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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

thunderclap Re:How many warrant canaries are allowed? (227 comments)

One warrant canary conveys 1 bit of data. How many are allowed? Has anyone gotten away with using more than one?

1.5 x 10 to the 10th power

yesterday
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

thunderclap Re:besides... (227 comments)

It can't be Apple - they download WESTERN music to your phone, without your permission, which could GET YOU KILLED.

Only if you are playing in the middle east or another area with similar values. Besides how did you get a phone and account there anyway?

yesterday
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

thunderclap Re:Not completely gone (227 comments)

Apparently (I haven't read the source docs myself), there is some similar language -- suggesting that some type of order has been served on Apple, so the canary is perhaps not dead yet -- just pining for the fjords [yes, I know, not really the correct use of this phrase].

To date, Apple has not received any orders for bulk data

What's missing is a specific reference to Section 215, suggesting that a limited Section 215 order has been served on Apple.

If its pining for the fjords then it is in fact dead. 'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This canary is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! 'E's be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible!! He's f*ckin' snuffed it!..... THIS IS AN EX CANARY!!

yesterday
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When Scientists Give Up

thunderclap Re:Move To China (348 comments)

agreed. The only country to successfully get anything to land and stay operational on Mars is US. Not the EU, China, Russia or India. (yes, India has a space program)

about a week ago
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The Exoplanets That Never Were

thunderclap Re:Red dwarfs form from so little matter (31 comments)

If we ignited Jupiter, what would happen to the moons orbiting it? Hmm, they would be consumed. That's why red dwarves (hi ho!) have no planets around them.

about a week ago
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The Exoplanets That Never Were

thunderclap Re:So close, and yet so far away. (31 comments)

Yea, and yet those evil people in Taiji keep killing them. Its our job to protect the dolphins so can explore the universe. We certainly aren't.

about a week ago
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The Exoplanets That Never Were

thunderclap Re:POTUS declared war on ISIL (31 comments)

More like accidentally kill 100,000 civilians and threaten to cut off anyone in the press corps who dares to bring it up.

there is a 100k civilians left in Syria? I thought assad killed almost anyone not actively fighting for or against him.

about a week ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

thunderclap Re:That used to work, but it shouldn't anymore (184 comments)

802.11w adds security to management frames: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I... ...which prevents this sort of silliness. You can't spoof deauth frames from other stations now, unless the WiFi network happens to be running on an older device.

Before 802.11w, you could do a passive scan, collect target MAC addresses, and then spoof deauth frames all day long, I know people used to do this at conferences or other crowded events.

And why was this stopped? Because its a form of malicious hacking.

about two weeks ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

thunderclap Re:Great, crash the drone into things. (184 comments)

Deauthentication messages work outside wifi encryption. It's a common wifi attack to broadcast deauth messages, then record the reauthentication of clients as they reconnect to the wireless access point. For encryption with known weaknesses (like WEP), reauthentication attempts can be analyzed to discover the network key. This attack is similar, but without the goal of discovering the key. Apparently, the 802.11 standard states "Deauthentication is not a request; it is a notification. Deauthentication shall not be refused by either party." If the device is standards-compliant, then spamming a deauthentication message should continually knock it offline.

Which is why its illegal to craft a fake one. If the manufacturer places a warning that they are not liable if you do that then its illegal. No amount of hand waving, or hand wringing will change that. One lawsuit by a person who knows what happens and Cyborg unplug goes the way of Aereo. This Google we are talking about. Those are only in early beta. When they WANT to roll them out, nothing will stop them.
And people are ignoring that 3g can be put on them. Then what?

about two weeks ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

thunderclap Re:Their network, their rules. (184 comments)

People can choose to allow or deny access to people and their devices at will.

Glassholes are gonna find that they are as welcomed as smokers in many places.

You fail to understand the power of Google.

about two weeks ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

thunderclap Re:legal loopholes? (184 comments)

"It doesn't interfere with radio signals themselves"

It causes intentional interference, which is illegal for a Part 15 device.

I don't know about that... by that interpretation, any RST packet sent over Wifi would be illegal.

This is the digital equivalent of saying "Hey You! Yeah, Google Glass with MAC ID XXXXYYYY! Get off my lawn!"

The rule for Part 15 devices (which includes Google Glasses) is that they must accept any signal interference and fail gracefully, and they must not cause interference with other signals using the spectrum.

It doesn't cause any interference with the transmissions, it just sends a message on the transport layer that the device should leave.

But if that message is false then it IS interference. If you eject a device improperly in a public place you are violating the law. You are damaging property and are liable.
No matter how much you hate it, welcome to 1984.
“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
The object of a camera is permanent image creation. You don't want to be a part, leave.

about two weeks ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

thunderclap Re:Seems fine to me. (184 comments)

Oh, no, it's not "inevitable" at all. There are plenty of totalitarian places around the world where people have lost the right to take pictures; it goes right along with losing the right to free speech. We need to fight that the same doesn't happen here.

And I think AC needs to go to one of those places for a couple months. Maybe witness a beheading or two for supposedly worshiping the wrong deity.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

thunderclap Re:comcast is where googles evil goes (230 comments)

OMG, so you are saying that all of Google's supposed evil manifesting in Comcast Google isn't evil enough. WTF?! ROTFLOL. This alone deserves five points.

about two weeks ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

thunderclap Re:Stop taking risky pics (307 comments)

Snip! Reductio ad absurdum.

Doesn't change your failure to grasp the concept of risk management. Oh since you decided to point out how it reduces to ridiculousness. Here's some latin for you: Gallus jeter fallat.

about two weeks ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

thunderclap Re:Stop taking risky pics (307 comments)

No, you don't need news from a war zone.
People who live there can supply that now. People no longer need to carry wallets.
They chose to.
You still have this delusion that you walk in the middle a run down slum and scream obsenities that you can't be harmed. That is your problem.In reality this responsibility is called consequences. If a people knowingly goes to a dangerous location there is a chance that they can be killed. Yes they do bear responsibility of there own death. No amount of hand waving it away because you want believe that you can do what ever you want and no harm shall come to you idiocy will change the reality that there are people who will kill you simply you aren't them.
So yes a cop IS responsible when he gets shot. Why? Because he is given all the equipment to prevent this. He is payed extra. He is given a weapon and authority. Nevertheless when a people does the illegal act of shooting him, he isn't magically healed because he doesn't deserve it. NO, he made a choice to presue a person and that person made a choice as well. Both could have chosen other options. However, the cop is in the right in doing his job nevertheless he stop has to pay for his medical bills. Very few people get mugged without making themselves attractive to the mugger. See people are lazy and doing want to modify their behavior to make them selves less attractive to those who will always do evil. And Finally you carry blame FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO. BOTH positive and negative. Thats basic human nature.

about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

thunderclap Re:Experience versus Credentials. (546 comments)

Credentials are meaningless without experience. Experience can only be gained by doing. The best examples are the coders who hacked the icloud. There are craploads of people with MS in Comp sci who couldn't even comprehend that Icloud is like a safety deposit box at a bank, let alone fix the problem with the other service that allowed the break in,. (and if it turns out its good old social engineering then that makes my point even sharper. Most MS CS can even begin to compete with that) If you doubt I will point you to Thomas Edison and the light bulb. Look how many times it took for him to succeed, Where were his credentials?

about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

thunderclap Re:It's all not bunk. (546 comments)

The value of "learning to program" is roughly comparable to the 1st year of CS classes at a reputable University.

And that it the delusion that people operate from that got us a hackable Icloud, and endless years of buggy MS software, UX and other abominations.

Also, the degree is no replacement for practical experience.

This is true.
Here is the problem, Learning and programming are far, far, far more important that theory. I have (as one of) a degree in Avionic. You know how long of the two year course was spent in theory of electronics? 6 weeks. Theory of flight? 6 weeks. Actual repair, assembly, fabrication, customization of the actual avionics components (which are miniature computers now not the old fashion dials and gauges, but I digress) The entire rest of the course. Computer theory is meaningless without the ability to actually code, debug, and compile actual complex software as know the principles of flight is with being able to fix or fly a plane.
12 weeks max. No more. When someone one leaves a college, they should be able to code in at least three languages something that would be production ready. Just Like my final test was to fix a malfunctioning avionics component on an ACTUAL 747 (yes we had a gifted one in our hanger that was used for tests. It was no longer flight worthy but we were never told that until after the test.)

about two weeks ago

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