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Comment Next: UK datacenter in the US (Score 1) 394

Soooooo, what would stop a 'coalition' of the US and the UK from abusing this to their hearts content? All the UK as to do is set up a datacenter in the UK embassy in the US, and the US to ask telcos and ISPs to route traffic through it. Just like that, two democracies that can spy on it's citizens at will and completely 'legal'.

Comment Re: 3.5" hard drive filled with Thermite (Score 1) 126

I have read a brief article on it but I haven't watched a video of the talk. I'd sincerely like to know the details of why it wouldn't work, such as the type of oxidizer used, stoichiometry of the reaction tested, etc. as this idea is not new and it's been tested and shown to, with the right ratio of chemicals, turn the hard drive bays and anything in them to slag. I'll look for the article and reply to this post with it if someone is interested, or if someone kindly posts the Defcon talk refuting this method.

Comment Re: 3.5" hard drive filled with Thermite (Score 1) 126

Thermite isn't explosive on its own, it's just a high temperature redox reaction. Arson would probably stick in court if it were law enforcement attempting to seize it, along with at a minimum destruction of evidence and some type of assault charge. But the data is destroyed and it's low cost and low tech. Putting the whole thing in a fireproof enclosure (a safe, concrete/center blocks, etc) and it lowers the odds of torching the average house; depending on the person and the data that might be an acceptable compromise.

Comment 3.5" hard drive filled with Thermite (Score 1) 126

Realistically all one would need is a 3.5" hard drive with the guts replaced by Thermite. Installed above the storage medium and RAM and wired to a pressure switch so when the PC is lifted it ignites, it's hard to see how this can be countered unless the ne'er-do-wells know about it ahead of time. And it's cheap.

Comment Just use a cheap access point. (Score 1) 143

Pick up a $30 access point that supports WPA-PSK, put it in the middle of the table and only power it on during the meeting. Unless you have a specific need for net access it doesn't even need to connect to a WAN. You can buy $50 off brand tablets running Android from most Chinese manufacturers, pile them up and hand them out like coasters preloaded with the wireless key and Screenshare or Splashtop.

Comment Just remember: No Transfers! (Score 5, Insightful) 147

Any content you've purchased on one Wii is stuck there forever in most cases. Nintendo won't transfer digital purchases unless you have documentation showing your original Wii was stolen, and that's iffy. Why people keep paying for the same, tired rehash of their game catalog and obvious abuse of the platform is beyond me.
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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Encrypted digital camera/recording devices?

Ransak writes: "As dashboard cameras catch more unplanned events, I've thought of equipping my vehicles with them just in case that 'one in a billion' moment happens. But given how much over reach law enforcement has shown, I'd only consider one if I could be ensured that the data was secure from prying eyes (ie, a camera that writes to encrypted SD memory, etc). Are there any solutions for the niche market of the paranoid photographer/videographer?"
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Submission + - Advertising industry lashes out at Mozilla over 3rd-party cookie blocking. (iab.net)

preflex writes: Unsurprisingly, Interactive Advertising Bureau president Randall Rothenburg is up in arms over Mozilla's decision to block third-party cookies in upcoming versions of Firefox and has issued the following statement:

"The Interactive Advertising Bureau strongly opposes the scheme by Mozilla to block third-party cookies by default in upcoming releases of its Firefox browser, and we vigorously encourage both the non-profit Mozilla Foundation and its for-profit subsidiary the Mozilla Corporation, which is reconfiguring the Firefox browser, to abandon this proposed change. This move will not put the interest of users first. Nor does it promote transparency or “move the web forward,” as Mozilla claims in its announcement. It will not advance Mozilla’s objective, as stated in its bylaws, of “promoting choice and innovation on the Internet,” but will, instead, impede both. If Mozilla follows through on its plan to block all third-party cookies, the disruption will disenfranchise every single internet user. All of us will lose the freedom to choose our own online experiences; we will lose the opportunity to monitor and protect our privacy; and we will lose the chance to benefit from independent sites like RightWingNews.com LiberalOasis.com, MotherhoodWTF.com, and SuburbanDaddy.com because thousands of small businesses that make up the diversity of content and services online will be forced to close their doors. ..."

He even manges to sneak in a Think-of-the-children argument:

"It is also the third-party cookie that enables urgent messages like AMBER Alerts and weather emergencies to be delivered to relevant, localized audiences."

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