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Comment To protect yourself (Score 1) 125

You must *assume* carriers aren't honest. You don't know everyone who has access to the data that profiles you. You don't know their intentions, their contacts, their back-room deals. Do you really *want* to know? Do you think it would make a bit of difference?

Use strong encryption wherever you can. Encrypt your phone storage. Use anonymous VPNs and Tor. Be vigilant. Do whatever defensive measures you can do to protect yourself and the privacy of you and those you care about. Laws are meant to be broken. They're broken much more often than technological defenses are.

Comment Need to work with IoT developers and/or shame them (Score 1) 75

The fact that so many publicly facing, completely insecure devices ripe for hacking were able to be assembled in the first place is one of the biggest things we should be looking at moving forward.

I think there should be a common, open-source framework for building secure IoT device firmware. Obviously people are going to be buying these things more and more as time progresses. Why not make it simple for them to implement something secure instead of leaving them to reinvent the wheel? Obviously they're concerned mostly about convenience otherwise they would have built better security in. Maybe they don't have the skill to do it correctly. Maybe they're not being paid enough. Point is that I think there should be efforts in the open-source ecosystem to help make these things easy and plug-n-play when developing a new baby monitor/security camera/etc.

And, we should publicly shame the companies most to blame for these insecure devices being used in an attack of this magnitude. Paste their names all over and make sure people KNOW that they're buying utter insecure shit that may be used to attack others. Not to mention your own privacy and security regarding cameras/microphones/security devices, anything even semi-critical really.

Comment AR will likely make this situation better (Score 1) 552

I see both sides of this argument. Performers don't want to stare at cell phone camera lenses, they want to see and connect with their fans. You can only do that when you see the whites of their eyes. Also, all that money bullshit for some more shallow performers comes into play I'm sure. But I think the core reason is that when you're a professional, performing live in front of a room of people, no matter how big or small, it's a very intimate experience. Seeing that very literal layer of abstraction with someone simply holding up their phones at you and looking at their screens just ruins it.

I also see the side that people want to be able to see and share the performance they paid for later. In a lot of ways it should be a given that you can record something like this. Not only does it make sense nostalgically but it makes sense in a sharing, exposure kind of way. Of course, if the video is shaky and the audio sucks ass, it really does do more harm than good. Maybe venues can offer a professional shot video of the concert and give it to you afterwards? That could rake in some additional revenue as well.

Anyway, I think augmented reality will help. I believe people won't be holding up phones in a few years. They'll be wearing camera lenses on their hats, their shirts, their glasses. This will free people up to experience performances the way they were intended - with their full attention on the performer that's working so hard to make the experience unforgettable.

Comment Comments overridden by "shitty" (Score 1) 205

This is ridiculous. Why allow such bias towards someone's musicianship when you're posting an article about something completely different? The comments are plagued now, very little to do with the topic of UFOs or whatever the fuck it was. I don't remember, I saw "shitty guitar riffs" and got agitated and wanted to post a comment rebuking it. Fucking Slashdot, get it together. I've been on since the year 2000 and this blatant editorial nonsense in an otherwise "News for Nerds" story just makes you look like you're from my high school newspaper in the 90's, talking about how shitty Offspring was because they played 3 riffs over and over. You know what, they played the SHIT out of those riffs, with more rhythm than you'll ever be able to produce out of your cynical ass.

See, now shit's turned into ass. Thanks, Slashdot!

Comment I have a better idea (Score 1) 96

Instead of throwing money at technology that has side-effect of oppressing and suffocating the privacy of normal citizens, why not put that money toward promoting peace, cooperation and understanding?

I remember when people around the world loved America because it led by example. Because it was a place people could go that offered more freedom and privacy than the nation they were currently in. Its constitution was followed STRICTLY because the words in it were written specifically by those who literally fought against the kind of thing we're seeing in this article.

America seems to be losing its way, in the most general sense of the term. If its people don't start realizing this soon and backpedal furiously to restore the integrity it once stood for, it's just going to be another brick in the wall.

Comment It's not "governments" anymore, it's "the people" (Score 0) 215

I have a vision of the future where this is actually going to bring us together as "a people".

Sure, some countries may abuse the power of trying to block DNS records they feel are immoral, or whatever their excuse is. Fact is, the more this happens, the more will be exposed that these countries are censoring what doesn't really belong to *any* governmental body. The U.S. has had its fair share of abuse over their control of the Internet and the DNS. Who are they to say they're the most qualified, most moral? That's just arrogant IMHO. Not saying they're the worst, but it's not up to any one nation to decide.

And who will defend against abuses of power now that they're equally divided? The netizens. The people of the Internet. The hackers. I'm honestly looking forward to seeing how this pans out. I think it will be something that may just bring people of Earth closer together, seeing how we can cooperatively administrate the largest network in the world.

Comment Free speech, too? (Score 2) 236

If I were Snowden I'd be looking at every possible media outlet to get the word out about the disgusting things I've learned. Some of those media outlets require money/funding, and inevitably will return some kind of profit (ticket sales for movies for example). But them trying to play that card on Snowden in the first place is just proof that they need to examine his motives and his position as someone who wants to stop the breaking of laws and constitutional foundations that his country was founded on by its own government. Relating him, even remotely, to "terrorism" is appalling and insulting to his integrity and willingness to essentially throw his life away for the sake of informing people that their government isn't playing by its own rules.

Comment MS Controls hardware / software industry? (Score 1) 440

I'm not totally versed in the politics of getting MS to sign your drivers, so apologies if this seems like a dumb question - what if, say, MS didn't want to sign software drivers for OpenVPN TAP/TUN network devices (let's say they just rolled out their shiny new VPN software). Or basically any other driver, hardware or software - Can they just say, "no" to OpenVPN, then OpenVPN team (or whoever else) is SOL? If true, that basically means MS has a complete, Apple-like stronghold over the hardware (and lots of software that utilizes driver framework to function) that runs on Win10+.

Comment Same shit, different pot (Score 0) 644

When are the people of the United States going to stop grasping so tightly the idea that a new president is going to change the course that everyone is on? I am sick and tired of people rooting for a president like they do a fucking football team. 'GO HILLARY!' 'WE MUST DEFEAT TRUMP!' Like any one person, even the supposed "leader", will somehow make the necessary change to purge the bowels of a rotten political and federal government system.

"WE THE PEOPLE" must make the change. I don't mean voting (though it doesn't hurt), I mean CHANGE. The people of the United States must remember that it is they themselves that are the superpower, not the few that hold the keys to the kingdom. The people must organize and steer their ship in the direction of positive change, of prosperity, of justice and freedom. Only then will USA again be chanted across the world instead of cursed.

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