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Comment: This is great news (Score 1) 534

This is the strongest rebuttal yet to the government assertions that people do not have an expectation of privacy in emails. If the Whitehouse and State Department staffs think that a private email account if secure enough for government business, then clearly the government expects that emails are private.

This the the best rebuttal to claims that the government has the right to root through people's emails (even just the metadata) without a warrant.

Comment: Re: Morale of the Story (Score 4, Insightful) 214

Or, maybeæ you knowæ crowfund it just because traditional investors are too scared to do new things

Stop right there. People don't "invest" on kickstarter. They have no ownership interest in the business. The people who fund in kickstarter take all the risk, while having no possible upside beyond the products that they buy.

I could make a political point about how kickstarter and its kin are a response to laws that limit risky investments by all except the wealthy and the effect of "the closure" in Venice in the 14th centuary.

Comment: Re:Can you actually buy it? (Score 1) 43

by whoever57 (#49168283) Attached to: Google Prepares To Enter Wireless Market As an MVNO

every 5th text was silently dropped :

Every 5th? Wow, that's good. With my T-Mobile service, most texts from AT&T are dropped. I suspect it is because my number was originally a Pacific Bell number and somewhere within AT&T is a database that still shows my number as one that is with AT&T.

Comment: Re:Last straw? (Score 2) 532

The reason we have ISIS is because we defeated Saddam Hussein without thinking much about what would come next.

I heard one theory that ISIS is really a creation of Bashar al-Assad. Before ISIS was around, the West was all for regime change in Syria. Now we are effectively supporting the dictatorship in Syria.

Comment: Re:Notify CTO, CFO & CEO offices (Score 1) 230

In my experience, it won't.

I reported to a small non-profit that their list of email addresses had leaked. I knew this because I used a unique address when registering with the site and I later started getting SPAM at that address. It might not have been a hack that caused my address to leak, but, irrespective of the means by which my email address had leaked, there should have been an investigation.

I reported it to the CEO, who passed it to the IT head, who basically could not get his head around the idea that there might be a problem.

Comment: Re:Dear Michael Rogers, (Score 1) 406

by whoever57 (#49123593) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

(e.g. "Hey, you might want to keep an eye on those Tsarnaev brothers -- see attached description of the stuff they were doing while they were still here in Russia.")

With my most elaborate tinfoil hat on, I wonder if the FBI delberately did not stop the Tsarnaev brothers.

In what field does one get more resources because you failed? Perhaps some people think that the price of the FBI having better tools (and the rest of us having less privacy) is the death of a small number of people at a high profile event?

Perhaps someone thinks that the price of stopping the next 9/11 plot is to let a smaller plot go ahead.

Comment: Re:"Fairness" (Score 1) 305

by whoever57 (#49112549) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"

the songs I hear on Pandora are often ones I've never heard before. I've bought CD's based on its generated recommendations

I have "trained" Pandora such that it doesn't play anything new any more. However, in the process of "training", I did find quite a few new artists and bought CDs or MP3 downloads.

Comment: Re:Soo soo tired..... (Score 2) 144

I mean, it's important and all, but there's different levels of issues. Heartbleed and shellshock are one thing- this is a sketchy manufacturer doing something sketchy.

Did you miss the part about how this software breaks the whole certifcate validation process? This is worse than Heartbeat for anyone who has an infected laptop. Any HTTPS website can masquerade as another HTTPS website and, because of the way Superfish works, the browser won't detect anything wrong.

Comment: Re:What about the online use of these cards? (Score 1) 449

by whoever57 (#49085197) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

Great question! I had wondered about this myself - How does C&P really make the card more secure if you still basically just need a photocopy of it to use it? Or do they have an entirely different mode of operation when used online (like easy generation of disposable one-use card numbers)?

If I want to send money from my UK bank account to a destination account that I haven't sent money to recently (using the bank's website), I have a little card reader that reads my card, validates the PIN (offline) and then processes a number from the website into a response that I put back into the web page to validate that I have the physical card and know the PIN.

Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 1) 449

by whoever57 (#49085095) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

Your next creditcard (in a couple years) will probably have a chip-and-pin system,

My Citibank card (issued a year or more ago) has a chip, but it's not a chip-and-pin card: it's chip-and-signature. That's right, push the card into a chip reader (not in the USA, naturally) and the machine prints out a form to sign.

Build a system that even a fool can use and only a fool will want to use it.