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Comment Re:Daily dose (Score 1) 62

Just spoke to someone on another forum -- Ontario resident who has the misfortune to own a house with electric heat. And in the past year their bills went from high but tolerable, to just under $700/month -- with the heat turned down as far as it can be without all the pipes freezing up, and their kids walking around wrapped in blankets.

The anti-warming types who raise such a fuss every time we have a hot summer are silent when an unusually cold winter kills a lot of people, whether through direct cold or financial hardship.

Comment Re:Retracting the Truth (Score 3, Informative) 69

I think back door is a completely wrong description, but I still think it is a security concern.
If a notification that the recipient key has changed only occurs after delivering the message anyhow, it kind of defeats having key verification in the first place.

It's like if your bank re-routes your money transfer to a different recipient account than what you initially specified, and notifies you after the fact, instead of asking you if it's okay before doing so.

Comment Re:Retracting the Truth (Score 2) 69

There is no back door. The security issue that stemmed all of this is that whatsapp will deliver messages that were sent while a user moves from one device to another. So, if I send it to you while your phone is busted and you reinstall on a new phone, you get the messages. The recepient key changes, and the sender is notified of this.

The problem, if I understand this correctly, is that the sender is notified after the message has been recrypted and sent to the recipient.
If it alerted and required an accept before the message was sent to the new key, I don't think anyone would have a problem with it.

Comment Re:Take a note of who is doing the requesting (Score 1) 69

That's the problem with humanity vs security in a nutshell: We're hardwired to put our trust in people, instead of facts.

In sciences, who says something is not important, what is being said is.
Any scientist or security expert worth his salt should be the first to admit that they often make mistakes, and that nothing should be taken as gospel, but be verified.

Comment Re:Blame China! (Score 1) 79

I'm not worried about NSA or the Chinese government nearly as much as I am worried about corporations. While a government agency may or may not have good or bad intentions, in varying degrees, we know the concern of corporations is purely how much they can squeeze out of people. There's not even a chance that they have your best interest at heart. If they can get your data, and that data even gives them a microscopic push towards higher profits, they will collect and use it.

American, Chinese and Russian government agencies are bad. Corporations are worse.

Comment I just have one simple question. (Score 5, Insightful) 550

For all of this spectacle, all the attention paid to the actors and pawns in this charade--Assange, Manning, Snowden, Obama, the US government, Sweden, UK--what has ever come of the actual substance of these disclosures? Has no one bothered to ask who should be held accountable for the lives of those journalists shot down in Iraq? Has no one lifted a finger to ensure that the NSA does not continue to violate the US Constitution?

Why is this such a difficult issue for so many people to stay focused on? Why is it that, even now, people are still focused on the players and not the crimes? Assange is no less guilty than the US government for playing his part to deflect attention from the real issues in his desire to grandstand in the spotlight. That nothing has come of these revelations that Manning and Snowden brought to the attention of the American people and the entire world, is the greatest success that fascists could ever hope for, because it means that even when massive criminal wrongdoing is exposed, the people will not force change: there is zero accountability and the government can act with impunity.

Comment Re: This is stupid (Score 1) 161

Have you ever driven? If 80% of the drives in front pulled over, the 20% who didn't would pull into the open space and floor it. I've seen lots of people cut off or tailgate emergency services. I've pulled over, completely off the road, and stopped before an intersection, so I left it clear for the approaching fire truck. The person behind me pulled in behind me, but failed to stop completely, and hit me. He saw the truck, pulled over, and slowed, but missed the car in front, and managed to hit me.

Perhaps you drive on different roads, where drivers are polite and attentive. But that's not the roads I've driven. And yes, I've driven in Europe, though not Sweden.

Comment Re:Buttons would be nice !!! (Score 1) 186

In China (a few years before the Olympics) the bathrooms near the area were installing western toilets. The rooms would have a line of "local" stalls, and one (or more, but usually one) tourist toilet. The locals never used the tourist toilet. Seems dirty to sit, rather than squat, for the locals. Local toilets had no flushes. Some were outhouse style, others had a trough below that had a slow steady stream to wash into the sewer. I have no idea if the areas below had any regular cleaning.

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