Author: mo

They know that the smart, major terrorist groups will …

They know that the smart, major terrorist groups will never use systems with government-mandated backdoors for their important communications, they’ll continue to use strong systems developed in and/or distributed by countries without such government mandates, or their own strong self-designed apps. So it seems clear that the real reason for the government push for encryption backdoors is an attempt not to catch the most dangerous terrorists that they’re constantly talking about, but rather a selection of “low-hanging fruit” of various sorts. Inept would-be low-level terrorists. Drug dealers. Prostitution rings. Free speech advocates and other political dissidents. You know the types....

Anyone who really wants to encrypt their communication is …

Anyone who really wants to encrypt their communication is going to find a method for doing so, whether it’s bundled with mass-market products or not. When you make encryption harder to get for ordinary people, you don’t deny it to terrorists. You just make the population as a whole insecure in their daily communications. Interview with Phillip Rogaway by The Atlantic (The Moral Failure of Computer Scientists) (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

[Belgium’s home affairs minister Jan Jambon] warned of the …

[Belgium’s home affairs minister Jan Jambon] warned of the growing use by terror networks of the gaming console PlayStation 4, which allows terrorists to communicate with each other and is difficult for the authorities to monitor. Brussels is ‘weakest link’ in Europe’s fight against terrorism | The Bulletin (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

In days long ago, When clocks were so slow, These basic …

In days long ago, When clocks were so slow, These basic keystrokes Took too long for folks, Unless they were writ In C code to flit. Today that’s not so, In Lisp they can go. Dr Richard Stallman (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will …

If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality. Stephen Hawking Says We Should Really Be Scared Of Capitalism, Not Robots (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

Ich frage mich ja, ob diese Herangehensweise (Wir behandeln …

Ich frage mich ja, ob diese Herangehensweise (Wir behandeln Andere alle als infantil und schaffen eine Gesinnungspolizei) ihre Wurzeln in der Polizei- und Gefängniskultur der USA hat. Und natürlich in so Konzepten wie “manifest destiny” und dem Amerikanischen Exzeptionalismus. Fefe zu Sarah Sharp, Wed Oct 7 2015 (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)