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Comment Re:Realistic expectations... (Score 1) 170

facebook can call private messages "vegetables" if the ToS says they can. If the ToS has wording along the lines of, "we may share the contents of your private messages with third parties in order to better target advertising", then there is nothing you can do to stop them from sharing your "private" messages on facebook.

It really is just that simple.

As I said, it all boils down to what is in the Terms of Service.

Comment Realistic expectations... (Score 4, Informative) 170

... But when the services are provided free of charge, does the user have a realistic expectation of privacy or security,...

The user should have a realistic expectation that the service will abide by the Terms of service. This holds true whether or not the service is free or costs one's first-born child.

So the discussion here should really center around how this alleged behavior violates facebook's terms of service.

Comment Another view on teh RSA / NSA thing... (Score 5, Informative) 201

RSA doesn’t quite deny undermining customers’ crypto

Reuters reported on Saturday that the NSA had secretly paid RSA Data Security $10 million to make a certain flawed algorithm the default in RSA’s BSAFE crypto toolkit, which many companies relied on. RSA issued a vehement but artfully worded quasi-denial. Let’s look at the story, and RSA’s denial....

Comment Re:why? (Score 4, Informative) 139

E-ZPasses Get Read All Over New York (Not Just At Toll Booths)

After spotting a police car with two huge boxes on its trunk — that turned out to be license-plate-reading cameras — a man in New Jersey became obsessed with the loss of privacy for vehicles on American roads. (He’s not the only one.) The man, who goes by the Internet handle “Puking Monkey,” did an analysis of the many ways his car could be tracked and stumbled upon something rather interesting: his E-ZPass, which he obtained for the purpose of paying tolls, was being used to track his car in unexpected places, far away from any toll booths.

Comment Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 175

But no, lets make fun of him because it was "just a McDonald's hamburger."

I'm sorry, but to call 911 because you didn't get what you wanted at McDonalds is just plain stupid (and in some jurisdictions reason for a citation or arrest), no matter how to try to spin things based upon your weird personal experiences.

Comment Re:Why the surprise? (Score 1) 135

Again, no one is claiming that they are the same thing.

Perhaps you should chat with the author of the article. He seems to make that equation.

Maybe he did it just to grab headlines, or maybe he did it for other reasons. Who knows his intent?

The bottom line is that page hits = $$

He got a lot of page hits from the story here on /.

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