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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

tommyatomic encrypting everything actually is helping (421 comments)

If a criminal steals your data it is a crime and the injustice of that crime must be balanced. If the government performs an illegal search which should be a crime but somehow isnt; the injustice of that crime doesnt seem to matter.

Encrypting everything everywhere is the result of the government being somehow being unable to stop itself from violating its citizens by performing illegal searches.
Heavily encrypting everything means the government actually has to follow their own laws which they are not exempt from. There is one set of rules and the government should never be exempt from them.

2 days ago

Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

tommyatomic NOT EFFECTIVE VS H2O (290 comments)

Radar is completely ineffective against water. Radar doesn't penetrate water. Any criminal with a basic understanding of even the most basic science will hide next to a hotwater heater.

That OR the police kick in everyones door because they've confused all hot water heaters with criminals in hiding.

about two weeks ago

Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

tommyatomic Re:Seems unintuative (175 comments)

I believe it's already known that avoiding sunlight helps prevent this enzyme from being released, and in turn keeps skin looking younger. This is just artificially lowering it even further in an attempt to to create immortal, sunlight-fearing vampires.

If you read the article you would know that this will infact create vampires that NO LONGER fear the sun. You stated the reverse. Vampires that fear the sun are not news.

about a month and a half ago

Tesla Wants Texas Auto Sales Regulations Loosened

tommyatomic common sense makes good news (137 comments)

State blocks the sales of a companies product. Company employs a newsworthy amount of common sense and does not put 5 billion dollars into the state by building a mega factory for a product that is blocked in the state it would be constructed in. It also fails to contribute the jobs that would be needed to build and staff the mega factory to the overall employment of that state.

I for one am thrilled. I think bad things should always happen to vindictively stupid people and then be thoroughly reported in the news. Thinking of all of the non-Tesla cars not being bought by all the people not employed building or staffing the factory not constructed in Texas makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

Thinking of the talented, hardworking, unemployed people in texas who having suddenly found themselves deprived of this opportunity can suddenly divert their time to forming a lynch mob to go after the legislators responsible. I'd PVR that lynching when it make it to the news and watch it on loop.

about 2 months ago

Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

tommyatomic Licensed Criminals (231 comments)

Why aren't these clearly genius level Law Enforcement Professionals making the far more reasonable request that the government require anyone intending to commit a crime in the near and/or far future to apply-for and obtain a licence to commit crime?

Criminals can anonymously (you cant make it too easy) submit something akin to a flight plan prior to committing a crime (otherwise how else will police be able to pursue victim-less crimes) and after a crime occurs police can call all the licensed criminals in the vicinity of crime to ask if they were the perpetrator.

about 3 months ago

Hacking Team Manuals: Sobering Reminder That Privacy is Elusive

tommyatomic Most honest least used function in the 'system' (37 comments)

PDF page 10 or manual page viii.

Top of the page.

Console section that reports all user and system actions. Used to monitor abuse of RCS.

Even the manual assumes the system will be abused. Any doublespeak marketer would have changed the work 'abuse' to 'use' .
Obviously they are already marketing the system to be abused be governments/law enforcers.

about 3 months ago

Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

tommyatomic CurrentC is actually an attack against consumers (631 comments)

CurrentC is basically trying to side step the issue of retailers needing to update security for PCI Compliance and PCI DSS. PCI compliance is effectively a consumer
protection that requires retailers to maintain an adequate level of security in all of their systems that handle credit or debit transactions.

It incentivizes security by placing 100% responsibility for fraud on retailers that fail to provide the minimum pci compliant level of security. It also prohibits the use of EOL operating systems that are no longer security patched such as WindowsXP and mandates firewalls, antivirus and other security.

But CurrentC put all liability on the consumer and completely bypasses the penalties and merchant liabilities associated with PCI DSS. Credit and debit cards provide a buffer of security and dispute resolution between consumers and merchants but CurrentC wants to go straight into people bank accounts.

This is a hot sweaty nightmare of bad. I dont think anyone is realizing how nearly impossible it is to reverse a fraudulent bank transfer.

Having said that I can see where banks could provide protection to consumers by creating consumer accounts that require individual consumer authentication prior to any ACH transfer from the account. However Banks dont provide that level of security to non-business account customers.

My prediction is that within 6 months of going live the amount of fraud will force the FTC to step in. I personally think credit card companies are the devil but CurrentC is worse.

about 3 months ago

Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

tommyatomic Dealers may not light how tesla fights back. (294 comments)

Tesla could always attempt to burn the dealer down the dealer industry to spite the dealers.

Massive financial incentives would be the best way. I would love to own a Model S. But really what I can afford is more in the price range of a 3 year old Compact Subaru or a Ford. My financial capacity determines my purchase choice. Therefore if Tesla wanted to spite the auto dealers that don't want to play fair: Telsa could also choose not to play fair. They could generate incentives to reduce the opportunities for dealers to make a sale to a customer that really actually wanted a Telsa. Those incentives could come right out of Tesla's so far as I've seen unused marketing budget. Threatening a dozen heavily subsidized customers per banned-state would be a pretty evil start.

Effectively operating off of a theoretical page out of the art of war. Any sale Tesla in a given state generally denies an autodealer a sale; which denies them funds to fight their irrational war against the future.

In hunting terms its called poaching. Unchecked poachers frequently cause significant ripple effect in herd populations. Likewise the Model S lack much if the service issues that cause people to replace or trade in their cars thus denying many future dealer sales.

about 3 months ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

tommyatomic Re:I like... (643 comments)

Yet they can afford armored vehicles and military weapons.

I agree with the point it seems like your trying to make but I'd like to point out that the state and municipal police dept arent buying ANY armored vehicles or military weapons. They are actually being given surplus assault vehicles and military weapons for FREE. They still have to buy ammunition and additional magazines though.

Take an MRAP to a metal recycler and junk it to pay for the cameras.

about 5 months ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

tommyatomic I'd be more concerned with Kids (435 comments)

A simple motion and heat sensor should prevent passengerless cars carrying bombs. This would effectively make driverless cars with remote slowdown command easier for LEO's to disable than the drivered variety.

about 6 months ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

tommyatomic More information always better than less. (579 comments)

Due to the layout of my city and neighborhood I am regularly a motorist and pedestrian. Is a pedestrian I find the countdown timers to be exceptionally helpful in deciding to cross or not.

As a motorist I find them even more helpful as in my city we are subjected to random length yellow lights. It is never my intention to run a yellow light however in some intersections if you stop for a yellow light you may find yourself sitting at the yellow for up to 15 seconds. When the random length yellows were initially silently implemented there were a rash of rear-end collisions for vehicles stopping at intersections.

I would propose that drivers are entitled to more information rather than less. Drivers should see a countdown for the length of yellow lights as well as Green and Red lights.

This would allow motorists to make educated decisions. Currently drivers compelling their vehicles in a given direction hoping that the deities responsible for fate happen to be in their favor.

The additional information should come at the cost of zero tolerance. Currently we refer to collisions as accidents inferring that fault may not lay with the motorist.
Giving drivers more information should make them fully responsible. Run a red light = lose your license. Run a red and hit someone = go to jail.

Most people I've ridden with who seem compelled to run red lights seem to do so in an effort avoid intersections that dont perform the function of directing traffic but rather provide the function of blocking traffic:. IE light signals that sit red or turn RED with no opposing traffic or pedestrians. Get rid of broken intersections that punish people for obeying traffic signals and new drivers wont learn bad habits/existing drivers wont have bad habits reinforced.

about 7 months ago

Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

tommyatomic backup training (387 comments)

So these guys apparently had no training on proper backup policies and procedures.

This is definitely a training issue. Clearly no one taught them how to do proper backups or even what a proper backup policy should look like.

I feel bad for them, but at the point that they have done nothing to protect themselves I cannot bring myself to feel too bad.

Why does no one take their backups offsite anymore or backup to a NAS device that backs itself up to something that can be taken offsite?

Backups Backups BACKUPS!!!

about 7 months ago

Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

tommyatomic with that kinda money (304 comments)

He really could hire multiple private armies and stage an invasion just to make a token appearance @ their Kangaroo court. But inbetween the border crossing of his choice and the prosecutor's office there is likely thousands of iranian troops that are unlikely to surrender.

about 8 months ago

AT&T Hacker 'weev' Demands One Bitcoin For Each Hour He Spent In Jail

tommyatomic no law against being an a-hole yet. (449 comments)

In this particular situation what did anyone really expect? All loopholes aside the guy was wrongfully imprisoned. Many of his supporters admit the guy was a bit of an a-hole. I cant imagine him not being pissed about what happened and wanting a little compensation. And everyone likes a little righteous retribution. Especially a-holes.

about 8 months ago

Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

tommyatomic When someone is exceptionally stupid..... (362 comments)

You should always ask what else do they do a complete shite job on.

Jeffrey Gundlach has a god give right to be a complete uninformed tool and has every right to loudly make proclamations that reveal this fact to all that hear him.

Just as I have every right to take his outburst of stupid as a warning.

I need to contact my portfolio manager ASAP and make sure Bond manager Jeffrey Gundlach isnt closely associated with anything in my portfolio.

about 8 months ago

SpaceX Injunction Dissolved

tommyatomic load of crap (98 comments)

I read through the final ruling. Its not a ruling. its a sidestep that effectively undermines the executive orders of the president. Each government agency is basically saying that even though executive order 13661 requires them to in no way do any business or pay any money to the russians that they have decided even though Rogozin controls the manufacture of russian rockets that the assorted government agencies assert that they have to first investigate the company in question and they'll let the court know when they get around to it. probably never.

load of crap

about 9 months ago

As Domestic Abuse Goes Digital, Shelters Turn To Counter-surveillance With Tor

tommyatomic physical shelters need electronic shelters too!!!! (133 comments)

If a woman (OR MAN) is in a shelter for the purpose of protecting themselves from physical abuse the original act of which was psychologically scarring then the folks in the shelters need to be teaching those being sheltered some common sense. Stop using socal networking.

I have had multiple female friends and co-workers who have been properly traumatized by stalkers. The absolute first thing I tell them is to close their damn facebook account and wipe themselves off the internet. Social networking is the defacto #1 enabler for stalkers and pedophiles.

TOR is all well and good. But start with common sense and save people from themselves by training people not to use social networking.

In the old days shelters mainly had to worry that some douchebag would publish their address. Or one of the women at the shelter would tell an untrustworthy friend where they were.

Now you have people who nearly post their schedules online in the form of facebook posts, tweets, and foursquare checkins. I would hope the first thing they do is teach people not to enable their perpetrators. Stop using social networking.

about 9 months ago

"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

tommyatomic NFC jamming anyone? (1374 comments)

It seems overly likely that this watch "smartgun" combo use some kind of near field communications. Whats to stop someone from jamming NFC like the asshat with the cell jammer they caught the other day?

I for one will probably not welcome our new NFC jamming overlords that will with the push of a button disable nearby Smart guns with a simple jamming transmitter.

Now that I'm thinking this through a Jamming device would prevent alot of police caused deaths. Might be a safer time to take up a life of crime.

Also possible that with an NFC hacking program on a Smartphone a criminal might be able to activate a smartgun stolen from a police officer.

This sounds like a brilliant plan. Almost needs a Florida tag on fark.

about 9 months ago

Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

tommyatomic Re:purchase time (405 comments)

Or you could go the legal route and buy a cheap car for the days when your primary vehicle cant be driven. Odd or even days respectively.

Are they also going to ban all those bloody scooters in paris. Those things are cheap to drive and the exhaust is filthy.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

tommyatomic Re:Paranoia (572 comments)

The legal and regulatory risks in doing this are too high to do this sort of data collection.

Almost every company I have worked for has operated off of the malicious assumption that its easier to violate their employees and issue apologies later. They almost always assume its only wrong if they get caught.

Paranoia is only wrong if it is illogical, irrational or lacks a historical precedent.

about a year ago


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