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Comment: I say XPrivacy (Score 5, Informative) 67

by johanw (#47348517) Attached to: Ars Takes an Early Look At the Privacy-Centric Blackphone

"PrivOS’ main innovation is its Security Center, an interface that allows the user to explicitly control just what bits of hardware functionality and data each application on the phone has access to"

Those of us with a normal but rooted Android can do these things already with XPrivacy, an XPosed module. Fine grained control per system call, also for system apps (yes, that includes keeping pre-installed Facebook out of my address book and gps data). And I can choose to simply refuse, or tell it the address book is empty and I'm on the south pole.

Comment: Observations and measurements disagree (Score 4, Interesting) 188

by johanw (#47313503) Attached to: The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

The logical conclusion is that, because the current universe clearly exists, there is something wrong with either the BICEP2 measurements, conclusions or the theory of the Higgs field. IMO the first 2 options seems the most likely to contain an error. This kind of measurements is extremely complicated and a lot of assumtions are made to get from the raw data to the conclusions. The Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BICEP2) already states that they are backing down a bit and investigating alternative explainations.

Comment: Re:Fishy (Score 1) 566

by johanw (#47120007) Attached to: TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

TrueCrypt doesn't use public key cryptography. The most likely possible flaws that are non-obvious would be a faulty random number generator but that has been audited and nothing suspicious was found like in the NSA toolkit. Further, the changed source of 7.2 contains of not only omissions and additions with warnings, but also other work in progress that had not been hecked in yet. So it likely does come from the original developer. My 1st guess is problems with a government, my 2nd guess is personal problems of the developer.

Comment: Re:Fishy (Score 3, Insightful) 566

by johanw (#47118495) Attached to: TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

So what? The author of TrueCrypt is not known and does want to remain anonymous. So suppose I create a fork and distribute it under GPLv3, who is going to complain? A lawyer has to represent someone who can prove he has the rights to the code, he won't be able to do that while representing someone who wants to remain anonymous.

Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 1) 1198

by johanw (#46878635) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

The US tortures even people who are NOT convicted, they are not much better than other dictatorships. The main difference between the US and other dictatorships is that in most others the people KNOW they live in an authoritarian state. US propaganda seems to be alomost as effective as the one in North Korea.

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