makes a fine covert channel to get data to or from a compromised router, and NSA has shown interest in mass-pwning routers.
Well, good. Religion has no place outside of religion, and certainly not in math.
They have lots and lots of things for every occasion. And remembers, keys do not only encrypt, but authenticate. How does it feel having a copy of one's car keys left with the NSA, especially post-Hastings?
Apt Richelieu quote. They are collecting data on every person, but how much is a function of the person (or the data). Consistent sympathizers with incumbent power are uninteresting and not really worth the bandwidth. Sympathizers with any power other than the regime are interesting.
What information would they have gotten by holding a competition that they wouldn't have gotten by developing internally?
Competitive intelligence, duh. If you want to see what the state of the art in civilian crypto is, of course you want to look at as much as possible.
Either way, that's kind of a strange thing to say about an organization that claims to have completed an awesome new cryptanalytic capability in 2011, after which (according to the black budget leaks) CCP's Microelectronics program shrunk by a factor of six over the next two years... and that slide with that little red box...
Look, if you're reading this news site, and you didn't know that security can only be meaningfully assessed against a threat and that an accurate model of this threat is required in order to assess it and propose countermeasures, you're not going to bring much to this conversation except noob blather.
The observation you appear to be missing is that *both* adversaries in a crypto war have cost-benefit tradeoffs to make. Backdooring a crypto product is cheap, and very valuable. Expect it. The NSA black-bagging your hardware is expensive. If you've never been to an environmental protest, you're not worth this to them. The NSA pwning your router, apparently, is a capability they hope to automatically acquire this year -- expect that.
THIS. Americans relate to duplicity like fish relate to water: it's apparently the medium of action in the world we inhabit, yet we can't see it.
Might makes right, eh? I take comfort in knowing that the smarmy cosmpolitan bourgeois Randites will be among the first against the wall.
Or intoxication? Some of the very technology that enthuses technology enthusiasts act not only as the bribes held out to discourage action against injustice, but as delivery mechanisms for tireless, persuasive, superficial (and well-paid) advocates for injustice.
Particularly since the target of the hack was the the very commission in charge of determining the exact threats against those who might commit Federal crimes. High five, bro.
Any movie budget over $5MM is for candy CG, splosions or "names", none of which makes a movie worth sitting still for.
When they put money into making intelligent, mature works that model sanity instead of digital opium, eye candy, the celebration of dysfunction, and the same g-d movie over and over and over again, maybe I'll be in. But nine figures on a resource warrior going interracially native? Pass.
The customer is always right, especially when they have chosen to not be your customer.
Sports, political shows, same difference. Both are negatively informative and I have no use for either.
A government that doesn't protect the 99% from the 1%, who have consistently shown themselves to embody the most pernicious, sociopathic forms of Randism (which is all of them), is no government worth having.