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Comment: Re:A sad perspective (Score 1) 157

by currently_awake (#47563117) Attached to: Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance
I LIKE the idea of outsourcing domestic spying. It means the people spying on us will filter out the irrelevant stuff. Like if you're a politician and your kids are sexting their friends, or if the mayor is sleeping with his secretary kind of stuff that's useless for intelligence work. It also means if your government gets out of control there will be someone out there who might intervene (in theory).

Comment: Re:Alright! Go Senate bill (Score 1) 157

by currently_awake (#47562987) Attached to: Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance
We already know this bill won't work. The executive branch can stop the spying at any time, just by giving an order. Therefore we know the executive branch LIKES the spying on everyone, and will work to keep it going. So if they are supporting this bill then this bill can't have any real limits on the spying.

Comment: Re:what the hell are you doing on your cellphone (Score 1) 262

5000 HD video channels, with a footprint of 1/3 the planet converted to a data channel (downlink only) works out to about 5,000 x 6 MB / 500,000,000 = 60 bytes per second. And that's why satellite internet sucks. With cell towers your individual bandwidth is a function of how many people are using that tower. If you aren't getting enough you add towers, simple as that. It just costs money and the cell companies find it's more profitable to throttle than upgrade their network. Throttling your internet/cellphone is free, so long as everyone does it to prevent competition.

Comment: Re:VPN (Score 2) 123

The NSA spends a lot of time and money "Defending America" by spying on everyone. But if the Copyright cartels drive everyone to use VPN's and crypto it will directly undermine all that hard work and money spent. As a matter of national security, the government of the USA needs to block the copyright enforcers from this path.

Comment: Re:Australia Deserves it. (Score 1) 123

The second amendment is already gone. All they have to do is make a secret law banning guns, then they convict every gun owner of that, then take away your guns because you're all convicted criminals. The second doesn't apply to anyone convicted of crime, and the government can ban anything it likes.

Comment: Re:Transparency FTW! (Score 2) 97

by currently_awake (#47536447) Attached to: Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy
Given the pathetically low level of security at the NSA (Snowden was just a sub-contractor!) it's likely that everything they get is forwarded to the Russians, and given what we know of the NSA it's likely they have compromised TOR. So this probably is misdirection to fool the dissidents.

Comment: Re: McCarthyism v2.0 (Score 1) 242

by currently_awake (#47527197) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist
One of the problems with computer games is people camping the spawn sites. Or knowing that the body armour is in the watch tower over the east gate. Once you know the rules of the system you can "Game" the system to give yourself an unfair advantage. The same tactic works with computer based intelligence analysis. You can "game the system" to get any arbitrary result you want.

I'm all for computer dating, but I wouldn't want one to marry my sister.