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Started by Camazotz Automat, August 17, 2012, 04:04:35 AM

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wr250

judge unseals over 500 stingray (cell phone tracking) court records.
the a district court judge reseals them, overruling the lower court. and then had his order sealed as well.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/local-judge-unseals-hundreds-of-highly-secret-cell-tracking-court-records/


a stingray is a "fake" cell tower. the phones connect to it, thinking its a tower. the stingay records all the data, while sending it to a legit tower.
https://www.aclu.org/maps/stingray-tracking-devices-whos-got-them for more.

area51drone

Hence why we need secure phone to phone communications.  But even then they'll just intercept it directly at the phone.  We're fucked.

I'm not sure why they need these planes - my guess is they have a direct tap into the carrier anyway - you'd think they could listen in without flying planes around.




wr250

yay fixmestick, guaranteed to remove all viruses from your computer.
and when your done with that, bring the broken computer to me so i can re-install windows for $$$ . thanks fixmestick.

wr250

verizon to offer end to end cell phone encryption.sadly is is backdoored for the NSA...


http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-12-15/verizons-new-encrypted-calling-app-plays-nice-with-the-nsa


verizon says that law enforcement will be able to tap in with "sufficient reason to do so" ;note this does not say "with a court order".


this defeats the purpose of encryption. as a general rule, only govt has the resources to tap into a cell call anyways (usually via fake cell towers).


Heather Wade

Always informative, wr, thanks.


My NIC might be about to die.  I'm having timeouts in communication with one of the applications I use for work.  Anything else I visit has a solid connection except this one program, which is, of course, the one most vital to my work.  Been troubleshooting it since Friday night, and finally said hell with it & bought a new NIC & a cat6 cable.  Hope that fixes it. 

wr250

Quote from: (Redacted) on December 22, 2014, 05:58:02 PM
Always informative, wr, thanks.


My NIC might be about to die.  I'm having timeouts in communication with one of the applications I use for work.  Anything else I visit has a solid connection except this one program, which is, of course, the one most vital to my work.  Been troubleshooting it since Friday night, and finally said hell with it & bought a new NIC & a cat6 cable.  Hope that fixes it.
well it sounds more like a problem with that program than a hardware issue. but ive had nics do very strange things like :
stream audio/video without issue, but not hold an IRC connection. new nic fixed the problem.


Heather Wade

Quote from: wr250 on December 22, 2014, 06:16:32 PM
well it sounds more like a problem with that program than a hardware issue. but ive had nics do very strange things like :
stream audio/video without issue, but not hold an IRC connection. new nic fixed the problem.


I've been on with tech support for that program, and the guy insisted the timeout is on my end.  We'll see how it goes with the new super-duper nic.  Spidey sense tells me that will fix it.

Maybe there is another CIA, inside the CIA.

-Robert Redford, Three Days of the Condor

b_dubb

Quote from: Camazotz Automat on December 22, 2014, 09:05:35 PM
Maybe there is another CIA, inside the CIA.

-Robert Redford, Three Days of the Condor
Damn good movie


wr250

british isps force costumers to decide on family -friendly filters for porn gambling etc, by redirecting any random request to a page to do so.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/12/bt-sky-and-virgin-hijacking-browsers-to-push-porn-blocks/


wr250

thunderbolt devices can infect mac efi bios chips. it could install a rootkit in the bios/efi envrionment before the hard disk is initialized to load the operating system.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2862872/thunderbolt-devices-can-infect-macbooks-with-persistent-rootkits.html


note: USB3 devices can do this too. so its not just macs, its pretty much any modern device.


Heather Wade

Some new desktop computers are sold with a 180 watt power supply??  How can that be enough power?

wr250

Quote from: (Redacted) on December 31, 2014, 02:05:37 PM
Some new desktop computers are sold with a 180 watt power supply??  How can that be enough power?
if its powering a low power pc such as a miniitx board with a amd fusion (E series), atom or celeron processor (some of these only draw 10W), 1 hard drive and 1 fan, then its plenty.

Heather Wade

Ok, cool, thank you wr.  The one I just got has an i3, one HD... it just doesn't seem like enough, but we'll see.

wr250

Quote from: (Redacted) on December 31, 2014, 04:40:00 PM
Ok, cool, thank you wr.  The one I just got has an i3, one HD... it just doesn't seem like enough, but we'll see.
its probably a mobile I3 , which is basically underclocked and low power for a laptop

wr250

at the  (apparent) urging of sony and other MPIAA members,netflix moves to block vpns and other means of bypassing region restrictions.
http://torrentfreak.com/netflix-cracks-down-on-vpn-and-proxy-pirates-150103/

wr250

microsoft debuts  a pair of $29 "smart" phones (no-contract)
a nokia 215 (no-contract) and a nokia 520 (att).

Heather Wade

Microsoft.  *sigh*  New machine means new software installations.  There must be an easier way.


Heather Wade

The new drive is the same size as my old one.  I'm looking into cloning, the more I read about it, the less I think it will work.  Don't think my work apps will work on Linux, though I am not opposed to using it. 


Headaches shall ensue.  I will whip this new machine into submission, dammit, I will!





wr250

Quote from: (Redacted) on January 05, 2015, 05:46:44 PM
The new drive is the same size as my old one.  I'm looking into cloning, the more I read about it, the less I think it will work.  Don't think my work apps will work on Linux, though I am not opposed to using it. 


Headaches shall ensue.  I will whip this new machine into submission, dammit, I will!


you can look them up to see if they work here .
and yes cloning is an option, reactivation of winders will be required.


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