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Comment Re:Not a problem, nothing to see here (Score 1) 217

By making Binge On free, they have neatly avoided Net Neutrality problems.

Bzzzt. Wrong. Even free, the classification of certain data as unmetered, in my opinion, violates net neutrality. To play fair, they'd have to make all data unmetered, or metered. The whole point of net neutrality is you cannot give any favoritism to anything, all data needs to be treated the same, regardless of what that data is.

I know what T-Mobile is doing is supposed to be a benefit but it's still going against what net neutrality means.

Comment Re:This is crazy... (Score 3, Interesting) 301

Cops violate civilian law all the time for the sake of enforcing the law. The main thing that comes to mind is speeding, running red lights, and blocking traffic. And of course, an entire debate can start from cops usage of firearms.

Not even remotely close to comparable situations.

But if you wanted some comparable situations, you could point at Law Enforcement using under-cover officers posing as prostitutes to catch 'Johns' for soliciting prostitutes. Kind of a similar situation. I guess since Law Enforcement is allowed to do that, this probably is being allowed for much the same reason. Could also compare it to Law Enforcement attempting to buy or sell drugs in order to catch dealers and users. All of it is pretty devious if you asked me.

I know I've seen some Law Enforcement reality shows where Law Enforcement busts a drug dealer, then stays in their residence for a few hours to catch users coming over to buy drugs. So that does happen, very similar to honeypotting a seized kiddie porn site. But I personally don't like it, I think it's just low. Gets a bit too close to entrapment for my taste.

Comment Re:This is crazy... (Score 1, Insightful) 301

It starts to go downhill when it is a crime to download or just view (which is pretty much the same thing) an underage pic on your computer (and let's not go into ludicrous things like underage cartoon characters who are also considered verbotten!).

The problem here is... just viewing the picture is creating a 'demand' for such material, and therefore a supply must be created, which exploits minors. I'm not really on board with the drawings of such things being forbidden as well, that seems like overkill to me, and drawings may supply the consumers of such materials that aren't exploitative of minors. It's an ugly nasty situation for sure.

Then they tell you the same thing is not a crime if you do it in order to catch other people doing it. So, is it a crime or isn't it? I don't know of another crime that it is OK to "perform" if you're "the good guy"...

I definitely have a problem with a honeypot situation involving child porn. I've already said in other posts, committing a crime to catch criminals is really in my opinion 'bad policing', and promoting 'do as I say, not as I do.' I also doubt the ability of such a honeypot (assuming it was TOR network site) being capable of revealing anyone's true identity. Though I think the other article said they were infecting the users of the site with some kind of malware/virus to help reveal their identities, which by the way, is also against the law. So double whammie here, hosting child porn and distributing malware.

Nasty can of worms. I definitely think kiddie porn is disgusting (though as I said, drawings of it are ok by me. Not interested, but at least there's no victims) but so is Law Enforcement breaking laws to catch criminals. Not sure which is worse, they're both pretty low in my view.

Comment Re:VPN is a terribly overweight solution (Score 2) 159

As long as the proxy can rewrite the requests sufficiently, the VPN encryption doesn't really add anything but it must chew up an insane amount of CPU time somewhere.

Given how easily modern CPUs can handle encrypting/decrypting VPN traffic.. it's really not a big deal. Overkill? Sure, but I personally love seeing the internet's tubes flooded with lots of encrypted traffic. The more the better. Keeps the spooks busy.

Comment Re:Linux is becoming a shitshow, even before this. (Score 1) 129

Linux used to be about choice; now it's about using the software the distro maintainers tell you to use, and fuck you if you don't like it.

...or by rolling your own distro (which totally defeats the purpose of using a distro in the first place).

Don't these two statements contradict themselves? Also, as far as I know, you can switch to old school System V init with Debian by fussing with the package manager.

Linux is still about choice to me. I can pick and choose whatever software/services I want in my installation. Distributions are merely a recommended set of software/services that distro suggests. You don't have to install their recommendations, you can still, choice again quite there, install a very minimal system from the distro of your choice and add onto it however you see fit.

As far as desktop (I don't use a linux deskop, FWIW, I only use Linux in a server capacity) I still think there are plenty of choices for you to set up a system however you see fit. Of course, the more non-standard your choices are, the more difficult it is to do. But the choice is still there. Just as the choice not to use Linux desktop is also there. It's all about choice, always has been, and probably always will be. Linux, FWIW, is just a kernel. Everything else is what you choose.

Submission + - The most distant galaxy is farther away than the Universe is old

An anonymous reader writes: The farther away we look in the Universe, the farther back in time we look as well, since light has a finite speed. But if a galaxy's light takes a million years to reach you, that galaxy is going to be farther away than a million light years by time that light arrives, because the fabric of the Universe itself is expanding. This leads to a puzzling fact of nature: even though the Universe is 13.8 billion years old (since the Big Bang), the most distant galaxies are upwards of 30 billion light years away, with the current record sure to be broken in the coming years.

Submission + - Why Apple isn't going to buy Netflix, now or ever (bgr.com)

anderzole writes: Earlier this month, Jan Dawson of Techpinions articulated a few reasons why Apple acquiring Netflix would make a lot of strategic sense. On the whole, Dawson’s take is well-reasoned; Apple understands the “importance of strong content services” and currently has no unique video-based offerings of its own.

With Apple’s plans for a TV subscription service now on hold due to pricing and bundling issues, snatching up Netflix, Dawson all but says, would instantly transform Apple into a major player in a burgeoning space that the company clearly wants to get in on. There’s no getting around the fact that multi-billion dollar acquisitions are incredibly intriguing and often create ripple effects that can permeate across entire industries. That notwithstanding, Apple acquiring Netflix, I feel, would in practice be a foolish move on Apple’s part. Put simply, the logistics and business just don’t add up due to four reasons, including the fact that it would actually be cheaper for Apple to produce its own programming than to acquire Netflix.

Comment Re:I don't run adblock and never had an issue (Score 2) 406

Yes, anything is possible, just as it is possible the sun will super nova tomorrow and destroy the earth... or the planet will get hit by an untracked meteor; or how about the nemesis theory?

This is a prime example of someone who gets their computer taken over by a botnet.. doesn't care, don't even look. Just merrily goes about their life oblivious while their computer is used for nefarious purposes, like serving malware to other idiots.

Comment Slippery Slope (Score 5, Insightful) 138

Bit of a slippery slope when Law Enforcement is breaking laws to catch criminals. This is not good policing in my opinion. There should be no excuse for breaking the law, especially in an effort to enforce the law. Law enforcement should never be 'do as I say, not as I do.'

A simple test is.. if a citizen did this to another citizen, would that be against the law? Last I checked, hacking your neighbors computer and collecting information from it is definitely against the law. (Unless you're Microsoft and say you're going to do it in your EULA, bit that's a different can of worms.)

Comment Re:TrueCrypt (Score 1) 314

Windows 10 logs all keystrokes, and by default sends everything to MS. Allegedly that transfer can be disabled, but not the logging itself. That info was taken from above.

That'd be a neat trick, when you're using full system encryption, it logging keystrokes before the OS even starts (which is where you put in your TrueCrypt passphrase.)

Comment Ignore it (Score 1) 265

If you're confident your system is secure against intrusions and you're monitoring things this closely, a port scan is ... nothing. Who cares? It's intrusions you care about, not probes. Just be sure anything you have open is secured. Monitor attempts to attack anything opened to the world.

I personally don't monitor for port scans, I really don't care. Anything open on my servers is either secured, monitored, or if it's a legacy service I'm unsure about, sandboxed (chrooted, unprivileged, etc) to minimize any intrusion into it from causing any damage to the rest of the system.

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