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Uncle Sam Finally Wants To Hear From Us On Digital Copyright Law?

umundane Re:Suggestion List (183 comments)

Oops, accidentally modded this comment down instead of up. Is there a way to undo a mod besides posting?

about a year ago
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Snowden: NSA Spying On EU Diplomats and Administrators

umundane Re:Progressive Disclosure (417 comments)

Other than Clapper who outright lied to Congress before any of the Snowden Files were made public, what are you talking about?

Clapper was a great start -- not in response to the leaks, but certainly a good example of an official lie followed by convincing evidence to the contrary.

Then there was Obama on June 17: "What I can say unequivocally is that if you are a U.S. person, the NSA cannot listen to your telephone calls, and the NSA cannot target your emails and have not." (http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/06/17/pres-obama-if-you-are-a-us-citizen-the-nsa-cannot-listen-to-your-telephone-calls-and-the-nsa-cannot-target-your-emails/)

This was countered by leaked FISA secret court documents on June 20: "...orders which allow the NSA to make use of information "inadvertently" collected from domestic US communications without a warrant" (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/20/fisa-court-nsa-without-warrant)

And on June 25, the NSA deleted the FISA fact sheet after being called out by Wyden and Udall. That is, the fact sheet lied, Wyden and and Udall said so, and the NSA pulled it, more or less confirming that it contained lies. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/nsa-fisa-fact-sheet_n_3499026.html)

1 year,30 days
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Snowden: NSA Spying On EU Diplomats and Administrators

umundane Progressive Disclosure (417 comments)

The leaks seem to be coming out in a clever order, starting with the most credible. An obvious benefit of this is that each lends credence to the next. Perhaps less obviously, each time the government passes up an opportunity to come clean, it makes the lies more obvious. We might have already known (or guessed) all this stuff, but now we have government officials on record lying about the extent of surveillance, over and over, just before backtracking to defend it.

about a year ago
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How To Block the NSA From Your Friends List

umundane Re:Duck duck go away NSA (224 comments)

So I've switched to Duck Duck go, because the EFF said it was ok (and I'll change again when a better non-US alternative comes along),

https://startpage.com/ is an anonymizing front-end for Google search, based in the Netherlands.
Details here: https://startpage.com/eng/prism-program-exposed.html

https://www.ixquick.com/ is an independent search engine, apparently by the same company in the Netherlands.

I started using startpage.com yesterday. So far so good, although I'm not used to seeing ads in my search results.

about a year ago
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Snowden Is Lying, Say House Intelligence Committee Leaders

umundane Re:how stupid is this? (749 comments)

What terrorist organization communicate on twitter?

Protestors.

For example, if people were really upset about the government spying on them, they might use social media to organize.

about a year ago
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1366x768 Monitors Top 1024x768 For the First Time

umundane Except in... (394 comments)

Except in Antarctica, where 100% of the screens are 1600x900.

more than 2 years ago
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Google URL Shortener Opened To the Public

umundane Re:Ahh, but does it protect you from. . . (244 comments)

I randomly typed goo.gl/flab and got a surprise. NSFW, unless men with erect penises are work-safe.

more than 3 years ago
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Habitual Multitaskers Do It Badly

umundane Required vs. Preferred (386 comments)

There are certainly people who prefer to multitask, and I guess I'd tend to agree with TFS that each individual task suffers to some degree.

However, to avoid writing off multitasking altogether, it's worth considering situations where multitasking is *required* rather than merely preferred. My partner regularly makes dinner, keeps the three kids from drowning in the pool, and has a conversation on the phone. Yeah, some stuff gets burned, but the kids rarely die, so I'd say she's doing a pretty good job.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Announces Chrome OS, For Release Mid-2010

umundane Google + Unix = ... (1089 comments)

Wouldn't "Goonix" be a better name?

about 5 years ago
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Extracting Meaning From Millions of Pages

umundane what causes cancer? (138 comments)

I learned that

> smoking (387) causes cancer.

I was also surprised to learn that

> girls and women (11) cause most cases of cervical cancer

This is a great resource if you need to cite a reference for a Wikipedia article.

more than 5 years ago

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Quantum cryptography demonstrated, using relativity theory

umundane umundane writes  |  about 9 months ago

umundane (1490741) writes "

A breakthrough in quantum cryptography demonstrates that information can be encrypted and then decrypted with complete security using the combined power of quantum theory and relativity — allowing the sender to dictate the unveiling of coded information without any possibility of intrusion or manipulation.

The article is light on details, but says quantum theory and relativity theory work together to allow "bit commitment". Anyone understand this well enough to share insight in layman's terms?"
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Video Chat with Neal Stephenson

umundane umundane writes  |  more than 2 years ago

umundane (1490741) writes "Goodreads.com is hosting a live video chat with Neal Stephenson, author of newly released REAMDE as well as previous speculative and historical fiction books such as Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and Anathem.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement sent to goodreads.com members:

"We're hosting a live video chat with him on Wednesday, September 21, 6 pm Eastern/3 pm Pacific where we'll be asking him questions and discussing his newest book, Reamde.""

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