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Govt Docs Reveal Canadian Telcos Promise Surveillance Ready Networks

zugmeister Re: now that cell phones are powerful computers (74 comments)

I'm fairly sure you were going for the "funny" tag, but just in case you were serious...
When a company assures you your information is secure, look at what recompense you will receive as a result of them being wrong. That figure is a great indicator of how confident the company is in the security of your information.

3 days ago
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Govt Docs Reveal Canadian Telcos Promise Surveillance Ready Networks

zugmeister Re:Encryptorama (74 comments)

Sure if its just janie talking to grandma, they can leave it all in the clear.

Wouldn't it be better if everything were encrypted, so stuff that's actually important / private doesn't stick out like a xmas tree lit in a forest?

3 days ago
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Govt Docs Reveal Canadian Telcos Promise Surveillance Ready Networks

zugmeister Re:But why? (74 comments)

I just don't get why doing this voluntarily is a good thing.

My read on it is that the telcos don't want to have to comply with laws forcing them to cooperate, so they're just willing to do it in the first place. As a happy side effect, the voluntary implementation would be much less "noisy", saving the telcos from looking like they would happily sell out their customers.
From the Telco's POV, it's the closest to a win this situation has.

3 days ago
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Govt Docs Reveal Canadian Telcos Promise Surveillance Ready Networks

zugmeister Re:I don't see what the Telcos have to do... (74 comments)

Restatement of the "If you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide" idiocy. Not even going to trouble myself to refute it.

3 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

zugmeister Re:The "Protesters" (1128 comments)

If you take a moment and carefully read what I wrote, you will notice I said nothing about weather this execution / lethal shooting was justified, or weather the rioters were justified in their acts of destruction, vandalism and looting. I'm presenting some facts in the hope some people may see the situation from a different viewpoint. I'm saying that we have a problem with our police in the US and people are getting angry, as they have lost faith in our legal system's ability to protect them from the police leaving them stuck between a rock and a hard place. If your problem is the police, and the courts won't help, where do you go? In my opinion, this is the problem we need to be addressing.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

zugmeister Re:The "Protesters" (1128 comments)

They're not interested in any kind of justice. They're only interested in revenge

And you are surprised?...

Can we consider for a moment the possibility that they've given up on the "justice" angle and are now left with "revenge"?
Regardless of everything else, a man under cover of authority has shot and killed an unarmed teenager. Again. Some would consider this a serious crime. Some would even think there should be repurcussions as a result of killing another person. Yesterday evening we learned there will be no criminal charges. How did we think this was going to turn out?

about three weeks ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

zugmeister Re:Maybe a Mini (355 comments)

Well, depending on your application (and I'm assuming here it's not too demanding if you're using a mini as a server), you could always stick an external HDD and schedule Carbon Copy Cloner to dupe the boot drive over every now and then and the data portion rather more often. That'll give you a bootable volume in case of primary failure. It's not a raid 1 but for home or small office purposes it would probably do the trick just fine.

about 2 months ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

zugmeister Re:WTF? (622 comments)

"Ordinarily you'd think that the user had a poor password..." Actually we can, you know, look it up. It's in the news. And no it wasn't a poor password and I didn't think that. But thanks for putting words in my mouth.
"And what is precisely why you don't get this." Is this a question? It looks more like a statement.
"This is an either/or case." Why in the world couldn't it be both? Why can't we have a vendor vulnerability and users with bad password discipline? Are they somehow mutually exclusive?

about 2 months ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

zugmeister Re: Sounds like a planned PR stunt to me. (622 comments)

Is it really "stolen" when they're actually just copied from an improperly secured repository?

about 2 months ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

zugmeister Re:Color Me Surprised (335 comments)

No, not really. There are various ways to poll weather "most people approve of what R&D are doing" but Congressional approval at 14% and presidential approval around 50% (with some pretty significant drops), I don't know that you could safely take the approval of the majority as a foregone conclusion. The general tone I'm seeing is that people are getting increasingly discontented(sp?) with their government, Occupy style. There are two realistic choices, and I think the argument could be made they are both similar enough to be considered functionally equivalent (think Bush / Obama actions). To a large degree, they are also not what the people want.

about 2 months ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

zugmeister Re:If you don't want your nude photos on the inter (622 comments)

Absolutely!
When I go "shipping" online though, there are fairly rigorous security measures in place to assure both me and, say, Amazon that everything is on the up-and-up. If something goes south, Visa will step in and kick someone's hindquarters. Regardless, I as the end-user don't end up assuming liability for, say, someone getting my CC# and making purchases on my behalf. In this case, the security was plainly not sufficient to the task and JL has no intermediary to run interference for her. You're right, same tubes, but the implementation is what makes the difference.

about 2 months ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

zugmeister Re:WTF? (622 comments)

News flash: vendors may stretch the truth just a bit when telling you how great their services are!
Fact: the services in question had a weakness which was successfully exploited.
What I'm trying to explain to you is that the pictures were not properly secured. We can tell because they went public without authorization via a hack. That security was Jennifer Lawrence's responsibility. You will notice nothing in the links you sent talking about guarantees or compensation in case of a breach. She did not assign responsibility for the security of her photos to Apple or Dropbox.
So, to recap...
1) Nude selfies produced by Jennifer Lawrence.
2) Insufficient security used to protect pictures after they were sent across / posted on the INTERNET.
3) Pictures go public because there are bad people on the internet.
4) Jennifer Lawrence claims she is a victim of a sex crime

To put it another way (per your request): If your picnic in the middle of the street on a blind turn is ruined by a car driving through it, while the driver may be cited for not yielding right of way to a pedestrian, it's really your fault for exercising poor judgment locating it there in the first place.

When you say " that's equivalent to putting photos in an envelope and putting them in a post office? I don't think so.". Well, it was an analogy but YES. We have insufficiently secured personal documents posted on a public medium.

about 2 months ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

zugmeister Re:WTF? (622 comments)

If I have naked selfies printed out in my house[*] and someone comes in and steals them...

Ah, but what if "Sam" puts nude selfies in an envelope and pins the envelope up at the local post office? Without a doubt the guy that takes them out of the envelope is wrong to do so, but as the possessor of an extremely low UID "Sam" should know his nude pics would be interesting to many people. In this scenario, you don't think "Sam" should bear any responsibility for creating and insecurely distributing his selfies?
Note I'm not arguing that breaking into the account and making a copy of the pics contained therein was right, I'm just saying that a celebrity sending nude pictures of themselves over a worldwide network designed to disseminate data looks a bit silly crying crocodile tears when someone other than the intended recipient sees them.

about 2 months ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

zugmeister Re:If you don't want your nude photos on the inter (622 comments)

Why is this so hard to grasp?

So you're saying there could be issues with uploading nude pics of yourself (that you don't want public) to a world encompassing network whose primary purpose is the free interchange of data? Amazing!

about 2 months ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

zugmeister Re:Reality? (622 comments)

No, the leak was an *improbable* negative. Improbable doesn't mean impossible, but it also doesn't mean probable, or guaranteed.

Did anyone else think "Heart of Gold" while reading this?

about 2 months ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

zugmeister Re:Color Me Surprised (335 comments)

Of course, this is all ignoring the fact that US is a democracy. You don't need a revolution to change the people in charge, you simply need to express support for someone else, and anonymously at that.

There was this country recently that had huge protests because while they were getting a democratic election the only people they could vote for were preapproved by a third party not necessarily interested in what the people wanted.
Yeah, we have two choices (we can pretend there are more but let's stick to reality here) and they end up being functionally the same and not what we want.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

zugmeister Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

How does a copy of a drive image wipe itself after any number of failed attempts?

Apple branded rainbows and magical unicorns. I'm fuzzy on the details, but any Apple fanboy could probably explain it to you.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

zugmeister Re: So everything is protected by a 4 digit passco (504 comments)

Additionally, there’s no known way to make the boot loader just dump an image of the encrypted flash for you to start brute forcing on. You’d need to disassemble the phone, desolder the flash chips, and read them out in another circuit.

As I understand it, if they're serious about getting the contents of your phone and it's not unlocked / trivially made available, they just get your backup files and hack the information out of those. Encrypt your backups!

about 3 months ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

zugmeister Re:Zero! (260 comments)

No need for Wi Fi when Wired Ethernet is much faster and more secure!

Says the AC with no phone, tablet, or laptop to carry out to the back deck when it's nice or out front while the kids are playing.
While they are important there's much more to data than speed and security!

about 4 months ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

zugmeister Re:missing 0 option (260 comments)

"Makes the Nook tablets unable to connect to the 'net at home, but, at home, I don't need them connected, anyway, since I feed them by SD card."

E-readers gently sip at the battery, until you turn on the wireless radio. By leaving my Paperwhite in airplane mode I get about double the battery life, about 2-3 weeks of heavy reading.

about 4 months ago

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