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Comment: Re:yes (Score 1) 393

looks interesting. we were thinking about using VPN connections to perform messaging on our own server, so they would have to break the VPN, or actually get into the server to get the communications. but retroshare does look interesting, although i worry about those keys too. i suspect breaking simple encryption is beyond easy for the NSA, as in it's already automated.

Comment: yes (Score 4, Interesting) 393

several non-tech folks have stopped communicating with me except for face-to-face, simply because they don't want the government to read our conversations. my text and emails have gotten very matter-of-fact ever since the snowden revelations leaked.

as a result, i've been researching the available encryption resources out there so we can actually have private conversations without worry. there aren't many that are really simple to use and actually effective. i'm talking with a friend about setting up a home server we can VPN into for chat sessions until there's a workable solution for non-tech types.

i've wanted to do this for a while, but no one else around me cared. now they care.

Comment: Re:America's Priorities (Score 1) 327

by periol (#42229219) Attached to: Nationwide Google Fiber Deployment Would Cost $140 Billion
i said "will probably end up costing much more"

funny how you cut that bit off. that was my personal extrapolation.

regardless, here's the real information:

Altogether, accounting for both the TARP and the Fannie and Freddie bailout, $605 billion has gone out the door—invested, loaned, or paid out—while $345 billion has been returned. The Treasury has been earning a return on most of the money invested or loaned. So far, it has earned $87.8B. When those revenues are taken into account, $172.0B is the net still outstanding as of Oct. 26, 2012.

Comment: Re:That was easy (Score 2) 712

by periol (#41838521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen
Totally agree with this. I use these for my own writing, which is meant to be archival (in journals, and I want to be able to read them in 30-40 years). The tip is very fine, there is no bleed, the ink is waterproof and fade-resistant, and the pens last a long time. My current one is from 2010. They're not very expensive, and can be found at most art stores. I've gone through so many pens, and these are the best.

Corporations Hiring Hooky Hunters 610

Posted by samzenpus
from the taking-a-personal-detective-day dept.
No longer satisfied with your crinkled doctor's note, a growing number of corporations are hiring "Hooky Detectives." Private investigator Rick Raymond says he's staked out bowling alleys, pro football games, weddings and even funerals looking for people using sick days. From the article: "Such techniques have become permissible at a time when workers are more likely to play hooky. Kronos, a workforce productivity firm in Chelmsford, Mass., recently found that 57 percent of salaried employees take sick days when they're not sick — almost a 20 percent increase from statistics gathered between 2006 and 2008."

One Night Stands May Be Genetic 240

Posted by samzenpus
from the getting-in-your-genes dept.
An anonymous reader writes "So, he or she has cheated on you for the umpteenth time and their only excuse is: 'I just can't help it.' According to researchers at Binghamton University, they may be right. The propensity for infidelity could very well be in their DNA. In a first of its kind study, a team of investigators led by Justin Garcia, a SUNY Doctoral Diversity Fellow in the laboratory of evolutionary anthropology and health at Binghamton University, State University of New York, has taken a broad look at sexual behavior, matching choices with genes and has come up with a new theory on what makes humans 'tick' when it comes to sexual activity. The biggest culprit seems to be the dopamine receptor D4 polymorphism, or DRD4 gene. Already linked to sensation-seeking behavior such as alcohol use and gambling, DRD4 is known to influence the brain's chemistry and subsequently, an individual's behavior."

Comment: Re:Prediction (Score 1) 695

by periol (#24406527) Attached to: Windows Is Dead – Long Live Midori?
or in my case, they know every bill i pay through them, and that i take out lots of cash. they know how much gas i use, because that goes on my credit card. otherwise, they know very little about me.

i have a savings card for the local safeway - i actually have three i use in rotation, with fake names, numbers, and addresses.

at the moment, gmail is the biggest security hole in my life. i'm working on fixing that.

+ - Virtual servers introduce new security threats->

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bednarz writes "IT managers worry that security attacks designed to exploit a hypervisor could infect virtual machines that reside on the same physical host, in what is known as a "virtual-machine escape." If a virtual machine is able to "escape" the isolated environment in which it resides and interact with the parent hypervisor, industry experts say it's possible an attacker could gain access to the hypervisor, which controls other virtual machines, and avoid security controls designed to protect the virtual machine. "The Holy Grail of security in the virtual world is to bounce out of the [virtual machine] and take control," said Burton Group analyst Pete Lindstrom."
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