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Comment: Re:Mossad connection (Score 3, Insightful) 113

Hey look, there's Israel again (at least 3 times in fact). This Komodia/Superfish crap is likely Mossad sponsored. That would also help explain why Homeland Security put out urgent guidance to remove the crapware and even Microsoft added detection directly to their anti-malware tools. NSA doesn't like being upstaged on its own turf.

I love a good conspiracy as much as the next one but calm yourself. No idea why you got the + mod points. Jumping to random conclusions based on conjecture is silly. That said, I'm sure MOSSAD likes to get up to all kinds of evil shit. Just like their Five Eyes, Russian, and Chinese colleges do. Homeland Security and Microsoft reacted to Superfish because the information was in the public domain. In the same way we are reacting to it by discussing it right now.

Comment: Re:ThreeUK's "All You Can Eat" plan is the dog's b (Score 1) 237

by Severus Snape (#49101735) Attached to: Ten Lies T-Mobile Told Me About My Data Plan

Three haven't always been that good - a good few years ago (2009?), I was on an 'unlimited' data package with them, few months in to the contract I received a text citing changes they had made, my unlimited data was now limited to 500MB under "fair usage". I could not fucking believe it. It was in one of my parents name at the time, they kicked up a fuss for me but didn't get very far.

I hope the rug isn't swiped from underneath you too.

Comment: Re:Close, but the answer is encryption. (Score 1) 239

by Severus Snape (#49024447) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Will It Take To End Mass Surveillance?

Correct, encryption is essential. We need to get better at it too as shown by recent leaks. The unfortunate truth is though the bad guys have got way too good at signals intelligence. If they aren't screwing you by asking companies very nicely for your data, they are taking it through secret court orders, and if that fails, hell there is always the cable taps, oh, and the majority of our encryption is broken. Using a VPN/Tor/whatever? Yeap, we are interested in breaking that too.

It's going to be a slow maybe impossible struggle to move towards linking our communities in a real mesh networks. Maybe the Internet of Things will help, I'm skeptical at best though. I can't imagine any happy ending if we continue with the same infrastructure we are using now.

Comment: Game of Thrones, (Score 1) 155

by Severus Snape (#48706427) Attached to: Designing the Best Board Game

is pretty great. My group of friends have got deeply in to it recently, most of them being people who would never play board games and hadn't watched the show (or read the books). It's clear they took a lot of inspiration from Risk but has more than enough new elements to stop any sort of comparisons.

The design is well thought out, each house needs a completely different strategy and tactics which keeps it from going stale. Forming alliances (which to win you are going to have to betray at some point) always makes things interesting.

Comment: Re:Ten years? A lifetime in tech! (Score 1) 332

by Severus Snape (#48697475) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?

I remember reading about that HP initiative on /. a year or two ago, and the consensus was "vapor," but /. is very, very cynical. Regardless, I haven't heard a thing about it since. Is there any evidence it's not vapor?

A little while back HP did a big reveal on everything they've been working on, basically with the intention of getting other stakeholders involved. The impression I got was there is one or two roadblocks left, but couldn't be described as vapor. Worst case scenario is they'll cover their loses selling the tech on.

Comment: Re:So basically (Score 1) 445

by Severus Snape (#48435529) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Sorry for the late reply, I hope you still read this!

I don't think the issue is the size of governence, more it must be decentralised. Power needs to be close to the people whom it effects with their needs and wants important to the decision making, only then is it effective.

We call our western societies democractic, but are they really? It is what differentiates us from those scary crazy dictatoriships, but we are not much different. I find it hard to imagine the will of the people being pro to everything Snowden has leaked. It has infact shown that the domestic population are the enemy of the state, no matter what way the media and politicians try to spin it. At the heart of anarchism and social libertarian ideals is direct democracy, where indiviudals vote on policies directly instead of electing people to do that for us. Our representational democracy system may sound great on paper but as we see in practice it doesn't really work. I don't see benevolent dicatoriship as ideal at all, that is centralisation of power which is everything libertarian ideals are against.

Comment: Re:So basically (Score 1) 445

by Severus Snape (#48418835) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

...and become anarchists?

Moded parent funny, decided to reply now though..

It's worth mentioning that the word libertarian means something completely different in America as to the rest of the world. I'm European, I don't like using the word anarchist in describing my political opinions, because of the connotations of the word. I can happily use Libertarian-(Socialist) though. Libertarianism under capitalism is getting rid of one of the bad guys, and letting the other bad guy multiply ten times in size. Both are incompatible with each other.

Comment: Damn pesky Russians! (Score 3, Insightful) 54

Hot on the heels of recent cyber attacks on NOAA, the USPS, and the White House, the New York Times Reports that the U.S. State Department has also suffered an online security breach, though it's not clear who to blame.

For a moment there I thought TFA was not going to blindly name drop China or Russia. Don't worry folks, they did not forget!

It is not for me to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence. -- The Earl of Birkenhead