Profile

Cover photo
Bruce Lidl
Lives in Davis, CA
701 followers|123,013 views
AboutPosts+1's

Stream

Bruce Lidl

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
Kids ask the darndest questions. 
3
Add a comment...

Bruce Lidl

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
Join us for a Reddit AMA tomorrow! Ask us anything about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Intellectual Property chapter Wikileaks released last week.
1
Add a comment...

Bruce Lidl

Shared publicly  - 
 
Agreed 100%!
 
The packet capture shown in these new NSA slides shows internal database replication traffic for the anti-hacking system I worked on for over two years. Specifically, it shows a database recording a user login as part of this system:

http://googleblog.blogspot.ch/2013/02/an-update-on-our-war-against-account.html

Recently +Brandon Downey, a colleague of mine on the Google security team, said (after the usual disclaimers about being personal opinions and not speaking for the firm which I repeat here) - "fuck these guys":

https://plus.google.com/108799184931623330498/posts/SfYy8xbDWGG

I now join him in issuing a giant Fuck You to the people who made these slides. I am not American, I am a Brit, but it's no different - GCHQ turns out to be even worse than the NSA.

We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here. The warrant system with skeptical judges, paths for appeal, and rules of evidence was built from centuries of hard won experience. When it works, it represents as good a balance as we've got between the need to restrain the state and the need to keep crime in check. Bypassing that system is illegal for a good reason.

Unfortunately we live in a world where all too often, laws are for the little people. Nobody at GCHQ or the NSA will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process. In the absence of working law enforcement,  we therefore do what internet engineers have always done - build more secure software. The traffic shown in the slides below is now all encrypted and the work the NSA/GCHQ staff did on understanding it, ruined.

Thank you Edward Snowden. For me personally, this is the most interesting revelation all summer.
New documents reveal exactly how the Post was able to determine that the NSA was peeking inside the Google and Yahoo's cloud network.
1
Shava Nerad's profile photo
 
My understanding by conversation with Binney was this  was a long standing thing, and his implication was that it was inside information they had, not a hack -- but Google couldn't likely talk about that if it were true (NSLs).

The situation on this stuff in my country makes me pretty damn ill on a constant basis.  I grew up with the idea that we were better than the KGB and all that, you know?  This stuff is bitter.

To my mind, it's driven by a cycle.  The intelligence agencies don't want bad things to happen, sure, but they also know that when something like Benghazi or the Boston Marathon bombings happen, they will be the "victims" of a different kind of security theater in front of the cameras in Senate and House hearings, staged for the electorate and aiming for votes.

If they can't pony up, their budgets and power positions are on the line.

So it's in Congress' and the executive branch's interest to keep the Intelligence Community (the official name for the seventeen branches of surveillance involved groups under Clapper as Director of National Intel only one of which is the chimera called Department of Homeland Security) on their toes and digging deeper than they should.

And ultimately, the culture of fear is all about making sure we vote for the people who scold hardest in front of the cameras when the red lights blink and we feel most vulnerable.

If we had enough literacy in politics and diplomacy, civics and public affairs -- if we were in charge of our own fears -- if we knew a few quotes from the past and took them to heart ("We have nothing to fear but fear itself" comes to mind) rather than invoking plaster saints of the founding fathers?  We'd tell the idiots in DC to sit down and shut up and give us our rights back, and exercise proper oversight on Clapper's bully boys and the beltway profiteers who are making their nut off this mess.

But it isn't going that way.

Our founding fathers were geeks and makers, but you wouldn't know from the way they are invoked in DC.  I wish I could get the younger generations of my peers to wake up, leave their ergonomic chairs, and invade the political and civic systems as I did, and be change makers, transformers, beat them at their own rules.

Instead of watching Game of Thrones, play it  We can't save this situation with lawyers and hackers.  We need a social movement, like the SCLC in the 60s.  Civil liberties, rather than civil rights.  

Or we're going to be partying like it's 1939 within the decade, I'm afraid, just because the government fears the people, and the people fear the government, and communications have definitely broken down in ignorance and lack of compassion and empathy  -- and that never ends well.
Add a comment...

Bruce Lidl

Shared publicly  - 
 
Seriously? It's October 8th and you are already selling Egg Nog? And who drinks store bought Nog anyway? Ugh.
1
Add a comment...

Bruce Lidl

Shared publicly  - 
 
A piece I wrote for The Beat about digital comics and DRM based on conversations at San Diego Comic Con. Check it out!
1
Add a comment...
In his circles
429 people
Have him in circles
701 people
patparis sahara's profile photo
anand thota's profile photo
Boan Sfiwest's profile photo
Diana Maston's profile photo
Jim Vinson's profile photo
John Fliczuk (BigBad)'s profile photo
D Martin's profile photo
CJ Leather's profile photo
Ngoc Trung Nguyen's profile photo

Bruce Lidl

Shared publicly  - 
 
New article I wrote on last week's Image Expo.
by Bruce Lidl. Last week's 2014 edition of the ImageExpo has generated a large amount of coverage for both new title announcements, and for the dearth of diversity among the presented creators. From a practical standpoint, Image Publisher Eric Stephenson and Business Development Head Ron ...
2
Add a comment...

Bruce Lidl

Shared publicly  - 
 
So awesome.
 
Huzzah! Thank you #mst3k - my holiday wishes come true. #twt 
A long lost Thanksgiving tradition is resurrecting from the grave. The annual Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathon will return this year. It's a holiday miracle!
1
1
Marc Jansen's profile photo
Add a comment...

Bruce Lidl

Shared publicly  - 
 
Tried to share this on Facebook, but no go. G+ ftw!
4
Bruce Lidl's profile photo
 
Loving the Nexus 5 by the way.
Add a comment...

Bruce Lidl

Shared publicly  - 
 
test, please ignore #sm-all
1
Add a comment...

Bruce Lidl

Shared publicly  - 
 
Some more thoughts of mine about comics and digital. Take a look!
2
Add a comment...
People
In his circles
429 people
Have him in circles
701 people
patparis sahara's profile photo
anand thota's profile photo
Boan Sfiwest's profile photo
Diana Maston's profile photo
Jim Vinson's profile photo
John Fliczuk (BigBad)'s profile photo
D Martin's profile photo
CJ Leather's profile photo
Ngoc Trung Nguyen's profile photo
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Davis, CA
Previously
San Diego - San Francisco - Germany - Los Angeles
Links
YouTube
Contributor to
Story
Tagline
Tech, PR, Marketing, Hacking, Comics, etc.
Introduction
DivX, Sony Electronics, Stage Two, Qualcomm
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Bruce Lidl's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Perguntados – Apps para Android no Google Play
market.android.com

★★★ DOS CRIADORES DE APALAVRADOS ★★★Dos mesmos criadores de Apalavrados chega Perguntados, o incrível jogo de perguntas e respostas que o fa

TextSecure :: Private SMS/MMS
market.android.com

Like privacy? Secure your SMS/MMS communication with TextSecure. It's that simple. TextSecure encrypts your text messages over the air and o

Wonkbook: The GOP's dangerous Obamacare strategy
feeds.washingtonpost.com

This is a theory that requires Republicans to hurt America's health-care system on the off-chance the damage is severe enough to help them a

Voice Search
market.android.com

Search the web and your phone by voice and control your phone with Voice Actions Quickly search your phone, the web, and nearby locations by

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt | Techdirt
www.techdirt.com

You've heard it before — "copyright and the First Amendment have co-existed for 200 years!" — but as we explained this week, it just ain't t