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Comment Re:How dare they hack NY Times reporters! (Score 1) 61

Reds under the bed! Who gains from this story? Can't see why the Russians would waste their time on the NYT, but the NSA, DHS etc would. Blaming the Russians for what they themselves are doing is very much their kind of thing. We'll see if the story morphs in other directions that help with their agenda, like blaming encryption.

Comment Re:An easier sollution (Score 1) 1144

"Outlawing religion seems a better bet"... No religion necessary for Sandy Hook, Columbine, Washington Navy Yard, Virginia Tech, Aurora Colorado. etc, etc. The common element is guns, although guns aren't the cause of the behaviour. Mass shootings trigger a huge emotional convulsion in society and I think that's what the killers really want to trigger... the Oprah effect.

Comment Re:example of his "sophisticated political views"? (Score 1) 123

My understanding of the political views of Hacking Team and FinFisher is that they have none. They appear to be motivated purely by profit. The people identified by their software are often tortured and murdered, but we're to believe that's OK because for these guys its only business? Not without precedent, of course, IBM reportedly provided early computer systems to the Nazis before and during WW2 that was used to organize the holocaust.

Comment Re:Polygraphs... (Score 1) 134

Polygraphs tests are built on junk science and their use should be prohibited. There are various other common tools in forensics that are in the same boat, incuding fingerprint analysis, police lineups, bite mark analysis, etc, etc. Many people have been wrongly convicted based on these thanks to the false belief the public holds that they are infallible.

Comment Re:The so-called 'community standards' (Score 1) 303

In an article on the middle east I got into trouble for posts which referred to the shared linguistic roots of Arabs and Jews as well as the fact that the biblical story of Noah and the Ark was plagiarized from the Epic of Gilgamesh. My opponent was a Jewish gentleman and the whole exchange was deleted. From that I learned that in the Guardian it's abusive to contradict the Talmud.

Comment Re:luck (Score 1) 222

It's evidence that governments are winning the PR war against TOR and privacy. They're throwing a lot of money and effort at this and there's hardly any push back. I expect Tor will be outlawed within three years....Given enough time PR firms could convince the public that kittens are the world's most dangerous security risk and must all be exterminated.

Comment Re: It is not a justification for more surveillanc (Score 1) 1011

Unmentioned is ETA, the Basque terror organization active between 1968 and 2002 that committed 3,300 terror attacks killing 952 people and injuring 3,300. That's 34 years of murders and bombings... Anarchists are still sending letter bombs in Europe, as they did in the United States in the early 1900s. In 1919 they sent 36 dynamite letter bombs to prominent americans and the next year carried out the Wall Street bombing which killed 30 people. Bin Laden and al Qaeda undoubtedly got the idea for attacking the twin towers from Timothy McVeigh's Oklahoma City bombing. Lots more examples... So no, Islamic radicals did not invent terrorism.

Comment Random (Score 1) 521

For secure deletion I set apg to create a 10,000 character password and feed it into ccrypt. The results could easily be added to emails, the first 10,000 as the text, the second as the password to encrypt it, causing spies to spend huge effort decrypting to only to get gibberish.

Comment Re:Crypto? (Score 1) 521

ETA, a separatist Basque separatist organization in NATO ally Spain active 1961 to 2011 committed hundreds of bomb and assassination attacks. Nelson Mandela's group dynamited hydro towers. Still active, Italian anarchists in the early 1900s carried out a series of mail bombings in the US and set off a huge bomb on Wall Street. There was Timothy McVeigh, etc, etc.

Comment Old News (Score 1) 158

It's very old news. In the 1890s criminologist Count Franz von Liszt, (cousin of the composer), made a practice of staging disruptions at his lectures involving actors fighting, sometimes firing a gun. Even forewarned, students gave wildly differing accounts of events in summaries they wrote afterwards. Many experiments since have demonstrated the same results. What is stored in memory is the gist of events. Details are supplied on the fly during recall. We still place a high value on eye witness testimony at trials, which has led to the imprisonment and execution of many innocent people.

Comment Re:We're fucked (Score 2) 51

My library enables third parties to access users' computers by piggy backing on the library connection, and the search string is included in the url of accessed pages. One of those sharing the connection is google analytics, which can then link the search terms with the IP. At the same time Google drops tracking cookies. The library sees nothing wrong with this arrangement.

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