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Comment Re:It seems obvious that... (Score 4, Interesting) 71

Well if companies decided to start charging them because of the number of false claims, this problem would likely fix itself in the span of a couple of weeks. You can bet some company would stomp their feet and take it to court, and the court would likely agree that with the high percentage of false claims that the company has a reasonable expectation to recoup losses from false claims.

Comment Re:"Toxic" comments huh? (Score 1) 180

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, where is your evidence of this?

Neogaf isn't a hive mind? Or will you claim that *insert thing isn't a source* like you usually do? Feel free to hit your favorite search engine and use "neogaf" "ban". Sites like ceddit/ do a good job of covering the deletion of things. Subs like /r/subredditcancer show individual case-by-case examples. You can now claim that these show nothing, and there are no problems like you usually do.

Comment Re:wow you are incredibly stupid (Score 1) 130

notice that the free and used hard drive space doesn't match the total on the drive sticker

Logging-in with a duress code to your laptop should trigger removal of whatever it is you want to protect (whether it is encrypted/hidden or not).

It is a reasonably fast operation and, after it is over, the diskspace will match... The only way to prevent it would be for the compelling party to confiscate the laptop and attempt to unlock it themselves. That method is way too tedious to be used in a dragnet, however...

Comment Re:Visitors have no right to privacy post-911 (Score 1) 130

The safety and security of the homeland trumps your so called privacy every time

Maybe, it would have if it actually helped. But it is so trivial for anyone to bypass the entire problem — such as by resetting their phone when the plane is landing and restoring from the cloud after checking-in to their hotel — that no terrorist will be thwarted by this.

If any, the safety gain will be temporarily while the lost liberty — substantial. Do the words I just used remind you of a quote by one of the Founding Fathers? They better...


During Obama's last fiscal year, the practice quintupled — and is targeting not only foreigners, but US citizens as well. Surrendering your privacy to a random guard's unfounded suspicions or hunches shall not be a condition for returning home.

Submission + - Cellebrite can now unlock iPhone 6 and 6+ (

Patrick O'Neill writes: A year after the battle between the FBI and Apple over unlocking an iPhone 5s, smartphone cracking company Cellebrite announced it can now unlock the iPhone 6 and 6+ for customers at rates ranging from $1,500 to $250,000. The company's newest products also extract and analyze data from a wide range of popular apps including all of the most popular secure messengers around.

Comment Re:wow you are incredibly stupid (Score 1) 130

Of course they will find out

No, they would not — the concept is in wide usage by security and alarm-monitoring companies for example.

Without access to the remote server, it can be made impossible to detect, whether or not the user used the special password or the real one.

Comment Re:2 accounts? (Score 3, Insightful) 130

Far better to have a cutsie account in your real name with only polite BS and a 2nd account in a different name where you can be honest

That would violate the "real name" policies of services like Facebook and Quora — you can lose that "important" account if you do that...

Of course, you can another account with your real name — for example, there are over a dozen Facebook accounts with my own fairly rare Firstname Lastname combination already. None of them mine...

But that has its own difficulties — most client-applications remember your username-string, even if you tell them to not record the password. So, you will be seen overwriting your username with the fake one... And, even if you aren't, whoever forces you will see, you last logged-in a year ago — and become suspicious. No, what you want is a "Duress Password", which unlocks the same account but hides the things you want hidden.

Comment The concept is "Duress Password" (Score 5, Interesting) 130

A "mode" will be detectable — looking at your screen whoever compels you to show it (a criminal or an officer or both-in-one) will be able to tell, you are in "travel mode" and demand to see the real deal.

The concept you want is Duress Password — which ostensibly unlocks "everything", but hides the things you previously marked for hiding whenever the "duress" password is entered instead of real one.

And you may wish to use it not only to fool overzealous border-guards, but, for example, to hide certain materials from bystanders at Internet-cafes.

There is a "duress" PAM-module in the works for folks compelled to login to their Unix-laptop and a move to add the feature to Cyrus IMAP-server.

But, to reiterate, it is of utmost importance, that your usage of such functionality can not be not only proven, but even suspected. Whoever is in a position to compel you to login, is also in a position to punish you for fooling him...

Comment Re:Donald Trump? (Score 2) 180

The reality is, if someone considers my comment "toxic" because it hurts their feelings. They probably need to spend some time outside of their social bubbles and realize that the world isn't a happy place where people give you what you want if you cry loud enough. The sad thing is, it *is* the left(not all of it), that are pro-censorship and anti-free speech. It's the same situation that we saw back in the 80's and 90's. Remember? When you had the religious nuts holding power in quite a few places, claiming that video games are gonna make mass murders. D&D will make you summon demons. Those things that happened all those years ago. Then there was a very subtle change in the 90's as those on the left started taking up those mantles themselves. Note tipper gore, hillary clinton, joe liberman and so on. Who said videogames will make murders, censoring TV is right, banning some types of music is proper. The last 20 years have shown that the left were happy to take up that mantle. You've got an entire generation of students in universities that believe that "those old people trying to censor things" were right. In Europe, you've got politicians who are trying to hold onto their political power by censoring. Elitists in universities doing the same.

The left currently has an authoritarian and extremism problem. Pretending it doesn't exist, will do nothing to help either side or anyone at all. And the political spectrum right now is in a fundamental shift. People on the left and right are becoming more libertarian, and there is a large segment of the left and a small segment on the right that's shifting to authoritarian. But as it stands right now? The problem is mainly on the left. Check your local university, see how much anti-free speech and pro-censorship policies have been put into place in the last decade to protect peoples feelings. How words have been twisted, where the label troll/racist/sexist/homophobic/transphobic/etc has become "anyone who disagrees with my point of view."

Comment Re:"Toxic" comments huh? (Score 2) 180

Guess you haven't kept up with what's been going on for the last ~10 years. Because the old definition of trolling has long gone out the window, and trolling is basically considered "anyone who disagrees with me" or "has a viewpoint contrary to my world view." You enjoying the era where social justice reinvents something or changes the definitions of words in order to self-victimize yet?

It's kinda like the casual use of sexism, or racism. As a response to anything, especially by those who are heavily into identity politics.

Submission + - A.T.F. Filled Secret Bank Account With Millions From Shadowy Cigarette Sales (

schwit1 writes: “Working from an office suite behind a Burger King in southern Virginia, operatives used a web of shadowy cigarette sales to funnel tens of millions of dollars into a secret bank account. They weren’t known smugglers, but rather agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The operation, not authorized under Justice Department rules, gave agents an off-the-books way to finance undercover investigations and pay informants without the usual cumbersome paperwork and close oversight, according to court records and people close to the operation.”

Laws and rules are for the little people.

Submission + - Don't (For Now) Use Google's New "Perspective" Comment Filtering Tool (

Lauren Weinstein writes: Google has announced (with considerable fanfare) public access to their new “Perspective” comment filtering system API, which uses Google’s machine learning/AI system to determine which comments on a site shouldn’t be displayed due to perceived high spam/toxicity scores. It’s a fascinating effort. And if you run a website that supports comments, I urge you not to put this Google service into production, at least for now.

Submission + - Revenge of the Deep State (

mi writes: Whether you welcome or are saddened by the embarrassment Trump suffered with General Flynn, you ought to be troubled by how it happened. Apparently, members of the intelligence community — part of the deep state, the unseen government within the government that does not change with elections — now have acquired so much data on everyone in America that they can selectively reveal it to reward their friends and harm their foes. Their principal foe today is the president of the United States...

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