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Comment Stupid stupid bankers (Score 1) 131

The whole point of Bitcoin and one of the key innovations behind it is that it is NOT centrally controlled or manipulated by a nation state. Bitcoin started as an experiment in decentralized, crypto-currencies that offer some level of protection against inflation, government tracking and control. A government creating an alt currency that is trackable, monitored and controlled by a central authority is the antithesis of the philosophy behind crypto currencies.

Whatever moron came up with this idea should be given a raise...because that's what governments do.

Comment DNS queries aren't "spying."? (Score 1) 264

DNS queries aren't "spying."

Yes, actually they can be. I don't want Microsoft to know that I read deepdotweb anymore than I want the government to know that. Why is microsoft resolving names for Windows 10 users? And who are they sharing the logs with?

This Windows 10 apologist has nothing to offer as an acceptable excuse for this behavior.

Comment Re:Citizens recording (Score 2) 202

That's a ridiculously ignorant answer. Journalists, independent media people, neighborhood watchers, etc. all encounter cops on a regular basis. Cops are "our servants" - I go out of my way to record them whenever I have a chance. It's good for you that you don't. Unfortunately, we are not all respectable people like you. I bet you never inhaled either or went over the speed limit, uh?

Comment Citizens recording (Score 5, Insightful) 202

And it is quite foolish to assume that cops want to actually be held accountable. Citizens need to get their own body cams or use apps like Bambuser and Cell 411 to notify each other when they encounter police. Theses types of apps that stream live video are especially necessary for activists and people involved in police encounters on a regular basis. Cops have erased video from citizens' devices in the past in order to destroy evidence, so it is not wise to assume their body cams are there for our protection.

Submission + - ModPOS Malware: iSight's Pathetic Effort to Increase Revenues (

vvaduva writes: The world of retail infosec has been abuzz after the well-timed release of a report describing ModPOS as a "most complex ever" and "silent assassin" piece of malware in the wild. Yet after a short and careful analysis of this report, anyone can observe that it was simply a pathetic marketing effort to instigate fear into retail executives. How often does this happen, and how many billions do retailers spend as a result of such bogus reports issued by security firms?

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