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Comment Re:If you open that backdoor... (Score 1) 171

The idea, I imagine they believe, is that when you have to go to suffficient lengths to keep your data confidential, you will actually draw even *more* attention in the process, and even if you are not guilty of anything in particular, may find yourself more heavily scrutinized by the powers that be than the average individual.

The use of strong encryption in no way implies that you are "guilty" of anything or have "done something wrong."

It means you have taken proper and necessary steps to secure your data against unauthorized access. That is what all good digital citizens should be doing. Many don't, and that's why we see stories every week about a large data breach of names, addresses, social security numbers, etc. being handed over to criminals.

Since everyone is subject to suspicionless, unwarranted surveillance, it doesn't seem to me to be useful to be concerned about drawing even "more" attention to yourself. You're already under surveillance, by doing nothing at all. That's why we use of encryption.

Comment Re:Basic civics???? (Score 1) 350

Don't American politicians learn about basic civics anymore? What about the ideals upon which America was founded? Where's the reverence for principles such as "no unreasonable searches".

I was wondering the same thing. To me, Rubio just demonstrated why he is unqualified to hold the office he is campaigning for. The funny thing is, it was an unforced error. Saying nothing would have been much smarter than coming out against the Constitution.

Comment Re:Assange went about this all wrong. (Score 1) 327

42) Assange gets a brand new bullet opening his third eye as soon as his head gets out of the embassy.

I've just realized I honestly don't trust my government not to do that. There was a time I did. I've just seen too many cases of government officials feeling (or actually being) unconstrained by the Constitution and rule of law to believe that they won't disappear/torture/kill Assange. That's depressing, actually.

Comment Re:Easiest things to do. (Score 3, Interesting) 1838

4. Reducing time between comments? That's only a concern if you have crap karma, and it's easy to go from zero to excellent in a few days, so anyone making any real contributions will quickly find this is not a problem.

I assure you as someone with the highest possible Karma rating that it is very much a problem for those of us who use basic security and privacy measures.

The number of times I've seen the message "Slow down, Cowboy! it's been 40 minutes since your last post! Give someone else a chance!

That's a bit of a slap in the face considering APK spams the board consistently and apparently no one cares.

HTTPS: This is the only site I visit that does not use HTTPS.

Unicode: I understand the reason not to support every Unicode character. That could be (ab)used by a malicious person to screw up your board. But there is a subset of Unicode characters Slashdot could support so users can copy and paste the material they need to. The ones that are perfectly safe and cover 99% of the use cases we need.

Comment Re:Where is deniability? (Score 2) 391

You report a crime, then you yourself can be detained and/or brought in and confined/imprisoned for questioning, even if you yourself are not suspect of any wrongdoing: it can be very stressful, bothersome, and inconvenient to spend days in police custody answering questions

That doesn't sound right. I reported a felony exactly two weeks ago and an officer just handed me a witness statement form. Filled it out, went down to the station to hand it in. Took about 20 minutes. I might have to testify if it goes to trial someday, but I think it's more likely they'll just plea.

As to the main topic, I thought it was already the law that IT workers were to report CP, much the same as doctors are required to report certain things. I don't fix PCs, though, so I don't really know.

Comment Re:Basically no (Score 2) 532

... if money is speech (and I agree that it is, because money is used to buy media time to promote a message) ...

Perhaps it is, but ideally money does not equal speech. The idea that the more money you have the more speech you have (or more specifically, political access) is counter to the idea that all men are created equal.

Comment Re:The biggest problem with backdoors (Score 1) 345

The biggest problem with backdoors is not that they weaken encryption, although that's terrible.

The biggest problem I have is that they are implicitly asserting that they have the authority to everyone's data. My view is that they do not.

I view my personal data as classified, by me, for my eyes only. If anyone wants to see it they can ask nicely, and I'll decide whether to allow them access. Encryption is one tool I can use to ensure my private data stays private.

Comment Re:No Backdoors & IF THERE ARE ... (Score 5, Interesting) 345

In an interesting article here former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden claims* to be strongly against backdoors in encryption. It's law enforcement (FBI, DEA, etc) that are pushing for backdoors, not US intelligence (NSA). Hayden's rather chilling rationale is that since the NSA doesn't have to follow any rules, they can do bulk data and metadata collection and largely obviate the need to break encryption.

* Not that you can believe a thing he says, it's still useful to be clear on whether it's law enforcement or an intelligence agency deceiving you.

Comment Re:By 2020 (Score 1) 458

The only real reason to run Windows outside of a VM today is, essentially, games and all the other applications that require certain hardware features. Which are few and far between by now.

The only reason I keep a Windows partition around is to run Cubase. I really wish there was something comparable for Linux, but the so-called "pro audio" tools for Linux aren't anywhere near the same quality.

Comment Re:ARGH (Score 1) 720

Microsoft is tired of supporting old ass insecure software.

You mean the bug-ridden insecure software that they wrote, and then sold to you? And now you want to but the newest bug-ridden insecure software form the same company while everyone, including Microsoft laughs their asses off on how gullible people can be.

My sides are splitting. As long as there are astoundingly stupid people like you in the world, there's no reason to improve software quality. It's much more profitable and fun just to sell you more bugs.

Comment Re:Slippery Slope (Score 1) 138

As long as they got warrants (even if they're "John Doe" warrants), they're in the clear, methinks.

I suspect you are right but the problem I have is that the only information a judge receives when deciding whether to issue a warrant is provided soley by the LEO and the prosecution. There should be some mechanism for the accused to defend himself against malicious prosecution, IMHO.

Given the opportunity to only present one side of the story I could paint anyone as a baby-shaking, dog-kicking, drug-dealing, devil-worshiping, child-molesting, panty-sniffing terrorist psychopathic monster.

What judge is going to deny a warrant based on that presentation.

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