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Comment: Re:Let's forgive Dish and move on (Score 1) 230

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48889517) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

I wouldn't worry about Dish even in the worst case scenarion. Here's how it would go down:

FCC: You violated Do Not Call 57 million times. Times $16,000 per, that's, lessee...

Dish: I can't afford that! I guess we're bamkrupt. :(

FCC: Ohwell, sux 2 B U!

FCC: No, sux to be you!

FCC: Whaaaaaaa???

AFCC: Yes, when assigning spectrum, we promised Congress there would always be at least two satellite cable networks.

FCC: Rats!

Dish: Ha ha!

FCC: Yeah, ha ha!

Comment: Well, the king wouldn't abuse it, so... (Score 2) 289

10 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled, in the case of IR devices, that, although they were passively observing, government needed to get a warrant to use them. Technological adgancements shall not obviate expected constitutional protections. People expect privacy and advances that did not exist then cannot take advantage of loopholes like that.

So, I hope these people are getting warrants, or I expect to see hundreds of law enforcement officials going to jail.

By the way, as people move more and more of their lives into virtual, online arenas, they take with them the same expectation of privacy. The Supreme Court should similarly require warrants for all that, too, closing the loophole that, since it's at some coompany, "you have no expectation of privacy."

People create this virtual presence for their own convenience, not so government can have a virtual warrantless panopticon.

Comment: Re:Something I used to to (Score 1) 348

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48856019) Attached to: Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

It's the long periods of inactivity that are the problem, not cardiovascular health.

There was a related study several years earlier that suggested people in good shape who went home and plunked down on the sofa for 6 hours suffered as much as couch potatos.

So break that time up and that's the goal.

Comment: Re:Hang on WTF? (Score 2) 190

There ws a study a few years back. The top programmers were 4x as productive as the average one, and there were things the top programmers could do the average ones couldn't, no matter how much time they were given.

How much more so for intricate details of physics and other research of the physical that takes years rather than minutes of turnaround time.

There's a feeling among the historically illiterate that technological advancement happens "more or less aitomatically". Yet a quick glance around the world shows government policy affects this immensely, and often negatively by getting in the way.

Comment: Re:you can't print 3D books! (Score 0) 97

Launch all lobbyiests! Construction jobs must be protected. Engage safety argument memes!

Oh oh.

Oh oh:

In total, 80 percent less labor is needed, meaning more affordable construction, and less risk of injury to contractors.

They are way ahead of you on the masses manipulation meme serverville.

Comment: Re:What does it mean? (Score 0) 158

Good. There needs to be more of this. Otherwise just spit ot the meme "they need exclusivity to make it work", get the True Believers to bite, exchange "communication" in private...4. ????...5. Profit!

Old as the hills and the core purpose of seeking power.

I'm going to ask a question and risk downmod: I wonder how many saying, "Right on!" over that are bent out of shape over laws forbidding another competitor who doesn't have to play by the rules: local government, a "company" with the power to tax, and make you pay for the service whether you want it or not.

Let's see, shall we?

Comment: Re:Requirement to have compromised device (Score 3, Interesting) 55

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48852815) Attached to: Researchers Use Siri To Steal Data From iPhones

And it's just "currently". Breaking into unjailbroken phones or taking advantage of bugs is the main game already.

Interesting this -- they alter an audio such that it's Apple-encrypted path to the Siri server can be analyzed to extrace the hidden data without decrypting the stream.

I often wondered about a similar thing, if a server could pulse data it sends encrypted, which would allow tracking through any layers of encryption. Say goodbye to tor & friends. You'd uave to add random delay to data at each node.


Researchers Use Siri To Steal Data From iPhones 55

Posted by samzenpus
from the protect-ya-neck dept.
wiredmikey writes "Using Apple's voice-activated Siri function, security researchers have managed to steal sensitive information from iOS smartphones in a stealthy manner. Luca Caviglione of the National Research Council of Italy and Wojciech Mazurczy of the Warsaw University of Technology warn that malicious actors could use Siri for stealthy data exfiltration by using a method that's based on steganography, the practice of hiding information. Dubbed "iStegSiri" by the researchers, the attack can be effective because it doesn't require the installation of additional software components and it doesn't need the device's alteration. On the other hand, it only works on jailbroken devices and attackers somehow need to be able to intercept the modified Siri traffic. The attack method involves controlling the "shape" of this traffic to embed sensitive data from the device. This covert channel could be used to send credit card numbers, Apple IDs, passwords, and other sensitive information from the phone to the criminal mastermind, researchers said in their paper.

Comment: Re:Tony Blair quoting Churchill quoting Verne (Score 1) 75

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48847219) Attached to: Winston Churchill's Scientists

War has long been shown to be the periods in history with the fastest technological development. Goveernment borrows to ensure its own survival in ways it doesn't need to in peace.

However, the current era had economists wondering, with per-capita spending on par with WWII, yet in relative peace, why aren't we in a similar period? Or, if a real war started, where is the money to borrow to come from?

Those periods are not sustainable becaise they are borrowing-based. The capitalism you disdain is unparalleled at generating the economic oomph to have them from time to time, and continue development at a pace almost as fast, sustained.

Comment: Re:I doubt the Republicans wrote it... (Score 1) 181

U.S. congressional Republicans on Friday proposed legislation that would set "net neutrality" rules for broadband providers, aiming to head off tougher regulations backed by the Obama administration.

That sentence should have read, U.S. congressional Republicans on Friday proposed legislation authored by industry lobbyists, that would set "net neutrality" rules for broadband providers, aiming to head off tougher regulations backed by the Obama administration. (additions mine).

As opposed to a Title II complete government takeover, where this exact same inndustry you shit brix over now deals with Contgress directly, as their customer (to whom they whine and wine and donate), now cutting you out completely, until it tuens into the water department.

No, I am glad Congress is asserting itself so, sor one brief moment, they consider ancient legislation before it is applied to a massive new arena by certain power-hungry factions, unelected.

Comment: Re:Why is this being covered on slashdot? (Score 1) 778

No, we will mock them for not keeping their site in the manner they promise and advertise: news for nerds -- stuff that matters.

So, with mockery in mind, I will say I, too, am upset Microsoft is abandoning regular support for Windows 7 before the next major OS release.

Oops, wrong thread.

No, wait. Right thread.

Comment: Re:People forget about people. (Score 2) 81

That's what I always point out in these threads -- it is trivial for a political operative, a G. Gordon Liddy type, to listen in on conversations of political opponents of his boss, to say nothing of using metadata to track who they call -- knowing donors or supporters is valuable info and the government can target them.

It has nothing to do with the other 999 agents. You cannot build a panopticon.

We need to carry forward out protections into our virual life, instead of letting the government get away with loopholes that it's electronics where "you have no expectation of privacy", they baldly assert as they slide their hands into our pants.

Well, guess what? You're wrong, and not in the spirit of why these constitutional protections were created.

Comment: Re:is "superversive" a word? (Score 1) 81

One might consider this superversive, an attempt to restore a social order's power of their security servicer.

So Stewie was being superversive at Woodstock!

Stewie: (singing and strumming a guitar) "Establishment. Establishment. You always know what's best!"

Crowd boos.


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