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What a disgusting coward. Someone needs to take his gun away before someone actually gets hurt by this moron.
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Can you unequivocally assume he hasn't already ? If he does this to kids, you can BANK he does much worse on duty. Think about it
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Just an idea, but you might want to include a link to the page in your description and in the video itself.
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That was awesome.
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I kicked in $120. You should too.
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Fuck these guys is pretty much how I live my life.
 
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.
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Is it just me or is the new google backdrop way too big?
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+aechaech . What is your number? Since you are some big man, and think you are all good in the hood. 
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Fear mongering. Who writes this stuff?

This is like saying if you take the safety off a gun and put a bullet in it, and then point it at your head, this is dangerous. Malicious software hacked the phone because you installed it, because you disabled the safety to do so. Same on the desktops. Morons gonna moron.
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Amazing. Pop popcorn with your cell phone. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=617631048291102
No need to use the microwave to kill the popcorn!
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Huh, and here I thought I had the cause of my parotid tumor.
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Best thing I've read today.
 
This is the big story in tech today: 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-infiltrates-links-to-yahoo-google-data-centers-worldwide-snowden-documents-say/2013/10/30/e51d661e-4166-11e3-8b74-d89d714ca4dd_story.html 

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I'm just going to post my thoughts on this. Standard disclaimer: They are my own thoughts, and not those of my employer.

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Fuck these guys. 

I've spent the last ten years of my life trying to keep Google's users safe and secure from the many diverse threats Google faces.

I've seen armies of machines DOS-ing Google. I've seen worms DOS'ing Google to find vulnerabilities in other people's software. I've seen criminal gangs figure out malware. I've seen spyware masquerading as toolbars so thick it breaks computers because it interferes with the other spyware.

I've even seen oppressive governments use state sponsored hacking to target dissidents.

But even though we suspected this was happening, it still makes me terribly sad. It makes me sad because I believe in America. 

Not in that flag-waving bullshit we've-got-our-big-trucks-and-bigger-tanks sort of way, but in the way that you can looked a good friend who has a lot of flaws, but every time you meet him, you think, "That guy still has some good ideas going on".

But after spending all that time helping in my tiny way to protect Google -- one of the greatest things to arise from the internet -- seeing this, well, it's just a little like coming home from War with Sauron, destroying the One Ring, only to discover the NSA is on the front porch of the Shire chopping down the Party Tree and outsourcing all the hobbit farmers with half-orcs and whips. 

The US has to be better than this; but I guess in the interim, that security job is looking a lot more like a Sisyphus thing than ever. 

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Also of note, this article from September may call some recent technical decisions into relief: 

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-09-06/business/41831756_1_encryption-data-centers-intelligence-agencies

#nsa   #surveillancestate  
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Has my money. Give it yours.
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  • Iowa State University
    Systems Support Specialist, 2013 - present
    Supporting the department of Economics for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • The Des Moines Register
    Publishing Systems Analyst, 2000 - 2011
    Moved files from place to place and insured all systems talked to each other. Supported end to end production of print and digital product.
  • Gannett Company
    Principal Process Analyst, 2011 - 2013
    Designed and implemented workflow for the Gannett Midwest Group. Supported publishing process for newspapers across the midwest.
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I'm a layabout and a cad.
Introduction
I like to write, watch quality dramas, work on web design, cook, and figuring things out. You can pretty much do a search on my name and anywhere you find me that's what I do.
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I run jackassletters.com and am writing a book.
Education
  • North High School
    1985 - 1987
  • Dubuque High School
    1987 - 1989
  • Iowa State University
    Literary Studies and Writing, 1991 - 1996
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