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Comment: Re:NSA is so annoyed right now (Score 3, Insightful) 57

This doesn't negate the fact that this was their favorite vulnerability. Realistically most intelligence services probably new about this shortly after that commit.

How so was it their "favorite vulnerability"? Is there even a shread of evidence linking them with it? Exploits exist in code - we found a big bad one - great. Many white hats will have looked at the code and not noticed the flaw. That doesn't mean the NSA were using it. I'm not for a moment saying the NSA wouldn't use a similar exploit but there's nothing special about Heartbleed.

Comment: Re:Changing IMEI is illegal (Score 1) 109

by Severus Snape (#46749793) Attached to: Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London
OR it should just be impossible to do in the first place. There is absolutely no viable use case for the IMIE code to be on writeable memory. I can see why OEM's are reluctant to burn the ID to a ROM chip. On the massive scale of phone production it's going to push their costs up and slow the production chain but for crying out loud manufactures shouldn't even need to be told to do this.

/still feeling bitter from being robbed at knife point of my phone last year.

Comment: Re:Uhmm (Score 1) 141

by Severus Snape (#46538227) Attached to: Gmail Goes HTTPS Only For All Connections
Absolutely. You just made my point for me. The problem shall be now a lot of the media will now present this as a milestone to easing public anger over what the public knows. By now the NSA and GCHQ will know the files Snowden has through investigation (police greeting David Miranda with Terrorism laws at Heathrow to make copies of his HDD must have helped) so here comes the game of cat and mouse; possibly until Congress freaks out.

It's the comedy that doesn't stop giving!

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell