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Comment WTF is the Stingray (Score 2) 39

Thanks editors, for explaining it.

From the link above:
The technology in question [...] is a suitcase-sized device that mimics a cellphone tower to connect with all phones in a specific area. [...] Sheriff's officials said it will be used purely to locate the subject of an investigation since it can find a phone through walls, even if the owner isn't making a call.

Comment Wrong question (Score 4, Insightful) 178

Wrong question, if it's asking for a storage company that you can trust your data with.

Correct question: which open source encryption software would you trust to encrypt your data /before/ uploading it anywhere. You can upload whereever you want, and redundantly too. All you have to do is store locally is a private key. No different from storing a passport or home or auto title.

Comment Punctuality. (Score 5, Informative) 111

One thing that has always impressed me about the Shinkansen is its near obscene punctuality:

Quote from :
The Shinkansen is very reliable thanks to several factors, including its near-total separation from slower traffic. In 2012, JR Central reported that the Shinkansen's average delay from schedule per train was 36 seconds. This includes delays due to uncontrollable causes, such as natural disasters.[14] The record, in 1997, was 18 seconds.

Comment Re:Okay... and? (Score 2) 316

To add to that: generally, personal income is not double taxed either in this respect. Anything one hears to the contrary is usually political FUD.

Quote below from IRS. Heck, they even point out how to give them the least of your money.
If you paid or accrued foreign taxes to a foreign country on foreign source income and are subject to U.S. tax on the same income, you may be able to take either a credit or an itemized deduction for those taxes.

Taken as a deduction, foreign income taxes reduce your U.S. taxable income.

Taken as a credit, foreign income taxes reduce your U.S. tax liability. In most cases, it is to your advantage to take foreign income taxes as a tax credit.

Comment Re:Match (Score 1) 146

Sorry, meant to login FWIW before posting that:
Thank you. Mine:

sha1sum *
16e6d7675d63fba9bb75a9983397e3fb610459a1 *TrueCrypt 7.1a Mac OS X.dmg
7689d038c76bd1df695d295c026961e50e4a62ea *TrueCrypt Setup 7.1a.exe
1d503ddb5f619ca868ea42bd7435f0dff5975997 *
c2a8c78a23f97ffb17bf47448c9f2daa3c8f80cd *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x64.tar.gz
a53a7a609a25d9a1e33f720ce5c0265ddd4e8b25 *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x86.tar.gz
086cf24fad36c2c99a6ac32774833c74091acc4d *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x64.tar.gz
0e77b220dbbc6f14101f3f913966f2c818b0f588 *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x86.tar.gz

sha256sum *
04db58b737c05bb6b0b83f1cb37a29edec844b59ff223b9e213ee1f4e287f586 *TrueCrypt 7.1a Mac OS X.dmg
e95eca399dfe95500c4de569efc4cc77b75e2b66a864d467df37733ec06a0ff2 *TrueCrypt Setup 7.1a.exe
4b87892bf9f217deb28eb67570803664512613aee7cf92df6e31dcca6e26fab7 *
3f48210cca1c17f433572845586d5e2a1a717a545480d136cb970689a44e3c32 *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x64.tar.gz
7871a40aaca4556d2c6f3377d62347bc38302f4f1ef191e7d07123bdf4a4d008 *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x86.tar.gz
43f895cfcdbe230907c47b4cd465e5c967bbe741a9b68512c09f809d1a2da1e9 *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x64.tar.gz
9d292baf87df34598738faef7305cddaa15ea9f174c9923185653fb28f8cfef0 *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x86.tar.gz

md5sum *
89affdc42966ae5739f673ba5fb4b7c5 *TrueCrypt 7.1a Mac OS X.dmg
7a23ac83a0856c352025a6f7c9cc1526 *TrueCrypt Setup 7.1a.exe
2c664c527ee622b17da6fcd76979fba4 *
eb71d8108afec84d4dc72c523b57763a *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x64.tar.gz
218d80bbe69cb63dba124efb62600e0f *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x86.tar.gz
bb355096348383987447151eecd6dc0e *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x64.tar.gz
09355fb2e43cf51697a15421816899be *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x86.tar.gz

# file sizes
9526318 TrueCrypt 7.1a Mac OS X.dmg
3466248 TrueCrypt Setup 7.1a.exe
1642506 truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x64.tar.gz
1648060 truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x86.tar.gz
2667681 truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x64.tar.gz
2644819 truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x86.tar.gz

Comment Re:Boring and repetitive? (Score 1) 394

Fundamentally, I don't think he knows that trading freedom for convenience is something that people always do, in every society, and always have. Without that acknowledgement, he thinks that it's reasonable that perhaps everyone would rather go without a phone instead of give up a bit of theoretical freedom.

The real issue at present is people trading freedom for convenience *without knowing they are doing so or being aware of exactly what their costs are*. And by the time they find out, it might well be too late. As you pointed out, the value of someone like RMS and his message is to illuminate what is happening so people can make that tradeoff in a more informed manner.

Comment Re:There is this button. (Score 4, Insightful) 184

Stop spinning this as a personal responsibility/freedom issue. That's complete BS. The real issue at stake is the freedom of other people to exist, and to exist without injury caused by your stupidity.

I'd rather you get busted if you fuck up too, but instead, what will likely happen when you fuck up is, someone will lose an arm or leg...or a life. Stop thinking about whether you will be "found at fault," and start thinking about someone losing their life or limb, because that is the consequence of relevance here.

Comment Re:Spy vs Spy (Score 1) 118

One other point to add to the parent: Whatever you give up now, whether it's metadata alone or metadata + content, consider that this will be stored forever. It might be become easier/legal to probe into these several years down the line. If the govt's storage systems are incompetent, they might all even become public at some point.

It is /still/ worth protecting what you can.

Comment Re:Extensions needed! (Score 1) 399

Here it is:

- works with Chrome, Firefox in development
- provides end-to-end encryption
- reduced the complexity of creating/setting up new keys etc. to a bare minimum. I've sent instructions to non-tech friends who set it up in a few minutes with some very basic handholding.
- is not mail client specific - all it does is encrypt a textarea, so you can get it to work, for instance, on google calendar in addition to yahoo mail or gmail or whatever
- uses its own editor so you can avoid using the web gmail provider's textarea (gmail, for instance, autosaves drafts)

Disclaimer: I am in absolutely no way connected with mailvelope. I'm just a very happy user.

Submission + - Patent trolls getting the attention of the Feds ( 1

crazyvas writes: The New York Times has published an article on the FTC which is planning to investigate the patent system, and likely patent trolls such as Intellectual Ventures. From the article: 'To its defenders, Intellectual Ventures is a revolutionary company unfairly viewed, in the words of its co-founder Peter N. Detkin, “as the poster child of everything that is wrong with the patent system.” To its critics, it is a protection racket otherwise known as a patent troll. This summer, the Federal Trade Commission is expected to begin a sweeping investigation of the patent system after the agency’s chairwoman, Edith Ramirez, urged a crackdown. She has singled out a particular kind of miscreant, one that engages in “a variety of aggressive litigation tactics,” including hiding behind shell companies when it sues.'

How does Intellectual Ventures describe itself? See for yourself here.

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