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- I hope Edward Snowden saved my 0.5BTC and bought a Chromebook in December instead of a sandwich in July.
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- "We must recognize that a government we can't control is more dangerous than anything else in the world." - RMS at #gnu30
In light of recent #NSA news about back doors, let me make some armchair general observations.
As for the NSA asking companies for back doors.
- Probably any major email provider or ISP has been contacted by the NSA and asked for a back door. Possibly other organizations than just the NSA.
- Some companies no doubt agreed, especially those who made money by agreeing, like probably some major phone companies.
- Some companies probably didn't agree except their lawyers said they had to.
- Probably major Linux organizations have had similar requests made.
- If your ISP or email provider has not commented on NSA spying, particularly after you've asked them specifically about it, it probably means they've been complicit in some way. Every company that hasn't been complicit gets an automatic boost in their reputation with all the privacy nuts. (And by privacy nuts I mean to include the majority of Americans, since the majority of Americans value privacy.)
As for #NSA responses and future steps.
- The NSA has learned that they can lie and nothing bad happens.
- Therefore making new rules is pointless, because the NSA will ignore them and lie about it.
- Making new rules could become pointful if the NSA were largely gutted or restructured. But the NSA is very powerful, so this is hard to do.
- Regarding lying about spying, ditto for politicians.
As for spying and abuse of the system.
- Snowden had access and threw away his life as he knew it to reveal secrets.
- Others had as much access.
- Even the NSA doesn't know who has access. That's how many people have access.
- Surely somebody has gotten some information from the NSA's giant data gathering machine and used it to either (a) make money or (b) blackmail people in order to (a) make money or (c) gain power in some fashion. There are (or at least were) too many people with too much access and there's too much money to be made to imagine otherwise.
- If you think the previous point is silly, ask yourself this: Do the greedy shady people outnumber the whistleblowing population?
As for future steps.
- The goal for me, and for most of us, was never to stop all spying or all observation. That's impossible and kind of pointless.
- The goal is to make the excessive and bad spying expensive, either in cash or in resources, and therefore not feasible. As such, using crypto of any kind is a good start, and using better crypto is a good follow-up.
- Decentralization is also very good.
- Sigh, doesn't matter... Someone else actually posted it but mattl, friend of all the elite haXorrz, just censored it http://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/1lxaai/big_antinsa_demonstration_in_the_streets_of/ I don't care how popular that guy is or what his connection to the FSF is, that guys a dick who serves his own needs before Freedom.
- Nobody's pointed out that identi.ca is 100% SSL now.Show all 6 replies
The insecure warnings will be coming from pumps which don't do TLS. Something I don't think should be supported anyway, when you can go out and get free class 1 certificates these days. Especially when WebFinger says you must *only* do requests over TLS
- Traffic? I don't see any. Most of my incoming dents were from the groups, now I hardly get anything :-/.
- A single sperm has 37.5MB of DNA information in it. That means that a normal ejaculation represents a data transfer of 1,587.5TB !qShow all 7 replies