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Comment Re:The first question that comes to my mind (Score 1) 546 546

The first question that comes to my mind is, "Has anything actually been cracked?" Maybe this is all just some kind of release to make Snowden looked bad. All I know is that spying is all about lying. All I know is that I'm an American who feels compelled to be an Anonymous Coward when talking about things like this... in America, and wondering if that makes any real difference. All I know is that they, ultimately, will die just as I will die. All I know is all they know, when you reduce it down. The spy is in me, and try as I might... I cannot decipher my own secret.

Unless you posted using HTTPS and Tor, assume that they know exactly who it was.

Comment Re:Just GBE everywhere! (Score 1) 557 557

You should run 4 cat6 (that's a nice round number) to every place you are going to run a cable outlet or phone jack. Many builders use cat5 for the phone system anyway; I rewired the phone lines in my last house to GBE and used intellijack PoE switches on the walls. Would have been easier to just run 2 or more drops to each. With 4 ports you can handle a "smart tv", media streamer, HTPC, and a spare for something else. Cat6 is cheap compared to your construction costs; just run it all inside a 2" PVC pipe.

Comment Re:Teaching will be one of the last jobs to go (Score 1) 352 352

Wrong! 95% of a teacher's job these days is keeping kids off their phones, staying awake, stop talking, and calling parents to get them to make their kid behave. Gone are the good old days when you told the kids to get the F out and they went for a paddling. Students really have the "upper hand" in things these days.

Comment Conclusion goes too far? (Score 3, Insightful) 159 159

Can you really generalize that all the internal network must be from the 10.0.0.0/8 block? What prevents those addresses from being used other than convention and router setup. Perhaps they are only for the internal government computers to make them completely invisible to outside networks.

Comment Whatever their friends use (Score 1) 93 93

What encrypted messaging app do I use? None. My friends don't use it. I had *one* friend I could talk into installing Telegram. But it's really not "secure" because it saves things on your device, and the desktop version saves things in the clear, so anyone with access to your computer can ready them.

Like another poster said, the other end is your weak link. An open source app might even be worse, because someone could modify their app to say a message was deleted when it wasn't. Or rather, their device could be hacked and a modified app installed.

If WhatsApp really does do E2E encryption, more power to them, but don't assume it's very secure.

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