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Comment: Re:Stasi Tech? (Score 1) 127

by Virtucon (#49090195) Attached to: Gadgets That Spy On Us: Way More Than TVs

Well SIRI and your iPhone can't catalog the Internet so even if the IVR could be processed there would be tangible external activity to make some of it work. Queries like "When's my next appointment" or "Call My Wife" could be local but then where's your calendar located and where's your address book maintained?

Comment: Re:Stasi Tech? (Score 1) 127

by Virtucon (#49090179) Attached to: Gadgets That Spy On Us: Way More Than TVs

SO opt out. Don't use SIRI, it's easy to set up a firewall in your house and disable certain services. Even CNET has an article that pertains to Samsung. Sure a hacker or a government could get at it in other ways, shit just install a listening device in your house or a GPS tracker on your car... Oh wait, that's been done too. That's why I said the laws had to be updated. You'll never ever get the government, any government, to stop snooping on you whether it's by direct means or indirect means like reporting bank transactions over $10,000 in cash to the Treasury.

Comment: Stasi Tech? (Score 3, Insightful) 127

by Virtucon (#49089433) Attached to: Gadgets That Spy On Us: Way More Than TVs

I think that's a pretty harsh term. When used by a repressive regime this technology could be used for doing bad things but if people want voice commands in their lives they have to realize that some of this "snooping" is necessary. Why? Because voice processing and searching on the scale of some of the applications such as SIRI require centralized processing. Therefore your voice commands have to be sent someplace else and processed. Also this kind of technology isn't exactly new and things like Web Cams on laptops aren't immune from even local school districts snooping on students. The point is that the technology is introducing new possible attack vectors on your privacy and allowing not only corporations but even governments to potentially abuse your trust in the devices you use. I'm sure it's happened but I'll bet Apple has been subpoenaed for the SIRI requests from a suspected murderer or drug kingpin much like they'll ask Google for search queries from a suspect. That's why laws must be updated and the public made aware that there's a price to pay for all this ease of use. Oh in respect to LG, LG also says that any media you connect to their device will be potentially scanned including things like file names so start getting rid of those unused sex vids because the Chinese are watching your porn.

Comment: Re:Consider the denominator (Score 1) 136

by Virtucon (#49021233) Attached to: DEA Hands MuckRock a $1.4 Million Estimate For Responsive Documents

There are a lot of out of work lawyers out there right now. Considering that it could employ up to 14 lawyers to just fulfill the FOIA request it could be considered a jobs program but even at $100K/per it's still cheap wages for NOVA. They may have to offshore the work to China and hire about 10 middle managers and a couple of senior lawyers to oversee the project. Then the DEA can put in a funding request for FY2016 to include additional staff to deal with the FOIA request ultimately costing the taxpayers millions more than the original request cost.

Comment: Re:Sen Markey (Score 1) 100

by Virtucon (#49018767) Attached to: Report: Automakers Fail To Fully Protect Against Hacking

I believe I implied that. Regulation to some degree is necessary but with the assaults on our privacy and being hacked in ridiculously simple ways that needs to have some associated degree of pain. If a company loses your PII the FTC comes in and says "bad company" slaps them on the wrist with a fine and they go and promise not to do it again. In the meantime the victims are left scrambling around to recoup their credit ratings and lost assets without any assistance. That's one dimension to this problem. The other has to do with the assault on our privacy from all angles even if it isn't being hacked. You should have a constitutional right to privacy regardless of the media used, where it's stored or to whom it's conveyed. That means the Feds shouldn't be allowed to create back doors into systems, weaken encryption or deny it's use to anyone, for any purpose.

I'm for a free market but yes, sometimes you have to put some reins on to at least set some boundaries on how or what is put out there. A lot of this is fundamental consumer protection and I'm not talking overarching laws that turn us into a nanny state but shit if you're $40K car can be stolen with a couple of pulls on a parking break then that's a pretty big CPS issue.

Comment: Sen Markey (Score 4, Insightful) 100

by Virtucon (#49018571) Attached to: Report: Automakers Fail To Fully Protect Against Hacking

We've had computers in cars for quite awhile. You are correct that these newer systems are more vulnerable to hacking and identity theft. The biggest question you should ask is why do we allow our information systems whether they be in cars, financial institutions or healthcare systems to be this vulnerable. The federal government is also slipshod when it comes to protecting information and it's time that was stop pointing fingers and produce legislation and a constitutional amendment that protects privacy.. The only way we'll change the behavior is to include penalties for not thinking about security and putting our PII and lives at risk.

Comment: Re:Film the death camps (Score 1) 175

by Virtucon (#49017433) Attached to: Hobbyists Selling Tesla Coil Kits To Fund Drone Flight Over North Korea

Those aren't Death camps. Those are re-education facilities where the happy workers can become more productive and can work out some of their own personal problems. The PRK set those up as an experiment in mental health care and it's worked so well that they decided to continue it. ;-)

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