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Comment: Re:Spyware companies will love it (Score 1) 172

by marxmarv (#47526301) Attached to: Firefox 31 Released

If FireFox took a stand against stupid bullshit that costs more than it benefits, they could kill it. They're big enough to do so.

Raise your hand if you really thought firing Brendan Eich was about LGBT rights and not corporate control over the window to the web...

Maybe better to just start calling them Netscape again.

Comment: Re:NewsBlur (Score 1) 132

by mcubed (#47389577) Attached to: Google Reader: One Year Later

Same here. NewsBlur works well for me and has improved in the year since I made the switch. I even subscribed, not so much to get the extra features as to support the developer/development.

I've read articles here and there saying that the death of Google Reader had an impact on the blogosphere and I'm sure it must have, but I can't say that it has had any impact on the feeds I subscribe to. Almost all of them as as active as they ever were. I don't know if this is quite the right approach, but I tend to view the blog feed subscription as the primary method by which I stay to connected to the source, and Facebook/Twitter as secondary methods I sometimes use depending upon the source. For some types of media, Facebook and/or Twitter (especially the latter) can be effective supplementary channels, but for most of the feeds I ever used an RSS reader to follow, neither of those are a good replacement. I've only unsubbed from a feed and stayed connected on either FB or Twitter if I've lost interest in the feed.

Comment: Random thoughts (Score 1) 361

DUAL_EC_DRBG was a random number generation algorithm that only its mother could love. It's slow, complex not provably more random than other algos, and comes with magic, unexplained constants, which are the last thing you want to see in an ostensible entropy generator based on asymmetric crypto... and if you want FIPS certification you have to use the given constants. Why did NSA want it in there so badly? Why, after a potential flaw was found and corrected, did NSA personnel "suggest" a change that, in retrospect, only made that putative flaw more reliably exploitable? Cryptologists explain.

On the hardware side, Theodore T'so observed that Intel was very eager to have RDRAND be the exclusive source of entropy for the kernel's RNG, as was one goofball at Red Hat who tried to introduce a kernel parameter to do the same thing. He fought them both off, thankfully.

In general, see also ProPublica on the SIGINT Enabling Project.

Comment: "I hunt sysadmins" (Score 1) 361

I Hunt Sysadmins discusses why sysadmins are high-value targets. In short, sysadmins are often softer targets than the high-value Linux systems they might be paid to secure or administer. They probably use webmail or social networking services from PRISM partners, and the things they look up often reveal information about their projects and methods. The thrust of it is how to look at haystacks with CT technology instead of boring old flat radiographs, and as odious as the ends are, the means are the stuff of a fascinating, occasionally scintillating read. They are, after all, just a very large IT shop with a one-of-a-kind data set to play with.

Of course the haystack analogy breaks down before it starts as there is no +1 Needle of Revealed Wisdom to locate and extract. Is Russia fomenting a "color revolution" in the US as payback for the two we gave them in Ukraine? Is China building a fifth column inside the US to ensure their trillions in dollar holdings will hold value? Is French heavy industry spying on major US political patrons and stealing intellectual "property" or business information? Does Germany still believe the USA is faithfully holding all their gold on deposit at Fort Knox? Is Elizabeth Warren really a danger to foreign investors favored by the ruling class? etc.

If you think situational awareness is a waste, you're probably forgetting that government organizations can provide good service to customers iff the government thinks it's important. City hall treats you with hostility not because they're the government, but because you're not.

Comment: Speed limits are perfectly rational (Score 1) 361

as a means of keeping the working class obedient and docile and paying for the middle class. They are also rational from a safety perspective. The devil (or the intent to exploit, if you prefer) is in the details.

The mistake is assuming that the ancien regime exists to serve you, which is not only laughably ahistorical, but nauseatingly consumerist. Unless you're part of the gentry, you exist to serve them.

Comment: Ah, ah, sources and methods (Score 1) 361

Rays can be traced both ways. Each bit of intelligence gathered provides information about how and whence it was collected. That's not the sort of thing you throw around casually unless you're trying to burn it. (See also "parallel construction".)

Besides, why would they when GCHQ's already got a whole company of Internet trolls to run propaganda ops (or as they call them, "Internet effects operations") and outsourcing makes for cleaner hands and more deniability?

Comment: Re:Well, of course (Score 1) 361

what they don't realize is the more they do this shit, the more they'll create extremists.

How do you know that they don't? C'mon, systems thinking (or even murder thinking): for which agents in the system is that outcome a win (motive)? Who is equipped to pull it off (means)? Who has the political capital to put such a thing through without mass disobedience (opportunity)? Or, forget that, and just look at the USA's documented habit of quietly funding, arming and training a new flavor of fundie (ISIL, 2012, Jordan) to break down working secular governments so Grover Norquist can drown them too in a bathtub and steal the hydrocarbons from under them.

Static analysis is useless in politics. Assume every word or act from every authority figure is an attempt to exploit until proven otherwise. (If infosec were a high school graduation requirement, this consumer politics of jousting with pool noodles would collapse instantly.)

Thufir's a Harkonnen now.