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Comment: HR Haldeman (Score 2) 60

Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, it's hard to get it back in.

It's too easy for governments now.

Thus far, all that's come of the wave of revalations from Snowden et al is government's growing willingness to gather our private data in plain sight. With apparent impunity.

Comment: Re:Watching them enter the passcode. (Score 2) 116

by rmdingler (#47406427) Attached to: Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

TLDR - Researchers steal passwords by watching them being entered.



Put the goddamn phone down in public, pay attention, and hell, start an old fashioned conversation once in a while.

You are welcome on my lawn, but watch your step. We don't allow the dogs the use of our indoor plumbing.

Comment: Re:Americans don't care (Score 1) 201

Actually, with widespread incorporation of encryption, NSA will not ever have the resources to try and decrypt what they now fetch in the clear. And lets hope that it is incorporated soon, to keep Google and other search engines out of your life.

You are posting cognitively on Slashdot.

Most people are not like you. Read it again... it does not say don't like you.

Widespread incorporation of encryption will statistically miss at the average consumer, the weakest link.

Comment: Sigh! (Score 1) 657

by rmdingler (#47398527) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes
Does anyone really believe the next great air-to-ground attack is going to resemble the last one?

The assumption that folks of Arabian descent who harbor ill will for the West would use a commercial jet is at best security theatre, and at worst, unimaginable incompetence.

Small aircraft leave and land at airports thousands of times a day with little or no TSA interaction, or imagine three drones leaving residential garages simultaneously on Superbowl Sunday...why would they concentrate their rather scattered efforts at a stronghold in their enemy's defenses?

Comment: Re:you need to be on the jury (Score 2) 415

by rmdingler (#47397261) Attached to: Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory
Police K-9s are routinely used during roadside automobile stops to establish probable cause in cases where consent to search is not granted.

It would be an incredible act of good faith to suppose that law enforcement would never use this technique outside of this narrow venue.

Likening the use of storage devices to repositories of child porn is but a step away from condemning personal computers for the same principle. "You wouldn't mind us searching if you have nothing to hide, right?"

Comment: Re:Americans don't care (Score 4, Insightful) 201

Look. On the one hand, it will be virtually impossible to make the technology disappear that allows any government unprecedented surveillance powers.

Based on the historical evidence of the governments of men, it would also be rather reasonable to expect there will exist elements within our governments willing to exploit national security fears to abuse surveillance powers.

With awareness, ignorance is left off the table as a selection. At least if we are made aware, we then choose to make a difference or play along.

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