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Comment: Re:Affirmative Action (Score 1) 527

by zedaroca (#49722589) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint
There is plenty of affirmative action in China. In university entrances, to apply for Beijing citizenship (yes, a city's citizen has more rights), employment opportunities and even for having more kids. These are the AA "things" I'm aware of from living a couple of years in Beijing. China has 54 minorities, over 90% of the population is Han.

+ - Bittorrent brings Bleep ->

Submitted by mitcheli
mitcheli writes: From the "Not-on-my-watch" Dept:
If you want the security of knowing your voice, text and picture messages can’t be intercepted, direct peer-to-peer communication with end-to-end encryption is the gold standard: and that’s what BitTorrent offers with its Bleep app. Every conversation is between you and your friends. There is no cloud to hack because messages are never stored in the cloud. For text messages and photos, Bleep offers the choice of Whispers – where both text and images disappear when they’ve been read – and Messages, which stores them locally on the device. You can also make voice calls with the same peer-to-peer encrypted technology

Link to Original Source

+ - The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden - journalist Seymor Hersh tells a different story

Submitted by zedaroca
zedaroca writes: Pulitzer-winning journalist Seymour M. Hersh wrote on London Review of Books a 10.000 words piece on the killing of Osama Bin Laden, quoting American and Pakistani officials. According to his piece, the US had intelligence and operational help from Pakistan (by getting out of the way).

It began with a walk-in. In August 2010 a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer approached Jonathan Bank, then the CIA’s station chief at the US embassy in Islamabad.

(...)

Kayani eventually tells us yes, but he says you can’t have a big strike force. You have to come in lean and mean. And you have to kill him, or there is no deal,’ the retired official said. The agreement was struck by the end of January 2011, and Joint Special Operations Command prepared a list of questions to be answered by the Pakistanis: ‘How can we be assured of no outside intervention? (...)

So far, at least NBC has backed up part of Hersh's report.

+ - The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden - journalist Seymor Hersh tells a different story

Submitted by zedaroca
zedaroca writes: Pulitzer-winning journalist Seymour M. Hersh wrote on London Review of Books a 10.000 words piece on the killing of Osama Bin Laden, quoting American and Pakistani officials. According to his piece, the US had intelligence and operational help from Pakistan.

It began with a walk-in. In August 2010 a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer approached Jonathan Bank, then the CIA’s station chief at the US embassy in Islamabad.

(...)

Kayani eventually tells us yes, but he says you can’t have a big strike force. You have to come in lean and mean. And you have to kill him, or there is no deal,’ the retired official said. The agreement was struck by the end of January 2011, and Joint Special Operations Command prepared a list of questions to be answered by the Pakistanis: ‘How can we be assured of no outside intervention? (...)

He also pointed several inconsistencies on the government's version:

When was the last time the CIA: 1) announced it had a significant intelligence find; 2) revealed the source; 3) described the method for processing the materials; 4) revealed the time-line for production; 5) described by whom and where the analysis was taking place, and 6) published the sensitive results before the information had been acted on?

So far, at least NBC has backed up part of Hersh's report

Comment: College entrance (Score 1) 628

by zedaroca (#49603081) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold
That's the problem with the American way of getting into college. If it was just an entrance exam, maybe she (or her parents) would have complained with the teacher and with the principal instead of this. I bet this girl will add to her "achievements" list that she had an op-ed about gender discrimination published in the Washington Post.

I doubt the face picture with a history really bothered her that much. She saw an opportunity of being published (that might help when applying to the good colleges) and went for it, maybe she even wrote the op-ed.

Comment: Re:CloudFlare *threatened* to disconnect the proxy (Score 1) 160

by zedaroca (#49550835) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers
It is the "legal system" of one country that is mandating the blockade of perfectly legal content in most of the world. Even in America, where DMCA is king, the torrent site is legal and the copyright holders can request the removal of certain pages of it, not censor the whole thing. Whether you feel that "censorship" is wrong or not, it's clear that if one country is threatening your business (by threatening to decide what customers you can have), you should make a stand for it, as otherwise you'll have to start getting rid of your customers based on every other dictator's whims.

Comment: Re:"Full responsibilty?" (Score 1) 334

by zedaroca (#49544001) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology
It is their problem, but If the US feels like they really should help policing the world, they could help Pakistan to enforce that law (assuming it's a reasonable law and not one that violates basic human rights), not to practice extra-judicial murders...

I'll remind you that the concept of universal human rights came after defeating the nazis, when humanity thought that we never wanted anything like that again.

Just saying it was not possible to capture those "terrorists" doesn't make it true. They've been drone murdering for some time and that's just their modus operandi (check on the NYT). It was not easy to capture Hussein, and he was in the middle of a lot of civilians. These guys were in a compound with pretty much no civilians around.

Comment: Re:"Full responsibilty?" (Score 1) 334

by zedaroca (#49543181) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology
They where in Pakistan, they should be charged by the Pakistani government, with Pakistani law.

I agree with you, charging hostage takers is what should have been done, too bad extra-judicial mass murders are the US/Pakistani way of doing things. If they were charged with something other than drones no one would die, and the charges would be for taking hostages, not the Pakistani equivalent of the felony murder rule.

Comment: Re:"Full responsibilty?" (Score 1) 334

by zedaroca (#49543075) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

Sure, we should stop fighting terrorists because they hide behind hostages.

They were not hiding behind hostages. If Obama and the other people behind the mass murder knew about the captives they wouldn't have done it (I guess).

Obama said that the operation was conducted after hundreds of hours of surveillance had convinced American officials that they were targeting an Al Qaeda compound where no civilians were present

Comment: Re:Against Wikileaks smear campaign on Slashdot (Score 1) 163

I hope the Slashdot community stops being against information.

*fix: "I hope that the part of the slashdot community that is against dissemination of information stops doing so."

I'm very thankful to the slashdot community in overall, there is, still, great stuff here. It would be very hard to find all this stuff on my own.

Comment: Against Wikileaks smear campaign on Slashdot (Score 3, Informative) 163

I know these leaks didn't come out trough Wikileaks, but since they republished them we are seeing a lot of stuff that nobody was talking about, here are some examples, got from "this day in wikileaks" (bolds are mine):

The US State Department recruited Hollywood to boost “anti-Russian messaging“.
Sony pirated multiple books about hacking, while aggressively campaigning against piracy.
Emails reveal concerns in the US over the secrecy of the TPP talks.
The leaks included a draft of the international VOD and DHE agreement between SONY and Google
Sony received nearly $48 million in tax breaks in 2011 and 2012 after donating to New York Governor Cuomo.

Ben Affleck demanded PBS program “Finding Your Roots” hide his slave-owning ancestor.
Sony changed the Snowden film press release to remove “illegal spying” from the description of NSA’s activities
Sony cameras are used as a part of the guidance system for Israeli rockets bombing Gaza

Sony Chiefs met with David Cameron ahead of the Scottish referendum
Corrupt product placement practices used in Dr. Oz show

I really hope that slashdot doesn't become another place of pro-government propaganda, as that really pisses me off. The information was already out there, but their republishing obviously did us a favor (us that care about government accountability or knowing the truth anyway). We already have enough media outlets against information out there, let's keep this one useful.
I would never know the above facts if it wasn't for them, as 1. I believed the propaganda that it was mostly employee information and didn't feel comfortable downloading it and reading, and 2. it would be too much work for me to look into the e-mails.
Now that I know these stuff I feel like someone more informed than before. I hope the Slashdot community stops being against information.

By the way, since I haven't seen here a link to their press release, with the leaks, here it is.

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.

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