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Comment Where do they get these ideas? (Score 1) 208 208

So, Mozilla management thinks - Firefox users want more releases? Are they kidding? They think users want more bundled proprietary junk added to the browser with those releases? Mozilla management wants to drop support for the architectures most Firefox plug-ins use - so that a mass of existing plug-ins just die, that's a good idea? Sad to see Mozilla management just hastening the destruction of their user base like this.

Comment If you use an anti-virus its domestic surveilance (Score 5, Insightful) 98 98

Basically the NSA and its Stasi partners are directly compromising / attacking U.S. citizens (and other world citizens) computer security software. This is significant as it shows just how much at direct odds with the general interests of the U.S. citizenry (to have secure computers and internet infrastructure) the U.S. surveillance state has secretly chosen - a direct contradiction to the population's general interests.

If you dive into the article you'll see that all AntiVirus vendors are listed as "targets" except for the few that are U.S. and British based - presumably because they've already co-opted them into the Five Eyes Stasi population surveillance business group. This also shows the direct betrayal the NSA and Co. made years ago for the U.S. population (after the U.S. citizenry democratically said No to the Clipper Chip and U.S. government surveillance of their communications / computing related equipment). The NSA etc. betrayed that democratic choice in secret and deliberately kept hidden and has / is working for absolutely wide open computer / backbone equipment access for them & their Five Eyes partners with back doors in everything (even in your anti-virus software as this article shows) so they can spy on whomever, whenever, wherever they want (and we know that include lots of domestic surveillance). That also means the NSA chose this everything is vulnerable environment for the "bad guys" too - as back doors are open for everyone - another direct betrayal of the main computer related interest of the U.S. citizenry. JMHO...

Comment Re:The degradation of Firefox continues (Score 0) 351 351

You (and The Faywood Assassin) nailed it. Dice, no shit.... Pocket is a 3rd party data mining/monetizing application where what you read is the product they store and sell and Mozilla obviously took the 30 pieces of silver to put this in...when are they integrating Facebook use monitoring and AOL? At some point, something better than Firefox, is going to popup and the remaining user base will leave en masse....just like what happened to Netscape (almost a total replay of adding 3rd party crapware in and people abandoning the browser).

Comment Re:NSA hat time (Score 1) 142 142

It's good to remember that the ones the NSA purposely weakened were flag by private experts as being suspect before they were even in place (so people avoided them) and then confirmed as being purposely weakened by the Snowden docs - so the bad ones were flagged - DuckDuckGo is your friend on that. You definitely wouldn't want to be doing the NSA's work though in spreading generalized FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) about this encryption application (so people don't use it) that was also pointed out as "secure" by Snowden.

Comment Very gratifying to see (Score 4, Informative) 142 142

This was very reassuring to see and I'm very glad the audit was finished finally. The 2nd to the last version (v7.1a) is the gold standard for multi-platform encryption where you can be reasonably sure the NSA/FBI doesn't have a back door (or access to the keys) like they would with Bitlocker etc..

Comment But.. (Score 5, Insightful) 71 71

"The result to date has been ... the worst of all worlds, pressing the Falcon 9 commercially oriented approach into a comfortable government mold that eliminates or significantly reduces the expected benefits to the government of the commercial approach."

But this is what Boeing and Lockheed wanted. Keeping in mind Boeing/Lockheed have a space launch vehicle non compete consortium in partnership with the U.S. government. The Air Force has done absolutely whatever it could to prevent them from using Space X - and the very cosy relationship with Lockheed and Boeing probably has something to do with this. Just look at who's profits might be threatened and follow the money.

Comment Do what you can to support this (Score 5, Informative) 188 188

If you want the surveillance state rolled back, do what you can to support this - take a couple of minutes and e-mail your U.S. House Representative:

The more public support it appears this gains, the more likely it is that we can get some push back on our road to total surveillance. Much better than just saying it's got no chance and not doing anything.

Comment Re:The real issue (Score 2) 200 200

This is totally about storing that password to your phone, PC whatever. You can bet if its not for everyone, its for everyone fingered as a potential troublemaker by the NSA/FBI/Five Eyes accomplices - like privacy advocates. Everyone will just travel with "travel" phones and PC's - something new to work around.

Looking at what we've learned over the last 2 years and then the statement of what NZ wants to do - makes me wonder if the governments of all (thats the really troubling part, all) the western democracies have completely lost their minds. Nobody has stood up for the privacy of their citizens, and privacy is vital for the long term survival of democracy.

Comment Everyone is thinking Apple can't miss (Score 4, Interesting) 389 389

This guy is thinking Apple can't miss - but they often have in their history. My guess is that this will be an AppleTV moment, somewhat successful, but nothing like their other products.

These poor guys in Switzerland all worried their industry is going to go under need to take a deep breath - these are smartwatches that will become obsolete in a few years...Apple will sell some of these, but until they can replace the phone itself (that time will come) the compelling justification for them (expensive short lifed smartwatches) just isn't there., IMHO...saying that as someone who likes Apples products.

Comment Be watching this closely (Score 1) 340 340

For our Canadian brothers and sisters up north this will be a very important case (hopefully the guy gets some serious lawyers for him as this will be precedent setting - i.e. whether you have privacy rights to the data on your phone).

At this point, internationally, seems like you really want a burner phone with the bare minimum of what you'll need only on that trip.

Comment Have to take issue with the paranoid reference (Score 1) 59 59

Anyone that expects and wants privacy in their private communications from surveillance by their own governments (a requirement for democracy to last) - needs to be encrypting them.....this isn't paranoid, this is the reality of our existence (U.S. or otherwise) - what we've learned over the last year and a half details the reasons.

That's not being paranoid, that's just being realistic. You could say all that paranoid stuff (and tinfoil hat stuff) several years ago, but now that we know (some of) what the five eyes have been doing, just about the worst things the tinfoil hatters were saying, turned out to be true.

These folks (the creator of PGP is one of the leaders of the company) represent one of the only avenues for a general consumer to be able get something somewhat locked down out of the box, (not from a U.S. company as well), if they want. Amazes me the constant attacks they've taken.

Comment Re:B0ll0cks... (Score 1) 538 538

This is going to be a problem and will haunt her in the primaries as its obvious she was trying do exactly what she wasn't supposed to do - love the repsonse....even though she was doing exactly what the rules specified she wasn't supposed to do - she puts a PR release saying she was doing exactly that.

We need to ask the Google/Microsoft/NSA to turnover all those e-mails since they are logged/kept, I believe. The Democratic primaries might be more open than was anticipated.

Comment Re:Where's the source? (Score 1) 59 59

The guy that developed PGP (Phil Zimmerman) is one of the leaders of the company. They also moved from the U.S. to Switzerland after the U.S. government started forcing folks like lavabit to hand over their keys.

They're probably not a honeypot as I trust Phil. They're also developing a secure e-mail replacement protocol (forward encryption and no open headers) that they'll release as open source after they finish it (working with the Lavabit owner on that). Now, of course, if they are genuine (Phil was no friend of the Govt)...the NSA would want people to disparage and cast doubt on their products/services. For most folks (who can't/don't want to void their Android warranty and install CyanogenMod, which is 98% of phone users - this is one of the very few options out there. I hope they're very successful.

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