."
Full paper (un-gated): http://arxiv.org/abs/1309.1741"

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Bruce Schneier: NSA Spying Is Making Us Less Safe

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about a year ago

mspohr (589790) writes "An interview with Bruce Schneier in the MIT Technology Review offers some unique insight and hints at future revelations on the Snowden papers. Bruce points out "What these leaks reveal is how robust NSA surveillance is, how pervasive it is, and to what degree the NSA has commandeered the entire Internet and turned it into a surveillance platform."
In addition: "They’re not just spying on the bad guys, they’re deliberately weakening Internet security for everyone—including the good guys. It’s sheer folly to believe that only the NSA can exploit the vulnerabilities they create. Additionally, by eavesdropping on all Americans, they’re building the technical infrastructure for a police state."
He also has an interesting analogy for the way the NSA "asks" for backdoors: "The way it seems to go, it’s never an explicit request from the NSA. It’s more of a joking thing: “So, are you going to give us a back door?” If you act amenable, then the conversation progresses. If you don’t, it’s completely deniable. It’s like going out on a date. Sex might never be explicitly mentioned, but you know it’s on the table."
Finally, he disses his five tips for avoiding NSA surveillance: "My five tips suck. They are not things the average person can use. One of them is to use PGP [a data-encryption program]. But my mother can’t use PGP. Maybe some people who read your publication will use my tips, but most people won’t. Basically, the average user is screwed."
He hints at further revelations in articles he is preparing for The Guardian."

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How to foil NSA sabotage: use a dead man's switch

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about a year ago

mspohr (589790) writes "Cory Doctorow has an interesting idea published in todays Guardian on how to approach the problem of NSA "gag orders" which prevent web sites, etc. from telling anyone that they have been compromised. His idea is to set up a "dead man" switch where a site would publish a statement that "We have not been contacted by the government" ... until, of course, they were contacted and compromised. The statement would then disappear since it would no longer be true.
He points out a few problems... Not making the statement could be considered a violation of disclosure... but, can the government force you to lie and state that you haven't been contacted when you actually have?"

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Skype: has Microsoft's $8.5bn spending paid off yet – and can it?

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about a year ago

mspohr (589790) writes "The Guardian has an article by Charles Arthur who predicted: "In May 2011, when Microsoft announced its planned purchase of Skype for $8.5bn (£5,5bn), I called it "a gamble unlikely to pay off".
Just over two years later, has the gamble in fact paid off – or does it show signs of doing so?
What follows is a fairly detailed analysis of his original criticism (he was wrong about some parts), an update on Skype performance and a conclusion that it's not as bad as some of the other acquisitions... damning with faint praise."

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