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Comment Zack mistyped iMessage & WhatsApp auto-encrypt (Score 2) 99

Just to point out, Zack Whittacker who wrote the ZDNet article mis-typed, as iMessage and WhatsApp are encrypted by default. His following sentence appears to show he actually meant they were automatically encrypted. The opt-in encryption that Facebook and Google are providing will also be the preferred option of the govts / 3 letter agencies that want to keep everything for future use. Its crazy to have Facebook's app on your smartphone anyways...and tracking bracelet with a microphone and camera.

Comment Re:NSA Strikes Again! (Score 2) 59

Intel...although I'd guess money strained AMD is no better. With regards to Intel & backdoors in its chips its good to remember what we know:

And don't forget what that guy at Google mentioned WRT Intel:

Of course this makes all our systems vulnerable to attack by foreigners as well, but the NSA seems comfortable with that world - the country they're supposed to protect is compromised by design as long as they can spy on everyone they're okay with foreign governments being able to do that too. I would expect Microsoft's Visual Studio to be compromised by design as well.

Comment Re:What's so "unreasonable"? (Score 4, Insightful) 183

And don't forget that they can no longer raise the prices of stamps....the guys that saddled the Post Office with that giant instant Pension Obligation also made it so they couldn't raise their prices to cover extra cost at the same time. Almost as if they wanted to insure they would fail. I'm sure the UPS / Fedex lobbyists loved it...

Comment Re:This is why (Score 1) 157

Applying for nearly any corporate job in the U.S. these days requires having a "normal" Facebook and LinkedIn account page (with activity, showing you aren't a shut in) and checked by the HR people prior to phone-interviews. Guess you could go to water color on the photos, although that won't work well on LinkedIn.

Comment Not supporting & not signing are 2 different t (Score 4, Insightful) 150

Its important to remember, with regards to the this administration which has been orchestrating and allowing this all along. That not outright supporting the bill (which would immediately loose a bunch GOP support - because hey, O'bama) versus saying he wouldn't sign it are 2 very different things. O'bama is no friend of public security / privacy.

This was before the CA shooting:

Comment Re:chief of staff to Secretary of State (Score 3, Interesting) 90

XXongo, you're right, but its good some of these folks, even if from past administrations, are speaking out..especially well spoken ones like Wilkerson.

Hats off to Snowden, otherwise we'd still be thinking most of this stuff our government wouldn't even consider doing to its citizenry (just from a moral standpoint of honoring and protecting the constitution and those people that are the citizens) with only the tinfoils thinking it was possible.

Comment Nice to see Google pushing this (Score 2) 45

Chrome is getting alot more popular with users and schools in particular, its nice to see them pushing on the security like this - up to this point it probably hasn't been worth the time of someone to compromise it (from a marketshare standpoint), but that day is coming. It's good Google is trying to stay ahead of that.

Comment Trust companies to secure Biometrics? (Score 1) 125

Are they crazy? Put user biometric data into companies hands (so it can be stolen like everything else) - and of course you can't change it once its been compromised - which will happen, then you're stuck (not the company that lost it of course...they'll give you a year of credit monitoring). As others have pointed out giving companies access to your biometric data, camera and microphone on your access device is wrong on a bunch of other levels (privacy, govt access via that company etc.). No fffing way.

Comment Re:They are Collaborators (Score 1) 301

Now, now lets not have any name calling...he's just stating common sense. The other mfrs take the base Android stack and modify it (extensively at a low level) to work with their hardware and make the ROM image and with that (or the hardware itself) you can insert any backdoor you want.

An example we know about is our friend Lenovo using the PC ROM they modified to install their phone home spyware onto your PC after you do a clean install - it was Windows but something similar or worse could be done in Android if the mfrs felt they should (by govt suggestion perhaps):

Most of the other smartphone mfrs are keeping quiet because they are friendly with their Governments - Samsung (I have a Galaxy S5) for example is very close to the South Korean Govt (who is a good partner with the USA and in particular its military and intelligence apparatus). Microsoft is very friendly with the U.S. government and a "partner" with the NSA and they certainly won't protest this either. Cause they would line up with their govts not their customers.

It's important to look at the big picture, from a business standpoint it makes sense to work with your govt and their desire to spy on their citizens as they control your market access. Frankly its odd that Apple is doing this from a purely business perspective, from a moral perspective it makes sense - but most companies don't care about moral issues and will faithfully line up with their govts surveilance apparatus when the call comes no matter the consequences for their cutsomers / citizenry. Remember all those German companies that closed up shop and moved out of country in the 30's after the Nazi's were elected? Yeah, most just shrugged and fell in line. That is exactly what is happening (and what would be expected to happen) in this fight over privacy - if the govts want to surveil the population of the planet (which they do), most smartphone companies will ask how they can help.

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