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Comment The elephant in the room is VAC (Score 1) 95

And this is where Valve's stance on VAC being zero tolerance, permanent, and in place regardless of if your account was hijacked or not needs to be addressed. You get a VAC ban, you're not going to be able to participate in the Steam community or any online game in any fashion without being harassed endlessly, or repurchasing all games on a new account. Seen it time and time again even if VAC is not relevant to whatever discussion is at hand. I can only hope that with all the security I've set up on my Steam account, it never gets hijacked and exploits to get around all that are never found, as I'd never be able to afford to repurchase all my games on a new account.

Comment Re:What should happen but won't (Score 2) 1105

"This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is 'actually' innocent," Scalia wrote in a 2009 dissent of the Court's order for a federal trial court in Georgia to consider the case of death row inmate Troy Davis. "Quite to the contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved, while expressing considerable doubt that any claim based on alleged 'actual innocence' is constitutionally cognizable."

Source - Business Insider.

So, no, you'll have to forgive a lot of people who can't say anything nice about a person who said this.

Comment Re: Versioning (Score 3, Insightful) 181

In theory, it could stop the Crashplan service, manually edit your backup set settings to have no versioning, and no deleted file keeping, restart the Crashplan service, and let it run through and prune all the files it thinks it should be pruning, then encrypt your files, let it back them up, and Crashplan dutifully prunes the old versions like the hijacked config file says to.

Comment Re:The time-honored tradition of... (Score 1) 109

As someone diagnosed with Aspergers/ASD, I would rather be rid of this disorder. It has not been kind to my life, and the disadvantages far outweigh any advantages. No soft skills means your other skills are much more difficult to use and made much less useful since you can't interact with others.
Obviously, vaccines don't cause autism, but I would like a cure to see what it's like to not have a meltdown every other social interaction. It is not a good way to live.

Comment Re:Its all in the gmail terms of use ... (Score 1) 790

My guess is the file hash matched a known file that contained the offending material. Google does scan your email for virii, so it's not unthinkable that images, a possible threat vector, are also scanned and hashed, and can be compared to a database of offending image hashes as well as virii.

Comment Re:Crashplan (Score 1) 983

I agree with this. In addition, you can also backup to local folders, and have different backup sets so the really big stuff will be backed up online, but the smaller, more important things can be backed up both to a folder and online. That, and they let you control frequency of backups, and never delete anything unless you set it to remove deleted files after whatever period of time you say. Lord knows how many TB I have backed up there that is just deleted files and their daily versions.

Comment Re:user acceptance? (Score 1) 111

If it behaves anything like Retroshare, it would have the users exchange keys, and not let them connect until each has the other's keys and allows the connection. Nintendo online players have been doing something similar for a while with friend codes, so I don't see why this needs to be so difficult.

Comment Re:They have *worse* to hide? (Score 1) 383

The problem is his data may also info about legitimate foreign spying operations and info on the people involved. While there probably is still more evidence of wrongdoing in what he has, it's also likely he has his hands on something that could very well put a good deal of people's lives in danger. That data was stolen once, right out from under the NSA's noses. If the NSA couldn't stop it from being stolen, how can a single man ensure it won't be stolen from him as well? Remember, this data is very important, and he's as vulnerable as anyone to the $5 wrench decryption attack if he has it encrypted himself.

So the USA really should try to offer him this, and also offer official protection from other nations who may also be interested in some of the things he's learned. This, of course, all hinges on how many copies of the data he has, and if he's given copies to more than he's told us.

In any case, I see this deal falling through, and him possibly being forced to hand over a copy of the data to one or more third parties that are not the US, which can only end very, very badly if not handled correctly. Also, the more people handling it, the more likely it will fall into the wrong hands...

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