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Comment I have an idea (Score 1) 626

There should be a phone-lock app with 2 different unlock codes - one for normal every-day use and the other which, when used, automatically activates the camera + mic and livestreams/records not only from the camera but a screencast - so those searching the phones will be exposed to what they're actually searching for. Should have ability to disable turning off data/wi-fi so it can be ensured that it streams. I bet there'd be a sizable market for something like that.

Comment Wireless "router" (Score 1) 67

I'm sick of the generalization that all Wireless access points are "routers".

They're ROUTERS if they ROUTE between two different networks. If they are simply an access point to which you connect your wireless device to a wired network, they are referred to "ACCESS POINTS". Yes, some WAPs have routing functionality as well, along with a built-in switch, firewalling ability, blah blah blah. Doesn't make all WAPs "Wireless Routers" though.

I guess that kind of thing doesn't matter these days anymore though. Get the fuck off my lawn. Now you LOOK AT ME WHEN I'M TALKING TO YOU!

Comment Re: If the president does not uphold the consituti (Score 1) 372

God, it's not like "eliminate" means KILL. Stop being such a pussy. The constitution has a purpose in this context and it means REMOVE FROM OFFICE. Stop being such a chicken shit and stand up for the law of the land. I hate feeling like I can't talk about problems because of fear I'll be targeted. This isn't America anymore if you can't stand up for yourself and the documents of the founding fathers. No president will EVER take the constitution away from the people, no matter how hard they try.

Comment Is this used by default for everyone now? (Score 1) 87

FTFA: "The anti-censorship feature is currently present in the latest version of Signal for Android. It’s also included in a beta version of the app for iOS that will be released in production soon. The developers also plan future improvements that will allow the app to detect censorship automatically and switch to domain fronting even if the user has a phone number from a country where censorship is not normally present. This is intended to cover those cases where users travel to other countries where the app is blocked."

I reside in a country that doesn't (yet) block Signal. But will my app automatically use domain fronting anyway? I'd rather not use the feature unless absolutely necessary, to protect the integrity and privacy of my communications.

Comment "Deep dive" includes voting machine forensics? (Score 2) 557

I RTFA and didn't catch whether this supposed review is going to include a formal forensics analysis of voting machines, at least in swing states where something of this nature would have been beneficial and anomalies in exit polls vs. actual numbers on machines happened. There were states that flat out denied Stein's request of forensics on the machines, which I think is completely ridiculous. If you're gonna punch the same commands into possibly pwned machines, of COURSE you're gonna get the same numbers (both on memory card and internal "redundant" memory). That is *not* a "recount".

Comment To protect yourself (Score 1) 161

You must *assume* carriers aren't honest. You don't know everyone who has access to the data that profiles you. You don't know their intentions, their contacts, their back-room deals. Do you really *want* to know? Do you think it would make a bit of difference?

Use strong encryption wherever you can. Encrypt your phone storage. Use anonymous VPNs and Tor. Be vigilant. Do whatever defensive measures you can do to protect yourself and the privacy of you and those you care about. Laws are meant to be broken. They're broken much more often than technological defenses are.

Comment Need to work with IoT developers and/or shame them (Score 1) 77

The fact that so many publicly facing, completely insecure devices ripe for hacking were able to be assembled in the first place is one of the biggest things we should be looking at moving forward.

I think there should be a common, open-source framework for building secure IoT device firmware. Obviously people are going to be buying these things more and more as time progresses. Why not make it simple for them to implement something secure instead of leaving them to reinvent the wheel? Obviously they're concerned mostly about convenience otherwise they would have built better security in. Maybe they don't have the skill to do it correctly. Maybe they're not being paid enough. Point is that I think there should be efforts in the open-source ecosystem to help make these things easy and plug-n-play when developing a new baby monitor/security camera/etc.

And, we should publicly shame the companies most to blame for these insecure devices being used in an attack of this magnitude. Paste their names all over and make sure people KNOW that they're buying utter insecure shit that may be used to attack others. Not to mention your own privacy and security regarding cameras/microphones/security devices, anything even semi-critical really.

Comment AR will likely make this situation better (Score 1) 552

I see both sides of this argument. Performers don't want to stare at cell phone camera lenses, they want to see and connect with their fans. You can only do that when you see the whites of their eyes. Also, all that money bullshit for some more shallow performers comes into play I'm sure. But I think the core reason is that when you're a professional, performing live in front of a room of people, no matter how big or small, it's a very intimate experience. Seeing that very literal layer of abstraction with someone simply holding up their phones at you and looking at their screens just ruins it.

I also see the side that people want to be able to see and share the performance they paid for later. In a lot of ways it should be a given that you can record something like this. Not only does it make sense nostalgically but it makes sense in a sharing, exposure kind of way. Of course, if the video is shaky and the audio sucks ass, it really does do more harm than good. Maybe venues can offer a professional shot video of the concert and give it to you afterwards? That could rake in some additional revenue as well.

Anyway, I think augmented reality will help. I believe people won't be holding up phones in a few years. They'll be wearing camera lenses on their hats, their shirts, their glasses. This will free people up to experience performances the way they were intended - with their full attention on the performer that's working so hard to make the experience unforgettable.

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