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Comment Re:I stopped using smartphones (Score 1) 144

Hopefully the open source phones catch up, because right now carrying around a general purpose computing device you have no control over thanks to the carriers strikes me as an astoundingly bad idea.

Having a phone whose OS is either compromised or deliberately acting against you is obviously unhelpful; but unless you control the baseband you are pretty much fucked regardless of the OS. Cell networks are fundamentally pretty hostile in terms of how much control is held by the network or at very low levels in the baseband, rather than where you can actually see it.

Sometimes you just have to hope for the best.

I like having a smart phone (and Android tablet), I was able to root the tablet before it became illegal. The phone calls out from the tablet (cyanogenmod ROM) that has Droid Firewall and permissions denied; the tablet through a router firewall. So no cell towers (if that helps much).

Hiding from NSA is or was never a goal, but from advertisers, while having everything at my disposal all the time, calendar, games, videos, and mostly the camera. I go to a parts store anymore, hold up my camera and say I need this :}.

While a smart phone isn't necessary for it, it's just nice to be able to call anybody at any time, still remember scouting for phone booths at times with little luck.

Sometimes the best isn't always a goal, two things I still won't do with my cell phone (tablet) is transfer money from an open account (money cards ok) or use them for my Email. Email is more prevention (malware) than eves dropping. I expect my Email to arrive as text, reading it in HTML being my decision; still using Forté Agent 1.93 just for that reason (Windows).

Trust is also missing from a mobile device in a way that just occurred to me, Cell phone or tablet, I don't have one website I'm able to auto log-on to. Fact, I rarely if ever log onto a web site mobility, ya, the camera I carry it for the camera - changed stroke mid pool (Grin)

  if avoiding NSA were my goal, it's been referenced already as the "Eye of Sauron" :}

Comment Re:If it bothers you that NSA may spying on you wh (Score 1) 144

I use as a poster child of what a bad ToS reads like, Rovio uses the's privacy policy :} - to show it's "in fine company, or they aren't the only ones doing it. bottom of the list. also taught me of - one thing about they covered everybody in the chain, very helpful editing one's HOSTS file. Missing of course: "overseas".

After reading Rovio's ToS - to opt out is done by cookies, you can never remove another cookie, it's best to use a HOSTS file - except for which is Google's on-line Analytics. To block you must request to opt out (I can't find the address for obvious reasons - Google: opt out

You will need a rather hard to find mobile number "Android ID" is required for that contrary to a review posted you don't opt out of this way, use a router firewall, which your most likely using to connect to the Internet with and add

Each time you Change Roms, unlock, root, jail break or whatever you call owning your mobile device you will need to opt out from again (your ID will of changed).

It's a lot to type; but if you stayed with it and it help you, worth it.

Comment If it bothers you that NSA may spying on you while (Score 1) 144

playing Angry Birds, mayhaps enraging you (?); you have nobody to blame but yourself. Ok, NSA shouldn't be grabbing your (Angry Bird)
data, but the truth is they are just double dipping what has already collected. The reason Angry Birds is mentioned is it's ToS. Do yourself a favor and read it, You'll find it at

When I say ToS, I mean everything; Privacy Policy, EULA and any other practice of using your private info - to me the phrase "ToS" covers it all.

I read ToS's and if I disagree with them, refuse to use their services ( or take measures to block parts I'm able to. was one of the worst ToS, I'd ever read from a company who's sole purpose is pushing Angry Birds and many other popular on-line applications to collect data for various reasons,
One being ADs tailored to you -if you pay for the application or game, it has no effect on the data mined from you, maybe just block an ad or two, others have use
for the data mined and comes across as the company more than able to supply it to them.

When I first read their ToS, Rivo mentioned they send "some information overseas" that was all that was said, what was sent, by what route and just who was overseas all omitted. Apparently was using data mining practices only allowed somewhere "overseas".

I've just scaned Rivo's ToS for first time in a year or more, was a chore removing all the blocks. I didn't reread it, just a searched for the word overseas, which was missing; I assume redefining it to allow Overseas to be omitting, Last updated: October 2013

Comment Re:You read /. so you already knew this right? (Score 2) 144

if not set up correctly I would tend to agree.

What does the set up have to do with it? If the backdoor is built-in already, it's built in. Right?

Page 15 of the PDF mentioned...

What is a backdoor?

A method to bypass data encryption or security.

Blah blah blah

"Currently available for major encryption software - Microsoft
BitLocker, FIleVault, BestCrypt, TrueCrypt, etc." - the paragraph is a direct quote.

------------- True Crypt shouldn't of been added/listed -----------------

First TrueCrypt hasn't been backdoored. The fact they even mentioned it I figure
if it's setup up wrong it can be accessed, or worry you.

I reinstall OS's a lot, I had a TrueCrypt volume but after switching OS's it never would
show again. (I didn't try to recover it).

Given it's the opposite of back dooring, but I lost a lot of work in the process. That's when
I felt I should RTFM. One needs to be very careful with TrueCrypt, NTFS isn't that secure, and
TrueCrypt will tell you that, In fact a lot of precautions are required

----- Not back doored by reading memory block ------

A recent /. article mentioned TrueCrypt was back doored by reading a memory block.

A post and link by MidSpeck negated the claim:

"Still working as intended
by MidSpeck (1516577)
While good to know these types of attacks exist, TrueCrypt's security model is still holding strong. "

Which states, "TrueCrypt does not:
Encrypt or secure any portion of RAM (the main memory of a computer)."

True Crypt needs to be audited to set matters straight once and for all.

A lot of disinformation is being released to where one doesn't know what to believe.

Comment Yes, of course, and call it what you want. (Score 1) 90

In the Philippines as a dependent they had something like this on base - minus the library :}.
It was a hobby shop and one could do anything they wanted, you just purchased the raw materials.
I learned Leather Crafts, how to develop and print film, cut and polish rocks. My Mom tried her hand at oil painting and found she was pretty decent at it. There was so much available to one in such a small place. And no rules, if I felt like repairing my TV the only requirement was I had to lug it in. There was someone there that would help if I had problem; like picking me up off the ground then explain the horizontal oscillator :}

That was in 1967 and the only placed I'd seen anything like it, Yes - Stick something similar in a library, set it alone by itself but everybody should have access to a place like this.

Comment You read /. so you already knew this right? (Score 4, Informative) 144

The file "Computer_Forensics_for_Prosecutors_(2013)_Part_1".pdf has this gem in it.

"Users of mobile devices and cloud storage sign off on their rights to data scanning, There is no opt-out option."

This file showed up when a question of True Crypt being back doored came up, as out of the blue it mentions it is; if not set up correctly I would tend to agree.

Page 16
article lies about Phil ZImermann but the only place I could find the file.

Comment Re:chess skill != raw intelligence (Score 1) 449

The most intelligent person in the world would not stand a chance versus an experienced, serious chess aficionado. Being good at chess not only requires raw intelligence, but also strategic and tactical insights that just can't be developed on the fly no matter how intelligent you are, and especially not during a speed chess match.

I've never lost a game of chess (thank you, thank you) but I pick my games as it takes a lot out of me. Forced into a game by the "barracks chess master" I beat em in two games back to back - left em muttering it's not possible and me with a bad headache.

Comment Not a 4 move checkmate (Score 1) 449

but all of the pieces required were in play - both play horses, hate those people!!!
Can take them just takes longer.

Bill Gates is impressive steal code or whatever he did it. but Chess isn't his game. Leading with a knight sigh was after a quick win but
prevented all his other pieces from moving; able to castle, had em on the run from the start. kinda think e castled to show he knew a bit about chess.

Comment Re:Subject to change (Score 1) 155

Yes, I'm sure that the computational physics that performed the research must have overlooked one of the simplest principles of numerical modelling in performing the research. I'd love to hear your insights into the Rosetta mission. "That's not a comet, that's clearly just a smudge on the lens. They obviously forgot to clean the probe after they made it."

I LOL, there's a difference between adjusting for the present than predicting something millions of years from now when solar dynamics are being updated regularly.

Submission + - Facebook mocks 'infection' study, predicts Princeton's demise ( 1

Okian Warrior writes: In a followup to our earlier story about Princeton researchers predicting the end of Facebook by 2017, Facebook has struck back with a post using similar statistical techniques to predict that Princeton itself may be facing irreversible decline.

By using similar methods ("likes," mentions in scholarly papers, Google searches) Facebook creates convincing-looking graphs that indicate Princeton is losing ground compared with its rivals and may have no students at all by 2021.

Comment Re:Where is everybody? (Score 1) 155

"Birds"? I know it's satellite parlance, but really? Most birds fly, and satellites are constantly falling. Why not just call them satellites?

You can't ask someone to change their "training" each technology has it's nomenclature, To me that was written by someone from Air Force,
or not but an expected terminology.

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