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Comment Encryption Good (Score 1) 137

Tech companies SHOULD offering a "secret place for citizens to communicate"

What a load of crap that we should worry that ever single bit of communication prior to some crime MUST be known. That's nutty thinking with the end desire to never have any (legal) conversation occur outside of government recording, monitoring and evidence collection.

Comment Re:What if the "bullshit" is actually true? (Score 1) 444

Ten years ago I noticed that the NSA was writing security modules for the Linux kernel.

I thought it was a bad idea to allow the NSA to write security code, when it is their job to circumvent it. I was labelled a nut for worrying about this.

Now when I mention this same old issue to Linux people, they say "yes, but I don't have anything to hide".

It's funny that what was so shocking of an idea because the ramifications were so horrible, are now simply excepted as reality and then shrugged off as not being a significant problem. But there is a real problem: Apathy

IMO: it is disgusting how much Americans are allowing governments and business to rape their privacy.

Comment Flash died on its own merits (Score 1) 230

Adobe programmers killed Flash by creating a bloated program requiring intense resources with low performance. Then they forced users to pay them a license fee on every computer whether that user wanted their garbage software or not. They are bad like Microsoft and just like Windows, it died.

Comment Re:Mint (Score 1) 510

Almost every Linux OS offers a live CD version now. I used Mint and I do not like it. On 2 laptops I had upgrade issues and program crashes. This didn't happen for these top 3 picks:

1st: the most common one: Ubuntu is pretty good and has great support for 3rd party pre-compiled packages and support for proprietary drivers (which is important for beginners who didn't select their hardware for open source compatibility). This is #1 pick because it is easy and online support is vast.

2nd: Personally, I would choose Debian over Ubuntu. It's just like Ubuntu, but it's more secure because it doesn't contact Ubuntu in the background or provide closed source binaries.

3rd: If you want top notch security, then Tails is the easiest for private browsing, encrypted emails and chats. Tails OS is great because it is actually difficult to use it in an insecurity manner.

All of these options provide a "live CD" version, so you can try before you install.

Comment Re:Dear Developers of the World (Score 1) 66

Don't bother writing any software for linux

Yes. Don't write any software for linux that is designed to eavesdrop on the user without their knowledge and their consent buried in an EULA.

I don't want Skype and it disturbs me that I might accidentally use a linux pc with that software installed. Please don't bring Skype to linux in any manner. Amateurs might actually install it.

Comment Re:Thanks but NO Thanks! (Score 1) 66

Voice over copper wires was very strongly protected. It required evidence to support a wire-tap. VOIP and other internet traffic does not have those protections and mass surveillance is the result. Those who want to watch you and your family made sure those protections were removed in laws under the banner of your own protection.

Comment Rotten to the core (Score 1) 236

The docs are clear that they can update the software running on the TV using a USB drive. There's no evidence of them doing so remotely over the Internet. We can develop anti-virus and intrusion-detection signatures based on this information that will defeat much of what we read in these documents

The government is using YOUR PROPERTY to eavesdrop on you, your family and the ones you love to be used as testimony against you when required but without legal permission or accountability. And your response is to suggest that it doesn't matter because we can probably defend ourselves against it in the future?

Comment Re: One bitcoin is worth more than gold to idiots (Score 1) 208

I think gold is worth more than its market value. Most people don't even have gold, and instead have a piece of paper that represents gold that probably does not exist in reality. The true supply of gold is smaller than the market, so its value in the physical form should be higher than market rate.

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