methinks this, like a summer shower, will blow over and Big Corporations will continue doing what they do.
Felony charges for 2 who secretly filmed Planned Parenthood
gov't tyranny becomes more and more blantant every year.
makes me kinda think maybe i should not have taken that old 386 'puter my daughter gave me to the recycle place
we still have a couple boxes with older AMD Phenom II's in 'em
"no independent checking"
still it is possible to route the internet connection through an analyzer and that would reveal at least a traffic analysis
the extra traffic -- if any -- would certainly be encrypted and there would certainly be serious resistance to full disclosure.
thanks for the info
question though-- are you referencing the Ubuntu versions -- or also the Debian based Mint?
I only run the Debian base ( LMDE/2 )
no way in H3LL will i allow a drm "blob" on any of my systems.
it is unlikely that the FOSS community will go along with building their DRM programming into the FOSS browsers
( Linux/Mint user )
Ray Tomlinson is credited with inventing email in 1972
the security battle is shifting into the firmware
AMD has this too: Platform Security Processor
stuff is related to UEFI
it will appear in ARM as sure as sunrise as various commercial and government interests will hike through hell before they give up access to, and control over computers and networks
something about "the right of the people peaceably to assemble"
anyone who thinks surveillance is about fighting terrorism and protecting the people needs to do their home work.
the control of information has always been about protecting the organization -- whether that be a corporation or a government. the real target is unwanted exposure. in the case of government this refers to dissidents .
the "stingray" is illegal on any level: it is unlawful interference with licensed radio communications
last i knew interfering with legal radio communications would get you in serious trouble with the FCC
where is Charlie on this issue anyhow ?
the OPM disaster is MUCH worse than the Edward Snowden affair. Snowden only exposed illegal government activity -- much like Watergate -- which we now regard as an heroic action.
OPM is a REAL disaster
as far as China and Russia having Ed Snowden data: if they did they sure wouldn't let you know about it. The latest on Ed Snowden is just static to help cover up the OPM mess
hot mess, make that
everyone familiar with cryptography knows: it is critical to government or military that the opposition thinks their cryptography is effective when in fact it is not.
don't listen to the government. work on the math.
hopefully we will see more BLANK devices for sale at NewEgg.
I see some nasty rumors that MSFT wants to remove the option to switch UEFI off. the next step of course is to use the keys to control what o/s you are allowed to install.
I don't think they will get too far
this thought is from Whitfield Diffie -- as expressed in his tesimony on behalf of NewEgg v TQP Holdings
to do business in a digital network world we need a means by which we can authenticate a document in public and at the same time retain personal control over the means of doing that
For example: the IRS should expect you so offer a digital signature on your 1040 -- and if you don't -- or if an invalid signature is offered -- the the form would be rejected as invalid . this programming could be included with tax software; all the user would need to do is enter his|her passphrase for the signature just before the submit is transmitted
the same thinking is applicable to transmittals of any importance,-- software, e/mail, online commerce,... the Thunderbird eMail client provides an excellent interface th GPG -- in the ENIGMAIL plug-in .
x.509 certificates would be a lot better -- if they were distributed with only marginal trust -- you would need to countersign just the ones you actually needed to use
local services such as credit unions should become involved in authenticating personal user keys and getting them uploaded to help with this
the thing that should be totally obvious is: if we continue business into the future on the same basis that we have used in the recent past -- hackers will make fools of us all.
="Let's repeat that last line, because it still seems that the powers that be don't get it: "
IMHO the understand it perfectly. and, as the song says "as soon as one door closes another door will open"
and so the game of whack a mole continues ad nauseum. another "sophisticated" (my ass) attack . another CVE. and then another patch, and another door is opened.
the business model of the internet is surveillance. i think this was noted by Bruce Schneier recently, if memory serves. and this is exploited by commercial interests, government, and crooks alike. Truly "a fool's paradise".
Open source should help. I hope. I use it, anyway.
good post. surveillance as carried out by governments is to identify dissidents: opposition to power.
this is why governments censor or suppress communication. it is why we have a First Amendment.
verizon is essentially presenting a fallacy know as argument ad novitam: claiming x is right because it is new.
the opposite is also a fallacy: contending something is right because it's old.
experience is a better basis for evaluating any proposition.
our experience is that monopolies need to be regulated.
cable broadband clearly qualifies,-- we don't want 5 sets of cables handing on the poles.
this is and will continue to be a contentious issue.
Here in Michigan the Title II rule will bring broadband under the purview of the Michigan Public Service Commission -- which will give us a channel in which to resolve service issues -- a bit more effective than getting called an a-hole by some a-hole company.
Torvalds notes (p.95) of "Just for Fun" "If money was to get involved things would get murky. If you don't let money enter the picture you won't have greedy people".
greedy people we got and the lust to get adverts and recons into everyone's computer is stunningly vicious
I ran across this in a blog post today
Welcome to the brave new world, where industries and governments collude to dissolve privacy and establish a digital battlefield. Deep-pocketed agencies can fund corporations towards their agendas of tainting technology in their favor, all the while pointing the finger at software 'bugs'. We're in a lot of trouble.
OpenSource and FSF software is the "Last Best Hope" for privacy and security