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Comment: U.S. govt already did this in Dec 2014 (Score 1) 463

by sasparillascott (#48736817) Attached to: Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked
"Or, instead of trying to generally extend/eliminate the statute of limitations, they may change the law to suspend the clock when encryption is used, so the time it takes from the day the evidence is seized or sniffed to the day it is decrypted doesn't "count.""

As part of the 2015 Intelligence Authorization Act (believe that was the right name), the NSA's agents in the House and Senate inserted language into the bill (the President signed it shortly thereafter so its law now) at the last minute basically legalizing the U.S. government to vacuum up all electronic communications (i.e. all the stuff they've been doing clandestinely) and if its of interest to the intelligence establishment or it is encrypted (it specifically mentions it) then they can keep it forever (no time limits).

Comment: Give the NSA popular platform to plant backdoors? (Score -1, Offtopic) 217

by sasparillascott (#48620525) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?
As the large software company most in cahoots with the NSA from what we know (pre-encryption access Skype,, etc.):

They could, reasonably, provide the NSA a good platform to plant back doors within commonly used software installed on all platforms. This should be assumed.

Comment: With Skype NSA pre-encryption access coded in (Score 4, Interesting) 99

by sasparillascott (#48608839) Attached to: Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator
Always good to keep in mind with Skype, courtesy of Edward Snowden, Microsoft, as a partner to the NSA, rewrote it and coded in pre-encryption access for the NSA for all Skype communications (video, audio and text). Microsoft has never said it has taken them out. So always assume that whatever you do on Skype is getting recorded and kept, for future use, by the NSA or one of the other five eyes agencies.

As others have pointed out, last week the U.S. passed a law (and the President signed it), which got no press, authorizing all U.S. citizen communications can be recorded without a warrant and that information can be passed from the NSA (which was created only to spy on external threats...not anymore), kept for as long as the NSA would want and passed directly to law enforcement agencies when they want it. Its not that President Obama won't do anything with your skype communications, its what the future Nixon, McCarthy or (FBI) Hoover, or worse, will do with them.

Comment: Re:Where are you going to keep your files?? (Score 1) 379

I think you're getting it - in the end they want a daily log from every system in the U.S., all citizens (otherwise known as suspects) and eventually the world - they only need time to get there. Given the language here, it seems an okay for the govt to plant malware in all citizen systems for use "when needed".

It's rather hard to see how we get out of this spiral towards a surveillance state.

Comment: Need to remove the M from IBM (Score 5, Insightful) 84

by sasparillascott (#48185641) Attached to: IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division
Probably need to change the name to IBC and drop the M as they are rapidly on that road to not really building/creating anything anymore - and just being another offshoring consulting firm (once they offshore the managers they could change it to Indian Business Consultants).

Comment: They cleaned up the story some (Score 1) 571

by sasparillascott (#48149561) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project
Now it talks about fission reactors in Navy aircraft carriers and submarines. The article notes that the fuel would be deuterium and tritium so it would have radioactive bi-products, not massive amounts but some. The article talks about future reactors could use a different fuel (boron?) to have no radioactive by-products (but the fusion reaction is harder to initiate and sustain).

All that asside this is a huge step forward...Lockheed wouldn't come out and put this in the open if they weren't very confident they could do this....the fusion age may be at hand (although Wind and Solar will almost probably be cheaper producers of power - as their costs have continued and are expected to continue to fall over time).

Comment: The monitoring of passengers is a joke (Score 3, Interesting) 478

by sasparillascott (#48113623) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola
Heard an expert on infectious diseases interviewed the other day and they said the temperature taking of passengers was a joke as Ebola victims don't show a temperature until many, many days after they've been infected (i.e. it would not have caught the guy who recently died in Dallas from Ebola because he didn't have a fever when he came in). It just gives the appearance the govt is in control somehow, when they really aren't.

Definitely can't trust the government is saying regarding the disease if/once it gets established in the U.S., as preventing panic is the highest priority. The disease expert did say the industry and Feds were working night and day to get a blood test created and available and said they were probably a month or so away from that (if things continued moving along).

Comment: Re:That title needs work, for one thing (Score 1) 93

by sasparillascott (#47899197) Attached to: Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential
Don't forget they fired their award winning composer who'd been with them since Marathon (?) days & treated him bad while doing so - made me wonder what was going on over there at the executive level (and add a bit of apprehension for this game's release - which turned out to be warranted).

I was ready for this game as I loved Bungie's releases previously (been with them since the Mac days), but the always connected part put me off (hate having to pay a subscription to Microsoft just so I can connect my 360 online) and then they weren't allowing reviews of the game to be done in I decided to wait just a bit, now I'll wait for the price to fall significantly or maybe skip it altogether. Big disappointment.

The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland"; but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.