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Comment: There are options... (Score 1) 74

by BadPirate (#48097447) Attached to: Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

So you are in a third world country and are trying to plan something, communicate in a way using an existing gmail account (and you aren't concerned about the fact that those communications are hosted by Google in the US, and probably liable to warrant search, etc) -- Still want to keep your current location secret?

* Google Authenticator app works on mathematic principles and doesn't require internet access
* Single use codes can be produced in advance, and used as needed

And what if you are in one of these countries and want a gmail account, but want to do so anonymously?

* Google asks for a cell phone number on account creation, but DOESN'T REQUIRE ONE (unless you want two factor auth)... hit skip

For the truly paranoid grey hat on the go? Pre-arrange an forum online somewhere (like here, or reddit, or even usenet), and post PGP using Tor :) Get the message out, the messages in, and stay truly anonymous.

Comment: Am I missing something? (Score 1) 418

by BadPirate (#47911425) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

I know it will make me lose my conspiracy license, and please don't take this as any kind of positive endorsement of Comcast... but fact checking a bit, the "Comcast won't let me use Tor" lobby seems to be based on a blog post based on some reddit post that they read (though not linking the source, if you can call a reddit commenter a source) -- The other article is from BuisnessWeek, and quotes Comcast Blog Post themselves:

"We have no policy against Tor, or any other browser or software. Customers are free to use their Xfinity Internet service to visit any website, use any app, and so forth."

So... until Comcast gives me a call and says I have to stop, or until they change their public statement (which I would use to defend my position should I receive such a call)... Sounds dubious?

Comment: Your argument is invalid (Score 2, Insightful) 547

1. Decide your position
2. When findings are presented that call into question your position, find any flaw with said findings. Preferably one that can't be verified.
3. Present flaw as proof that the findings are not only invalid, but through being invalidated prove your position

Comment: Re:Fail by all posters so far on the issue (Score 1) 692

by BadPirate (#46040739) Attached to: Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

It's a tough issue. As a tech worker in the Valley, I came here knowing I'd be moving into an area with one of the highest costs of living in the US. At the same time, I came in after a job that had a salary that was way above where I moved from. The people in SF are pissed because they were there during the tech market down turns when cost of living was lower, and now the influx of new jobs and economic prosperity means that the rent is going up as well. What's the alternative? Hiring freeze here in the valley? Export jobs to Arizona? Make them all live in Sunnyvale? (What about the people who live there and pay rent?). Shut down the busses and the SF workers will move back to the valley, which is already one of the most population dense areas in the US. Where the cheapest 60 year old 3 bedroom home you can find is ALREADY over 1/2 million dollars? I live in that house. And I know my neighbors don't want a huge influx happening any more then the folks in San Francisco. I guess the truth of the matter is... Deal with it, it's how the system works here. You want a cheap house and a low paying job that can afford it? Move to Vegas. You want an opportunity to live in the beautiful bay? Work hard, hand out resumes, and get a job in SV. Everybody resists change, especially if it doesn't benefit them, but change does and will happen, the wise choice here is to adapt, and only support the systems that you agree with.

BTW, I totally support taxing the corporate bus routes for using the public bus stops in SF, and utilizing that money to improve SF's crappy public transit system. Wouldn't be a need for so many buses if Caltrain wasn't so damn expensive, or ran more frequently.

Comment: B- (Score 1) 47

by BadPirate (#45065273) Attached to: Since Snowden Leaks, NSA's FOIA Requests Are Up 1,000 Percent

http://www.wcl.american.edu/lawandgov/cgs/about.cfm#scorecard -- Kind of a useless measurement if it's not comparative, but there is LOTS of data there, and most of it indicates that despite the fact that the NSA spying programs were "revealed" during Obama's administration (they existed for Bush too!) -- There are good signs that the government is taking steps towards better transparency as promised, and progress in this area has been ongoing, making the "most transparent" statement a true one, but leaving a long way to go to be desired.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.

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