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Comment: Re:Probable cause (Score 1) 212

by TheP4st (#47418245) Attached to: Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On
As relevant as the atrocities committed by the (mostly christian) Anti Balaka in Central African Republic.

Amnesty International has taken over 100 first-hand testimonies of large-scale anti-balaka attacks on Muslim civilians in CAR's northwest towns of Bouali, Boyali, Bossembele, Bossemptele, and Baoro. International troops had failed to deploy to these towns leaving civilian communities without protection. The most lethal attack documented by Amnesty International took place on 18 January in Bossemptele, where at least 100 Muslims were killed. Among the dead were women and old men, including an imam in his mid-70s.


Comment: Re:Tower "Dumps" does not contain location! (Score 2) 60

In 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled that an F.B.I. agent could not testify about the location of a defendant’s cell phone because the analyses did not rise to the level of trusted, replicable science.

she had a tumultuous, sometimes violent relationship with the victim, Jerri Williams. Cell records showed that at 10:27 on the morning of the murder, Roberts’s phone connected to a tower within 3.4 miles of Kelley Point Park, where Williams’s body was discovered. Her attorney felt that was enough to convict her.
But she was making that call while driving a red pickup truck more than eight miles away, as confirmed by a witness. The system had simply routed her call through the tower near the park. It also emerged that new DNA evidence placed another suspect, a man, at the crime scene. And another piece of evidence helped: moments earlier, Roberts had received another call that came through a different site. The two towers were 1.3 miles apart. She could not have traveled that distance in the forty seconds between the calls. And so her cell records, in a sense, helped to save her. Source:

Comment: Re:Maybe forr once they really have to keep it sec (Score 1) 240

by TheP4st (#47171169) Attached to: UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

There probably need some witnesses. And thoses are at a great risk if their identity goes public... Some may be as good as dead !!!

You mean like in every major mob trial since the 1920's? Trials were witnesses as well as prosecutors and judges doubtlessly have risked their lives going up against extremely well funded criminal organizations that make Al-Qaeda seem a bunch of amateurs. Yet these trial have always been held in the public spotlight. This is especially true in Italy where they hold the mob trials in public even after the Maxi trials that triggered the murder of the residing Judge, his son and several terror attacks across the country with one single attack claiming 10 lives and injuring 93.

Comment: Re:Security (Score 1) 240

by TheP4st (#47150367) Attached to: The Coming IT Nightmare of Unpatchable Systems

My thermostat is just a device on my wall which regulates my furnace - it has no business being internet-enabled.

What if that could save you money? (it can.) What if it adds convenience and security? (it can.) What if it informs you about your usage such that you can improve your comfort level? (it can.) What if it gives you remote information, such as "the heater has failed, the pipes will freeze, you need to come deal with this" (it can.) What then? Still no business being Internet enabled?

Does it really have to be internet connected to save you money? By sacrificing a little bit of convenience you could gain a lot of security on your device and at the same time avoid that some asshat script kiddie in another state or country cause your cost saving device actually make you spend more money just for the fun of it. Or worse, turns off your furnace and disable your warning system and make it generate "All is OK reports" while you are soaking away in the sun with an umbrella drink in hand blissfully unaware that your pipes just burst due to the freezing temperatures back home. Why would it need an internet connection to provide me with usage statistics that can be used to save money? It really isn't that hard to run a cable from your device to your PC to download the data for analysis. Slightly less convenient yes, and most likely an inconvenience that will be a turn-off for many potential customers.
And an internet connection is most definitely not necessary for a system to give me remote information such as "the heater has failed, the pipes will freeze, you need to come deal with this". Home alarm systems have proved messages such as "The alarm have been triggered due to a potential home intrusion...." for at least 3 decades using regular phone lines and emergency numbers set by the owner, commonly to neighbors and family.

Comment: Re:Breaking news (Score 4, Interesting) 335

by TheP4st (#46997583) Attached to: Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

How on earth do you spend tens of millions on consulting groups?

Not that hard when as the MSN article states "Many of the consultants were being paid upwards of $1,000 a day.", nothing is being said about what the average consultant fee were but for the sake of argument let's say it is $500 that amount to just 4000 days of paid consultants with an average of 250 working days per year that comes down to 3.2 full time consultants per year that evidently have been grossly overpaid.
Very few careers beyond politics reward ability to talk and write BS combined with failure and/or incompetence to such an extent as that of consultancy.

Comment: Re:GNU/Linux (Score 1) 264

but I find myself being even more annoyed, at this point, by people calling GNU/Linux Linux... Linux is a kernel. Why do people continue to call GNU/Linux (i.e. the whole system) by the name of the kernel it uses? Would seriously like a person or two to explain what exactly the reasoning behind this phenomenon is, if indeed there is any.

I have two theories.
1. It is convenient and only annoy a tiny minority.
2. It is a sinister conspiracy with you as the target of the clandestine organization THEY (affiliated with Illuminati, Scientology, Bert and Ernie) with the single purpose of annoying you on a every time you visit /.

Comment: Re:Cheaper beer (Score 4, Insightful) 264

It's not hard finding hardware with excellent linux support, even less so when you buy in the large quantities that the city of Munich do, you do realise that organisations of that size tend to have just a small set of laptop and desktop configurations they use, right? It is not like they randomly pick 10 different manufacturers and 50 models.
While there might be valid arguments against their move to Linux, your is definitely not one of them.

Comment: Re:So... cloud access? (Score 1) 202

by TheP4st (#46952435) Attached to: Apple Can Extract Texts, Photos, Contacts From Locked iPhones
By mistake I clicked submit before adding section iv

iv. Other iCloud Content. PhotoStream, Docs, Contacts, Calendars, Bookmarks, iOS Device Backups
iCloud only stores the content for these services that the customer has elected to maintain in the account while the customer’s account remains active. Apple does not retain deleted content once it is cleared from Apple’s servers. Apple will produce customer content in these categories only in response to a valid search warrant.

Comment: Re:So... cloud access? (Score 1) 202

by TheP4st (#46952347) Attached to: Apple Can Extract Texts, Photos, Contacts From Locked iPhones

Likewise, if they were able to access your iCloud stuff, they'd have access to a whole lot more, such as calendar events, e-mails, and any third-party data you had backed up using iCloud Backup.

From the source you linked:

iii. Email Content
iCloud only stores the email a user has elected to maintain in the account while the customer’s account remains active. Apple is unable to produce deleted content. Apple will produce customer content, as it exists in the customer’s mailbox in response to a search warrant.

Suggest you just sit there and wait till life gets easier.