Don't worry, we'll all be nuked soon thanks to two brain dead morons.
We have become Big Brother
Posted 14 August 2017 - 11:28 AM
Don't take it that seriously. Somehow we haven't been nuked thus far and btw Clinton thought it was a swell idea to give them time for chilling.
Totally agreed on the Google scandal and on NSA.
On NSA there is at least one lawsuit in progress: https://en.wikipedia...undation_v._NSA
"I really perceive that vanity about which most men merely prate — the vanity of the human or temporal life. I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass."...
- 2 July 1844 letter to James Russell Lowell from Edgar Allan Poe.
Posted 13 March 2018 - 11:36 AM
"This is not a joke, people! Dozens of plane hijacks have been successful because the terrorists threatened to make the passengers listen to 32kbps mp3s of the shittiest 80's music if the passengers didn't comply during the hijacking!" Therefor, it is our duty to let TSA go rummaging through the contents of our laptops and smart phones at random when we travel, because binary data on a flash chip/hard drive totally poses a threat to fellow passengers on a plane.
Edited by kano, 13 March 2018 - 11:45 AM.
Posted 13 March 2018 - 12:23 PM
There was a hilarious Reddit AMA with a TSA agent that ended up in the AmaDisasters sub after he ended up getting roasted in the comments.
Some of his answers are actually interesting, but his inability to understand the pointlessness of searching the bags of pilots (yes, they do this apparently) was simply jaw-dropping. I think they literally believe that the only possible way of hijacking or crashing a plane is with a bomb or weapon, and that a rogue pilot sitting at the controls of the plane wouldn't be able to do anything as long as his bags were clean.
I suppose with the phone and laptop searches, their argument would be that certain (stupid) terrorists might give the game away by having lots of pro-ISIS propaganda or bomb-making manuals on their electronic devices, rather than the devices themselves being dangerous.
Posted 13 March 2018 - 01:21 PM
This will be used to identify people (like me) who use system encryption, to then target us with extra harassment.
"give us your passwords or we won't let you fly. If you don't give us the passwords, we'll image the drive (making me miss the flight), or confiscate the hardware."
Posted 14 March 2018 - 05:51 AM
That's why I would always travel with a clean machine. Don't keep any personal information on it, or have "suspicious" encryption passwords etc. Assume that security or customs agents will force you to log in, and make sure you have at least one clean account which you can log in to without giving anything away.
If you do need to carry information securely, put it inside an encrypted volume whose existence is not noticeable to anyone who logs in, e.g. a truecrypt file-based volume in a non-obvious or hidden directory.
I suspect that merely having two accounts, one clean one and one "secure" one, would be sufficient, provided that your login screen doesn't list all the accounts on the machine (which annoyingly some tend to do by default). However I wouldn't necessarily rely on this assumption.
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