264 posts • joined Tuesday 22nd January 2008 11:34 GMT
Young people are getting worrying sensible these days. Some of them, anyway.
I don't think I have done anything to attract such personal attention
Isn't using TrueCrypt enough for that? Ok, not really personal, but I'm sure it will have put you on a special list somewhere.
How about making mail delivery by pull rather than push (i.e. you collect it, like in a webmail service), so that the timing isn't obvious, and whenever you pick up mail, you are also given someone else's mail, which you can't decrypt (not even the headers), to make traffic analysis harder?
Or you could run it like a forum / newsgroup, in which you pick up everything that has come in since you last looked (or some subset, for scalability, perhaps everything on a particular server) and anything that makes sense when decrypted with your private key is for you. Then you don't even need an address as such.
The committee will disappear into a dark room
The committee will disappear into a dark room, where representatives of the NSA, GCHQ, and friends will be waiting to advise them.
Re: No war
If terrorism were to disappear, the focus would shift to `domestic extremism'. And a lot of that would probably disappear if the government spent similar amounts on the population's psychiatric health.
Re: I would like to post a controversial opinion. It's not the truth...
Now you come to mention it... their compartmentalization looks very weak compared with what Peter Wright described in his memoir "Spycatcher". Unless, of course, there are some other departments to which Snowden never had any access.
Not graceful enough yet to replace horses for traditional cavalry moves such as Trooping the Colour. Might work with steampunk makeover, lots of polished brass, leather panels, etc, though.
Re: I don't usually descend to obscenity...
Yes, just program the airbags to do that.
Another possible use
For the suitably rich, such a craft might make an interesting alternative to residential ships (such as Residensea's "The World").
Re: the NSA was one of several contributors
"You need to exclude their contributions entirely." - But how do you know which contributors are spies? It's entirely possible that some spies don't wear cloaks and carry daggers. On the internet, nobody knows you're not a dog --- and they don't know you're not a spook, either. In fact, you might be a spook dog.
Read Peter Wright's "Spycatcher" for a description of self-policing.
IIRC, you have a very secretive organization "a", with secretive departments "a/b" and "a/c". Department "a/b" polices department "a/c" (but "a/c" doesn't know it), and department "a/c" polices department "a/b" (but "a/b" doesn't know it). Neither dares report their findings to anyone, but simply try to trip each other up.
I don't expect that changes in government, technology, society, will have stopped them doing things like this.
Re: Sauce for the goose?
... if they haven't infiltrated each other by now!
Yes, I was wondering how many people would by from it as "amazon" who wouldn't buy from it as "amazon.com". But it's presumably more about selling registrations within the tld.
Time to start sending hand-written extracts of the Voynich Manuscript on postcards to any activists you know. It'll be decoded in no time! Likewise, Linear A and Rongorongo.
Lands of the Free
Perhaps the USA's proclamations about liberty are in line with the nations that have named themselves "Democratic Republic of *" and "Peoples' Republic of *"?
<blockquote> I can't imagine for a minute you'd get SC, let alone DV clearance in the UK if your girlfriend was a pole dancer. </blockquote>
I don't see that that would be a problem. They're likelier to have a problem with your girlfriend being secretly a pole dancer --- blackmailability is the worry, not overt activities that some might disappove of.
Dr Ruth is no stranger to friction
"Truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to make sense."
Could you have imagined that NASA management would have dismissed a series of concerns flagged by engineers, resulting in a Shuttle failure?
A rigged leak is presumably to misdirect (The Thumb Drive That Never Was.) Of course, if it is rigged, one possibility is that the leak is to say "The secret surveillance is X more than you thought it was", to hide that fact that it's actually X-squared more. But I think administrative idiocy is a better explanation.
Root password, sure, but why wasn't the data encrypted?
I don't have problems with "lowly" sysadmins being able to move data around, add devices, etc (after all, it's part of their job) but there's no need to keep the data in a form in which those who move it around can look inside it.
Gumbyshire County Council staff failing to encrypt sensitive data is a problem, but unsurprising (they're not recruited for security-related stuff) but the CIA? WTF?
Ah, yes. Perhaps they're recruited to analyze data, not keep it secure?
Please say that the next RSPB flight project will do at least Mach 8!
Re: @mutatedwombat : Are you sure you want to do this?
"Given the context I'd say 'soliciting' is a reasonable description."
But it's also what journalists normally do.
Re: Somewhere in the depths of Prism
My flag was raised long ago, I suspect, when I called a friend whose number appeared on some anti-war leaflets (about matters unrelated to war and peace) from the mobile cell covering Shannon Airport (which was already subject of controversy about rendition flights), and got an "error in connection". I tried calling other friends from there, and that worked OK, and I tried calling her from other places, and that worked, so next time I went through Shannon I tried again, and got the same effects.
Apparently they've stopped doing this now (I guess it was too blatant) but I'd be surprised if trying it doesn't get your mobile number flagged.
Perhaps people with that kind of job expect to be watched very closely if they book a ticket to somewhere without an extradition treaty. Perhaps they expect to have an accident on the journey.
If you worked for the CIA or one of its contractors, what do you think your boss' reaction would be if they found you booking a ticket to Iceland?
Re: 140 laptops onboard
"Just as mass is an issue, so is space."
So send up some Rasberry Pis! (or beagleboards, or pandaboards).
OK, you have to get the screens and keyboards up there to go with them, but with that ratio of machines to people, I guess quite a few of the machines will be running control functions that don't usually need screen and keyboard. In fact, one screen and keyboard per astronaut, plus a few spares, is probably enough.
What would she have got if she had thrown a triangular flapjack at someone?
What would she have got if she had thrown a triangular flapjack at someone? Death row?
Perhaps Bartow High School and Castle View School should set up a twinning arrangement.
Re: 6 foot?!
Perhaps they're bigger on the inside.
Re: Broken Tools
There used to be a story about a Swiss Army Knife being used in space, on Victorinox's site, but the page google returns for that doesn't have the content any more. And duct tape was used on the moon (to attach extensions to the wheelarches of a moon buggy)... so spannering in space is probably much like spannering elsewhere, apart from largely missing gravity and air.
Re: Publishing bank vault combinations and armoured car schedules
That's not analagous to an API definition, which is more like the instructions "turn the dial fully clockwise to reset, then enter your combination, then pull the lever".
Re: And people wonder why the Dutch make jokes about Belgians
If cars can do that much further on paper, shouldn't all our roads be surfaced with paper, for economy? Oh no, the government would miss out of fuel duty, that must be why they're still using tarmac.
Won't miss either
Already avoiding Sony because of the rootkits, and Panasonic for trying to lock you into buying their camera batteries! When I replace my current camera (which is Panasonic) I'll specifically look around for a manufacturer that doesn't try that one.
Re: Inline with the new, darker Bond films, might not a more realistic villain be appropriate...
With Blair as the evil sub-contractor!
One thing that will never change
One thing that will never change is idiots leaving USB drives on trains, in skips, etc.
One detail that might change over the next few years is that they may be USB3 (the drives, not the idiots) thus allowing faster upload of their unencrypted contents.
Apple? Ale? It's called cider.
Fortunately, sousveillance drones can broadcast unencrypted video, rather than sending back a stream for exclusive use of their operators, which should make it harder to trace them back to an individual to prosecute for using them.
So you reckon the rogue-secret-military-special-operations-organisation communities are planning to use super-mice to take on duties formerly performed by human personnel? Do you have inside information?
Yes, that puzzled me too. Perhaps routing changes have to be approved by corporate bean-counters?
Or maybe "the authorities" need some warning so they can set up wiretaps on new routes, but I would expect that to be automatic too.
So that tells us all something about the buildings
Without needing to read the plans, we can assume, from the government's concern, that the buildings' security design is weak enough to depend on the plans being unknown.
Ironic, for the country in which Kerckhoff's principle was first stated.
Best viewed second-hand
It's a series I would have liked to see in the cinema, but after the way SZC treated Southampton's Hobbit Pub, I'll wait until I can get it on second-hand DVDs, and not contribute to SZC's profits!
Re: Where UKBA can go for advice...
No, the Stasi had a database on people who were legally there but wanted to get out. But maybe I'm being picky.
Re: $281.87 from 72,000 plays
So how does that compare with busking?
Perhaps more interesting for geeks is technical speculation about how it was built, such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCvx5gSnfW4
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