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Comment: Security by obscurity good after all? (Score 1) 202

by iamacat (#48687261) Attached to: Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

Say, I further "encrypt" my https sessions using ROT13. If NSA is on to me specifically, they will have no problem figuring it out. But if they opportunistically monitor main internet pipes for vulnerable traffic, I should be safe. What if web browsers encrypted data with one of hundreds of algorithms independently developed by smart people worldwide *before* standard https? At least some of them will prove resistent to cryptanalysis and even vulnerable ones will consume some of NSA's computing power and employee time to crack.

Comment: Re:There's no such thing as a free lunch (Score 1) 132

by PopeRatzo (#48686667) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

Google Contributor does absolutely nothing to stop Google from tracking anyone. In fact, it gives them additional personal information.

Maybe you didn't understand what I was saying. I want to be able to use Google services without being tracked in any way shape or form, and I'm willing to pay for the privilege. Same goes for Twitter, etc.

Until I am able to do that, I'm just going to block ads, use Blur, Privacy Badger and any tool that lets me confound Google's ability to monetize me. I am not a consumable.

Comment: It's the thought that counts (Score 2) 65

by iamacat (#48682531) Attached to: White House Touts Obama's 1-Liner as 2014 Tech Highlight

We don't need our presidents to know how to code, or to be scientists. We do need them to appreciate that coding and science are important, listen to the experts and encourage general public to do the same. I'll take one line of Javascript over "I am not a scientist" excuses right away.

Comment: Or you could avoid posting the pictures (Score 1) 208

by iamacat (#48682515) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

The year in review is just a summary of what you yourself have posted. "Don't show me my own photos" seems like an unrealistic request for a mainstream service. I think the most that can be done is have a preference that people can check if they don't want their year in review. Facebook has plenty of ethical flaws, but this is not one of them.

Comment: Re:I automatically disbelieved this post (Score 3, Funny) 132

by PopeRatzo (#48681399) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

Of course, I have my own opinions but I won't share them because they reflect my own biases.

That may be the single stupidest sentence in the history of stupid sentences on the Internet.

You won't share what you think because it's what you think. Everything you see and think and say and do reflects your own biases. If you decide not to share a single bit of data that is floating around in your head if it happens to reflect your biases, that means you will spend the rest of your life mute, which come to think of it might be best for everyone.

I've just re-read your entire comment and it doesn't seem to say anything at all about anything. Are you a Markov bot? If so, your maker forgot to put in the AI.

Comment: Re:There's no such thing as a free lunch (Score 1) 132

by PopeRatzo (#48681365) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

One way or another, you pay for your free Internet services.

It's not "one way or another". It's ONE WAY.

Where do I sign up to pay for Google and Twitter and other internet services directly instead of via my private data? I've been to Google thousands of times, and I've never seen a "subscribe" button.

No, there is no "one way or another". You can ONLY pay for your internet services by letting companies upskirt your private communications and personal data. That gives you some idea of just how valuable your private data really is.

Comment: Re:Effing Grinches That Spoiled Christmas (Score 1) 160

by PopeRatzo (#48676571) Attached to: Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack

I thought you sided with

I don't side with. I side against. Against 8chan pedos. Against rape apologists and definitely against anyone who harass women or condone sexual abuse of children. Against #GamerGate.

And definitely against anyone who would shit all over my long-time preferred pastime of video games the way GamerGate has done. More damage has been done to the gaming community in 2014 than in any time since I've been gaming. And sonny, I've got game cartridges that are older than you are. I've got cheetoh crumbs in my couch that are older than you and your fucked up microscopic cadre of sociopaths.

I am more bored than you could ever possibly be. Go back to work.