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Comment Could be, they just don't understand how TOR works (Score 5, Interesting) 306

I read the warrant affidavit ( and they were not just "searching for child porn" but searching for the uploader of a specific file to a specific post on 4chan.
This specificity makes me think that they sincerely thought they could find the uploader of the child porn clip in question, but didn't understand how TOR works, or how exit nodes work, at least.

If you run an exit node, there's the chance that some pedo is going to use it and their actions are going to be stamped with your IP address.

Given the level of technical knowledge required to understand the technologies involved, I can't even chalk this up to incompetence on the part of the law enforcement officers.

Comment Re:Okay... (Score 4, Informative) 109

Don't torrent over Tor

Torrent file-sharing applications have been observed to ignore proxy settings and make direct connections even when they are told to use Tor. Even if your torrent application connects only through Tor, you will often send out your real IP address in the tracker GET request, because that's how torrents work. Not only do you deanonymize your torrent traffic and your other simultaneous Tor web traffic this way, you also slow down the entire Tor network for everyone else.

Comment Re:hey look (Score 1) 425

Just curious: What's wrong with
I look at it once in a while, but don't know much about it other than what I've found to be a fairly attractive layout.
Aside from that, it's just a blog platform, right? Anyone can write an article and if it gets any traffic, Medium's editors or algorithms promote it, if I understand correctly
Am I missing something?

Comment Who said it's "Art"? (Score 1) 59

To me, this looks more like a form of accounting.
Each mark represents something owed or something paid: In effect, it's a "chit".
(Was unsure of the exact meaning of chit, so I googled it:
Chit: A short official note, memorandum, or voucher, typically recording a sum owed.)

Capuchin monkeys can be taught the concept of money. They understand debt:

I haven't seen any studies where they spontaneously create art, though, which leads me to believe that accounting could appear earlier.
"Deliberate Markings", yes, which is significant and amazing, but undoubtedly some fool is going to claim that it is "unmistakeable proof that the ancients worshiped the ocean waves" or that it was carved by a shaman as a form of divination.

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