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Comment It's a spying device (Score 1) 136

It listens to everything you and your family are saying, all the time. Then Microsoft reports to the murderers at NSA. Even if you "have nothing to hide", on principle alone, you should refuse to buy this kind of product.
Plus, if you have kids, you never know if they are not going to do some good deed, worth of punishment. If they say something "wrong", the FBI might send someone to turn them into "terrorists", entrap and arrest them.

Eric and "Anna" is a short about one "eco-terrorist" made by the FBI.

Years after McDavid's conviction, the FBI released thousands of pages of FOIA requested documents not disclosed at trial (...)
In January 2015, after serving nearly half of his 20 year sentence, Eric McDavid was released from prison. As a condition of his release, he waived his right to sue the government for any wrongdoing in his case.

Wouldn't you feel terrible if your kids ended up in jail because of FBI entrapment started because of something they said close to the video-game that you bought? It's not tin-foil since we know they are really doing it.

Comment KickAss used to follow the DMCA (Score 3, Interesting) 105

They used to remove content when receiving DMCA letters from supposed copyright holders, just like google.
It seems (to me) that the reason why he was not hiding much is that he was complying with DMCA.
This means that:
1. the Department of Homeland Security is part of the copyright police, as is the IRS (these are new for me - used to think it was just the FBI);
2. complying with the DMCA won't save you from trouble;
3. they will make up charges to get you extradited and harsher punishment (money laundering???)

Comment This alone is reason to fight copyright (Score 1) 103

If copyright owners are actively trying to stop freedom and privacy, we should do everything in our power to reduce theirs, both politically and with our wallets.
If not getting any money is the price artists have to pay for partnering with censorship lobbyists, so be it. I'll pay only for concerts and DRM free independent content.
Good thing is that some game developers are already getting the hang of it and fighting piracy the right way: with decent prices and a better service.

Comment Re:In Soviet America (Score 1) 166

You know, 50 years ago your country (US) made a military dictatorship happen in my country (BR), and they supported the dictators during that dictatorship. The claim at the time was that we could turn into communists, and we as a people shouldn't be allowed to choose.

While I see that the US is turning to shit even for Americans, it's important that you know you weren't better as a country before. It's just that instead of just fucking others over, your own people is getting screwed too, and we are getting to know it better thanks to the Internet and to whistleblowers.

PS. my country is pretty shit too, we currently are under another coup that is succeeding because it might stop investigations on corruption. Most countries are (this post was about how shit Russia is). Don't feel offended that I criticize your country. Patriotism is BS, people should try to fix their countries, not love them.

Comment Re:Will that include Guccifer? (Score 1) 801

I understand your point, but he was charged for his CFAA crime and she wont be charged both on national security (don't know the applicable law) and accountability (FOIA) grounds. That kind of double standard is one of the big problems. They wanted to prosecute him so much that they grabbed him in another country. Where does the US jurisdiction stops? Is hacking personal webmail servers that big a deal? Or did it become a big deal when said webmail exposed war crimes and government activities that were being hidden from the public? Have you heard of another case of global hunt because of personal webmail hacking?
Also, I think you are mistaken about him not knowing if she was guilty when he hacked her. He just didn't know what she was guilty of. Plus, if he had the intention of exposing whatever crimes the government employee committed, it's wrong to call it "malicious intent".

Comment Will that include Guccifer? (Score 5, Insightful) 801

"I received and accepted their unanimous recommendation that the thorough, year-long investigation be closed and that no charges be brought against any individuals within the scope of the investigation."

We know about her crime because Guccifer was involved in exposing it. Will they retract the charges against him? Or the only chargeable crime in America is to expose what the law says is a crime?

Comment Welcome to third world standard of life (Score 2) 622

Here in Brazil we usually buy a car in 60 - 72 not so cheap monthly payments.

That's in part because new cars are loaded with helpful but expensive safety features like collision-avoidance systems.

It's never because of abusive profit margins in a not truly competitive market. Down here they always blame the taxes (they are included in the price and not discriminated).

Comment Re:The moon on a stick might as well be in the pla (Score 1) 355

You know that in other countries there is an equal value on every persons vote right? That everyone can vote on all the presidential candidates available, no matter where they are on the country, and their vote will count to the total vote count (instead of being discarded because of the neighborhood).

I think there is nothing wrong in expecting that all parties follow the same rules, instead of certain parties having privileges. Decent/honest people should expect that (same rules), specially because it favors smaller parties, even if they dislike their views.

While I do agree with you that it is the Americans fault that you have this rigged system, you shouldn't act like it is "good enough", and that people complaining about it are wrong to complain. Systems change because people complain. Also, that is not the choice he made (as you claim it is), it is the choice his shitty neighbors made. Yes, they will not save him, as they are happy to suppress his vote, his candidates, and even his complains.

Comment Re:Easier to Travel To China (Score 4, Insightful) 397

As a Brazilian, 100% agreed.
Chinese visa -> pay a little, send document and passport by mail, get the visa the same way. No explaining, just a 3 month period when I was planning to go.
American visa -> expensive visa. Fill forms on the Internet explaining my traveling plans (where, who's house, witch hotel), etc and book a date to take a photo and to do an interview. Had to travel to one of the cities with an embassy (1hr by plane), go to one of their photograph centers let them take a photo (for the FBI/NSA/DHS face recognition database, ie be treated like a criminal), then go to the embassy, get huge lines, do the whole security theater thing, do an interview, pay extra to get the visa by mail later.

Besides the safety aspect, I'm not scared of bringing electronics in/out of China, they won't mess with your luggage. To the US, the only safe option is to discard anything that gets out of your sigh (remember hdd firmware virus), so you are limited to carry on.

Comment Re:Multitrillion dollar (Score 1) 109

I know it is going to add up, but the NSA budget is around 10 billion. A trillion dollars is 100 years of NSA budget, or 20 years of combined US spying. The Utah data center cost was 1.5 billion, and "reports" say it was going to cost 2 billion to fill it with hardware, software and support, and that's for keeping track of the whole world. This bs will cost millions to the ISPs, that will spend more with the Russian connections they are already managing. It can get to billions, specially with the lack of optimization since each one will take care of it's own solutions, but certainly it's nowhere near a multitrillion-dollar expense.
BTW, I in no way support this type of law. I was just pointing out the huge overestimation.

Comment Protects against hacking (Score 5, Insightful) 103

The new version will protect against hacking, not from FBI hacking. The research with the hack the FBI used was published, so other people could use the same method. So basically this update protects people from a known vulnerability. This kind of reporting does more harm than inform, as it gives the impression that the main purpose of TOR is to commit crimes.

Comment Re:The real vote has already been cast long ago (Score 1) 224

Instead consumers have, in droves, chosen to buy MORE RELIABLE sealed devices that they do not have to screw with.

No, they have chosen to buy MORE SHINY devices. The very fact that they want to be able to fix these things should be indication enough that they are not reliable. Usually they are devices with new functionalities, sometimes actually better devices, that also happen to be sealed. But the sealing and the locked in proprietary repairs are not related to the reliability of the devices (as shown by the need to repair), or to the reasons why people chose them. Water proofing is one exception I can think of.

do not demand that companies ruin products in the pursuit of a goal few are interested in.

What they are trying to demand, it seems, is that the companies provide information on how to repair, and that they don't ruin the devices people sucessfully repaired (like when apple bricked people's phones).

I agree with your point that people should talk more with their wallets.

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