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Submission + - Is Disclosure of Podesta's emails a Step to Far? (theintercept.com)

mspohr writes: Interesting discussion between Glenn Greenwald and Naomi Klein on The Intercept on the limits of disclosure and privacy.
"...the author and activist Naomi Klein believes there are serious threats to personal privacy and other critical political values posed by hacks of this sort, particularly when accompanied by the indiscriminate publication of someone’s personal emails."
The article notes that back in the early days, Wikileaks carefully vetted its leaks to avoid compromising personal information. However, the latest leaks of DNC email have no editing and contain personal information such as discussion of personal problems of individuals unrelated to any public purpose.
"But personal emails — and there’s all kinds of personal stuff in these emails — this sort of indiscriminate dump is precisely what Snowden was trying to protect us from. That’s why I wanted I wanted to talk with you about it, because I think we need to continuously reassert that principle."
Do Wikileaks or journalists have any responsibility to privacy?

Submission + - Would redundancy and really long TTL have countered a lot of DDOS effects? (medium.com) 1

marmot7 writes: My primary takeaways from this article was that it's important to have redundancy (additional NS's) and that it's important to have a very long TTL when you're not actively updating something. Would the measures in this article have at least limited the damage of these attacks? The long TTL change alone would have made the cache likely covered the entire attack, right?

Comment Re:6.8 Billion (Score 1) 331

Large scale solar installation cost has dropped to about $1 - 2/watt so you could install about 3 - 6 Gigawatts of solar power. Of course, as many pendants are fond of saying, the sun doesn't shine at night. You can expect about 5 good hours of sun a day so this is roughly equivalent to a 1 Gigawatt nuclear plant which is the size of Watts Bar 2.
Wind is about half the cost of solar.

Submission + - Cryptographic proof Wikileak podesta emails have been modified? (pastebin.pl)

An anonymous reader writes: Downloading the raw email from wikileaks directly and running it through opendkim-msgtest will on a suprising number of "raw" emails from wikileaks indicate that the DKIM signature is incorrect. eg.

curl https://wikileaks.org/podesta-... | opendkim-testmsg


curl https://wikileaks.org/podesta-... | opendkim-testmsg

There is a list of modified emails posted on a pastebin right now http://pastebin.pl/view/351dca...

Because the DKIM header contains the checksum of the message body and is signed with the servers public key it would seem to be irrefutable proof of email tampering before the emails were given to wikileaks.

Comment Re:one in every home? (Score 1) 227

Yes, I agree that efficiency could be problematic. Probably lose at least 50% going each way.
H2 energy storage has the same problem. By the time you make H2 from electricity (electrolysis), compress it, transport it then convert it back to electricity (fuel cell), you only get about 20% of the energy back.

Comment Re:one in every home? (Score 1) 227

That's the point.
The electric grid has to maintain a fine balance between supply and demand. It is very useful to be able to store electricity from oversupply (most large power plants can't easily adjust their output). People have proposed batteries and pumped water storage to soak up excess electricity. This might be an alternative.

Comment Re:Cry me a river (Score 1) 64

The problem is false positives. Suppose the algorithm or an overzealous cop thinks your picture looks just like the perp. You are then in for a world of hurt. You have to prove that you have an ironclad alibi and if not, you go right to the top of their list of suspects.
Cops get points for arresting people and sending them for trial. They don't particularly care if they have the right person and they don't get penalized if they end up with the wrong person in jail. This just gives them a big list of possible suspects and I'm sure they can find at least one who won't have a solid alibi.

Comment Re:Interesting, Dave Chappelle. (Score 2) 550

... except the performer.
Seems rather shortsighted to be blocking all that free publicity.
Stealing a joke? Really? If they are so concerned, that's what copyright is for... otherwise, they are just another lame entitled person with no real skills relying on secrecy to dupe people into spending money to see their lame show.

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