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Comment Re:Hatchet jobs aside (Score 3, Interesting) 380

Tor is secure. Where people have been located, it was due to bugs on the bundled browser and not following best security practices like disabling Javascript and not using a maximized browser window (to thwart canvas based fingerprinting). But the underlying network itself is secure.

That or share too much information about yourself or your other online activity or download malicious content. It doesn't even have to be malware as such but say an MP3 where your media player tries to download cover art, any kind of functionality that could lead to non-TOR traffic. Or socially engineer you to visit a popular YouTube video in your ordinary browser using a special URL. It could be they have a exploit on core TOR, but in that case I'm guessing it's in the NSA vaults along with the AES backdoor.

People don't understand the power of profiling and combinatorics. For example say you look at my posting history, I've probably casually mentioned my age a few times - let's say you have my birthday pinned down to a month even though I never said when it was. My sex too in some context, I presume. And I've at one point mentioned my country, my hometown (>150k) and that I used to live in the capital (>600k). If you have a post saying "I'm moving back home soon" that's enough to pinpoint me, if you have access to the right registry.

How does that work? Well you have ~145k registered domestic moves. Only ~49k are between different parts of the country. In total there's about ~9k for my hometown, those are all public statistics. So about (49/145)*9k = 3k long-distance moves to my town, for argument we'll assume all are from the capital. If average lifespan is 80, my month is roughly 1/(80*12) of the total population so ~3 moves of people my age and ~1.5 if you add sex. If soon means the coming month you're down to 1.5/12 = ~1/8. Even with some non-uniformity and whatnot it'll probably be one, at most two.

People don't stop to think about these things, particularly when it appears to happen in "private", but services get compromised. Or are honeypots to begin with. And even if you use PGP or some other secure channel, what used to be a buddy today can be compromised tomorrow. And this gets more and more important as we leave more and more "real world" electronic traces, like that concert you were at - were you also tagged on Facebook? In the past it would have been almost useless information, today a few such tidbits of information can easily lead to just having a handful of suspects to investigate closer.

Comment Re:How were crimes solved before cell phones? (Score 1) 251

Paper bags don't generally decompose in landfills (it doesn't decompose anaerobically).

We have very different ideas about what's important to the future of the planet. Heck, I care about people, the planet is only important by inference.

All laws are enforced by men with guns, or they're meaningless. Do what makes you happy, but if you should want to impose your will on others, you're talking about force (or the threat thereof).

Comment Re:As a C programmer (Score 1) 297

There is no standard-required way to compare arbitrary pointers.

There is no standard-required integer type into which you can cast an arbitrary pointer. (intptr_t etc are technically optional).

It's architecture-specific whether comparing pointers as signed or unsigned is the correct thing to do.

There is no such thing as portable C because of crap like this, only "mostly portable C, eh, good enough".

Comment Re:oh if only... (Score 1) 239

It's actually a very beautiful mountain range to the West of Seattle, forming the break between the Pacific Ocean and Puget Sound. The Olympics are snow-capped year-round, rugged, house the wettest place in the lower 48 States (Hoh river forest), and some great mountain goat, elk, and deer hunting.

Comment Re:And give Putin a Pulitzer Prize (Score 1) 973

This was an attempt by Russia, who considers the US a rival and possible enemy, to create political upheaval in US and change the outcome of an election.

Imagine if a foreign nation conspired to funnel millions of dollars to a specific party in an attempt to influence the election? The upheaval and outcome of the election could be at stake!

Comment Re:Can't decide what's stupider... (Score 1) 973

Ahh, so Hillary! s power of persuation is SO STRONG that she got Tim Kaine to change his support for TPP on the very day he was nominated at VP. I mean, she clearly would NOT pick a pro-TPP running mate, would she? Unless perhaps she's still not really settled on the TPP itself...

Comment Re:That's the last straw: TRUMP IS A TRAITOR (Score 1) 973

Cool about the 3rd party! So why do you care what the GOP or the Democrats do with their nominee? After all - you're going for a 3rd party... Wouldn't is help your 3rd party candidate if the GOP and the Democrats had candidates you think were terrible?

Comment It is done wrong, so no surprise (Score 1) 176

Most Companies pay their CEOs with stock, which the CEO works hard to get its price way up, typically by cheating.
However, if they would pay their CEOs with none publicly traded stock, along with regular salary, then CEOs have a STRONG incentive to get decent dividends rather than focus on the stock price.

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