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Comment Re:Fools think this is horrible. (Score 1) 442

I'm all for free speech, the truth, and being mindful of what rights we have, what we once had, and how law enforcement whittles away at our liberties. I'm aghast at people who argue against resistance as though this is just par for the course. It's law enforcement and their apologists that are pushing the contrived narrative that props up this 'new normal', and that's how they change reality. Citizens who are not active criminal suspects should not be under government monitoring. Citizens are entitled to the privacy they enjoyed when, once upon a time, it was not yet possible to monitor everyone all the time. Also, your condescension is just... adorable. Do go on.

Comment Re:Fools think this is horrible. (Score 1) 442

I'm pretty sure I never said anything about changing reality. However, falling in with a contrived narrative leads to a narrowing of thoughts and forgetting other options exist. If we pragmatically live in the dystopia forced upon us, then we remain in it. If we keep our sights on a better world, then we stay in control of our own destinies. So sad that you feel my lack of submission is childish. For me, a man does not submit to his bonds.

Comment Re:Fools think this is horrible. (Score 3, Interesting) 442

Vigalent cameras (and one major competitor plus a host of smaller members of the scanned license plate database industry) are placed in fixed locations as well as attached to damn near every tow truck in the country. This is why tow trucks keep taking quick jaunts through parking lots, going too fast for a human to read plates and check lists. The cameras are reading every plate. It's a bonus reason for them to stage their trucks along congested expressways. These companies compile and keep the data for decades.

This fool thinks that it's horrible that a detailed database of every license plate that Vigalent cameras ever saw, and the place and time it was seen, is now in the hands of law enforcement and probably soon in available for a small fee. Spouse abusers, kidnappers and hitmen take note. NSA/FBI, whoever can't collect this legally themselves, can now fetch a outline of anyone's life and create a profit for the private industry supplier.

Comment Re:Don't cherry pick (Score 1) 314

You have links to the code committed by the NSA to Linux kernel? No? Your just blathering about the phobias and fears that only exist between your ears? Yes, we thought so

Hey Chuckles. You don't know for a FACT that burglars have their sights set on your property. So show us some confidence and leave your doors unlocked and your keys on the dashboard.

Comment Re:Rotting eggs? (Score 1) 292

Trust me, the agency responsible for this leak will NOT be penalized enough to be more careful in the future. This is effectively immunization, and that's better for business than any insurance policy. They calculate the losses (in lost profit + lawsuits, etc.) vs the expense of better safety, and whichever is cheapest wins. Who cares if 1600 customers are roasted in their own juices, when the expense of greater safety is larger than the profits those customers would have provided? :D

Comment Re:Storage Well (Score 1) 292

Neither the CO2, nor the natural gas in question, is just rising due to buoyancy. The weight of the thousands of feet of rock holds the gas under pressure. It's like a whoopie cushion with a stack of 99 cinder blocks on top of it. It's actually physically impossible to store gas underground at surface-level densities. It takes a lot of pressure to force it down there, but the advantage is that you don't need power to extract this gas; just a pressure regulator. The earth is full of cracks and holes, most of which are pressed tightly together, making an airtight seal. Evidently the earth around this exhausted oil well isn't sealed tightly enough, at least not any more. In the case of this natural gas, like the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, the regulators and valves have been circumvented. Any gas (or liquid) sequestered in this manner will shoot up like a rocket for months or years. CO2 will fill up nearby valleys and flow along low-lying paths. Until the reserve runs out, it would create a zone lethal to animals.

Comment Re:Rotting eggs? (Score 4, Insightful) 292

Something said in another article about this leak, was that they *don't* try to burn them off, because it complicates the repair. I get the impression that the facility this leak is at is still open for business. The heat from the fire would force workers to keep a greater distance, and destroy equipment which the gas plume alone doesn't harm. It also seems that the leak is not coming out of a broken pipe, but rather from where it emerges, or even cracks in the ground nearby it. A fire fed like this might move around, pop up in unexpected places, and perhaps disintegrate the ground underneath the facility. Burnt, it's better for the environment, but set alight, it might never be put out.

Comment Re:Rotting eggs? (Score 5, Informative) 292

You misunderstand. This is not a production well, it is a storage well. This is natural gas which has already been pumped topside, treated with scent, and has been forced back underground into an expired oil well. It's a super-cheap way to store fuel, but in the minds of those who are not legally immunized from disasters like this one, extremely risky. When storage wells like this crack open, there's almost nothing that can be done, and no ability to do anything quickly in any case.

Comment Re:Wasted bandwidth (Score 1) 115

I agree. It would be better to disguise your data as normal traffic!

Bittorrent might be an ideal choice, since we've seen evidence that the sp00ks discard that traffic wholesale. You'd set up a legit bittorrent repository with a few thousand popular files, on a server which publicly appears to enforce a strict up/download ratio, which would help explain why so many clients stayed connected for long times downloading small chunks. Your own client would essentially join a cloud of encrypted proxies and contribute relay services.

Other good choices would be disguising traffic as https browsing blogs, forums and decentralized social networks. Your obfuscation server would be like a plugin to these kinds of legitimate public servers. It would look just like people were just catching up on news and posts. The higher the traffic the site has, the better. Occasionally, we might see major websites get hacked to include the obfuscation feature for a few days here and there. Sp00ks will have to log all https traffic to and from cnn, yahoo, google, microsoft, lolz!

Since sp00ks count bytes to determine what page you're looking at, even when using https, the obfuscation server could pad the packets to simulate a walk through various actual threads or web pages it hosts.

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