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Comment Re:We knew that (Score 2) 202

That's not true. Definitely not true. The "cloud" hasn't weakened encryption because WhatsApp and Signal (more Signal than WhatsApp) use an open-source protocol that is zero-knowledge through transit. The guys running the servers don't know the contents of the communications. (I believe that WhatsApp collects metadata but Signal does not.)

Google's Android and Apple's iOS are not being deliberately bugged with back doors. For fuck's sake, Android is open-source. It is possible to compile Android from the source code to make sure there aren't back doors. Apple patched iOS ten days after it learned that a private spy company had compromised iOS. When the FBI wanted to force Apple to hack the iPhone, Apple went to court to stop them, and finally forced the FBI to pay a private company to break the phone.

Comment Re:Remember (Score 1) 70

Why would I use Telegram if I were concerned about security? It has a closed-source, roll your own crypto system. WhatsApp and Signal use OpenWhisper.

Anyway, WhatsApp might have security vulnerabilities or backdoors but the reported "backdoor" isn't a backdoor. It's a design choice, and there is an option for security-conscious people to see when a new crypto key is generated.

Comment Re:One additional symptom (Score 1) 297

Well, he's referring to medical evidence that loneliness has been associated with a 30% raise in mortality, and posters in this thread are saying, "Yeah, but who benefits from this study" or "I feel great without friends." It's like saying, "Yeah, my grandfather smoked two packs a day and he lived to 100 so smoking is fine." A normal reaction to anecdotal evidence would be "that's bullshit."

Comment Re:A new golden age (Score 1, Informative) 324

Trump's Taiwan excursion was heavily planned after months of lobbying by Bob Dole and other registered foreign agents of Taiwan. Oh, and the Trump Organization sent someone to investigate a potential billion dollar deal to develop land in Taiwan while this was going on. But no conflict of interest there!

Comment Can't Use Google Allo As Default SMS App (Score 1) 98

What is Google thinking? Google Allo cannot be used as a default SMS app. If a text message is sent from Allo to a non-Allo user, the recipient would get a relay message asking him or her to join Allo. Google now has Hangouts (which can be used as a default SMS app), Allo (?), Duo (video messaging), Voice (?), and Messenger. What is the need for these apps?!

Comment Re:Underwater cables (Score 2) 177

We have been doing this since the 1970s. Look up Operation Ivy Bells and you can read the book Blind Man's Bluff. The subs would install espionage devices that wouldn't require the cable to be cut. Or you would cut the cable at some shallow point pretending it was a trawler that made the cut accidentally, then you tap the deep water portion of the cable while the cable is down, then when the guys repair the cable, the characteristics would have been expected to change.

Comment Re:About time, overpaid lawyers (Score 1) 49

Lawyers make their living explaining things to judges once. You get one shot as a lawyer in presenting your case. And we also have to make sure you're not lying, or at least test your story to make sure it'll stand up to inquisition by the other side. So, yeah, we make you repeat yourself multiple times to make sure your details are consistent. We also want to make sure that we understand the details PERFECTLY. You lived through the experience so you know what's going on but the lawyer has to learn perfectly what you were experiencing for a long time. And I'm betting the attorney prepared for the court appearance before.

So, yeah, I know it sucks. But your attorney wasn't (completely) shafting you. The worse thing you can do is find an attorney who says yes to everything you say, tells that to the judge, who then pokes holes in it and then mocks you as he throws your case out.

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