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Comment: Blackberry passport? (Score 1) 544 544

I know, I know - Blackberry isn't really that hip anymore.

But the renders I saw of their passport (essentially, a phablet with a square screen and a physical keyboard) looked intriguing from a usability point of view. Now, a Nexus device with that form factor ...

Comment: "Erasing" is not good enough (Score 1) 113 113

I'm pretty sure that the ADB commands will just do a low level format, they will not physically overwrite the sectors holding your personal data (which is difficult on Flash memory anyway).

IMO the only safe method is to use Android's device encryption, but of course it's too late for that once you can't access the tablet any more. I learned this the hard way (a dead Nexus 7 which I probably will end up physically destroying).

+ - Slashdot Forgets to Renew SSL Certificate->

jeek writes: It expired yesterday.

Starting Nmap 6.40 ( ) at 2014-05-24 16:01 UTC
Nmap scan report for (
Host is up (0.050s latency).
rDNS record for
443/tcp open https
| ssl-cert: Subject: commonName=* Holdings, Inc/stateOrProvinceName=New York/countryName=US
| Issuer: commonName=GeoTrust SSL CA/organizationName=GeoTrust, Inc./countryName=US
| Public Key type: rsa
| Public Key bits: 2048
| Not valid before: 2013-04-21T04:25:05+00:00
| Not valid after: 2014-05-23T22:49:50+00:00
| MD5: 485c ed76 9008 56be 3820 849c 2d2e ee73
|_SHA-1: 18f2 bcaa a238 bbf3 429e 6d2b 9d2c bd74 6085 02e4

Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 0.41 seconds

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Comment: Re:I can order "Giga" power... but havent (Score 2) 129 129

Austinite here as well.

What really pissed me off was that the deep packet inspection requirement is very well hidden on their webpage and promotional material. They only mention that the offer comes with "internet options" (!), and it takes you several clicks to discover what this implies.

While $70 + $5 for a VPN service is pretty competitive pricing, I really don't feel like giving them my money.

+ - Ten Steps You Can Take Against Internet Surveillance

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Danny O'Brien writes at EFF that as NSA's spying has spread, more and more ordinary people want to know how they can defend themselves from surveillance online. "The bad news is: if you're being personally targeted by a powerful intelligence agency like the NSA, it's very, very difficult to defend yourself," writes O'Brien. "The good news, if you can call it that, is that much of what the NSA is doing is mass surveillance on everybody. With a few small steps, you can make that kind of surveillance a lot more difficult and expensive, both against you individually, and more generally against everyone." Here's ten steps you can take to make your own devices secure: Use end-to-end encryption; Encrypt as much communications as you can; Encrypt your hard drive; Use Strong passwords; Use Tor; Turn on two-factor (or two-step) authentication; Don't click on attachments; Keep software updated and use anti-virus software; Keep extra secret information extra secure with Truecrypt; and Teach others what you've learned. "Ask [your friends] to sign up to Stop Watching Us and other campaigns against bulk spying. Run a Tor node; or hold a cryptoparty. They need to stop watching us; and we need to start making it much harder for them to get away with it."

Comment: Re:This is only possible at the moment (Score 2) 153 153

Keep in mind that to Google and Facebook, each user is a product, not a customer.

They do have business presences in most European countries to interact with their real customers, i.e. advertisers. It sounds reasonable to expect them to adhere to local laws in countries that they do business in.

Comment: Practical impact? (Score 1, Insightful) 138 138

Taking Google's service as an example, how is the FBI to know whether is a U.S. citizen or not? When signing up for service, all Google asks for is the location, not the country of citizenship.

Even if John Doe accesses his email from a non-US ISP, he might well be a citizen traveling abroad.

Comment: Re:Thankfully... (Score 5, Informative) 193 193

That's my thinking. If all you have to do is a quick rejig and recompile because the APIs are so close to the Android ones, then it's a near-zero effort situation. I don't know much about the new platform, but I thought I had read that it would support Android apps out of the box, so it may literally may be just pushing a button.

Not that there's a damned wrong with that. If Android compatibility or portability is good enough, then you already have thousands of apps ready to go and you don't need to put massive amounts of effort into convincing developers to support your platform (like Redmond is doing).

BB10 contains the Android Player, which essentially runs repackaged Android APK files (I'm don't know if the reason for the different package format is technical or not). This is different from the native APIs, but the user experience is quite seamless. I "ported" one of my apps to the Playbook, and it was not even a recompile - it is a package converter.

Comment: Re:Net Neutrality is NOT smaller government (Score 2) 420 420

How can you support a man that wishes to take away the right of an ISP to properly manage a network?

You seem to confuse the right of the ISP to properly manage a network with the right of the ISP to manage the network content.

I'm all for the former. Not so much for the latter.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"