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Comment: Missing the point. (Score 3, Interesting) 180

by B5_geek (#48878281) Attached to: Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"

While a lot of people are jumping on the "..it wasn't encrypted.." "..FBI grabbed it while he was logged in.."
You are missing the point.
Step 1) NEVER carry incriminating evidence with you. Encrypted or not.
2) use a VPN/SSH Tunnel/etc (and/or both) to connect to the server where your data is. (make sure that server is located in a non-extraditing country, and filtered from you by a few shell companies)
3) keep an absurdly low 'idle-timeout' on your ssh sessions
4) use a dead-mans switch on that servers encrypted data
(i.e. run command "I_am_not_in_jail_yet.sh" every 15minutes.) {be more vague then this*}
5) ALWAYS assume that your local system is compromised. (boot/run from a read-only media)
6) don't brag about it! If more then 1 person knows; then your secret is not safe.

Comment: OpenBSD & PF are your only sane choice (Score 2) 402

by B5_geek (#48823791) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

I have learned this the hard way so please take heed;

NB! most of the guides online have the syntax (order of wording) wrong for pf.conf included the beloved OBSD FAQ.
This is accurate and works on OBSD v5.6
99% of the online howto & guides will get your firewall almost working.

Use this as an example from my working pf.conf

pass in log on egress inet proto { tcp, udp } to $pub_ip port { ssh } rdr-to $workstation

You can spot the variables. Use 'LOG' for all of your entries and keep a "tcpdump -nettti em0 host 192.168.0.x" running while testing your setup.

Comment: Attention SciFi fans! (Score 2) 52

by B5_geek (#48556037) Attached to: Material Possiblities: A Flying Drone Built From Fungus

This is a start!
It's this kind of thinking that will bring us closer to Vorlon tech, LEXX, or even Moya! =)
(did I miss any?)

Seriously, as others have pointed out, the most expensive valuable parts are not the airframe, but the motors/camera/radio/battery so stop the hippy-dippy crap and don't worry about making it out of biodegradable material.

But seriously, keep working/thinking in this direction.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin. (Score 1) 353

by B5_geek (#48311207) Attached to: Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

I'm not sure if you are intentionally be obtuse or not seeing the forest for the trees.

Bitcoin allows the seller to directly receive payment from the purchaser. Whenever a seller depends on a 3rd party intermediary to pass money through then that seller becomes dependant on the whims of that third party.

In some cases that 3rd party has enough clout to enforce change that is beneficial to society. But that power can be abused easily.

Lets take an imaginary scenario:
Payment processor "Money Buddy" discovers that website "slave-labour-goods.com" is forcing children to work 23hrs a day for a nickle. "Money Buddy" tells them to stop being assholes or they will stop processing their payments.

Nobody can really argue that this forced-change is a bad thing. Now lets change the scenario to something more ambigious.

"Money Buddy" discovers that "imported-cheap-stuff.com" forces that any female employees wear a hijab. The "Money Buddy" CEO is a feminist and thinks that this is an oppressive rule. But "imported-cheap-stuff.com" is located in a country that enforces that law, and the president of the company proudly wears her Hijab during the press conference proclaiming that "Money-Buddy" is actively trying to oppress her religion and national law.

Bitcoin bypasses that middleman. If you want to support child-labour and buy your sneakers for $2 less then the competitor offers then you can. If you want to make sure your money goes directly to the people you want you can. Why allow these fat-cats to continue getting their cut when they offer no added value for their services?

Bitcoin can be an incredibly powerful tool for change in society.

Comment: Re:Not quite a monopoly (Score 0) 97

Ahh, so since we have screwed up once, we have no choice but to simply keep screwing up?

Your local municipalities, school districts, counties, and states will do anything to grow their castles. That I see you granting your government more power and authority for the sake of netflix access shows that your vote can be bought with the simple promise of convenience. You are just what your local bureaucrat is hoping for.

Comment: Re:Straw Man (Score 1) 622

by gandhi_2 (#48160779) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Should you take picture of the front and back of your credit and debit cards?

Rarely a month goes by without someone's debit card pic getting retweeted 1000 times.

Some stuff is private. You don't need to make a record of it.

I didn't say it was their fault. I said that the conventional societal wisdom, as puritanical as it may sound, of "don't take picture of cum all over your face" would have probably served some people well.

I think there's a world market for about five computers. -- attr. Thomas J. Watson (Chairman of the Board, IBM), 1943