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About Ninja

Not as politically engaged as I would like. I'm quite glad the Internet provided me with forms of activism and political participation while allowing me to develop my daily activities. I do believe we are going through convoluted times but I see light in the end. Other than that I'm a technology enthusiast and I'd love to spend much more money trying new stuff!

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  • Apr 30th, 2016 @ 7:26am

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    I'm waiting for something that will beat two agents using the same keyboard to outhack a hacker. No, really. I wonder if Clapper and the likes believe it works that way.

  • Apr 30th, 2016 @ 7:16am

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    If we think carefully, this is a very serious issue. I've learned through these years to be very suspicious of things certain law enforcement circles say and the FBI certainly fits in. Let's suppose the guy was cautious and they really couldn't find any trace of the material but they knew by means that could not be proved (ie: they heard the guy bragging about it but there's no record of it). They could go, insert CP into his computers and get him arrested and suppressed for CP charges because he virtually can't challenge the warrant or the evidence. Regardless of the crime, jailing people for another thing is simply not right, not fair. It works like the asset forfeiture mess. The means help getting to the end but they are not justifiable.

    Why are they not justifiable? What if the FBI wanted to inflate their numbers to get more funds and simply decided to produce one more case when they didn't find the bomber docs? It's not like they haven't done it tons of time with people that would otherwise live a frustrated but normal life instead of being jailed. Heck, they took advantage of a guy who was thinking about suicide. It's despicable.

    So yeah, this is a huge problem and everybody should be up in arms against it in the US.

  • Apr 29th, 2016 @ 1:08pm

    Re: Turnabout however is /not/ fair play

    I also thought about that. If you ignore jurisdiction you give others the right to ignore yours.

  • Apr 29th, 2016 @ 1:07pm

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    So the computer seems to be in San Francisco but they discover afterwards that it's actually in Atlanta. If they call Atlanta and ask for a warrant to keep searching it's all clear, correct? Why do we need any changes? And if it's something international you can still get cooperation, specially if you find out it's from some VPN. Go to the country where their hq are located and ask for cooperation.

    May not be as fast as they want but it can be feasible and it respects rights and privacy of everybody else while at it.

  • Apr 29th, 2016 @ 12:49pm

    Re: We can save the step.


    As God Himself said: there will be miracles if you believe! You can also wish upon a star. Guaranteed.

    Or was it Disney?

  • Apr 29th, 2016 @ 12:42pm

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    Level the playing field eh? Exercising the imagination, it would be kind of funny to see how the field would be leveled considering the ice extractors back in the day or the buggy whip industry. Or hollywood, record indurtey against live performances.

    Instead of imposing more regulations against the big players why not remove barriers and incentivize smaller players so they will become big as well by taking burdens such as regulations and taxes from their shoulders till they are big and can afford it?

  • Apr 29th, 2016 @ 12:32pm

    Re: Re:

    Simple, from now on, the King declares that everybody must carry always on recording devices on them and upload the contents to the kingdom servers. Failure to do so will result in summary execution.

  • Apr 29th, 2016 @ 11:16am

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    So, in the end, despite basically every cryptography expert telling them this is impossible, Burr and Feinstein come back with "NERD HARDER, NERDS!"

    Nerds reply: make a waterfall flow in reverse and we will try. Without consulting Shiryu. Or Poseidon.

  • Apr 29th, 2016 @ 10:56am

    Re: Just upgrade already, sheesh

    You do have some good points for further discussion but I disagree with you.

    Telemetry data is actually ok and I generally don't mind to help by enabling such things when I actually fully trust who is behind the software. Microsoft has yet to earn a good portion of trust they have been steadily losing before I allow such thing. And it should be OPT IN. They can actively ask me to opt in in the setup process but they cannot or at least should not force it.

    But the problem with W10 goes beyond mere telemetry. It's been stated they are collecting other unrelated data for advertising purposes. Again, this would be a non-issue if it was opt in like the above. And if they actually respected when you turn these things off. There's plenty of evidence they don't care. On W7 such systems were forced in recently. And they started using a system that's designed to deliver security updates and important stuff as a way to deliver malware. I mean, force 'telemetry' and advertisement profiling. So yes, while I do agree that W10 runs smoother in my machine, is generally more stable and the likes it has a very problematic privacy issue.

    And of course there's this idiocy of being obnoxious about updates. If it's going to support W7 till 2020 or something then there's NO need to update now. Why force? Because they want to be Apple and control everything and W10 is moving towards this. Any developer should be very worried with the path Microsoft is moving with their Windows Store. Win32 style programs will be dead before you know it. Maybe this will finally be the push needed to get Linux mainstream?

  • Apr 29th, 2016 @ 10:39am

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    I wonder if such idiots will actually help deliver a 512(f) precedent? And if so, maybe then we'll see how toothless it is (or not, courts can be unpredictable).

    In any case, It's getting harder and harder for the copyright cheerleaders to say this is some kind of exception and that copyright can't be used for censorship, no?

  • Apr 29th, 2016 @ 7:46am

    Re: Priceless

    Kind of. He still had to litter his video with unrelated footage. So it's really a lose-lose situation. I do hope people start doing it massively. Maybe the yt will be forced to take this damned system down.

  • Apr 28th, 2016 @ 7:49am

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    So House votes unanimously in favor of the obvious. Rare display of sanity eh?

  • Apr 28th, 2016 @ 7:44am

    Re: Ego

    Honestly it depends on the person. I personally think vanilla wow required too much goddamn time. I personally liked Cataclysm as it allowed me to somewhat balance my spare time and the game. And I would probably play more of it today trying to actually do the raids and all the objectives. But things went on and there's no way to play older versions of wow.

    I would also try the Lich King expansion if I could but again, no official servers. It doesn't mean they screwed up (I think they did with Pandaria and I left at that expansion) but there are probably those that disagree with me too.

  • Apr 28th, 2016 @ 7:38am

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    I think it came a bit too late and after too much abuse. I hope the tide is flowing steadily towards the big ISPs having their asses regulated.

  • Apr 28th, 2016 @ 7:29am


    256kb today is hell. While it seems Australian ISPs are somewhat sane, there still aren't any justifiable excuses for data caps.

  • Apr 28th, 2016 @ 7:27am

    Re: wah wah wah

    Yes! Let's ignore the fact that the heavy load of the costs ISPs have are actually securing BANDWIDTH or if you want something easy to understande, the WIDTH of the pipe. So what matters in terms of cost is the amount of water that can go through the ISP network at any given time and not the actual usage.

    As another debunk to your idiocy from my personal experience: I use an online service that fetches files in other places and stores them so I can get later via HTTP. Their main appeal is downloading torrents automatically and letting you get the files via often faster HTTP. They sell their plans by storage not by data transferred. They migrated from charging for data transferred to storage a while back and the people in charge gave a nice explanation to all users effectively telling us that the cost to keep the files trumps the transit costs. So you are WRONG. As for the costs, they've adjusted their pricing ONCE in 4 years of existence. So, yes, ISPs in the US or anywhere asking for data caps are FULL OF SHIT.

  • Apr 27th, 2016 @ 11:34am

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    The bias is so glaring it is becoming borderline comic (if it wasn't tragic). I've seen much more balanced views in some more alternative media than in any mainstream channel. Although there are plenty of crap in the alternative market itself but it's not nearly impacting as something mainstream as Globo.

    During the last impeachment Globo resisted covering the movement until the avoidance started actually hurting them. They also regularly portrait protesters as vandals. In an iconic case where workers burned a bunch of things at the Jirau hydro plant construction site because of psychological harassment, poor work conditions and other violations, Globo classified it as "acts of vandalism". There are other examples. They only go for real journalism when it fits the agenda of these in power.

    Of course, it helps comprehension when you get to know that they have one of the largest debts with the Brazilian government nowadays so they need to play politics carefully.

  • Apr 27th, 2016 @ 10:35am

    Re: Re: "It's not my fault for stealing the cookies, it's your fault for catching me."

    Plain old physical theft (as in stealing the phone itself then accessing it). Think the original is a bit confusing on that part.

  • Apr 27th, 2016 @ 10:33am

    Re: It can get worse

    Omg, warn the pubs not to serve vodka!

  • Apr 27th, 2016 @ 10:30am


    Even if it's true they could have waited some time before deploying the method. Or at least done it if they felt there was urgency and warned the courts to examine the whole thing. If the courts said ok then ok.

    I'm not saying it isn't true by the way, I'm merely speculating on a point I don't have knowledge about. Even if law enforcement absolutely needs to take immediate action there are means to do it legally and make the evidence collected valid to the courts.

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