Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?
Get HideMyAss! VPN, PC Mag's Top 10 VPNs of 2016 for 55% off for a Limited Time ×

Comment The answer is quite obvious (Score 1) 111

Fake medical bills.

The fact that you don't know how many medical bills you'll get, from whom, or what the total will be creates huge opportunities for fraudulent medical billing. You find out when someone was in a hospital and for what, then send them a fake bill for a couple grand for (insert bullshit reason here). Then harass the living shit out of them until they agree to settle for half of what you originally asked for.

Comment Pandora's box (Score 1) 270

Has been opened. I have friends all over the world whom I would never have met were it not for social media. I met my wife in Second Life, and at the time, we lived 3000 miles apart. Humans are connecting creatures, and I think it's too late to reverse the social evolution toward using technology to connect. Even if you were to personally decide to only connect with people you can physically meet, whom would you talk to? Everyone else has their head buried in their smart phones. The very act of attempting to interrupt their attention automatically disqualifies you as someone worthy of socialization. I'm sure Stephen Fry could reasonably expect to be able to strike up a conversation with a stranger on a train. You and I cannot.

A more practical solution is for people to begin to take their privacy seriously and go to a little extra effort to secure it. This has already begun, to a limited extent and with younger people. My kids and their friends no longer use services like facebook to communicate, because they know how easy it is for parents and principals to access the information. We need to choose social media services that strike a different balance on the issues of cost and privacy, even and especially if that involves paying for them directly.

Comment Re:Punishes users and good advertisers (Score 1) 707

The problem with Internet advertising is that computers/web pages are capable of violations of my person which are similar in scope. Software embedded in ads can pull my tracking information, revealing my private information, preferences, etc. I can even be left with a nasty malware infection after the fact.

Submission + - Why Not Replace SSL Certificates With PGP Keys? 9

vik writes: The whole SSL process has been infiltrated by the NSA, GCSB and other n'er-do-wells. If governments want a man-in-the-middle certificate they simply issue a secret gagging order to the CA to make them issue one. Consequently "certified" SSL certificates can no longer be trusted. Ironically self-issued certificates are more secure, but not easily verified.

However, PGP/GPG keys can be trusted and independently verified. They are as secure as we can get for now. Why not replace the broken SSL CA system with GPG/PGP encryption keys? Make the NSA-infiltrated stuff obsolete, and rely on a real-world web of trust?

Slashdot Top Deals

"It's ten o'clock... Do you know where your AI programs are?" -- Peter Oakley