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EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

nehumanuscrede Re:How do we get vendors to support this? (160 comments)

This will be difficult because while the government has unlimited funds / budgets to bribe / coerce the vendors with, the rest of us do not.

" We would like you to use THIS protocol as the new standard in your product. "
" That would weaken the entire system. "
" How does a a few million sound in exchange for your cooperation / silence / immunity ? "
" It sounds insulting actually. "
" Ok, how about a few HUNDRED million ? "
" :| . . . . . Done. "

That's pretty much how it works. Everyone has a price. Once the numbers get large enough, nearly everyone will fold.

4 minutes ago

EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

nehumanuscrede Re:And does Slashdot understand the threat? (160 comments)

While AC posting might obscure your username, the IP address that's likely logged will not.
( Unless you're coming in via proxy )

Long time users can be matched up by the style in which they write. How well they phrase things, sentence styles, etc.

13 minutes ago

DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

nehumanuscrede Papers Please (69 comments)

Was the uncivilized method of keeping tabs on you.

In the new millennium, we need not resort to such obvious oppressive methods. We feed you the bullsh*t about how free you are while, at the same time, track every aspect of your life that is possible via technology without your knowledge and / or consent.

If they bother to stop you to ask questions, they're just giving you enough rope to hang yourself with.

They already know the answers.


19 minutes ago

Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

nehumanuscrede Re:I wonder... (34 comments)

Never, if he's smart. ( And we know he's rather intelligent )

Were I in his shoes, the most damning evidence I had would be held back as leverage to ensure no one in the US Government did anything stupid. A digital dead mans switch if you will. Easy enough to bundle with the original encrypted files, just encrypt the crazy stuff with a secondary key. If you end up in an "accident" or going missing, the key gets distributed and the fun really starts.

Boils down to how badly the Government wants to get their hands on Snowden really. Is it really worth having your most intimate secrets dragged into the spotlight for the world to see ?

about half an hour ago

"Once In a Lifetime" Asteroid Sighting Monday Night

nehumanuscrede Re:My Telescope experience (55 comments)

Meh. YMMV depending on a lot of variables.

Atmospheric conditions being the predominant one. Size of scope and quality of optics are another. Light pollution within your viewing area another fun one. North Korea would kick ass for sky observation :D

For the most part, he's right. Most viewing through a telescope is simply ' bigger dots ' or realizing what you thought was a big bright dot is actually half a dozen small ones. If the planets are visible and the conditions are right, then you can make out some detail. Mars Ice Caps, Saturn Rings, Jupiter and a moon or few. For the other " oooooh ahhhhh " stuff such as galaxies and nebulae, you're gonna have to get into astrophotography. This will require a bit more elaborate setup and a lot more $$$$ in gear.

Silly above variables still apply though. If I lived in a dark area, I would definitely setup a mini-observatory. Alas, I can damn near read a book if I go outside the light pollution is so bad where I live.


Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

nehumanuscrede Risk is part of the job last I checked (312 comments)

"saying the information is putting officer's lives at risk"

I'm pretty sure the recent increase in behavior trends in Law Enforcement are what's putting officers lives at risk.
( Pro Tip: Keep killing unarmed folks and the masses eventually will break out the pitchforks and torches )

Hell, to be fun, they should remove the COP logo from Waze and replace it with a Pistol instead to reflect the increased likelihood of being shot.


NVIDIA GTX 970 Specifications Corrected, Memory Pools Explained

nehumanuscrede First it's the games, now the hardware :D (105 comments)

The reason you don't go out and buy the latest AAA title is because, in recent years, they haven't been living up to the hype. Buggy, unfinished, and not quite the product that is expected. ( You know . . . . playable. )

Wondering if we have to start doing the same thing with hardware now. Let the same folks who pre-order game titles beta-test this stuff for a few months to determine if the marketing claims are legitimate or not, then decide on if you should buy it.

" Just ship the damn thing ! We'll update the drivers later. " :|


Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

nehumanuscrede The article speaks of electronic jamming (142 comments)

but then I suppose if you're serious about it, you simply pre-record the flight path, load it up with some explosives and fly it to your target.
No remote signals to jam. Really small target and will not be easy to see ( electronically, think radar ) if flying low enough to the ground.

The article also spoke of active countermeasure systems, but I don't see them shooting down drones with anything that would endanger the public. Far too much PR fallout to deal with should anyone get hurt.

These things are going to get smaller, faster and autonomous very quickly.

One could launch from rooftops in the general area. Calculate time of flight for a pre-programmed flight pattern for each unit to determine time of lift off. Do so for all units and you basically end up with the ability to swarm, with the same time on target, from multiple directions each potentially carrying a lethal payload. For extra fun, throw in a whole bunch of little cheap ones to saturate their targeting systems. ( You can target multiples, but typically only shoot at one or a few at a time )

Same concept we use to take down naval warships. We know their defenses can handle X inbound targets at once. Thus we shoot X + N ( where N is some ridiculous number ) to ensure we overwhelm the defenses and kill the target.


Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

nehumanuscrede Re:OK Google (186 comments)

"This applies to Apple phones, too. And Microsoft phones. And hardwired landline phones"

This pretty much applies to ANYTHING that is network connected. It can be audio, video or just meta-data that shows what your daily schedule pattern looks like. ( Eg, A burglar alarm or Electric Meter can show when you're typically at home, other systems like car tech will have GPS, traffic cams, CCTV and license plate readers will tag you, point of sale transactions via Debit or Credit cards )

Stop and think about the tech you keep on or about your person on a daily basis. Then consider in what ways that tech be used to keep tabs on you.


Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

nehumanuscrede Re:They better be damn sure we're not home... (372 comments)

That changes pretty quickly if you're woken up by a large crash ( glass shattering ) in the middle of the night and your alarm fires.

It's an instant surge of adrenaline.

Out of bed, armed and fully aware in about two seconds. ( BTDT )


Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

nehumanuscrede Re:They better be damn sure we're not home... (372 comments)


Unless you know that most LE's wear armor ( and occasionally trauma plates within ). Then, a headshot is far more effective.


Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

nehumanuscrede Re:Translation ... (372 comments)


The article didn't state whether the officers announced themselves prior to breaking the door down or not. It also did not state if the responding units were in uniform or not. ( Note: Many rural LE don't wear a standard uniform but rather nice civilian clothing with their badge on their belt )

There is a reason no-knock warrants ( assuming that's what it was ) are a bad idea. This is one of them. If you're going to serve a warrant, do so in the middle of the day with officers in full uniform driving what are obviously marked vehicles.

Put yourself into this situation for a moment.

If you KNOW you or anyone in the home have done nothing illegal, then what are the odds of the folks breaking down your door being real police ?

Now consider that some of the more intelligent bad guys know that dressing up like police makes it much easier to get the home owner into a passive state before they tie everyone up and rob the place. ( assuming they only rob the place )

I'm afraid I would have to side with the homeowner in this case. Shoot first, ask questions later.


Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

nehumanuscrede Re:America is HUGE (236 comments)

The geographical size of the United States is a well worn argument.

Based on this reasoning, everyone living within the high density metro areas of the US should have super-cereal internet speeds. They don't. The only reason they MIGHT in the near future is because Google is lighting a fire under the old guards asses. They freaked right the hell out as soon as they realized Google was being serious. Guess what AT&T did ? They're trying to deploy Giga-Power ( yes gigabit ethernet ) to as many locations across the country as they possibly can as quickly as they can. Minimum numbers are 10,000 sites. I have no idea what the maximum numbers are.

One of the above posts noted they're paying ~$48euro / month for 150/25 service which ALSO includes Phone and TV. ( ~$55 USD )

To put this into perspective, Comcast charges $115 USD / Month for 150/20 service and ONLY THE INTERNET SERVICE.
Add $10 / month to this if you don't buy your own cable modem.

You want TV with it, that will be another ~$80 / month ( Digital Preferred, No premium channels. HBO / Showtime / Cinemax, Stars, etc )
Oh you want an HD receiver / DVR with that ? That'll be an extra $15-20 / Month per receiver.

Phone: Tack on another $35 / month for the first six months. ( I can't even find what the price is after the promotional price )

This puts our total to ~$230-260 USD / Month. Or 4X the price.

We have the capability of rolling out high speed infrastructure pretty much anywhere. The only reason we don't is because the non-metro areas won't return much on the investment needed to get it there. Google will be the same way unless they're forced to. They're not going to spend $$$$ to bring high speed fiber to the middle of nowhere when they can focus on customers in the high density metro areas.

I wonder if Title II would force all the players to provide equal service to both metro and rural areas. ( Like was mandated with telephone service )


Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

nehumanuscrede Re:Didn't hit "Send" yet (301 comments)

Mandate a short range transmitter into the car that phone tech can pick up within a few feet. While vehicle is moving > x mph, transmission is running and the phones know to block all comms with the exception of emergency ( 911 or the like ) calls. Want to make a call or text your buddy ? Pull over and do it.

The more intelligent will be able to find and disable said transmission, but if you're smart enough to do that, then you're smart enough not to text on the phone while driving in the first place :D

Removing the smartphone from the equation would decrease traffic incidents by quite a bit.

2 days ago

UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

nehumanuscrede The Technology Treadmill (325 comments)

Never, ever be the first person to volunteer to be the guinea pig for new tech. Especially expensive or niche tech. ( cough 3D cough ) You'll regret it when, a year later, you can buy the same gear at a fraction of the cost you spent to be " first ". Assuming they haven't trashed the standard and are moving onto another one.

With a few exceptions, what is even ON TV these days that is worth spending $$$$ on to upgrade all your gear every year or so ? I bought all my favorite movies that I wanted when we switched from VHS to DVD. I didn't even bother when Blu-Ray happened. ( Remember Blu-Ray hardware prices first year or two ? LOL What are they now ? ) Will likely donate the whole collection as I watch the new standards come and go. I don't -think- you'll be streaming UHD or 4K anytime soon as we can barely get decent HD quality across the networks due to compression and bickering over bandwidth consumption. It will only get worse for the newer formats I think. ( US markets only, you folks overseas with enviable high speed symmetric bandwidth, ymmv )

Dunno about you all, but I'm just about done with TV. When the one we have dies, I'll just put the aquarium in its place and be done with it.

2 days ago

U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

nehumanuscrede Once more (100 comments)

We have to ask why everything NEEDS to be internet connected. A local connection to the sensors will allow the station to determine when they need to refill said tanks. Not much point in putting it out there on the big scary internet. :D

3 days ago

Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

nehumanuscrede Wait for the fallout (122 comments)

If you think Tesla ruffled some feathers by promoting direct to consumer selling, wait until this takes off. ( if ever )

Car manufacturers will have KITTENS once they realize their parts department becomes irrelevant when any third party business can now print compatible parts out for a fraction of what the dealerships charge for them. Things like doors, body panels, and the like.

I wonder how long it would take for them to introduce some sort of DRM model into vehicle parts . .. . . lol

3 days ago

Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

nehumanuscrede Re:Good luck with that. (83 comments)


If you used a ( insert manufacturer here ) device to input your key data, then you are already running the risk of your keys being compromised.
There are just too many attack vectors to get your keys from you. Hardware, software, corporate cooperation, exploits and even human espionage.

If they want your data bad enough, you're really going to have to place the bar really high to make them work for it.

3 days ago

Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

nehumanuscrede Vaccinations (653 comments)

If you are interacting with a large number of people on a daily basis, then yes, the vaccinations should be mandatory as part of the terms of your employment. However, if you're going to mandate your employees get vaccinated, then you damn well better allow them paid time off from work when they need it without harassing or penalizing them about it.

Many employers in the US do not pay their employees " Sick Time ". Those that do, are usually very limited at best. It becomes an issue when Employee X comes into work at the cube farm and gets all of their co-workers sick. They, in turn, take it home and spread it to their families. They'll go into work / school and spread it some more. Thus, it snowballs.

This becomes an exponentially bigger problem if you are working in an industry that interacts with the general public in large numbers. ( Think of folks in the service industry, health professionals, education, etc. etc. ) Especially the lower paying industries where employees make so little they can't afford to miss a days pay. They WILL come to work sick, and infect many who come into contact with them in doing so. The the above scene plays out once again, only this time with far bigger numbers initially.

In addition, there is this stigma in the US about missing work. Folks worry that when it comes time for promotions or new jobs that they'll get passed over by the guy / gal who puts in 80 hours / week and never takes a vacation or sick day. Because they're a " Team Player ". :|

If you complain about your co-worker sitting at their desk coughing up a lung, you get ignored. A week later, once you're showing symptoms, watch what happens when you try to call in sick. Usually they'll throw the guilt trip at you about how you're putting a burden on the rest of your team by being absent, or they'll make some big deal out of putting it into your record that you took a " SICK " day and try to convince you to use your own vacation or personal days instead.

3 days ago

Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

nehumanuscrede Re:Finally. A Google plan I can get behind (101 comments)

Some bad news.

It's highly likely your http traffic is going through some sort of mechanism within your ISP that allows it to do deep packet inspection for the purpose of targeted advertising. They see how much $$$ Google rakes in and they want a piece of that pie too.

A recent experience of my own:

Recently I upgraded my home router to a beefier Cisco flavor. After getting the configuration in place, I threw NMAP at it before I put the router into a live environment. Results were pretty much as expected. Everything closed with the exception of VPN listening ports.

I put the router on the live network and ran another test with NMAP across the net and through my ISP using a laptop connected via a second network.

All of a sudden, NMAP starts telling me that port 80 is open which puzzled me because I knew from the pre-live test, it was filtered.
I thought maybe NMAP was buggy, so I put a sniffer on to watch the traffic. Sniffer traffic confirmed NMAP's observation. Port 80 was saying hello to the world. . . . :|

No problem. Recheck my config and when I was confident in my setup, I disabled the Wan interface on the router. Reran the test.
NMAP and sniffer still show port 80 open. ( scratches head )

I power off the entire router, the cable modem and remove the physical connections that connects me to Comcast. Reran the test.
NMAP and sniffer still show port 80 open. ( :| )

So, whatever it is that's answering up to my Wan IP address, isn't me and it's only impacting port 80. Guessing a proxy or something, but thought the whole thing odd.

5 days ago



nehumanuscrede nehumanuscrede writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nehumanuscrede (624750) writes "AT&T CEO Ed Whitacre announced his plans to retire at the annual stockholders meeting today.

The official notification follows:

A message from Ed Whitacre

Today at our annual stockholders meeting, I announced my intent to retire as Chairman of the Board and chief executive officer at AT&T Inc., effective June 3.

Also today, the Board of Directors elected Randall Stephenson to succeed me as the new CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Among my last responsibilities as your CEO is to ensure a smooth, seamless and efficient transition. We have a well-planned succession process underway, and we have a steady, experienced management leading the way. Randall and I are committed to making this as transparent as possible for everyone.

You will hear more about this in the days ahead. In the meantime, I want you to know how proud I am of the outstanding job you do every day to take care of our customers and to reward the trust of our owners.

It has been an indescribable privilege to serve as your CEO. Our company is strong and our path forward is clear. The future for the new AT&T is very bright. For now, let's stay focused on the job at hand and continue producing the kind of results that have made us the biggest...and the best... in the world.

Thank you.

Ed Whitacre"


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