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Comment Re:Worse than clickbait ! (Score 1) 385

This, exactly except here's some more and stuff:

The terrorists have the same capabilities as governments and Anonymous.

Hell, you and I have the same stuff.

It's all the same computers, operating systems, Internet, etc.

All that mass snooping by governments give LEOs an excellent bag of evidence after the fact but, as you point out, governments don't have anything in the way of prediction for the purposes of prevention.

Comment Re: Because it already is (Score 2, Informative) 274

How did you get modded up?

Your other shit was TL;DR, but I can help with this part.

When you have mod points, a heretofore not seen little box appears at the bottom of each comment.

You click on the down arrow associated with mod options, select one, and click on it.

You will be notified when you have mod points.

Comment Re:What can be done? (Score 1) 47

One major problem:

Sites are smart enough to detect that I am using evasive tactics so they simply don't allow access or make the site non-functional WITH the admonition that I have either blocked some of their stuff or I don't have the necessary stuff on board.

If I uninstall Java, Flash, and disable cookies, my goddam computer makes a nice fucking screen saver, and that's about it.

Comment Re:Indian Fraud Site? (Score 1) 73

That's using an elephant gun to kill a pissant.

Here in the states, we get this kind of shit all the time.

Being grown-up Internet users, we just put up with the bullshit and ignore it.

We get IRS scams (you owe us or we take all your money), phishing scams (your email has been compromised, sign on using our link), the UPS package you (didn't even) sent has an invoice problem; open the attached invoice ...

Lots of companies pretend to be legitimate and we've learned to tell the difference.

You don't need to bring down a goddam ISP for this shit.

All it takes is a little education on the part of the people who are the targets of scams.

Comment Re:NSA Loophole (Score 1) 173

I don't know what that means, but the point is stated in TFS and TFA:

Microsoft is working to make warrants served on Microsoft impotent by way of, "Oh, sorry. You'll have to take your silly-ass problem down the hall because we are the party responsible for the creation of data, but we are not the custodians of the data. We do have a Keurig 2.0 and some adorable K-cups if you like, and the restroom is the first door on your right."

Comment Re:Bitcoin will be an environmental disaster (Score 1) 153

And it would be nice if it were anonymous and yet safe.

Millions upon millions of BTC have been stolen (lost) and only the assholes who ran off with it knows where it is.

And God.

God knows where the BTC is.

Not that God is an asshole.

He just knows where it is.

The BTC, not the assholes.

Well, the assholes, too.

They are on Santa's Naughty list and stuff.

Comment Re:Fine Example. (Score 4, Insightful) 35

Actually, my working theory is that the general public HAS figured it out.

You and I have the same tools as the big guys. One thing we have that they don't is a sense of paranoia. This guy had a non-government email and either jumped a phishing link or had predictable two-level secret questions guarding the gate.

Having hacked into the "freemail," the hacker examined the contents for clues and hit pay dirt on an exploit or took advantage of reused passwords.

I am not a hacker and neither are you, but we could be. It's not hard work to move from where we are, technically, to that skill level.

There are many more people outside any governments than there are on the inside.

The theory of probability and statistics implies that there are smarter people among the masses than there are smart people working for the government.

We're all using the same machinery, the same skills, the same software ... it's a level playing field and everyone has a gun.

Some of us just don't load up.

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.