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Comment Re:So Google gets metadata? (Score 3, Interesting) 87

So, IANACryptographer, but if I understand correctly: Google gets metadata when Alice sends a message (because connect to its server using this "fronting"), and when Bob receives one (because Signal delivers messages using GCM). It doesn't look too hard for them to reconstruct that Alice is exchanging messages to Bob.

Except Google's servers are sending and receiving millions upon millions of messages every second, so no it wouldn't be very easy to match up one particular sender with one particular receiver. Then you have the problem that, as you said, Google gets the metadata, not Egypt, and Google has no interest in trying to reconstruct this conversation, regardless of how easy it may be to do so.

Comment Re:Taiwan? (Score 1) 225

A lot of people don't really understand how a country is defined, including yourself.

A country is merely a defined political division, that means it needs some kind of border, but even a government isn't technically necessary

I think your definition of country is a bit too broad, unless you think the third ward of Houston, Texas, United States is a country, or that any city, state, subdivision, etc is a country. If that is your stance, then your definition is beyond silly; it is useless. To try to make the spirit of your definition work, I would suggest that a country is a geographic area with a political identity but which is not a subdivision of any larger political identity.

Comment Re:Corrections and more (Score 3, Interesting) 822

1. They did not say that they are reopening the investigation. The memo itself makes that clear.

I'm not sure how you can make such a claim, since the memo you linked states "...and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation."

Furthermore, nothing else in that memo makes the point you pretend it does.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 416

The flaw in your reasoning is obvious. What you want to say is that there is not an LD50 dose for SMOKING marijuana, which is what the monkeys were forced to do. In concentrated doses, say from injecting THC directly into the bloodstream, a person can and has died. If you are going to respond by saying that's not PRACTICAL, then please don't, unless you are completely oblivious to the last 50 years of assholes doing absolutely ingenious things in order to get a better high.

Submission + - DICE Sells Slashdot (

An anonymous reader writes: DHI Group, Inc. (NYSE: DHX), today announced that it completed the sale of its Slashdot and SourceForge businesses (together referred to as "Slashdot Media") to BIZX, LLC in a transaction that closed on January 27, 2016. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DHI first announced its plan to sell Slashdot Media in July 2015 as part of its strategy to focus on its core brands, as Slashdot Media no longer fits within the Company's core strategic initiatives.

KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. served as the Company's exclusive financial advisor for the transaction.

Submission + - GPS Ground System Anomaly (

donaggie03 writes: An official statement explaining the unusual GPS timing anomaly that occurred a few days ago has just been release. The root cause was a software bug at the ground station. As some have suggested, the bug was triggered by the removal of SVN 23 from the satellite constellation. The full press release is as follows:

Subject: CGSIC: FW: Official Press Release — GPS Ground System Anomaly
Air Force Official Press Release — GPS Ground System Anomaly On 26 January at 12:49 a.m. MST, the 2nd Space Operations Squadron at the 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., verified users were experiencing GPS timing issues. Further investigation revealed an issue in the Global Positioning System ground software which only affected the time on legacy L-band signals. This change occurred when the oldest vehicle, SVN 23, was removed from the constellation. While the core navigation systems were working normally, the coordinated universal time timing signal was off by 13 microseconds which exceeded the design specifications. The issue was resolved at 6:10 a.m. MST, however global users may have experienced GPS timing issues for several hours. U.S. Strategic Command's Commercial Integration Cell, operating out of the Joint Space Operations Center, effectively served as the portal to determine the scope of commercial user impacts. Additionally, the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB has not received any reports of issues with GPS-aided munitions, and has determined that the timing error is not attributable to any type of outside interference such as jamming or spoofing. Operator procedures were modified to preclude a repeat of this issue until the ground system software is corrected, and the 50th Space Wing will conduct an Operational Review Board to review procedures and impacts on users. Commercial and Civil users who experienced impacts can contact the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center at (703) 313-5900.
Rick Hamilton
CGSIC Executive Secretariat
GPS Information Analysis Team Lead
U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center

Comment Re:It reminds me (Score 1) 390

but abortions are in no way unavoidable.

While most are probably avoidable, saying that they are "in no way" unavoidable is somewhat over the top. Consider abortions for medical reasons, for instance (in cases where both the mother and child would die if the pregnancy came to term).

Agreed. I did not mean for my statement to be all inclusive. I should have said "the vast majority" of abortions are in no way unavoidable. Quick google:

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