Anyone who loves Linux should NEVER use this abomination.
1585 posts • joined 25 May 2010
If you're worried that quantum computers will crack your crypto, don't be – at least, not for a decade or so. Here's why
American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'
Factory Reset Your Phone
When I travel to the US, I factory reset my phone prior to landing. That is recommended after a software upgrade anyway and I usually do updates when on an airplane as I have lots of time and can't use the phone regardless. That's the reason I give, if asked.
They can search it to their hearts content. It is unlocked, has no data and is without a password; search / image away. You are cooperating and it's the equivalent of carrying an empty carry-on bag. They can search all they like, there is nothing to find. They don't like it, but there is nothing they can do. I'm always polite, even in the face of idiocy.
When reset, there are no contacts, no emails and no software installed save Android itself. You are legally obligated to give US Border Guards passwords to any software, apps, email or encryption installed on your phone. You are in no way obligated to download and install apps to your phone or tablet, or sign onto a mail/web/social media account that is not active on your phone or tablet. How can you sign in, it isn't installed? I have few social accounts regardless and the few important telephone contact numbers I need are memorized.
When out of the airport, I sign into my Samsung account, and my phone repopulates with all apps and data in minutes on decent Wifi.
1. Under Settings->Privacy->Activity history: ensure the setting "Let Windows sync my activities from this PC to the cloud" is not checked
2. Under Settings->Privacy->Diagnostics & feedback: ensure Diagnostic data is set to Basic
3. Open CMD window (as Admin) and type: Format C: /fs:FAT32
4. Download any decent Linux distro.
Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists
Airlines use that term for passengers.
$250K + travel expenses for slight weightlessness then back on the ground ten minutes later... Will think about it
Vomit Comets are cheaper ($5K a pop, or rent the entire plane for $165K) and give you a lot more less gravity.
The Eternal Cycle Continues...
Drones kill people, without trial or in some cases without any evidence of wrong doing. Their family members get angry and seek revenge. Farmer waiting at the side of the road waiting for his cousin to pick him up, drone pilot see a suspected ISIS member planting a road side bomb. *blam* Wedding party in progress, drone pilot sees suspected terrorist gathering. *blam*
Terror levels rise when those folks get tired of the murder and start shooting back. More drones are fielded to combat the rise in hostilities, etc. etc.
In the meantime, corporations get mega-wealthy supplying flying instruments of death, while normal people pay the price.
The Americans kill more people annually than all terrorist organizations combined, and by a wide margin. Arrogance tempered with ignorance and funded with greed.
Qualcomm axes staff, winds down data center processor efforts ... while China takes the blueprints and runs
Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time
Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges
Re: So the police bear no responsibility ?
Gun laws and proper use of deadly force have nothing to do with each other.
The police shot a man because he dropped his hands to his sides with no weapon visible. Police TRAIN for this over and over. Nervousness should not enter into it. Use of deadly force has a hard series of parameters that must be met BEFORE pulling the trigger. The US police are simply trigger happy with a "shoot first and ask questions" attitude with little repercussion when they screw up. To the same argument, they also choke out unarmed suspects, then fail to render CPR once unconscious, resulting in death.
The US is on a slippery slope. In the US, 'suspicion' is enough grounds to arrest someone, then hold them almost indefinitely. They can seize your money / property and you then have to prove it was not gained through criminal activity to get (only part of) it back. Federal law enforcement can lie to you without blowback, but lying to a federal official is a felony and can result in up to one year in jail. Their prosecutors hide evidence that undermine the defenses cases, they threaten the innocent with 30 year sentences unless you plead guilty to reduce that sentence and the government protects them. They are becoming a lost people.
The idiot that picked up the phone and called in a false report holds part of the blame, but responsibility for shooting an unarmed man falls squarely on the police. They are supposed to protect the citizenry.
Re: If you don't like it then resign
"If you don't like it then resign
If you feel that strongly about it then leave. No one forces you to work for that immoral company.
And try to get used to the fact that your personal feelings about something aren't so important that they override the decision of the rest of the company however many times you repeat them."
A lot of decent people left Nazi Germany before WW2. That improved things, didn't it?
Re: What about the stuff that we really don't want...
"OneNote, and the Bing stuff can be uninstalled with a simple right click > uninstall."
That just removes the shortcut from your profile. Anyone else who logs in on that PC still has that program there.
Taking out the crap will remove 2+ GB of files. Why an Enterprise version of Windows needs XBox and Zune is beyond me.
If they did remove the bloatware, Windows gets closer to being an actual operating system instead of a large scale vendor browser banner.
Re: @Sparty ... "arguably wrong"
"The court should have both taken judicial notice of the EU's resolution demanding his release without prejudice and the fact that the original Swedish warrant that commenced the whole problem was withdrawn."
If you receive a speeding ticket, then kick the officer's posterior in frustration and later have the ticket thrown out. You're still on the hook for the butt kicking. Failure to appear is a UK crime, not Swedish.
Strong independant crypto is a necessity to stop invaisive governments and corperations from raping our data at will.
Almost eighty years ago, boffins in Bletchley Park cracked (up to) 88 bit Enigma by mechanical means. Today we have 256 bit AES protecting bank accounts, medical info and other private info. How secure do you really think we are today?
Avoid any US government approved encryption method, use the strongest possible keys and above all educate yourself.
Be paranoid, they are after you, journalists, whistleblowers and anyone who opposes our "public servants."
Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer
My Two Pence.
Wikileaks could have been a responsible arbiter keeping governments honest by just taking basic steps to parse the info they were given. Instead, they blanket released reams of documentation without review literally putting peoples lives at risk.
The gunship footage of US Apaches gunning down unarmed journalists needed to be made public and was an epic first step that made people aware of Wikileaks. Then they shot themselves in the foot repeatedly by releasing anything and everything that came their way, in full.
Assange (Tm) has more in common with a petulant diva than a journalist and he needs to step up and take responsibility for his idiotic actions. Any good he did has been long overshadowed by the need to feed his gluttonous ego.
The need for whistleblowers in the face of corruption or demagoguery is absolutely needed in today's world, but Saint Julian had his chance to fill that role and muffed it repeatedly.
Re: Stop breaking stuff
"However, in the meantime, the rate at which Microsoft has been able to shovel code onto PCs remains undeniably impressive"
<sarcasm> Yes, I love the XBox and Zune updates on my Enterprise licensed W10 Workstations. 2+ GB of space on every PC dedicated to absolute BS that has no purpose anywhere near a business. </sarcasm>