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Comment: who's the theif? (Score 1) 279

by Deanalator (#36869842) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous

First of all, absolutely no service is anonymous, you are just trusting different entities with the information. Some people say bitcoin is anonymous because it doesn't require state ID and a signature to send money, which is a fine definition. Identities can trivially be created or destroyed in bitcoin, and if someone is careful, then it can be very hard to prove who controls which identity. I find it funny that the whole premise of the article is that it's not anonymous, and for their case study they pick a large theft, and still know absolutely nothing useful about the thief's identity.

Comment: Re:Who cares how? The better question is why the b (Score 1) 973

by Deanalator (#31766330) Attached to: How Did Wikileaks Do It?

Well, next time you get something you can leak, you can upload it to liveleaks, or distribute it yourself, or whatever. When actual journalists get the videos distributed by wikileaks, the journalists are the ones in charge of non biased reporting. The job of wikileaks is to let everyone know that if you want to disclose something, going through them is the safest way to do it.

Comment: Re:supercomputer (Score 4, Insightful) 973

by Deanalator (#31766136) Attached to: How Did Wikileaks Do It?

Followed up by http://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/9412020034 a few months back

"Finally cracked the encryption to US military video in which journalists, among others, are shot. Thanks to all who donated $/CPUs."

I was under the impression that they sniffed a satellite feed, and created a BOINC project to crack the key.

Comment: Re:if Activision isn't actively using the IP... (Score 1) 265

by Deanalator (#31314024) Attached to: 8-Year Fan-Made Game Project Shut Down By Activision

Further reason why I think companies should have to pay property tax on their IP. When someone tries to buy the IP, companies should either be forced to sell, or increase the value, and 10% of that value should be going to the USPTO every year on tax day. I think this would work if IP was not allowed to decline in value, and if the upkeep was not paid, then the IP becomes unregulated by the US government.

Comment: Re:Not really the point (Score 1) 232

by Deanalator (#31307174) Attached to: Appeals Court Knocks Out "Innocent Infringement"

Downloading music is illegal now? I live in the US and am aware of laws to stop the *distributing* of copyrighted works, but I have never seen any legal restrictions on downloading or possession. I am also under the impression that the MPAA/RIAA has never been able to show that an IP address is a person, and thus bound by the distribution laws.

Comment: Re:You surrendered. (Score 1) 521

by Deanalator (#31158340) Attached to: Did We Lose the Privacy War?

Once upon a time in the US, having someone's social security number was all you needed to completely steal someone's identity. Since it was a long number, everyone assumed that everyone only knew their own, so it was all you needed to open up a bank account, get a credit card, take out a loan, get a job, get a state ID, etc. Most of that has been locked down in the past couple decades or so, but through proper use of social engineering, you can still escalate a social security number pretty far.

Comment: Re:So they should (Score 1) 507

by Deanalator (#31157876) Attached to: Apple Bans Jailbreakers From the App Store

Process backgrounding, custom themes, bluetooth tethering, unlocking the 3g restrictions, bittorrent, and video game emulators are all good reasons to unlock your iPhone. Pretty much everything that people always bitch about as problems with the iPhone have been solved for anyone willing to take the ~15 minutes of time and dedication required to unlock their phone.

I still spend maybe 20 dollars per month at the app store.

I am still looking for a good obex client and a2dp support, but as I understand it, android is still pretty far away from that as well. I think we are still in the age where all phones suck.

Comment: Re:You know (Score 1) 356

by Deanalator (#31148382) Attached to: Comcast Shoots For New Image, Rebranding As Xfinity

From what I could tell from the xfinity commercial I saw last night, it's more than just a brand change. It looks like they are offering 100mb residential lines, which means deploying DOCSYS 3.0 network. It also looks like they are offering a some sort of netflix style media services as well, which is a really good call on their end.

Also, I have a comcast business line (internet, no tv) in Portland, and love it. I have a really solid connection, and if my internet goes out (which has happened once in the past 6 months since I got the service) I have a phone number for a guy that I can call and yell at. This is also the only ISP I have ever dealt with that never gave me any crap for seeding terrabytes and terrabytes of movies, tv shows, and software.

A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done. -- Fred Allen