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Comment Re: Justin Trudeau (Score 1) 69

They did to a degree, but when it came to freedom-destroying election issues, the parties pretty much focused on our very own C51.

The TPP was mentioned here and there, though more with respect to the secret courts (aka sell your sovereignty to the highest non-domestic bidder) than copyright.

Supposedly Trudeau's cabinet was going to "review" the TPP, whatever the hell that's supposed to mean. I can't imagine they did anything thorough in the amount of time they've been in power -- the treaty text is just too damned long and convoluted. Regardless, they're still planning on signing it so I guess any review they did manage to get done ended up as "status quo."

No mention of CETA that I saw, though that's not just during the election -- CETA gets significantly less coverage across the board than the TPP. I have neither the time nor legal expertise to work it out for myself but from what I've read, the two treaties are quite similar other than the participants, suggesting that CETA will probably screw us at least within an order of magnitude of the TPP... but it's missing the "ermg we'll be taken over by America!" factor that makes the TPP so much more newsworthy up here.

Comment Re:Wow this site has gotten... (Score 1) 69

Well since the US isn't part of CETA, I doubt Obama would have wasted the phone call (official phone calls between international leaders tends to be considered a big deal.)

Then again, CETA (for some reason) includes a lot of DMCA-like copyright laws that the US has been trying to push on us for ages. But its still unlikely Obama would have been the one to make such a call. US government might be in the hands of big business but that would be a little too obvious when the US doesn't officially get anything out of it.

Comment Re: Justin Trudeau (Score 1) 69

Also don't forget that these are massive deals that have been many years in the making (probably years before anyone even heard of them given how secretive they are) and that there's a lot of people in government that don't get changed out at election time. There's a lot of pressure both from internal and international sources against pulling out at the last minute.

I mean I obviously have no idea what Trudeau's personal opinion is on these trade deals, but trying to blame a decade-in-the-making gong show on one single guy who only came into the picture a couple months ago is stupid, no matter what position that guy holds.

Even Harper with his semi-dictatorial control over his government would have been hard pressed to do something like that just on his own whim (not that he would have wanted to of course, just saying.)

Comment Re: Justin Trudeau (Score 5, Insightful) 69

Heh if these were just trade deals, that wouldn't be a problem.

Unfortunately what we're "trading" is our freedom, especially in the realm of copyright. CETA (and TPP and basically every other "trade" agreement you've heard of in the past decade and who knows how many you haven't heard of) give us just enough carrot that we'll brave the stick, while everyone politely overlooks the shotgun in the corner.

Comment Re:Breaking News, Details At 11 (Score 2) 214

There's two arguments there:
- Starting at a high level language will allow a wider audience, but they'll come out not knowing the fundamentals.

- Starting at a low level language will scare off many casuals, but those who stick with it will (typically) know a lot more in the end.

In our modern era of "everyone should have a chance!" thinking, the former is definitely the way to go. Unfortunately it makes it harder for those who want to dig deeper to do so because you end up forming a lot of bad habits that are hard to break even when you know better.

Still, at least its possible to go that direction.. usually if someone is scared off from "programming" because their teacher started them in C, they probably won't try another programming course even if its dramatically less obscure (especially since they wouldn't have gained the knowledge needed to understand the difference.)

Comment Re:This only deals with hardware-based encryption (Score 1) 246

The hell are you talking about? Of course if you send a plain text email then its going to get sent in plain text. That's kind of obvious.

The "encrypted by default" that governments are currently pissy about isn't the communications -- its the storage (internal, SD card, whatever.)

Nothing of course will stop a keylogger (unless you can type encrypted bytes by hand!) but its pretty obvious to anyone who knows how to snoop network traffic if your device is sending unexpected things to places it shouldn't be, including keylogged data. That is: someone will find it, in very short order, and it'll be all over the (techie) news within days.

Aside from a keylogger.. if you're paranoid about any encryption being backdoored then _write it yourself_. It definitely requires some knowledge of computation and cryptographic methods obviously, but its not particularly _difficult_ if you have the appropriate skills and some reference material (which is easy to find -- grab the coursebook from any university-level cryptography class.)

Sure you probably won't make a 100% secure encryption scheme right off the bat, but as long as its non-standard, you've got a layer of obscurity on top of whatever real security you did manage to put together.

Unless you somehow think that the government has secret fast algorithms for prime factoring and elliptic curve analysis and whatever other commonly used one-way functions that are only assumed (but not proven) intractable (or even more unlikely, you think they've somehow managed to inject a back door into the very concept of factoring prime numbers.. In which case you should probably find yourself a nice padded room cause you're way off the top of the conspiracy meter.)

Comment Re:*Yawn* (Score 1) 136

Well yeah, SK might get pissy but it wouldn't have anything to do with being a "US client state" -- it would be because they'd want to annex NK themselves to reunite the full country of Korea.

They'd probably still be better off with China running NK than the Kim dynasty though. China's less likely to do something totally insane just for the hell of it.

Comment Re:This only deals with hardware-based encryption (Score 1) 246

the device as sold is not secure at a hardware or OS level.

Well they are currently -- that's what France and other governments around the world are attempting to change: Apple and Google and other mobile OS developers have been enabling un-backdoored encryption out of the box for the past year or two (and its been included but disabled by default for years before that.)

If you mean by "not secure" that "Apple can push an iOS update that breaks security" well yes, that's true: While your data is secure, the device itself and the software on it is still controlled by Apple.

However that would also intrinsically destroy all of your data so you'd find out right away that something's amiss. I suppose they could try to do some trickery in the background where it decrypts existing secure data and re-encrypts it with the new broken scheme using your same password (that you give it because this is still while the device is in your possession..)

But something like that should be fairly obvious for people with large amounts of data such as you'd see at say watchdog firms who are looking out for exactly that kind of BS.. so we'd know about it pretty quickly in that case as well (though perhaps for only a smaller definition of "we" since most average people don't follow tech blogs and wouldn't see those kind of notices.)

Comment Re:This only deals with hardware-based encryption (Score 1) 246

Uhhh what? Unless they're requiring a keylogger or similar to be installed, software encryption works just as well as hardware encryption (or possibly better, if you write it yourself and know 100% that you can trust it.)

The part you should have put in quotes is "plain text." If the hardware is only seeing encrypted garble itself, its not going to be able to pass plaintext to the government.

always report your ip

Well yeah, that's pretty much a requirement for IP-based networking.

and log, collect or allow a trap door, back door

Uhhh no. Generally speaking those don't exist unless the manufacturer is either forced to implement it or they're trying to do something underhanded (wasn't there a story about Chinese routers a couple years ago?)

Implementing logging and back doors and whatnot is both more work for the manufacturer and less secure for the user -- its a lose-lose situation and nobody would do that without some external influence. (Well maybe a certain amount of logging in the context of telemetry type things where the external influence is "potential advertising income," which generally falls into the underhanded category even if its pretty much universal these days.)

Comment Re:Yeah (Score 1) 246

or, at least, highly secured.

Or in this case, made so insecure as to be useless!

With the bonus of completely ignoring the fundamental fact that anybody with a bit of skill can write their own encryption software. Its not that hard if you have a good book on the subject and some programming knowledge -- at least not to make a simple chat app or whatever. Integrating your personal encryption scheme with popular websites/apps/devices is another question of course, but if all you're looking for is purely the ability to pass secure commands to your subordinates.. its pretty easy.

Comment Re:How can this be enforced? (Score 1) 246

*I* have yet to install an alternative OS on my phone.

But do you have any reason to? Are you sounding out terrorist plots or other illegal activities? Hopefully not.

Criminals and Terrorists... are mostly drawn from normal people.

One of the above posters mentioned this as well.. and that's true for your rank and file foot soldier. The higher ups will be more akin to the higher ups in a normal organization -- probably don't understand the shit either (and will fuck it up occasionally no matter what) but will also employ people to handle it for them.

Of course, also as others have already pointed out, the French attackers weren't bothering to encrypt things anyway, so the whole argument is chasing a red herring and failing to even address the national security issues its supposed to be "solving."

Comment Re:Men can control their stuff with a switch (Score 1) 287

Probably not as bad as you'd think since being a parody, it would be the comedic(/comedically terrible) parts you're evaluating rather than the porn itself.

The few porn parodies I've run across are usually not much different than non-porn parodies other than there being you know.. sex involved. Good ones can be amusing as hell but 99% of the time they're just boring crap running on nothing but weak puns (or whatever the visual equivalent of puns is.. I know there's a word for that..) and you'd be better to watch either a real comedy or a real porn (depending on what you're looking for at the time!)

Comment Re:Thanks (Score 1) 136

it would not include a North Korea with nuclear strike capability

No, but it could end up worse if it gets boondoggled like when the USSR broke up and they just flat out lost track of a bunch of them. I mean nobody knows how NK's nuclear program is setup -- whether its spread across many sites or still packed into a single research facility or what.

In particular if they're distributed across the country to any great degree there's a good chance that any knowledge of the external sites would be lost in the attack and those weapons would be available for any unscrupulous reseller to push to the black market before they're found again.

Comment Re:If it weren't for games (Score 1) 314

That might have been true in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, but what was also true then was that most (non-business) computing was done by people who were at least moderately interested in the computers themselves and were willing (and more importantly, technically capable) to jump through some hoops to get what they wanted.

That is vastly different from today where every teenager and grandma and everyone in between has an smart phone or a console or a Steam account and frequently all three.

The kind of people who are interested in dicking around to get their games to work are still doing that -- its just that they're now a significantly smaller portion of the overall demographic. What might have been 30%, 50% hell maybe higher in the early 90s is probably more like 3% or lower today -- not because there's necessarily less hardcore gamers, but because there's so many more of everybody else in the market space.

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