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Comment: Re:how ? (Score 1) 321

by currently_awake (#49158645) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?
If the NSA can sneak in and swipe the SIM card keys then sneaking into the factory and "updating" hard drive firmware won't pose any difficulty at all. If they alter the firmware for all hard drives to add a backdoor, that would be sufficient for their needs. As a bonus they could alter a common drive controller chip to be sensitive to RF, allowing remote exploit.

Comment: Re:The younger generation will eventually rule! (Score 1) 57

by currently_awake (#49106141) Attached to: Iran Allows VPNs To Make Millions In Profit
American sanctions and persecution keep the religious hardliners in power in Iran. Just like they kept the Communists in power in Cuba. We turned China into a capitalist "Western" country (just like us) using trade and open borders, there is no reason it won't work in Iran.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 253

If you have your own currency you can print money. That gives you liquidity, at the cost of massive currency devaluation. Currency devaluation will make Greek exports cheaper and imports more expensive- and both will greatly benefit local industry and services, creating local jobs and economic growth. Switching to their own currency will fix all their problems, unless you are rich.

Comment: Re:The Constitution is Clear - Tenth Amendment (Score 5, Insightful) 78

by currently_awake (#49092559) Attached to: When It Comes To Spy Gear, Many Police Ignore Public Records Laws
Illegal terms in a contract are null and void. Any contract requiring illegal activity is not a legal (enforceable) contract. It's sad that police are not experts on the law, it's worse that we have no way to force them to follow/obey the law.

To be a kind of moral Unix, he touched the hem of Nature's shift. -- Shelley

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