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+ - Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Google Chairman Eric Schmidt told a conference on surveillance at the Cato Institute that Edward Snowden's revelations on NSA spying shocked the company's engineers — who then immediately started working on making the company's servers and services more secure. Now, after a year and a half of work, Schmidt says that Google's services are the safest place to store your sensistive data."
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+ - Congress grants US authorities unlimited access to every person's communications-> 1

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The legislation was passed yesterday 325-100 via a voice vote, a green light for what Congressman Justin Amash describes as “one of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative”.

The bill allows the private communications of Americans to be scooped up without a court order and then transferred to law enforcement for criminal investigations.

The legislation effectively codifies and legalizes mass warrantless NSA surveillance on the American people, with barely a whimper of debate."

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Comment: Re:Of course... (Score 1) 699

by rastos1 (#48549545) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus
Piano Media does this: https://www.pianomedia.com/pre...

I think that I've watched this developing from the beginning. Some sites implemented it and keep using it. Some implemented it and then gave up. Some took the idea and implemented their own version. Some people just moved elsewhere. Some people keep bitching about it (which may indicate a success). It works better if you have one major media outlet and it locks news about local events in a small country. For anything global there is enough of independent sources.

Comment: Re:In Finland (Score 1) 516

by rastos1 (#48472837) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?
The parent post should not have mentioned earthquake. For earthquake prone zone you want wooden houses because they are more flexible. But I don't often see earthquake reports from US. On the other hand I see tornado reports from US several times a year. The houses are turned into a pile of debris every single time. Also the victims don't usually wander around saying - "Ah, it's cheap to re-build a wooden house". More likely they say "I've lost everything; I can't afford to build a new house". I don't say that a concrete/brick building will not suffer any damage. But surely it will be in better shape compared to a wooden house.

+ - Another hint for Kryptos

Submitted by rastos1
rastos1 (601318) writes "Four years ago Jim Sanborn, the sculptor who created the wavy metal pane called Kryptos that sits in front of the CIA in Langley revealed a clue for breaking the last remaining part of the encrypted message on Kryptos. The clue was: BERLIN.

But the puzzle resisted all all decryption efforts and is still unsolved.

To honor the 25th anniversary of the Wall’s demise and the artist’s 69th birthday this year, Sanborn has decided to reveal a new clue to help solve his iconic and enigmatic artwork. It’s only the second hint he’s released since the sculpture was unveiled in 1990 and may finally help unlock the fourth and final section of the encrypted sculpture, which frustrated sleuths have been struggling to crack for more than two decades. The next word in the sequence is: “clock”."

Comment: Re:How about... (Score 1) 349

by rastos1 (#48295339) Attached to: Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

Each Ebola outbreak is a bit different. The current one does not have decades of scientific studies. It can also evolve and mutate in short time.

That said, I don't claim that Ebola is contagious before the symptoms are shown. I'm claiming that a dangerous thing does not stop being dangerous just because it is possible to handle it safely. An infected person may not know whether it has raised body temperature because it was exercising, got a cold, ate something stale or shook hands with someone at the airport. Symptoms are not discrete. Person may just not notice that something is wrong with them or may ascribe that to a different reason ...

Comment: Re:Here's why (Score 1) 468

by rastos1 (#48286475) Attached to: Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

Voters worry about irrelevant issues like

Or the NSA's mass surveillance, the TSA, the Patriot Act, DUI checkpoints, free speech zones, and the countless other things our government does that violates the constitution.

True on slasdhot. Not the case anywhere else as far as I can tell. If I asked 100 in a shopping center whether they are care about having their internet surfing monitored, text messages monitored, phone calls monitored - I would not find one person that cares. Try convincing a BFU to start using encryption in e-mail. Good l luck. All you get is a blank stare (or they report you to authorities). Do you think anybody stops and thinks about containers for bottles at airport security check? Nobody does. Claim "it's for the children" or "it helps to fight terrorism" and you get a free pass with anything. Absolutely anything. Gosh, don't you see that everywhere?

A method of solution is perfect if we can forsee from the start, and even prove, that following that method we shall attain our aim. -- Leibnitz