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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).

Comment: It's not Google (Score 2) 135

From the announcement in the quoted article:
"A consortium of six global companies announced that they have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” (...) The six-company consortium is comprised of China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and SingTel."
The OP gives the wrong idea that Google backs up the project and the others are involved only in management, which seems incorrect from the original announcement in NEC's page.

Comment: Re:Chrome? (Score 1) 436

by zedaroca (#47571847) Attached to: Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?
Thanks for the tip, I'll try it. I didn't like when that option of allowing adds came up, but assumed it would be ok to just leave it off. I wonder if that's why disconnect and kaspersky are blocking some stuff, maybe now I'll find out.
"Pretty pointless" is way too harsh. The internet really sucks with all the ads, 80% good is better than nothing.

Comment: Re:Chrome? (Score 1) 436

by zedaroca (#47571763) Attached to: Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?
I meant care about privacy. If you consider the tradeoff good, then you do not care a lot about privacy. At least we can say that you care less about privacy than you care about the goods or services you can get by giving it up.
I don't assume that default = bad either, I even gave an example that default isn't necessarily bad (Tails), but that being said, there were very few cases where I checked and the default was the best/safer/more honest option.

Comment: Re:Chrome? (Score 2) 436

by zedaroca (#47563039) Attached to: Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

So are you 100% google free? No Android, no Google browser, no Gmail?

People who care doesn't use the defaults on almost anything, the big exception being Tails.

I don't agree with your point as everything falls between 0% and 100% and those numbers are actually very hard to get. To dismiss people just because they don't do 100% of something they are preaching is a fallacy to avoid the actual argument. Chrome does leak your data and it is not a choice for those who value their privacy even a little bit.

Just by using firefox with adblock plus and duckduckgo, will make you much less monitored than people using Chrome, even if you use google services.

I'm at least 95% google free. Firefox with adblock plus, disconnect and kaspersky ad blocking, search with duckduckgo or startpage in the few times when I really need google. Rooted android with no google apps and adblocking, never connecting to wifi or data networks (it is still a tracking device but, as far as we know, not for google), can't wait for a firefox phone. The weak link are the few youtube videos I watch now and then, always on a private tab to erase the cookies as soon as I get out (so they only get me by my dynamic IP, assuming they are keeping a log of that).

Comment: Re:But how many olympic swimming pools is it? (Score 1) 46

by zedaroca (#47410723) Attached to: How the NEPTUNE Project Wired the Ocean
We do, it's not universal but it's used worldwide, it's called international units system (also called metric system), the length unit is the meter. 800 kilometers are 800 thousand meters, no comparisons needed. It's really easy to learn how big a meter is.

I don't know how people under the British system convert from miles to an easy to understand unit. I guess they just have to know how long a mile is and that's why they are always coming with these weird/funny comparisons (because most people don't really know how long a mile is since it's too long to feel or see).

Comment: Re:It'll come down to an opinion (Score 1) 255

by zedaroca (#47381441) Attached to: Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

I was under the impression TOR was explicitly designed to allow others to break the law

Not really, in some places even what is legal still might get you into trouble. In the US people are detained indefinitely without accusation, mostly because of religious reasons, but for other reasons as well. You might be selected for further surveillance for accessing legal things like a religious website, a linux forum, and news websites like Wikileaks or CNN (link to Jacob's presentation: to protect and infect part 2, it's long but I'm sure you can find that info in other places). Even if you think you are not under detention risk, you might want to read stuff without being selected for indefinite surveillance and infection, without being profiled as a criminal and getting in a list of people that can possibly be framed.

Another good example of tor use is if you share a house and don't want other people seeing the ads that are targeted to you (like a dick growing something, pheromones perfume, gay dating website, Russian brides website or too expensive shoes).

Comment: Re:End-run around everyone's rights (Score 3, Interesting) 103

by zedaroca (#47281239) Attached to: German Intel Agency Helped NSA Tap Fiber Optic Cables In Germany

The BND can't spy on Germans, and the NSA can't spy on Americans, but they CAN spy on each other

Except that it is illegal for anyone to spy on Germans, the NSA CAN'T do that from anywhere in the world without violating the German constitution. When they do it on German soil the Germans have the legal authority to arrest the criminals and they should do so. Not doing so is to disobey their laws and law enforcement duties. When the crimes against their citizens are committed from other countries, the appropriate thing to do would be to ask for the criminals extradition.

It is the BND's job to keep their people safe from foreign criminals who violate their constitution, specially on their own territory. They are not doing their job properly and even if they claimed it as "leaked" information, they still would have to investigate if there are indications that the constitution is being violated.

The gent who wakes up and finds himself a success hasn't been asleep.