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Comment: Have to take issue with the paranoid reference (Score 1) 58

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) 465

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) 58

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.

Comment: The real renewel is in 6 months, what now? (Score 1) 87

by sasparillascott (#49155347) Attached to: NSA Spying Wins Another Rubber Stamp
Sad to see the court continue it, but not unexpected. I would expect we'll continue to hear how at risk we are from (insert name of Islamic fanactical group here - ISIS currently) etc. by the intelligence establishment in a building crescendo to the renewal date (as a justification, even though it didn't help a whit with Boston or prior events) - cause here's the thing, IMHO, 95% of U.S. politicians are cowards and the cowardly view on this is the following: If I vote against renewing mass surveillance and then some attack happens (cause of all this ISIS stuff I keep hearing about), there goes my next re-election - standing up for privacy of the citizens I "represent" isn't worth it...

Comment: Re:But can we believe them? (Score 1) 99

JMHO, because everybody would think it was Gmalto's fault that they let their keys get stolen (read the Intercept article, some of the security in transferring the key numbers to clients was really no security) and they should replace our SIM's for free - which would then bankrupt (or do something very severe to the company). So, the telling / facing the truth means severe pain for Co (or Bankruptcy) and top execs getting fired or just say everything is okay and act like they didn't really loose anything and hope it blows over - betting top execs go for option #2 (screw the truth or the potential security of customers).

Comment: Good to point out since VirnetX was mentioned (Score 5, Insightful) 186

by sasparillascott (#49127333) Attached to: Jury Tells Apple To Pay $532.9 Million In Patent Suit
VirnetX, whom Apple lost a patent case to previously, had direct ties to the intelligence community of the U.S. Government - they sued to prevent Apple from using point to point encrypted communication with no encryption keys going to Apple (for their Facetime and iChat products - if memory serves)...afterward Apple was forced to change to a client server client model (where the encryption keys were held on Apple's servers - reachable via NSL's - the goal).

VirnetX also sued Microsoft and Cisco on these same patents. Just the NSA arranging the board so they could run it going forward. Software shouldn't have patents IMHO...simply because of the documented abuse of the U.S. government's proxy in these matters. Supposedly the NSA has other proxy patent holding companies as well.

Comment: Intriguing, but landing at launch site? (Score 2) 53

by sasparillascott (#49038255) Attached to: SpaceX Signs Lease Agreement With Air Force For Landing Pad
Very intriguing article, but it makes one wonder about the landing pad being at the launch site - normally the main booster is a good ways away from the main launch site and moving rapidly away (that's why the floating landing pad was 500 miles downrange from the launch site)...this would appear that SpaceX would carry enough fuel to turn the booster back around (from mach whatever) and fly all the way back to the launch site (would seem to be alot of fuel) - I would have expected landing on a floating landing pad or construct such a landing area on an island(s) that isn't too far from the parabolic fall area of the booster (i.e. where the floating pad would be).

Looking forward to more details....

Comment: Re:I don't get it... (Score 1) 159

by sasparillascott (#48978751) Attached to: Site Launches To Track Warrant Canaries
Yeah the listing page is not very well designed (as in tear up the initial listing page design and start over from scratch) - they definitely need to go for a much more condensed main listing page (currently I can see 2 listings on a 27 inch display) and maybe red / green light metaphor for whether things are okay or not (bit sad this is the best the EFF could do on a first swipe from a web page design perspective). That said, they'll make it better with time and I'm glad it exists.

Comment: Great for Canada (Score 2) 98

by sasparillascott (#48932295) Attached to: Canada Upholds Net Neutrality Rules In Wireless TV Case
Good for Canada, your neighbors to the south have something else to be jealous about.

Down south here, our chief regulation of the ISP's, the head of the FCC - also the former CEO of the Cable Lobbying Organization as well as former CEO of the Wireless Lobbying Org appointed by President Obama - just announced that we'd have net nuetrality down here but the companies could pay each other for faster access, but this would be okay cause they could ask the FCC to look at the prices...with big strong guys like the former head of the Cable Lobbying Organization in charge of the FCC, what's to worry?

Comment: Re:Most secure phone there is? (Score 2) 46

I doubt the creator of PGP would be in on that conspiracy - since he's at the top of the company. I would expect that if the NSA didn't like that company (and they don't), they would do whatever they could to sabotage their commercial success, particularly via word of mouth.

As for mobile phones, you really need to go back far enough before location information was integrated into them (long before smartphones).

Comment: Re:pretty much expected. (Score 4, Informative) 46

Um, because one of the guys at the top of that company is Phil Zimmerman who created PGP? And they moved the company to Switzerland to avoid the entangling fingers of the U.S. government surveillance state.

As to fixing bugs, that will always be an ongoing process. I'd like it better if they were open source, but I'd trust them better than most companies. JMHO...

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.

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