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Comment: Re:The very near future (Score 1) 369

by OldSport (#48186743) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Actually, I have a Macbook Pro, and iPad 2, and I used to have an iPhone 3G. Shit, I had a Mac Classic all throughout middle school and high school.

I'm just tired of the breakneck product upgrade cycle. I wouldn't mind if the new updates didn't completely cripple my older hardware, but unfortunately that's exactly what they tend to do.

Comment: Re:Laugh (Score 1) 369

by OldSport (#48180933) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Basically, this.

I bought a Dell Inspiron desktop in 2010, which was running XP, and a Macbook Pro in 2011 (because my old Macbook died and all my family photos were locked up in a Time Machine backup -- which is another rant for another day). Interestingly, both have about the same specs -- dual-core processor at 2.5 Ghz (I think), 500GB HDD, 4 GB RAM. I have upgraded the former to Windows 8 and the latter to Mavericks. Guess which one runs relatively smoothly, and which one runs like frozen cow dung?

Comment: Metadata is worse... (Score 2) 191

by OldSport (#44929975) Attached to: Schneier: Metadata Equals Surveillance

...than listening to calls in detail. Crappy bitrate audio of conversational speech is very difficult to analyze with voice recognition, etc. However, simpler digital data can be churned through massive datacenters and with ease, resulting in detailed dossiers on anybody with a cell phone (which is everyone these days). People don't seem to realize just how much info can begleaned from metadata. Shit, I'm on the paranoid side an I bet I would be shocked by the info the NSA probably has on me.

Comment: Re:And the saga continues.... (Score 2) 298

by OldSport (#44792659) Attached to: NSA Can Spy On Data From Smart Phones, Including Blackberry

I was replying to the "better to run for office" part of your post, and what I said relates directly to the "if you want to change the people who make the laws, you gotta step up and volunteer to be one of them." Relax a bit, would you?

The fact of the matter is that at this point, virtually *anything* you do online is no longer private. If you sift through enough email, browsing history, etc. etc. etc. for any given individual you will likely find something, somewhere that could at least be used to intimidate that person.

Comment: Re:And the saga continues.... (Score 5, Interesting) 298

by OldSport (#44790679) Attached to: NSA Can Spy On Data From Smart Phones, Including Blackberry

That's the entire problem with this NSA crap. Anyone who bucked the system and made it far along enough in the process would have tons of dirt on him/her already automatically unearthed by the NSA's data centers. The info would be leaked to a complicit media, who would drool over the chance to run another political scandal, and the good politician's career would be over before it even began.

It's sad, but knowing about the extent of the abuse has actually made me *more* worried about protesting the abuse. Panopticon and all that -- we know they can be watching any of us now, with access to basically all our information online (even stuff that's encrypted, like this data, which is being sent over a VPN but who even knows if it's secure?), as well as all the metadata from our phones, which tell them exactly where we have gone. I doubt they are interested in me per se, but say I ran for office under a platform the established powers didn't like -- they might get interested then, and I would be fucked.

This shit is really scary.

Comment: Re:The real issue: U.S. government corruption. (Score 1) 555

From, re: TrueCrypt:

"The Hidden encryption method actually allows you to create two mirror OS’s protected by different passwords. Using this method, should you be coerced into entering your password by a third party, you will have the option of using a password that presents them with a version of your OS which is completely insulated from the other."

Comment: No... (Score 1) 300

Microsoft knows that most gamers really won't give a shit. FFS, people generally don't give a shit about ANYTHING these days aside from who died in the latest Game of Thrones and how many times Justin Bieber puked on stage. We've been slowly conditioned over the past few decades to care less and less about this stuff. There will be no uproar.

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky