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Comment The perfect system to spy on citizens (Score 1) 1 1

Wi-Fi Aware devices go through a unique process of discovery and synchronization, establishing a common 'heartbeat' that enables very power efficient operation. Devices form clusters and exchange small messages about services available nearby, enabling immediate discovery.

So if every household has one Wi-Fi Aware device, it will be a massive mesh spy network.

Wonderful

Right now it's possible to blacklist one's TV in the router by MAC address, so it can stream AV but not phone home to the internet.

With this technology, it will be a twinge more difficult to stop the invasion of spying appliances from carrying out their tracking missions.

Comment HT is untrustworthy (Score 3, Informative) 95 95

Per TFA:

According to Motherboard's Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, the company has sent out emails to all its customers, requesting them to shut down all deployments of its Remote Control System software ("Galileo") - even though it seems they could do that themselves, as the customer software apparently has secret backdoors. Perhaps they chose the first route because they hoped to keep that fact hidden from the customers?

Yet, according to ]Hacking Team[ Six Confidential Whitepapers on cryptome.org, HT explicitly state on page 31

NOTE HackingTeam have no way of connecting to or receiving any information from the Customerâ(TM)s RCS installation.

So, if HT lie to their rather high powered customers about a major detail like that, what else?

Comment Funny TFA (Score 1) 1 1

Love the irony of the first sentence of TFA:

In the wake of the revelations about Facebook's tracking of users who do not own a Facebook account...

The whole point is that nobody owns a FB account, or has any control of the visibility of the data therein, except FB.

Comment Oh dear (Score 1) 2 2

The basic idea is that HTTPS is more secure â" it stops government agencies spying on what we do and it stops man-in-the-middle attacks.

yes, more secure.

no, it doesn't stop government agencies spying on what we do, and it doesn't stop man-in-the-middle attacks. It just makes it more expensive.

Comment Re:stop and frisk (Score 1) 219 219

No it can't, because the reporting is 'Shooting victims" and "Shooting incidents" which has no correlation to stop and frisk, no matter what the friskee was found with.

Look at it another way. There were roughly 1000 shooting incidents and 1,000,000 stop and frisks. If EVERY shooting incident could have been prevented by a stop and frisk, that's still 99.9% a waste of everybody's time.

Also, I have no idea of the demographic for shooting incidents, but I suspect it doesn't match the demographic for stop and frisk which is largely male black/latino young adults. So if the reason for the stop and frisk is the cut down on shooting incidents, that's losy tactics.

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