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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

zedaroca Re:System Preferences - Security & Privacy (313 comments)

From the linked github:

The following occur with all privacy options enabled -- including disabling analytics (i.e., Diagnostics and Usage Data).

and then it lists the stuff they are reporting back. Why such a lengthy post without bothering to read the original link?

about 1 month ago
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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

zedaroca Much higher than normal != related to 1,2 billion (107 comments)

A domain registrar with roughly 3 million domains having a lot of traffic is not a sign that the not so credible 1,2 billion accounts stolen are being used (about the credibility of the claim: The Russian 'hack of the century' doesn't add up and Hold Security Backlash).

Maybe someone stole 15 million accounts and are trying them out (way less than 1200 million and way more than normal on their website).

about 3 months ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

zedaroca HDD (246 comments)

My whole hard drive.

about 3 months ago
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Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

zedaroca It's not Google (135 comments)

From the announcement in the quoted article:
"A consortium of six global companies announced that they have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” (...) The six-company consortium is comprised of China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and SingTel."
The OP gives the wrong idea that Google backs up the project and the others are involved only in management, which seems incorrect from the original announcement in NEC's page.

about 3 months ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

zedaroca Re:Chrome? (436 comments)

Thanks for the tip, I'll try it. I didn't like when that option of allowing adds came up, but assumed it would be ok to just leave it off. I wonder if that's why disconnect and kaspersky are blocking some stuff, maybe now I'll find out.
"Pretty pointless" is way too harsh. The internet really sucks with all the ads, 80% good is better than nothing.

about 4 months ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

zedaroca Re:Chrome? (436 comments)

I meant care about privacy. If you consider the tradeoff good, then you do not care a lot about privacy. At least we can say that you care less about privacy than you care about the goods or services you can get by giving it up.
I don't assume that default = bad either, I even gave an example that default isn't necessarily bad (Tails), but that being said, there were very few cases where I checked and the default was the best/safer/more honest option.

about 4 months ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

zedaroca Re:Chrome? (436 comments)

So are you 100% google free? No Android, no Google browser, no Gmail?

People who care doesn't use the defaults on almost anything, the big exception being Tails.

I don't agree with your point as everything falls between 0% and 100% and those numbers are actually very hard to get. To dismiss people just because they don't do 100% of something they are preaching is a fallacy to avoid the actual argument. Chrome does leak your data and it is not a choice for those who value their privacy even a little bit.

Just by using firefox with adblock plus and duckduckgo, will make you much less monitored than people using Chrome, even if you use google services.

I'm at least 95% google free. Firefox with adblock plus, disconnect and kaspersky ad blocking, search with duckduckgo or startpage in the few times when I really need google. Rooted android with no google apps and adblocking, never connecting to wifi or data networks (it is still a tracking device but, as far as we know, not for google), can't wait for a firefox phone. The weak link are the few youtube videos I watch now and then, always on a private tab to erase the cookies as soon as I get out (so they only get me by my dynamic IP, assuming they are keeping a log of that).

about 4 months ago
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How the NEPTUNE Project Wired the Ocean

zedaroca Re:But how many olympic swimming pools is it? (46 comments)

We do, it's not universal but it's used worldwide, it's called international units system (also called metric system), the length unit is the meter. 800 kilometers are 800 thousand meters, no comparisons needed. It's really easy to learn how big a meter is.

I don't know how people under the British system convert from miles to an easy to understand unit. I guess they just have to know how long a mile is and that's why they are always coming with these weird/funny comparisons (because most people don't really know how long a mile is since it's too long to feel or see).

about 4 months ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

zedaroca Re:It'll come down to an opinion (255 comments)

I was under the impression TOR was explicitly designed to allow others to break the law

Not really, in some places even what is legal still might get you into trouble. In the US people are detained indefinitely without accusation, mostly because of religious reasons, but for other reasons as well. You might be selected for further surveillance for accessing legal things like a religious website, a linux forum, and news websites like Wikileaks or CNN (link to Jacob's presentation: to protect and infect part 2, it's long but I'm sure you can find that info in other places). Even if you think you are not under detention risk, you might want to read stuff without being selected for indefinite surveillance and infection, without being profiled as a criminal and getting in a list of people that can possibly be framed.

Another good example of tor use is if you share a house and don't want other people seeing the ads that are targeted to you (like a dick growing something, pheromones perfume, gay dating website, Russian brides website or too expensive shoes).

about 5 months ago
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German Intel Agency Helped NSA Tap Fiber Optic Cables In Germany

zedaroca Re:End-run around everyone's rights (103 comments)

The BND can't spy on Germans, and the NSA can't spy on Americans, but they CAN spy on each other

Except that it is illegal for anyone to spy on Germans, the NSA CAN'T do that from anywhere in the world without violating the German constitution. When they do it on German soil the Germans have the legal authority to arrest the criminals and they should do so. Not doing so is to disobey their laws and law enforcement duties. When the crimes against their citizens are committed from other countries, the appropriate thing to do would be to ask for the criminals extradition.

It is the BND's job to keep their people safe from foreign criminals who violate their constitution, specially on their own territory. They are not doing their job properly and even if they claimed it as "leaked" information, they still would have to investigate if there are indications that the constitution is being violated.

about 5 months ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

zedaroca Re:secure by default (248 comments)

I am aware of why there is a difference between the violation of US citizens and foreigners. My discontentment is because many Americans, like the one I replied to, simply do not care about the violations of foreigners, they think that's just "doing their job".
Disrespecting the lack of legal authority, the laws on the places where they are acting on and the international agreements should matter.
Many Americans do support the continuous violation of foreigner's rights, that's disgusting.
Just like I feel bad for the Americans who have an agency breaking the laws in the US, I expect people to feel bad for having an agency breaking the laws here in Brazil.

about 5 months ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

zedaroca Re:secure by default (248 comments)

1. It's really sad that many Americans think they are the only ones that have rights.
2. There are international agreements about human rights that the USA did sign. It's really bad that people like you pay your taxes expecting your government to break these agreements and think that's their job.
3. It's a very Nazi position to think it's OK to do to others everything you don't want on yourself or your equals.
4. There is a big difference between spying foreign nations and spying on actual security threats. If there is a threat on a foreign nation, go spy those specific targets. If there is no threat to your security, don't do it for the sole purpose of disrespecting people's rights, laws, constitutions, sovereignty, etc. just because they're not Americans (isn't it a Security Agency?).

I keep telling people there are many decent Americans (my best friend is American so it's hard on me when people generalize) and that we can't treat them like they are all your type of people, but it's really hard to make that point when we see this kind of speech.

FYI, I'm from Brazil, a country that hasn't been in wars for 200 years, that states in its constitution that we'll not have nuclear weapons, that did suffer from an US implanted dictatorship and never did retaliate. Also a country that, just like the USA, did sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our people doesn't expect our government to disrespect other country's laws or people. That's not being awesome, it's just having morals and not being Nazi.

about 5 months ago
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A Year After Snowden's Disclosures, EFF, FSF Want You To Fight Surveillance

zedaroca arguably far from the worst!!!???? (108 comments)

What other country is ACTUALLY KILLING THOUSANDS OF FOREIGN PEOPLE based on oil interests and using it's spying network to determine the targets???? What other country is fighting against democracy in Latin America and Europe (by making coups like the recent one in Paraguay and subverting justice like in Sweden)? What evil could Chinese spying do to an American citizen? I'm not talking about stealing trade secrets, I'm talking about real harm. Will an American be detained indefinitely without accusation due to Chinese spying? No. Just American spying do real harm to both Americans and foreigners.

about 5 months ago
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Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

zedaroca Re:Space programs as a crowbar? (522 comments)

The USA exercises military coercion against none of its trading partners.

They finance and give tactical support to the military coercion against the people of it's trading partners. Did you forget about Latin America a few years ago and about Pakistan nowadays?

Both the number and severity of wars has decreased dramatically in the last few decades.

Even though this is true, it's still very disrespectful to the over 100k Syrians killed thanks to the US (Leaked Stratfor email) and to the 60k Iraqis that were killed because of weapons that didn't exist (and making up new justifications to why that war happened is bs).
Talking about how humanity was worst in the past is a way of distracting and making little of very serious current issues.

It is silly to blame America for problems in North Korea or Somalia.

I didn't see him mentioning NK or Somalia.

about 6 months ago
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The NSA and Snowden: Securing the All-Seeing Eye

zedaroca Re:Rename USA to North American Korea (97 comments)

Except that North Korea is not disrespecting every other nation's laws and people. As a Latin American, I don't feel any threats from North Korea. My constitutional rights and my human rights (from the international agreement) are not being violated by North Korea, only by the US.

about 6 months ago
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USPTO Approves Amazon Patent For Taking Pictures

zedaroca Re:for the love of god (152 comments)

Yes, let's try to scare the few people that are still talking about the need to do something. That will make the world better.

about 6 months ago
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What percentage of your online communications are encrypted?

zedaroca Torrenting (186 comments)

If we consider the amount of data the torrents just dominate. I'm always over 300gb/month, the unencrypted emails and websites, all my deep personal stuff won't get to half percent.

about 7 months ago

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