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Comment: Re:Useful Idiot (Score 1) 391

I expect and accept that every nation state engages in espionage against other governments. It's a good thing. It helps those nations understand each other, their motivations, what their red lines are and why they do the things they do in a world where different cultures see the very same thing differently. It prevents war directly though these actions.

That doesn't mean governments shouldn't try to gain the advantage by stopping as much spying as they can. It's natural for a nation-state to seek advantage against others.

Snowden has unilaterally taken it upon himself to directly damage the US espionage effort without the corresponding damage to the other nations which are doing the exact same thing. If he had done equal damage to every other nation state's programs I wouldn't feel the same anger with him as the actions would have leveled the playing field, but what he has done is damage the USA, UK, Australian and Canadian espionage programs. Essentially damaging the entire English speaking worlds democracies (and even some of the non English speaking ones as well) at the advantage of a lot of non democracies and I have a serious issue with that. He should spend the rest of his life in jail for it.

Do you know how many wars have been started over a misunderstanding?

Comment: Re:Useful Idiot (Score 4, Interesting) 391

I think Snowden did the right thing when he revealed the NSA blanket spying on the US public. I think he did the wrong thing when he revealed legitimate spying on foreign nations such as the revelations about spying on the Chinese military. I think the former was so important that he deserved an award for it. I think the later was so damaging to our legitimate foreign espionage that he should be jailed for it.

If he ever returns to the US he should be publicly honored for the former and jailed for the later. It's unfortunate that for whatever reason he came up with that he decided to reveal that legitimate espionage. It's destroyed his reputation among most Americans and in truth it's damaged the good stuff he did do. All those foreign spying revelations have ultimately destroyed his legacy, if he had stayed on topic of mass spying on the American people (his claimed goal) he might have been able to return to the US someday. As it stands if he ever returns he'll likely spend the rest of his life in prison and most Americans are going to remember him as a traitor.

Comment: Re:also (Score 1) 171

by rahvin112 (#46760645) Attached to: First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

There was, that's the entire point. You can't win against the state. The state can take action by force, the warrant is a check on that system but regardless no matter what you do and the technical precautions you take the state, if patient and cautious, can easily acquire the information to breech those protections. It can range from the camera put in you house to the $5 wrench. Those advocating for true crypt to protect you from the state are simply wrong that it can protect you.

Comment: Re:Sadly, sounds like I was right (Score 1) 204

by rahvin112 (#46753041) Attached to: Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

Ah baloney.

Eich was tossed because he handled the controversy like he had aspergers. Those interviews he gave were cringe worthy. CEO's absolutely have to be politicians, they have to be able to handle bad situations in a manner that improves the problem not makes it worse. They can't get asked a question then provide an answer that makes it seem even worse than the initial impression. Even when handed a shit question in an ambush situation they need to be able to dance the discussion, not make it any worse while appearing to look like they answered the question. Eich clearly couldn't do that.

As far as the board members that quit I believe they did so because they didn't like Eich, not because of any stupid money issues. The board of directors are basically quasi bosses for a CEO, they hire the CEO, have ability to fire him with a majority, they can influence policy but the CEO has final say. If the board the CEO don't get along, it's like being in a bad marriage.

Comment: Re:Negligence (Score 1) 62

by rahvin112 (#46752331) Attached to: Heartbleed Disclosure Timeline Revealed

The problem is that we don't know how the discovery was made.

The NSA has apparently known about heartbleed since the start. And I would be surprised if Google and other major corps aren't monitoring criminal forums where these exploits are sold. Which makes me wonder if Google discovered it though monitoring the criminal channels or it's own audits.

Comment: Re:also (Score 4, Interesting) 171

by rahvin112 (#46752169) Attached to: First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

Oh hell, they'll just sneak into your home in the middle of the night and plant a hardware bug or key logger into your computer.

One of their favorite tactics used by law enforcement is to install cameras in your residence facing where you normally use your computer. They got a child pornographer like this, his use of true crypt didn't help because they had video of him entering the password and simply entered the password once they seized the computer.

True Crypt cannot reasonably protect you from law enforcement nor state sponsored spying like the NSA. It might protect you from some non-tech police agency in some shit hole country being able to access it but then they just use the standard non-tech password extraction method.

Obligatory XKCD.

Comment: Re:You can get autism from measles. (Score 2) 586

by rahvin112 (#46747899) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

the symptoms can be indistinguishable from "true" autism (which is mostly genetic).

Please don't spread misinformation. The cause of, or relationship of Autism spectrum disorder to genetics is unknown at this time. The real research on the cause of Autism which started several years ago is just starting to come in. We won't know even speculatively what the relationship of autism with anything is until some point in the future and depending on the complexity of the relationship with genetics it could be far longer.

The two most recent autism studies which I'm aware of have shown a link between increased autism rates and traffic induced smog which is definitely not genetic. I must caution those of you that like to play jump to conclusions that these are simply preliminary studies and unless confirmed by secondary followup studies should be treated as little more than slightly substantiated rumor at this point.

Keep in mind these studies take a couple years to setup and acquire funding and typically have 5+ years of data collection/processing. It could be as much as two decades before we know what the cause of Autism is. My personal bet is on a chemical that began being used heavily in industry in the 70/80's.

Comment: Re:I believe Kate (Score 1) 641

You don't even need full sentences like your example. Properly recorded you can cut half sentences together and fully change their meaning to something which was never ever read or said in the original script.

As was already pointed out this is pretty much what happened in Innocence of Muslims. The director shot the film with the script mostly in place as he intended. He then had the actors come back in and say words and partial phrases that without context was meaningless to the actors then dubbed the audio to completely change the main character.

This could have just as easily happened to Kate where she went in and read several hours of script and then in editing the sentences, their order and possibly even parts of phrases were re-cut into different orders completely changing the meaning. This is very easy to do with modern equipment and with a knowledge of the re-cutting that will take place you can even get the actor's tone, phrasing and structure to match so that's its not apparent that it's been re-cut to the lay listener.

Or Kate could just be an idiot and didn't pay attention to what she was reading. Only Kate and film crew actually know. If she sues we'll probably get to find out.

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell