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Comment: Re:Those idiots couldn't invade Pittsburg! (Score 5, Interesting) 681

by AndyCanfield (#49535537) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

I was at U.C. Berkeley in 1968. We forced the US out of Vietnam, we brought down Richard Nixon. We can do it again; we can bring down the US NSA.

How? The same way we did it before - by teaching everyone we meet. What did we teach them in the 1960's? "The government MIGHT be lying to you." Once they learned that, they began thinking and checking, and they saw that very often the government WAS lying. When Richard Nixon denied the accusations, noboty believed him.

What do we need to teach people today? Perhaps it is "The government does not TRUST you." The constitution says that Barack Obama is the boss of the NSA, and that the AMERICAN PEOPLE are the boss of Obama. So how can an organization not trust the boss? Keith Alexander has admitted to Congress that the NSA has lied to the American people, who are his boss. You lie to the boss you get your ass kicked. This posted message is part of that education.

The question is not whether Ed Snowden can get a fair trial. The question is whether Keith Alexander can get a fair trial. So far he hasn't had a trial at all, depite his confession that his agency broke the law.

Comment: Those idiots couldn't invade Pittsburg! (Score 3, Interesting) 681

by AndyCanfield (#49535417) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden
I was at the U.S. Embassy in Laos monday morning. It was a horrible experience. A brand new embassy building staffed with paranoid idiots. When I got home to Thailand I described the experience at
I may be 66 years old, but Ed Snowden is my hero. He can sleep on my floor any time. He could sleep on my sofa if I had a sofa.

Comment: I hate your rules (Score 1) 136

by AndyCanfield (#49475791) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics

I have a low-security password that I use all over the Internet, like Slashdot. I have a medium security password I use for Linux logins, and a high security password I use for bank accounts. Notice the security reference standard: money.

I hate it when my low-security password is rejected by some ego-driven web site that thinks I should memorize a special password just for them. FYI my low-security password has 7 lower-case letters and one special character in the middle. No digits! If you won't take that, your web site just isn't worh it, and I will not have an account there. Your loss, not mine.

Oh, and my PGP secret key has a 30-40 character passphrase, the first line of a song I made up and used to sing to my daughter, who died in 1994. The passphrase includes capitalization and punctuation, but it's easy for me to rememember. You turkeys who want high-security passwords, why don't you hash a pass phrase?

Comment: I did and didn't (Score 2) 734

by AndyCanfield (#49194195) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

I am an American citizen. I have had seven children; my children have five mothers. Two in America, one in Thailand (died), four Thais still alive.

I prefer my children to be Thai. Indeed, if it were possible, I would give up my American citizenship and become a Thai citizen myself.

IANAL, but ... You make the normal mistake that any kid of yours is an American citizen at birth. I disagree. AFAIK only YOU can get your kid an American passport. Uncle Sam, in all his egocentric power, cannot force him to be a US citizen. The USA passes laws that regulate the behavior of U.S. citizens even when they live overseas. For example, sex with a girl under 18 is a federal felony. What the hell will that mean when my son is 14 years old and discovers 15 year old girls? My bank refuses to open accounts for US citizens because of IRS regulations, how is that going to affect my offspring?

After our divorce, my ex-wife asked me to get our son a US passport, so I did. He's in Australia right now.

As a practical matter, a boy is not a US citizen unless the US government knows about him. If a boy is eligible for dual citizenship, I have heard that he must decide on one or the other before he's 18. My son is now 7; I figure he's got another 10 years to go before he has to make his own choice. Then it's up to him. Until then, let Uncle Sam ignore my son.

Andy Canfield (

Comment: e-mail, not phone (Score 1) 230

I would e-mail, not telephone. Phone calls are too short and simplified.

Before you hit Send, trace through an exact example and describe every step in the e-mail message. I expect that the Customer Service Representative won't understand it. But with an e-mail he can forward it to somebody who will understand the security flaw.

That's what I would do.

"Ada is PL/I trying to be Smalltalk. -- Codoso diBlini