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Comment: It's just moving your trust to someone else (Score 5, Insightful) 83

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#48885099) Attached to: Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

So this-or-that company promises you unbreakable encryption or that they won't poke their nose in your data. Do you trust them? I don't. All it takes is a little firm chit-chat from the national security agency of the country your data is hosted in, and your "safe" data isn't safe anymore.

If you really insist on putting files and shit in the cloud, encrypt it yourself before uploading it. Better yet, run your own server and provide yourself with your very own fucking cloud. Those who want real security aren't lazy and do the work themselves.

Comment: Re:Power Glove was not helped by the Tyson shot (Score -1, Troll) 40

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#48846831) Attached to: Nintendo Power Glove Used To Create 'Robot Chicken'

The best use I ever found for the Nintendo Power Glove was jerking off, as it felt like Vader giving me a handjob. Kind of like doing it after sitting on your hand for a while, but more high tech. And best of all, that activity didn't even require turning on the console.

Comment: Re:Capable, sure (Score 5, Insightful) 329

It's clear that while not all muslims are terrorists, almost all terrorists seems to be muslims, how about a targeted approach. Normal people know that the problem at the moment is islam, why can't politicians see it.

By the same logic, not all humans are terrorists, but all terrorists seem to be human. How about targeting all humans for surveillance?

Oh wait, that's exactly what they wanna do...

Comment: Again, this has nothing to do with terrorism (Score 5, Insightful) 329

All 3 Charlie Hebdo terrorists were known extremists and were under surveillance. The French authorities simply dropped the ball and fucked up - for lack of resources or for negligence.

They could convincingly make a case for vastly increased means of putting known terrorists under 24/7 surveillance, but the Charlie Hebdo attacks are a really poor argument for enhanced decryption powers, because the FUCKING TERRORISTS HAD BEEN CLEARLY IDENTIFIED ALREADY!

Clearly this is yet another exploitation of people's fear-du-jour to bring the world closer to a panopticon society. Me, I'm more scared of the government than muslim terrorists. 1984 anyone?

Comment: Re:i2p has been around for a while (Score 2) 155

Tor has something i2p doesn't: exit nodes (or outproxies, in i2p parlance). That's what keeps me on Tor, despite the fact that most exit nodes are probably ran by state surveillance agencies: I use it to throw Google and other nosy corporations off my tracks when I browse the regular internet, not to escape state surveillance or buy drugs. There's no escaping the latter anyway...

Comment: May I remind you all (Score 1) 319

that the Charlie Hebdo terrorists were under surveillance by the French interior surveillance services. They were known, identified extremists and the police failed to prevent their attack.

What we're dealing with here is a police failure, not a surveillance failure.

The Charlie Hebdo events are the perfect excuse for the powers-that-be and the rich fucks of this world to inch a little closer to their wet dream of a 1984-style society for the rest of us - as if those who pay attention to the erosion of individual liberties didn't see it coming. It's disgusting...

Comment: Re:Nobel? (Score 4, Insightful) 288

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#48681681) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea


I was watching the news the other day. They were reporting that the UN was considering what to do about Kim Jong Un and his horrid regime's human rights violations, in the wake of the Sony cyber-attack.

The first thing that crossed my mind was: the only thing that prompted the UN to start worrying about the poor North Koreans is essentially a computer attack on some big corporation, and the damage it did to its bottom line. Before that, they really didn't give much of a shit, did they?

The UN was really crass, both with their response and with their timing, and if it doesn't show you with glaring clarity whose interests they really have at heart, nothing else will.

Comment: That's the cloud for you (Score 3, Insightful) 250

That's what happens when you reliquish control of your digital life for the sake of the superficial convenience of not having to maintain your own hardware and perform your own backups: when the third party you entrust your data to decides you can't have it anymore, all you can do is bitch and moan and ask politely to get back what's rightfully yours. But *you* don't decide: your comfortable and convenient digital jailer does.

At the end of the day, Apple customers only have themselves to blame for what Apple does to them. And the same goes for Google, Microsoft and all the others, when they decide to shaft their own userbase without warning.

Comment: Re:Is it true... (Score 4, Insightful) 355

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#48505689) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

Scoring high on intelligence tests only proves you know how to answer intelligence tests. Everybody knows IQ scores are no indication of intelligence.

Also, IQ tests often favors those who have received a good education: for instance, if you ask a math question to someone who doesn't know math, they're bound to score low. Does that mean that person is stupid? No, it just means they don't have the means to answer the test.

And of course, conveniently, which section of the population chronically receives the worst levels education? People of color of course. It's a self-perpetuating myth...

But I'll grant you this: whites and blacks *are* different: the former produce less melanin than the latter. That's as much as you can say with 100% certainty about the two.

Comment: Re:How? (Score 3, Funny) 61

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#48385017) Attached to: Researchers Forecast the Spread of Diseases Using Wikipedia

They made the assumption that if a disease is spreading somewhere, there people start looking for information about the disease on wikipedia

Imagine the potential: if a lot of search logs contain "EBOL-AAAARGH", they'll know a particularly fast-acting variant of the virus has emerged.

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