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Comment Re:Not at fault, but was it avoidable? (Score 1) 408 408

We only know about the accident that happened to the non-Google car. It was stopped waiting in the turning lane and someone scraped up along side it.

Two of the accidents were human drivers bumping into cars in the google parking lot. I remember when those happened a couple years back.

Comment national security aspects (Score 1) 377 377

You know how the anti-piracy kill switch on Microsoft operating systems will let America turn off a country's computers? GMO foods are the same thing except America can stop your country from eating.

Zambia tried to negotiate an arrangement with Monsanto for situations where America imposed sanctions but couldn't come to an agreement so they banned GMO foods. Banning the import of GMO foods is only fair since the country can't grow GMO foods for national security reasons.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 226 226

My read of the article is that the problem with Wayland is that the devs were writing specs instead of software. There was lots of planning and no doing. Remember that originally Ubuntu was supposed to be running X-Mir by default in Oct 2013.

Those days were more optimistic times for Ubuntu and they thought they could create a new display server in a year. These days Mir and Wayland seem to be at about the same stage of readiness.

Comment Re:iPod Classic (Score 1) 730 730

Sony sells a walkman branded mp3 player with a scroll wheel.

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-NWZ...

It's not quite as good as the Apple wheel because you just press on the side of the wheel instead of spinning it. That's the only bad thing otherwise it's basically the same.

Comment Re:Get it FIPS certified (Score 1) 360 360

If you read the article then you'll see that the OpenBSD explicitly rejects FIPS certification as a goal.

FIPS certification is why OpenSSL includes the NSA backdoor DUAL EC pseudo random number generator. The code doesn't work but it's still included and can't be fixed. Anything which leads to an outcome like this... Disgust. Disgust and revulsion.

Comment that's really stupid of them (Score 2) 173 173

The government already has the CIA for this stuff. It was amazingly dumb of USAID to start doing the CIA's job. The head of USAID should resign followed by a full investigation.

But that won't happen because the government has stopped caring about appearances any more.

Comment "No evidence of abuse has been found" (Score 4, Informative) 359 359

Obviously LOVEINT is one example. But more details are coming out about how David Patraues was caught having an affair because of "metadata" collected by the NSA.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/06/17/4111871/metadata-helped-reveal-gen-petraeus.html#.Utlud2nfqCg

When Jill Kelley first reported getting threatening emails about Patraues, the FBI read all her emails as part of "a routine step".
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/06/us/from-petraeus-scandal-an-apostle-for-privacy.html

They didn't have a warrant to read her email, they just hacked into google and made a copy of everyone's email. If you report a crime to the FBI they read your email. Simple as that.

Comment Re:Sensationalist headline is Sensational (Score 1) 292 292

Typically these leaks are very small and are no danger to the public, which is why they are allowed to persist.

You didn't read the article. You didn't even read the summary. There were 12 which were dangerous. They reported them and the gas company had only fixed 3 of them four months later.

Comment Re:Has anybody seen the actual "evidence"? (Score 4, Insightful) 112 112

The wikipedia entry is good on this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA_Security#NSA_backdoor

RSA has not disputed any of the facts but only argued that they did it out of ignorance. $10 million buys a lot of stupid. $10 million is peanuts for EMC but for RSA at the time, it was quite a bit.

Comment It's not about fighting terrorism (Score 1) 234 234

Reasonable people don't believe that Angela Merkel is a terrorist. Instead talking about terrorism, it's more important to talk about how the NSA spying benifits us during trade negotiations.

Technically, I suppose it doesn't benifit all of "us"... Oh well. Sucks to be you I guess.

Comment Re:The Case of the Dog That Didn't Bark (Score 1) 291 291

The NSA documents on this have been leaking for a while. There are ones that dealt with pushing DUAL_EC through NIST. The documents dealing with RSA are separate corroborating documents which fill in some details.

It's likely that the NSA documents on subverting OpenSSL will leak eventually. Anonymous government sources estimate that at the current rate the NSA leaks will take two more years before they have all been released.

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