Great! So Linksys engineers have time to create a patch for a Chromecast flaw, but they still haven't provided a patch for the KRACK vulnerability in my EA3500 Wi-Fi router.
7 posts • joined 24 Dec 2013
Re: So Google can gather more information on you?
I've heard this type of whine about Google's information gathering a million times, but I've never seen any proof that Google is in some way more devious or less transparent than the countless other companies who have access to our data. And given Google's track record, I would much rather Google have access to my data than the likes of Verizon, Lenova, LG and Samsung.
Good article until the last sentence
<i>"Just what this statement means for Snowden's reputation remains to be seen."</i>
That sentence gives the ridiculous impression that Edward Snowden, himself, was in some way responsible for the creation of the multitude of NSA documents that he absconded with. No one from the President down to the Director of the NSA is making such a claim. It's called a "Leak" for a reason.
<i>"Disclosures of National Security Agency secrets by the former contractor Edward Snowden have damaged U.S. efforts to battle terrorists, NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers said on Monday."</i> Washington Post
I have a pre-paid T-Mobile plan that costs $30 a month: 5GB of data, unlimited text and 100 minutes of talk time (but I can make unlimited free calls using my Google Voice number along with GrooveIP -- which utilizes my data plan.) In areas where T-Mobile has good coverage, the speeds are excellent -- 17 to 20 Mbps.
As an American, my hope is that several large countries enact laws forcing major U.S. technology companies such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Apple to maintain the data of their citizens in-country. The cost to these companies would of course with be exorbitant. But in a country that's becoming more and more plutocratic by the day, the threat of significant economic losses targeted at some of the countries wealthiest companies may be the only way to get both Congress and the president to enact real reforms on the NSA.