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Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 1) 265

I think stomache acid probably destroys SD cards. Also, I think it would probably be poisonous; heavy metals and all...

Better is to just let them delete the video. They're probably stupid enough not to do it right, so you can undelete it later. I said something like this very recently in another thread, actually, about the guy where the NY cops actually did delete his video.

Comment: Phone Pictures (Score 1) 227

by linuxrocks123 (#47708333) Attached to: $125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

I'm going to go WAAAAY out on a limb here and speculate that these bullying asshole police officers weren't tech-savvy enough to know how to permanently delete stuff from a cell phone. Most likely, a simple FAT file system undeletion utility could have brought back all those pictures, or at least most of them. Does anyone know if the victim here did anything to try to get those photos undeleted?

Comment: Re:Engineers do dress well (Score 1) 165

Of course the Federal Reserve is a government agency. Congress created it. Congress can shut it down if it wants. It's not "accountable" because being accountable means, "politicians can fuck with it". And whoever the current President is would have a strong temptation to force the Federal Reserve to enact an inflationary monetary policy just before an election, because such a policy would cause a temporary increase in economic growth, and the negative effects of the inflation would not be felt until some time later. So, it's done exactly like the Supreme Court*: the President appoints the Board of the Federal Reserve System, the Senate confirms the appointments, and, afterwards, the President can't fire or control the appointed official. Are you going to claim the Supreme Court isn't part of our government?

*Except that Congress can't fire a Supreme Court justice but could completely rewrite the Federal Reserve Act and fire whoever they wanted at any time.

Comment: Re:Engineers do dress well (Score 1) 165

Weimar Republic was a special case. Punitive measures put on Germany (reparations) gave the Weimar Republic fewer options than the US would have. The US has the options of the following:

1. Telling foreign creditors to get stuffed.
2. Declaring all bond debt null and void.
3. Declaring SOME bond debt (say, those bonds held by rich people -- not saying I support this, just that it's an option) null and void.
4. Many other "creative" options I haven't even thought of.

The Weimar Republic could do none of this. It was a weak, unpopular, unstable government that was also under the boot of foreign oppressors. A US federal government bankruptcy would look much different.

And you don't have to go to precious metals anyway. Corporate stocks, real estate, and inflation-adjusted bonds also track inflation.

Comment: Re:Looks like a fairly simple hack they did. (Score 1) 182

by linuxrocks123 (#47611989) Attached to: The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware With Drive-By Downloads

The way around this is Whonix. You can't be totally sure there are no zero-days in your web browser, so you browse in a VM that's only connected to the Internet through ANOTHER VM and THAT VM is running Tor. So, the VM the web browser is running in doesn't know your MAC address and doesn't know your IP and has no way to get it.

Then, when you're done, you reset the entire VM to a known state ("snapshot") so that any virus they managed to installed can't stick around and probe for ways out of the VM jail.

This isn't perfect. Nothing is. They could find a 0-day in the Tor project software, or they could find a way to break out of the VM after they compromised Firefox, but this is still REALLY good protection.

And I have no problem with the FBI using malware to catch bad guys. Like others have said, the problem is (was?) with the Tor Browser, not with the FBI. They're just doing their job, and I applaud them for using all tools they have available.

Now, they "blew their cover" with this tool by using it, so this particular vulnerability won't ever work again. I hope it was worth it.

The endgame, of course, is going to be that the FBI doesn't have tools like this. Whonix, software like Whonix, and just plain better security practices in coding will make exploits like this rarer and rarer. Is that a good thing? I guess we'll see. If organized crime starts flourishing because of Internet anonymity, then I guess it's not a good thing. If not, it probably is. But, as long as law enforcement has a tool, it's their job to use it.

Comment: Re:Legitimate concerns (Score 1) 282

by linuxrocks123 (#47580031) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

You're surprised about this?

This is Google being Not Evil by not censoring people. Hate speech isn't illegal in the US. It's protected political speech, the kind most protected by the First Amendment. Google could remove it anyway, but Google is one of the few corporations out there with brass balls and a willingness to stand up for its users.

You must not be from the US. If you were, you'd know there was not and could never be such a law here.

Comment: Re:Legitimate concerns (Score 1) 282

by linuxrocks123 (#47579949) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Are you an American? Please say no.

I think it's a testament to how great we are that the American Nazi Party can field a candidate for President if they want.

I also think it's a very, very good thing they would lose horribly.

No one should not be able to run for office just because of what they think. No one should not be allowed to express their thoughts just because of what they think. Everyone has equal rights. Even the asshats.

It's not like extremist groups don't run for office in Europe. They just use dog whistles instead. Are you going to erode your democracy further by trying to ban political groups that look-nativist-but-aren't-explicitly-nativist-but-we-don't-like-them-so-let's-ban-them? How would you make sure giving the current government the power to ban rival parties from elections wouldn't be abused?

I have an idea, how about you not let the current government ban political parties, but have a direct vote on the matter instead?

Wait...

Comment: Re:Legitimate concerns (Score 1) 282

by linuxrocks123 (#47579929) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

I'm almost a free speech absolutist. Like, really really close. Look at my posting history here and on SoylentNews especially if you don't believe me.

And I disagree with you here.

Yes, the people panicking are partly to blame. But, so is the guy who falsely shouted fire in a crowded theater. In a civil suit, both would be liable for damages to the people trampled. And that's the right result.

People are responsible for being dumbasses. But people are also responsible for manipulating other people to do harm, even if the people they manipulate are dumbasses.

Comment: Re:Legitimate concerns (Score 1) 282

by linuxrocks123 (#47579921) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Oh geez.

Shouting "Kill the Jews!": protected speech unless they're seriously inciting imminent murder. Stupid and horrible, yes. Protected speech, yes.

Attacking a nearby synagogue: that would fall under assault and arresting people who are using violence is totally okay.

Speech doesn't hurt people. Violence does. Ban violence, not speech.

Comment: Re:A cautionary tale? (Score 2) 189

by linuxrocks123 (#47571055) Attached to: An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

History is not always written by the winners. A good example is the history of the Roman Empire. The history of the Roman Empire consists partly of the Roman Senate gradually and consistently losing more and more power to the Emperor. But, Senators were still independently wealthy politicians and statesmen, and many wrote treatises on the history of Rome which survive to this day. In these treatises, they typically vent about how assholeish past emperors were. Now, they couldn't ever say the CURRENT emperor was an asshole, but, after the guy died, the next emperor typically didn't care too much about what was written about his predecessor.

So, here, it so happens that history was written by the losers, who channeled their butthurt about losing political power struggles into great treatises on the history of Rome.

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