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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

mspohr Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (704 comments)

I thought the rant was a very creative use of language.
I'd give him an A+ in creative writing.
If I was the target of the rant, I might be a bit upset but would probably admit that I deserved it.
He could have said something like, "Nice code, Johnny, but that part in the middle will need some adjustment (but you're really a fine person deep inside)."

2 days ago
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Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets

mspohr Re:Simple, block all ads (95 comments)

I am trying to understand your logic here and it just isn't happening.
I appears that you are postulating that companies spend money on advertising only to reduce their income and not to increase sales.
I would think that companies would rather have the extra profit than waste money on pointless advertising.
Besides, there is a lot of research showing that advertising works which is why companies advertise.

2 days ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

mspohr Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

I agree that we should all strive for more freedom and that, of course, some societies are more free than others. The more egalitarian a society, the less "authority" is needed.
My comment was more about the futility of getting into a war and being manipulated to support wars. Post WWII, I can't think of a war that was started by the US or joined by the US that benefited its citizens. There have certainly been great costs in lives, morbidity and dollars as well as loss of freedom. The war on terror has exacted a great toll on our freedoms. Politicians and corporations have largely profited from the wars.

3 days ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

mspohr Re:Quality over quantity (140 comments)

Israel is currently using these fine US weapons to kill as many civilians as possible. I don't think they care very much about the health and welfare of the people in the concentration camp they have established in Gaza. The US (at least the politicians) don't seem to mind this carnage.

4 days ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

mspohr Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

Most wars are started when one group of greedy bastards wants to take over from another group of greedy bastards. These greedy bastards (generally politicians and their corporate sponsors) are the "elite" of societies. Since they control the wealth, they have the most to gain (or lose) by war. Everyone else is just cannon fodder and will end up worse off after the war regardless of who wins. There are a few interesting probes of this rule. I just finished reading George Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia" which is an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War. Apparently, the faction Orwell was fighting for (apparently by chance), POUM, did try to establish an egalitarian workers society. However, they were sold out by the Russian Communists and other factions.
I think it's really difficult (?impossible) to establish a truly egalitarian society anywhere which would actually improve the condition of the peons. The usual result in just about every political system is that you end up with a few greedy bastards in charge fighting the greedy bastards next door.
I'm not sure it would make much difference to be speaking German or Russian or Japanese or Chinese or have to profess belief in a different god. If you survived the war, you will still have the same shitty job living hand to mouth... just a different master.

4 days ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

mspohr Re:I agree (140 comments)

How about ones that don't explode?

4 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

mspohr Re:As We Speak (283 comments)

Cheap is a better offer but it's hard to compete with free.

4 days ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

mspohr But we bought those laws, they're ours! (198 comments)

You have to remember that corporations spend good money bribing politicians to buy these laws. This is pure free enterprise. I'm sure that the Supreme court will uphold the right of corporations to buy our politicians... after all, they are the defenders of corporations.

4 days ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

mspohr Re:on the other hand, they oppose building ...anyt (198 comments)

Nice troll but, of course, completely wrong.
You could have spent a minute and actually read the Green Party platform but then you wouldn't have been able to post your rant.
For instance, your assertion that they support big government and corporations controlling everything is directly contradicted by this statement in their platform:
"Since governments too often have an interest in controlling the flow of information, we must constantly guard against official censorship. In our society however, large corporations are a far more common source of censorship than governments. Media outlets kill stories because they undermine corporate interests; advertisers use their financial clout to squelch negative reports; powerful businesses employ the threat of expensive lawsuits to discourage legitimate investigations. The most frequent form of censorship is self-censorship: journalists deciding not to pursue certain stories that they know will be unpopular with the advertisers."
You should actually read their platform. There's a lot in there you might agree with (if you're willing to open your mind).
http://www.gp.org/what-we-beli...

4 days ago
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Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

mspohr Re:Just wow. (109 comments)

It took a few years longer but it does appear that we have finally reached the dystopia of George Orwell's 1984 with omnipresent surveillance, government manipulation, thought crimes, Newspeak, constant war (on terror), and an elite class in control.

5 days ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

mspohr Re:Vaccine in the 2030's? (167 comments)

If you had actually read the article you reference, you would see that the delay in malaria vaccine is to to the fact that the many trials have been failures and even this latest version is not very effective for not very much time. The "paperwork" delay in this case is due to the fact that it doesn't work.

5 days ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

mspohr Re:Scale? (167 comments)

Ebola has an incubation period of 21 days which is plenty of time for symptom free people to travel anywhere in the world.

5 days ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

mspohr Re:World War Z (167 comments)

Can't really avoid it since you can get it from touching surfaces contaminated with the virus. Think of an airplane seat or a public shop or any public place. You can wall yourself up at home but what happens when you run out of food?

5 days ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

mspohr Re:Coming to a plane journey (167 comments)

The problem is that people move around... a lot. Ebola has an incubation period of up to 21 days so that gives an infected person lots of symptom free time to travel to visit his neighboring village or go to the city or get on a plane to visit relatives anywhere in the world.

5 days ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

mspohr Re:Coming to a plane journey (167 comments)

Actually, it does transmit fairly easily.
From the WHO:
"Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids. "

5 days ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

mspohr Re:Zero Days? Updates? (132 comments)

We're talking about a USB stick.
I just updated my TAILS USB... password, trusted repository, good to go.
If you want, you can use a Live CD but then you can't have any encrypted local storage.

about a week ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

mspohr Re:what environments allow USB boot? (132 comments)

I've used TAILS to do banking when I'm traveling and only have access to dodgy WiFi or hotel computers. I've found that it will boot and run on most any computer... sometimes you need to call up the boot menu and select the USB drive, other times "it just works".
It boots and runs from the USB stick and doesn't use the computers mass storage at all. It performs a wipe of the RAM on exit. It encrypts everything, uses HTTPS and TOR; has a minimal secure browser and a more full featured insecure browser. OpenPGP for email and documents.
However, it probably has some vulnerabilities. For instance, a hardware keylogger on the machine... however, they have a randomized on-screen keyboard to use to get around this.
That said, this "security" company which sent out this press release seems like your typical collection of greedy entitled bastards who aim to benefit financially from their FUD.

about a week ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

mspohr Re:Mission creep... ONLY pencils! (285 comments)

School districts should be limited to pencils only... and, er, maybe paper... and, er, chalk... and, er, ... OMG!! Where does it end!!!

about a week ago
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Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

mspohr Re:Kinda Like Mega (129 comments)

An app won't give you much anonymity. You need to start from the ground up with an OS that leaves no trace on the hardware and has good encryption and anonymity tools built in.
Here's a good start: TAILS
https://tails.boum.org/
 

about a week ago

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New tools help neuroscientists analyze 'big data'

mspohr mspohr writes  |  yesterday

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  |  5 days 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 a month 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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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EFF Victory: Release of Secret Court Opinion: NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional

mspohr mspohr writes  |  about a year ago

mspohr (589790) writes "For over a year, EFF has been fighting the government in federal court to force the public release of an 86-page opinion of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). Issued in October 2011, the secret court's opinion found that surveillance conducted by the NSA under the FISA Amendments Act was unconstitutional and violated "the spirit of" federal law.
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/08/eff-victory-results-expected-release-secret-court-opinion-finding-nsa-surveillance
Further coverage at the NYTimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/us/2011-ruling-found-an-nsa-program-unconstitutional.html
Judge Bates: “The Court is troubled that the government’s revelations regarding N.S.A.’s acquisition of Internet transactions mark the third instance in less than three years in which the government has disclosed a substantial misrepresentation regarding the scope of a major collection program,”"

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