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Comment: You are not a police state... (Score 1) 539

by frrrp (#45884183) Attached to: FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose
You are an occupied state. The military/surveillance industry has moved beyond simply corrupting the political process via high-priced, slick and efficient think tanks/lobbyists and now effectively owns the White House. Your current crop of politicians are either terrified into submission by security Grand Guignol theater; bought off like cheap hookers; or blackmailed into compliance by dirt accidentally turned up by the "legitimate" surveillance programs. Using estimates from Dana Priest and William Arkin at WashPo, the combined membership of the military and security apparatus is now pretty close to 2% of the entire population - funnily enough, the same number Orwell gave for the Inner Party in _1984_. Democracy has ceased to be - you now live in the United Occupied States of America. Who you vote in makes fuck all difference. Get used to it. The only hope the rest of the planet has is in your imminent bankruptcy and economic implosion. Unfortunately, neither privatised prisons nor a perpetual war footing are viable long term business models. Just look at what happened to your prototype - the former Soviet Union.

Comment: Re:Why so much butthurt? (Score 1) 399

by frrrp (#45772625) Attached to: Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, and the Dangers of a Righteous Mob

fiannaFailMan: Funny how quickly the defenders of racism come out of the woodwork. A bit more subtle than the pointy white hoods it it's still with us, as your post demonstrates.

What complete and utter bollocks. The hysteria mill for nonsense like this is almost exclusively driven by pudgy, pink, extremely entitled, privileged, middle-class NORTH AMERICANS. Those that have poisoned liberalism and made it look *exactly* like the parody liberalism as pushed on Fox News by the likes of Glen Beck and Ann Coulter. These are people who no longer have genuine grievances to fight the righteous fight for, so they clutch at trivia - any life destroyed is a proudly claimed as a shrunken head trophy, no trivia is to small to shriek about. Welcome to the jungle of the Social Justice Warrior. Welcome to the Colosseum. http://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2013/12/because-lying-and-resenting-is-what-angels-do.html

+ - To make journalism harder, slower, less secure->

Submitted by frrrp
frrrp writes: Making journalism harder, slower and less secure, throwing sand in the gears, is fully within the capacity of the surveillance state. It has the means, the will and the latitude to go after journalism the way it went after terrorism... Only if they can turn a mostly passive public into a more active one can journalists come out ahead in this fight. I know they don’t think of mobilization as their job, and there are good reasons for that, but they didn’t think editors would be destroying hard drives under the gaze of the authorities, either! Journalism almost has to be brought closer to activism to stand a chance of prevailing in its current struggle with the state.
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Comment: AV is really a second line of defence (Score 1) 515

by frrrp (#41447975) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?
AV is really a second line of defence. Basically, we're well past the point that signature scans can keep up, and heuristics can only do so much - the more you increase the sensitivity, the more false positives it generates and confusion sets in. I've found the best primary defense is a good personal firewall. At the risk of being accused of shilling, I've found Comodo free version as an excellent example for windows (caveat, haven't used it for a couple of years now) - which keeps track of all processes and files that are requesting stuff over the network. It always alerts when a new event occurs and asks for your blessing before allowing. It picked up stuff that went straight through AV - and submitting what it alerted usually returned a new malware variant when vendors looked at it. This is not a reason to not run AV - but a reason to think of firewalling as your primary protection.

Comment: Re:IPreadator (Score 1) 138

by frrrp (#41128997) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best VPN Service For Australia?
Thanks. You're the only one that actually answered the question. I was working off the list at Torrentfreak. I had Ipredator short listed, but dropped them as they had limited endpoints. I tentatively chose privateinternetaccess and said so, of course got accused for spamming/shilling, but my question was more are they trustworthy? The other two were BTGuard and Torguard. Really thought this was a straightforward question. Should know better than to expect straightforward answers.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Best VPN service for Australia?-> 1

Submitted by frrrp
frrrp writes: Australia has proceeded on its merry way towards being an absolute nanny/surveillance state. Yesterday -

A controversial piece of legislation aiming to bolster the powers of law enforcement agencies has passed the Federal Senate, despite vehement protests from the Greens, who argued strongly that the bill was “yet another” unnecessary expansion of the Government’s surveillance powers in Australia. Entitled the Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011, the legislation, amongst other things, introduces a requirements for ISPs to retain data on subscribers’ Internet activities in the context of a warrant being sought. It also broadly brings Australia into line with the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.

The Australian public, and media, have been largely asleep on this issue and, by Parliament standards, the speed with which this legislation has been rushed through must be a new record — with both major political parties colluding to force it through and quash any thoughts of amendment to its draconian scope. So the time has come — VPN is no longer a luxury but a necessity. The question is, which VPN service providers are best for us poor folks on the arse end of the planet? I have more or less settled on probably going with Private Internet Access. Can any of the BigBrains on Slashdot enlighten me further on the subject of personal VPN — the kind that provides the full spectrum of service as a naked direct link does?
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Comment: Doesn't anybody rummage around? (Score 1) 340

by frrrp (#38407016) Attached to: Site Offers History of Torrent Downloads By IP
Bottom left - http://www.youhavedownloaded.com/#seriously

Don't take it seriously The privacy policy, the contact us page — it’s all a joke. We came up with the idea of building a crawler like this and keeping the maintenance price under $300 a month. There was only one way to prove our theory worked — to implement it in practice. So we did. Now, we find ourselves with a big crawler. We knew what it did but we didn’t know how to use it. So we decided to make a joke out of it. That’s the beauty of jokes — you can make them out of anything. However, if you have a better idea — don’t hesitate to contact us.

Comment: Deepak Chopra is a Penrose fan (of course) (Score 2) 729

by frrrp (#36258930) Attached to: Does Quantum Theory Explain Consciousness?
Chopra also wants to create a woo equivalent of the Templeton Prize for this kind of crap. As others have mentioned - this is old news and something of a personal obsession with Penrose and requires numerous leaps of faith to follow. Penrose has been taken down by Victor Stenger quite some time ago - http://www.csicop.org/sb/show/is_the_brain_a_quantum_device/

UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn