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Comment Re:huh? (Score 3, Interesting) 78

He knew the exact time he made the transaction. He knew the amount. He knew other details.

So, really, wtf?

I am not going to read the article. This is some sort of fear mongering.

Ya stupid article (I didn't read it either). They purchase something safe like marijuana then have the balls to say they purchased drugs.
Buy some Adderall I've seen lots of that for sale on the silk road.

Comment Re:Truecrypt Re:Not much worry with a source build (Score 4, Informative) 472

Digitial Forensics for Prosecutors presentation suggests Truecrypt has a backdoor.

The entire link inadvertently explains why cloud storage shouldn't be used, and that mobile devices are your worst enemy.

The only mention of TrueCrypt is this sentence:
  "Currently available for major software - Microsoft bitlocker,
  FileVault, BestCrypt, TrueCrypt, Etc" (sic)

  It does have these gems

  "The Patriot Act allows for the use of backdoors for counter terrorist investigations"

  The use of backdoors cannot be detected or proven.

  Vendors are legally and commercially prevented from acknowledging their backdoors.
  Defense will not be able to prove their existence.

  The files can be described as "forensically obtained"

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

Lots more...

PDF can be downloaded here:

Comment Re:Ken Thompson, Anyone? (Score 2) 472


quoting Ken Thompson
  I would like to criticize the press in its handling of the "hackers," the 414 gang

God I guess...

The 414s gained notoriety in the early 1980s as a group of friends and computer hackers who broke into dozens of high-profile computer systems, including ones at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Security Pacific Bank.

They were eventually identified as six teenagers, taking their name after the area code of their hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ranging in age from 16 to 22, they met as members of a local Explorer Scout troop. The 414s were investigated and identified by the FBI in 1983. There was widespread media coverage of them at the time, and 17-year-old Neal Patrick, a student at Rufus King High School, emerged as spokesman and "instant celebrity" during the brief frenzy of interest, which included Patrick appearing on the September 5, 1983 cover of Newsweek.

September 5, 1983 cover of Newsweek

Text from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_414s

Comment Re:Ken Thompson, Anyone? (Score 5, Interesting) 472


The moral is obvious. You can't trust code that you did not totally create yourself..... A well installed microcode bug will be almost impossible to detect.


You and the submitter in on this one? As the answer is a resounding NO.

A well installed microcode bug will be almost impossible to detect.

For people like me that didn't know, microcode can also be known as firmware, bios update
or "code in a device" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microcode

Ken Thompson's Acknowledgment

I first read of the possibility of such a Trojan horse in an Air Force critique (4) of the security of an early implementation of Multics.

(4.) Karger, P.A., and Schell, R.R. Multics Security Evaluation: Vulnerability Analysis. ESD-TR-74-193, Vol II, June 1974, p 52.

So in theory you can't even trust the code you write as your video card could change it.

If you aren't paranoid yet, just wait

Comment Re:Empire (Score 1) 562

This is because "the country" is really an empire, not a country. Would you find it odd that people in places under the US's imperial control (either formally or informally) don't always speak English?

I don't know if it counts but the Philippines. -It used to be under US control formally if for only a little while, informally a long time.

They have the same problem China does and it's a smaller area, The most spoken language is Tagalog and even then
so many distance regional differences many can't talk to each other.

That's the way it was when I lived there; hitting the wikipedia it's much worse than I thought, as Tagalog has been replaced
with Filipino and English

Official status
Filipino is constitutionally designated as the national language of the Philippines and, along with English, one of two official languages.

Comment Re:Diamond Beats Everything (Score 2) 133

If they were really high-end they would be Gold.

It's a little known fact, but diamond has the highest thermal conductivity of any substance you're ever likely to encounter, beating silver by a whopping 350%. The only reason it's never used for thermal applications is that forming it into arbitrary shapes is almost beyond mankind's capability, and even if we did manage to do it, the cost would be astronomical. However, if it could somehow be done, and done cheaply, it would be the ultimate heat sink material.

Thanks for that!

Just recently saw a thermal compound with diamonds http://www.amazon.com/Innovation-Cooling-Diamond-Thermal-Compound/dp/B0042IEVD8 I didn't give it a second thought as someones always pushing a newer better compound. Guess I'll pick some up and give it a try.

Comment Re:Silver (Score 1) 133

If they were really high-end they would be Gold.

But seriously, I use the stock fan/heatsink that comes with the CPU and even with video encoding pushing all 6 cores to almost 100% I have no problems. "High End CPU Cooler" is as much of a scam as "High End Bottled Water".

Ever read the booklet (Installation instructions) that comes with the Intel CPUs? I did cause I wanted to know just what temperature the chip should run at? For my i7-950 the "internal ambient temperature should be at or below 38 C, this is maintained with the integration of of a Thermally Advantaged Chassis". :}

(The ambient temperature is measured at the inlet to the processor thermal solution)
-From my booklet, it's been changed and that entry removed so I can't link to it..

The stock Intel CPU cooler can't come close to maintaining that limit.

Comment Re:Silver (Score 0) 133

"High End CPU Cooler" is as much of a scam as "High End Bottled Water".

No, it really isn't. Besides having quantifiably better cooling capabilities, these high-end coolers are often much quieter. I have a Noctua NH-D14, and while it's not as pretty as, say, the Thermaltake FioOCK from TFA, I find it far superior to any stock solution I've ever used. I can't even hear the thing, despite it having two 120mm fans.

So you have 2.4 pounds, that extends 5" above the mother board, then more than likely it sits sideways.
That's a lot of stress on anything over a period of time. Moving your system at all increase the chance of spider cracks.

And my feelings over these type of coolers, I've always gone with an enclosed water cooling system

They are small, light weight and can remove a lot of heat Using a CORSAIR H50 (no longer being sold),
i7-950 chip at 4.4Ghz running OCCT for a hour and never got above 65 C

I now use a Thermaltake CLW0217 It keeps my system very cool. But I wouldn't recommend it to anybody, as it takes up
an entire USB header and requires Windows software to operate it (fan control). I just want it full on, so soon to be rewiring it that way.

Comment Re:Do you admit to smoking marijuana? (Score 1) 213

Ah but the feds have blinked and said what is planned is good with them.

No, no they haven't, and if you think they have, you are only fooling yourself. Until the law is actually changed, or the drug rescheduled, it continues to be a violation of federal law to put THC into your body by any means. That means that you're confessing to a federal crime on the internet. Good plan!

Nothing they could do to me would come close, anywhere near what could of happened to me 40 years ago over marijuana in Texas.
After that anything is better.

I've been able admit it once before, I lived in Fairbanks Alaska when marijuana was legalized, nothing changed just an an option to alcohol for many.
Then to the lower 48 where it was illegal again.

So I've gone through the U.S legal swing on this marijuana thing,

Comment Re:Do you admit to smoking marijuana? (Score 1) 213

That's a dumb thing to say. It's not a hard question. You say no, because it's still federally illegal and the security clearance is a federal matter.

Ah but the feds have blinked and said what is planned is good with them. The local paper said there will be 25 stores within
23 miles of me by next June. http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2013/09/04/2555938/state-sets-max-of-334-marijuana.html

It's something I wouldn't want asked, I've worked for the DOE before and didn't smoke as I could of lost my job, which payed well and enjoyable work.
I haven't smoked marijuana for a long time for that reason, I smoke the evil weed now, I eat the evil weed in cookies, I can enjoy marijuana once again.

Comment Kinda, but don't think your "hidden" (Score 2) 164

Every account I have in under a different handle, each piece of mobile equipment is under a different
persona http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/ I don't do social sites only because I don't care for them.

I've nothing to hide, it's just what I do. I was security conscious long before Gore gave the public access to the Internet.

Forte Agent mail reader lets you have multiple personalities, POP3ing Email from your other accounts.
-I don't care for online e-mail.

Google will catch up with you if you have multiple Gmail accounts; asking if you would like to combine
them and use your real full name Mr. Micky Mouse . I see this as an IP match and where the weak link is.

It's what I do, but not a fanatic about it, I know there are key phrases, and statements I'm prone to use
no matter the account.

Just use a HOSTS file it blocks most of your tracking and spam online, it's your E-mail address that screws you (spam wise),
I use https://spamgourmet.com/ for disposable Email addresses, many filter that address and don't allow it.
-A HOSTS file block tracking ie if you don't touch their site they don't know about you or your surfing habits.

Root (jailbreak) your mobile equipment so you can use a HOSTS file cause your phone/tablet has conversations with the trackers.
Google Play Store put a halt to programs that stopped that conversation, so you have to find your blockers elsewhere.

And always read ToS's and Privacy Policies, while they may not be telling you the truth they do list sites you need to block
if you use their service (tracking). Also one's with a hardcore we collect everything policy I've no use for (Angy Birds (rovio.com)).

Comment Re:I call bullshit (Score 1) 607

The NSA can crack 4096-bit PGP keys? I doubt it. Seems like FUD to dissuade people from even attempting to use encryption

Doesn't say they cracked a PGP Key, they "acquired" them.


by getting their voluntary collaboration, forcing their cooperation with court orders or surreptitiously stealing their encryption keys or
altering their software or hardware.

To get a key, you give it to them, they take you to court, they install malware. or mechanical key logger.

A PGP message has been cracked by using Distributed computing (think Folding@home) and lots of time.

But just that one message you would have to do the same thing all over again to another message even if from the same person.

Security is a strong PGP key kept safe and away from your PC, using a spare computer running DOS PGP version 2.6.Xg.
PGP commercial versions of course are useless.

Never under estimate the power of the press and what "they" want you to know and/or believe.
http://tinyurl.com/lc8znnf links to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda_of_the_Spanish–American_War
a link /. breaks - even preview at tinyurl breaks it. (damn weird link)

Comment Opt Out of Interest-Based Advertising (Score 2) 277

http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/#completed give you the ablity to opt out of data collection but there's a catch,
you have to keep your cookies.

This site has changed since I last visited (years?), it used to have a large list of companies you could select to opt out from.
Now it just reads your cookies, 33 companies are listed that "honor" your opt-outs.

I use a rather large HOSTS file and delete my cookies when my browser closes, so this site does me little good.
my results: "These 0 member companies have enabled Online Behavioral Ads for this web browser."

Posted in case someone else can make use of it.

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