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Comment: But snooped on with what? (Score 3, Interesting) 96

by sacrilicious (#47711743) Attached to: Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope

Researchers will demonstrate the process used to spy on smartphones using gyroscopes at Usenix Security event on August 22, 2014. Researchers from Stanford and a defense research group at Rafael will demonstrate a way to spy on smartphones using gyroscopes at Usenix Security event on August 22, 2014. According to the "Gyrophone: Recognizing Speech From Gyroscope Signals" study, the gyroscopes integrated into smartphones were sensitive enough to enable some sound waves to be picked up, transforming them into crude microphones.

I can't help but feel like there are gyroscopes involved in this process somehow...

Comment: "bad press", "interested in security" (Score 2) 306

by sacrilicious (#47646127) Attached to: New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

Because despite recent bad press, they are interested in security.

Your post makes various other points that sound reasonable to me, but I have to call out the above line from a couple of angles:

1) using the phrase "bad press" implies a virtuous subject that has been distorted by a reporting industry with a non-virtuous agenda. NOTHING OF THE SORT has happened to poor lil' NSA here... they FUCKED us, straight up, and got caught red-handed.

2) Whatever the extent to which the NSA is "interested in security", it might as well be the extent to which a wolf is interested in "keeping chickens alive"... yes the wolf wants a food supply, but that doesn't make the wolf a proponent of livestock. The NSA is all about surveillance at this point; their putting on the badge of promoting security is a means to an end. I won't rehash the extensive list of public standards they secretly compromised to that end; it speaks for itself.

Again, I think much of what you wrote makes sense, but in this particular line you stray notably too far into something approaching neutrality about the NSA. They are bad people with a bad agenda, and they'll fuck YOU the first chance they get.

Comment: Re:You can't sell what you don't have! (Score 1) 274

by sacrilicious (#47543883) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE
There is a huge difference between "limited by physical laws to the best of humankind's understanding of them" and "limited by policy". Your implication that Verizon has been portraying "unlimited" to mean "any amount of data in any arbitrarily small amount of time regardless of physics" is utter drivel... bullshit of the most asinine form.

Comment: Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (Score 4, Informative) 253

by sacrilicious (#47481461) Attached to: New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes
Really liked reading your entry... I'm same-minded about exercise and what I eat, for largely the same reasons. Thought I'd put in a plug for xylitol; exactly as sweet as sugar gram for gram, no bitterness/weirdness in taste, natural, long long history of usage in Europe, *is safe for diabetics* because it doesn't cause the same insulin reaction that sugar does, and even helps prevent tooth decay (because it looks enough like sugar to mouth bacteria that they try to digest it, but fail/die). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X...

Comment: Re:Throw the book... maybe literally at him. (Score 1) 220

by sacrilicious (#47202005) Attached to: NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin
I remember when the RIAA had some pirate place raided years ago, and the coverage of the raid said that they'd found "thousands" of dvd burners. Turns out the actual number was lower by an order of magnitude, and that the numbers had been inflated on the pretense that a 16x speed burner was "equivalent" to 16 dvd burners.

Do not -- by any stretch -- put it past the interested parties to thusly lie.

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