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Wikileaks Releases A Massive "Insurance" File That No One Can Open

phantomcircuit Re:NSA has cribs? (394 comments)

I would assume the files are encrypted with a symmetric cipher like AES. Known plaintext attacks are not very effective against symmetric ciphers. Indeed they're designed to be resilient to chosen plaintext attacks.

about a year ago

Is the DEA Lying About iMessage Security?

phantomcircuit Re:Key in cloud != Key accessible by Apple (195 comments)

Except apple stores passwords for iTunes in plaintext.

I received an email from apple reminding me that i had $10 in iTunes funds availalble.

Only problem is where my username should have been was my password in plaintext.

about a year and a half ago

Have a Wi-Fi-Enabled Phone? Stores Are Tracking You

phantomcircuit Re:just don't automatically join public wifi (323 comments)

This is WRONG. Almost all 802.11 a/b/g/n devices will actively probe for ESSIDs that they have previously used. Your phone is constantly broadcasting for access points.

about 2 years ago

Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

phantomcircuit Good Guys With Guns? (1435 comments)

So what they're saying is the only way they can stop bad guys with guns is good guys with guns. Gee where have I heard that recently....

about 2 years ago

The Bitcoin Strikes Back

phantomcircuit Re:Propaganda (344 comments)

Anybody who actually knows Amir would find that hilarious.

He isn't in this for the money, he has given away all of his bitcoins (and I mean ALL).

more than 2 years ago

Iran Wants To Clone Downed US Drone

phantomcircuit Re:Iran? Nope, China and Russia... (663 comments)

You're talking about a country that has to import refined oil because they lack the technical ability to refine crude oil.

There is no way in hell they're going to clone a stealth drone.

about 3 years ago

US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

phantomcircuit All About The Unions (1167 comments)

This would effectively make unions the only options for such workers.

Fucking scam artists.

about 3 years ago

PayPal Launches Facebook App For Sending Money

phantomcircuit Re:No thanks (66 comments)

Gold, really? eGold was a site that did paypal for gold, and failed miserably. Gold-to-cash is a constantly changing ratio, and can lead to gold holders to be quite poorer when the stock market is soaring... cash is better than gold most of the time.

eGold failed because they were engaged in fraud and straight up money laundering

more than 3 years ago

Common Crawl Foundation Providing Data For Search Researchers

phantomcircuit Re:Saves you on bandwidth (61 comments)

I can get dedicated 100mbit server with unlimited bandwidth for around 60-70 dollars a month

No actually you cant.

more than 3 years ago

Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program

phantomcircuit Re:Subsidies inflate pricing. (1797 comments)

The reason the federal student loan program exists is because it ISN'T profitable to make that loan. Most kids are going to default, and the banks will be left holding the bag.

you can default on student loans, but you can never be absolved of them.

The only risk in making a student loan is that the beneficiary dies before they can pay it back, which is generally speaking a sound bet.

more than 3 years ago

Hurt Locker Lawsuits May Reach Canadians, Too

phantomcircuit Re:What's the point? (159 comments)

The movie played at various film festivals and was released in italy, then they soft launched in the US. At this point there was huge demand to watch the movie but absolutely no legal way for 99% of the people to watch it.

I would guess that it's probably one of the most pirated movies of all time.

more than 3 years ago

Hurt Locker Lawsuits May Reach Canadians, Too

phantomcircuit Re:What's the point? (159 comments)

You made a bad movie. Stop involving the lawyers and blaming everybody else.

They actually made an excellent movie.

However it was not available for purchase for 99% of the people who wanted to watch it, so people pirated it.

Shocking right?

more than 3 years ago

Internet-Based Political Party Opens Doors

phantomcircuit Poisoning The Well (291 comments)

The questions they ask and the available answers are fucking bullshit.

When you think about America’s energy needs, which of the following solutions come closest to your opinion?

  • Strong investment in renewable energy like wind and solar
  • More drilling than investment in renewables (mix of both solutions)
  • More investment in renewable than drilling (mix of both solutions)
  • Strong focus on offshore drilling and allowing drilling in federal lands including wildlife reserves
  • Unsure

more than 3 years ago

Friday's Big Swings, Mostly Down, Illustrate Bitcoin Value Volatility

phantomcircuit Re:Bitcoin bubble (476 comments)

Yesterday just happened to be the first big drop.

That is highly inaccurate, the price has dropped by order of magnitude more in the past relative to it's price at the time.

more than 3 years ago

Friday's Big Swings, Mostly Down, Illustrate Bitcoin Value Volatility

phantomcircuit Re:Just one exchange (476 comments)

The cause of this is actually extremely simple, dwolla withdrawals from mtgox were down on mtgox for a few days, so nobody had any reason to sell BTC.

As soon as it came back up the volume of asks exploded.

more than 3 years ago

FSF On How To Choose a License

phantomcircuit LGPL with affero clause (210 comments)

We're a developer group that is now writing a server library. We plan to use it for commercial projects by putting all the code into the library and creating a thin proprietary wrapper to keep clients happy.

It's a strategic move to use the LGPL, as if we used GPL then we'd have to sell proprietary licenses. Proprietary people would choose to either:

  • Re-implement their own closed-source version of the software.
  • Buy a proprietary license from us and then not make the changes public.

This way (by using LGPL) we get to extract as much free source-code from them as possible.

The problem now comes with the fact that our library can be used for web services. People could make changes to our library, use them in their commercial service and not make changes public.

I was searching the net and found these links:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/731246/lgpl-for-php-applications http://mohammed.morsi.org/blog/?q=node/270

The 2nd link claims you can just include an affero clause in the LGPLv3? What is your word on this?

Many thanks to the FSF. I love your work.

more than 3 years ago

BitCoin, the Most Dangerous Project Ever?

phantomcircuit Re:Tabloid trash (858 comments)

Bitcoins are not money.

more than 3 years ago



Can the Storm Botnet be taken down?

phantomcircuit phantomcircuit writes  |  more than 7 years ago

phantomcircuit writes "It is being reported that the Storm Worm botnet is being broken up, possibly for sale as smaller independent botnets. It would seem that a botnet with Command and Control on a P2P network could be completely shutdown, but so far nobody has succeeded.

Can the Storm Worm botnet be taken down? or will it be sold to the highest bidders before anything can be done about it?"

phantomcircuit phantomcircuit writes  |  about 8 years ago

phantomcircuit writes "I'd like to store convert DVDs to another format and stream them from home to where ever I am. Clearly I cannot stream full DVDs.
So the question is, what is the best software for converting DVDs to another format and what format would you use?"

phantomcircuit phantomcircuit writes  |  more than 8 years ago

phantomcircuit writes ""Microsoft is considering the early release of a fix for a bug in Internet Explorer that malicious hackers are actively exploiting online. The software giant usually only releases patches once a month but said it might put the fix out sooner if the problem grew severe enough."

So they could release this sooner and possibly prevent identity theft or other crimes, but they don't want to look any worse than they already do so they're not releasing it?!



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