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Comment: Re:Dear NSA (Score 2) 134

by zedaroca (#49457401) Attached to: U.S. Gov't Grapples With Clash Between Privacy, Security
Times, Guardian, Post, Intercept and Der Spiegel are credible sources that the US is doing worst than China.
From your link:

"I don't know if there are backdoors - but it doesn't matter since there are so many vulnerabilities."

It was on the news that the NSA was hacking on Huawei. Maybe China was using the vulnerabilities and spying, but the US definitely was doing that. Now they want to put actual backdoors on American devices.

Since then they said they would start using more open source and open their systems for being audited by third parties. The Chinese government didn't complain about increasing the security of Chinese made devices, the opposite of what is happening in the US.

Comment: The Black Chamber started in 1920 (Score 1) 81

They were bulk collecting telegraphs at the time.

There was a great talk on 31C3 (Chaos Communication Congress), the largest hacker conference in Europe. Tell no-one A century of secret deals between the NSA an the telecom industry

The talk can be found on youtube as well.

Comment: Re:What's the alternative? - The Chinese (Score 1) 270

by zedaroca (#49141759) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

how does that relate to spying level or depth

I can't imagine more depth than infecting the HDD's firmware, stealing the SIM cards encryption keys of common citizens, tracking my phone's movements, every conversation I have over the Internet (skype, email, messaging, etc), making fake slashdot copies to infect people, designating me "enemy of the state" for reading and supporting wikileaks.

There is no indication that the Chinese are doing any of those things to foreigners (they do read Chinese communications).

It is true that China has shown aggression to neighbors, but it is also true that they believe Taiwan IS China. I strongly disagree, since Taiwan has been independent for several decades. On the other hand, having billions in weapons pointing at China doesn't help much. It is hard to believe they should be nice and understanding neighbors to people who have military pacts with the US.

Comment: Re:If you hate Change so much...... (Score 1) 516

by zedaroca (#49137099) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10
If they don't change the icons, we'll see comments all over saying that this OS still looks the same as it did in the old windows # days, in the 90's or in 2000, arguing this is proof that the OS it is not evolving and that the others are better.

It is not just for the sake of it, it is to give the system visible changes people can quickly notice, dismissing this kind of BS we know happens.

Comment: Make it about yourself (another reason) (Score 1) 698

My mother got separated from her father when she was very young. Right now (she's almost 50) she is trying hard to find out who he was, what he was like, what kind of things he used to do, what kind of work he did and how he acted in certain moments of his life. Things like finding out her grandfather was a communist atheist meant a lot to her a few weeks ago, even though he didn't give her any advice.

I believe the best you can do for her (on the videos) is to show her who you are, tell her your experiences and your values. She will make it from there.

Good luck for you and your family and make the most of this time with them.

Comment: You're fighting the entropy of the universe (Score 1) 178

by zedaroca (#49001691) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: With Whom Do You Entrust Your Long Term Data?
When you organize so many bits you are fighting the very nature of the universe.
There is no safe place or method, you just have to keep making copies of everything, multiple zfs NASes in different locations is a start, but you can't trust just that, you have to update storage methods. Make tape and disc copies, have them in HDDs and SSDs, print whatever you can. Hopefully, when you try to access it, the universe will not have ruined one of your copies.

I doubt adding more people, companies and laws to it will be of any help.

Comment: Re:Who will get (Score 1) 360

by zedaroca (#48659629) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down
Thanks for the read and you are right about this not being wikipedia, sorry.
On the other hand, I met a few North Koreans while in China and the internet was not new to them. Maybe they were all high official's daughters and sons (I was in a Chinese university).
It still seems strange that they go through so much trouble censoring it for just over a thousand people. Unlike in China, this doesn't make sense.

Comment: Re:Who will get (Score 1) 360

by zedaroca (#48658125) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

The North Korean media reports on US troops attacking North Korean soil and being repelled.

Care to point for a source? Considering how everything NK's government do or say gets lots of coverage, I think that if it was happening, they would shove that in our faces daily.

they don't know that there is an "internet"

Really impressive that such bold claims with no source got modded 5, insightful. Specially if we consider that we have little information about how people are over there.This kind of news (about the internet being down over there) and all the other ones about how the internet is censored indicate that they usually do have access to it.

Comment: Much higher than normal != related to 1,2 billion (Score 1) 107

by zedaroca (#47803881) Attached to: Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks
A domain registrar with roughly 3 million domains having a lot of traffic is not a sign that the not so credible 1,2 billion accounts stolen are being used (about the credibility of the claim: The Russian 'hack of the century' doesn't add up and Hold Security Backlash).

Maybe someone stole 15 million accounts and are trying them out (way less than 1200 million and way more than normal on their website).

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