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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.

Comment: We'll never know (Score 5, Insightful) 142

by sasparillascott (#47852199) Attached to: Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers
Back in 2006 it was already out that the NSA was sharing information with the FBI among others:

With multiple leaders of the U.S. intelligence apparatus having been caught lying under oath, we'll never know. One of the techniques is for the NSA to pinpoint something then the FBI look at the target and find something else they can label as the "reason" they found out about it.

At this point, because of our government's shortsighted decision's (Bush/Obama) to pursue and institute a surveillance state (ala East Germany), we'll never know what the story was here and have to take any claim from the Feds with a huge dose of skepticism.

Comment: Sad we need to think about this, but we do. (Score 1) 299

I know that Apple introduced that feature with iOS 7 and the number of robberies of iPhones dropped dramatically thereafter...which was the point of it and a really nice thing to see.

However, this angle on things, which I hadn't thought of, is totally on target - this is totally ripe for abuse by the NSA etc. when the correct number comes up..political or otherwise. Remember we have seen one of these agencies erase information that the Senate was looking at to audit them with, then that agencies leader lies under oath about it - then doesn't get punished in the slightest for it afterwards.

At this point, Joe public wouldn't need to worry about it, but we need to have things set for when stuff gets bad (when the wrong President gets into power and knows how to use all that intelligence offense he has behind a military official whose only oath is to his orders) and things go to a police state for political gain (as it always is)...then this becomes a terrible thing and not worth having.

Comment: Re:Pray BlackBerry sticks around (Score 4, Informative) 72

Not really (at this point), at the recent BlackHat some researchers demonstrated how they could remotely compromise a Blackberry.

Another great article that talks a little about that instance with Blackberry and another smartphone platform designed for security as well:

Comment: The NSA etc. already are buying exploits (Score 2) 118

by sasparillascott (#47631423) Attached to: Cornering the Market On Zero-Day Exploits
I think the point of the speaker was to create a silo-ed verifiable way to do this (so things couldn't be siphoned off to the NSA like they currently are as those costs are a rounding error for the NSA). I like the idea if its implemented properly, currently we have the NSA & foreign intelligence agencies being the big buyers, keepers and exploiters. JMHO...

Comment: Good to keep in mind when using Skype (Score 2) 267

by sasparillascott (#47619161) Attached to: Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier
Microsoft gave the NSA pre-encryption access to all communication streams via Skype (through the rewrite they did after purchasing Skype). They've never said that access was removed.

It's good to keep it in mind when using Skype (or choosing to continue using Skype) that all messages, pictures, conversations and videos are probably recorded by the NSA for future use. Bummer for the Leopard users on the convenience side of things.

Comment: Re:The fate of the Internet (Score 1) 126

by sasparillascott (#47614345) Attached to: Alleged Massive Account and Password Seizure By Russian Group
Far from its nadir at this point, but your post makes excellent points. It definately seems to be getting worse at an accelerating rate.

At what point of security breakdown do online roles/uses become guess is that the credit card folks have seen a significant falloff in use (and collection of fees) due to the constant capture of people's credit card numbers as an example - at some point that will become more pronounced.

What is the point where enough people start clamoring for a "secure" (by the state of course) system to replace the "internet"? It's an interesting question, hopefully we don't get to see the answer to that - but the trajectory for online security is not heading in the right direction.

Comment: The FBI program sounds alot like this one at NSA (Score 4, Interesting) 182

I wouldn't be surprised a bit to learn they are related:

Snowden docs, exceptional description of the Turbine program that seeds malware to non-targeted individuals - goal by the NSA (then) was millions of infections.

The logical extension of this is, in the end, to compromise all personal and business computer systems - so anything is available when needed.

Comment: Good to remember (Score 2, Informative) 74

Keep in mind just what exactly Microsoft handed the keys to the NSA for:

Microsoft wasn't called out as an "enthusiastic" partner in the NSA's documents for nothing. Definitely consider all versions of Skype to be damaged goods - along with all other Microsoft products - can't imagine how excited the NSA was for the Xbox One and its always on audio monitoring and (originally) required connected video camera.

Comment: Important to remember (Score 2) 114

by sasparillascott (#47598853) Attached to: How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil
Advertisers are Facebooks customers, users are the product - and the company (led by its senior executive leadership) has a history of making ethically unsound decisions with "their" product (i.e. users) and there is no reason to expect those poor decisions (with regards to its users) to stop.

I've heard one person remark that Facebook stripmines their users personal details & that seems to be an accurate analogy for how the company operates. JMHO...

Prediction is very difficult, especially of the future. - Niels Bohr