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Comment: Re:Why 80% (Score 1) 254

by gweihir (#47435523) Attached to: William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

Seriously, how stupid and removed from the world can you get? The US is not nearly so weak that the whole Islamic world combined can bring it to its knees. It can however self-destruct and that is well underway. The next step after fascism is complete collapse. May take a few decades though.

Comment: Re:Why 80% (Score 2) 254

by gweihir (#47435509) Attached to: William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

Indeed. And that is the extreme risk that the NSA's activities create. And after a while of using real charges (and most people have something...), just make anybody opposing the new regime a drug dealer, a child-pornography user or simply a terrorist. The FBI and many police forces already have started to practice lying to courts under oath with "parallel constructions" when they use data from the NSA. The step to complete fabrication is a small one and, I guess, has already been taken more than once. Prosecutors are also well prepared with making "deals", as in offering 30 years imprisonment if people keep quiet and a sentence exceeding the remaining lifetime of the accused if they decide to fight. This effectively cuts the courts out of the process.

This has all happened before and, for the 3rd Reich or Stalinism can be found in the history books. Unless something dramatic happens very soon to reign the NSA in, that step to pure fascism is pretty much ensured.

Comment: Re:So SSL is nothing more than an honor system? (Score 2) 107

by gweihir (#47423743) Attached to: India's National Informatics Centre Forged Google SSL Certificates

Anybody that looked into the SSL certificate system has known that for a very long time. Quite a few people used to use self-signed certificates, as as least there somebody that bothered to find out could be sure it was secure.

I think the fundamental brokeness of the SSL certificate system is because of deep naivety with regard to the trustworthiness of governments and because of active sabotage of by said governments way back. I hope at least that issue is fixed after Snowden. Governments are even more evil than any of their members and cannot be trusted for any purpose.

Comment: Utter stupidity, continued (Score 1) 683

by gweihir (#47399325) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

I guess they have never heard of smaller batteries or (for multi-cell cases) step-up converters. It is quite simple to, say, take a 6 cell battery pack and convert one cell to a step-up regulator and retain one cell. Gives you 4 cells (i.e. stainless-steel containers) to fill with whatever you like. The same effect can be had by using smaller batteries than originally in the pack.

A penny saved is a penny to squander. -- Ambrose Bierce