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Comment Re:Connected? (Score 1) 281

Is this like Windows 8 where it nags you to sign in with a @msn or @hotmail account?
Because I'm very much uninterested in having Microsoft follow along with my daily activities.

More than that; using their browser, their search engine and local search facility,
their anti-virus, all send copious amounts of information to Megasoft.
Using the default settings sends numerous types of data over the wire.

Comment Re:Diversity (Score 3, Informative) 287

>> many deliberately avoid academic and STEM fields because their own peers disapprove of it.

Break it down. Where do you get your information from? The addressing of any problems
requires understanding the framework in which they work, which begs the question.

Institutional discrimination, impoverishment from colony establishment, obfuscated history,
and extremely biased education create the problems you speak of.

In some ways, yes, the black kids you talk of are being told they cannot achieve, in
wide-scale ways, from their marketed culture, to their lack of family structures, to their
loss of history, knowledge of who they are in the world, and a myriad of other ways.

Understanding why these things exist leads to one of two conclusions: 1) that for some
reason 'these people' can't seem to get it together, either due to genetic or cultural deficiencies
or that 2) their destruction was systematic, planned, and on-going, in such an extreme way
that precludes all notions of a segregated society where everyone 'gets along'.

The only words of wisdom available now are "don't trust a conquerors history, listen to the oppressed."

Comment Re:Diversity (Score 1) 287

Insightful comment, but digging further you will find that that bias effects quite a lot more.
For instance, when oppressed people are required to put their race on a test, they do worse.
When children are shown white and black dolls, they invariably consider the white doll 'good'.
This bias is deeply rooted in American culture, language, and history, to a frightening degree.

According to other studie(s) a majority of Americans are subconsciously biased against 'black' people.
Some don't afford the system the possibility of reform, while others don't seem to do enough research.

Comment Re detecting/creating (Score 1) 71

The primary methods of detecting IMSI-Catchers and Fake BTS's is described here (pdf), and due to the variety of manufacturers' baseband interfaces, there wasn't an easy way to uniformly detect these devices.

IMSI-Catcher doesn't seem to work on my old, non-GSM Android, but I've also found OsmocomBB to be interesting; it's an open source GSM broadband implementation that seems to work on some older, cheap phones, like some motorola candy bars; check out Catcher Catcher for more info.

In terms of the IMSI Catcher devices themselves, I've seen estimations of $20 to $1500 to make one, from using cheap RTL-SDR devices to a full SDR (~$400-1500) to run a full fake GSM BTS.

The legal usage of IMSI-Catchers doesn't seem clear to me. It is essentially a MiTM attack, which at least android devices seem to go out of their way to ignore. The law enforcement usage seems worded in ways that would just confuse 50+ year old judges. And they have to go far out of the way to make sure that you don't notice an interruption in service, by forwarding any on-going communications to their intended recipients and tunneling them back, if they go are run over time and don't disassociate.

I haven't seen any estimation on how often these things are used. Besides, hacked femtocell's are probably also responsible for a lot of these rogue BTS's; I wonder if that would be discovered with such detection methods?

Comment Re:Who cares (Score 1) 168

Modern IOS versions randomize the MAC used for passive wifi scans. I'd imagine android is also doing the same.

Its been said that this is how they have changed IOS 8, however
I've only noticed that they have decreased the number of beacons it sends greatly;
the same MAC is used for the probes; and given the ability to profile devices passivly [pdf],
the MAC may not be the only thing to worry about.

If you have a wireless card that can go into monitor (radio promisc) mode,
you can see all of the probes constantly travelling around us:

tshark -i mon0 -R 'wlan.fc.type_subtype eq 4' -T fields -e wlan.sa -e wlan_mgt.ssid -e radiotap.dbm_antsignal -e frame.time -E separator=, -E quote=d

Thing is the penetration of these monitoring techniques is difficult to
ascertain, I've been looking for them when I visit big retailers, but
according to people like Glenn Wilkinson and Brendan O'Connar,
these may be fairly easy to setup and in wide use surreptitiously.
(Authors of Snoopy and CreepyDOL)

Comment Re:The problem: (Score 1) 377

You realise that it is unscientific to prove or disprove a god right? You simply cannot have a scientific concensus on the matter outside of a god isn't needed to explain the world. If it is more then that, it simply isn't scientific because you cannot test supernatural beings or events.

Yet.

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